Sam Wigley

Sam Wigley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Sam Wigley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 77%

Samsara (2012)

"Jaw-dropping in colour and splendour, but if the constant awe gets a bit tiring, at its best you can genuinely feel some great wheel turning." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 23, 2012
4/5 88%

The Turin Horse (2012)

"If you've got the stomach for it this is an intoxicating vision of life at the end of its tether." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 23, 2012
3/5 89%

Buck (2011)

"Breaking the cycle of abuse, Buck's deep-rooted respect for these dignified animals is truly inspiring." ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 1, 2012
4/5 81%

Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) (2012)

"Drawing affecting performances from a fledgling cast, Defurne's film is a poignant snapshot of square-peg adolescent desire, vibrantly set against a colourful backdrop." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 25, 2012
4/5 98%

The Island President (2012)

"Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 18, 2012
4/5 88%

Patience (After Sebald) (2012)

"As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2012
2/5 13%

Demons Never Die (2011)

"More interested in street cred than plot cred: never has a bunch of kids looked less likely to want to end it all." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 1, 2011
3/5 93%

The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011)

"The goats are the stars in Michelangelo Frammartino's dialogue-free portrait of a remote Calabrian farming community." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 25, 2011
3/5 76%

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010)

"Exciting but one-sided, Bouchareb's film is a Melville-lite study of honour among dangerous men." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2011
5/5 100%

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

"Nearly 90 years on, Eisenstein's masterpiece is still guaranteed to get the pulse racing." ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 26, 2011
4/5 91%

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

"Interviews with Spitzer, those exclusive madams and vengeful Republicans are woven into a compulsively fascinating probe of power and its dark side." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 2, 2011
2/5 45%

Just Wright (2010)

"Take a pro basketball player with a career-threatening knee injury and an ugly-duckling nurse and you've got the blueprint for a steamroller of sopp that knows no shame." ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 16, 2010
4/5 50%

1 Day (2009)

"The film has a cheeky comic streak that offsets all the streetwise grandstanding." ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 5, 2009
1/5 8%

31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth) (2009)

"Even John Rhys-Davies as the PM struggles to lend gravitas to the comically earnest dialogue and knee-jerk conspiracy theorising." ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 17, 2009
4/5 85%

Rumba (2008)

"Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon prove worthy heirs to the gangly genius of Jacques Tati in this surreal comic gem." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2009
4/5 97%

Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country) (2008)

"Shaky recordings, interspersed with reconstruction scenes at the VJ HQ, look surprisingly sharp and give Burma VJ an unforgettable and powerful immediacy." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/5 69%

sleep furiously. (2011)

"It's unusually tender and eccentric, and Koppel's personal sadness at the passing of this way of life is palpable." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 28, 2009
3/5 59%

The International (2009)

"Leaving behind the aromatic fantasy of Perfume, Tom Tykwer weighs in with a tense and exhilarating entry into the spy genre. This is an espionage thriller well worth investing in." ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 26, 2009
4/5 83%

Import/Export (2006)

"Yet his unerring eye for the absurdity of human behaviour and the rituals we invent for ourselves makes this a blackly humorous treat." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 2, 2008
4/5 89%

Alexandra (2007)

"Shot in shades of bleached-out khaki brown and augmented by a heart-rending orchestral score, it's a unique and intensely moving elegy for wasted lives." ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 25, 2008
4/5 87%

Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007)

"We've seen this kind of picturesque rural drama before, but director Reha Erdem still hews a rich poetry from the material. The story's elegantly structured around the five daily calls-to-prayer given from a parapet with stunning views." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2008
4/5 79%

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)

"Jimmy Carter may not be the most memorable ex-White House resident, but his post-presidency record as a battler for humanitarian causes takes some beating." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 14, 2008
3/5 59%

Izgnanie (2007)

"Lumbering and beautiful, Zvyagintsev leaves few doubts that we're in the hands of a fledgling master: there's lots of striking visuals to keep you from itching for the exit as the leisurely running time unspools." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 14, 2008