Lee Marshall

Lee Marshall
Lee Marshall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International
Publications: Screen International

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Pinocchio (2019) [Garrone] does something that only the 1940 Walt Disney animated version (which played fast and loose with Collodi's novel) has managed up to now - he gives the tale a universal emotional resonance. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
67% Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012) An intriguing portrait of a photographer and filmmaker who is deeply immersed in the culture and iconography of stardom yet is himself an intensely private, emotionally reticent man... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
90% And the Birds Rained Down (Il pleuvait des oiseaux) (2019) This melancholic charmer is a choral character study whose slow pacing matches the unhurried lifestyle of its protagonists and the diurnal and seasonal rhythms of the nature they inhabit. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
No Score Yet Lynn + Lucy (2019) What could have been a tight drama can come across as a stilted modern morality play. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
80% The Audition (Das vorspiel) (2019) Weisse puts her own, distinctive spin on this film, keeping the audience guessing about whose story this really is, feeling its way slowly towards a bracing, risky dramatic conclusion that suddenly reshuffles the cards we've been dealt. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
23% Zeroville (2019) A shapeless mess that tires its audience well before the end and is salvaged from oblivion by a few funny, tender or kooky scenes, most lifted straight from the book. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
73% Disco (2019) It's the empathy Syversen and her lead actress evoke for a free spirit battered into submission that is this tough little film's greatest achievement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
No Score Yet Noura's Dream (Noura rêve) (2019) Hinde Boujemaa crafts an uneven but ultimately potent women's drama with her fictional debut. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
50% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) For all the commitment that Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki bring to the central roles, their characters never really emerge as autonomous beings from the faintly preposterous story they're trapped in. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
80% The Domain (A herdade) (2019) An almost three-hour-long Portuguese family saga that builds through dramatic peaks and troughs to a remarkable portrait of a patriarchal fiefdom gradually being eaten away from both outside and in. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
60% Mosul (2020) Mosul presents this feral battle as a chaotic middle that has no beginning or end. It's an approach that leaves little space for emotional arcs, but there's just enough character interest to keep us engaged. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
94% Babyteeth (2019) Casting, and what the cast do with their talents, is one key to why a film that could have gone all indie-twee really beds down emotionally. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
47% Guest of Honour (2019) Egoyan is so impatient to cut through to the emotional truth that he asks us to take on board a series of lazy contrivances that will test even the most forgiving viewer. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
89% The Painted Bird (2019) A film that is disturbing for all the wrong reasons. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% Martin Eden (2019) An always watchable take on the hoary old story of the struggling artist that is more interesting in its shape-shifting style and texture than in its rather conventional dramatic core. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
No Score Yet Shadow of Water (Chola) (2019) Chola is that rare thing, a regional Indian arthouse film made by a director with a distinctive personal style and vision who is working outside of the country's commercial cinema system. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
100% La Llorona (2019) This taut, accomplished film recounts a dark episode in Guatemala's history as a suspense-laden ghost story based on a myth deeply rooted in indigenous Latin American culture. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
41% Wasp Network (2019) Makes for a genial, lolloping ride, but it's also one that will frustrate those with little patience for the script's casual attitude to coherence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
81% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) A very European film of charm and wit that hits the occasional emotional high note, and sees Catherine Deneuve embracing her tastiest role since Potiche with verve and gusto. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
92% It Must Be Heaven (2019) There's richness but also randomness in the exercise: as with Andersson, audiences will likely approach the film a series of sketches linked as much by mood as by theme. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
56% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) Rambling but strangely compelling, Oh Mercy!'s documentary bedrock gives the investigation at the heart of the film a real authenticity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des Ours en Sicile) (2019) The visual delights on offer here are sure to broaden the appeal of a film that is likely to be most warmly embraced in its French and Italian co-production territories. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% To Live to Sing (2019) What makes To Live To Sing more than a well-meaning "let's save the theatre!" drama is the way it blurs the line between life and stage. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
92% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Aïnouz and his scriptwriters know full well that melodramas don't just get by on sympathy - they need our anger as well. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) Shot in an expressionist black and white that harks back to cinema's earliest years, The Lighthouse provides a marvellous chamber-drama platform for two actors, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, who seize the opportunity with gusto. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
87% The Whistlers (2020) The Whistlers makes too little attempt to lend heft and coherence to the scattershot nature of its themes and obsessions, wrapped up in a package that plays with the hard-boiled crime genre without delivering much of a punch. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
83% Port Authority (2019) Mixing tough US social realism with butch femme poses is an intriguing exercise, although this small, sincere drama never quite resolves the awkwardness of the meld. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
71% Papicha (2019) The emotions are there in every claustrophobic camera angle, in thriller-tinged scenes that show female self-expression being denied and muffled both by enemies and so-called friends. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
33% Elisa & Marcela (2019) The most emotionally authentic part of the film, by far, are the wedding snapshots that run with the end credits... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
57% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Piranhas feels a bit like a teen movie that just happens to have a Cammora backdrop, rather than a serious, nuanced drama about the paranza system - essentially, the grooming of underage kids as drug runners and Mafia footsoldiers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
83% A Tale of Three Sisters (2019) A female recentering of Turkish rural history, a celebration of women's life force and spirit of resistance. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
95% Gully Boy (2019) Singh busts rhymes with the best of them in this energetic, entertaining film. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
20% The Shadow Play (2019) A chaotic plot stumbles its way towards a feeble denouement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet Dafne (2019) It's a slight but tender film, and would remain a worthy exercise with a made-for-TV feel were it not for a final third that lifts it into richer and stranger territory. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet Chained (2019) It feels a little like a string of acting workshop exercises that have been edited into an undernourished story, one that jars especially in an unconvincing final denouement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
95% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) A seemingly conventional family and social-issue drama... shades engagingly in and out of psychological thriller territory in Austrian director Marie Kreutzer's new film. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
80% Hellhole (2019) [A] quietly absorbing film... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
89% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) [An] admirable distillation of a tough subject... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
60% Night Watch (2006) By far the most enjoyable aspect of the film, apart from its sheer imaginative scope, is the way it grounds its parallel fantasy universe in the everyday life of post-CommunistRussia. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
67% Cinderella The Cat (Gatta Cenerentola) (2017) Engagingly plotted, this hard-boiled fairytale has a potentially wider audience than Rak's debut, especially on home ground in Italy, as well as in animation-friendly France and Belgium. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
No Score Yet In Between (2018) Cinar displays a deft control of tone, walking the thin edge between comedy of the absurd and a rather melancholy realism, but that is not enough to save what feels (to quote the title) like an 'in between' project for the prolific director. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
62% Driven (2019) Once again, two fine central performances bring a clever Colin Bateman script alive, with Jason Sudeikis injecting a well of emotional depth to his portrayal of a scuzzy FBI informant with a small but troubling conscience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
40% The Summer House (Les estivants) (2018) This is a comedy that wants so desperately to be universal that it only ends up casting a strong reflected light on the hermetically sealed world it depicts. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
62% American Dharma (2019) A fascinating but also in some ways frustrating film... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) In its austere way, this is classic Wiseman, a film that takes us into the heart of a community and reveals its inner workings, comforts, fractures and traumas. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
61% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) The story of a stubborn young woman's search for her lost brother in 1913 Budapest is strangely gripping for much of its length, even as the search turns in on itself and evaporates. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
59% Charlie Says (2019) Skimpy psychological insight, a clumsy structure and what turns out to be a miscast Smith all contribute towards what seems like a wasted opportunity... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) A stirring, committed portrait of black lives at a crossroads in the American South. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
100% Anons (2018) The Announcement works just fine on its own terms, as a poised political chamber drama that very gradually opens up to comedy without ever quite divesting itself of a sense of brooding menace. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) It's only gradually that Assayas allows his self-penned script to open the comedy throttle, overlaying this strata of ideas with cute, smart, sexy comic strokes, without ever quite undermining it. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018