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
94% 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
55% 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
100% The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (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
98% 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
86% The Whistlers (2019) 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
82% 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
No Score Yet 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
52% 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
80% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
100% 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
No Score Yet Hellhole (2019) [A] quietly absorbing film... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet 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
65% 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
67% 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
61% American Dharma (2018) 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
59% 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
58% 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
83% 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
89% 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
93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos' disaffected view of human foibles is present in every shot. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
87% Tumbbad (2018) An initially atmospheric yarn let down by weak stock characters and a long veer into fright-free period drama in its over-long middle section. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
67% On My Skin (Sulla mia pelle) (2018) [A] tough, dour but compelling drama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
No Score Yet Them 2 (Loro 2) (2018) We come out of the cinema knowing very little more about Berlusconi than we did when we went in. But perhaps that's the point. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) A film that chooses raw dramatic power over narrative finesse. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
82% Dogman (2019) [A] resonant, universal tale of suffering and lost dreams... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
92% Sofia (2018) It's a small, worthy, film that works reasonably well, although there's something a little too linear about its structure. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) There are certain dreams that don't make much sense at the time, but leave a great sense of yearning when they're over. That's true of young Chinese director Bi Gan's remarkable second feature in more ways than one. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) We are confronted with a steely critique of society's (and humanity's) failings - one not seen in the director's work, with this level of clarity, since his quietly devastating 2004 work Nobody Knows. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Lushly shot and stirringly scored, Bahrani's reboot is a decent stab at an update of Bradbury's 1953 novel for the social media age. What's lacking is the jazzy poetry of the original. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
89% Arctic (2019) One man's struggle for survival is served straight-up and well-chilled in Brazilian YouTube phenomenon Joe Penna's debut feature. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
100% Samouni Road (2018) [A] powerful documentary about a Palestinian family torn apart by war. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
100% One Day (Egy nap) (2018) Szilágyi builds a deeply relevant film that manages to turn 36 hours in the life of a worn-out mother-of-three into a small but powerful drama of ordinary desperation. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
60% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) A spry romp through the seven years leading up to the drafting of the Communist Manifesto, Raoul Peck's biopic of Karl Marx's early years feels like a mix between a prestige BBC drama and a Marx For Dummies primer. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
89% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) There's rather too much use of very shallow-focus camerawork (and yes, we get it that Teresa's world-view lacks a certain depth of field), but this is a minor quibble in a film that is a small delight, a perfect cinematic short story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) Refreshingly undidactic, Behemoth leaves us to work out that, after hell and purgatory, this empty metropolis, made by the industrial monster that ravages the steppes, and the sweat and blood of those who serve it, is the film's tragic, ironic heaven. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
90% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) Bye Bye Germany takes an old-fashioned approach to period colour, evoking a 1946 Frankfurt still devastated by Allied bombing and war shortages. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
85% The Square (2017) But in all its flawed brilliance, The Square remains an original, visceral, uncomfortable and essential viewing experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
100% The Sower (Le semeur) (2019) The film's only real flaw is the relentless beauty of every single shot. And yet this is not quite a case of style over substance. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017