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Matthew Leyland

Matthew Leyland
Matthew Leyland's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) A riveting reconstruction of the struggle for independence in mid-50s Algiers, its pseudo-documentary style still feels as headline-fresh as its content.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 15, 2007
4/5 85% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Smart, sprightly and sensitive, this is like a junior-edition Heavenly Creatures , complete with ace chemistry and tragic twist.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
3/5 69% Close to Home (2007) More a buddy movie than a political one, it nonetheless captures the festering tensions of a divided city.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2007
2/5 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) This is eye candy with a hollow centre.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2007
3/5 70% Amazing Grace (2007) Accessibility is one of the movie's virtues: without dumbing down, it makes the workings of Parliament seem as gripping as a good suspense thriller.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2007
3/5 70% Eden (2006) Earns its place-setting with other foodie movies (Eat Drink Man Woman, Big Night, Tampopo) for the sheer volume of delectable dishes - which, in spite of the muddy lensing, will set stomachs pining.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2007
2/5 43% Duelist (2005) Duelist turns from playful to precious in the last 30-odd minutes, straggling towards a prancey showdown that's as graceful as all get-out but as cold as the endless falling snow.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2007
3/5 54% Gone (2007) If only it had taken the characters' lead and strayed further from the beaten track...‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2007
3/5 72% Inland Empire (2006) The man's still a genius; he just needs to be more ruthless in the editing suite.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2007
4/5 87% Into Great Silence (2007) It sounds more like an endurance test than entertainment, yet this one-of-a-kind experience proves surprisingly immersive.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2007
4/5 98% Grbavica (2007) A convincing portrait of how ordinary people strive to get on with their lives in the wake of terrible conflict.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2007
3/5 69% The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005) the movie's relevance to current events is inescapable - especially when underlined in dialogue like, "In all of history, no one has ever managed to conquer Afghanistan."‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2007
4/5 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) Credit should be shared with the leads; together they're silly, giddy, irrepressibly inventive - a lot like the film itself.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2007
4/5 51% For Your Consideration (2006) In the running for the 'Best Rethink Of An Established Formula' award, so we'd like to thank the director and his cast for keeping the chortles coming.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2007
2/5 51% The Fountain (2006) First, the good news: The Fountain is only 97 minutes long. Now the bad: that's 97 minutes of rampant metaphysical codswallop.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2007
2/5 42% Lives of the Saints (2004) A bizarre brew of Brit-grit, magic realism and religious allegory.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2007
4/5 75% Black Book (2007) A layer of mainstream gloss takes the edge off the horrors, but the man behind Robocop marches through with a steely assurance that rarely allows you to snatch a breath.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2007
4/5 87% The Last King of Scotland (2006) Hard to believe that an actor previously renowned for his gentleness could play such a monster, but the transformation is seamless.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2007
81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) It's a warm and dignified end to a sometimes erratic but often enthralling career.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2007
4/5 67% London to Brighton (2008) Maybe the ending's a bit excessive, but it's hard to overstate the excitement of seeing fresh British talent break through with such energy.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2006
2/5 53% Crime Novel (2005) Revenge is a dish served once too often in Romanzo Criminale, an Italian crime epic that runs out of appeal well before it runs out of ammo.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2006
2/5 27% Waist Deep (2006) The worst is saved for last: just when you think the movie has shown the courage of its 'gritty' convictions, it hits you with schmaltz that would shame a Hallmark card.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2006
3/5 90% Be With Me (2006) A Singaporean drama that requires patience but ultimately rewards it.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2006
2/5 63% Johanna (2006) The potentially riotous combo of sex, song and surgery palls all too quickly, leaving us waiting around for morphine addict turned maverick nurse Orsolya Téth's inevitable date with flaming destiny.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2006
3/5 48% Open Season (2006) In the end, the hunter becomes the hunted; but wouldn't the animal rights message mean more if you actually cared about the critters?‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2006
3/5 68% Brothers of the Head (2006) Co-directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe have a gift for making fake footage look like the real deal. But they're not so hot when it comes to simulating human drama.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2006
3/5 48% Idlewild (2006) You have to hand it to those OutKast fellas -- even when they make a mess, they do it with style.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2006
4/5 64% Severance (2006) mixing comedy with horror's never an easy business, but time and again Severance cuts it.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2006
2/5 27% Stay (2005) A head-scratching thriller...‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2006
3/5 48% Driving Lessons (2006) It may not pass with flying colours, but Driving Lessons still motors along likeably enough.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2006
3/5 92% Volver (2006) The humour and the heartstring-pulling hit the mark, as do most of the cast, not least Cruz.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2006
4/5 89% Rocky Road to Dublin (1968) This is a tough but tender snapshot whose sociological and artistic merits have stood the test of time.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2006
3/5 48% Harsh Times (2006) Don't be too misled by the title; for all the anger and alienation it deals in, Harsh Times often feels like a black comedy.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2006
2/5 44% Angel-A (2005) The whole film's easy on the eye thanks to the Parisian summer setting, photographed in creamy black and white. If only the romance wasn't so monochrome too...‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2006
4/5 92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) Yes, there's a little preachiness here, but it doesn't puncture the party mood. Or stop Chappelle telling dirty jokes about prostitutes, for that matter. Thanks to him this isn't just a musical feast, but a rib-busting comedy too.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2006
3/5 35% The Lake House (2006) Bullock holds her half of the movie up well, proving that she can do subdued just as well as sunny.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2006
3/5 88% The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007) The film increasingly short-changes the personal for the sake of the political, despite powerful scenes and another impressive performance from Cillian Murphy.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2006
2/5 12% An American Haunting (2006) Unoriginal and unrelenting, this gothic ghost story invests too much time in banging doors and billowing drapes and not enough in its characters.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2006
4/5 88% Tell Them Who You Are (2005) With dad calling junior's filmmaking skills into question at every turn, this is a fascinating blend of fact and friction.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 30, 2006
4/5 56% The King (2006) Hail to The King, a quietly shocking slice of Southern Gothic from British director James Marsh.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 23, 2006
2/5 9% When a Stranger Calls (2006) You know a horror movie's in trouble when the fake scares outweigh the real ones.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 16, 2006
3/5 71% Lemming (2006) Between Rampling and the rodents (who show up en masse in one startling scene), there's enough quality to stop anyone from throwing themselves off a cliff.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 6, 2006
1/5 15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) (2005) A miscalculated mix of sleaze and schmaltz.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 6, 2006
2/5 7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006) A veritable cold shower of a sequel to 1992's softcore spectacular.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 6, 2006
3/5 58% Night Watch (2006) A highly promising curtain-raiser to an ambitious trilogy.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2006
3/5 85% La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique) (1991) If Double Life is arguably only half as rewarding as some of Kieslowski's other films, then it remains an indelible entry in an outstanding career.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2006
1/5 22% The Pink Panther (2006) As for Martin, no matter how many he times he stumbles, fumbles, burns his balls or mispronounces the word hamburger, he never gets close to making the Clouseau persona his own.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2006
3/5 50% Evil Aliens (2005) After a lacklustre start, Evil Aliens builds up a crazed momentum.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2006
4/5 72% Syriana (2005) You'll come away exhausted, but also exhilarated.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2006
3/5 50% Manderlay (2006) There's a troubling sense that von Trier is simply going through the motions.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2006