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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 43% 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
3/5 100% 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 72% 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 78% Les Misérables (2019) 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 87% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) 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 85% Atlantique (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 No Score Yet The Cordillera of Dreams (La Cordillera de los Sueños) (2019) 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
3/5 100% 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 93% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) (2019) 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 74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (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 61% Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed) (2019) 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 60% 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 77% 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 43% 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 62% 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 93% 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 93% 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
5/5 96% Western (2018) The film's keen observations on male behaviour and displays of aggression and machismo, both individually and in groups, revealing truthful insights into the male mindset and body language, which provide Western with potent resonance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The film is packed with laugh-out-loud moments, full of deadpan observations - a quintessential Anderson touch - and exciting sequences. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/5 50% Spaceship (2016) There is imagination and poetry all its own making in Spaceship. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
5/5 77% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A film to chill the spine and haunt the mind, Nicolas Pesce has achieved cinematic glory. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Amat Escalante has taken up the reins as his country's controversial festival darling. He is, in effect, the bad boy of contemporary Mexican cinema. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 86% American Made (2017) American Made is ultimately an anodyne cautionary tale, even if it has a swell time hanging out with psychopaths and is almost light-hearted in the portrayal of drug trafficking and murder. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 83% Strangled (A martfüi rém) (2017) Strangled is a solid crime saga, benefitting from atmospheric cinematography by Gabor Szabo and a historic backdrop where the murders reverberate into the political arena of the era. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a requiem for the workingman, brilliantly crafted and suitably savage. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 92% Thelma (2017) Thelma is a genre-bending mystery drama running the gamut between horror and sci-fi. Thelma is equally curious as a character, too. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 84% Mayhem (2017) Yuen is excellent as a man barely holding on to his last shred of decency in an environment with no values and is ably backed by co-stars Dallas Roberts, Samara Weaving and Kerry Fox. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/5 82% Tragedy Girls (2017) Part of what makes Tragedy Girls so fun is not the blunt force satire, but how it makes the audience complicit in the girls' quest for fame and fortune. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Yorgos Lanthimos's America-set psychological horror film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, boasts such a fiendish premise that Alfred Hitchcock would have taken notes. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) A return to the dark, primal and transgressive terrors of the original movie. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
4/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Kubrick in Shining mode doing The Road to Wellville. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 77% Split (2017) Split represents the director's A-game, and showcases his talent for fantastical storytelling grounded in the everyday. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
5/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) In just three films, Na Hong-jin has emerged as one of South Korean cinema's best kept secrets. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
5/5 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) In just three films, Na Hong-jin has emerged as one of South Korean cinema's best kept secrets. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 75% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Challenging, daring, provocative, disgusting - We are the Flesh is all those things and then some, but also superbly crafted and always visually compelling. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
5/5 99% Under The Shadow (2016) ★★★★★ Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow uses the haunted house set-up and classical filmmaking techniques expressly for political purposes. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
4/5 49% 31 (2016) 31 is a horror show delivered in hammer blows. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/5 47% Red Christmas (2017) Craig Anderson's Red Christmas is more Bob Clark's Black Christmas than Michael Curtiz's White Christmas. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
3/5 35% Abattoir (2016) Bousman might not quite pull off the 'Howard Hawks meets The Wicker Man' vibe he's going for, but Abattoir is horror for grown-ups - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
4/5 62% Another Evil (2017) Nothing else this year can match Another Evil for its expert chills, comic dialogue, Office-level cringe and disturbing themes. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
4/5 95% The Love Witch (2016) Anna Biller's The Love Witch is a movie aesthetes of kitsch will embrace with open arms. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
3/5 12% Cell (2016) Gives the tired zombie survival horror subgenre a much-needed recharge. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
4/5 69% My Father, Die (2017) Full of Old Testament values and punishing degradation. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
4/5 95% The Similars (Los Parecidos) (2016) Like an episode of The Twilight Zone guest-directed by Luis Buñuel, The Similars is richly absurd in premise but also founded on a bedrock of social and political issues. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Displaying an exemplary commitment to knuckle-biting tension, director Serra has made a riveting B-movie. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016