Miles Fielder

Miles Fielder
Miles Fielder's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine The List
Biography:
Empire Magazine film critic
Publications: Empire Magazine, The List

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 29% Rag Tale (2005) There's enough going on in terms of plot and (roundly spot-on) performances to drive this fine addition to the newspaper movie sub-genre to its malignant conclusion. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 83% Serenity (2005) Boasting an intriguing plotline, breakneck pacing, characters with depth and a good deal of knowing humor alongside some gobsmacking special effects, Serenity is the true successor to [Star Wars]. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 60% Oliver Twist (2005) Polanski and Harwood have streamlined the meandering narrative to Dickens' second novel, which may horrify purists, but which works well enough for the filmmakers' purposes. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 56% Kinky Boots (2006) Surely, there are only so many unlikely pursuits that everyday folk from the regions of England can be made to undertake in order to provide film fodder? - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 55% Lords of Dogtown (2005) Every lame cliché you'd expect of a mainstream treatment of a cult subject is present and incorrect. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 79% The Aristocrats (2005) Beyond being utterly hilarious and really quite shocking, Provenza's film says a lot about the nature of stand-up comedy and the people who are compelled to do it. And that makes The Aristocrats a great documentary. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 80% Cinderella Man (2005) Even Howard and Goldsman's penchant for being over-sentimental doesn't scupper the emotional punch Braddock's story packs. That's largely down to Crowe's utterly convincing performance. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 65% Unleashed (2005) Not really a good film, but there's definite curiosity value in this odd concoction. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 65% Fever Pitch (2005) Fallon and Barrymore make for a likable and funny couple, even if this reasonably amusing film doesn't quite hit a home run. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 48% Silver City (2004) John Sayles' detective story-cum-political satire benefits from a superb turn from the always reliable Chris Cooper as a dimwit, corrupt politician. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) Sombre and stark, but shot through with witty observations and articulate dialogue, these conversations also benefit from a set of nicely modulated performances that breath life in to the occasionally forced dialogue. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 78% Overnight (2004) There's an element of revenge in it, with the filmmakers editing their footage in a way that highlights Duffy's bad behavior -- but, for the most part, their subject sinks himself. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 22% The Boondock Saints (1999) The Boondock Saints has ended up a cheap looking B-movie that's pretentious, derivative, and sorely lacking a sense of fun. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 75% Wedding Crashers (2005) Operating on the principle that lame verbal and visual gags are funny if the audience is repeatedly pummeled with them, Wedding Crashers sorely lacks a strong script and the kind of inventive direction worthy of its not-untalented leads. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 90% Kung Fu Hustle (2005) There's nothing subtle about Kung Fu Hustle, and plenty that's downright 'stoopid,' but it's without doubt a labor of love for Chow, and the feel-good fun is utterly infectious. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 89% Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004) By rejecting the view of the SLA as folk heroes, Stone presents a compelling document of a misguided political movement that epitomizes the butt end of the protest movement come the mid-1970s. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 68% Evil (Ondskan) (2006) It's a handsomely mounted film that's very cinematic with its visual styling.... And in its lead, model and actor Wilson, Evil has a charismatic and strappingly handsome protagonist. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 83% Inside Deep Throat (2005) A candid portrait of an America reasserting its conservatism in the 1970s and attempting to crush the 60s-spawned counterculture. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 84% Batman Begins (2005) The film looks great and there some striking set-pieces, but in spite of a series of comic quips -- the new film lacks a sense of adventure and fun. Nevertheless, Nolan, Goyer and Bale have still managed to revitalize the ailing franchise. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/5 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Anatomy of a Murder remains an at times shocking indictment of Eisenhower-era America and an all-around terrific thriller. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 85% Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005) While the Muay Thai kickboxing style employed by star and action choreographer Tony Jaa is impressive, the way in which the various bouts are filmed is uninspired and ultimately tiresome. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 90% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) It asks a great deal of indulgence from its audience, almost as though nothing less than an endurance test would do in dealing with this heavyweight subject. And that, despite admirable aims, doesn't make for great cinema. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) The Door in the Floor's leads have remained largely and woefully under-appreciated actors... Here, they both give career best performances. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 46% Shall We Dance (2004) British director Peter Chelsom proves to be an inspired choice. Dressing the film with an eye-pleasing kitsch retro look and sprinkling the proceedings with moments of eccentric humor, he recalls his fine earlier films. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 88% The Woodsman (2004) It's a haunting piece of acting, certainly Bacon's best to date. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 92% Vera Drake (2004) Cleverly, Leigh has plucked a thorny issue from the past and used it to highlight inequalities that still exist. Leigh, the grandfather of British social cinema, has no time for nostalgia. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 77% Team America: World Police (2004) Trey and Stone's gleefully vicious, staggeringly non-PC attacks on America's right, left and center makes Team America an utterly outrageous delight. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 88% House of Flying Daggers (2004) None of Daggers' ménage á trios of characters is developed... It denies the drama audience sympathy. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 46% National Treasure (2004) A serviceable actioner, with a playful comic tone and a series of reasonably thrilling set pieces. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 71% Nathalie (2003) Despite Fontaine and Fieschi's best intentions, Nathalie ultimately plays as the kind of film it purports to deconstruct. That's a shame, given the quality of the ménage á trios of leads. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 44% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2004) If anything, there a little too much dramatic action to be fully explored here. But if that makes for a slightly unsatisfying end result, it's no great criticism of an otherwise mature, sleazy piece of British film noir. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 63% Scared to Death (1947) Keeping fang firmly in cheek, there's much to be savoured in this old dark house style mystery. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) That Maier turned out to be a mystery woman who went to great lengths to conceal the details of her life only further motivated Maloof, and what he found makes for riveting viewing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014
5/5 97% Dead of Night (1945) By turns eerie, funny, macabre and utterly chilling. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2014
5/5 99% The Night of the Hunter (1955) This southern American Gothic chiller remains both gloriously cinematic and utterly terrifying almost 60 years after it was made. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) Perhaps Boyce and Teplitzky felt no grandstanding was necessary to tell Lomax's story. Regardless, the storytelling feels somewhat pedestrian. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 100% Utopia (2013) Pilger made Utopia to make Australians sit up and listen. It's no-nonsense, provocative, powerful and sickening stuff. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/5 85% Hawking (2013) The problem here is not the material, it's what Finnigan does - or doesn't - do with it. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2013
4/5 75% Borrowed Time (2012) It's an absolute delight thanks to a warm and witty script, smart, no-nonsense direction and spot-on - and occasionally priceless - turns from a cast comprised largely of unknowns, aside from one lovely old lag. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2013
5/5 97% Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1961) Plein Soleil remains a masterpiece. It defined the career of its director, who became known as the French Hitchcock. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2013
4/5 92% I Am Breathing (2013) It's an 'extraordinary/ordinary' story, and one that might have been utterly depressing, or worse, horribly cloying were it not for the sensitivity with which Davie and McKinnon have approached their subject ... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 57% Fuck For Forest (2014) Neither exploitative nor judgemental in its treatment of the small band of eco-porn warriors more palatably known as the FFF. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2013
4/5 58% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Has enough genuine spectacle and directorial signature to make it something more entertaining than a run-of-the-mill Hollywood blockbuster. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2013
3/5 91% Michael H. Profession: Director (2013) We don't learn much ... about what motivates Haneke, although we learn a lot, through the man and his collaborators, about how he operates when working. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2013
2/5 55% Hi-so (2011) For most of its seemingly interminable running time the bored-looking protagonist sits in his apartment possibly thinking about something or nothing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2013
2/5 63% Crawl (2011) It's one thing to pay homage to your favourite filmmakers; it's another to rip them off. If there's a fine line between the two, China has stepped well and truly over it. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2013
3/5 93% Side by Side (2012) At once a celebration of new technology and a lamentation of a passing one, Side by Side is oddly depressing to watch. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2013
3/5 73% Populaire (2013) Somewhat disappointingly, the social and sexual commentary is sidelined by the film's typing competition-focused action - admittedly handled with real aplomb - and is otherwise buried beneath the inarguably beautiful period dressing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2013
1/5 No Score Yet Run For Your Wife (2013) So poorly executed and the material so hopelessly dated that it traduces its (sort of) honourable origins as a theatrical farce to become nothing less than utterly farcical. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013
4/5 94% The House I Live In (2012) Jarecki's arguments, presented as a very personal response to the war on drugs, are unashamedly those of a left-wing libertarian. They are also enormously compelling and extremely convincing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2012