Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 40% A Trip to the Moon (Un viaje a la Luna) (2018) The performance of Spinetta in the lead is self-conscious and blank, like a kid in a TV commercial for breakfast cereal. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) This is a fluent, watchable piece of work, though not quite as lucid as it might have been. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 63% The White Crow (2019) An athletic, confident, undemanding film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 46% What Men Want (2019) Henson brings a charge of energy to every scene and there are some funny moments. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1/5 44% The Prodigy (2019) It's an unscary scary movie that quickly abandons the very thing that might have made it interesting... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 80% The Fight (2018) It feels like a very personal film, well acted by the A-list cast that Hynes has assembled: a cathartic meditation on the need to heal, the need to confront those who do wrong and to confront yourself when you've done wrong. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 92% Benjamin (2018) A miraculously heartfelt love story, sweet and poignant in all its awkwardness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 84% Girl (2018) The sheer sustained intensity of the drama and performances carry it through. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 98% Us (2019) It's a satirical doppelgänger nightmare of the American Way, a horrified double-take in the mirror of certainty, a realisation that the corroborative image of happiness and prosperity you hoped to see has turned its back, like something by Magritte. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 88% Heat and Dust (1983) After 37 years, Heat and Dust stands up as an intelligent, ambitious, substantial picture - with flaws but also intriguing aspects that were perhaps not sufficiently understood at the time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) The strangeness in this film writhes like bacteria. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 100% Rosie (2018) There is great sadness in this film - and great anger. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 100% Maiden (2019) At all events, it pays due homage to Edwards as a courageous pioneer. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 90% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) It's the best performance from Gyllenhaal since her breakthrough performance in Steven Shainberg's 2002 cult classic Secretary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) In any case, Captain Marvel is an entertaining new part of the saga. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 97% Alien (1979) After 40 years, this sci-fi horror masterpiece still feels lethally contemporary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 86% Hannah (2018) It is a haunting portrait of emotional undeadness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 94% Alien: The Director's Cut (2003) They really don't make them like this any more. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) Before the retrospective letdown, there is an exhilarating kind of disorientation as we move from one narrative section to the next. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 91% Sauvage / Wild (2019) Maritaud's performance has power. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Despite a great real-life background story, and despite comedy master Stephen Merchant being at the helm as writer-director, this movie never really comes off. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me by Now (2018) It's a remarkable story, but more complicated than this makes it sound. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2/5 75% Old Boys (2018) Alex Lawther deserves more than being typecast as a posh English schoolboy - but that's what's happening again, in this moderate new spin on the Cyrano de Bergerac story. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Ejiofor brings a real sensitivity and empathy to this material, as well as some bold, fluent storytelling. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) A chilly business. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Subtlety isn't this movie's strong suit and it's often needlessly chary about drawing the parallel between sexism and racism. But it's got a worthwhile story to tell. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 25% The Aftermath (2019) The well-intentioned performances lead nowhere. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 40% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) The film shows an awareness of Visconti, Scorsese and even De Palma, but this feels like an accomplished yet creatively unambitious piece of work. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 83% Notting Hill (1999) For all its cheesiness, Notting Hill delivers a very great deal of pleasure... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 17% Elisa & Marcela (2019) The film is idealistically conceived in setting out to retell a story that had been erased from the history of sexuality. The energy and flair was, however, missing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
5/5 100% The Lady Eve (1941) Stanwyck completely upstages Fonda who looks as delicate as a Lalique vase. Her chemistry is more with the dads: with Coburn and Pallette. She is the real thoroughbred. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 100% Varda by Agnès (2019) Two hours in this director's company is a pleasure. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 55% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) A 90s summer-romance pastoral of epic length and sexiness, marinaded in sunshine. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/5 93% Monos (2019) Something between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies and Embrace of the Serpent. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) I admired A Private War for its tough, forthright, pro-journalist attitude. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 83% I Was at Home, But (Ich war zuhause, aber) (2019) The movie is not without interest, but I found it mannered, derivative and opaque. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Watergate (2019) Charles Ferguson's riveting four-hour documentary picks over Nixon's squalid and pointless burglary - and the lessons still to be learned. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 100% Gully Boy (2019) In the end, Gully Boy runs on very traditional lines, and maybe comes too close to cliche, but is always engagingly dead set on entertainment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Shadow Play (2019) [A] wildly overblown, overcomplicated drama that dissipates tension because it is always doubling back on itself and not achieving much impact with each of its narrative shifts. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 50% God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019) It simply runs out of ideas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 30% The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) The film is technically accomplished. But there is something meagre and futile about it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) A drumbeat of anxiety and impending violence thuds insistently from this opaque, disquieting spectacle... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 100% Bait (2019) The weirdness of Bait can't be overestimated, like FW Murnau directing an episode of EastEnders. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 80% Mr. Jones (2019) Mr Jones is a bold and heartfelt movie with a real Lean-ian sweep. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
1/5 38% The Operative (2019) There is bafflingly little that's exciting or even all that interesting in the story being told, and the performances themselves are opaque and disengaged. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Earth (Erde) (2019) You might compare this to the landscape cinema of James Benning. But Geyrhalter proves again that he is a unique figure in world cinema. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet BAFTA Shorts 2019 (2019) The touring compilation of short films nominated includes an intriguing drama, engaging documentaries and a freewheeling animation with humour and charm. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) It's what might be heart-sinkingly called a modern-day fairytale - but the kind of modern-day fairytale that gets both halves of the equation wrong, giving you something twee and improbable, weighted down by a dreary yet unconvincing realism. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 100% América (2018) It has the potency of a sympathetically fabricated kind of realist fiction, a guided-reality effect that is completely absorbing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) An open, generous performance from Lucas Hedges carries this earnestly intended movie from writer-director Joel Edgerton. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019