Leo Robson

Leo Robson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Financial Times
Total Reviews:
88

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 93% Room 237 (2013) " A documentary that compiles the theories, frequently hilarious, rarely persuasive, about subliminal imagery in Stanley Kubrick's film..." — Financial Times
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4/5 95% Sister (2012) " Sister gradually reveals pattern in its tapestry of everyday life." — Financial Times
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4/5 93% Elena (2012) " Zvyagintsev, who made The Return and The Banishment, does a good impression of constructing a world while secretly spinning a web." — Financial Times
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Mendes wants to combine a Bourne-like lack of quips and frippery with Christopher Nolan-ish solemnity and gigantism ..." — Financial Times
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2/5 80% The Devil's Business " Things takes an unexpected swerve into occult territory - a bizarre and tiresome development that leaves you longing for when the film was just derivative and flat." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2/5 56% The Bird (L'oiseau) " A study of grief and recovery set in Bordeaux and containing little in the way of dialogue, action or interest." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 16, 2012
3/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) " Polley delivers a rich evocation of the central marriage, with its mixture of by-rote ritual and easy comfort, and makes the wise and unusual decision to portray the cuckold-to-be (Seth Rogen) as decent and good-natured, rather than stiff or cruel." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " Where The Bourne Ultimatum was a lesson in how to construct a jargon-heavy, location-hopping, it-goes-all-the-way-up-to-the-top spy thriller, The Bourne Legacy is a lesson in how not to." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2/5 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) " Partly a cautionary tale about the dangers of decades of bodybuilding and partly a throwback to the good old days of the Reagan era, when all you needed to make an action film was a man with muscles, an exotic setting and a hundred screaming extras ..." — Financial Times
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2/5 43% American Reunion (2012) " The old bittersweet tone is gone, replaced by the sickly sweet and the downright tasteless." — Financial Times
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 57% Safe (2012) " In a film whose pleasures are mostly confined to the sound of guns being assembled at speed and bad dialogue being delivered with glee, polish is beside the point." — Financial Times
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " The film invites comparison with Laurent Cantet's 2008 film The Class, which makes it look tame by comparison, but also Dead Poets Society, which makes it look tough." — Financial Times
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 84% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) " The details of Normandy fishing life are rendered with surprising care." — Financial Times
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 96% Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012) " The results are frustrating, though Michel Simon is wonderfully vulnerable as the shopkeeper Zabel, who complains about the injustice of loving like Romeo but looking like Bluebeard." — Financial Times
Posted May 3, 2012
4/5 80% Goodbye First Love (2012) " Créton has the doe-like Rohmer face, and Hansen-Løve has the cool Rohmer touch - the one that lends grandeur to tales of middle-class Parisian heartache." — Financial Times
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 40% Tonight You're Mine (2012) " The film shouldn't work, and for the most part doesn't; but it left me smiling." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 15, 2011
1/5 17% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) " The film, blah from start to finish, is more likely to sour fond memories than shake off old associations." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2/5 45% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) " It all goes horribly wrong, with the characters and the audience united in anguish." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/5 25% The Change-Up (2011) " The writers keep the swift chatter coming, and the stars have a good time assuming each other's personas." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " This bloodless, bloodthirsty John Le Carré adaptation doesn't hang together." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/5 85% Tracker (2011) " Would have looked comfortable on television." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 27, 2011
3/5 85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) " A French thriller based on fact..." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 27, 2011
4/5 100% Upside Down: The Creation Records Story " It's a rise and fall story (of course) and between the no-nonsense interviewees and the wealth of footage, a vivid and moving one." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 27, 2011
3/5 85% Cedar Rapids (2011) " A foul-mouthed but good-natured comedy roughly in the Apatow mould." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 27, 2011
3/5 66% Insidious (2011) " The film never approaches being scary, but its colossal silliness makes it both intriguing and unpredictable." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 27, 2011
3/5 77% Thor (2011) " Branagh makes the most of CGI's potential to create glimmering surfaces and vast landscapes and, for once, the 3D is a bonus." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 27, 2011
1/5 27% Your Highness (2011) " A medieval comedy that will only appeal to those with a taste for silly accents, anachronistic cursing and jokes about masturbation." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 13, 2011
2/5 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) " Even at 73 minutes, the adventures of this feckless, hard-living bear feel overextended..." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 13, 2011
2/5 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) " At once a lacklustre tale of star-crossed lovers and a whodunit of staggering mediocrity." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 13, 2011
4/5 85% Meek's Cutoff (2011) " It delivers a patient, swoony account of itinerant tribulations in which conflict and intrigue bubble up only occasionally, and always gently." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 13, 2011
4/5 76% Cold Weather (2011) " There are few conventional thrills on offer here, but plenty of humour and charm." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 13, 2011
2/5 41% Little White Lies (2012) " At times the film seems like a farce without jokes, at others like a satire without observations." — Financial Times
Posted Apr 13, 2011
3/5 93% Abel (2013) " A comedy that is creepy and amusing in just the right measures." — Financial Times
Posted Jan 6, 2011
3/5 77% Amer (2010) " With its excitable score (assembled from old gialli), expressionist colour palette and invasive close-ups, it is heady, head-scratching fun." — Financial Times
Posted Jan 6, 2011
2/5 9% Chatroom (2011) " The gimmick is so poorly conceived that we spend most of the film converting what we are being shown into what is actually going on. It isn't worth the effort." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 22, 2010
3/5 49% Love and Other Drugs (2010) " A pleasant surprise." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 22, 2010
3/5 75% The Way Back (2011) " The Way Back isn't much of a Christmas film, but it makes you glad to be indoors." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 22, 2010
3/5 10% Little Fockers (2010) " The frequently amusing, elaborately contrived second sequel to Meet the Parents." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 22, 2010
3/5 21% Gulliver's Travels (2010) " Arch irony, whimsical inventiveness and antic charm." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 22, 2010
4/5 100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) " There is an ingenious performance from Michel Simon as the libidinous tramp and many entertaining comic touches." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3/5 71% Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010) " This Italian coming-out comedy has a neat central narrative gimmick. Unfortunately, it hasn't got a lot else." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/5 81% Catfish (2010) " Just as you think you're heading towards thriller territory, with street-smart New Yorkers confronting Midwestern loons, the film mutates into a study of benevolence, understanding and forgiveness." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 15, 2010
2/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " There have been a number of technical developments in the intervening years, but none of them does the new film any good." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3/5 37% Burlesque (2010) " verything works out very well - except for the audience, which is lumbered with all the embarrassment the film refuses to feel." — Financial Times
Posted Dec 15, 2010
2/5 53% Going the Distance (2010) " The film has its share of laughs -- by my count, seven titters and three chuckles." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2/5 80% Cyrus (2010) " This film has its admirers, but I found it not-quite-funny, not-quite-insightful, and altogether oddly weighted." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2/5 69% The Runaways (2010) " Hazy both as a portrait of teenage excess (a lot of pouting, kissing, and kicking of dustbins) and as an account of The Runaways' fame in the second half of the 1970s (they appear to have been big in Japan)." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 9, 2010
4/5 66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " Moira Buffini's script draws out the similarities between adultery and plot-making; Barden and Christie are superb as the gossip-loving mischief-makers." — Financial Times
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2/5 62% When You're Strange (2010) " Those who will learn something from it can have no interest whatsoever in The Doors. This leaves its intended audience somewhat unclear." — Financial Times
Posted Jun 30, 2010
3/5 69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) " The heartbreaking team show impressive dedication and resourcefulness, and there are plenty of surprises along the way, but the outcome is never in doubt." — Financial Times
Posted Jun 30, 2010
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