Oliver Lyttelton

Oliver Lyttelton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Oliver Lyttelton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Playlist

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 100%

The Last Laugh (2016)

"By the end, it ends up feeling like as definitive a film on comedy and the Holocaust as you could ever want." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 16, 2016
B 83%

Nocturama (2016)

"It's certainly a big step forward for Bonello ... but that it only ends up being a good movie is kind of a bummer given how close to greatness it comes. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 13, 2016
B No Score Yet

Mindhorn (2016)

"A MacGruber-style cult following at least seems guaranteed." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 13, 2016
D- No Score Yet

On the Road (2016)

"9 Songs but without the explicit sex, and something that feels tossed-off and half-thought-out." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 10, 2016
C- 83%

Trolls (2016)

"Hard to see the film as anything more than a day-glo headache, something that exists principally to sell toys and soundtracks." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 9, 2016
B+ No Score Yet

The Young Offenders (2016)

"A raucous, energetic and often hilarious film that's likely to play in a big way with audiences wherever in the world it ends up." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 9, 2016
A No Score Yet

The Levelling (2016)

"It isn't just one of the best debut films of the year, but one of the year's best films, period." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 9, 2016
B 91%

A United Kingdom (2016)

"After a rough start ... the film turns into something truly engaging and crowd-pleasing." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 5, 2016
C+ 40%

Salt and Fire (2016)

"Perhaps the best that can be said of Salt and Fire is that its flaws are wholly Herzog's." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 13, 2016
B- 77%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"The film runs under 90 minutes, and though it's weaving a terrific yarn, it sometimes feels like it's skipping over some interesting material." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 5, 2016
C- 81%

Les Cowboys (2016)

"Bidegain certainly scores points for ambition with his first film, and in scenes or snippets, you can see what he was aiming for. Unfortunately, by the time it's done, Les Cowboys feels like a missed opportunity." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 20, 2016
A 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"An uproarious yet deadpan satire concerning societal constructs, dating mores and power structures that also manages to be a surprisingly moving, gloriously weird love story. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 17, 2016
D 0%

Search Party (2016)

"[I]n its sitcom-like fratty humor, its waste of talented female performers ... in its sheer laziness and lack of originality, it feels like a throwback less to 2013 than to the 1990s." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 17, 2016
B- 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"Not perfect, but fans of the original won't be too disappointed, and there's still more laughs than in the vast majority of quickie comedy sequels. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 6, 2016
C- 17%

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

"Not actively bad, Huntsman still feels like a prime example of what's so unfortunate about studio movies today: pursuing franchises at the expense of all else." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 4, 2016
B 77%

Elstree 1976 (2016)

"It finds a way of proving valuable not just to fans, but to Force agnostics as well." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 2, 2016
C- 73%

Valley Of Love (2016)

"The result is something that skirts around big ideas without actually engaging with them, that sets up some interesting conflicts but never pulls the trigger, and that doesn't even really take advantage of its backdrops." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 29, 2016
C 54%

Triple 9 (2016)

"For hardcore fans of the cop-movie genre starved for material, maybe "Triple 9" will be enough. The rest of us will likely leave the movie feeling like an opportunity was missed somewhere. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 21, 2016
B- 76%

Chronic (2016)

"For much of the running time, it felt like the most pleasant surprise of the festival, but by the end, Chronic is notable mostly as a step in the right direction for its leading man." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 18, 2016
C+ 89%

Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016)

"Jia's still clearly an immense talent, but there's still much about his oeuvre that doesn't quite work." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 10, 2016
C 71%

A Perfect Day (2016)

""A Perfect Day" is rarely actively bad, but more often inspires a shrug." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 15, 2016
A 97%

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015)

" It's dizzying stuff, and virtually everything that Gomes tries his hand to works: it's a film that's moving, sad, exciting, fiery, and funny" ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 18, 2015
C 89%

The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016)

""The Boy And The Beast" is a treat to look at, is inventive in spots, and will probably be eaten up by younger viewers. But it ultimately proves both narratively unsatisfying and emotionally lacking, " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 24, 2015
B- 92%

My Scientology Movie (2017)

"The main character makes an engaging guide as well as a humorous one, and putting the process in the foreground helps to make it a film that's highly entertaining even in its more familiar, or least fruitful, sections." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 24, 2015
C- 65%

Spectre (2015)

"Spectre feels like a film patched together out of endless hastily-drafted script rewrites rather than a cohesive vision." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 21, 2015
A- 90%

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

" "Bone Tomahawk" is a proper Western, a proper horror movie, and by combining the two, becomes something else entirely, and proves hugely enjoyable for it. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 16, 2015
C- 67%

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016)

"Much of the cast are worth keeping an eye on (with Lima being a particular highlight), and the director is certainly one to watch, but her first feature is unfortunately more of a forgettable roll in the hay than a mind-blowing all-nighter." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 16, 2015
C- 40%

Beeba Boys (2015)

"From a distance, "Beeba Boys" looked like it had the potential to be a genuinely fresh take on the gangster movie, and it delivers on that promise in fits and starts. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 10, 2015
B+ 93%

Skyfall (2012)

"It stands up with the finest work that Deakins has ever done, which pretty much means that it's as gorgeous as film gets." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 5, 2015
B+ 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"The target audience is clearly horror geeks with a clear knowledge of the genre and its cliches. But if you are one of those people, then you'll probably not enjoy a movie more this year." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 27, 2015
A- 72%

Louder Than Bombs (2016)

"Beguiling and fascinating." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 15, 2015
C+ 61%

Legend (2015)

"A little more energy or flair could have stopped "Legend" from feeling like a standard biopic in the way that it does." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
C- 75%

Tig (2015)

"Every time you hear or see Notaro perform, you're reminded that you'd likely be getting a greater insight into both her work and her personal life by seeing one of her ace routines rather than by sitting through ninety minutes of "Tig."" ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 17, 2015
A- 89%

Dheepan (2016)

"While the film retains Audiard's trademark muscularity, it's also the most compassionate and humanistic thing he's made to date." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 28, 2015
B+ 93%

The Little Prince (2016)

"...for the most part the director takes the right liberties, ending up with an extremely beautiful, very charming, thematically rich take that's sure to be one of the better animated movies this year." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 26, 2015
A- 91%

Green Room (2016)

"The result is an exciting, splattery, funny genre movie that somehow never once feels disposable, and one that should prove a midnight movie delight for some time to come." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 18, 2015
B+ 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

""Son of Saul" is an ambitious movie for a first-time filmmaker, but it pays off. The film has a visceral, experiential quality that captures the mundane horror of day-to-day duties early on, and the Goya-esque hell as chaos erupts later on. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2015
B+ 88%

Mia Madre (2016)

"Formally, "Mia Madre" is not the director's finest hour, but actually, it's a different beast entirely from his earlier work, and a moving, sensitive one at that. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2015
F 10%

The Sea of Trees (2016)

"Ultimately, "Sea Of Trees" feels like an entirely appropriate title: it makes you feel like you're drowning, and it's full of sap." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 15, 2015
B- 75%

Good Kill (2015)

"When cinema reflects current conflicts, a certain aesthetic typically develops, and "Good Kill," Andrew Niccol's drone strike-era drama, makes a convincing case for the next phase of that evolution." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 11, 2015
C 43%

Gerontophilia (2015)

"It may be that, in self-consciously targeting a wider audience (as LaBruce has happily confessed was his aim here), the director's lost a little of his edge in the process." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 27, 2015
A 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

""Ex Machina" is one of the headiest and most impressive sci-fi debuts since "Moon," and if we see more than a handful of movies better than it across the next twelve months, 2015 will be a terrific year. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 21, 2015
C 80%

Black Sea (2015)

"Whether as an adventure tale, a thriller, or a morality play, "Black Sea" never quite makes a compelling enough case for its existence." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 12, 2014
A- 98%

Paddington (2015)

"We're just pleased to have a family film in the truest sense of the word, one that's genuinely hilarious, touching and inventive to both kids and their parents" ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 4, 2014
B- 80%

Penance (2009)

""Penance" is a fascinating, expansive piece of work, albeit one that struggles to escape its TV origins on the big screen, and that can't quite stick the landing." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 13, 2014
A 99%

Leviathan (2014)

"If there was ever any doubt as to Zvyagintsev's position as one of world cinema's foremost auteurs, it's put to rest here. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 20, 2014
C 63%

Son of a Gun (2015)

"There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours, especially if you're a fan of the film's Australian crime predecessors, but the film's forgotten almost as soon as the credits roll." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 17, 2014
D 18%

Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

""Monsters: Dark Continent" is a sour, tedious, and derivative film that doesn't just prove disappointing in its own right, it actively makes us resent the first film retroactively for inspiring it." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 17, 2014
B+ 83%

Testament Of Youth (2015)

"Beautifully observed moments, captured gorgeously by Kent, and excellently performed by his cast, make the film linger, adding up to a of mosaic of grief, loss, and anger at the waste of an inhuman conflict, all without showing a single bullet fired." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 14, 2014
D- 17%

Serena (2015)

""Serena" isn't bad enough to be some kind of potential cult classic: it's tedious, with even the stranger moments and plot developments failing to raise the pulse." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 14, 2014
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