Sophie Ivan

Sophie Ivan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Little White Lies
Total Reviews:
70

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 92% The Return To Homs (2014) " Provides an unflinching insider's view of the Syrian conflict which has killed thousands and forced millions from their homes since 2011." — Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
2/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " A frustrating, wasted opportunity, destined to remain in the shadow of its cinematic sibling." — Little White Lies
Posted Jan 31, 2013
4/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " When can we watch it again?" — Little White Lies
Posted Oct 24, 2012
4/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) " Committed and resonant, Take This Waltz gets under your skin - and feels a lot like the work of an auteur in the making." — Little White Lies
Posted Aug 16, 2012
4/5 89% A Royal Affair (2012) " Gripping, smart, well-acted - everything you want in a period drama." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 14, 2012
4/5 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " Studio Ghibli has pulled it out of the bag yet again, offering a miniature corrective to the brash 3D beasts customarily trained on the Haribo demographic." — Film4
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/5 92% Incendies (2011) " A beautifully filmed and movingly performed drama which explores how personal motives breed political radicalism, Incendies is occasionally - but not fatally - stymied by its clever-clever narrative contrivance." — Film4
Posted Jun 29, 2011
3/5 45% Bad Teacher (2011) " Diaz's Bad Teacher might not give an F, but just about scrapes a B- herself." — Film4
Posted Jun 17, 2011
2/5 10% Honey 2 (2012) " About as emotionally profound as a tampon advert, and probably less suspenseful..." — Film4
Posted Jun 13, 2011
3/5 50% Last Night (2011) " Last Night develops into a provocative (if slightly anti-climactic) tryst." — Film4
Posted Jun 6, 2011
3.5/5 92% Senna (2011) " Complete ignorance of, or even indifference to, the sport won't disqualify you from being utterly gripped, moved or charmed by Asif Kapadia's film about legendary Brazilian F1 champion Ayrton Senna." — Film4
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/5 48% Angel of Evil (2011) " Unlikely to reshape the canon but an entertaining enough retro Italian gangster romp." — Film4
Posted May 26, 2011
3/5 94% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011) " Good fun, but featuring more twists than a double helix, Julia's Eyes could more aptly be titled 'When Blind Man's Buff Gets Out of Hand'." — Film4
Posted May 23, 2011
3/5 87% Amreeka (2009) " Enjoyable but uneven, Amreeka is an unlikely comic take on the plight of the displaced, at home and abroad." — Film4
Posted May 16, 2011
4/5 100% Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent) " No one does underage sex in cinema quite like the French, and the roots of Quillivere's tale of 14-year-old Anna's sexual and emotional awakening in a sleepy Breton village spring from a time-honoured tradition of coming-of-age a la Francaise." — Film4
Posted May 13, 2011
3/5 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " For anyone who's ever longed to see Reese Witherspoon astride an elephant, this is the film for you." — Film4
Posted May 4, 2011
2/5 60% The Veteran (2012) " A thriller which strains for contemporary relevance but lacks the spark to incite or entertain." — Film4
Posted May 3, 2011
2.5/5 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) " Evokes less menace than a Teddy bear's picnic and is as disappointingly reactionary as the Bella Swan brigade." — Film4
Posted Apr 20, 2011
3/5 70% Limitless (2011) " You'll definitely regret it in the morning, and wonder what the hell you were thinking, but as hedonistic cinema trips go, Limitless's power to entertain - while it might not live up to its title - just about extends to its 105 minute running time." — Film4
Posted Mar 24, 2011
4/5 92% Ballast (2008) " A hugely impressive, distinctive directorial debut and a compellingly humanist window onto a layer of American society that mainstream cinema likes to pretend doesn't exist." — Film4
Posted Mar 21, 2011
3.5/5 79% Chalet Girl (2011) " Chalet Girl is possibly the first British rom com since Working Title's heyday that won't make you want to stick pins in your eyes, will actually make you laugh, and wasn't made by Working Title." — Film4
Posted Mar 16, 2011
3/5 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " A bit like watching an exquisitely handcrafted candle burn down to its wick - as heavy on woozy colours and flickering sensuality as it is a sense of dramatic inevitability." — Film4
Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 79% Fair Game (2010) " An impressive, if slightly inconsequential, retelling of old news whose novelty is its undiminished shock factor." — Film4
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2.5/5 67% The Company Men (2011) " It's hard to imagine many hearts (American or otherwise) bleeding on seeing how such over-paid corporate suits are going to cope with the tragedy of having to trade in their second Ferrari..." — Film4
Posted Mar 9, 2011
1.5/5 43% Ironclad (2011) " Ugly, monotonous and involving a lot of waiting, no matter how many tantrums Giamatti throws or gory interludes the screenwriters sandwich in." — Film4
Posted Mar 7, 2011
1.5/5 30% The Tempest (2010) " Despite the best efforts of an impressive cast, Taymor's adaptation ends up a curious mix of arse-achingly dull, and clangingly misjudged." — Film4
Posted Mar 7, 2011
3.5/5 95% Archipelago (2014) " A car-crash compelling, painfully comic distillation of modern British middle class mores." — Film4
Posted Mar 7, 2011
3.5/5 100% Waste Land (2010) " More self-conscious, subtle exploration than the dubious bleeding-heart PR stunt implied by its premise." — Film4
Posted Feb 25, 2011
3/5 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) " Inevitably, Rabbit Hole is a film that's easier to commend than it is to like." — Film4
Posted Feb 7, 2011
1/5 30% Sanctum (2011) " Making state-of-the-art 3D drama out of a one-dimensional script might have seemed like a canny proposition to Sanctum's producers, but the film fails to deliver - no matter how many ways you look at it." — Film4
Posted Feb 3, 2011
2.5/5 64% Biutiful (2010) " Inarritu, not content to just lay it on thick, smothers his canvas with self-important gloom." — Film4
Posted Jan 31, 2011
1.5/4 46% Hereafter (2010) " Psychic Damon says: "A life that's all about death is no life". We say: A film that's all about death is no film." — Film4
Posted Jan 31, 2011
2.5/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) " Despite flashes of insight and humour, The Dilemma's ham-fisted mishmash of bromantic set pieces and warts-and-all relationship drama makes for uneasy viewing." — Film4
Posted Jan 20, 2011
3.5/5 94% The King's Speech (2010) " Top-drawer performances and a script spun from an intriguing episode in the British blueblood annals, this is a solid, slick but undeniably conventional crowd-pleaser." — Film4
Posted Jan 6, 2011
2/5 72% Somewhere (2010) " It's hard to believe that the filmmaker responsible for such an evocative, smart debut as The Virgin Suicides could create something so dull." — Film4
Posted Dec 13, 2010
4/5 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " Sometimes it's nice to break with tradition." — Film4
Posted Dec 2, 2010
3/5 66% The American (2010) " Partway between icy existentialism and retro romantic thriller, The American wants to have its cake and eat it." — Film4
Posted Nov 29, 2010
4/5 64% Adrift (2009) " Elegantly scripted, elegantly acted and elegant looking, by avoiding obvious dramatic fireworks, Adrift turns out to be a slow-burning, coming of age sparkler." — Film4
Posted Nov 19, 2010
3/5 72% We Are What We Are (2011) " Without doubt, the best Mexican cannibal horror movie of the decade." — Film4
Posted Nov 15, 2010
4.5/5 95% Mary and Max (2009) " Has charm, curiosity and heart in spades." — Film4
Posted Oct 27, 2010
5/5 91% The Secret of Kells (2010) " Combining a classic fairytale trajectory with a singular aesthetic that fuses Celtic and Christian mythology, this stunning film is yet another example of the rude health of contemporary animation." — Film4
Posted Oct 6, 2010
3/5 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) " What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in brio and Biba outfits, and is about as successful a product you could hope for when pouring Ken Loach-worthy material into a relentlessly upbeat popcorn mould." — Film4
Posted Oct 6, 2010
2.5/5 56% The Kid (2010) " In this case, truth isn't stranger than fiction, it's just strangely hackneyed." — Film4
Posted Sep 22, 2010
3/5 81% No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009) " As pure entertainment, No Impact Man seesaws between infuriating and captivating, but gains undeniable brownie points for its light-hearted examination of sustainable living." — Film4
Posted Sep 9, 2010
4/5 94% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) " Sits compellingly between genres." — Film4
Posted Sep 2, 2010
3.5/5 86% Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) (2010) " Has a whiff of the beautifully vacant, but it's an understated, classy mood piece nonetheless." — Film4
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/5 53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) " It ain't big, it ain't clever, but it is... quite funny." — Film4
Posted Aug 26, 2010
1/5 9% Marmaduke (2010) " Once upon a time, there was a promising young acting talent who went by the name of Owen Wilson." — Film4
Posted Aug 19, 2010
3/5 90% The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010) " While there's no doubting Chomet's creative genius, or that of his subject, The Illusionist ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its parts." — Film4
Posted Aug 19, 2010
4/5 100% Separado! " While it would be a stretch to say contemporary British cinema has been crying out for a micro-budget picaresque travelogue from a cult Welsh psych-rocker, it might just be a shade richer for it." — Film4
Posted Aug 5, 2010
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