Raphael Abraham

Raphael Abraham
Raphael Abraham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Financial Times
Publications: Financial Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman may not always be subtle but it is extremely effective, and the result is viscerally uncomfortable viewing, especially for anyone who likes to think of themselves as "a nice guy". - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3/5 88% Clapboard Jungle (2020) An unblinking autobiographical documentary in which tirelessly aspiring Canadian film-maker Justin McConnell takes us through the toils of a stalling career in the indie horror movie biz. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3/5 92% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) Delicately, the director peels away the layers of propriety and eventually the emotional heart of the movie does reveal itself and make its presence felt - it's just that Kawase takes a circuitous, scenic route to get there. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
1/5 21% Thunder Force (2021) McCarthy here is tasked with fighting off a band of cosmically enhanced criminals wreaking havoc on Chicago, but the bigger challenge is how to wring any comedy from Falcone's supernaturally unfunny script. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
4/5 91% Mother (2019) [An] unblinking but admirably impartial film. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
4/5 71% Final Account (2021) Holland reminds us - if recent images of neo-Nazis storming the steps of the Reichstag haven't already - of another disease that demands constant vigilance. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3/5 98% Apples (Mila) (2020) Very much in the vein of what has been dubbed the Greek "weird wave", it may also delight admirers of Swedish absurdist Roy Andersson with its drily humorous tableaux. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 96% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) Swinton is every bit the ardent Almodóvar heroine and this short film whets the appetite for a more fulsome future collaboration between the Spanish director and Scottish star. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 94% Nomadland (2021) For the making of the film - which she wrote as well as directed - Zhao immersed herself in this subculture and she immerses us too. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
4/5 97% The Disciple (2020) The truth lies inward, The Disciple teaches us - and it often hurts. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
3/5 29% Mainstream (2021) Mainstream takes a while (and a lot of hipster costume changes) to get there, but it eventually throws up some pertinent questions to ponder... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 95% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) Dupieux milks all the comedy he can from the slender concept, and knows not to outstay his welcome. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 100% The Duke (2020) The script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman is full of delightfully droll dialogue, and director Roger Michell keeps things as light and sharp as lemon soufflé. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 74% The World to Come (2020) Heartwarming and heartbreaking. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 100% Coronation (2020) It offers no guiding voiceover or ready-made conclusions but is grimly fascinating all the same. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/5 86% Rising Phoenix (2020) What holds the documentary back from greatness is what makes the games themselves great: the tension and heat of conflict, the anticipation and revelation of the final outcome. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/5 74% You've Been Trumped Too (2016) The same points are made and remade, the same footage and quotes reused, mirroring the repetitive churn of 24-hour news. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
1/5 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) Watching The One and Only Ivan may well make you dream of escape, but not in the way the makers intended. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) Garrone renders the picaresque antics in picturesque tableaux full of elaborate set-dressing and costumery, and delivers a moving denouement. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/5 90% Papicha (2019) Like its magnetic lead, the film is alternately warm and viscerally angry, with scant patience for nuance. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 100% Perfect 10 (2019) Riley never strays far from the well-trodden paths of suburban coming-of-age drama. But what she does do well is to muddy the moral waters, never reaching for easy virtue or sweetness. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy has shown he can do doleful as well as delirious, and his Dolemite is dynamite. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 64% The Day Shall Come (2019) Morris has already proved he can do lacerating mockery. At a time when we hear ad nauseam that current events are "beyond satire", making people feel something may be the greater achievement. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) Murphy has marked herself as one to watch for sprightly direction and storytelling that doesn't feel the need to spell out every plot progression. And Scanlen has confirmed her status as one of the most promising young actors on either side of the world. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 88% Ema (2019) Sometimes words are inadequate or miss the point entirely, the sequence seems to suggest. Maybe that's the case with Ema. Best just to experience it and submit to its strange, intoxicating rhythms. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 77% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) Becomes a starchy military procedural with a cavalcade of handsome cabs and handlebar moustaches. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 82% The Painted Bird (2020) With more restraint this could have been a masterpiece; as it is, it's one only for arthouse connoisseurs with very strong stomachs. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh keeps things loose and uses much fourth-wall breaking and comic digression to avoid a didactic tone, and in a country-hopping series of vignettes we see the vicious cycle of money laundering exposed and satirised. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) The King has one treat up its sleeve: in a deliciously fruity turn as the vain and venomous dauphin, Robert Pattinson savours each French syllable as if it were an exquisite mouthful of dauphinoise. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Like the best of the New Hollywood classics it references, this is a film that exhilarates and unsettles while having something to say about today. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
5/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach never tries to reconcile the messy vicissitudes of human relations, and so he draws us in deeper. Nor is does he take shortcuts for emotional effect. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) It's like a movie giddily launched by a young Steven Spielberg before an older Terrence Malick wrests the controls and plots a new course for Planet Portentous. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) After 11 years on the road, Schumer's hot-mess routine is well honed, but this showcase is only intermittently special. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Shot in a jagged, expressionist black and white, this is chiaroscuro with the emphasis on scuro, and confirms writer-director Robert Eggers as a major talent. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The whole thing is so unashamedly soaked in nostalgia, it could be eye-rolling, but Pitt and DiCaprio carry it off with so much warmth, good humour and just enough knowingness, that it's impossible to resist. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 90% Diego Maradona (2019) Kapadia's approach - using only archive footage, dubbed over with audio interview snippets - is slick and compelling but never probes too deeply. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) The lasting message is that faith, familial love and nature's capacity for renewal outlast even the darkest times - and it comes through loud and clear. Malickites will no doubt be delighted. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) There is a clear and cogent subtext here about how women were portrayed in the past and what they were allowed to portray, but Sciamma never gets on her soapbox or allows the dialogue to become didactic. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
5/5 90% The Climb (2020) What impresses most is that the laughs and bittersweet insights into rollercoaster relationships never flag - and that is what really elevates this comedy to greatness. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory may be too meandering to live up to the lofty standards of Almodóvar's best work, but for aficionados it is, if nothing else, a fascinating insight into how the great Spaniard may see himself. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Yes, Loach is didactic, yet you have to admire his undimmed passion and tireless dedication to the cause. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 93% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Like a psychotropic experience, it is as colourful as it is uncontrolled and may linger long in the memory. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) An urgent reminder of the social ills that troubled Hugo and still badly need curing today. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Driver keeps intoning "This is gonna end badly" and he's not wrong. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) It's a mix that shouldn't work, but thanks to Elliott's rugged sincerity it somehow does. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A minor work from Olivier Assayas... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) For all its violent and drunken outbursts, it's the film's warmth that lingers like a gently throbbing hangover. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 84% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) It may not count among Welles's best work - if you regard it as his work at all - but the editors deserve kudos for having assembled something mostly coherent from the 100 hours they were faced with. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Portman is initially hard to swallow as this Madonna-ish ego on strutting, skinny-jeaned legs but grows into the role to gradually overpower the screen with her sheer magnetism. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 65% Suspiria (2018) In terms of plot and performances this is a major improvement on the much-loved but ludicrous original. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018