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Quentin Curtis

Quentin Curtis
Quentin Curtis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Telegraph (UK), Independent on Sunday

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Spanking the Monkey (1994) Writer-director David O Russell's well-observed film captures the sullen defensiveness of adolescence, and finds humour and sensuality in strange places.‐ Independent on Sunday
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91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) This is a formidable debut for Manchevski, who wrote the film as well as directed it... If all his films are as noble, beautiful and humane as his first, the American cinema will have a new master.‐ Independent on Sunday
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42% Waterworld (1995) Waterworld is a mess masquerading as a movie. Setting out to do something startlingly new, it ends up stunningly familiar.‐ Independent on Sunday
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49% Star Trek Generations (1994) Too many senten-tious insights and lame jokes have been grafted on to the basic yarn.‐ Independent on Sunday
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92% Heavenly Creatures (1994) With wit and daring, Jackson whisks us around two adolescent girls' minds, on a guided tour of their most garish fantasies and deluded, delirious dreams. Imagination is both the film's subject, and its strength.‐ Independent on Sunday
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60% Imaginary Crimes (1994) Keitel manages to endow this compulsive liar with a degree of tenderness. And the film, unusually literate and textured for today's Hollywood, presents him as an emblem for an uptight, self-deceiving era.‐ Independent on Sunday
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86% A Man of No Importance (1994) The film captures the ignorance, prejudice and complacent contempt of the times. Finney is wonderful as the tortured hero.‐ Independent on Sunday
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40% Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) The movie can't decide whether it wants to be winningly ramshackle, like the TV version, or more polished. The result is a mish-mash of slick special effects, clunky dialogue, haphazard continuity, and incongruous pilferings.‐ Independent on Sunday
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17% Judge Dredd (1995) What was once a satire on fascism looks like an apologia for it. That may be the inevitable price of turning a medium which is cheap and subversive into one that is expensively conformist.‐ Independent on Sunday
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39% Beyond Rangoon (1995) John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon is a humane and technically accomplished drama set in the viciously repressive world of contemporary Burma.‐ Independent on Sunday
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23% Congo (1995) It's a shocker: clunkingly written, dismally acted, haphazardly directed, and with some of the most glaringly conspicuous sound-stages masquerading as the African jungle ever seen in a major American movie.‐ Independent on Sunday
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95% Crumb (1995) Zwigoff's film rarely feels exploitative, and the fascination of Crumb and his family should not disguise the director's skill and sensitivity in marshalling his material.‐ Independent on Sunday
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57% Fiorile (Wild Flower) (1993) There is a powerful sense of the ramifications of evil deeds over time, but the film rarely delves beneath its painterly rural imagery.‐ Independent on Sunday
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24% Just Cause (1995) Connery is sadly lacking in vigour, and the script rarely sparkles. But the climax is cruelly effective.‐ Independent on Sunday
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18% Street Fighter (1994) It assaults the ears and the intellect.‐ Independent on Sunday
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75% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) It is hard to think of another actor who could bring off Don Juan De Marco, as Johnny Depp has. With his voice like a caress and eyes that gently preen, he is entirely believable as a consummate seducer, who yet remains sweet and sincere.‐ Independent on Sunday
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73% Rob Roy (1995) The first point to make about Alan Sharp's script is that it travesties history, bearing only the flimsiest resemblance to the facts of Rob's life... The second point is that it's one of the best screenplays of the last decade.‐ Independent on Sunday
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43% Tommy Boy (1995) Dumber than Dumb and Dumber, Tommy Boy is a comedy that might be a hoot after several beers but is otherwise best avoided.‐ Independent on Sunday
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40% A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Alfonso Arau's A Walk in the Clouds is a lush, old-fashioned melodrama, and almost endearingly inept.‐ Independent on Sunday
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13% The Scarlet Letter (1995) Hawthorne's moral seriousness gets lost in a sea of slush.‐ Independent on Sunday
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100% The Institute Benjamenta (1996) It is a demanding, even forbidding work, but richly rewarding and often surpassingly beautiful.‐ Independent on Sunday
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100% La Haine (1996) La Haine chucks a Molotov cocktail through the sedate window-front of modern French cinema. Kassovitz has scoured away the layers of nuance and the portraits of a privileged past -- and daubed over them slogans of despair that are raw and contemporary.‐ Independent on Sunday
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90% A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Respectful of the text, exquisitely designed and lustily played, it is a model Shakespeare adaptation.‐ Independent on Sunday
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78% The Browning Version (1994) The Browning Version is not only a very bad film, it desecrates a considerable work of art.‐ Independent on Sunday
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99% The Third Man (1949) We're seduced out of caring for Greene's weary plot. Welles saves the film and destroys it.‐ Independent on Sunday
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100% The Music of Chance (1993) The film is a brilliantly enigmatic examination of luck, the feeling we have of some harmony or order governing our fate.‐ Independent on Sunday
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31% The House of the Spirits (1994) If The House of the Spirits fails to reinvent its traditional form as The Piano did, it still redresses Hollywood's usual sexual politics -- and provides an exotic wallow.‐ Independent on Sunday
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64% Sabrina (1995) Miraculously, Pollack makes Billy Wilder's 1954 light comedy leaden, like a chef turning a meringue into a bread pudding.‐ Independent on Sunday
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56% Waiting to Exhale (1995) There's less context than in McMillan's novel, and more lingerie. But the theme of (black) women searching for acceptance and empowerment is equally strong, especially in Angela Bassett's gale-force performance as Bernadine.‐ Independent on Sunday
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83% The Flower of My Secret (1995) There is not much of a plot; just real, romantically entwined lives -- a world away from the gaudy camp Almodovar had begun to tire us with.‐ Independent on Sunday
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86% Heat (1995) This movie confirms Mann as one of the most distinctive and skilled of current American directors.‐ Independent on Sunday
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91% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) The constant parallels between food and love are too facile to be illuminating.‐ Independent on Sunday
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81% Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1994) The achievement of Chereau's film is to reveal the people, in all their squalor and occasional grace, behind the myth of royalty -- that, and to make two-and-a-half hours zip by.‐ Independent on Sunday
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56% The Sandlot (1993) Though all but the two lead children are mediocre, the adult actors, including Karen Allen and James Earl Jones, are first- rate.‐ Independent on Sunday
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14% North (1994) It is a childish world seen through the ponderous eyes of adulthood. All the children in it, including Elijah Wood as North, seem over-directed, reacting with programmed cuteness. Their lines have a hack's glibness rather than a child's innocence.‐ Independent on Sunday
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98% One False Move (1992) The film is not quite the masterpiece some have hailed, but it has a bluesy grip, subtle humour and more thought than the average thriller.‐ Independent on Sunday
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No Score Yet Oxen (The Ox) (1991) Comparisons with Bergman are inevitable, but the guilt and religious intolerance have more in common with the soulful austerity of Carl Dreyer. It's an original, and ought to be seen.‐ Independent on Sunday
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60% Leap of Faith (1992) It's half a good film, only lacking the courage of its cynicism.‐ Independent on Sunday
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52% Kafka (1991) There are shafts of insight, and the photography's elegantly expressionist. But Irons, sturdily English despite a fitting heaviness of the spirit, is hopelessly miscast as the iconic, neurasthenic writer.‐ Independent on Sunday
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51% The Pelican Brief (1993) It all sounds thrilling enough. So why is it so dull? Chiefly because of a central flaw in Grisham's writing, which Hollywood is unable to smooth out -- its grinding pedantry.‐ Independent on Sunday
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79% Philadelphia (1993) Sparks of acting brilliance rescue the cautious, sometimes craven script, as does Demme's inventive direction. Though the plotting reeks of safety-first commercialism, the camerawork has the dangerous intimacy of independent film-making.‐ Independent on Sunday
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100% Oliver Twist (1951) The film is worth seeing for Guy Green's lustrous photography and David Lean's peerless image-making.‐ Independent on Sunday
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38% Tank Girl (1995) Utimately the film is more a symptom than a prophecy of dystopia.‐ Independent on Sunday
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No Score Yet Clockwork Mice (Running Wild) (1995) This is such original territory for a British movie that Vadim Jean's hackneyed direction comes as a severe let-down.‐ Independent on Sunday
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58% Guarding Tess (1994) Too often Guarding Tess feels like a sketch towards a movie.‐ Independent on Sunday
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22% The Flintstones (1994) The 32 scriptwriters' idea of a joke is to suffix every name with rock. The opening title announces the film as a "Steven Spielrock" production. And it's downhill from there, with an avalanche of rubbish at our heels.‐ Independent on Sunday
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69% Love and Human Remains (1993) (Arcand) is a second-rank director, but a world-class doom-monger.‐ Independent on Sunday
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74% Sirens (1994) The surprise casting is not MacPherson but Sam Neill.‐ Independent on Sunday
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33% Wild West (1993) The film has its own radical and witty voice.‐ Independent on Sunday
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86% Dead Alive (1993) It never decides whether to make you tremble with laughter or fear, and has outstayed its welcome long before the last limb has been severed and entrail spilled.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017