Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Michael Bonner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Uncut Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

War on Everyone (2016)

"It is fun enough, but it lacks the richness and complexity of McDonagh's earlier work. It also lacks a conspirator like Gleeson, whose spirit, heart and substance is missing here." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

"Whitecross' problems aren't just limited to the familiarity of the tale -- much of it blasted onto the front pages of the tabloids at the time." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 30, 2016
7/10 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Barbieri in particular is superb: he has a soulfulness and petulance, like a kind of teen Pacino." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 29, 2016
No Score Yet

The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon (2016)

"[What] Havana Moon offers us is a robust underscoring of the Stones' key strengths: showmanship, craft, strong tunes." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 23, 2016

One More Time With Feeling (2016)

"One More Time With Feeling reveals a family coming to terms with their loss and a group of musicians who are trying to plot a course through a difficult emotional time with honesty and dignity." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2016
7/10 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"The appeal of living off-grid, adopting a primitivist lifestyle disconnected from the mainstream, is given a boost in Matt Ross' new film." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2016
8/10 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Pitched as a heist movie, David Mackenzie's latest film feels more like a contemporary Western set in a time of heightened financial anxiety." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Julieta (2016)

"After a detour into high camp comedy with I'm So Excited!, Pedro Almodovar elegantly returns to his natural habitat: moody melodrama centred around notions of yearning, memory and loss and populated by strong female characters." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 26, 2016

War Dogs (2016)

"Phillips seems to be aiming for maximum impact. A massive Scarface mural hangs on the wall in Diveroli's office. Yes! We get it!" ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 26, 2016
8/10 76%

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"In a film of long takes and uncomfortable silences, Danny DeVito's permanent frown perfectly captures the neurotic anxiety at the heart of Solondz's films." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 18, 2016

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"Martin Scorsese's George Harrison's documentary is still the closest at capturing the full-tilt craziness of being in The Beatles, but Howard's film provides a robust companion piece." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2016

Born To Be Blue (2016)

"As Baker, Ethan Hawke is intensely committed -- subtly conveying a complex mix of frailty and arrogance -- and there is strong work from Ejogo as well as Callum Scott Rennie as Baker's long-suffering ally, Pacific Jazz Records founder Dick Bock." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 28, 2016
7/10 81%

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

"Albert/Leroy's story is its own hall of mirrors, artfully navigated by director Jeff Feuerzeig." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 21, 2016
8/10 86%

Bayou Maharajah (2013)

"[Booker] backed a huge number of musicians.. But his solo work -- shown here in rollocking, flamboyant archive performances -- allowed him to give full flight to his infectious and innovative mix of jazz, blues and classical." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 14, 2016

A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015)

"A brilliant, free flowing depiction of a time, a place and the people who inhabit it." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jul 8, 2016
7/10 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"To bring this momentous meeting to life, Johnson is blessed with two strong performances from Michael Shannon as Presley and Kevin Spacey as Nixon." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jun 24, 2016

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Stillman directs with the zing of a Howard Hawks comedy while his screenplay fluidly reshapes Austen's formal prose into sharp, accessible dialogue." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jun 17, 2016

The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2015)

"The NY-based Orshoski does a good job outlining the UK punk scene for US audiences; along the way, perhaps inadvertently, he helps illustrate just how out of step with their contemporaries The Damned's larks were." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 17, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"The jocks in Linklater's film are miles apart from today's frat movie characters; these are mostly clever, curious and likeable, their camaraderie given a tender spin by Linklater." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 5, 2016
7/10 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"Knight Of Cups certainly pushes the abstract qualities of Malick's recent films to their extreme. But find the film's pulse and it is possible to be seduced by its gorgeous, meandering beauty." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 5, 2016
6/10 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"When the scope of Midnight Special gets bigger, it falters. The pacing is out of whack, it's too long and for a chase film there is remarkably little dramatic tension." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Apr 1, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"A boring, confused film swollen with self-importance." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 25, 2016
8/10 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"Wheatley may lack Ballard's satirical edge -- the issues of class that percolate the novel have been sidelined, for instance -- but his devilish glee is infectious." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 17, 2016
8/10 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Feels as much like a warm tribute to the studio pictures of the Coens' youth as it does an exuberant comedy in its own right." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 4, 2016
8/10 90%

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

"Although not wholly successful, Bone Tomahawk is nevertheless the latest example of the quiet renaissance that Westerns have enjoyed over the past few years." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2016
7/10 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"McKay's adaptation of Michael Lewis' book presents the subprime loan crisis as a screwball comedy... But perhaps the only same response to the loathsome skulduggery behind the 2008 financial crash is to laugh at it?" ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Youth (2015)

"Caine is terrific -- inscrutable and distant, but evidently there are depths behind his oversized horn-rimmed glasses." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 18, 2016
8/10 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"It's thrilling; if exhausting." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 18, 2016
8/10 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"A film in which an ensemble cast of characters work to defeat a seemingly unstoppable enemy, Spotlight is a bit like an anti-superhero movie, where spreadsheets win the day instead of laser vision." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 18, 2016
7/10 74%

Trumbo (2015)

"Louis C. K. delivers a gentle and touching performance as fictitious screenwriter Arlen Hird that gives the film its emotional centre; though why Roach and McNamara needed to introduce a fictional character... isn't immediately clear." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"It is a warm and shrewd reminder of what we loved about the films in the first place; if only it wasn't quite so deferential." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Dec 15, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"It is far more fun than any other action movie in recent memory; and no doubt a sweet vindication for Miller's admirable perseverance." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Dec 2, 2015
9/10 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"It's one of Spielberg's best - anchored by solid work from Hanks but given grace and wit by Rylance." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 26, 2015

Trainwreck (2015)

"Gradually, the com is replaced by the rom and what began as a frank and smart exploration of modern sexual politics winds up as a more conventional piece." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 17, 2015

Amy (2015)

"Watching Kapadia's film, it is possible to see how badly she was let down by the male figures closest to her." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 17, 2015
7/10 87%

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

"An initially valiant attempt to do justice to a sprawling, complex story that eventually succumbs to the pitfalls of a conventional music biopic." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 17, 2015
8/10 61%

Legend (2015)

"[Helgeland's] work here is sharp, observant and mercifully he avoids the usual filmmaking clichés of depicting London. He casts well, too." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 17, 2015
6/10 81%

Ant-Man (2015)

"In these playful moments, it feels as if we're watching a sly spoof of a typical Marvel film; but then the film reverts to more predictable blockbuster fare." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 17, 2015
7/10 85%

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

"Garbus' film weaves together Simone's public successes with her personal struggles. From a dramatic point of view, she is fortunate that much of Simone's tumultuous career took place on camera." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 17, 2015

Carol (2015)

"Critically, Haynes mimics the reserve of the era, depending on glances or gestures to communicate the powerful, dangerous feelings that pass between Carol and Therese." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Nov 16, 2015
10/10 99%

Timbuktu (2015)

"Sissako's film offers a fearlessly poetic response to the jihadist occupation; its tone is never preachy and it is beautiful to watch." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 28, 2015
8/10 95%

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

"Amirpour's film is simply the sum of its influences. Her camera work is lithe and fluid; she heightens drama through supple camera movements and otherworldly silence." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 21, 2015
7/10 92%

Heaven Adores You (2015)

"We know the music is good. But essentially, this film could do with a little more rigorous investigation about who Smith was and what drove him." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted May 7, 2015
9/10 84%

While We're Young (2015)

"The dynamic between Stiller and Watts, especially, is strong: he is tightly wound and neurotic, while she is much looser. It's Watts' best work for a while." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Apr 2, 2015

Hyena (2015)

"In many respects, it operates like a sobering counterpoint to the early Noughties Brit crime flicks; but also the largely repugnant tranche of straight-to-video gangster films that propagate an especially brutal, geezerish type of violence." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2015
9/10 93%

The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)

"A remarkable and unusual film ..." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Feb 26, 2015
6/10 72%

American Sniper (2015)

"All of this has been done before - and much better - in The Hurt Locker." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 29, 2015
5/5 91%

The Departed (2006)

"The best of its kind since Michael Mann's Heat." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 25, 2015
8/10 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"Miller's film is often unsettling - and although it's hard to like, it has much to commend it." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2015
6/10 91%

Birdman (2014)

"Iñárritu's film isn't half as clever as it thinks it is." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2015
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