Rachel Brook

Rachel Brook
Rachel Brook's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): One Room With A View
Publications: One Room With A View

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) Though excelling with casting, Jolie's direction falls short in style and execution; cheesy dissolves and trite biopic techniques are distractingly formulaic, fracturing absorption with Unbroken's brutal and shocking content. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 79% Beyond Clueless (2014) Beyond Clueless frequently provokes nostalgic joy whilst also inspiring further cinematic discovery. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 56% Focus (2015) Very occasionally Focus' Hollywood glamour is offset by an allusion to the idea that money can't buy happiness, but essentially this is a hustler romp with a surprisingly romantic slant. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 85% Still Alice (2015) Intellectually, the sadness is undeniable, but Still Alice only rarely fulfils its potential for moving the viewer. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) It's rambling, tonally indecisive and contains no one as charming as Frances Ha, but this well-meaning spiritual sequel shines for its wry humour. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 31% Lost River (2015) There's more than a nugget of intrigue to this era-less, nihilism-inflected tale, but Gosling is too concerned with aesthetic and tone to deliver much of a narrative. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Conventionality is almost surpassed by fine performances and some technical flair, yet the emphatically romance-driven conclusion is all the more disappointing alongside such winning translation of Hardy's rural verisimilitude. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 56% The Age of Adaline (2015) The plot is both ridiculous and overly convenient, stealing screentime from the deserving thorough period production design. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) Though its respect for the characters and concluding vision of an unconventional family is admirable, The New Girlfriend is most convincing when simply depicting friendship. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Clouds of Sils Maria pertinently discusses the nature of interpreting art, but its tedious attention to paparazzi-plagued celebrities is shallower and skews its already meandering trajectory. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 77% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) (2014) Like the Moomins themselves, this film is charming and endlessly imaginative. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
1/5 31% The Longest Ride (2015) Another cookie-cutter Nicholas Sparks adaptation emerges undercooked, seemingly without undergoing redrafts or second takes. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 82% Mistress America (2015) Mistress America is far less cynical than While We're Young, yet it's hilarity, piquant catty rivalry, and Brooke's straight-talking outer shell poignantly give way to some extremely sad observations. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 97% 45 Years (2015) Haigh incorporates wry observations about relationships, both humorous and tragic, while intelligently reflecting on aging. Sadly though, 45 Years never quite reaches the promise of its premise. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Mann and Cooke's performances are so open and natural that the screenplay's intelligent interrogation of lofty themes - including death, fear, and intergenerational relationships - never feels preachy or condescending. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 54% The Company You Keep (2013) An exciting chase thriller with unusual emotional depth - in part thanks to Cliff Martinez' mournful score - The Company You Keep proffers interesting commentary on the sacrifices men will make for women they love. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 61% Legend (2015) Flashy production and performances don't distract from the film's flaws, though the American Helgeland nails the minutiae of British life. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 71% Miss You Already (2015) The narrative milestones of Milly's cancer - including head-shaving and chemo-induced puking - are well worn in cinema, yet it's the stale and predictable trajectory of this fictional friendship which really offends. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet In the Room (2015) After opening shorts respectively characterised by static, stagey discourse and poor acting, In the Room grows in confidence and passionate eloquence. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 80% Hand Gestures (Il gesto delle mani) (2015) Long at 77 minutes, Hand Gestures succeeds only in conveying and recreating the laboriousness of the labours it documents. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 83% Assassination (2015) Assassination is a meticulously crafted film crammed with diverse elements, including sumptuously detailed set design, goofy slapstick humour, and even a meet cute. Best of all, there's a kickass heroine. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 62% The Program (2016) It may not take a groundbreaking approach to biographical drama, but Frears' The Program draws strong performances... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Very Big Shot (2015) Very Big Shot is a glorious surprise. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 72% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016) Snappy editing, a well-judged structure and an immersive use of sound - watch out for the sudden increases in volume - help maintain a fast pace. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 100% Couple In A Hole (2015) After a slow build, Couple In A Hole develops from brooding drama to frenetic thriller. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
5/5 72% A Perfect Day (2016) León de Aranoa finely balances tone to craft a warm human film that sheds light on the stark realities of war - including many of relevance to the current refugee crisis. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 93% Queen of Earth (2015) If only Perry's direction had been as brave as the performances, Queen of Earth would be unmissable. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 81% One Floor Below (2015) Muntean offers some insight into the routine reality of this Romanian businessman, but ultimately the film sidesteps exploring the moral dilemma that at first seems to be its raison d'être. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
5/5 96% Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) (2015) Exponentially growing tension makes My Skinny Sister increasingly distressing to watch, yet looking away is never an option. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) Though consistently amusing, the narrative direction and central themes of My Golden Days are too confused for it to serve as anything more than light entertainment. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 86% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Heymann may have omitted too much due to overestimating the public's knowledge of Naharin's career, yet Mr Gaga is always interesting, and at times deeply moving. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 71% Light Years (2015) Campbell's eye for a real rather than romanticised Britain - motorways, industrial parks, damp forests - is refreshing, yet Light Years fails to take hold until it's almost passed you by. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1/5 60% Sisters (2015) It's so disappointing that the usually hilarious Fey and Poehler have indulged themselves with this paper-thin plot... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 49% Freeheld (2015) Freeheld's first act combines irrelevant police cases with an awkward early-stage romance that develops into a cheesy, sun-splashed love story. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 64% Unicorn Store (2019) Taking on a potentially twee and childish premise, [Brie] Larson has created a bold and colourful world for [Samantha] McIntyre's earnest, soulful and relatable tale of personal growth. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 93% Room (2015) Donaghue's adaptation of her own novel translates the vastly distinct sections of Room equally skilfully, and treats the recoveries of both Jack and Ma with nuance. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/5 88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Short could have been a subtle, restrained procedural drama. Instead, it's a confused clusterfuck of cinematic tropes piled atop a good yarn. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
2/5 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) JT LeRoy is always mere inches away from being so much better, making its failures all the more disappointing. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 18% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Winter's War is a total guilty pleasure that revels in its own flaws. Its tongue-in-cheek charm won't be for everyone... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Subtle as a baseball to the head, Boyhood's successor can be as insufferable as its heinously punctuated title... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 97% Mustang (2015) A celebration of authentic sisterhood and a rousing social commentary, Mustang joins its sisters (Little and Skinny) to form an extraordinary and essential trifecta on siblings and life itself. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 97% Love & Friendship (2016) Stillman's adaptation of Austen's fragmentary novella "Lady Susan" is entirely on one note, adding nothing fans of either writer haven't seen before. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) Wiener-Dog aims for wry, dry, and dark, but is instead outrageously patronising and horrible. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 86% Other People (2016) Cathartic documentation of a year in David's life, a beautiful tribute to mother-son bonds from Plemons, and an upsettingly credible Shannon. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 88% Morris from America (2016) A feel good movie that can't help but be imbued with its protagonist's imagination and infectious good humour. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 85% Tallulah (2016) What could have been a run-of-the-mill TV movie achieves gravitas through developed character motivations and performances given room to breathe. Even when indulging in lighter comedic dialogue, Tallulah circles profound truths. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Two in the Bush: A Love Story (2019) This sensitive and restrained portrait of a polyamorous relationship is admirable for giving more attention to Emily's journey as an individual than her place in romantic unions. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 18% Ithaca (2016) Canny casting and strong performances add interest to a predictable made-for-Hollywood plot. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 91% Slash (2016) Slash may be gutsy with its subject matter, but it lacks a confidently defined style. It's a well-meaning but clumsy high school movie... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Sticky Notes (2016) In its final minutes Sticky Notes reveals itself to be a pleasing cine-literate game of deceptive narrative structure, and the well-buried emotional kernel is laid bare. Deferring this so late, however, does damage the film's power to engage. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019