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Luke Buckmaster

Luke Buckmaster
Luke Buckmaster's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, The Daily Review/Crikey

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) This is ferociously sharp and pointed social commentary...The director critiques a world where the computer knows your sexuality before your parents do - and possibly before you do.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
50% Rampage (2018) Audiences will arrive for the spectacle, the carnage, the brawling beasts and crumbling city blocks. They'll also get a film far slower to its feet than it should be, with flat spots that feel less like dramatic build-ups than cost-cutting measures.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
83% The Party (2018) The black and white approach has an odd effect on the performances. Literally stripped of colour, the cast seem to fight against it, battling to differentiate themselves from a unifying aesthetic. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
93% Walking Out (2017) Matt Bomer and Josh Wiggins' performances are moving in a slow-building way, buoyed by a gentle but affecting spirit. The same can be said of the film's direction. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Despite some B movie residue, in the novelty of the premise and no shortage of 'bump in the night' spooks, it is pro-human and pro-intellectual, reinterpreting 'survival of the fittest' as 'survival of the smartest'.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
74% Ready Player One (2018) It's clear Spielberg is intrigued by VR only in the context of cinematic spectacle; any interesting observations about the virtual realm are incidental.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Terror Nullius (2018) A weird, dazzling, kinetic, dizzyingly ambitious, sensationally mishmashed beast ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
100% The Man from Hong Kong (The Dragon Flies) (1975) The Man From Hong Kong's cracking pace tapers over less than stellar acting, and the film holds up well in the context of a chopsocky fun ride. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Some of the commentary around the film has suggested Mary Magdalene is a bold second feature from Davis. That's an usual compliment, given how many biblical adaptations have already been made, and how risk-averse this one is in the scheme of the things‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
1/5 33% That's Not My Dog! (2018) This premise is pretty bloody 'strayan, and pretty bloody lazy; literally a matter of getting people to tell jokes and filming them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
91% Human Flow (2017) A sort of living, breathing cine-thesis: a deeply humane documentary that is also rigorously authoritative.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
17% Death Wish (2018) Arguing the new Death Wish unreservedly supports the views of the gun-toting, 'by my cold dead hands' American conservative would require at certain moments the viewer to close their eyes and block their ears.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
84% The Square (2017) When Östlund hits his stride, boy does this film snap and crackle, shooting all kinds of sparks - aesthetic, thematic, sub-textual, conceptual, postmodern, primordial - all in sorts of directions.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
48% Red Sparrow (2018) The director lurches from titillation to grotesquery, dangling Jennifer Lawrence's beauty as a carrot and moments of ice pick discomfort as the stick.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
1/5 30% The BBQ (2018) Jacobson may be the best thing about the director and co-writer Stephen Amis' The BBQ, though that is not the same as saying he comes even remotely close to saving it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet Gurrumul (2017) For Gurrumul fans, the film is obviously a must-see. For those unfamiliar, or vaguely familiar with his work, it's an even greater treat: they will be entertained, enthralled, perhaps in some small way changed.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Nobody wanted an intellectual workout in The Cloverfield Project, but this clunky, hollow, hammy mess is not even amusing accidentally.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) A high-flown drama directed pretentiously, with a style that prioritises debonair aesthetic while the subtext of the script moves in the opposite direction - telling us that fancy accouterments cannot hide deeper issues of character and substance.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
90% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya has a dangerous fizz. The drama isn't cheapened by comedy, and the comedy doesn't undermine the drama.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) so unorthodox and original that invoking simple labels or catch-all definitions to describe it feels like a disservice to the filmmakers‐
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Pedal to the metal dialogue is paired with pedal to the metal voice-over narration, which exacerbates the film's hurried manner.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
85% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) a deceptively complex family film told with clarity and purpose.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
88% The Post (2018) The balance doesn't sit right and the most exciting elements of The Post remain off-screen. The film has measured surface and technical values, though there is little flair in Janusz Kaminski's cinematography and its texture feels cold and clinical.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The film, which mistakes anger for righteousness and handballs even the foulest of characters a goofy redemptive arc, is a flaky and mean-spirited quasi-revenge drama, acknowledging the need for grief only if it leads to blowing something up.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
78% All the Money in the World (2017) As a kidnapping drama All the Money in the World is tense, curly and pressure-packed, trading in tools of suspense the veteran director can summon in his sleep‐
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
96% Mudbound (2017) Excluding director Barry Jenkins' extraordinary character drama Moonlight, this is the best American racial drama in some time- much better than Detroit and Hidden Figures.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Critics and audiences clutching for meaning deploy words like "tragicomic" or "the human condition" to taper over the hollowness of Lanthimos' vapid mind games. T‐
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) A reverse-Spielberg view of being a kid. No alien buddies, cuddly friends or otherworldly adventures. But there is still magic.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) A doublethink cash grab, painting perpetrator as saviour and exploited victims on the fringes of society as empowering role models - figures of inspiration to make mainstream, uncritical audiences feel better about themselves.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Kasdan's sequel turns a fine, carnage-filled film into a laughing stock - delivering a lame-brained and ill-judged comedic sequel, with endless dick jokes and Freaky Friday-esque body swapping gags.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's easy to forget the original movie was a terrifically bold, innovative, industry-realigning blockbuster. Lucas dreamed big and took massive risks. In that sense, The Last Jedi could not be more different to the Star Wars created four decades ago.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 76% Swinging Safari (2018) Is this outrageous comedy sexy or revolting? Elliott proves - though this feels like the least of his achievements - that a film can be both.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 86% Better Watch Out (2017) Working within a heavily codified structure, [Peckover has] found a way to keep it fresh and exciting.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Not all the candy-coloured bombast in the world can disguise the fact that Ben Affleck, the bulkiest and mopiest Batman of all time, clearly doesn't want to be here, triggering memories of the #SadAffleck meme. Ben, we feel your pain.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare (2017) A Low Budget Nightmare has heart and sincerity to spare. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
29% Suburbicon (2017) Matt Damon's steely, stripped-back, average Joe style works against him, lending Lodge a stoicism and stony-heartedness that feels inhuman and even machine-like. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
13% Geostorm (2017) Geostorm brings tin-eared dialogue and squirrely, logic-deprived plotlines a-plenty. Miraculously, however, I had quite a bit of fun with it. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Redfern Now: Promise Me (2015) Redfern Now is an exquisitely distinguished soap opera with a high-end look and scale that makes a feature-length finale feel right.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
71% Happy Death Day (2017) A sick, slimy and noxious stalker-slasher, terribly repetitive and not even amusing accidentally. Built joylessly by and for men - about the mean pretty girl who must change‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Cargo (2018) Cargo is a very strong, at times stirring achievement: a zombie film with soul and pathos.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
69% mother! (2017) This lofty, pretentious, intellectually and emotionally grueling experience arrives machine-tooled to annoy as many people as possible, on as many levels as possible, down to the flagrant disregard for upper case lettering reflected in its title. ‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) High-powered and blinged to the hilt, with a lickety-split pace youngsters might expect of action movies these days - and an amount of visual invention they may not.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
85% It (2017) A deathly serious, exhaustingly banal, cut-and-dried cash grab.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The mind wanders. There wasn't a lot to distract it in this content-to-be-unimaginative, tenuously scripted (by Tom O'Connor) odd couple B movie.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 86% American Made (2017) American Made is compelling and unconventional: a film clearly made within the system, designed to look outside it.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 86% That's Not Me (2017) A deceptively sophisticated character study about a person coming to terms with their dreams - and what those dreams (in acting parlance, "making it") mean for those who have achieved them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2/5 89% Ali's Wedding (2017) This is a film in which you will hear a letter read aloud, with a voice-over saying the words "you dared to dream", delivered without irony. It is, as they say, what it is.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 75% Killing Ground (2017) Killing Ground combines great aesthetic elegance - including beautiful cinematography and naturalistic editing - with an acrid, lingering foulness, derived from knife-edge performances and a terrifying premise executed with airtight verisimilitude.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/5 50% The Butterfly Tree (2017) The air and aroma of The Butterfly Tree is slushy and thick, so thick you could cut it with a knife.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) the sort of overflowing, eye-watering, glaringly intense aesthetic that might make Hieronymus Bosch or Willy Wonka say: whoa man, too much, too much, let's tone it down a bit.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017