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Neil Norman
Neil Norman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Daily Mail (UK), London Evening Standard, Daily Express (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% Bright Young Things (2004) Fry's dialogue is terrific and interlaces with Waugh's own wit seamlessly.‐ London Evening Standard
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87% Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) Guy Maddin's unusual take on Bram Stoker's story sets members of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet against the director's version of a silent movie. The result is a hauntingly graceful vision of the late-Gothic novel, peppered with high camp.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
100% All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Lewis Milestone's groundbreaking war film is up with La Grande Illusion as one of the finest humanitarian antiwar movies ever made.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
86% Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002) After a silence of nearly 60 years, Junge describes with great clarity the circumstances of her employment and the daily business of Hitler's reign, up to and including the last days in the bunker.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003) The movie is constructed not so much of scenes, but of the poses that Charlie's Voguers throw as they preen and pout their way through a series of pop videos.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
83% Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2003) Filmed performances, archive footage, and some evocative reminiscences from legendary singers and actors such as Miriam Makeba, Vusi Mahlasela and Sibongile Khumalo bring the period back to life.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
96% Raising Victor Vargas (2003) Peter Sollett's remarkable movie about the lives and loves of Latino teenagers in New York's Lower East Side is an unexpected treat.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
37% Le Divorce (2003) The tone veers capriciously from sophisticated comedy to broad farce and melodrama, with too many digressions for it to be more than fitfully amusing.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico (2003) A succession of set pieces, however vivid and colourful will not alone make a coherent movie. And this is far from coherent. Colourful, but nuts.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
62% Young Adam (2004) A grim, intelligent and fiercely compelling film.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
6% Gigli (2003) The serious problem with Gigli is the script.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
99% Finding Nemo (2003) Finding Nemo offers as much in terms of thrills, frights, humour and psychological insight as it does in pure technical skill, proving that a movie can be art without being an "art" movie.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
98% Spellbound (2002) The result is a powerful, moving and often very funny exploration of what it is to be an American.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Sadly, the rot sets in just over the halfway mark when the action loses its identity of fustian heroism and degenerates into another arcade video game of mundane destruction. A pity.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
65% My Life Without Me (2003) Through a series of quietly expressed and telling scenes, director Isabel Coixet steers a sure path between sentimentality and mawkishness: imminent death in the movies has rarely generated such humanity, such humour or such strength.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
88% Mystic River (2003) It is a film of magisterial, slow-burning power, one of the finest examples of recent American cinematic storytelling and certainly Eastwood's most mature film.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
95% Blind Shaft (2003) The twisted tale, told with black and bitter humour and robust language, reaches a conclusion of tortured and wholly satisfying irony.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
78% The Mother (2004) Quite apart from her unclad courage in the sex scenes, 62-year-old Anne Reid conveys the dilemmas of her age and her hesitant path to liberation with extraordinary and moving subtlety.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
71% Cold Mountain (2003) Minghella's movie is stern and lucid for the most part and immensely enlivened by the presence of Zellweger and Hoffman who bring amusement to their roles.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
No Score Yet American Cousins (2003) Peopled with some truly great faces, this is an admirable little movie that successfully combines romance with revenge and gentleness with violence.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
81% Thirteen (2003) It is here that the performances pay emotional dividends. The sight of Hunter kissing her daughter's self-inflicted scars as if trying to kiss away the psychological pain that raised them will haunt me for some time.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
38% Brother Bear (2003) While the animation itself (from the same team as Mulan) is charming and at times beautiful, the script is banal and uninspired.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
73% Together (He ni zai yi qi) (2003) It is best read as a paean to the power of music -- while it is playing, the film is at its most persuasive.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
43% The Fighting Temptations (2003) A shamelessly feelgood movie with a lightweight moral theme involving honesty, prejudice and hypocrisy, it narrowly keeps its head above the cliches by virtue of its attractive star and musical numbers.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
88% Freaky Friday (2003) The original made a fairly dire comedy. This version is much better, thanks largely to a sharper script and the performances of Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
40% Kiss of Life (2003) The continual switching back and forth through time becomes less interesting as it goes on. However, the visual refrain of photography as keeper of memory is intriguingly conveyed.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
78% Peter Pan (2003) Clearly a star in the making, Hurd-Wood demonstrates a maturity far beyond her 13 years, especially in the easy way she adopts the role of surrogate mother to The Lost Boys once in Never-Never Land.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
61% Stuck on You (2003) It is a satire on Hollywood hypocrisy, and is, without doubt, the (Farrelly) brothers' finest -- and most subversive -- film to date.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
95% Lost In Translation (2003) A marvellous, exquisite movie.‐ London Evening Standard
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43% Black and White (2002) Craig Lahiff 's dark movie promises more than it ultimately delivers.‐ London Evening Standard
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27% Paycheck (2003) A rubbish script, terrible acting from all concerned -- including, I regret to say, Uma Thurman -- and Woo's action histrionics uneasily confined to science lab interiors, all conspire to produce a movie of utter redundancy.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
42% The Human Stain (2003) An honourable enough failure, but a failure nonetheless.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) The result, I am sorry to say, is that Saving Private Ryan seems almost banal in its achievement, a film that sacrifices humanity for technical wizardry.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
84% Elf (2003) While his plotting may leave a little to be desired, Favreau directs with speed, humour and efficiency.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
97% Spirited Away (2002) Vivid, amusing and genuinely awe-inspiring.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2014
97% Ringu (Ring) (1998) Ring put the willies up me, big time.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2014
3/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) X-Files, Xbox and X-Men - this brave new world suffers from a surfeit of X's. For those of you who think that X indicates buried treasure this latest instalment is probably best avoided.‐ Daily Express (UK)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 17% Love Tomorrow (2013) This is a quietly introspective mystery that rewards the patient filmgoer.‐ Daily Express (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2013
2/5 21% The Hangover Part III (2013) [A] despicable piece of garbage.‐ Daily Express (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
2/5 16% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) Parker's anti-Carrie Bradshaw messiness is coupled to a horse-like grin that is both sentimental and overcooked. I don't know how she gets away with it.‐ Daily Express (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/5 68% The Firm (2009) The best things about this are spanking dialogue and razor-sharp slang and the plethora of new faces it introduces to the screen. But as far as the impact is concerned Love has bottled out.‐ Daily Express (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
73% Runaway Jury (2003) Nothing is quite what it seems and the twists of the plot are played out in some style by director Gary Fleder, who delivers some flashy montage sequences and avoids most of the usual clichés of New Orleans location shooting.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2004
92% Insomnia (2002) Christopher Nolan's impressive third film, after Following and Memento, deploys the idea of an all-pervasive light to befuddle the deductive process and expose the corruption of the soul.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2003
20% Citizen Verdict (2005) Cheap and flashy, and made with a kind of pulpy B-movie zest, Citizen Verdict pushes all the expected buttons.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2003
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) It all adds up to an epic pop artefact of indescribable soullessness.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2003
63% Cabin Fever (2002) Firmly in the tradition of the new generation of pulp-horror movies, Cabin Fever gives good value in both the humour and the gore stakes, without confusing one with the other.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2003
73% The Italian Job (2003) It is smart, funny, wellplotted and performed and as slick as a Vaselined eel. If you have to remodel a classic for a new age, this is the way to do it.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2003
41% National Lampoon's Blackball (2005) I can think of only two explanations for its comprehensive badness. Either the director, Mel Smith, went through the script, carefully excising all the funny lines, or Firth sub-contracted the writing chores to his accountant.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2003
33% Tears of the Sun (2003) There is enough tension and violent action in the movie for it to qualify as a respectable, if worthy, militarist adventure, with Willis and his grizzled band wearing their gear and operating their weapons with ruthless and authentic efficiency.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2003
3/5 73% A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) It will probably please neither lovers of the late film maker's cerebral work, or fans of the incorrigible populist's crowd-pleasing blockbusters.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2001