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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
4/5 73% 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
2/5 4% The Fog (2005) Another remake bites the dust.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2006
3/5 86% Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006) With the keynote being diversity, this documentary arguably favours breadth over depth; but it's still an eye-opening portrait, capturing several fine musical performances.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2006
4/5 89% Caché (2005) Soon as this quietly terrifying film starts, the unease starts to fester.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2006
100% The Ipcress File (1965) Caine in his bespectacled prime...‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2006
3/5 47% Battle in Heaven (2006) Inventive throughout, Reygadas' imagery becomes breathtaking in the closing scenes of religious pilgrimage, where Marco's existential crisis is brought to a harrowing head.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2005
3/5 84% Rize (2005) [F]or all its mis-steps, Rize gets by on enough jumping, pumping energy to fuel the national grid.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2005
3/5 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) When a blinkered bishop starts getting righteous about a holy war, Merry Christmas' modern relevance rings out like a shot.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2005
4/5 84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) It's a tale of tears, triumph and tread-upon toes; it may wear you out, but it'll put a spring in your step too.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 76% Factotum (2006) An intoxicating comedy based on the writings of cult author Charles Bukowski.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
3/5 87% The Hidden Blade (2006) Even when it comes to the climactic blade battle, the director holds back with samurai-style self-control. In spite of this muted mood, the resolution of the film's love story manages to work the heart-strings.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
2/5 59% Steamboy (2005) It may be one of the most expensive anime features ever, but there isn't a wealth of entertainment on offer in Steamboy.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
3/5 41% Where the Truth Lies (2005) An awkward marriage of smut and smarts that teases on every level but doesn't quite satisfy.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 87% Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2006) The film's claustrophobic intensity and emotional punch certainly deserve to be cheered.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2005
4/5 98% Murderball (2005) One of 2005's very best documentaries.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2005
4/5 87% Broken Flowers (2005) Moving, mirthful and minimalist, Broken Flowers is a bittersweet treat from indie great Jim Jarmusch.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2005
4/5 87% A History of Violence (2005) This may look like a mainstream gig for Cronenberg, but it's his most challenging -- and enjoyable -- work in years.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2005
2/5 53% Wolf Creek (2005) The film's preference for female suffering gives it a misogynist undertow that's even more unsettling than the gore.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2005
3/5 No Score Yet Night of Truth (2006) It manages to offer hope without seeming glib or trite, while its insights resound with enough universal truth for this to stand as a potent allegory for any number of real-life conflicts, past and present.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2005
3/5 32% When Will I Be Loved (2004) If you're looking for something hip, brisk and sexy, then this is a pretty decent proposal.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2005
3/5 67% On a Clear Day (2006) Though the story is filled with familiar strokes, sensitive direction and quality acting give it emotional depth.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
3/5 83% Bombon: El Perro (2005) Though this slim but likeable tale is light on surprises, there's a terrific one in store when Bombon finally comes of age.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2005
2/5 72% Primer (2004) One of the most wilfully obscure sci-fi movies ever made, Primer will either blow your mind or drive you out of it.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2005
3/5 36% Dear Wendy (2005) Despite a slow pace, the Dandies' queasy fascination with the whole science of shooting, from marksmanship to exit wounds, won't let you get restless.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2005
2/5 41% The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) An overwrought and underwhelming study of childhood abuse.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2005
3/5 79% Czech Dream (2003) Plays like Jackass directed by Lars Von Trier. We're talking pranksterism with a political purpose, as the filmmakers use their ruse to take a timely dig at mass manipulation.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2005
3/5 50% Novo (2005) It's not hard to be charmed by lead actor Noriega.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2005
3/5 86% Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005) If the film is less than the sum of its parts, then some of those parts are touched by genius.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
90% The Take (2004) Rousing as it is, you can't help feeling at times that the filmmakers have reduced a complex situation to a black and white.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 21, 2005
4/5 82% Private (2005) Private's vision of domestic dread is more raw and real than anything Hollywood fantasy can offer.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted May 10, 2005
3/5 46% Don't Move (2004) Thanks to [Cruz], Don't Move does move.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2005
3/5 69% The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005) Even though all the notes are predictable, the film hits them with wit, warmth and gusto.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2005
4/5 90% Head-On (2005) Raw, impassioned and provocative.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2005
3/5 81% Dear Frankie (2005) A Scottish drama that tells its sentimental tale with pleasing understatement.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2005
2/5 38% I Am David (2004) Short, simple and inoffensive, it's well suited to family viewing, albeit on the gogglebox one Sunday teatime rather than the big screen.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2004
3/5 74% Reconstruction (2004) Stylish, complex and challenging, Reconstruction is a noir romance that teases the mind but leaves the emotions untouched.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2004
4/5 82% Control (Kontroll) (2005) A movie made with the kind of vision and assurance you don't often get in a debut.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2004
4/5 67% Deep Blue (2005) Taking us from God's-eye-views of the sparkling surface to the darkest depths, this ocean odyssey conveys a riveting sense of nature's infinite variety.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2004
2/5 31% Imagining Argentina (2004) Well-intentioned but awkwardly executed.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2004
2/5 17% The Perfect Score (2004) What could, and should, have been as fun and daring as skipping school turns out to be as dull as a two-hour detention.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
3/5 44% Grand Theft Parsons (2004) Fans of the low-budget indie scene and rock 'n' roll historians should enjoy this unpretentious, sweet-natured take on an incident that already seemed like something out of the movies.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2004
2/5 57% Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Bursts with energy but not inspiration.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2004
3/5 61% The Dreamers (2004) A ménage-à-trois drama that's watchable but doesn't live up to its Italian director's towering reputation.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2004
2/5 38% Brother Bear (2003) Run-of-the-mill fare like this only gives more power to the pixel-pushers.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2003