Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% The Disaster Artist (2017) It features a genially goofy (and accurate) impersonation of Wiseau by Franco himself, plus irresistible interplay between the actor-director and his brother Dave Franco as Sestero, making this a genuinely moving bromance in every sense.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
No Score Yet Outrage Coda (2017) The narrative intricacy is daunting but, for viewers willing to keep track, the pleasure lies in the way that Kitano tracks the moves as they advance to an inexorably logical climax.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
86% Angels Wear White (2017) [Qu] pulls no punches in her tentacled piece, and it leaves a livid mark.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
55% Manhunt (2017) Familiar and perhaps even retro though it is, Manhunt is a thoroughly enjoyable full-tilt action lark, which should introduce a new generation to Woo's patented style.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
22% Loving Pablo (2017) A brash but ultimately anonymous, sub-Scorsesean number from Spain's Fernando Leon de Aranoa, who has shown more distinctive form in Mondays in the Sun and internationally cast war story A Perfect Day.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
67% The Challenge (2017) It's hard to say whether this is an unusually sheened documentary, an art piece that uses aspects of the real and transforms them radically, or a highly formal visual poem. But it's a strange and beautiful thing: to use that word again, fabulous indeed.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
No Score Yet My Generation (2017) Disappointing in its simplification of the 60s as merely a burst of dizzy spectacle.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
19% Woodshock (2017) Woodshock might gain some commercial traction from Kirsten Dunst's presence as the psychically unravelling protagonist, but otherwise it's an ill-fitting, awkwardly stitched confection ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
40% The Private Life of a Modern Woman (2017) This won't raise Toback's ever-wavering profile, but at least it proves him game for a challenge and unashamed to look, let's say, studenty in his earnestness - which feels somehow commendable for a director of his vintage.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
No Score Yet The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) An ostensibly old-fashioned family drama that proves, despite an awkward final act, to be one of [Guédiguian's] most satisfying recent films, and indeed the darkest.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
No Score Yet Oblivion Verses (Los Versos del Olvido) (2017) Khatami ... manifestly has an idiosyncratic vision which will get him noticed, even if this opening statement doesn't travel far beyond the festival circuit.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
No Score Yet Samui Song (2017) Samui Song ultimately comes across as a slightly lofty venture in bad faith, refusing to pay off our investment in the drama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
68% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Just don't expect cutting-edge historical revisionism from this affably anachronistic production.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
94% Night Across the Street (2013) The film is very much the proverbial poem in images, and a truly free-associative one, in vintage Ruiz style. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
50% Miss Lovely (2014) The film is mesmerising for the first hour or so.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
4/5 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Despite the avowed debt to Andrzej Żuławski's famously disturbing 1981 film Possession, this is bracingly individual stuff. Just don't expect to touch calamari again in a hurry.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
2/5 60% Dark Night (2017) Dark Night offers nothing in the way of revelation, social or aesthetic.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
2/5 15% The Dark Tower (2017) King fans were troubled to learn that the film adaptation would only be 95 minutes long; for most of us, that'll be more than plenty.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
1/5 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The film's one achievement is that it comprehensively discredits the concept of "comedy violence": the body count in the first 20 minutes leaves little room for guffaws.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
3/5 76% Final Portrait (2017) There's the stuff of a terrific chamber piece here, but it's drastically unbalanced by Geoffrey Rush's showy whimsicality as the mercurial maestro.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
4/5 100% La Soledad (2016) In its thoughtful, pragmatic way, La Soledad is an inventive and insightful exercise in exploring a real location down to the last cobwebbed corner. And politically, it depicts a desperate state of affairs, but with hope and quiet energy.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
2/5 45% Everything, Everything (2017) Everything, Everything isn't without intelligence or charm, but just because a film is set in a sanitised environment doesn't mean that it should look or feel as antiseptically, oppressively pastel as this.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
3/5 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Useful as a teaching tool, strictly functional as cinema.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
82% Jesus (2017) At moments in Jesús... you're close to thinking you've seen it all before, but a delve into the vacant world of a teenage boy and his pals later takes a turn towards something different.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) When digital cinema captures texture as sensuously and as precisely as this, a film can be a treat not just for blockbuster adepts but for the most rarefied aesthetes too.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) It's not always easy to know what's going on in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk-which makes the film seem all the more convincing as an evocation of war. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) Even so, Columbus is intensely moving-only you have to be prepared to slip between the lines of its perfectly formed geometry to find the sources of its emotion.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) The way The Untamed similarly creeps in oblique moves towards its revelation is equally unnerving. But it has something else that also unnerves and fascinates -- the face of Simone Bucio.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
73% Manifesto (2017) There's more of an architecture inherent to the film than if it were simply a succession of staged readings by Blanchett-but those readings, and her transformations, are mesmerizing, and often very funny. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) It imparts the thrill of witnessing the hedonism and lawlessness-both sexual and artistic-of a bygone culture. You also feel an almost tragic surge of melancholia watching it: where and when, you wonder, will cinema ever get quite this wild again?‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) It perhaps emerges that, the more interested an artist is in a whole variety of different things, the less they may need to impose a single stamp on every work they create in response.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) More than any of Morris's films, The B-Side is directly about the mystery of capturing a person's identity on film...This likeable close-up portrait may not be one of his most substantial films, but it's his most likeable and most casual. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
81% The Rehearsal (2016) The diffuse nature of the narrative, the way in which the film sometimes seems reluctant to focus, makes it something other than the simpler, more direct, more obvious movie that it might have been-a spectacle of the pedagogic urge to destroy.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
52% 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
80% 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
38% 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
67% 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
52% 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
79% 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
86% 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
93% 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
95% Bright 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
78% 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
76% 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
88% 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
72% 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