Owen Richards

Owen Richards
Owen Richards's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Arts Desk
Publications: The Arts Desk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 25% The Runaways (2020) The Runaways is worth seeking out, with heartfelt performances and a charming script. It's a ray of British sunshine on film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 77% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) Lesser directors would struggle to strike this balance, but Gillan proves a deft hand. It's one of the strongest British debuts this year, and you have to ask - is there anything she can't do? - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/5 60% Ophelia (2019) As a partner piece to Hamlet, it's an interesting twist on the traditional roles. As a standalone film, it somewhat suffers from its parent script. But particularly strong performances and beautiful imagery make it worth catching. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) Director and writer Bart Freundlich lets the story breathe, trusting the actors to do the emotional heavy lifting. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 67% The Shock of the Future (Le choc du futur) (2019) It's clearly written by someone who knows more about programming than plotting. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 73% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) Though it follows your typical obscure sports underdog story, the layered characters and unflinching topics make the Shrimps a surprise package. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) What the film does best is play with genre conventions. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 75% Armstrong (2019) It excels in showing how Armstrong remained calm and capable in some truly astonishing situations. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 70% Mari (2018) It's a film as much about what is not said as what is. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) With the continued prevalence of acid attacks in the UK, it was only a matter of time before they became the subject of a film. Thank goodness, then, it's handled with such unflinching care as it is in Dirty God. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 89% Freedom Fields (2018) The film's most affecting moments come when the women confront their situation. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame is a totally unique, brilliant cinematic experience. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
5/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) It's impossible to watch Minding the Gap and not be mesmerised by what it achieves. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 50% Sleeping With the Far Right (2019) It's a shame, because that confrontation was needed. The episode did offer some real insights into how far right activists grab the online narrative, spread their (mis)information and co-ordinate attacks. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) It's a compelling story with wonderfully drawn characters and a world that carries weight. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 96% On Her Shoulders (2018) An engrossing and startling documentary on Yazidi advocate Nadia Murad. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5/5 87% Colette (2018) It's a powerful, cocksure celebration of one of history's great novelists, performers and characters. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/5 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's polished, inauthentic, sanitised, and plays like a 130-minute trailer. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) This is not a biography; it is a manifesto. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
4/5 77% The King (2018) The King is a visual essay - it proposes a thesis, then builds a convincing argument, bouncing between Presley's life and the state of the nation. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 91% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) It's a pleasure to experience but sometimes frustrating to follow. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4/5 80% The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan) (2018) Jenny Lu has crafted a very human story that balances the domestic with high drama. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 89% Pin Cushion (2018) On the surface, Pin Cushion is a whimsical British indie, packed with imagination and charm. But debuting director Deborah Haywood builds this on a foundation of bullying and prejudice, creating a surprisingly bleak yet effective film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
4/5 91% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) The story plays as a metaphor for Cairo's wider problems, never preaching but effectively humanising. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 89% A Ciambra (2018) Pio tells a story in his eyes alone, determination and vulnerability carried in a look; there's a career ahead of him, should he choose to leave the Ciambra life. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 93% Revenge (2018) For a shot of adrenaline in your next cinema trip, look no further - a future cult classic for sure. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) The camera doesn't show off, but finds moments of quiet beauty across the different landscapes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
100% The Deminer (2017) A powerful and surprisingly cinematic story. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
5/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) It is by no means an easy watch, but Custody is intensely gripping. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) The film is an undeniable pleasure, with a wicked sense of humour and real heart. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/5 88% Makala (2018) There are no theatrics in Makala -- it takes a steady and purposeful pace -- but the images caught are worthy of IMAX. It's completely immersive filmmaking. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 83% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) A Woman's Life is a very human story, told in a stylistically surprising way. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
100% The Farthest (2017) It makes you proud to be human, and embarrassed to still use your fingers when attempting maths. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi tackles the bigger questions that the morally sure previous entries did not. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) Despite the title, Nothingwood is often more illuminating than the Prince. The documentary sheds a fascinating light on Afghanistan and its relationship with film. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is filmmaking at its most pure; a simple story, affectingly told by characters that leave you aching. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) This approach will undoubtedly distance some casual music fans, but the film does reward those who are willing to stay engaged. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/5 98% Dina (2017) The film is a fascinating look at love -- one that is not traditional but unarguably unconditional. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017