Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) [A] psychologically acute portrait of a relationship that is solid and tender but that has been in a rut for too long...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
91% Nico, 1988 (2018) Overall, this kind of compassionate dismantling of Nico the myth is done with insight, tenderness, and clear-eyed realism.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
67% All Is True (2018) A tender, intelligent imagining of the playwright in retirement.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
57% I, Robot (2004) Given how hard it is to find new ideas in mainstream screen sci-fi these days, the film does a creditable job of repackaging standard speculative circuitry under a sleek new blockbuster carapace.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
45% Miami Vice (2006) Unlike the TV series, Miami Vice takes itself too seriously to be trashy -- and too seriously to be much fun either.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) It's so traditional that it feels decades old, at the very least, yet it's one of the freshest films of the year.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Hidden City (2018) A sombre but visually mesmerising evocation of a world of darkness, noise and sometimes troubling surprises...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
85% High Life (2019) For now, I'll settle for saying that the shock and richness of High Life are wonderfully enchanting and perplexing.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's a best-of-the-'60s jukebox, but it has a few hit tunes among the duds, and some enjoyable surprise B-sides that you really don't expect Goddard to spin.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet Classical Period (2018) A film shot and edited this sparely, this focused on word and idea, this comprehensively filleted of narrative, always comes across as at the very least a palate cleanser.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Jackson's film ... is on one level a sincere memorial in images and sound. On another, like all his work, it is first and foremost a special effects movie.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) On one level, Shirkers is a memoir - a fond, self-deprecating mulling-over of Tan's crazy, inspired, partly embarrassing but furiously creative youth.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) This is the most accomplished and ambitious film to date from a director who has frequently explored female themes from a committed gender-politics perspective, but also employing an approachable mainstream art-house aesthetic.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Fight (2018) Comes across more like a magazine article on 'Issues That Affect Us All' rather than a film with the wherewithal to go nine rounds on its own dramatic terms.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
No Score Yet Only You (2018) A promising and emotionally mature romantic drama from British writer-director Harry Wootliff.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
82% 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
87% 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
86% 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
77% 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
63% 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
92% 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
89% 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
100% 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
100% 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
86% 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 59% 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
78% 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
61% 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
59% 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
81% 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
92% 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
90% 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
82% 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