Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 69% Liberté (2020) This film is an ordeal that I never want to go through again, but it's undoubtedly executed with a cerebral conviction and uncompromising seriousness that no Anglo Saxon film-maker could approach. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/5 100% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) I'm not sure how much, if anything, Coppola's re-edit does for the third Godfather film, but it's worth a watch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 76% The Prom (2020) The Prom is as corny as you like, and there is hardly a plot turn, transition or song-cue that can't be guessed well in advance; but it's so goofy that you just have to enjoy it, and there are some very funny lines. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
2/5 45% Black Beauty (2020) A sonorously well-meaning film that bathes everything in the bland, buttery sunlight that Disney always produces and in which the human performances are as opaque as the ones given by the horses. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
3/5 67% Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) (1974) Perhaps there is something in its very crassness, horror and tastelessness that does at least jolt us towards an acknowledgment of pure evil. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
4/5 61% Crash (1996) It risks being laughed at, and there is a definite, tiny grain of Razzie absurdity that is a part of its weirdly hypnotic high-porn torpor. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
2/5 56% Audrey (2020) By and large, it's an exasperating, simpering, Hello-magazine-interview of a film, blandly celebrating her "iconic" presence in the horribly overrated Breakfast at Tiffany's, in which she was absurdly unrelaxed and self-conscious. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Possessor is, above all, an ultra-violent sci-fi-horror freak-out that will probably have you hiding your face in your hands. (That's what I did.) - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 78% Uncle Frank (2020) Uncle Frank doesn't have the witty indirectness of American Beauty or Ball's TV classic Six Feet Under, but it has a strong and very convincing performance from Bettany. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 100% Overseas (2019) It is hauntingly sad. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) A detonation of pure acting firepower is what's on offer in this movie version of August Wilson's 1982 stage play. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 100% Finding Jack Charlton (2020) An unexpectedly touching documentary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 84% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) I can't help thinking that a real documentary could be made about David Arquette's midlife crisis and this isn't it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 100% Asia (2020) There is intelligence, intimacy and delicacy in the way the drama is presented, which takes it above the level of TV movie of the week. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
5/5 100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) The cynicism and indifference to suffering is truly horrible, and a kind of insidious evil rises from the screen like carbon monoxide, and also a terrible sadness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 86% Patrick (2019) [An] enjoyable if self-consciously quirky black comedy... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
1/5 32% Death of Me (2020) It starts out with a weird echo of the Hangover movies, then morphs into a variation on classic horrors such as The Wicker Man and even Rosemary's Baby - but with none of the dark impish wit that you'd hope for with borrowings like those. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
2/5 71% Concrete Plans (2020) However much I wanted to like it, this film never quite gelled: the dialogue and the confrontations seemed forced; some characters looked and sounded like caricatures; and the moment of escalation from tension into open violence was unconvincing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 100% Billie (2020) The film leaves us with the untied plot-strand of Kuehl's life, but with a great deal of valuable material about Holiday herself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 95% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) The film ranges far afield and interviews an engaging and eclectic mix of people. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 94% The Life Ahead (2020) Loren has an undiminished screen presence and it's great to see her with a substantial role. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 94% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) I'm not sure what exactly this intriguing film adds up to, but it is strangely, unexpectedly involving and touching. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
2/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) This is a well-meant story of someone pulling himself up by his bootstraps, with some help from his grandma. But it feels contrived and self-conscious. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
5/5 88% Mank (2020) What an addictive romantic drama it is, mixing sentimentality with pure rapture. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Nuclear (2019) A quirky, eccentric film in some ways, but one that achieves its own kind of internal consistency, with very strong performances from Jones and Guillory as the haunted mother and daughter. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
5/5 95% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) Striking images and poses happen under the camera's nose, but the audience's eye is led, as if on a rail track, out into the distance, to eerily mesmeric background scenes... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) This documentary shows Stokes to have the fanatical energy of a hoarder, the zeal of an evangelist and the intensity of a visionary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
4/5 97% Queen of Hearts (2019) The film genuinely has something tragic in it, and Dyrholm is outstanding. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Young Observant (L'apprendistato) (2019) This film is avowedly a docu-fictional hybrid... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away (2020) A diverting trip down a sweet, sad stretch of memory lane. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) It's an entertaining and eventful melodrama with some thoughts on art that might put you in mind of Yasmina Reza's stage-play named after the subject. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 87% Shirley (2020) Together, Moss and Stuhlbarg epitomise a very horrible masculine and feminine mystique. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
4/5 97% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) This is a very tough watch, all but unbearable, but it has tragic force. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 78% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) Watchable if not especially profound... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/5 100% The Ladykillers (1955) A superbly elegant comedy... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) This garden is pretty but lifeless. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 77% One Man and His Shoes (2020) This is a documentary that only seems to wake up to its own tragic significance once it is nearly all over. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/5 50% The Witches (2020) The spell does not get cast. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) There are still some real laughs and pointed political moments on the subject of antisemitism and online Holocaust denial. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 80% Cordelia (2019) Perhaps this film doesn't entirely work all the way through, but it is a shard of malevolence that jabs into your skin. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 99% Time (2020) [A] viscerally emotional documentary... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 92% Body of Water (2020) I'm still not sure what I think about this film's overall narrative direction, or how other people affected by the issues are going to take it - but it certainly functions as an unflinchingly forthright examination of what is at stake. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 39% Blood and Money (2020) The title lets you know that what you've got on the label is what you've got in the can. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/5 40% Rebecca (2020) This Rebecca leaves us with a secondary mystery - why precisely Wheatley wanted to do it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 100% Being a Human Person (2020) A valuable introduction to the movies and to the man. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
5/5 100% Soul (2020) It's a deeply sweet, happy, gentle film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2/5 65% I Am Woman (2020) Each scene needed a jolt of music or energy that just wasn't there. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Kajillionaire has a harder edge than July's earlier pictures, with something bleaker and more ironic in the surrealism. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
5/5 97% Saint Maud (2020) It's a scary movie that is also a satirical nightmare about the physical and erotic intimacy of nursing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet Yield to the Night (1956) There is a terrible power in its descent of darkness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020