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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
3/5 94% Pumping Iron (1976) In retrospect, it is unsurprising that both of the film's main stars pursued careers in acting, because Pumping Iron is a documentary in only the most liberal sense of the word.‐ Den of Geek
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) If you're going to make a film that is essentially a narrative colouring-in exercise, you might as well make it zippy and fun - and that's precisely what director Ron Howard delivers.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
61% Under the Silver Lake (2018) Oddly shaped, oddly profound, and full of fascinating (or, equally, frustrating) flaws, Mitchell's idiosyncratic shaggy-dog story is destined to become a warts-and-all cult favourite.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
50% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2018) 'The one that got away' is by no means a new or novel dramatic lynchpin, but rarely has the theme been used to such a beguiling, mysterious effect.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
89% Petra (2018) Rosales's commitment to experimenting with novel approaches gives Petra an intriguing, engaging quality.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
3/5 86% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) More a visual marvel than a true masterpiece, but hopefully this is just the start of something new.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
5 77% The Happy Prince (2018) It's a performance worth indulging, even if, on the whole, Everett's impassioned project isn't.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
5 52% The Bookshop (2017) Coixet's comfortable approach to Fitzgerald's material rarely rises above a simmer, favouring polite conversations laced with passive-aggressive intent.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
3/5 76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) Too long, but a dazzling attempt to wrangle Ghibli themes into Yuasa's wacky world.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/5 64% Fireworks (2018) From top to bottom, Fireworks is far too complicated, and frustratingly trite.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
91% Angels Wear White (2018) Qu's vision is sympathetic to her characters' struggles, yet her social commentary is savage, subtle and precision-tooled.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) An artful addition to the canon of modern-day crime drama, one whose core mysteries encompass more than just the case at hand.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
2/5 67% Napping Princess (Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari) (2017) An ambitious and polished adventure with some intriguing themes, but things get a little muddled.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) If Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive was a dream-pop take on the crime thriller, in Good Time the Safdies attempt to drag the throwback fetishism back down to earth.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) An occasionally brilliant, bittersweet, Baumbachian exploration of familial torment.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
50% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) There's undeniable potential here - but Jupiter's Moon shows its hand rather too eagerly, and Mundruczó and Webér have little else to add to the form.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
4/5 93% A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2017) Creative, chaotic, often confusing, but overflowing with feeling.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
94% Prevenge (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 91% When Marnie Was There (2015) At times as awkward as its young protagonist, yet brimming with the familiar Ghibli magic.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
48% The Judge (2014) Objection, your honour!‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
71% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
97% Boyhood (2014) Those who bemoan cinema circa 2014 for being out of ideas: prepare to meet your match.‐ Film4
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) Good intentions and a stellar cast can't save this sometimes crass, sometimes corny comedy-drama.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
90% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
90% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
89% 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
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
83% Tracks (2014) Wasikowska - as ever - dazzles as that rare thing in contemporary cinema: the independent female adventurer.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
91% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) An equally heartwarming and heartbreaking film about art, marriage and old age.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
50% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2013
53% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2013
55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
76% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013