Stephanie Watts

Stephanie Watts
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
B- 44% Guest of Honour (2019) While wrestling to keep its unwieldy plot twists under control at times, the result is a complex, at times melancholic study of a father-daughter relationship gone awry over with the passing of time. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) Maryam doesn't want to change the whole political system, she just wants to be able to do her job as a doctor properly, and The Perfect Candidate cleverly highlights the lengths she has to go to be listened to and respected. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 68% Joker (2019) The film begins in a pretty dark place and it only gets more and more miserable as it goes on, with no relief in sight. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
71% The King (2019) Henry V has been interpreted in different ways regarding its stance on war, and The King does well to grapple with the question of whether violence is a necessity. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
C+ 42% Seberg (2019) With exquisite costume design and cinematography-and a talented supporting cast-there's plenty to admire in the sprawling Seberg. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 96% Jawline (2019) Jawline is an in-depth, sensitive exploration of male social media stars and their fans, the grind it takes to get to the top, and the dangers of relying on instant fame as a career plan, even when it seems close enough to touch. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 87% Diamantino (2019) Utterly bonkers, heartfelt and perfectly tied together. Goal! - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
2/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Although it brings occasional jump scares, Pet Sematary struggles to identify what makes its ideas so terrifying, ending up as an uninspiring, conventional horror. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) With a well-written story, dedicated and fun performances and a sprinkling of '90s nostalgia, Captain Marvel is a gratifying ride with a badass woman at its heart. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 86% We Are Little Zombies (2019) We Are Little Zombies is a vibrant film brimming with snappy, dark humour that can only be used to handle such a sad premise as four children becoming orphans. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 33% Elisa & Marcela (2019) While the film does have some stylistic and pacing faults, Elisa y Marcela is an emotional drama that sends an important message of hope to minority groups. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 100% Flesh Out (2019) With excellent performances from the young cast, Occhipinti has created an engaging, direct drama on a current issue. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
5/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap is an intelligent documentary with an emotional core that is rare to find in a film about dudes hanging out on their boards and drinking beer. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Glass is overcome with big ideas that overshadow some of the smaller, more intimate moments that Shyamalan has proved he can do exceptionally well. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 59% White Boy Rick (2018) White Boy Rick is a film with too many stories to tell, but Demange just about keeps it from becoming too tangled up, with sharp humour and a cast that keeps the film afloat in a wild tale of drugs and family. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 87% Diamantino (2019) A wild ride from start to finish, with gorgeous and inventive compositing and a lovably naïve character at the centre of it all, Diamantino is the modern day fairytale response to celebrity culture that you never knew you needed. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 95% Shadow (2019) Shadow is mostly black and white in design, the costumes and set looking as if they've been dipped in ink. But everything looks surprisingly deep and rich despite the lack of colour. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 80% The Crossing (Guo chun tian) (2019) Energetic and character driven, with the crime plot balancing well with Peipei's growth as a teenager, The Crossing is a bold debut feature that experiments with what cinema can do to tell a story. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 94% Wildlife (2018) A competent debut, but perhaps too neat at times, Wildlife captures the feeling of the world falling away that comes with the separation of a family. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) The story also seems fairly vague and spread across several different narrative threads that never quite add up. No one has a clear motive, including the Predator himself, and this makes for confusing, tensionless viewing. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) Despite an overly emotional narrative in order to ground the film in humanity, it is beautifully shot and designed, with an undercurrent of threat and a conclusion that is simultaneously baffling and amazing. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 91% Prevenge (2017) Alice Lowe's directorial debut Prevenge is funny and incredibly dark in a way that only British cinema seems to be able to achieve well. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 100% Ten Years (2015) Ten Years is a challenging but ultimately fascinating viewing experience. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 100% Rara (2016) A delight to watch, Rara takes its time to present a complex family full of three-dimensional characters. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 84% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Placed in the present and looking back into the past, it is a thoroughly fascinating watch to anyone interested in 20th century American art, literature and photography from this perspective. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
1/5 50% Spaceship (2016) Spaceship could have been so much more exciting and remarkable if it had only dropped its need to be complex and deep. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
C 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The film is an entertaining watch on its own, with some standout acting from Emily Blunt, but a poor effort in comparison to Hawkins' skillful handling of the story in the book. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 93% Clash (Eshtebak) (2017) Shocking and inventive, Clash is a fascinating and immersive watch that holds up its style of filming remarkably well. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 51% Dog Eat Dog (2016) It's fun, and Cage and Dafoe are worth watching, especially for Cage's impersonation of Humphrey Bogart. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
80% American Honey (2016) Still sticking to her forte of focusing on the working classes and using non-professional actors (Sacha Lane was approached on a beach and had no acting experience), [director Andrea] Arnold's film feels as real as those that precede it. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 16% The Summoning (Planetarium) (2017) It's a shame because the idea behind Planetarium is interesting, and the visual style in the opening credits is promising, but the storytelling lacks presence, which makes it not much more than a collection of pretty but vacuous sequences. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 62% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Vikander and Fassbender show these stresses well, and the idea of taking a baby for their own is a surprisingly dark but welcome addition to the well-trodden postwar melodrama narrative. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker directs and stars as historical figure Nat Turner, a preacher and slave rebellion leader, beginning the film with a slow but well-paced examination of the lives of slaves in the Deep South. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 60% Snowden (2016) Some of the most exciting moments are the film's use of genuine media coverage of Snowden's whistleblowing, again drawing attention to the fact that the film would be better as a documentary, and that this already has been done. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) It is a very stylish documentary that has a cinematic quality, focusing equally on Aisholpan's family life and her relationship with her golden eagle. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 69% Free Fire (2017) The film is mostly well-paced and manages to stay hilarious despite the continuous gunfire that sprays across the latter hour. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 37% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) To be honest, you just want them all to go home so that you can too. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The Handmaiden is a triumphant project, pacing its plot well in order to stay engrossing for the whole of its runtime, and creating a dark and twisted piece of cinema that is an imaginative take on an English Victorian-set novel. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
97% Annie Hall (1977) Annie Hall may be 40 years old this year, but it still holds up as a great romantic comedy, that is simultaneously hilarious, sweet, and at times unexpectedly sad. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 92% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) The procedural tone and detailed surgery shots may not be for everyone, but this is a simple and effective story of love between family, friends and strangers. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
96% The Full Monty (1997) Its social commentary, its unlikely but charismatic cast, and heartfelt but humorous writing has made it a film that many people find hard to forget. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 100% Wajib (2017) The actors work well together to deliver this dynamic, of a surface of roughness, but with both ultimately caring for the other. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 86% Roller Dreams (2017) The love that spreads from person to person throughout the film makes for an effective story about something you might not have given a second thought to before. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It'll make you squirm in your seat and abandon Instagram for a while after. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) With a stacked cast, breathtaking production design and sensitive, heartfelt storytelling, Black Panther is a refreshing and exciting movie that promises to take the superhero genre to new heights. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 100% Facing the Wind (Con el Viento) (2018) An original but not quite tidy debut from Meritxell Colell Aparicio, Facing the Wind can drag at times when it focuses more on dialogue, but it finds its moments of beauty in Monica's personal study of her relationship with her natural surroundings. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 88% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) Like a German In The Mood For Love, the film follows a difficult forbidden romance that is aesthetically beautiful to watch. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) Whilst it isn't always desirable to see only one side of the story, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A feels like it is giving a voice to a controversial artist who, as an outspoken woman of colour, deserves to tell her story uninterrupted. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
90% Attack the Block (2011) Boyega couldn't have picked a better debut; Cornish created a film that busts out of the grimy estate kitchen sink drama that has made up a large proportion of British cinema for a long time. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 80% Unsane (2018) Foy's fierce and occasionally funny portrayal of the character makes the film all the more watchable. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018