Saskia Baron

Saskia Baron
Saskia Baron's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Arts Desk
Publications: The Arts Desk

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Almost five years after the first Lego movie impressed critics and entranced its target audience of families with young kids, its sequel blasts on to the screen and will probably not disappoint fans of the original. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a classic odd-couple comedy with some real pathos hidden between the quips. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is a pleasure, albeit a somewhat guilty one. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) Dynamic yet subtle drama on the impact of police brutality on black Americans. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
5/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Mostly one comes away from Three Identical Strangers with the sense of an extraordinary tale expertly told and with some intriguing questions left unanswered. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kora-eda coaxes superb performances from the two child actors who never become cute moppets. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
4/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Four years in the making, this feature-length documentary is an ingenious creation indeed. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5/5 85% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) Grant's own 16mm footage from the 1930s and readings from his unpublished autobiography makes this documentary stand out from previous portraits. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's not always the most seamless of hybrids and occasionally the joins show in the casting choices and the didactic expository dialogue, but the film is held together by a strong performance by Amandla Stenberg. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 79% Dogman (2019) It's as if Buster Keaton and Steve Buscemi had a son together and left him to grow up with bad teeth and a crooked nose. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 97% 1945 (2017) As nationalist fervour and racism strengthens in modern-day Hungary, it is admirable that 1945 has been made at all. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
5/5 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) When the film came to an end, all I wanted was to watch it all over again; Cold War is the first really great film of 2018. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) If The Guardians is just a touch too beautiful, slow and artful to be as harrowing and convincing as Beauvois' previous films, it will still go down well with audiences in love with la France profonde and historic drama. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 will create its own ravenous consumers, as it will doubtless inspire the original's repeat viewing and cult status that made this sequel long awaited. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) While it's good to get an insight into Germany's current racial tensions and the film is never boring, In the Fade just doesn't quite deliver. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 96% Filmworker (2018) This is an exhilarating insight into the filmmaking process. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 94% Aurore (I Got Life!) (2017) While I Got Life! is not always entirely credible in its plotting -- there's one lucky coincidence too many and a perhaps over-hasty happy ending -- this is still a highly enjoyable little gem of a movie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
4/5 85% The Square (2017) A satire gleefully poking fun at the pretensions of the art world and liberal Swedes' earnest efforts to promote a dialogue on immigration and racism. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A Fantastic Woman is magnificent in every way. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 97% Black Panther (2018) What's the problem? Well, there's way too much expository dialogue and there are too many turgid flashbacks...the hand-to-hand fighting and battle sequences are now so formulaic and predictable in Marvel films that the adrenaline just doesn't kick in. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
5/5 81% Early Man (2018) This is a fresh narrative in an era where films aimed at young audiences are dominated by sequels, prequels, remakes, comic book and TV adaptations, and it is all the better for it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
5/5 95% Menashe (2017) Menashe is utterly absorbing, deeply charming, and very funny. It's an impressive first narrative feature by documentarian Joshua Z Weinstein, who brings an assured intimacy to the screen from the outset. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington 2 is that rare thing, a sequel that is more engaging than the original by dint of having a far better baddie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) This film suffers from too much attention to period detail and costume fetishism and not enough courage to eschew conventional narration for something more daring. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Bening doesn't dodge the lens which highlights her own ageing face and gives a superbly brave performance. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
5/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) A deliciously bittersweet family comedy from Noah Baumbach, this is very much a talkie from the Woody Allen school. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
1/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) What is it about Brian Selznick's ornate illustrated fictions that leads good directors to make their worst films? - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
5/5 91% Good Time (2017) Getting big stars on screen and giving them such dark, meaty roles has amply paid off. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) There's some inventive camerawork, excellent editing and a real sense that this is a story that comes from its creator's heart. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
1/5 41% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Both Jackson and Reynolds have given far better performances in similar roles; revisiting The Long Kiss Goodnight or Deadpool would make more rewarding viewing than shelling out for The Hitman's Bodyguard. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Brace for impact: Luc Besson's frenetic space fantasy runs out of warp factor. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/5 22% The Book of Henry (2017) It's been quite a while since I've seen a movie as staggeringly awful as The Book of Henry. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/5 100% Destination Unknown (2017) Destination Unknown is a sensitive addition to the canon of films that tell the story of the Shoah, but sadly it doesn't move the story on. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 53% Dough (2016) Dough has such very good intentions -- characters separated by race, religion and age can find common ground in a bakery -- it's a shame that it doesn't rise into a tasty loaf but instead remains just a bit wholemeal and stolid. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) While admiring the atmospheric animation I was left a little underwhelmed by the ponderous narrative. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
5/5 92% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) It takes real skill to make a film about a desperate Syrian refugee and a dour middle-aged Finn reinventing himself and turn it into the warmest, most life-enhancing film I've seen this year. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The original Guardians of the Galaxy from 2014 had a freshness to its humour and introduced audiences to a set of novel characters; unfortunately, the sequel is overstuffed with ageing movie stars trying to get a slice of the action. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/5 90% Their Finest (2017) Yet another excuse to snuggle down with some cosy wartime nostalgia. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
5/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper is one of those films that repays repeated viewing and will doubtless divide audiences, especially those looking for straight horror or pure European art movie, but it is definitely worth the price of admission whatever genre it fits. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 91% Certain Women (2016) Not a movie filled with laughs, action or startling revelations but one that sticks in the memory and impresses with its subtlety. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
5/5 71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) The Dardennes brothers' latest tale from the grim streets of the industrial suburb of Liège in Belgium is another quietly powerful masterpiece; it's perhaps their best film since The Child. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
2/5 96% Paterson (2016) What was charmingly loose-limbed in Jarmusch's earlier films now seems mannered and tired. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) If Arrival's ending is a little too upbeat and the explanations for the fractured narrative leave one a bit puzzled, it's still a worthy attempt to refresh a familiar story. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange could descend into a clutch of clichés, but director/writer Scott Derrickson has injected plenty of wit. The visuals, especially in the modern-world sequences, are stunning. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Miss Peregrine is not completely satisfying. But it's still well worth seeing for Burton completists, and those teenagers who feel they don't quite fit in will find kindred spirits among the peculiars. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 94% Swallows and Amazons (2017) Swallows and Amazons is an old-fashioned treat, if not exactly ground-breaking cinema. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/5 83% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) To those who occasionally like their movies to be tender-hearted, Sweet Bean is a miniature treat. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) Gripes aside, this is a far better follow up to the original than 1989's cynically lacklustre Ghostbusters 2, and the result is genuinely warm-hearted summer fun. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) As a movie, it may appeal to audiences craving the kinds of films that Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach and Richard Curtis make... But if that's not your cup of decaf, it may just grate on your nerves. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
4/5 58% Money Monster (2016) Money Monster is an enjoyable soft-liberal satire on American TV shows and the wickedness of Wall Street. Playing in real time, its engaging performances and tight direction veer from thriller to comedy. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016