Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
57% Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017) Never outright iconoclastic, still less hostile, Redoubtable simply places the odd banana skin under the great ean-Luc Godard's feet, with irreverent fondness.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
79% You Were Never Really Here (2017) You Were Never Really Here is a bold piece of storytelling, with a dream-like feel that evokes its hellish, predominantly nocturnal world very compellingly.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
42% Based on a True Story (D'après une histoire vraie) (2017) A teasing, tricksy, hugely entertaining, in some ways old-fashioned divertissement - although for 'old-fashioned', you could say classic, with a post-modern twist.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
No Score Yet Djam (2017) As ever, Gatlif can't be faulted on energy, and world music lovers will relish the fairly diverse examples of a specific music genre.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
14% Frost (2017) An inert lead performance from Mantas Janciauskas gives the impression not of a man plunging into the very heart of darkness, but of a student who's made a very bad decision about how to spend his gap year.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
No Score Yet Walking Past the Future (2017) Uneven dramatic treatment makes for a less than entirely cogent modern tragedy.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
60% Napalm (2017) Napalm feels like a missed opportunity to get much deeper under the skin of a nation that Lanzmann clearly knows better than most observers, and for whose citizens he feels more compassion and understanding than they are often granted.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
57% Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017) It's a dazzlingly executed, hugely enjoyable act of stylistic homage, but also the poignant story of a dysfunctional marriage and an insightful recreation of a critical and contradiction-ridden period of modern French history.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
73% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) This is a ruthlessly controlled drama that achieves its powerful effect by holding back when its dramatic content is most intense.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
84% Okja (2017) Okja is a classic case of a film that you emerge from not knowing quite who it's intended for.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Western (2017) The film's visual execution and spare narrative style give it a timeless dimension that will lend some modestly exportable clout to an approachable and appealingly laconic drama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
93% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017) An acutely intelligent, finely acted and - despite its cerebral edge - emotionally rich piece.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
74% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) Here's a rare period drama that contrives to minimize the gap between its events and our experience of watching them. Notwithstanding its frocks and bonnets, it feels as much a present-tense story as any film set in our own time.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
75% Suntan (2017) The solace that we can all take from Suntan, however, is that this is an extraordinary, exuberant, and inventive piece of cinema, and a finely crafted character sketch and essay in dark moral comedy. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
86% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) The film's textures and syntax are so strange and alluring that Suwichakornpong's film becomes far more than the sum of its disparate parts. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
76% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) Malek's befuddled ingénue, with his weary frog-baby eyes and that incongruously jutting puppet-ish jaw, ensure a human immediacy that the film's formal elaboration sometimes militates against.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
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
80% 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
71% 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
90% 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
96% 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
84% 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 89% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) 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
63% 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