Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) In this hyper-intricate construction of false leads and surprise reversals, the ultimate dupe - and a very willing one - is the viewer.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
93% Mimosas (2017) Adventurous viewers are invited to take the road less travelled, and then some, in Mimosas, an enigmatic mountain odyssey by Morocco-based Spanish director Oliver Laxe.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
97% Aquarius (2016) Without over-explaining, the film suggests that beneath the elegance of Boa Viagem and, by implication, respectable Brazilian society, there runs an undertow of filth.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
No Score Yet Mr. Long (Ryu san) (2017) The film shifts so continually and so unpredictably between bleakness and whimsy, between the sugared and the sordid, that it's very hard for viewers to stay invested in the fiction, still less in the characters.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
100% The Party (2017) The most enjoyable film yet from a director whose conceptual seriousness has often seemed daunting.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
69% As You Are (2017) This subtle but passionate essay on teenage identity and desire not only honours the Kurt Cobain school of teen spirit but brings something fresh and richly intelligent to the field of US independent cinema.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Insyriated (2017) This tautly-constructed, intensely claustrophobic drama offers a sometimes nerve-shredding depiction of what happens when conflict impinges on domestic space.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Chavela (2017) Chavela is a vivid portrayal of an artistic, social and sexual rebel whose difficult but finally triumphant life finally proved that there sometimes really are second acts in showbiz lives.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Butterfly Kisses (2017) A striking feature debut for director Rafael Kapelinski ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
60% Final Portrait (2017) This relatively concise passion project won't, in the end, stop viewers getting the cramps that come with much longer sittings.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
100% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2017) Delicate psychological insight, a strong aesthetic signature and two affecting, restrained performances by Alexandra Borbély and Géza Morcsányi overcome any familiarity, as well as occasional hints of preciousness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Columbus (2017) kogonada ... brings a deeply idiosyncratic stylistic and dramatic sensibility to a story that's not just a character piece, but also a finely nuanced study of people, space and consciousness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
88% Frantz (2017) [Ozon's] complex sensibilities and fine-tuned irony are very evident in a mature work that transcends genre pastiche to be intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
95% Paterson (2016) Still, Paterson's single week offers a persuasive manifesto for a contemplative, non-incident-based form of poetic cinema, and for the virtues of poetic sensibility.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Pesce undeniably has a vision and a mastery very much his own.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
83% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) 130-plus minutes is a long time to wait for a glimpse of what someone is, rather than what she's not.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
88% United States of Love (Estados Unidos de Amor) (2016) Austere and melancholic, but also marked by dry minimalist humour.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange seems to represent the point at which the art of CGI and the discipline of imagining visual images spatially seems to have reached a sublime degree of 3D complexity.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/5 93% In Pursuit of Silence (2016) An elegant piece that will give you plenty to think about, if you ever get a quiet moment.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Admittedly, it's also a touch flavour-free, but it applies itself to telling its story single-mindedly, with a minimum of digression and frills.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
4/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) As feelgood stories of empowerment go, this has a ring of authenticity and mixes intelligence with irreducible emotional immediacy.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
4/5 100% Sonita (2015) Ghaemmaghami captures her subject's irreverent energy and her vulnerability, while also raising questions about her own role as a film-maker ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
4/5 74% Trolls (2016) If you like kids' movies served with a side of po-mo knowingness, as in The Lego Movie and the Jason Segel/Amy Adams Muppets film, you'll have a great time.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
3/5 83% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) The first hour keeps the suspense admirably taut, the 1967 period setting and sense of domestic claustrophobia bringing a twist of style that puts this way ahead of the first ho-hum chapter.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
1/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The treatment for this action spoof could have been written on the back of a matchbox - of a single match, even.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) A film that not only amply merits its name, but would make Norman Bates scratch his head at the sheer weirdness of what goes on here behind closed doors.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
No Score Yet '76 (2016) An ambitious hybrid narrative from director Izu Ojukwu.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) For all its seriousness and its occasional glimpses of despair and spiritual darkness, Son of Joseph exudes and inspires joy.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) It made me chuckle, made me wince a little-and it made me enjoy telling people about it and watching them squint dubiously at me as if they suspected me of making it all up.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
92% Certain Women (2016) Certain Women, despite giving each of its stories a brief encapsulating coda, isn't merely open-ended-it seems to deny the very idea of narrative closure.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
94% Baden Baden (2016) A laid-back feminist fable about a young woman pulling her life together over a complicated summer, Franco-Belgian drama Baden Baden is a confident, witty debut for French writer-director Rachel Lang.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
60% Orphan (Orpheline) (2016) Audiences may feel that ultimately they're getting less than promised - and certainly less resolution than even the most ardent fans of art-house open-endedness might hope for.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
100% Chan Is Missing (1982) Wang makes Chan Is Missing to a similar recipe-the film is imbued with, and is entirely about, Chinese-ness, but adopts a quintessentially American form, the film noir mystery.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
No Score Yet Never Ever (À jamais) (2016) Roy's sometimes ethereal presence strikes a forceful but delicate note as a woman who is at once facing a mystery and who is at the same time a mystery herself.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
90% Lady Macbeth (2017) A powerfully austere nineteenth-century drama, and an uncompromising attempt to make that rare thing, a genuine British art film.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) The Woman Who Left may not represent Diaz at his absolute peak, but it's a powerful, thoughtful melodrama that pulls you into its world and delivers a number of irresistible emotional coups.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
No Score Yet Paradise (Ray) (2016) A well-intentioned but very soft-edged mess of romance, metaphysics and historical theorising.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) An elegant, highly intelligent attempt to humanise a legend - while showing its subject's acute awareness of what it means to become a legend.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
85% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2016) A ferociously individual, highly intelligent piece and a superb, very affecting cast ensure that the human factor remains dominant, however creepily inhuman things may become at times.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) Dominik generally manages to illuminate the art and experience of a sometimes reluctant subject in a way that is enlightening, where it could have been painfully intrusive.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
83% Julieta (2016) Almodvar's most sombre to date -it is to airline farce I'm So Excited! as Interiors was to Woody Allen's Bananas.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) Low-key in mood, Daniel Burman's film adeptly balances character-driven drama, picaresque street humour and quasi-documentary content.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Café Society comes alive partly because of the visual execution, partly because of the acting.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Beneath its sugar-frosted quality, however, Our Little Sister has a singular character of its own.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Too flip and sweet-natured to be obviously appealing to adult lovers of French art cinema, too digressive, melancholic, low-key and gently raunchy to classify as a children's movie in any usual sense.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) [It] has a highly suggestive philosophical agenda, but at the same time functions as a gripping, subtly eerie drama which keeps you guessing even while it maintains its supernatural (or theological) undertow simmering beneath the surface.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The film's chaos is offset by often majestic visual grace.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
93% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) Hong's films make us realize that people like Chunsu have the potential to make life pretty dreadful for themselves and everyone around them, so thank goodness for providence-and a master manipulator like Hong-for saving everyone from the brink.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
100% Golden Kingdom (2016) A more spiritual coming-of-age story than most, Burmese-language drama Golden Kingdom is an involving, visually ravishing story about child monks in Myanmar‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) It's above all a character study, as well as an elegant technical achievement that puts a distinctive stylistic slant on its realist subject matter.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016