Steve Rose

Steve Rose

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Steve Rose's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Film4

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 81%

Excision (2012)

"It could have been David Cronenberg meets Todd Solondz, but ends up more of a cautionary cartoon on things you shouldn't try at home." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"The palpable sense of loss and grief testify to how the film-makers have turned what could have been a detached news report into a moving human tragedy." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 1, 2012
3/5 68%

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012)

"It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"Never has grotesque wealth looked so unenviable, or its removal been so entertaining, as in this garishly watchable riches-to-rags documentary ..." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
3/5 70%

The Hunter (2012)

"Dafoe is eminently watchable, and for the most part it's a distinctive, atmospheric movie that cherishes the persistence of mystery." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
1/5 47%

The Sweeney (2013)

"It's a brainless joyride that ends up spinning its wheels in macho clich├ęs." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2012
2/5 75%

Personal Best (2012)

"Until the Olympics happen, the final chapters to these athletes' stories is missing. So we get the pain, but little of the gain." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2012
3/5 72%

Free Men (2012)

"The tension doesn't grip as it should, but it's a worthwhile reminder of a moment of Muslim-Jewish co-operation." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2012
3/5 68%

Men in Black III (2012)

"It's like a cross between Looney Tunes and The Naked Lunch - a hallucinogenic popcorn movie you can safely forget the moment it's over. So bring on Men in Black 13!" ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2012
3/5 63%

The Source (La source des femmes) (2011)

"This populist parable draws intriguing battle lines between the sexes, but then forgets what it was supposed to be fighting about." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 17, 2012
4/5 65%

2 Days in New York (2012)

"We've rarely seen comedy this smart since Woody Allen and Seinfeld left New York." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 69%

Footloose (2011)

"The idea of an American town outlawing dancing was a stretch back in 1984, but in the intervening years, it's actually become more believable - which goes some way to justifying this remake." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 13, 2011
3/5 54%

The Inbetweeners (2012)

"Updates the teen summer holiday formula surprisingly entertainingly, considering it doesn't subvert it one iota." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 17, 2011

Super 8 (2011)

"An original, entertaining, solidly built movie with no star faces and plenty of heart..." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 9, 2011
4/5 95%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"It's a gentle and entrancing tale, deeper and richer than more instantly gratifying fare. Think of it as the slow food of the animation world." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 28, 2011
4/5 92%

Senna (2011)

"The film's masterstroke is its exclusive use of archive footage, with no visible talking heads or modern-day interruptions." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 2, 2011
2/5 94%

Win Win (2011)

"For all its witty observations on the trials of modern manhood, it never strays out of its blinkered suburban comfort zone." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 19, 2011
4/5 91%

Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2010)

"When a few of the more ludicrous twists arrive in the second half, there's enough goodwill generated by the thoughtful, creepy and effective setup to carry things through to the end." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 87%

Amreeka (2009)

"The political issues are a little heavy handed but the story - partly drawn from the director's own experience - works best when it focuses on the personal." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 12, 2011
4/5 89%

A Screaming Man (2011)

"Betrayal, guilt, denial, faith and secrecy all roil about beneath the film's placid, almost wordless surface, which is beautifully observed with a stately, Ozu-like calmness." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 32%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"It's a succession of ever-escalating action sequences and grand settings. At first they're stunning, then they're routine, then they're wearying." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 9, 2011
3/5 76%

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

"It's overlong and a little over-indulgent, but given current events in north Africa, there's an unanticipated resonance to it." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
2/5 8%

Everywhere and Nowhere (2011)

"Ash's fusion of beats and vintage Bollywood soundtracks could have been a neat key for dealing with some worthwhile issues, except it sounds about 15 years out of date." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 96%

13 Assassins (2011)

"13 Assassins musters nearly twice as many swordsmen as Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and is about two-thirds as good, although it delivers the requisite genre thrills." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
5/5 89%

Deep End (1971)

"Everything about this singular film - the camerawork, the imagery, the soundtrack - feels vibrant and surprising in a way that makes most modern coming-of-age movies look formulaic and, well, shallow." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
4/5 90%

Armadillo (2011)

"The film-makers evidently risked their lives alongside these soldiers, and it's a further mark of their courage that they retained their detachment." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/5 80%

Carmen 3d (2011)

"We spend 100 years developing an art form that breaks out of the musty auditoria of the 19th century and where does it get us? Right back where we started." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/5 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"It is often beautiful to look at, and could come to represent the fashion tropes of its era as faithfully as its predecessor did. And the silliness somehow adds to the enjoyment rather than detracting from it. It's the best kind of bonkers." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 7, 2010

Monsters (2010)

"For all James Cameron's trumpeting about a 3D revolution, this efficient little movie could turn out to be the real game-changer of the year." ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Posted Dec 5, 2010
2/5 62%

Frozen (2010)

"It's a stunt film that only just overcomes the challenge it's set itself." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 23, 2010
2/5 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"Instead of all-out family farce, this goes for naturalistic acting and wry observation, and doesn't quite give us enough of anything." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2010
3/5 52%

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)

"The whole movie has the immaculate visual gloss of a Chanel advert, which is no bad thing." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3/5 88%

Undertow (2010)

"The conclusion might be too lachrymose and melodramatic for most tastes, but if you only see one gay Peruvian fisherman ghost story this year..." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 6, 2010
2/5 79%

Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura) (2010)

"The ending comes like a sharp punchline -- a warning, or perhaps a reassurance, that even when you get to the age of 100, life is no less mysterious." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3/5 84%

Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010)

"This is responsible, restrained and intelligent, but if anything, the risky subject material is handled with too much caution." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2010
4/5 91%

Shotgun Stories (2007)

"Set in rural Arkansas, Jeff Nichols' relaxed, distinctive debut revels in the milieu of its redneck characters, but injects their rural half-blood feud with an almost mythic quality." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 80%

Question humaine, La, (Heartbeat Detector) (2007)

"There's no killer revelation, just a graceful telescoping of past into present and a steadily accumulating dread." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 17, 2008
1/5 46%

Cassandra's Dream (2007)

"Woody Allen still insists on making movies at the rate of one a year, but he clearly needs to slow down. A lot." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/5 56%

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

"The promising themes peter out as the film loses direction, though, and Bartlett is neither sympathetic enough to root for nor dumb enough to laugh at." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 17, 2008
4/5 89%

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

"Temple's film is a fittingly conscientious and absorbing tribute to his complex, contradictory personality." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 9, 2008
3/5 91%

Knallhart (Tough Enough) (2006)

"Well acted, scored and paced, and striking a careful balance between social realism and hip street thriller." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/5 45%

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

"Buoyed by luck, comedy and state-of-the-art special effects, it has not only survived the journey intact, it's also washed down its decks, ready for a whole new cycle of movies to begin." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/5 76%

The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) (2007)

"It's a delectable premise, rendered with smooth efficiency but we never really get beneath the surface of this shallow parallel reality." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 1, 2007
4/5 80%

Longing (2007)

"It is shot like a documentary and set in an almost comically mundane smalltown, but it deals with elemental forces and grand, romantic themes." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 18, 2007
3/5 88%

Mutual Appreciation (2006)

"Bujalski perfectly skewers what you might call the "sort-of" generation: educated, mid-20s white Americans hemmed in by their own non-committal uncertainty." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 3, 2007
1/5 40%

Straightheads (Closure) (2007)

"This nasty and nonsensical rape-revenge thriller is a feature-length exercise in wrongness." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 26, 2007
2/5 22%

Typhoon (2006)

"As desperately overblown as anything Hollywood has ever concocted." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 26, 2007
3/5 77%

The Puffy Chair (2005)

"The dialogue captures the awkwardness and frustration of young adulthood with loving accuracy." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 26, 2007
2/5 55%

Alpha Dog (2007)

"Overall though, it's a messy, superficial affair: it lacks focus, shifts uneasily in tone, and shoehorns in star names (Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis) to little effect." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 19, 2007
4/5 89%

Beyond Hatred (Au-dela de la haine) (2007)

"It's unlikely to appeal to your mainstream moviegoer, but this French documentary achieves remarkable things with a depressing subject." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 30, 2007