Josephine O'Neill

Josephine O'Neill
Josephine O'Neill's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) A supremely engrossing film, Lawrence of Arabia makes one forget that it runs nearly three and three-quarter hours: and sends one out haunted and shaken. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
90% Babes in Arms (1939) A grand time had by all. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
93% Intruder in the Dust (1949) Authentic and powerful. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
95% Stormy Weather (1943) What matter if the story is just a slender thread? This show is a super-de-luxe revue with never a dull moment. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
81% Cabin in the Sky (1943) Ethel [Waters] has a grand voice, which would move the heart of an angel -- and it does. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
61% Outrage (1950) My sympathy goes to screen newcomers Mala Powers and Tod Andrews for making their debut in such a maudlin, badly directed picture as Outrage. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
100% Gentleman Jim (1942) Out of the blithely flctionised life of boxer James J. Corbett, otherwise "Gentleman Jim," Warners have made a robust, back-slapping, exciting movie which contains some of the most exciting fight scenes that ever thrilled the amateur. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) The Hardy Family is suffering its own personal drought - of ideas. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
No Score Yet The Whistler (1944) There are too many irrelevant incidents, and far too many pointless scenes. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
40% The Hairy Ape (1944) Between the lovers of Eugene O'Neill and the lovers of a sexy melodrama, the film just falls with a thud. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
97% A Night at the Opera (1935) Their eccentric adventures from Milan to New York contain such notable scenes as that in Groucho's cabin; the impersonation of the foreign aviators; the disruption of the opera orchestra; and the final, breathless sequences. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
97% Double Indemnity (1944) Tough, suspenseful melodrama that holds the audience mouse-quiet in its seats. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
97% Home of the Brave (1949) You won't be deafened by any propaganda drum. But the fresh, almost businesslike style makes the fact of prejudice more powerful. The very concentration of the compelling "incident" (to quote the prologue), emphasises its universality. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
91% Cat People (1942) [Cat People] takes a long time to become horrifying. When it does, it is terrific. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget (1940) Blondie is becoming a shrew. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
No Score Yet Congo Maisie (1940) Ann herself is as snappily comic as she was in her first adventure. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
67% The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) Another dash Into medical research by that busy savant, Boris Karloff. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
No Score Yet Judge Hardy and Son (1939) Mickey Rooney need not have had two crying scenes. But the Hardys are still the most human people on the screen. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
No Score Yet Over the Moon (1939) Long patches of lovely but rrelevant Riviera scenery alternate with short patches of catty humor. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
96% Destry Rides Again (1939) I never thought I'd last to hear Dietrich shouting, 'Yippee." - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
87% The Invisible Man Returns (1940) The film is a field day for the youngsters, and the cameraman. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
No Score Yet The Shining Hour (1938) Worth seeing, for... Margaret Sullavan's heart-catching performance, and those swooningly. superb clothes. Otherwise "The Shining Hour" is one of those suffocating, sophisticated dramas in which people will change partners and talk about their emotions. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
No Score Yet Phantom Gold (1938) Jack Luden is a Western star new to me - but the story isn't. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939) The film is easy, programme humor, with a dash or two of genuine excitement. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
No Score Yet Out West with the Hardys (1938) It is amazing to see how well M.G.M . sustains the standard of the series. "Out West With the Hardys," as well as being the latest, is the best. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
81% Manhattan Melodrama (1934) Makes the modern stuff manneredly anaemic in comparison. And how many films have copied its plot? - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
95% Son of Frankenstein (1939) The job of welding fantasy and everyday into one whole falls mainly upon Basil Rathbone, as Frankenstein; and he does it magnificently. No lesser actor could have succeeded. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
78% Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Along comes one of those tedious, topeed expeditions, in a battered white boat, and the "Gill-Man" is chased, photographed, speared, half-asphyxiated, and screamed at. No wonder he commits murder (five of them). - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
85% I Walked With a Zombie (1943) Fascinating from a production point of view, I Walked With a Zombie, is as entertainment, chilled to the right temperature. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
88% The Mummy (1932) The Mummy owes a great deal to Willy Pogany, artist, illustrator, and mural painter, who designed its sets. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
91% Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944) Fascinating. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
90% Gilda (1946) Gilda is a sultry melodrama, heavily laced with intrigue, in which Rita Hayworth dissipates as much sex-appeal as the screen will bear. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
99% Citizen Kane (1941) Welles is the most exciting thing that's happened since sound. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
100% True Confession (1937) Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray are an excellent team, but the most absurd of all the film's clowns is ex-Lothario John Barrymore. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
81% Saboteur (1942) Like previous Hitchcock thrillers, this has the capacity to bring that high gulp in the throat. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
67% Zanzibar (1940) It Is a composite of all the jungle films ever made. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% The Lady Eve (1941) The Lady Eve has some cracks for the sophisticated, situations that are both salty and saucy, and a winning disregard for the Hollywood approach. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
75% I Want a Divorce (1940) The humor and freshness of their early scenes get under the skin: when the film swings surprisingly, from comedy to deep drama, and the women in the audience get out their handkerchiefs, Joan and Dick keep in full charge of their roles. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
79% The Texas Rangers (1936) Over-long in some of its documentary passages, and annoyingly interrupted by the unnecessary romance between MacMurray and Jean Parker, The Texas Rangers is, on the whole, a winner. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
100% The Plainsman (1936) This enthralling entertainment, a great Western, is a triumph both for Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
60% Island of Lost Men (1939) The most fascinating group of villains east of Singapore appears in this free-for-all adventure. They are played by fine character actors, too -- my vote going to Broderick Crawford, as the American gambler, with Ernest Truex ... [the] runner-up. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
83% Anything Goes (1936) Taken item by item, here is the material for a smashing musical. Taken in the mass, the film lacks that final voltage which jerks pleasant entertainment into the records class. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
81% To Each His Own (1946) Olivia gives a terrifyingly accurate performance of the middle-aged woman, showing her irritating ways as well as her underlying pathos. Her young girl is completely captivating. It is splendid work. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Still reeling after having seen this film, I do not want to spoil a moment of it for anyone else. I can only tell you that it is a brilliant Alfred Hitchcock melodrama, set mainly in a leafy sunny American town -- and leave the story at that. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
98% His Girl Friday (1940) The film is extremely funny at top-speed. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
67% The Invisible Woman (1940) It's amusing for a while. But it grows tedious. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% Stagecoach (1939) With Stagecoach, previous frontier sagas seem like flimsy pasteboard. Here, the old West really lies. Credit for the dusty realism and the vivid humanity of Stagecoach go to director John Ford and his team of nine character actors. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
98% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) William Wyler, noted for his wise taste, keeps the balance adroitly between emotion and lusty humor. The dialogue is particularly skilled; and the whole production, from Gregg Toland's photograph, to the realist city backgrounds, has smooth distinction. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
89% How Green Was My Valley (1941) It is a great picture, a poignant, emotion-stirring drama. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
81% Going My Way (1944) For most of its length, however, Going My Way is comedy -- the very best kind of comedy, which springs from an intelligent and encompassing love of its theme. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020