Liz Beardsworth

Liz Beardsworth
Liz Beardsworth's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine
Publications: Empire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 86% Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) Feeling at times carefully orchestrated, if you can accept this as part of Madonna's 'any publicity is good publicity' campaign, you'll be fine. And the concert footage is top value. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Madonna: Blonde Ambition (1990) ...a glorious depiction of the Material Girl when she was mad, bad and dangerous to know. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) Reeves and Ryder work very hard to make Destination Wedding work, but deeply unlikeable characters and a clunky script means there's no escaping the fact it's a disappointing misfire. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Karukoski's entertaining film boasts flair and narrative ambition, but ultimately fails to completely break free of its traditional biopic frame. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Ben Is Back begins with nuance but is let down by its familiar Drugs Are Hell tropes. Still, the pairing of the ever-excellent Roberts and Hedges keep it a largely compelling watch. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 76% Love Sonia (2018) An excoriating, urgent look at the sordid world of global sex trafficking, anchored by a head-turning performance from newcomer Mrunal Thakur. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 66% Lizzie (2018) An absorbing, well-acted psychological thriller that loses its grip as it slips into sensationalism. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 100% C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) Fantastic performances, sharp wit and a raw honesty breathe new life into the rites-of-passage drama. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2/5 55% Swimming with Men (2018) Swimming With Men is let down by slight characterisation, by-the-numbers plotting and heavy-handed jokes that desperately need arm bands. A missed opportunity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) An opulent, well crafted and acted tale of emotional repression that captures the head more than the heart. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/5 85% Wonder (2017) It sometimes over-plays its hand but, anchored by a terrific Jacob Tremblay, Wonder is a warm persuasive argument for tolerance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A light, funny, blissfully entertaining flick about heavy, sadly still relevant themes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3/5 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) An engaging, visually striking attempt to uncover the 'real' Grace Jones which is only partially successful in those terms. Nonetheless, it's still a fitting tribute to a music icon. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/5 98% Dina (2017) Sickles and Santini's documentary is intimate, unvarnished and hugely touching, finding universal truths in its two subjects' unconventional romance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
4/5 89% Maudie (2017) The only fireworks here are of the indoor kind, but this sensitive, beautifully acted film lingers long after the final frame. And the Newfoundland locations are breathtaking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 63% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) A compelling story bolstered by engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl, let down by occasional awkward tonal shifts and clumsy plotting. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
2/5 18% The Hatton Garden Job (2017) Uniformly likeable leads can't save plotlines heading nowhere, leaving it a film with its fun moments but more frustrating ones, and too little detail to be anything other than forgettable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4/5 91% Certain Women (2016) A languid, leisurely paced drama. Not much happens, but Reichardt's light touch and the performances of the leads make it soar. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Touched by resonant tragedies amongst his own friends and learning to play the trumpet for the role, Hawke is compelling, offering a magnetic portrayal of an exasperating but deeply charismatic, engaging figure. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/5 87% Dheepan (2016) Once again Audiard articulates big themes within a mosaic of everyday struggles. A painful yet rewarding tale of social strife and uplifting resilience. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
5/5 82% Victoria (2015) Full of twists that feel authentic and believable characters, it grips from the first compelling frame to the last. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/5 60% The Intern (2015) As you'd expect, Meyers handles the material with assurance and charm, and there's fun to be had in the odd-couple dynamic at her film's heart. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2015
3/5 42% Comet (2014) The complex machinations of the concept become confusing at times but this is still an ambitious and promising debut. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 77% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) (2014) A treat for the whole family. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
4/5 68% Futuro Beach (2015) Karim Aïnouz's film is a beautifully shot, melancholy meditation on identity, loneliness and love. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
3/5 72% Before the Winter Chill (2014) An affecting midlife mood piece. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
3/5 65% Laggies (2014) Lynn 'Humpday' Shelton takes a sideways look at the challenges of growing up. Not, perhaps, her very best but still very watchable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 92% The Way He Looks (2014) Touching and well-acted, Brazil's Best Foreign Film entry is a worthy Oscar candidate. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014
5/5 97% Boyhood (2014) Linklater's beautiful film is an extraordinary achievement - tender, funny, wise and wistful, full of warmth and humanity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2014
5/5 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) Beautifully crafted, sinister, frightening, erotic and thought-provoking, Alain Guiraudie's multi-faceted Cannes triumph is already one of the most provocative, intriguing films of the year. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
96% The Crash Reel (2013) Another memorable piece of storytelling from the Oscar-winning director. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2013
3/5 63% One Chance (2014) A fluffy but fun telling of a rags to riches story. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 73% Populaire (2013) Offers plenty of easy nostalgia and Duris charm. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2013
4/5 95% Ping Pong (2012) The sight of this elderly bunch hobbling around the table may well make you laugh, but the passion with which they play each game as if it might (and probably will) be their last will also make you cry. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 67% 2 Days in New York (2012) Full of wit, intelligence and flair, once more Delpy has created a delightfully irresistible sort-of-romantic comedy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2012
3/5 59% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) An ambitious thriller from Pawlikowski assisted by excellent performances from Hawke, Kulig and Scott Thomas. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2012
4/5 71% Like Crazy (2011) Felicity Jones shines in Drake Doremus' deceptively simple romance, a refreshing take on an age-old dilemma. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2012
3/5 92% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) While it assumes a fair bit of knowledge of the social changes exploding in sixties America, there's a wealth of fascinating material and punchy insights into an earth shaking movement. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2011
4/5 75% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) Guaranteed to haunt you for days, and possibly prompt a rethink on your position on parenthood. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2011
2/5 64% West Is West (2011) Eleven years on but without a great deal more to add, DeEmmony's saga runs out of gas. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2011
4/5 79% Barney's Version (2011) While perhaps a touch overlong and with plot strands that don't hang together as well as they might, this is remains a triumph, illuminated by a terrific leading man turn from Paul Giamatti. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2011
3/5 37% New York, I Love You (2009) As with Paris, Je T'Aime, New York, I Love You works as both romance film and seductive travelogue, but some will find its 'arty' posturing more maddening than magical. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2010
3/5 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) While the political grit behind the saga is somewhat sidelined, this is a fun watch enhanced by its stellar British cast. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2010
2/5 41% Letters to Juliet (2010) The film unravels in a dispiriting morass of clichés and cringy lines. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 68% Leaving (Partir) (2010) A vital, if slight, study of selfishness and fractured relationships, Leaving is illuminated by the odd, off-balancing twist. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 68% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) A romantic-comedy that packs charm, humour and warmth in spades. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2010
3/5 50% Cherry Bomb (2004) Strong turns from Grint and Sheehan, and a punchy storyline elevate this from TV drama to something powerfully cinematic. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2010
3/5 60% The Infidel (2010) Funny and unthreatening, it's not subversive but it's plenty of fun. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2010
4/5 44% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) A jagged, hard-hitting thriller, Fuqua's Training Day follow-up expertly traces shades of light and dark in its conflicted cops. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2010
2/5 18% Valentine's Day (2010) For all Valentine's Day's obvious pulse-quickening attributes, ironically what proves its undoing is a lack of real heart. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2010