Martyn Conterio

Martyn Conterio
Martyn Conterio's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4 Little White Lies Starburst CineVue SciFiNow

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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 71% Carmilla (2020) Director Emily Harris' de-fanged adaptation follows plenty of other versions of the novella, zeroing in on the "lesbian vampire" aspect, but the result is deathly dull. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/5 71% There's No Such Thing as Vampires (2019) There's No Such Thing as Vampires is an admirable if flawed attempt at sustained suspense and nail-biting tension. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 87% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) Katja Herbers is simply phenomenal in the lead role, Femke, a heroine for our troubled times, the liberal who is mad as hell and fights back. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 76% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Briskly paced and edited, Grant's dark bloody comedy benefits from just the right tone. It never goes truly over the top and silly. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 78% Skull: The Mask (2020) Natallia Rodrigues, in the lead, does her best, but she's often left floundering and going through the action heroine motions. For a 90-minute adventure, it is also overstuffed and falls flat where it should shine. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 96% Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) An eye-opening and informative documentary all about the rough road countless artists travel on to get films made and seen by audiences. For making a movie is just half the battle. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 75% Hall (2020) Giannini has crafted a riveting, at times teasingly-abstract apocalyptic nightmare primed by domestic violence horrors and psychological trauma. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 100% A Ghost Waits (2020) A Ghost Waits is an unexpectedly heartfelt gem of micro-budgeted filmmaking. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 29% Aquaslash (2020) The occasional use of slow-motion at key points allows us to savor the gory gags and well-done prosthetics work. If only the director and writer had put as much thought into the rest of their film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 100% Dark Place (2019) Dark Place's mix of post-colonialist commentary and genre storytelling lends a fascinating perspective to a people outcast in their own land. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 100% The Swerve (2020) The Swerve is a compelling depiction of existential angst, melancholy, and mental illness, with director Kapsalis opting for subtlety over big-scene meltdown histrionics and much to his credit. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Don't Click (2020) [Director Kim G-hey] and co-writer Courtney Ellum have crafted a vital morality lesson about the perils of screen entertainment. It's more Michael Haneke's Funny Games than Eli Roth's splatstick shenanigans. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 100% Av: The Hunt (2020) Unbearably tense from the off, fiercely political, Av should be commended for tackling an ugly subject matter. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 87% Deerskin (2020) Far more rewarding than its initial wacky premise suggests. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The El Duce Tapes (2019) Funny, honest, grotesque and fascinated by a pot-bellied miscreant most would run a mile from, the film is a thought-provoking foray into anti-commercial art and outsider lifestyles. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 90% Rose Plays Julie (2019) Its emotional dilemmas, depictions of trauma, revenge and fractured family ties are handled with such skill and sense of purpose, it is truly exemplary film-making. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) In Waiting for the Barbarians, the director reveals a keen understanding not just of colonialist mentalities and methodologies in subduing and terrorising people, but also in the dangers of idealism when it lacks self-awareness. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 90% Leap of Faith (2019) While hardcore fans of the movie will be au fait with pretty much all the topics on the discussion here, Leap of Faith is still a riveting masterclass from a great filmmaker. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 86% Zombi Child (2020) Zombi Child is a stirring and highly peculiar piece of work. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 96% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Hagazussa rings with doom in both image and sound. The overall effect is unlike anything else you'll see in 2017. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Set almost entirely outdoors in a Mediterranean locale, the whole film is a riot of rapid editing, Sergio Leone shots, nihilistic energy, outré images, gorgeous back-lighting cinematography and occasional bursts of dreamy primary colours. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) An enthralling, powerful statement and lamentation on the drugs trade's inevitable encroachment upon on indigenous peoples and how gangsters casually destroyed them. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 79% Leto (2019) Serebrennikov has a great eye for composition and crafting a set piece, but the meandering pace and loose approach to storytelling makes his second feature akin to an album front loaded with banging tunes and the rest is filler. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 68% Climax (2019) The film is freaky, experimental, sometimes hilarious and unnervingly intense. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) That Lee has crafted a funny film full of snazzy editing, stylish imagery and a tremendous blues rock score, yet is laser-focused on a very serious subject matter, demonstrates his mastery of the cinematic medium. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 70% At War (En guerre) (2019) At War is a gripping leftist polemic about the plight of the working class when faced with drastic boardroom decisions, uncaring lawyers and shareholders looking to fill their boots as the ship sinks. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Gonzalez can be masterful in conjuring sexy imagery, febrile moods and erotic frissons, but his grip on the storytelling here is weak. Knife + Heart struggles to regain its initial momentum, falling flat until a lively climax. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 80% Ayka (2018) Once we start to understand Ayka's life and reasons for behaving how she does, the film gains tragic dimensions and its humanist voice grows into a desperate cry. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 59% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) Desplechin's plodding tale of provincial plod comes across like a middlebrow television pilot about a new breed of lawman. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 92% The Nightshifter (Morto nâo fala) (2018) Succeeds thanks to compelling lead performances, its inventive scenario and a social backdrop whereupon São Paulo is presented as a city awash with extraordinary levels of violence. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet All the Gods in the Sky (Tous les dieux du ciel) (2018) Consistently extraordinary, nightmarishly surreal and heart-wrenching. The ace up its sleeve is a surprising emotional gravitas amid the crazy goings-on and arthouse shocks. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 74% Assassination Nation (2018) What is Assassination Nation bringing to the table, that we don't already know? Parts of its shrill message therefore feel unconvincing, redundant, even dead on arrival. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) Although the handling of certain plot dynamics on occasion isn't as strong as its potent aesthetic finesse, Ly mounts a thriller operating as a savage indictment of social policies and underhand police tactics. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) A blood-soaked anti-imperialist fable and intertextual genre movie it most definitely is... but the film is equally -- more importantly -- a staunch celebration of home, land and communal bonds. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 96% Atlantics (2019) A magical realist tale of lost love, the dead avenging their demise and exploitation of the working class, Diop's sensitive and sensual handling of heavyweight themes is the mark of a very exciting talent. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 90% The Cordillera of Dreams (La cordillera de los sueños) (2020) The Cordillera of Dreams is a stirring look at a nation still recovering from the brutalization meted out by General Pinochet's callous and paranoid actions, but Guzmán goes further to offer his opinion of the present issues facing the country. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Countless clips highlight the amazing work and effort which goes into sound design. You'll certainly come away appreciating just how painstaking and time-consuming this specific field of cinema is. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) The Wild Goose Lake is a gangster flick mainlining on pure fatalism and turns the tables on genre conventions and expectations. The result is an occasionally opaque but tremendously well-made melodrama. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Call it a return to a conventional narrative, if you want to, this is still 100 percent Malick. Not a retreat or a return to the old days, but a definite continuation. Awe-inspiring, triumphant and as majestic as cinema can possibly get. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) The script is clever, the drama intricate, the plot grips like a thriller. Hinged on a series of moral choices the lad must make or ignore, it's as much a journey into the self as it is a story of teenage rebellion. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 100% Chi-Town (2018) Like the subject, Chi-Town is admirable, humble and hopeful. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is cynicism-free, first-class popcorn entertainment spearheaded by a knockout performance from Salazar. A star is born. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 79% Cult of Chucky (2017) While the plot is supremely silly, hardcore devotees will be delighted to find twists and turns along the way. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 46% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Horrifyingly captivating. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Laughton knocks it out of the park as Robarts, and his scenes with real-life missus Lanchester are hysterical. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 86% Under the Wire (2018) Colvin, then, becomes something of a guiding light in awful times, her fine legacy twofold. She was a great journalist, absolutely. But she was a greater humanitarian. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/5 64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Tiresome instead of zany. Incoherent instead of riotous fun. Charmless instead of charming. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
5/5 92% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) With its non-traditional structure, characters who come and go and epic timespan, 2001 is very much an arty extravaganza with mainstream appeal. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 92% The Endless (2018) Dotted throughout with clever clues and showcasing a remarkable narrative dexterity, The Endless makes it three home runs on the trot for Benson and Moorhead. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Campillo's engrossing human rights drama is top drawer foreign-language cinema and a must-see film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018