Pamela Hutchinson

Pamela Hutchinson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer, critic and film historian, specialising in silent cinema and womens film history. She contributes regularly to publications including Sight & Sound and the Guardian as well as appearing on Radio 4. She is the founder and editor of silent cinema website SilentLondon.co.uk and the author of the BFI Film Classic on G. W. Pabsts Pandora's Box (1929).

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) This glimpse of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's final days as a double act is the most bittersweet of comedies, underplayed at every turn, but then, like the boys themselves, unexpectedly light on its feet. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) It's Holofcener's first film for Netflix, which may be ruthlessly fitting given its attack on staid domestic archetypes and middle-class mores. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Director Rob Marshall does a canny job of suggesting, if not replicating, the treasures of the original movie, and this new film hardly feels as if it were made in 2018 at all. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The befuddling parade of Potterishness, including a nostalgic excursion to Hogwarts, is powered by a corresponding excess of plot. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
91% Widows (2018) This is an adult blockbuster, laser-tooled to excite the audience. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
78% Mouthpiece (2018) A film that brandishes the messiness of self-doubt and self-contradiction, but uses that morass of emotions to unearth something very pertinent about the lives women live, and the lives they leave behind. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
7 100% Rosie (2018) Rosie may not be very original, but the message of this film is important, and in delivery it is warm, urgent and terribly affecting. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
6 43% Where Hands Touch (2018) Asante maintains a firm grasp of her story at all times but the backdrop is occasionally flimsy. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 27% Red Joan (2019) Most of the fun in Red Joan comes from such overthrown expectations, so it's a shame that the film itself fails to overwhelm - mostly proceeding along dully familiar lines and anything but radical. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) The Guardians is a rewarding and rich film, which offers a delicately considered and often troubling insight into the lives of those left behind by history. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
93% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) With soft-focus imagery veering towards abstraction and subtly elliptical editing, the film takes on the texture and logic of a dream, lulling us into following Luna into a waking nightmare. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Cast aside any fears that the primary goal is to sell package holidays and compilation albums, because this time at least they have put on a diverting show. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) A story of deep emotional poignancy, with a grim political relevance. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
5 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is a pageant of now-dated pop culture references, an elaborate feat of CGI and copyright clearance, with images from games and movies speeding past, to the tune of Van Halen and A-Ha. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
79% Dark River (2018) Despite a sadly muddled finale, this is a superior drama, led by Wilson's steely and focused performance and cleanly, concisely directed by Barnard. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Lady Macbeth outclasses many of its peers in British period cinema, not because of its bold use of sex and violence, but because of its dramatic intelligence and its skill at filleting contemporary relevance from a classic literary source. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) A story about the lives of women, the challenges of parenthood, the value of art and a recent past that now seems unreachable. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
91% I, Daniel Blake (2017) With I, Daniel Blake, his latest film and one of his finest, Loach's talent for humour runs through the entire work. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) Within a glittering collage of soaring music, soft light and writhing bodies, this brilliant film draws the outline of a bleak economic landscape. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) There's none of the humiliating gross-out humour that dominates modern teen comedy, giving the film an affable, breezy appeal -- although, as often happens in Linklater-land, apparently light-hearted scenes are tinged with violence. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
4/5 100% The Epic Of Everest (2013) It's the chill grandeur of his images, and the mystical note in his rueful conclusion, that will linger in your mind. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2013