Mark Demetrius

Mark Demetrius
Mark Demetrius's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia)
Biography:
Mark Demetrius has been a freelance writer for decades, specialising in film criticism and rock journalism. He was a longstanding columnist for Rolling Stone, and has contributed to numerous publications from Juice to FILMINK. Mark also wrote a book of blackly humourous limericks called Grimmericks, lived in London for years and is now back in Sydney.
Publications: FILMINK (Australia)
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
15/20 96% Nomadland (2020) ...a mixed bag. It definitely has its moments and is at its best when dealing with mortality and loss rather than friendship...there's an implicit sentimentality about the film's overall style which can be tiresome. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
14/20 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) ...incredibly well staged, the performers are amazingly tight and seemingly inexhaustible, and Byrne's patter is sharp and acerbic. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
19/20 100% The Father (2020) ...stunning, phenomenal... Pick your superlative. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
14/20 99% Totally Under Control (2020) ...in the second half of the film, as the U.S. death toll starts to mount exponentially and there's a chronic but avoidable shortage of masks and respirators, the film becomes - rather ghoulishly, perhaps - more compelling. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
18/20 63% Hope Gap (2020) ...as powerful domestic stories go, it's in the top league. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
18/20 88% The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul) (2019) ...a superb parable, with a lump-in-the-throat ending that's more moving than most live-action movies... there is beauty here too, both moral and visual. Very highly recommended. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
15/20 90% Dark Waters (2019) ... likeable not only for what it includes but for what it excludes: excessive swelling strings, histrionic speeches and 'redemptive' messages. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
18/20 100% Honeyland (2019) ...a sublime and deeply moving documentary... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
16/20 94% Honey Boy (2019) ...well acted, and features a lot of very credible and naturalistic dialogue. It's distressing in places, and predominantly bleak and sad. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
18/20 77% Richard Jewell (2019) ...ultra-watchable, engrossing, naturalistic, tautly directed and superbly acted - especially by Hauser and Rockwell - and scripted. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
16/20 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) ...poignant and moving... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
17/20 36% Seberg (2020) ...intelligently scripted and keeps relatively - if not rigorously - close to the facts. It's also quite engrossing, and Kirsten Stewart is excellent in a demanding role. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
20/20 95% The Irishman (2019) ...phenomenal... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
15/20 100% Martha: A Picture Story (2019) ...a visual document of visual documents - an interesting testament to the massive archive a photographer accrued in a lifetime of restless creative energy and observation. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
17/20 82% The Report (2019) ...a gripping, intelligently written and deftly constructed thriller, and of course all the more compelling because it's true. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
16/20 100% Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll (2019) this is - until about the two-thirds mark - a wonderfully interesting documentary. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
18/20 61% Vox Lux (2018) ...somehow manages to be simultaneously moving, cynical and facetious... a must-see. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
15/20 91% Maria By Callas (2018) ...unquestionably well made, meticulously researched... not quite satisfying in giving a fully-rounded portrait; given her technically phenomenal voice, the footage of her singing will be thrilling to people who aren't impervious to the charms of opera. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
16/20 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) ...stronger as the character becomes more intense and arguably unhinged. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
12/20 93% The Favourite (2018) ...like a failed attempt to make a Peter Greenaway film, though without any of his imagination or instinctual flair. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
14/20 91% Widows (2018) ...started off looking like a crackerjack thriller ends up being merely alright... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
13/20 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) ...it is not necessary to like Queen's music in order to find this film watchable and mildly enjoyable. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
16/20 67% The Seagull (2018) This is not quite the full high-octane stuff of a classic version, but it's well and truly worth seeing. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
16/20 85% West of Sunshine (2017) ...well written and well acted by all concerned... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
No Score Yet Escape From Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith (2018) Worth seeing for the movie clips. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) ...while it'soccasionally funny, and even more infrequently poignant,there are too many times whenit feels flatand a bit of a hard slog... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
17/20 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) ...crackerjack script, and performances from the two leads which amount to a master class in great acting. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
15/20 88% Whitney (2018) ...well-made and ingeniously edited documentary. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
98% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) ...an immersive drama... thatnever ceases tofeel utterly real. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2018
41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) ...a solid, poignantand engaging drama, though not aknockout. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
15/20 100% Gurrumul (2017) Though very much a respectful and admiring portrait of its subject, Gurrumul is not a hagiography. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
85% The Square (2017) Unmissable. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
15/20 82% The Party (2018) ...intermittently very funny... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
12.50/20 96% Menashe (2017) Menashe Lustig's performance here is strong, in a subtly understated way, and there are a few - but very few - mildly emotionally resonant scenes. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
11/20 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) ... a tearjerker which won't necessarily jerk your tears. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
17/20 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ...a rattling good yarn with a complex plot and (rarity of rarities in mainstream cinema) a great ending. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
8/20 88% The Post (2018) Imagine The West Wing minus all the wit ... - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
91% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) The Wound has its moments, but they're pretty few and far between. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
16/20 84% Tom of Finland (2017) ... a very watchable, solid, frequently entertaining and sometimes touching true story. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Greek provocateur Yorgos Lanthimus re-teams with Colin Farrell for another slice of absurdity. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
84% The King's Choice (2017) ...absolutely and emphatically not just another movie about World War II. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
13/20 73% Final Portrait (2018) "...a subtle and low-key affair about the great Swiss-Italian artist Alberto Giacometti." - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) ...the whole adds up to rather less than the sum of its parts. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
18/20 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) An extraordinarily deft, well-pitched and multi-faceted film. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
18/20 93% Neruda (2016) Singularly winning mixture of irony, semi-parody and powerfully moving drama from the director of Jackie. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Norman is pitched somewhere between comedy and character-driven drama, succeeding as neither. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
92% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Land Of Mine is... gripping, well-acted by all, and a good, strong tale well told. It's also that uncommon thing: a movie that touches on the theme of redemption without descending into bathos or inanity. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
16/20 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) This taut Iranian thriller recalls the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Claude Chabrol, and Brian De Palma. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
13/20 89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) ...this is an odd, slow moving and only partly successful film. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
18/20 77% Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) ...well acted, touching, both funny and serious, and above all deftly plotted and scripted. - FILMINK (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017