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Ryan Gilbey

Ryan Gilbey
Ryan Gilbey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Independent (UK), Sight and Sound, Observer (UK), Heat Magazine, New Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Even an actor as good as Theron can't turn a set of cynical commercial considerations into a character.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
60% England Is Mine (2017) I don't think the makers of England Is Mine deserve our generosity. Their film is drably literal-minded in the obvious connections it draws between the artist and his life.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) The picture is distinguished by a knack for undercutting genre conventions without diminishing them emotionally.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) I have no wish to see any more movies featuring the Minions but I'd make an exception for a crossover project in which they were pitted against the Brood for a fight to the death.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) Sofia Coppola can't help but bring one refreshing element: a female eye. The camera in her version of The Beguiled expresses and inhabits the women's isolation... while her delicate touch as a director keeps the mood frisky even at its most fraught.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
86% Okja (2017) It will be a forgiving audience indeed that doesn't recoil from this approach, which is too much stick and not enough carrot.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) By encouraging famously subtle actors to give recklessly over-the-top performances, the director distances their characters sharply from the world they inhabit.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
74% Berlin Syndrome (2017) No one who sees Shortland's movie will be minded to inflict it on their friends, or much thanked if they do.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
94% The Dark Knight (2008) Too much psychology and not enough pop. It's possible to be too serious, you know. ‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
46% Spaceship (2016) The performances are thrillingly uninhibited; don't be surprised if the careers of several future stars are traced back to this film.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) The Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo is in complete control of his material as he moves between apparently incompatible genres, as well as up and down the emotional register.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) In a poor film, the use of David Beckham in a minor but significant role stands out as an own goal. It's a towering misjudgement and a good example of the way filmmaking for Ritchie is really just an extension of socialising.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) What distinguishes Alien: Covenant is its flair in elevating horror beyond the purely physical.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It's dispiriting to settle down for a Guardians of the Galaxy picture only to find you're watching Field of Dreams with added asteroids.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) The actors are good enough to convince even when the plot doesn't. A larger problem is that Lady Macbeth grows less psychologically plausible the higher the body count rises.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) The result is not a documentary about Baldwin but a vision of America through his appalled and compassionate eyes.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
94% Neruda (2016) It's a clever, analytical film, as opposed to an absorbing one, which holds a funhouse mirror up to its subject in place of a looking-glass.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer can be glimpsed amid the smoke and dust, but in the absence of any distinguishable characters it scarcely matters that we have a hard time working out who is firing at whom.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell is a largely humourless affair that draws from the usual reference points, not least Blade Runner.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The dense colours are soaked deep into the grain of the filmstock. They tell a story not available in pixels.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
97% Aquarius (2016) Aquarius is a leisurely character study that is also urgently political in its treatment of race, class and commerce.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Whether anything remains in the soul of someone whose life is built around the ephemeral and the superficial is a point the picture leaves moot. The irony is that Stewart herself is commandingly deep.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
90% Elle (2016) Elle leaves you feeling shell-shocked, but also rather like you've been tickled.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
92% Certain Women (2016) This is an undemonstrative picture, richer in detail than incident, and ever-so-slightly wholegrain and dull.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
93% Fences (2016) There is a powerful drama here about the legacy of racism but Washington doesn't know how to liberate it from the stage.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
98% Moonlight (2016) Material that should by rights be harrowing has become, in Jenkins's hands, euphoric. ‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 63% Return to Montauk (2017) Nothing really rings true in Return to Montauk until the pain breaks through and the tears start to flow. Perhaps that's the point.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
5/5 100% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2017) It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
3/5 60% California Dreams (2017) A film that is easier on the eye than the soul.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women, deeply charming though it is, takes its cues from Dorothea's parenting. It may seem all loosey-goosey but there's a dictatorial streak underneath, as there is in so much US filmmaking, indie or otherwise.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) There's a thin line between depicting nostalgia and succumbing to it, and T2 Trainspotting isn't always on the right side.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 83% Lost In London Live (2017) Harrelson is an affectionate director, finding memorable bits for performers all across the cast list, and his writing is peppered with arresting phrases.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
88% Christine (2016) That the film does break through is down to Hall, who illuminates the pain that Christine can't express, and to the score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
89% Jackie (2016) For all the bustle around her, the film insists on Jackie's aloneness and Portman gives a performance in which there is as much tantalisingly concealed as fearlessly exposed.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
92% La La Land (2016) The film is at its most convincing in those intimate exchanges between Gosling, with his melted eyes, and Stone, with her anime face.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
88% A Monster Calls (2017) Tthe movie's emotional and dramatic roots are deep and its writer, Patrick Ness, who adapted his own novel, has brought to the screen intact the idea that life can only be lived one way: messily ever after.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
31% Passengers (2016) No movie starring Lawrence is ever likely to be flat-out dumb -- for all that her looks have played a part in her career ascendancy, her defining quality is toughness, even coarseness. Passengers, though, comes dangerously close. ‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Assassin's Creed, an adaptation of the popular videogame, is a terrible film that doesn't even have the decency to be bad in interesting ways.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
84% Silence (2017) If ever there was a film that was both thought-provoking and deathly dull, it is this one.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The story clicks nicely into place with the events of Star Wars but that narrative is really just a blank sky in which the film's other elements can sparkle like stars.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) The movie falls between two stools, however, lacking either the irreverence of satire or the tautness of a well-tooled thriller.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
81% Chi-Raq (2015) [Chi-Raq], if often muddled, is rarely dull.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet We Are Never Alone (Nikdy nejsme sami) (2016) What saves We Are Never Alone from being oppressively grim is Václav's unusual, offbeat eye for framing and tone.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
71% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) Easy to admire but hard to recommend.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Driver, with his long, sloping brow and soulful lips, is both formidable and sympathetic, like an Easter Island statue that's a really good listener.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) For all the sophisticated special effects, it's rather like being trapped in a two-hour game of Pokémon Go.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Where Close Encounters of the Third Kind gazed outward in awe at the universe, Arrival asks only how its mysteries might provide succour and illumination for us. ‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
43% The Paperboy (2012) Daniels turns out to be the ideal director for a film about the tendency of desire to turn sane minds to guacamole.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Ford made his priorities clear when he named his film after Edward's novel rather than allowing the story, as Tony and Susan did, to occupy a space equidistant between art and life.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
No Score Yet Further Beyond (2016) Quite unexpectedly, Further Beyond builds up an emotional weight, partly because the material is so poignant but also because of the manner in which that material is presented, without any special expectations of how we should react.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016