Lucy Popescu

Lucy Popescu
Lucy Popescu's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CineVue
Publications: CineVue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg captures to perfection the milieu of early 1980s London, destructive first love and artistic awakening. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 29% The Current War (2017) It has been re-edited by Gomez-Rejon and is consummately well-acted. Somehow, though, the sparks just don't fly in Michael Mitnick's screenplay. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) There are moments in Bel Canto that stretch credibility but the tension never lets up. It takes time to buy into the story but, as Weitz immerses us in the drama, together with the captives, we begin to sympathize with the rebels and their cause. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 30% Red Joan (2019) There is much to admire: The solid acting, Lindsay Shapero's deft screen adaptation, Zac Nicholson's evocative cinematography, accompanied by George Fenton's original score. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 76% Chronic (2016) Chronic is a towering achievement. Roth gives a beautifully understated performance... - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 95% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Although shot through with humour, Rams is undeniably bleak. But don't let that put you off. It's captivating and one of the freshest films you will see all year. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 96% Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) (2015) Beautifully and unobtrusively shot by Moritz Schultheiß, My Skinny Sister is a tender portrait of teenage angst and a salutary warning against the dangers of obsessive calorie counting. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 89% Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (2015) Farouky captures the beauty of the landscape, despite the ravages of war, and he recognizes the importance of the small moments that linger with you. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 88% Tangerines (2015) Pitch-perfect performances and Urushadze's careful unwinding of the story ensure Tangerines is never less than riveting. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 100% A Syrian Love Story (2015) A Syrian Love Story is a timely and necessary reminder of what Syrian refugees face today. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 97% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) This brilliant, beautifully observed comedy is a joy to watch throughout. The Second Mother's narrative works on so many levels, reflected in the film's ambiguous title, and the characterization is flawless. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
5/5 91% Closed Curtain (2014) This is an eloquent and memorable film about an authoritarian state's constraints on artistic expression. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 67% Death Of A Gentleman (2015) At stumps, Death of a Gentleman is probably one for diehard cricket fans only. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 68% That Sugar Film (2015) Both educative and entertaining... That Sugar Film should be applauded for boldly and effectively confronting the worrying rise in obesity in sugar-rich countries. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 76% Suite Française (2015) Eduard Grau's cinematography, terrific performances all round, in particular the simmering chemistry between Schoenaerts and Williams, should ensure Suite Française's success as well as adding to Némirovsky's fan base. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 70% Hinterland (2015) Hinterland is low budget, just 78 minutes long, the performances are deliberately understated and nothing very much happens. But it is clear that a lot of love and care has gone into the composition. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 66% Trash (2015) Daldry has a rare talent... for drawing out the very best from young actors. The sheer joy and energy of the boys propels Trash and keeps us rooting for good over evil despite the contrived ending. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 80% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) The cinematography is superb. The reconstruction of the journey includes breathtaking imagery of the harsh landscape the migrants are up against as well as stunning footage of young men riding atop a train... - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 78% Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) (2014) Entertaining, uplifting and visually arresting, Klapisch's Chinese Puzzle is one of the year's best French offerings. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 66% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow is beautifully shot; there is an epic quality to Mike Eley's cinematography, the lavish dance sequences and attention to period detail. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 65% Reaching for the Moon (2013) Reaching for the Moon's pace is occasionally leaden, but for the most part this is an engaging portrait of two iconic women and a pivotal moment in Brazil's history. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 91% Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus (2013) This is an absorbing documentary that shines a light on the courage and talents of its subjects. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 79% Any Day Now (2012) Any Day Now explores institutionalised homophobia creatively and intelligently, engaging its audience on a number of levels, and offers a potent warning against discrimination of all kinds. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 86% What Maisie Knew (2013) The narrative's linchpin is Maisie and much of the film's momentum comes from Aprile's ability to channel her quicksilver state of mind. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot is a cinematic delight with a profound message at its heart and many striking shots that resonate long after the final credits roll. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 56% Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) (2012) Bonitzer's latest is an affecting portrait of one man's mid-life crisis, his desire to follow his conscience and attempts to start afresh. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 83% Like Someone in Love (2013) Kiarostami reminds us of cinema's parameters, his work is deliberately elliptical, and he provokes the viewer into co-creating the film's narrative. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 97% Before Midnight (2013) There's drama, truth, poignancy and joy on display here. As Linklater knows all to well, it's a potent, engrossing combination. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
5/5 96% On Her Shoulders (2018) Bombach illuminates the ongoing anguish of the exiled Yazidis and the toll taken on their primary spokesperson. Shortlisted for the 2019 Best Documentary Feature Oscar, this powerful film deserves a wide audience. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 63% Café de Flore (2012) The film's central performances are all terrific. Florent perfectly captures Carole's anguish which is, at times, almost unbearable to watch. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
2/5 20% My Way (2012) In failing to capture the subtleties and ironies of British humour, Hallström falls just wide of the mark. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 83% Red Dog (2011) Flaws are balanced, however, by some terrific performances and Geoffrey Hall's superb cinematography. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 59% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) A provocative, courageous and often gripping film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 84% The Ides of March (2011) The Ides of March may not cover any new ground in its exploration of the shadier side of American politics, but it's nevertheless an enjoyable journey down the campaign trail. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011) It's no mean feat to have assembled such a lucid biography from hours of footage. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) Despite being only 21, Wasikowska displays a remarkable maturity as an actress and effortlessly inhabits her character... Jane's beauty comes from within and Wasikowska allows it to creep up on you. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 41% The Taqwacores (2010) The actors all give credible performance, but running at just over 80 minutes, The Taqwacores feels slight and under-developed. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 82% Life, Above All (2011) Manyaka is enormously affecting as Chanda, stubborn, passionate, strong and fragile in equal measure. She is supported by a superb cast. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 87% Amreeka (2009) In just 90 minutes, [Cherien Dabis] deftly explores big themes - alienation, cultural identity, and a sense of belonging - carefully detailing the immigrant experience. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 92% Ballast (2008) Ballast packs a punch and its raw, visceral quality is hard to forget. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/5 100% Son of Babylon (Ibn Babil) (2011) A hugely rewarding cinematic experience with much to admire from the haunting music of Kad Achouri, the superb performances of Yasser Talib as the 12-year-old Ahmed and Shazada Hussein as his grandmother, and some breath-taking cinematography. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
5/5 92% Another Year (2010) Although caring, cheerful and kind individuals feature prominently, with much to laugh about, Another Year is really about the emotionally bruised amongst us, about regret, about envy, and the fact that life is often cruel. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 72% The Hunter (2012) The Hunter is a powerful evocation of an oppressive state, of a people who are as likely to suffer at the hands of their fellow countrymen than from any outside force. A superb political drama. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 43% Bella (Beauty) (2006) What works well on television does not always translate well onto the big screen and, despite some arresting moments, for the most part I found Bella's cloying sentimentality a real turn-off. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) It's all pure Kiarostami, but Certified Copy is also supremely European, serving as an antidote to the clichéd Hollywood romance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 92% Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010) Lanthimos has produced a film that continues to run in your mind after the credits roll, only we are free to enjoy what the characters lack -- normality. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 67% The Seagull (2018) While certain themes are glossed over, the performances and DP Matthew J. Lloyd's lush cinematography offer some compensation. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 53% That Good Night (2017) Charles Savage's script is hampered by a weak, predictable storyline...There is the inevitable pleasure to be had in Hurt's charismatic presence, but Ralph is two-dimensional and we never get a real sense of his kinder side. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Claustrophobic and brutal, [Custody] is an impressive debut and heralds Legrand as a major talent to watch. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet Lost in Lebanon (2017) A remarkable and humane film that never strikes a false note. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017