Josh Winning

Josh Winning

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Josh Winning's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film, Little White Lies

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Yes, it's basically 81 minutes of the same gimmick, but with characters you care about - principally Teresa Palmer's appealingly edgy, cliché-bucking Rebecca - and a poignant denouement, this is horror with guts as well as gore." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 42%

The Girl King (2015)

"When Mika Kaurismäki's film isn't drifting into Blackadder territory, its religion vs science debates draw unflattering comparisons with superior Scandi drama A Royal Affair." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2016

The Greasy Strangler (2016)

"A ready-made cult classic just begging to slay the midnight crowd." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 26, 2016
3/5 60%

Sisters (2015)

"Laugh-out-loud in places. Frustratingly flat in others. Sporadic giggles guaranteed. Fey and Poehler's comic chemistry is undeniable; shame the script didn't get a Liz Lemon rewrite." ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/5 71%

Crimson Peak (2015)

"Del Toro's artistry is definitely something to celebrate, but there's one thing about Crimson Peak that's unforgivable - it's just not scary." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 84%

The Walk (2015)

"For all the 3D showboating, it's a touching tribute to the Twin Towers." ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2015
3/5 67%

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"While it lacks a memorable villain, and the central pairing fizzes but never sparks, the film gets by on its vintage charm and a third act upswing - and, for all its messiness, it'd be a shame not to see Solo and Kuryakin rutting horns again." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 10, 2015
3/5 43%

Effie Gray (2015)

"The result is dark and offbeat, but as a murky anti-romance, Gray is undeniably effective." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 95%

Ghost in the Shell (1996)

"It's that rare example of spectacle and substance meshing beautifully." ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 100%

Looking for Light: Jane Bown (2014)

"This gentle, no-frills doc eschews music to let the images do the talking - Bown's striking snaps are the real stars." ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 82%

G.B.F. (2014)

"A colourful, hyperactive romp that, despite attempting to bust apart teen-flick clichés, quickly conforms to type." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2/5 33%

Back to the Garden (2014)

"The pace picks up towards the end, but whether you'll still care by that point is another matter." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 9, 2014
4/5 79%

Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014)

"As The Palaces Burn ends up as gripping and unexpectedly moving as anything John Grisham's ever scribbled." ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 23, 2014
3/5 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Not quite up there with Tangled, but a solid addition to the canon. Catchy tunes will have you humming, but the hunt for the next The Little Mermaid continues..." ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet

Rough Cut (2013)

"An experiment in form from artist-turned-director Jamie Shovlin, Rough Cut has points of interest, but ultimately feels pointless." ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
3/5 69%

Powder Room (2013)

"First-time director MJ Delaney mixes style with big laughs, and though the film stumbles over the occasional am-dram bum note, Smith balances it all out as the likeable girl next-door." ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"A soaring, roaring triumph when it comes to head-spinning visuals, How To Train Your Dragon keeps things simple." ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 75%

La religieuse (The Nun) (2013)

"Though Etienne and Huppert are fantastic, Guillaume Nicloux's adaptation of Denis Diderot's novel is neither nunsploitation nor chamber piece, just about working as a sermon on hypocrisy." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2/5 33%

Not Another Happy Ending (2013)

"McKay's film often feels like Richard Curtis-lite for the New Girl generation - minus the jokes and memorable characters." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 7, 2013
1/5 0%

It's A Lot (2013)

"It's A Lot is filled with good intentions but, sadly, is just fatally unfunny." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
3/5 61%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"It's handsomely lensed, and when Cage and Cusack finally go nose-to- nose, the fur does fly. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 9, 2013
2/5 82%

Eden (2013)

"Director Megan Griffiths wastes a great villain and settles for easy answers in a watchable but by-numbers thriller." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 75%

Out in the Dark (2013)

"By turns dynamic, dangerous and bursting with passion, Out In The Dark is a stark, swoonsome romantic drama." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/5 73%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"A pale imitation of its fresh and frisky predecessor." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/5 70%

I Want Your Love (2013)

"Graphic, gritty and uncompromising, it explores love through the act of sex - an admirable experiment." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 64%

Epic (2013)

"This is big on action and small on originality. Gorgeous visuals aside, Epic is resolutely kiddie fare." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 21, 2013
2/5 29%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"Everything in Retaliation is calibrated to snare a 13-year-old's attention span and the story, such as it is, acts as little more than a limp washing line on which to peg those incendiary set-pieces." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 25, 2013
2/5 0%

The Fall Of The Essex Boys (2013)

"Despite decent performances, what follows is an unfocused shambles that Nevern's shouty voiceover desperately attempts to make sense of." ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2013
2/5 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"Hammy, boring, chronically unfunny - there'll be nightmares before bedtime." ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2013
1/5 4%

Movie 43 (2013)

"Squandering a gold-star cast and as tasteless as a foam dog poo, Movie 43 deserves not one of your hard-earned pennies." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 25, 2013
3/5 54%

I Give It a Year (2013)

"A gag-filled chuckler with talent to spare." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 21, 2013
3/5 73%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"So full of yuletide razzmatazz that only true Scrooges will have trouble stomaching it. If only Santa's workshop had given the script more of a tinker..." ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 23, 2012
4/5 85%

Happy, Happy (2011)

"Sweet but never saccharine, Happy Happy is as delicate as Kaja and just as endearing." ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 14, 2012
3/5 56%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"For A Good Time delivers, yes, exactly that." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2012
3/5 31%

The Dinosaur Project (2012)

"The found-footage hook is starting to feel pretty ancient, and the human drama is patchy at best, but Dinosaur Project is entertainingly silly." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2012
3/5 63%

In The Dark Half (2012)

"Part kitchen sink-er, part pseudo-ghost story, this has a firm grasp on the genres it casually straddles, with creepy sound design fostering a dreamy, portentous mood." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2012
3/5 67%

God Bless America (2012)

"It's the kind of cuckoo premise that director Bobcat Goldthwait (World's Greatest Dad) excels at..." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 28, 2012
3/5 90%

La fée (The Fairy) (2012)

"Not all of the jokes land perfectly (a late telephone gag treads too much water), but The Fairy remains infectiously funny throughout." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 49%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"A visually inventive, deliciously dark fairytale reheat. The story's far from the stuff of legend, but Theron makes for a ferocious meanie, helping to flush away Mirror Mirror's sugary aftertaste." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 28, 2012
3/5 79%

Ill Manors (2012)

"Wringing tortured turns from a cast of unknowns, Drew has things to say - and he mostly says them well." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2012
4/5 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"A timely examination of violence in our society through the eyes of those who can't control it." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 31%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"A joyfully silly thriller that won't win any awards for subtlety, but it already knows that." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Feb 2, 2012
3/5 69%

Wuthering Heights (2012)

"A gutsy if not entirely successful interpretation of Brontë's tome." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 4, 2011
2/5 29%

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

"Overly preachy and overly long. A missed opportunity." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 2, 2011
3/5 27%

Colombiana (2011)

"Colombiana wants to be Bourne with boobs, but its connect-the-dots narrative and silted script means it can't quite reach those bone-crunching heights." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 8, 2011
4/5 92%

Incendies (2011)

"Elemental and expertly directed, Nawal's story haunts long after the credits have rolled." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 22, 2011
4/5 89%

The Messenger (2009)

"Stumbles a little, loosening its grip in the bromantic final stretch. But if impenitent heartstring pluckage is what you're after, this is where it's at." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 15, 2011
3/5 83%

Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec) (2010)

"Flagrantly silly, but also disarmingly feather-light and charming." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 21, 2011
4/5 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"Watts and Penn are first rate as a married couple divided by their desperation to do right, while stylistically it's top notch." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2/5 9%

Chatroom (2010)

"In the end, Nakata's notion of a web gone wild has moments of visual merit, but is a little too clinical and coldly cynical." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Dec 21, 2010
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