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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
5/5 No Score Yet Acute Misfortune (2019) A beautifully made and intensely thoughtful portrait of the life of controversial Archibald-winning painter Adam Cullen, based on the journalist and Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen's wild and compelling book of the same name.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
27% Extinction (2018) the kind of sludgy genre pic that used to be derided for having a 'made for TV' quality - back when that label was still an insult. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
15% How It Ends (2018) Director David M. Rosenthal finds news ways to say and feel nothing. There are no bold ideas or thought bubbles; no exciting action sequences or set pieces.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
90% The Gospel According to André (2018) It drips with the kind of running commentary one expects from a veteran pundit whose most valuable commodity has always been his words.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) This lean feel-good genre piece has a deceptive amount of style and at least a little philosophical grunt.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 60% The Second (2018) This remains, despite the onerous intellectualising, an engaging perspective explored with energy and verve.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
39% Mary Shelley (2018) Elle Fanning's dignified performance, which will resonate long after the closing credits roll, deserves better than this. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
17% Show Dogs (2018) Show Dogs has no fizz, no life, no spirit, no (sorry) bite. The film's lacklustre energy fails to climb a gear even in its final act, when the car Will Arnett drives appears to chase the villains at approximately 10 kilometers an hour‐
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The writing is patchy throughout and the dialogue is dreck.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The sleepy menace of Benicio del Toro is again on fine display, though Alejandro's moral complexity barely transcends the 'became an angel of death after they murdered my family' trope.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 89% Brothers' Nest (2018) The Jacobsons have given us another comedy classic, far stranger than the last.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 85% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade is better and sassier than many of the films it takes inspiration from.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Infinity War is Screenslaver, advocating the hypnotic allure of empty spectacle. Incredibles 2 is the Winston Deavor character, believing in the power of branding but also the value of inspirational narratives.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Jirga (2018) Its very existence seems to constitute an act of compassion.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/5 86% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The film coasts off the energy and rapport of this affable pair, whose smart-mouthed performances are full of pep and fizz.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Unlike The Last Jedi, it contains no moments when one questions the sanity of the writers, or why, with so many resources and so much talent at their fingertips, they resorted to egregious twists built on flaky or even non-existent logic.‐
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) There is something defeatist about a franchise that acknowledges stereotypes, tropes and clichés, then does little to circumvent them and nothing to counter them. ‐
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
91% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Whether audiences will be impressed by the story's ambitious combination of subconscious thought and existentialism, and the pairing of beautiful dreams and brutal reality, is partly a matter of patience. ‐
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
87% Tully (2018) Mary Poppins by way of bleary-eyed Middle America, substituting the idea that life gets better - or love means sacrifice - for a childish fantasy involving the healing powers of a 20-something, Greta Gerwig-type free spirit.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
74% Breath (2018) It is the rarest kind of sports movie, in that it will encourage in participants a different, thoroughly thoughtful perspective with which to view their pastime. Breath is a surfer film with soul and gravitas.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
77% Last Flag Flying (2017) A humanistic work, with a slight and unprepossessing way about it...about losing and finding, and finding and losing, faith in higher powers and purposes.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A celebration of mediocrity on a scale the cinema has never seen before. Avengers: Infinity War isn't a movie: it's advertising and brand management‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) Viewers will sense I Feel Pretty's buttery didacticism well before it gets spread across the final act.‐ The Daily Review/Crikey
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
14% 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
52% 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
81% 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
91% 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
73% 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
41% 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
18% 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
47% 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
100% 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
17% 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
89% 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
86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) a deceptively complex family film told with clarity and purpose.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
87% 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
77% 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
80% 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