Steve Rose

Steve Rose
Steve Rose's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Film4 GQ Magazine [UK]
Publications: Guardian, Film4, GQ Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 91% Flatland (2019) It's an odd mix of tones that doesn't always work but, like its protagonists, Flatland is not afraid to strike out and look for something new. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
3/5 79% People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan (2021) What really redeems the film are the brilliantly observed characters: these are archetypes of modern Britain that nobody really nailed before. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Extinct (2021) In the Darwinian world of kids' entertainment, Extinct looks like an evolutionary dead end. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
4/5 96% Riders of Justice (2021) There's a sincere empathy for these damaged characters, and intelligent musings on fate, coincidence and trauma, all helped down by some delightfully absurd and audacious comedy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
4/5 96% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) The freshness of the approach, combined with the substance of the stories, works the same strange magic on the viewer as on the inmates. It is easy to be swept along. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet The Wasps Are Here (Bambaru avith) (1978) This is an emblematic clash of urban/western values versus rural/traditional ones, but the themes are treated with subtlety and even-handedness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
83% We Intend to Cause Havoc (2019) An amiable, if orthodox film that doesn't scratch too far beneath the surface. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
2/5 60% The God Committee (2021) It feels as if the story has been given a last-minute melodrama transplant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
3/5 69% Kindred (2020) It's Shaw who steals the show, conveying her character as both a heartless monster and a woman haunted by her own past, with that kind of breathy, distracted haughtiness she does so well. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
2/5 38% Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1 (Crazy Samurai Musashi) (2020) Most viewers will tire out long before this Crazy Samurai does. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/5 100% White on White (Blanco en blanco) (2019) Perhaps conscious of the issues of representation he is dealing with, Court invites us to come to our own conclusions rather than spoon-feeding us a point of view. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
3/5 50% The Filmmaker's House (2020) Having chronicled so many aspects of Britishness in his documentary career, Isaacs contrives a sort of microcosmic state of our multicultural nation here: a gentle clash of cultural attitudes and boundaries. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
2/5 43% FEAR (Forget Everything and Run) (2021) The performers are mostly fine and the action is well staged, but for all its energy and commitment, the story finds nowhere to run. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 93% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2021) At barely 70 minutes, this is a fleeting affair in every sense. Perhaps that's the point. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
3/5 90% Red Moon Tide (Lúa vermella) (2020) The trance-like pacing and mystical meditation might frustrate viewers looking for an easy watch, but local film-maker Lois Patiño is clearly operating at the fine-art end of the cinema scale. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The overall mood is funereal, though most funerals are shorter than this. Stretched over four hours, Snyder's limitations as a visual stylist also become apparent. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/5 71% The Winter Lake (2021) There's promise here but also perhaps some uncertainty: ultimately it falls between the stools of realist rural drama and full-on horror. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
4/5 100% Verdict (2019) Tracks a case of domestic abuse with such conviction, it is often easy to forget it's staged drama rather than documentary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
3/5 91% Mouthpiece (2019) The story occasionally verges on self-indulgent (or rather, selves-indulgent), but it is playful and ingenious. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
3/5 86% Los conductos (2020) Oblique and impenetrable as it is, it's a memorable experience. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 88% Onward (2020) Beneath the bro-friendly, fantasy-art trappings, Onward finds a little bit of that old Pixar magic. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) All in all, like its fast-moving, attention-deficient hero, this just feels like a rush job. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Of course there is epic action to savour and surprises and spoilers to spill, but given the long, long build-up, some of the saga's big revelations and developments might be a little unsatisfying on reflection. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 65% XY Chelsea (2019) We do at least get a sense of Manning as a person - though at this stage, she comes across as a person still trying to get a sense of herself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) It is lively, colourful and genuinely funny, and doesn't break what didn't need fixing about the original. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The inspired casting of the Deadpool actor transforms this from an average Pokémon movie into fun family fare. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet No Shade (2018) For a film addressing worthwhile issues of beauty - outer and inner, and the prejudices around it - it rarely rises above the superficial. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 97% Black Mother (2019) The experience is almost too much to process on a rational level, but you come away with an essential understanding. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 95% The Evil Dead (1981) Has the energy of a fresh new film-maker really going for it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
5/5 85% Beetlejuice (1988) The story almost comes off the rails, but Beetlejuice's charm lies more in the execution. The movie is crammed with visual invention and snappy comedy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
5/5 96% Night of the Living Dead (1968) Romero conjures moments of eeriness and dread throughout, keeping the lighting low and the special effects to a minimum, though there will be blood, fire, cannibalism and a great deal of death. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A bolder film might have explored the relationship between Mercury's hedonism, his mostly closeted sexuality and his on and off-stage personas in a more nuanced way. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Snappy, self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking lines like that flow fast and rarely miss their targets in the ensuing adventure. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) This kids' animation is altogether lively and funny with just enough soul, even if it comes at the expense of Potter's sensitivity and delicacy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
4/5 81% Early Man (2018) Early Man does little to move things on, in evolutionary terms, but - for younger viewers especially - its straightforward storytelling and gentle humour still work a treat. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3/5 56% The Commuter (2018) What keeps The Commuter on the rails is Neeson himself. He's in amazing form for a 65-year-old (his character is only 60), and in terms of actorly presence, he's still got it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/5 27% Bright (2017) For all its flaws, Bright is still a headlong leap into a bracingly different new world. Cinema could do with more of that. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4/5 28% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) It looks like these performers are genuinely enjoying themselves, and it's infectious. Despite the preposterous escapades and the self-destructive satire, at the end of it all, there's something real left standing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It basically throws up its hands at its own ridiculousness and plays it all for laughs - and it gets them. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 93% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The experience is captivating, transcendental even. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1/5 17% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2/5 93% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
3/5 77% Split (2017) An unpredictable, suspenseful little tale that comes together surprisingly satisfyingly, thanks to clever plotting and a truly committed performance from McAvoy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 95% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016