Luke Gorham

Luke Gorham
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Luke Gorham is a film and music critic and the co-founder/editor-in-chief of In Review Online. He also co-hosts the film podcast Summer Blockbuster!?!, believes Twilight is one of the most rewarding comedies of all time, and has a 23-pound cat named Ronald McDonald. @inro
Publications: In Review Online

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T-Meter Title | Year
67% Brighton 4th (2021) While the restraint is welcome, the film's destination makes it another mostly nondescript 'contemporary world cinema' effort. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
40% Fathom (2021) In allowing itself to be defined primarily by what it's not, Fathom never establishes what it wants to be. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2021
No Score Yet Poupelle of Chimney Town (2020) The Garbage Man isn't the only thing here that stinks. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
90% Catch the Fair One (2021) If there's a lack of tidiness to be found in Catch the Fair One's bleak exeunt, it's at least a mirror of the reality it seeks to depict. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
No Score Yet Dating & New York (2021) [Dating & New York] attempts to disguise its derivative genre core behind a melange of recognizable cinematic influences and occasionally subversive quirks. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
No Score Yet Soul (Roh) (2019) Soul otherwise relies on generic mimicry of the formula and imagery of better horror efforts. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2021
82% The Spine of Night (2021) Even if things never quite entirely smooth out, [The Spine of Night is] distinguished by its nerdcore unorthodoxy. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
78% Inbetween Girl (2021) Despite some welcome deviations from the teen sheen formula, the film lands somewhere in between commendable and disappointing. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
100% Petite Maman (2021) Across its brief 70 minutes, Petite Maman proves to be both Sciamma's most intimate and epic work yet. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
22% Chaos Walking (2021) There's legitimate visual finesse to appreciate in the film ... but in Chaos Walking, what you hear is what you get, and, frankly, it's not enough. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) It's neither much of a step forward or back [for Disney] in terms of overall quality or ambition, but the filmmakers manage to finesse enough small pleasures from the familiar. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) In ideological and moral war, familiarity ... is the state's greatest weapon. It's unfortunate, then, that it's also Judas and the Black Messiah's greatest weakness. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
94% Riders of Justice (2021) As the film progresses toward its obvious destination ... much of the comedic texture is flattened in service of some unnecessary, even manipulative emotional catharsis. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
85% On the Count of Three (2021) The best example of the film's careful equilibrium - and its facility at navigating both broad comedy and affecting drama - comes in a most unexpected place: a Papa Roach song. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
20% The Reckoning (2021) Unable to accrue any real tonal or intellectual force, The Reckoning doesn't merit even the barest comparison to obvious touchstones like The Witch or The Crucible. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
82% Wild Indian (2021) What keeps such pro forma plotting interesting - insofar as it can be considered interesting - is the film's refusal to moralize. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
54% John and the Hole (2021) [John and the Hole] is a mostly blank slate, one which ... relies on ample audience projection to fill in the undeveloped gaps. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
100% Nasir (2019) "As it becomes marked by rippling disquiet, Nasir opens up into something far more sobering than merely cinema of the quotidian." - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
95% Between the World and Me (2020) [Between the World and Me isn't] successful as a visual document ... but it at least justifies its existence as a valuable contribution to necessary discourse. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) While [Sound of Metal] fails as a game-changer and a (r)evolution of cinematic sonics, it works somewhat better as a bit of affectingly lived-in, post-shtick drama. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
90% The Climb (2020) There's genuine pathos simmering just beneath the low-brow japery, but [Covino] ... instead trusts his intentionally repetitive narrative structure to build comic scaffolding. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Jingle Jangle ... [is] a purely confectionary creation whose striking peculiarity invalidates any qualitative assessment. It simply needs to be watched. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
71% Once Upon a River (2020) Once Upon a River succumbs to an adaptation problem wherein it hustles through its encounters ... instead of slowing down to build any depth into its various compartments. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
89% Black Bear (2020) [Black Bear] suggests ... that life is refractory, resistant to our efforts at control, which amount to futile, sometimes beautiful and sometimes cruel, works of art. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
91% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) Nothing in Beginning is mere ostentation ... [Kulumbegashvili] sidesteps familiar arthouse pratfalls by anchoring her human concerns to her visual expressions. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) "If only Blank had ... kept things simple. Instead, she tries to deliver an entire mixtape of material when one great rap would have been better." - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) July is too talented an artist to produce an outright failure, but given her trajectory and past efforts, it's hard to perceive Kajillionaire as much more. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Enola Holmes is ultimately the kind of film that would have been better suited as a new Nickelodeon pilot. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
100% Inconvenient Indian (2020) Structural digressions reveal themselves to be gently layered thematic progressions; in Latimer's hands, deft portraiture builds to a vision of profound collective power. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) That Wolfwalkers sometimes frustrates in its refusal to shed its limiting apologue texture is a testament to its reliable transcendence elsewhere. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Pieces of a Woman...communicates little in the way of psychological or emotional acuity. What remains instead is a film troubled by its unfulfilled possibility. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
93% Residue (2020) [Residue] reflects a discursively nuanced and visually distinct DIY vision unburdened of Hollywood filmmaking expectations or pandering neoliberal hegemony. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) But once the film settles into the rhythms of the play's conversational gymnastics, all cinematic distinction prostrates itself to the project's theatrical origins. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
65% PVT CHAT (2021) Hozie mistakes lampoonery for incisive critique, which muddies PVT CHAT's tone and confuses its attempt at trenchancy. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
34% Mainstream (2021) And yet, while Mainstream demonstrates little restraint, there's a toothlessness to its out-of-touch commentary and its Pollockian approach to seeing what sticks. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Iannucci's treatment is perhaps too clipped to muster much power, but if this approach, favoring trifle over nourishment, results in a capped ceiling, that's really okay. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) But in adapting this generic puzzlebox setup, Kaufman ... somehow finds an empathic portrait of broken humanity amid the novel's lurid morass. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
87% Patrick (2019) It's as if the only artistic ambition here was to treat nudity with nonchalance, attempting to create layers of depth by laying bare its conceit. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
96% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Smartly, Nyoni contrasts the polemical thematics of a capitalist, self-sabotaging country's ruling class with an accessible filmmaking style and a light tone. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
93% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) Many small moments here [tremble] with the painful reality of America's grand tradition of inequity. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
67% Pendular (2018) [Pendular is undermined by its fundamental inequity. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Looser and lighter - and, in the end, that's satisfying enough. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
73% Everest (2015) Not all small moments are trifling  ... [and] the real-life subjects of this story deserve to be remembered as more than a footnote to its spectacle. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
28% Burnt (2015) Wells damns the film with an extra two minutes of demonstrably pat resolutions. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
97% Brooklyn (2015) Brooklyn transcend[s] the banality of a happy ending for something murkier and more beautiful. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Michael Moore's approach here is almost essayistic, allowing [the] constituent parts to fluidly integrate into a broader assessment of international cultural progressivism. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
83% The Whispering Star (Hiso hiso boshi) (2015) As stark and deliberate as Tarkovsky, but as heartfelt and imaginative as the first thirty minutes of WALL∙E. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
78% Searchers (Maliglutit) (2016) Spare to a fault, Maliglitut feels like a half-conceived work, dazzling in theory but deeply-flawed and underwhelming in execution. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
92% Certain Women (2016) [Reichardt's] dedicated naturalism allows her audience the freedom to feel as freely and deeply as she does about her characters and their lives. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
68% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Voyage of Time proves itself devoid of this self-indulgence, and instead executes a more intimate exploration of Malick's worldview - an invitation rather than a baptism. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020