Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke
Rachel Cooke's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Observer (UK) New Statesman
Publications: Observer (UK), New Statesman

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On (2019) The Rushdie affair has many ongoing repercussions, and chief among them, I think, is the confusion and fear that now almost inevitably trails the notion of offence. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
50% Sleeping With the Far Right (2019) What a wasted opportunity. Sen's universe is far more profoundly weird than at first it appeared, and yet Levine hardly cared to probe it. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
100% Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chávez Story (2019) Ruth Mayer's dash through Venezuela's recent history wasn't a radical piece of film-making, but it worked brilliantly. How quickly a state can fail. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
81% Brexit (2019) Utterly and completely Benedict Cumberbatch's show... What an irresistible performance he turns in: weird, committed, minutely observed - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
80% The Interrogation of Tony Martin (2018) Where there should have been dramatic tension, we got only muddle and hesitation; where we might have hoped for psychological insight, we had only the self-justification of one lonely, paranoid man. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
No Score Yet Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip (2018) All the different ways in which human beings are wired grow ever more fascinating to me the older I get, and this film captured, with great gentleness, some aspects of these contrasts and incongruities. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
83% Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) Manson: The Lost Tapes really is disquieting: a trip and a half of purest horror dressed up as social history. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Against the Law (2017) Here was all of the wit and compassion you find in Wildeblood's prose, combined with emotions I'd hitherto only been able rather half-heartedly to imagine: bewilderment, fear, agonising pain. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar (2018) Praised reverentially for an hour by a series of largely grim-faced American scholars, afterwards I could think of [Sylvia Plath] only in black and white: the colours of a PhD thesis, or a dry academic paper. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
No Score Yet Mark Gatiss on John Minton: The Lost Man of British Art (2018) Threaded with tenderness and fellow-feeling, and resolutely determined not to fixate on the painter's suicide in 1957 at the age of 39. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
100% The Ice King (2017) With its attention to family and changing attitudes both to gender and sexuality... this was social history of the best, by which I mean the slyest, kind. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
No Score Yet Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2018) Their enthusiasm - for music, art, clothes, for everything, in fact - is braided with a seriousness that is both touching and comical. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Many Primes of Muriel Spark (2018) Kirsty Wark took us smartly through the novelist's several reinventions, pausing only occasionally to wonder at her restless bravery, those techniques for survival that must sometimes have seemed to others like nothing so much as casual cruelty. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Its slow unfurling allowed us to imagine we were eavesdropping. Here was fame, but here, too, was intimacy. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
64% George Michael: Freedom (2017) The film wanted for grit, and for context. Where we needed Johnny Marr, we got only James Corden. Where we could have done with a Simon Reynolds-style figure, we had to make do with a nodding Mark Ronson. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
100% King Charles III on Masterpiece (2017) A perfect 90 minutes of television. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
84% The Master (2012) After an hour, I was baffled. After two, I was bored stiff. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2012
56% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) Tedious and repellent: avoid. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2012
83% Excision (2012) I liked this teen comedy-horror flick an awful lot. But then I'm warped. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2012
98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) Such horror, such bravery. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2012
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) Cotillard is the beating heart of this film; she's all you need. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2012