Russell Edwards

Russell Edwards
Russell Edwards's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Memories Of Matsuko (2006) Helmer has a lot of cynical fun at his subject's expense along the way, but pic's bid for near-religious significance in the sentimental finale is as either a misfired joke or as phony as a 3,000 yen bill. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
20% Irresistible (2005) Pic flirts with Hitchcockian touches, but inappropriate application of techniques fails narrative's specific needs. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
73% Haunters (2010) Kim Min-seok's writing-directing debut is a superior entry that stops short of the bloody excesses of K-horror, but contains several chilling setpieces that rep respectable facsimiles of Hollywood-style fight-and-chase scenes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
2/5 67% Jolly LLB (2013) The ill-fitted nature of the film's limp comical jibes, and this odd finale, suggest Kapoor (and his producers) may have deliberately toned down the strong material for fear of retribution. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
38% Golmaal 3 (2010) All the thesps have fun, and Kapoor can barely keep a straight face... stunts have a homegrown look but still provide thrills. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet What's in the Darkness (Hei chu you shen me) (2015) Clearly a director of talent, Wang will make a better writer if she cares to see her own ideas through to fruition. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
4/5 80% The Assassin (2015) It's an indisputable fact that Hou Hsiao-hsien's first wu xia movie The Assassin is an exquisitely beautiful film. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
4/5 80% Simindis kundzuli (Corn Island) (2014) The beautiful images -- much of the time unsullied by anything as manipulative as music -- are enough to rivet the eye and lead the viewer slowly from scene to scene. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 92% 99 Homes (2015) Well-constructed, courageous and savvy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/5 88% Sunrise (2014) Sen-Gupta's talent as an art director (which is how he began his film career) is not in doubt, but his grasp of narrative is flimsy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 89% Special 26 (2013) There are only two songs (often a bugbear for newcomers) but one of those -- a wedding dance number between Kumar and love interest Kajal Agarwal -- is a dazzling corker. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
3.5/5 78% Kai Po Che! (2013) The performances are strong throughout, but both Yadav and Rajput particularly impress, as they imbue their potentially clichéd roles of egghead accountant and hot-headed control freak with true depth. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
1.5/5 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Admittedly, the film has a thorough knowledge of its forebears and though it namechecks them at every opportunity, Kingsman brings very little that's new or valuable to the playing table. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2015
2.5/5 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) There's little doubt that Kikuchi has put a lot of herself into the role of Kumiko, but the film doesn't probe very deep. The film upholds the annoying tradition of festival cinema of being an extended anecdote rather than a sustained story. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2015
4.5/5 98% Timbuktu (2015) Timbuktu connects these disparate threads together with a poet's ease and a delightful grace. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) The film plays out in a satisfying manner, but with subtlety having served its purpose, it becomes increasingly bombastic about its intent. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2014
1/5 20% Elimination Game (Turkey Shoot) (2014) The action sequences are poorly rendered and its satirical edge is blunted by its borrowings from sharper films such as Rollerball and Starship Troopers. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Love Hotel (2014) Don't panic -- or fall for the film's phony sentimentalism -- Japan's love hotels aren't vanishing just yet and neither will similar lightweight Japan and sex documentaries disappear from the film festival circuit. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/5 92% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) If you're one of those people who still use the phrase, "It's so bad, it's good," then you'll love this. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Fantail (2013) Overall, despite its charms, the film feels like it is missing a vital part, like a car only running on three wheels. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
4.5/5 95% The Infinite Man (2014) Unafraid of its low budget limitations, The Infinite Man makes splendid use of its three-person cast, revels in its minimalist location and yet never feels constrained. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
4.5/5 73% When Animals Dream (2015) Director Jonas Alexander Arnby has made another excellent contribution to Denmark's soft parade of horror. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
69% 14 Blades (2014) Stylish package has thesps hitting their marks (and each other), but also keeps the human drama from being swamped by wirework and CGI effects. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2014
1/4 16% 47 Ronin (2013) There's clearly been a lot of money spent and a lot of effort (not least by the Japanese actors struggling with their English dialogue), but the results are lacklustre, stupid and that worst of cinematic crimes -- dull. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
1/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) Goldsman clearly doesn't know who he is making this movie for. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 80% Miss Granny (2014) After an hour-and-a-half of near non-stop laughter, this 124-minute film hits squarely on that sore spot where the fear of death, a grief for a misspent youth and the joys of a life we mostly don't appreciate, uneasily co-exist. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 71% Man of Tai Chi (2013) Reeves kicks off directorial career in style - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2013
1/5 51% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) The Man with the Iron Fists is as limp as last week's wet noodles. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) This pleasurable documentary is jammed packed with images from magazines, photoshoots and newsreels of a life well lived, but also lots of historical footage of the life Vreeland imagined she had too. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2012
3/5 86% Nobel's Last Will (2012) Insatiable crime buffs will enjoy Last Will, but subsequent episodes are unlikely to hit Australian cinema screens. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012
100% The Man From Nowhere (2010) Helmer Lee Jeong-beom shows a flair for action sequences, squeezing tension out of every fight scene choregraphed by Park Jung-ryul. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2012
3.5/5 75% Hope Springs (2012) Mercifully, David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) directs in that anonymous TV style that has no auteurist imprint but knows enough not to get in the way of the actors or the script. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
60% Dead Europe (2012) Like the Eurozone itself, helmer Tony Krawitz's first full-length fiction feature "Dead Europe" struggles to cohere into a convincing whole, despite sections of commanding authority. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 73% Prometheus (2012) Religious neurotics will find plenty of blasphemous ideas to complain about, and yet the question of spiritual belief - the elevation of faith beyond reason - finds substantial support in Prometheus too. Take your pick. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2012
100% Kahaani (2012) Buttressed by compelling perfs, this adroit thriller makes the occasional misstep but maintains momentum and credibility. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2012
93% United Red Army (2011) Human nature's dark side is the menacing midwife to the stillbirth of '60s idealism in the initially challenging and ultimately riveting United Red Army. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
17% Khatta Meetha (2010) The ill-fitting elements play like mismatching jigsaw pieces. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
93% Last Ride (2012) First-time director Ivin makes a smooth transition to the broader canvas of features. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
91% Agneepath (2012) This dynamic Hindi action extravaganza boosts its potent story with an aggressive style that will ensure audiences feel every blow. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2012
45% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) A fun though rarely funny family adventure whose lively special effects compensate somewhat for actors who largely sleepwalk through their roles. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2012
43% Players (2012) The helmers keep things moving apace, handling some major setpieces with considerable finesse, particularly the train robbery itself. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2012
No Score Yet Buddha Mountain (Guan yin shan) (2010) Plumbing the depths of the generation gap, helmer Li Yu (Lost in Beijing) reaches an Asian indie apex with her earthy, energetic drama "Buddha Mountain. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2012
38% Johnny English Reborn (2011) [An] enjoyable if somewhat wheezy reprise. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2011
60% The Eye of the Storm (2012) Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis bookend a cast consisting of some of Oz's finest thesps, but Schepisi never gets a grip on a script with awkward literary tics. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2011
25% 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (2011) Auds get an eyeful of flesh, served with sadistic, spasmodic laughs. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2011
No Score Yet Under the Hawthorn Tree (Shan zha shu zhi lian) (2010) [Zhang Yimou] delivers between flashy epics, this tender, understated romancer touches the heart with a disarming, almost stealthy sweetness. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2011
74% Shaolin (2011) Well-mounted Chinese-Hong Kong martial-arts co-production Shaolin elevates enlightenment above brute strength, but weak helming undercuts the pic's punch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2011
17% Break Ke Baad (2010) Two longtime lovers takes a break from love -- and unfortunately, from laughter -- in the limp Hindi romantic comedy Break ke baad. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2011
11% Tees Maar Khan (2010) Rapid-fire jokes range from dumb to occasionally offensive and snide, but the wicked script is still undeniably funny. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2010
96% Lake Mungo (2009) Ghostly shenanigans are dryly delivered in the ambitious, restrained and well-mounted Oz mockumentary "Lake Mungo." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010