Sukhdev Sandhu

Sukhdev Sandhu
Sukhdev Sandhu's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent (UK) Sight and Sound Times (UK) Daily Telegraph (UK) 4Columns

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Faces Places is a wonderful exercise in memory and merriment, in instinct and improvisation. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
No Score Yet Mnemosyne (2010) A focused, intense and visually gorgeous single-screen work... In its own way it is not just a welcome return to the arthouse fray, but a very necessary haunting of the present by a singularly important British film-maker. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) Textured and troubled, rich in pointillist details, anything but a manifesto. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
99% Finding Nemo (2003) A splendid eco-friendly comedy set in the Great Barrier Reef. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
65% Bright Young Things (2004) Satire should seek to sterilise or maim its targets; Fry wants us to feel for them. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
97% Before Midnight (2013) Hawke and Delpy, who co-wrote the screenplay with Linklater, make this oscillation between badinage and feistiness, cosiness and irritability, look effortless. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
92% Shot in Bombay (2008) A superior, very entertaining documentary. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) The Departed is an example of a cinematic master seeking to live up to the veneration with which he is regarded by his pupils. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2015
4/5 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Where Newell really scores is in taking a leaf out of Peter Jackson's book and cranking up the fear factor. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Director Chris Columbus has pushed the envelope farther, made a sequel that is pacier and more swashbuckling. Yet it still feels cautious and reined-in. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
2/5 88% Let Me In (2010) Let Me In doesn't need to exist unless, that is, the very notion of Swedish cinema is strange and unpalatable to you. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2014
1/5 5% The Last Airbender (2010) A quite breathtakingly inept hodge-podge of vapid spirituality, playground chopsocky and visual effects that take 3D to an entirely new level: Zero-D. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) What of the characters? Well, there aren't any, really. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2014
5/5 97% The Big Sleep (1946) The plot is a bundle of confusions, but who cares? Few films have made cigarettes seem so glamorous. Or had such seductive repartee. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
1/5 63% Love Actually (2003) Love? Actually, no. More like disappointment, and, at times, hatred. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2013
5/5 95% The Artist (2011) A valentine to the glories of silent cinema, a triumph of artistic teleportation, pure effervescence that gives crowdpleasing a good name. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
4/5 78% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) Timely and oddly inspiring. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/5 92% Drive (2011) Drive is a masterpiece of surface over depth. Catnip for anyone who thinks cinema is for the eye rather than the brain or heart. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/5 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) For long stretches, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love is a sharp, decidedly superior romantic comedy whose top-rate performers and fizzy dialogue go a long way to overcoming its tired set-up. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011
45% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) Crude, charmless and knuckleheaded. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2011
5/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Completely absorbing and a more than worthy companion piece to the 1979 BBC serialisation. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/5 100% Kes (1969) Seen today, it still cries its authentic song of rage. It still cuts like a knife. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2011
3/5 68% Friends With Benefits (2011) Friends With Benefits has some genuine pleasures to offer. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 75% Self Made (2010) Wearing's cast of non-professionals is engaging and charismatic. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2011
4/5 72% Fright Night (2011) It wittily updates Tom Holland's original vampire story so that it becomes a pointed commentary on America's current housing crisis. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2011
4/5 77% Attenberg (2012) Attenberg, both jarring and sweet, stuttering and eloquent, doesn't deliver manifestos or offer answers. But, in its needling, idiosyncratic fashion, it's more fascinating than most films that do. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2011
3/5 36% One Day (2011) A pleasant, occasionally amusing, tragically tasteful romantic drama. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2011
1/5 No Score Yet Powder (2011) Great movies about bands certainly do exist. Powder isn't one of them, though. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2011
2/5 45% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Favreau ... allows the material's imaginative possibilities to flare up and fade away. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2011
4/5 81% Super 8 (2011) Super 8 is the sweetest film of 2011, an affectionate shout-out to amateurs everywhere. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2011
3/5 86% Kill The Referee (les Arbitres) (2010) Set during the 2008 European Football Championship, it takes advantage of privileged, UEFA-backed access to portray referees' intense, pressurised lives both on and off the field. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2011
5/5 100% Poetry (2011) What makes Poetry so involving is that it's never clear how the story will be resolved. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/5 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Solid, efficient, often anachronistic: Captain America is earthbound when it needs to soar. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/5 38% Cars 2 (2011) So-so. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2011
5/5 100% The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Both a joyous comedy and a tense thriller. Indeed, its climactic car-chase sequence is easily as dramatic as any of those found in today's summer blockbusters. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2011
4/5 86% The Big Picture (2012) A vagrant, fitful mixture of domestic drama, existential thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, and evocation of the underbelly of new Europe. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/5 88% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) Paints a portrait of a sad genius who grew up alienated and grew old alienating many of the people who admired and might have helped him. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2011
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) Watched as a stand-alone film it's likely to strike newcomers as completely mystifying, but committed and even semi-committed fans will surely welcome it as a worthy climax to the most successful film franchise in history. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2011
5/5 99% A Separation (2011) A Separation twists and turns, layering on crucial details and moral quandaries in each scene, never for a moment allowing us the luxury of identifying too easily with any single character. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2011
2/5 37% Larry Crowne (2011) Hanks's direction is unremarkable, and the bluesy soundtrack altogether more gritty than any of the action. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2011
5/5 89% Bridesmaids (2011) Sharply written and winningly performed, it delivers more laughs than any movie released this year, but also, the longer it goes on, develops into a surprisingly poignant evocation of self-scuppering loneliness. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2011
3/5 61% The First Grader (2011) The First Grader is based on a true story and what a true story it is. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2011
3/5 61% The Beaver (2011) Fitfully compelling, a welcome antidote to more formulaic Hollywood fare, and deserving of more than embarrassed sniggers. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2011
2/5 26% Green Lantern (2011) [An] earnest and militantly generic film that sets up the likelihood of a sequel during its final credits without delivering any convincing reasons why anyone should be excited by the prospect. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2011
1/5 74% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) It makes one wish Spurlock would show a bit more intellectual and political muscle rather than being content with lightweight showmanship that is in thrall to the commodification it claims to abhor. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
3/5 65% The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2012) Losier's portrait, like her extraordinary subject, feels like a work-in progress rather than the final word. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
4/5 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) The whole film deserves close attention and repeat viewings. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2011
2/5 60% Kaboom (2011) Watching films whose characters spend much of their time staring at computer screens or waking up from dreams is a bit of a drag. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2011
3/5 54% Last Night (2011) A good-looking, tightly-scripted and ever-so-slightly superficial drama about a married couple on the brink of infidelity. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/5 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) A stylish, often violent, mostly entertaining prequel that never outstays its two hours-plus duration and suggests that there may be some life in the franchise yet. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2011