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Michael Leader

Michael Leader
Michael Leader's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Film4, Little White Lies

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Prevenge (2016) Perhaps best known previously for starring in and co-writing director Ben Wheatley's killer caravanning comedy Sightseers, Alice Lowe births her own blackly comic gem with this assured and accomplished feature debut. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) At times as awkward as its young protagonist, yet brimming with the familiar Ghibli magic. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 7, 2016
71% Interstellar (2014) As undeniably ambitious and technically accomplished as it is bloated, ponderous and ludicrous, Interstellar finds Christopher Nolan struggling in the shadow of Kubrick, Malick and other visionary filmic philosophers. ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 5, 2015
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) There's an inevitability to Dawn's slide towards chaos that takes away from its spectacular effects, chilling dystopian world and promising character drama. ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 4, 2015
48% The Judge (2014) Objection, your honour! ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 17, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) Palo Alto might not be the cream of the teen movie crop, but there's evidence here that the reputation of Coppola clan - which is now entering its third generation of directors - is in safe hands. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 17, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) Those who bemoan cinema circa 2014 for being out of ideas: prepare to meet your match. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 17, 2014
91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) A unique, eccentric and highly enjoyable mix of brotherly soap opera and behind-the-scenes cringe comedy that even newcomers to The National's moody charms will enjoy. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 8, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) Good intentions and a stellar cast can't save this sometimes crass, sometimes corny comedy-drama. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 8, 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Effective, enjoyable, and even funny where it counts, Edge Of Tomorrow lacks the smarts and the gravitas to do its gimmicky premise justice. But, like an exoskeleton-assisted haymaker, it gets the job done. ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 6, 2014
89% The Punk Singer (2013) This hagiographic ode to the quintessential 90s riot grrrl is by no means definitive, but there's a welcome rallying cry to all wannabe revolutionary rockers hidden within the bio-doc blather. ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 6, 2014
84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) A smart, almost too smart, mish-mash of concert film and urban portrait, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is a distinctively different class of rock doc. ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 6, 2014
88% The Wind Rises (2014) A celebration of craft, graft and inspiration, The Wind Rises is a final masterpiece from an industry legend - and a ballsy statement that animated wonder needn't be confined to genre ghettos. ‐ Film4
Posted May 9, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) Wasikowska - as ever - dazzles as that rare thing in contemporary cinema: the independent female adventurer. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 25, 2014
83% The Unknown Known (2014) Not quite the interrogation that some viewers would want, The Unknown Known is nonetheless a compelling peek into the mind of recent American history's most savvy and, surprisingly, scrupulous political player. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 27, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) The Winter Soldier offers plenty for franchise fanatics to chew on, but a half-baked genre switch and increasingly daft 'political' themes make Cap's transitional adventure a minor Marvel at best. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 27, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Wes Anderson's post-Fantastic Mr Fox whimsy hits its stride as storybook style meets thematic substance in this gorgeous, joyful, yet far from featherlight end-of-an-era yarn. ‐ Film4
Posted Feb 20, 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Possibly the funniest - and certainly the coolest - vampire film around, Only Lovers Left Alive works equally well as a spoof, a genre revamp and a two-hour trawl through Jim Jarmusch's cabinet of curiosities. ‐ Film4
Posted Feb 20, 2014
99% Short Term 12 (2013) Somewhat slighter than the festival raves would have you expect, Destin Cretton's indie flick is nonetheless a wholly affecting, gently nuanced drama - and a portfolio piece for rising star Brie Larson. ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 1, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) An equally heartwarming and heartbreaking film about art, marriage and old age. ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 1, 2013
49% Escape Plan (2013) Stallone still struggles to recapture the heroic prowess of his youth, but Schwarzenegger's having the time of his life as Sly's comic foil. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 18, 2013
83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) The Armstrong Lie isn't as comprehensive or as confident in its lid-blowing as Gibney's previous work, but nevertheless this is a compelling study of an athlete's desire to win. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2013
86% Night Moves (2014) Essentially Crime & Punishment for the eco-hipster set, Night Moves is a compelling drama that treats the characters' beliefs, and the eventual consequences of their actions, to a compelling cross-examination. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2013
86% At Berkeley (2013) A four-hour long documentary about higher education certainly isn't going to arouse everyone's interest, but this is the real deal: insightful, revealing and comprehensive. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 8, 2013
52% The To Do List (2013) A cast of familiar and frequently funny TV notables makes The To Do List a sweet prospect, but this tepid, oddly pitched teen comedy is unlikely to get anyone off. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 4, 2013
92% In a World... (2013) Frequently funny and wholly charming, Lake Bell's assured debut is that rare indie comedy-drama that discovers a fresh perspective on the well-worn themes of family, fame and finding your own voice. ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 10, 2013
96% Gravity (2013) Both a technical marvel and a high-tension epic, Gravity is grounded by two perfectly-pitched performances, and launched into the stratosphere by Cuaron's expansive ambition. ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 10, 2013
53% The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass) (2013) Renny Harlin's fun, creepy found-footage horror knows when to be charming and, crucially, when to take its based-on-true-events conspiracy plot to its ridiculously entertaining conclusion. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 29, 2013
76% The Kings of Summer (2013) Rich in suburban subtext, The Kings Of Summer is a coming-of-age indie movie full of poignancy, charm and strong performances. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 29, 2013
75% You're Next (2013) A smart alec horror of the highest order, Adam Wingard's You're Next revels in the thrill of taking a hatchet to the face of indie cinema's most well-worn archetype: the upper middle class family. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 29, 2013
83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) From Up On Poppy Hill finds Goro Miyazaki sitting much more comfortably in the director's chair, but fans of Studio Ghibli's fantasy epics may find this fanciful delight to be lacking the familiar magic. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 2, 2013
35% The Internship (2013) A by-the-numbers bromantic comedy that is essentially a feature-length advert for Google, The Internship uses the weapons-grade charm of Wilson and Vaughn to spout a corporate message. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 31, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) This Japanese vacation looks like a smart, entertaining diversion for the X-Men franchise, but Wolverine soon proves to be a less than superhuman protagonist when taken out of an ensemble context. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 26, 2013
92% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) Compelling, enlightening and utterly accessible, Gibney's ultra-slick pop-doc cleaves through the thorniest thicket of contemporary political issues to find, at its heart, two wholly human stories. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 12, 2013
96% The Act Of Killing (2013) This is an unflinching, captivating documentary that does much more than simply record or readdress history - it uses cinema as both judge and jury for a one-time executioner. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 1, 2013
63% Byzantium (2013) A tangle of genre conventions and wayward plotting starts to blunt the film's thematic point. ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 3, 2013
75% Populaire (2013) A cute, glamorous and 'qwerky' French fancy that features a delightful performance from Deborah Francois, but it's overshadowed by a Gallic inferiority complex. ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 3, 2013
69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) A series of exciting action sequences and Dwayne Johnson's perma-cocked eyebrow are all there is to save the film from becoming slow and laborious. ‐ Film4
Posted May 17, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) Harrowing. A Hijacking may last only a shade under 100 minutes, but the memory, like the captives' trauma, will last much longer. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 9, 2013
86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) As brash, spectacular and energetic as its immediate predecessor, but without novelty on its side ‐ Film4
Posted May 6, 2013
48% I'm So Excited! (2013) Almodovar gleefully returns to the broad, colourful burlesque of his early work. Although, without the transgressive attitude and closeted context, this sexy satire is all froth and no balls. ‐ Film4
Posted May 2, 2013
79% Iron Man 3 (2013) Shane Black's witty, daring continuation of the Iron Man series defies expectations at every turn, not least because it is, against all odds, a strong contender for the best Marvel movie to date. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 24, 2013
50% Welcome to the Punch (2013) This flawed, yet watchable action homage doesn't quite live up to its gun-toting influences, but a marvellous roster of Grade-A Brits tips the scales in Welcome To The Punch's favour. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
83% Side Effects (2013) A masterful double-bluff. What starts as a taut, topical drama about medicated America becomes a classic, twisted neo-noir that sees Soderbergh pushing aside on-the-nose themes in favour of sheer entertainment. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
2/5 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) Charming and not without its moments, but far too conventional to capture the complexity it strives for. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Dec 6, 2012
4/5 94% Room 237 (2013) By capturing the giddy thrill that comes from decoding difficult films, Room 237 says something profound about being a cine-fanatic. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2/5 63% Jackpot (2014) As straightforward - and disposable - as an airport paperback. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Aug 9, 2012
1/5 42% Storage 24 (2013) One flawed concept, dragged out for 90 uninspired, shoddily-executed minutes. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 28, 2012
2/5 No Score Yet Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story) (2011) Lacking in depth and style. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 5, 2012
1/5 44% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) Puerile, irritating and insultingly phallocentric. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 16, 2011