Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 82% The Italian Job (1969) The brio and ambition of The Italian Job can't be doubted and Caine has enormous charisma... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 100% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 isn't at all bad. But it's time to let go. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 86% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) Oudolf is an intriguing figure, a gardener who prizes not flowers or decorative features or even colour but the muscularforms and textures of plants and grasses. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Wild Honey Pie! (2017) It is marooned in its own weird, self-conscious, actorly inconsequentiality and is neither properly funny nor satisfyingly serious, flaking out after 88 long minutes of improv-wittering. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) It's time to wave the neuralyzer in the face of every executive involved and murmur softly: forget about this franchise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) This is an immersive experience, like being plunged back into the 70s. There is passion there. No matter how chaotic or bleary things get, no one is in any doubt that the music counts. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
5/5 95% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) It's a tremendous film that was ahead of its time on LGBT issues and, in some ways, is ahead of ours. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Force of Nature: Natalia (2019) It is a fascinating introduction to this interpretative artist. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 91% Eating Animals (2018) It's a film that tells you what you already knew - and then made a conscious or unconscious decision to forget, if you are a meat-eater. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) An old-fashioned war picture to rule them all - gripping, utterly uncynical, with viscerally convincing and audacious battle sequences. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 81% Late Night (2019) Kaling is very good at conveying the paradoxical misty-eyed idealism of those working for this long-running TV institution. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 92% Gloria Bell (2019) There is a terrific performance here from Moore, and an equally good one from Turturro, who may be entering into his own golden years of bittersweet character work. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 24% Dark Phoenix (2019) The point of a phoenix, dark or otherwise, is that it rises from the flames. But these are the flames in which this franchise has finally gone down. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 95% Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930) Once the party's over, the money's lost and the humiliation has set in, what leader, what purifying force can rescue everyone from this devastating shame, while supplying something of the same erotic, exalting excitement? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 66% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) The high-octane thrill of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock films has been replaced by boring, hot guys suavely saving the world in this remake of the 60s TV show. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
2/5 33% Sibyl (2019) It is not convincing, and some of the acting is not of the highest order. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 93% It Must Be Heaven (2019) For Suleiman, comedy is a kind of rhetorical non-violence. And yet there is also a pessimism here, a warning from a tarot card reader that a Palestinian state will not be seen in the protagonist's lifetime. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) Almost the very first shot is of a woman's naked bottom, massively filling the screen, like an inflatable by Terry Gilliam. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 79% The Traitor (2019) The Traitor is big, bold, confident film-making. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 51% Matthias and Maxime (2019) There is such tenderness and gentleness in this film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 52% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) A movie I couldn't make friends with. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 54% Wounds (2019) This is just ham-fisted. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite gets its tendrils into you. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's entirely outrageous, disorientating, irresponsible, and also brilliant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
1/5 64% Frankie (2019) Sachs is such a talented film-maker, but this is a baffling misstep. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 60% Lux Æterna (2019) Lux Æterna shows Noé reverting to the self-parodic silliness that Climax had taken him past. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 52% Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed) (2019) It is an involving story, with a strong lead performance. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 85% The Whistlers (2019) An elegant and stylishly crafted piece of entertainment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
5/5 100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) What did it remind me of? De Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons? Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing? I don't know. But what a story of desire. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) Malick does succeed, to some degree, on his own terms; he attempts to give some (stylised) sense of this man's inner life: his emotional and spiritual architecture. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 86% Diego Maradona (2019) [I]t's like a 130-minute Match of the Day title sequence created by Sophocles. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
5/5 98% The Lighthouse (2019) Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 100% Family Romance, LLC (2019) A strange, faintly frustrating but diverting film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 82% Port Authority (2019) Port Authority is vehement, urgent and sensual - not perfect, and I would have liked to have seen more extended dance sequences. But it is made with storytelling gusto and heart. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
3/5 95% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) (2019) Some of the film's romance, and its fatalism, did not have the piercing impact as the visual masterstrokes. But there's no doubting Diao's style. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
2/5 50% Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (2019) I found this film ultimately exasperating: not quite funny enough to be funny, or serious enough to be serious, or passionate enough to be about the passion of Joan of Arc. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 90% Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) (2019) There is something incomplete or unfinished in this work, but perhaps this simply represents the condition of life itself. Pain and Glory leaves you with a sweet sadness, but a sharp appetite for the next film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 68% Little Joe (2019) None of this is represented in any compelling dramatic style, and the actors - all very talented and assured - have perhaps not had clear enough direction. It is a mood piece. Whose mood leads nowhere. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 11% Batman & Robin (1997) An amiable, almost farcical Batman episode, with George in Nespresso mode. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 38% Batman Forever (1995) The whole thing is just that little bit wackier, perhaps closer to the 60s TV version - although Two-Face's burns are nastier than that show would have permitted. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 78% Batman Returns (1992) A strange beast. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 71% Batman (1989) Directed by Tim Burton, the movie has a brooding noir feel. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) It's fierce, open and angry, unironised and unadorned, about a vital contemporary issue whose implications you somehow don't hear on the news. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is an honest, heartfelt tribute to Elton John's music and his public image. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 89% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) I admired the way that Diop did not simply submit to the realist mode expected from this kind of material, and yet neither did she go into a cliched magic-realist mode, nor make the romantic story the film's obvious centre. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) It is an utterly distinctive film-making, executed with ruthless clarity and force. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 73% Les Misérables (2019) The colossal conflagration becomes paradoxically less exciting, and the tang of black comedy vanishes when real bloodshed appears. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
5/5 98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Age has not withered that final queasy nightmare of the mushroom clouds, set to Vera Lynn's hopeful We'll Meet Again - underscoring how the certainties of the second world war ceased to hold their meaning in the nuclear age. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) This is film-making that really does push at the limits of storytelling and generic templates, and it's brimming with images and ideas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It's always viewable in its elegant deliberation and controlled tempo of weird normality - and beautifully photographed in an eerie dusk by Frederick Elmes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019