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
4/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) The quirky mix of philosophy, fairy tale, violence and psychological truth means that Riders of Justice delivers on every level. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
4/5 98% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) The virtuoso performances from Sukowa and Chevallier carry the day in this sensitively directed film, where every sound contains depth and beauty. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 97% Shiva Baby (2021) Emma Seligman's debut feature, which began as a short in her film studies degree at New York University, is full of energy in its exploration of the dynamics of sex, power and career, with lox and bagels on the side. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/5 63% The Artist's Wife (2020) You never get much sense of what the relationship was like before Richard became ill so it's hard to mourn its loss, unlike in other films about dementia... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
3/5 91% End of Sentence (2020) That's life. Move on," is a motto that Frank passes on to Sean, and it seems a fair way to sum up the texture of this thoughtful, unassuming film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
4/5 90% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) Hiraki's subtle performance, full of raw emotion and grit, forms a good contrast to the muted notes of the Kuriharas. And who's to say, in the end, which of them is the true mother? - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
3/5 91% Mouthpiece (2019) Leah Fay's choreography and the haunting, humming music composed by Nostbakken carry the film along to its surreal and poignant resolution. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 98% Minari (2020) You sometimes wish for more detail, more connection between the scenes, but there's still something wonderfully positive and uplifting about the whole. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 28% Bliss (2021) Fun? Quite tiresome, actually. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
4/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire is about growing up, a painful, awkward, everyday love story, but no one tells it like Miranda July. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) Talking about awkward things without shame is what this film endorses - and does well. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The authenticity of Vanessa Kirby's remarkable performance shines through. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
4/5 67% Falling (2020) The film revolves around Henriksen's extraordinarily energetic, powerful performance. He's a demented dad from hell. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 75% The Other Lamb (2020) If this is a parable about masculinity and power, it doesn't come off. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 97% Queen of Hearts (2019) This gripping erotic drama, directed by May el-Toukhy with wonderful performances from all, is sometimes in danger of slipping over into posh soap, or soft-core porn, territory - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 76% Savage (2019) [T]he film doesn't quite succeed in bearing the weight of its subject matter. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) Shannon Murphy's debut feature is full of extraordinary performances - Scanlen and Wallace are outstanding - but the initial brilliance and pace aren't sustained. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
4/5 86% Selah and the Spades (2020) Yet in spite of plot weaknesses and occasional gaps in credibility, Selah and the Spades has huge, strange energy and exciting boldness that leave you looking forward to Poe's next film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 81% Tigertail (2020) A gentle, elegiac Asian-American story of lost love and emotional repression... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2/5 37% Downhill (2020) If only an undercurrent of 'Veep'-like neurotic power had been allowed full sway here. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 97% Midnight Family (2019) Lorentzen plunges us into the blood and guts of the city as we careen along inside the ambulance. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
4/5 91% Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (2019) We may not like Marshall's persona much, but in the end, the pictures tell the story. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 84% Waves (2019) This is an exceptionally powerful movie, though not a political one. It looks and sounds wonderful and if this is sometimes at the expense of depth, you barely notice because of its propulsive movement. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
3/5 74% Pink Wall (2019) Cullen is influenced by Cassavetes and 70s realism, as well as Richard Linklater and his Before trilogy, and there is a gritty, intense quality to Pink Wall. It could be seen as a wilder, indie companion piece to Marriage Story, perhaps. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 81% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass is full of dark, delicious weirdness. Don't look too hard for deeper meaning. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
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 56% 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 42% 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 92% 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 90% 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 87% 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 90% 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 77% 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
96% 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 88% 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