Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
86% 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
71% 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
73% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) There's a lot more to say about this strange, haunting film and about Léaud's performance, but for now it struck me as a modest yet profound contemplation of mortality and history.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) The visual style is soberly realist, Patrick Orth's photography strictly no-frills... and it's perfectly attuned to a film that lets the acting and the situations lead.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
46% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Overall, you get the impression of a ferociously intelligent director flirting with a veneer of dumbness for the fun of it, but the act never really convinces.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
64% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) One of the great things that Haenel achieves in this film is to convey a sense of Jenny's seriousness, moral and professional, reminding us that the way to reveal a character's complexity is not to concoct an overtly complex performance.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
95% Gimme Danger (2016) Stooges fans will find plenty to enthuse about in the film's ample coverage of a little-documented career.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
90% Raw (2017) The inventively grisly (or gristly) genre debut by French up-and-comer Julia Ducornau.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) While their one-liners could be a lot sharper, Crowe and Gosling more than get by on stumblebum amiability.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) There's probably a stronger, tighter film in here, but fair game at least to Arnold in her commitment to following the winding back roads of filmic experiment rather than the well-mapped highway of storytelling.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) Bang Gang has a zeitgeisty punch that doesn't always make for thematic depth, but that marks Husson as a confident stylist and director of young talent, both seasoned and non-professional.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
66% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) This knowingly excessive brew of cartoonish knockabout and macabre comedy horror just isn't that funny.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
44% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) Although the result isn't an all-out nightmare, it's not an idyll to rank with the Italian veteran's best.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
71% Café Society (2016) A bittersweet comedy of manners that sees Allen pushing the boat out stylistically and in narrative ambition, even as he treads familiar ground.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) Narratively, though, the film skates on the edge of incoherence. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
87% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) The wordless way that they click suggests a sexual telepathy, there's real tenderness in their sounds and movements, and the characters seem to be having a really good time-which is still something of a rarity when it comes to sex in art cinema.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
60% Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve) (2016) Thomsen's is a confused, partial, awkwardly constructed tribute that is an interesting addition to the mass of commentary on Fassbinder.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
60% Wrong Move (Falsche Bewegung) (1975) Everything in Wrong Move happens as if by magic-or as if previously written in the pages of another book. While situated in a mundanely real modern Germany, the narrative is entirely anti-realistic.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) Overall, this is a tremendous film - narratively satisfying, visually striking, and with a teasing theological subtext, if that's your bag.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
2/5 51% Boulevard (2015) It's a lugubrious, creaky affair, as Williams squishes up his face and droops his shoulders with a coyness that can be downright embarrassing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 100% I Am Belfast (2015) Cousins offers perhaps his most eccentric docu-essay yet, an impressionistic portrait of his home town, with Helena Bereen playing a regal personification of the spirit of place.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
2/5 66% Nasty Baby (2015) This is one of those awkward films that depicts complacent characters while itself looking complacent, and Silva never quite seems in control of his volatile material.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
1/5 16% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) There are many offensive things about this insipid confection ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
4/5 72% Calamity Jane (1953) Boisterous fun, with Day's performance - as the song goes - as busy as a fizzy sarsaparilla.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 100% Couple In A Hole (2015) This strange film is a ruralist cross between British psychological realism and the wilder, Artaud-inflected fringes of French art cinema.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
4/5 89% Dheepan (2016) You'll emerge shrugging with bitter frustration, but when Dheepan is good, it's very good.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Not so much a movie, more a morale-boosting initiative, but briskly jolly, and given a dash of class by Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken and a wonderfully unctuous Tim McInnerny.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
1/5 6% Martyrs (2016) It's deeply unappetising - insipid for much of its length, before soullessly revelling in the agony for its final stretch.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
5/5 84% Victoria (2015) More than a technical prodigy, Victoria is an authentic piece of cinematic magic.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
2/5 55% Anguish (2015) If ever a film failed to live up to its title... mild impatience, more like it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
2/5 64% Black Mountain Poets (2015) None of the ensemble interplay quite gels here.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
5/5 96% Ran (1985) A magisterial achievement.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
3/5 100% Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story (2016) It's an engaging watch, and Street's own camera work provides attractive polish.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
3/5 60% Papusza (2014) I could have stared and stared at the opening shot alone. But visuals apart, this biopic is frustratingly slack.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Yes, it's always nice to see actors of the caliber of Holly Hunter (as a skeptical judge) and Jeremy Irons (as Alfred the butler) get to do something-anything!-in these big splashy movies, but human presence here feels surplus to requirements.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) It's also a rivetingly smart and levelheaded piece of adventure storytelling, executed with expert tautness‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
No Score Yet Winter Song (Chant D'hiver) (2015) Iosseliani remains a master of a form that arguably only he practices these days, although Etaix was a past master in his day. It's an almost forgotten cinematic art, but an unmistakably noble one: philosophical slapstick.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) It's sweet, simple, potent theatrical magic-but it all signals, as so much does in the film, how much the past is visible in Thailand's present, and how much is invisible unless we're willing to look.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) A must-see for anyone interested in how cybertech is changing politics; even if a more cool-headed analysis would be welcome in this informationally cluttered film.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016