Markie Robson-Scott

Markie Robson-Scott
Markie Robson-Scott's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Arts Desk
Publications: The Arts Desk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Perhaps Henriksen is too close to her subject matter in this directorial debut, but its power and promise are undeniable. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Train Your Baby Like a Dog (2019) Haffenden's approach, apart from the occasional clicker, which is more for novelty value than anything, is uncontroversial. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) This is Knoop's side of the story, set in San Francisco, but it's so intricately tied up with Albert's that the end result is not completely satisfying - and you feel that another documentary would have been a better vehicle for this extraordinary story. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Inside The Secret World of Incels (2019) Atmospheric and beautifully shot documentary. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) The dark side of Hydra in the Sixties emerges powerfully. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Maybe Button's aim is to show Vita and Virginia through a modern LGBT prism, but it misses the mark. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 93% We the Animals (2018) The movie lacks the book's ferocious impact (best not to read it before watching) but, shot on 16mm film, it has a dreamy, lyrical beauty. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The film's contemplative, spiritual atmosphere and its focus on Wayuu traditions and taboos is extraordinarily powerful. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Lisa crosses the line into madness and Gyllenhaal's handling of this unsettling ambiguity is masterly. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki found her actors on the street, living the lives they portray on screen, and the film is a mission statement. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 99% McQueen (2018) This moving documentary by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui provides a glimpse into [McQueen's] soul. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/5 86% Tully (2018) Inside Tully is a darker, more daring film trying to get out. There are startlingly original moments, but it's as if writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman chickened out in the end and plumped for whimsy and sentiment. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) There's some talking to camera, some breaking of the fourth wall, and a lot of ugliness and unfunny violence, played for laughs, which leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Not ground-breaking territory, but, as one of the kindly nuns tells [Lady bird], love is all about paying attention. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/4 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) This is a darker story, but not dark enough, and you wish it could have been less conventional and harder-hitting. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/5 84% The Final Year (2018) It feels like a bit of a PR job at times, though you can't PR the election result away and the elephant in the room throughout is what's happening back home. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
28% Suburbicon (2017) It could have been much more satisfying if Clooney and Heslov had stuck with the original plan and explored the timely real-life story Suburbicon is partly based on. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
59% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) Melodramatic, yes, but this powerful, disturbing film is based on a real event in mid-Eighties Iran, which makes it easier -- or perhaps harder -- to bear. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
71% Adrift (2009) Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia's third feature film, is a sensuous coming-of-age story as well as an ode to the Brazilian beach landscape of Buzios and the band of gorgeous bikini-clad teenagers who run wild in it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
97% Restrepo (2010) Junger and Hetherington developed a deep sense of connection with these young men... The connection is what gives this film such power. This is war. There's no political viewpoint, no narration... you're just there with the soldiers. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) In the end, son-father bitterness is unrealistically (and inaccurately) overcome, and you're left wishing for something more rigourous and less twee. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 98% Quest (2017) This is Olshefski's first feature and it is a tribute to his deep connection with the Raineys -- and what must have been a mammoth editing process by Lindsay Utz -- that the film unfolds with such grace over the years. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star, but director David Lowery lets the sheet do the talking. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) From the first snowy scenes around Central Park and the Upper West Side, the city and the portrait of Norman's place in it are mesmerising. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/5 95% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) It's Jane Jacobs' vision you come away admiring, as well as her determination to fight back. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 92% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) All are fine actors but there is something mechanical and flat about Quillévéré's method of supplying revelatory glimpses that don't quite ring true and aren't followed up. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3/5 64% Mad to Be Normal (2018) Mad to be Normal's pieces don't quite fit, but like Laing himself, it's never boring. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/5 87% Jackie (2016) Portman's portrayal of explosive yet restrained grief packs a punch, and Jackie's loneliness is palpable, emphasised by the White House's enormous rooms, Mica Levi's disquieting score... and cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine's long shots. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 82% Chi-Raq (2015) Frenzied, dazzling and finally empty. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 38% The Incident (2015) This is [ane Linfoot's] first full-length feature and it doesn't quite deliver the goods, though it does have a quietly disturbing, Joanna Hogg-like quality, only without Hogg's wit and verve. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/5 80% American Honey (2016) The atmosphere of unstructured movement and youth stays with you. You almost want to jump aboard and start selling magazines. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 89% My Scientology Movie (2017) The film doesn't entirely work, though it's still fascinating to see how [Theroux] deals with the imposed limitations. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 78% The First Monday in May (2016) Both events are minefields of planning and politics, which Rossi captures well, though meanderingly at times. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 90% The Blue Room (La chambre bleue) (2014) [Almaric] aims for what he calls the "permanent pleasure of doubt" and he succeeds - but sometimes the doubt is alienating and we long for some of the passion we saw in that blue room at the start. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 84% Julieta (2016) Like most of Almodóvar's films, it looks extraordinarily stylish, almost hallucinogenically so. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/5 89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) Tom Sweet's measured performance is mesmerising. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016