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Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Fan The Fire

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) The film won't be for everyone, but it's a unique take on the ubiquitous cinematic theme of death and what happens after it, and deserves to be seen.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) A common criticism of blockbusters these days is a perceived lack of wit or invention -- the sense that big budgets and special effects are often used to paper over fundamental cracks. Baby Driver is an antidote to that feeling.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 87% Dying Laughing (2017) While many of the insights offered may not be revelatory, there are nevertheless moments of pathos and power in Dying Laughing, as well as some laughs -- though perhaps fewer than you might expect, given the comic talent on show.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 92% The Shepherd (El pastor) (2016) The result is a compelling, well acted drama that doesn't quite live up to its own high standards.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) [It] may be inconsistent, but there are enough comic high points, mixed in with just enough pathos, to make Mindhorn worth seeking out.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
3/5 94% Neruda (2016) I felt a little distanced from it as I watched, and never felt able to connect with the characters the way it seemed to want m e to, but that said there are plenty of excellent scenes to enjoy along the way.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) I enjoyed the blend of genres and appreciated the fact that Assayas was trying something bold. That boldness, couple with Stewart's winning lead performance, make Personal Shopper worth a look.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
3/5 60% Allied (2016) This tale of spies in love, which is old-fashioned in its storytelling, mostly in a good way, has enough charm to be worth a look.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson, for me, succeeds in creating a tone that is very much its own, and by practising exceptional levels of dramatic restraint, delivers a ponderous, thoughtful experience, much like the ones in its protagonist's head.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts is a solid if unspectacular introduction to a new franchise.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) With a cast on great form, a tricky narrative told in a confident way, and excellent technical qualities, there's a whole lot to enjoy in Tom Ford's second feature.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
4/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) A powerful, important piece of work that sheds light on the treatment of decent people by an increasingly dehumanised state.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
3/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) The film is in some ways a triumph, but as a whole lacks the cohesion and charm of some of Marvel's other comic book adaptations.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
4/5 91% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) Patrick Shen's documentary In Pursuit of Silence is a captivating investigation into what silence really is, and why humans might seek it out, or even require it.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) There's enough in here to recommend a viewing if you're after a relatively old-fashioned thriller; it just won't stick with you for too long.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 99% Under The Shadow (2016) [Under The Shadow] takes many of the standard tropes of haunted-house cinema and makes a good fist of refreshing them with to its good performances, strong sense of place, and understated political commentary.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) It's hard to imagine anybody not being won over by this charming adventure, which I'm already looking forward to watching again.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) Green Room is a memorable thriller, and I can't wait to see what Saulnier does next.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/5 60% War Dogs (2016) I did find the film to have more depth than I thought it was going to, and more political bite, all gravitating around Hill's memorable antihero.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 81% Cosmos (2016) There are ideas aplenty in Cosmos, many of which are compelling, but there is a lack of insight or resolution to most of it that feels frustrating.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/5 75% Wiener-Dog (2016) It's a blackly comic drama dealing with the issue of futility, with a cynical edge that Solondz fans will be familiar with.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The crew has been well cast, and although this may not be their most memorable adventure, it's still a cut above your average action blockbuster.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
4/5 100% The Hard Stop (2015) It' s a film that reminds us about the inequality that persists in our country; about the racial tensions that shamefully still hold sway; and how community can provide hope and comfort.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
4/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) The triumph of Miller's film comes from the meeting of a great cast with a sensitive, clever script that treats them all with remarkable even-handedness.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
4/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Like Drive, this is a film whose powerful visual style and hypnotic soundtrack help build the narrative up to a point which it might not otherwise have reached. ‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
3/5 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Where the stories are united, though, is in their strangeness and arresting visuals. In that sense, the film certainly has an identity of its own, and those in search of a fairytale oddity will find much to enjoy in Tale of Tales.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 28% Warcraft (2016) Jones holds all the parts together, just about, and the things that work are strong enough to leave an impression.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
3/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) There are contrivances in the story and some of the performances still hover on the annoying side, but this sequel is surprisingly a better effort than its predecessor, with some fun action and inventive visuals to enjoy.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
2/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) X-Men Apocalypse has a lot of stuff in it, but those elements don't add up to much. Its loose structure, hit-and-miss action sequences and underused characters mean it struggles to hold the attention consistently.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
5/5 95% Sing Street (2016) I liked Sing Street pretty much from the word go and only went on to like it more from that point onwards.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) In the 2016 battle for superhero supremacy, Marvel has unquestionably delivered the knock-out blow.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2016
3/5 39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) A lean and gritty western.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
3/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) I was enjoying myself enough by that point to ignore the cracks in the narrative and just go with it.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) The voice cast are all on enjoyable form, and the storyline, once it kicks into gear, is not simply a vehicle for the message of the film, but an enjoyable caper in its own right, full of motion and invention.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) It's a well played, pleasingly sinister film. Not outright scary for most of its runtime, and not perhaps what many fans of mainstream horror will be expecting, but it has the power to disturb.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 71% The Salvation (2015) There's little to really complain about, save a couple of instances of iffy scripting, but the overall sense of familiarity leaves the whole thing feeling not much more than efficiently done.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 81% The Overnight (2015) Brice's film adopts an unusual angle through which to look at adult relationships, and benefits from that, as well as a cast on good form.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
4/5 93% Slow West (2015) This quirky, confident Western belies the fact it is the director's first feature, and marks him out as one to watch.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) If its primary function is ultimately to remind all the oldies how brilliant Jurassic Park was, and simultaneously to inspire a new generation of kids to go and check it out, then that's surely a good thing.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
4/5 94% Spy (2015) McCarthy is terrific as Susan Cooper, but Feig also deserves great credit: his whip-smart script and confident direction lend the whole picture a sense of energy and whimsical charm.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 83% Results (2015) Results is not without nice touches, and will raise a sm ile more than a few times. Guy Pearce's slightly off-kilter performance as philosophy-driven Trevor is worth a look.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 81% Man Up (2015) It's all very gener ic and predictable, but not in an entirely bad way. Man Up has its charms and it'll raise a smile, perhaps even a chuckle or two, if you're looking for a no-frills romcom.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) It's a modestly successful, pure-hearted family blockbuster. The story doesn't really match its ideals in the end, but it's a fun enough ride while you're on it.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 64% The Man Who Saved the World (2015) The Man Who Saved the World remains an interesting and unique telling of an important story.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 62% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) Ultimately, it's Firth's film, and he ensures it's never less than thoroughly watchable.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) It's to his great credit that the film feels like a Joss Whedon film. In other words, it has a character of its own, and after 11 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that's something to enjoy and appreciate.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) So Ant-Man is an admirable but flawed attempt to expand the Marvel canon. The script is far from Marvel's best and, considering the film aims to be light hearted, lacks the laughs that bolster so many of these films.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/5 60% The Intern (2015) The Intern doesn't have a huge amount to say about the issues it touches on; it's generally happy to let its two charismatic leads simply hang out together. It's a li ttle cutesy at times, and overlong), but it's not without its charms.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 97% 45 Years (2015) The film builds quietly to its powerful conclusion, subtly play ing with our expectations. There are one or two moments where the script is a little too forthright, but this is well-acted double-header directed with poise and confidence by Haigh.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
2/5 26% Vacation (2015) This road trip isn't as bad as you might have heard, but it's not a journey I can honestly recommend taking.‐ Fan The Fire
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016