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Mark Demetrius

Mark Demetrius
Mark Demetrius's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% Fair Game (2010) There's the usual pompous waffle implying that the very right to criticise makes America pretty damned heroic after all. But mostly it's just very forgettable. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 23, 2010
53% Agora (2010) Well researched, and anchored by Rachel Weisz's impressive lead performance, this is a fascinating film that avoids the Hollywood epic route. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2010
72% Machete (2010) While it's well made and Danny Trejo is an amazing presence on screen, the sustained over-the-top violence becomes tiresome. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2010
80% Made in Dagenham (2010) Could well have been a sub-Full Monty cliche-fest... overall it's a bit better than that, thanks to a raft of impressive performances, compelling and moving subplots, and scenes showing the economic and relationship costs of industrial action. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2010
69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) It's not much more than a rattling good yarn -- but it certainly is that. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2010
53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) In an early self-referential monologue, Greg says, "Who wants to see a movie about a kid who's stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons?" Who indeed? ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2010
65% The Infidel (2010) Often uproariously funny, this cross-cultural comedy brims with sharp dialogue and its ideas are sensitive and intelligent without being heavy-handed. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2010
86% Please Give (2010) The main problem with the film, though, is that it seems to assume that self-obsessed and charmless people are automatically interesting - just for being people. There's definitely a flaw in that logic. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 7, 2010
82% Four Lions (2010) While tackling politically sensitive subject manner, this daring satire manages to offer both hilarity and poignancy. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 16, 2010
83% The Ghost Writer (2010) While an intriguing political thriller, it disappointingly lacks the atmosphere of Roman Polanski's previous masterpieces. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 9, 2010
90% Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009) Attractively shot, this quietly moving tale is marked by a handful of haunting moments. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 9, 2010
86% The Special Relationship (2010) Fine performances anchor this entertaining film which provides real insight into the dynamics of power and politics. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2010
75% Greenberg (2010) While slightly patchy and too quirky, Ben Stiller is terrific in the lead role and the film is highly watchable, containing a handful of unforgettable moments. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 19, 2010
88% The Hedgehog (2011) The emotional manipulation gets irritating though, and the characters seem more archetypal than real. They exist merely to prove a point.
Posted Jul 6, 2010
85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) Although it feels slightly generic at times, this reasonably entertaining thriller is made all the more intriguing due to the fact that it is inspired by real events. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 30, 2010
80% I Am Love (2010) Despite an elegant and impressive visual style, the narrative of this slow-paced film is uninteresting and full of cliché. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 26, 2010
91% Fish Tank (2010) A well shot and uniformly well acted film which draws the audience in by an increasingly tense and dramatic narrative. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 25, 2010
36% New York, I Love You (2009) New York, I Love You is a mild and a guilty pleasure, but it's a pleasure nonetheless. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2010
86% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) he White Ribbon is unsettling, disturbing and enigmatic; it's often horrifying and occasionally eerily beautiful. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 5, 2010
41% 44 Inch Chest (2010) It boasts a crackerjack cast and a richly dense script, and scenes of inspired fantasy and hallucinatory nightmarish power. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 30, 2010
57% Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae (2009) It's neither inherently cinematic nor -- arguably -- particularly exciting. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 21, 2010
52% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) While this often hilariously haphazard film draws you in, you're ultimately left trying to discern fact from fiction. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 2, 2010
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) A must-see film with gripping performances and vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
37% From Paris with Love (2010) An abysmal film: a buddy comedy with no jokes, implausible storylines and boring action scenes. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 15, 2010
94% In the Loop (2009) It's strained, flat, laboured, repetitive, self-satisfied, largely unfunny, and has the drab and tacky look of a telemovie. Dr. Strangelove it ain't. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 19, 2010
91% Up in the Air (2009) Up In The Air is engaging, by turns witty and serious, unpredictable and surprisingly moving. Definitely recommended. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2010
75% Cold Souls (2009) An uneasy mix of comedy and ideas, which flatters both itself and its audience that it's smarter and wryer than it really is. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 24, 2009
92% In Search of Beethoven (2009) It features over sixty live performances, and there are a few pompous musicians and musicologists among the interviewees. But the engaging ones comfortably outnumber them... ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 30, 2009
94% An Education (2009) Excellent performances from the entire cast don't make up for the fact that this film is mostly a highly forgetful, stylish, soap inspired story. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2009
81% Louise-Michel (2008) Complete with an absurdist black humour and a bizarre collection of farcical set pieces, Louise-Michel is a hit and miss affair. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 8, 2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) An extraordinary performance from Benicio Del Toro anchors this long but gripping film based on a powerful true story. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 29, 2009
86% Eden à l'Ouest (Eden Is West) (2009) Costa-Gavras scores a few telling points -- about the callous crassness of privileged tourists, for example -- but whatever his intentions, the end product is essentially a rattling good yarn. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 21, 2009
84% State of Play (2009) It hits the ground running, and - while never remotely innovative - manages to be unpredictable and labyrinthine enough to generally hold our attention. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 27, 2009
77% Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009) Some of the plot is implausible, yet the core ideas resonate richly, and the characters' behaviour is psychologically intriguing. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 22, 2009
51% What Just Happened? (2008) It's also mercifully free of the kind of phony pretensions to subversion and irreverence that weighed down, say, Robert Altman's The Player. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 20, 2009
85% Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) Brilliantly made and utterly compelling from beginning to end. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 8, 2009
94% Samson and Delilah (2010) It's a predominantly bleak story, but never defeatist, and it stays with you. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 8, 2009
57% Defiance (2009) Defiance starts shakily but gets steadily more engrossing. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 1, 2009
63% Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009) Paris 36 is ill-conceived, predictable, overlong, flatly directed, over-acted, uninvolving, corny, riddled with trite music and smugly self-regarding. Not an unqualified success, one might say. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 1, 2009
96% Tulpan (2009) Skip the latest Hollywood trifle and see this instead. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 24, 2009
63% A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur) (2008) Alas, not for a minute does the viewer care about any character, though admittedly it's mildly diverting and intermittently funny -- and occasionally blackly or incongruously so. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 10, 2009
93% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009) Summer Hours meanders along as a restrained mood piece, and is quite good and moving in parts, but it's just plain flat in others. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 3, 2009
48% Bottle Shock (2008) Predictable, corny, schmaltzy, inane, unfunny, flat, sentimental and utterly fatuous. Most of the acting is bad, and none of the characters are interesting. Watching it is about as culturally rewarding as actually getting drunk, and less fun. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 27, 2009
65% Duplicity (2009) Essentially formulaic fare. Although Julia Roberts is quite good, the love scenes look exactly like what they are: famous people pretending. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 20, 2009
43% Blindness (2008) Blindness is not unmissable, and has awkwardly implausible moments, but it succeeds in sucking us into its peculiar world. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 20, 2009
51% Notorious (2009) Notorious is a pretty standard biopic, and is probably largely compromised. If you've never seen Nick Broomfield's excellent 2002 doco Biggie And Tupac, you'd be better served hunting that down instead. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2009
85% Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008) Truly original and very moving, with a hypnotic and elliptical quality all its own. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 6, 2009
70% Last Chance Harvey (2009) It's wafer-thin and groaningly predictable, but it's also absurdly touching. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2009
57% My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) If you've got a strong stomach, My Bloody Valentine 3D is a definite pleasure...albeit a guilty one, in the perversely stupid tradition of all good gore films. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 13, 2009
36% Igor (2008) Igor sends up all sorts of cliches, but -- by degenerating into a mawkish romance and a boring race against time -- it also becomes one. ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 8, 2009