Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet VS. (2018) Embraces the specificity of an English working-class seaside milieu, stacks the drama with ebullient UK rap and grime talent, and puts Swindells's vital performance stage centre to produce a compelling drama that transcends its generic roots...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
No Score Yet Sometimes Always Never (2018) The whimsy, in both script and visuals, can sometimes be grating.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
88% Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) This never quite feels entirely its own film. As a display of terrific acting, however, Happy New Year... comes up trumps.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
No Score Yet They Sing Up on the Hill (2018) It all comes across as something like a Mongolian answer to successful Irish busking romance Once.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
No Score Yet Swimming (Schwimmen) (2018) Swimming benefits from strong lead performances and a marketably zeitgeisty theme - phone-footage bullying.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet My Father's Bones (Babamin Kemikleri) (2018) The solemn, restrained performance by young actor Aydede is among the film's strongest assets.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
No Score Yet Road to the Moon (Aydede) (2018) Whole-hearted performances from its young cast, notably lead juvenile Bilal Zeynel Celik, make for a lively watch.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
No Score Yet Neon Heart (2018) Puts both cast and audience through experiences that some viewers may find awkward verging on excruciating; and yet manages to pull it all off with wit and lightness of touch, avoiding accusations of voyeurism or exploitation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
82% Blind Spot (2018) Daringly executed and superbly controlled - but in a way that consistently engages us with its characters' emotional processes, never distracting us with its undeniable technical brilliance.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
83% Belmonte (2018) With its fragmented glimpses of the life of a middle-aged male artist, it's never quite apparent where the film is heading, or what it has on its mind.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) The wow factor is formidable, but the effect of visual orgasm after visual orgasm could well leave you profoundly jaded, or quickly forgetting what you've experienced.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
62% The Public Image is Rotten (2018) Watchable and intermittently entertaining, if hardly incisive, and slightly over-long at 105 minutes, The Public Image Is Rotten includes much that will be of interest only to devotees.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
94% Mandy (2018) Canadian director [Panos] Cosmatos doesn't just push the boat out in Mandy, he mobilizes the whole fleet, on a brutally aggressive war footing.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Baby (Bao bei er) (2018) Concentration on specific situations and the institutions involved give the film a tight focus in terms of its social protest, together with a propulsive narrative thrust.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
80% Quién te cantará (2018) Even if we're watching with a sceptically raised eyebrow by this point, there's plenty to enjoy...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2018) Coolly unsentimental to the point of being glacial, but possessed of a deadpan wit and downplayed humanistic warmth of its own.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
80% Core of the World (2018) Superbly acted by a cast that also intrepidly deals at close quarters with some unpredictable animal life, Core of the World can be read as a parable about the fragility of human empathy under pressure.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
No Score Yet The Black Book of Father Dinis (O Caderno Negro) (2018) The plot is slow to thicken, but once it does, it takes on the constituency of a well-simmered minestrone.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
No Score Yet Yuli (2018) A story hitting every thematic note - family, sacrifice, maleness, black identity, exile and the transforming power of art - that's likely to touch a chord with audiences.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
80% Alpha, The Right to Kill (2018) Punchy docudrama-style execution and an involving narrative that bowls along like, well, gangbusters, give Alpha an immediacy that's often been missing from Mendoza's realist studies of Filipino street life.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Manta Ray (2018) Aroonpheng's great achievement is to convey a sense of humanist outrage while telling an involving, sometimes headily perplexing story in a magical realist register.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
4 58% American Dharma (2018) Bannon emerges terrifyingly, and yet in a way that his admirers will probably love.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
No Score Yet Capri-Revolution (2018) Capri-Revolution has too many false notes - and too many bad performances, in too many languages - to convince as a realistic historical drama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
86% The Nightingale (2019) There's a terrific film in here somewhere, with upmarket echoes of the exploitation thriller tradition of the 70s, but it gets lost in overstatement and a surfeit of plot reversals. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
75% The Nightingale (2017) There's a terrific film in here somewhere, with upmarket echoes of the exploitation thriller tradition of the 70s, but it gets lost in overstatement and a surfeit of plot reversals.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Jinpa (Zhuang si le yi zhi yang) (2018) Playing at a concise 86 minutes, Jinpa nevertheless has the anecdotal feel of a short slightly stretched beyond its natural capacity, but it's an enjoyable, teasing and very sly-humoured watch with a charismatic lead and arresting visuals. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
60% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2018) Often makes oppressive viewing and at times struggles to justify its nearly three-hour length.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
89% Vox Lux (2018) With original songs by chart-conquering songwriter Sia and a dazzlingly witty, forceful lead from Portman, Vox Lux should sell well wherever there's an appetite for auteur innovation. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
77% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Offers little excitement or fresh insight.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
No Score Yet El Pepe: A Supreme Life (El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema) (2018) A less than searching, at times uninformative portrait... Kusturica's film nevertheless gives a warm, vivid impression of Mujica's personality and values.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
86% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) Neville's film may reveal little that hardcore Wellesians don't already know. But it offers a lively evocation of the great man's brilliance, waywardness and pained relationship to Hollywood history.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) As an unashamedly anachronistic attempt to muster the emotional intensity of the Hollywood melodrama tradition, Cooper's film must be at least grudgingly acknowledged as a success. And both stars, Gaga in particular, emerge with honour.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
100% Amanda (2018) Hers's stamp as a contemplative miniaturist with an eye for the inner life is unmistakeably on display in this involving, typically graceful piece.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
86% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) What can be said with certainty is that this version of Wind is perplexing, sometimes exhausting but never less than fascinating.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
No Score Yet The Love Trilogy: Stripped (2018) Stripped raises curiosity for the rest of the trilogy, which on this showing, could turn out as troubling and intricate as any tri-partite art-house project since Kieslowski.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
70% Innocence (2004) With dazzling performances from a largely pre-pubescent ensemble cast, 'Innocence' is without doubt the most disconcerting French debut of the year.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
82% Something in the Air (2013) Assayas depicts a culturally and politically vibrant era made and lived through by intelligent, sensitive beings taking full advantage of their moment.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
68% Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010) It is all so glorious, and all so frustrating... Resnais fully finds here what he has sought since at least Life is a Bed of Roses in 1983: an unbearable lightness of being.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
85% Our Beloved Month of August (2010) A hybrid work of bewitching perversity.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
77% Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura) (2010) The film's sober formalism - long takes, exaggeratedly static compositions, claustrophobic interiors - is leavened with touches of Oliveira's characteristic comic perversity.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
72% Hadewijch (2010) Dumont has reaffirmed his status as one of today's most individual and genuinely uncompromising auteurs. And hats off to him for making such a militantly uncommercial film.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Sakamoto is fascinating to watch. He's a charming, lively presence, and it's always a pleasure to watch his expressions of delight and surprise at the new sounds he's discovering, his own or nature's. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
88% Better Things (2008) An inventive, unclichéd example of British realism which shines a light into rarely explored social territory and the unexamined lives of its characters.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
86% Tony Manero (2009) As played by Alfredo Castro, Raúl Peralta is one of the most disturbing and intractably unsympathetic figures in recent cinema.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) For all its melancholy and its profound awareness of mortality, The Beaches of Agnès is one of the jolliest, more life-affirming self-portraits in recent cinema. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
73% Double Take (2009) Double Take is deadly serious in its scrutiny of politics, anxiety and the media, but it's also a witty entertainment that responds to Hitchcock with much of the master's own lightness and mischief.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
85% Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) All these could be seen as gratuitous flourishes of auteur style, but they serve to undermine the naturalistic illusion, to remind us that everything we see is an effect of narration - and perhaps, more than that, of dream. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
No Score Yet A Young Man with High Potential (2018) A major problem is that the film doesn't plausibly establish its fictional world. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) The non-chronological editing oddly makes Jones look as if she's everywhere at once, unbounded by the laws of time and space that ordinary mortals are subject to.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Ash Is Purest White (2019) The film's emotional center is... a moment of such intense, painful calm and seriousness that it seems like an age since the film was entertaining us with pistol play.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018