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Steve Rose

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gadot is entirely credible as the embodiment of Amazonian perfection, but there's only so much emotion her concerted brow-furrowing can convey.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
2/5 0% It Was Fifty Years Ago Today... Sgt Pepper and Beyond (2017) It's not easy to make a documentary about the greatest album in history when you don't have access to a single note of the music, but this documentary forges on and cashes in regardless ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 84% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) The satirical bite dissipates a little as the story drags on, though a powerful, emotional coda makes it worth the wait.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The experience is captivating, transcendental even.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1/5 19% Baywatch (2017) By about halfway in, the gags dry up and the story sinks like an overweight tourist who took a dip too early after the all-you-can-eat surf'n'turf buffet.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2/5 92% Lost in France (2016) The musicians are talented, thoughtful and charming, and their story says plenty about the decline of the music industry. But it feels like we're getting the comedown without having had the high.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 100% Multiple Maniacs (1970) Only John Waters could stage a Charles Manson-style slaughter then think: "This could really do with a giant-lobster rape scene to spruce it up."‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It doesn't have the heart, the depth or the novelty of the first Lego movie, but it is relentlessly, consistently funny - which excuses everything.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
3/5 74% Split (2017) An unpredictable, suspenseful little tale that comes together surprisingly satisfyingly, thanks to clever plotting and a truly committed performance from McAvoy.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 96% Moana (2016) Its cultural setting is fresh; its storytelling, less so. It navigates the reefs but it doesn't discover a whole new world.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 100% Bobby (2016) If you can bear another blow-by-blow account of English football's finest hour, this is as good a time as any, and nobody could begrudge Bobby Moore his documentary closeup.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
2/5 63% The Trust (2016) There's little in the way of tension, surprise or consistency, and the disappointing ending leaves questions about the point of the whole exercise.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
4/5 96% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) The film becomes a benign guided tour of femininity ... gently broaching universal coming-of-age issues such as independence, insecurity, and even - more boldly than any Western children's movie would contemplate - sexuality.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
2/5 28% Warcraft (2016) Director Duncan Jones, a self-professed Warcraft fan, has clearly put a lot of love and care into fleshing out a story, but it's questionable whether it was ever really merited.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
4/5 98% Heart of a Dog (2015) It's less like a lecture than a waking dream, perhaps even a form of hypnosis.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 85% Departure (2015) The dynamics are given plenty of time to play out in this delicate, somewhat laboured character drama, which could almost be seen as a hymn to the great British art of not really talking about stuff.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) If nothing else, Brand's passion and sincerity shine through. This feels like a study of a man still seeking how to apply them. You sense his story is not over yet.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
2/5 29% Narcopolis (2015) This British sci-fi punches well above its budget visually, it's a shame the drama can't match it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
1/5 4% Some Kind of Beautiful (2015) One generation's silver fox is another's creepy old sex pest, and Pierce Brosnan doesn't have the comic chops, or even the facial expressions, to bridge the gap here.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
2/5 75% Just Jim (2015) There's classy camerawork to recommend, but the story peters out.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/5 33% The Green Inferno (2015) No one could accuse Roth of lacking guts - even if he hasn't found the perfect recipe for them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
2/5 36% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) Do you have to be sad to be funny? You'll have to sit through a slew of micro-anecdotes and shop talk before you get any answers from this choppy documentary - longer than any decent comic would defer a punchline.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/5 38% The Messenger (2014) Sheehan's crazed temperament and beatific face sustain the ambiguity when little else does.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) Pacino is good company, keeping his more mannered Pacinoisms in check, but none of it feels like a stretch for him.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 81% Man Up (2015) It gets progressively soapier and clumsier as it nears its destination, but along the way Tess Morris's script maps out a modern dating landscape strewn with anxiety, deceit, emotional baggage and drunken meltdowns ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 75% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) (2014) Cleanly hand-drawn, beautifully coloured and resolutely two-dimensional. And the tone is gently mischievous rather than exhaustingly wacky.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) The tone wavers between psychological thriller and absurdist melodrama, and perhaps suffers for not settling on either, but it's grounded by two terrific leads.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) A rockumentary with a better story than most, and a better way of telling it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 88% A Fuller Life (2014) It adds up to a rich portrait of an extraordinary man, half-tortured artist, half cigar-chomping action hero.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) It just about works, but it's a long way from perfect.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) It's mature, complex and talky - Bergmanesque.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 99% Selma (2015) Perhaps there's no better time for a reminder of the power of non-violent protest, but Selma also provides a potentially dangerous reassurance that the battle has already been won.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Whip-smart, pop-literate, self-aware humour saves the day (and the universe, come to think of it).‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Just as 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes surpassed expectations, so this sequel delivers on its promise and leaves us wanting more - which we'll almost certainly get.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 90% Omar (2014) The story dishes out action and surprises without losing its political intent.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 92% A Farewell to Arms (1932) A fascinatingly awkward first world war epic - dated, yet bracingly modern.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Rehearsal and backstage footage add variety, and there's a warming egalitarian camaraderie to the venture ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Hill Street (2014) Interviewees' stories start to overlap, and there are only so many ollie flips you can watch.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 71% Beyond the Edge (2014) It's a testament to the film-making that, despite the fact that we know the outcome, there's a great sense of relief when they finally reach the summit.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 61% Heli (2014) It's forceful stuff, but the way the story drifts and dissipates in the latter stages is disappointing.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) It's relaxed, amusing and warm, but nothing rings true.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 90% The Punk Singer (2013) She's a real role model, and her mysterious withdrawal in 2005 - explained as due to undiagnosed Lyme disease - left a vacuum that's still conspicuously unfilled.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 74% Concussion (2013) It's not entirely plausible, to be honest, but there's an easy naturalism to the drama and a sharp intelligence behind the camera.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) There are many attractive parts to this thriller - handsome leads, a meaty Patricia Highsmith plot, Mediterranean sunlight on cream linen suits - but it's no greater than the sum of them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) For all its ambitious plotting, this X-Men is really an effective merger of the franchise's two separate incarnations ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) This sequel gives the flagging comic-book movie an adrenaline shot of relevance. You've got to hand it to them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Rough Cut (2013) Peel back the thin layer of conceptualising, and it's a self-indulgent "making of" for a low-budget movie in the Lake District.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
1/5 49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) Even people who find fashion really, really interesting will be bludgeoned brain-dead by this fawning, attention-deficit infomercial of a documentary.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) Some of the pranks are awfully funny, putting lewdness and prosthetic body parts in places they're really not supposed to go ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/5 14% A Belfast Story (2013) The plot scatters too many pieces about, putting the film's star off screen for long stretches.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013