Terry Staunton

Terry Staunton
Terry Staunton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times
Publications: Radio Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% My Octopus Teacher (2020) An octopus may have three hearts to confront life's challenges, but a single human heart would have to be very cold indeed not to be charmed by this unconventional spin on buddy-movie tropes. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
2/5 26% Voyagers (2021) The lab-rat nature of the characters' very existence means the performances of the movie's leads remain rooted in the cold and clinical, making it difficult for the viewer to engage with them or care about their plight. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
2/5 52% Silk Road (2021) But Russell's stilted dialogue and overly preachy tone has a habit of slamming on the brakes, resulting in a film that suffers from numerous frustrating interruptions. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 88% News of the World (2020) Hanks delivers a reserved, thoughtful performance, bringing the expected heft to a role tailor-made for him, yet it's the ethereal, wide-eyed Zengel who proves most striking. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 56% Dreamland (2020) Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's film contains familiar tropes from such outlaw classics as Bonnie and Clyde and Badlands, but Dreamland flips the notion on its head by having the female as the chief manipulator. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 83% The Kid Detective (2020) With Wendy Crewson and Jonathan Whittaker also putting in good turns as Abe's parents, the film delivers as a comedy crime caper with darkly subversive overtones. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Writer/director Miranda July paints a curious portrait of misfits scratching out a living on the fringes of society, laced with left-field humour and aching sadness. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) The plot may be a little sticky in places, but the occasional hiccups don't hang around, and as the opening salvo in a potential franchise it'll do just nicely. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/5 82% Blank City (2011) What emerges is an affectionate cultural portrait of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and an artistic community based in the derelict tenements and lofts of a run-down city on the verge of bankruptcy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Kristen Schaal is a pleasing addition as the daughter of Rufus (the late George Carlin from the earlier outings), but ultimately, and underwhelmingly, it's business as usual. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 42% Cherrybomb (2009) Any underlying moral the film attempts to put across gets blurred by a lifeless and hackneyed script. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 94% Western Stars (2019) The performance footage is mesmerising, as Springsteen articulates the intimacy of lyrics imbued with themes of a mythic West, despite sharing the stage with a full electric band and a 30-piece orchestra. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 41% Midway (2019) Roland Emmerich favours spectacle over subtlety, and while he has described the film as a passion project rooted in historical accuracy, the absence of fully-rounded characters for audiences to care about gives the impression of a cold... computer game. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) The flimsy plot stitches together a series of half-hearted frat-boy set pieces, begging the question why actors as talented and in-demand as McConaughey or Jonah Hill would bother with such underwhelming fare. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020) The ending may be tragic, but the film never loses sight of the creative triumphs of a man who, while often overlooked by music critics, nonetheless attracted legions of devoted fans. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 100% Suzi Q (2020) The life and times of 1970s glam rock queen Suzi Quatro are recalled in no-nonsense detail in this straightforward documentary that sees her approach her 70th birthday. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Both Murphy and director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) display obvious affection for the black pop culture of the period, and skilfully weave a subtle civil rights message into the laughs and nostalgia. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 64% The Day Shall Come (2019) Davis impresses (on his feature debut) as both a comic presence and as a man struggling with more personal demons in a movie that provokes thought as much as it pokes fun. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 86% Roger Waters: Us + Them (2019) Waters is to be applauded for engaging in a form of protest when most of his contemporaries are settling for box-ticking exercises in nostalgia. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
1/5 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Indeed, the majority of the mercifully short running time is spent setting up a bloodthirsty climax that fails to deliver on almost every level, leaving audiences as jaded as the hero himself. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) The latter may veer perilously close to navel-gazing at times, but always finds its way back to something more tangibly gutsy, a fine balancing act between philosophical chin-stroker and popcorn-chomping crowd-pleaser. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/5 63% The Informer (2020) What may have worked well on the page comes unstuck on the big screen as the makers try to shoehorn too many complexities into the running time, leaving gaping holes in the plot and several questions unanswered. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 71% ANIARA (2019) Special effects are used minimally, the directors instead concentrating on the fragile human emotions of the disparate travellers, among whom Jonsson especially impresses. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Although it tapers off after the early, brilliantly staged attack on Freeman, the movie is a perfectly acceptable box-ticking action thriller offering good bang-for-buck value. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Ventimiglia and his love interest Amanda Seyfried are so cloying it's a wonder their canine chum doesn't bite off their faces, but Costner's soft rasp is surprisingly effective as the conduit for the sage-like pooch. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 33% The Intruder (2019) Worse still, any attempts at old-school suspense are crassly undermined by gratuitously gruesome scenes of violence and torture that are more suited to full-gore horror of the Saw franchise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Quentin being Quentin, there will be blood (and guts), but this version of Hollywood is built on heart and soul. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Apart from a tiny handful of perfectly executed set-pieces, the laughs are thin on the ground, the overall narrative struggling to hold the attention of the young audience for which it's intended. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) As we've come to expect from the MCU, it's all rollicking fun and jaw-dropping effects, although compared to Holland's starring bow in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's a frustratingly generic exercise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 8% Division 19 (2019) Writer/director Suzie Halewood (credited here as SA Halewood) paints this grim world with sepia filters and fast cuts, but the visual panache can't hide a plodding, confusing narrative that struggles to engage the viewer. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) The result is film truly deserving of the word "classic". - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 61% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) What is evident throughout is Gallagher's undeniable charisma, his sharp wit and self-effacing humour; he's a gentler, humbler man these days, but the electrifying concert footage confirms he's still a natural born pop star. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 90% A Vigilante (2019) The pauses occasionally stall the narrative, but Wilde is a captivating presence, the rage inside her character, curiously, given more weight by the passiveness of her expressions. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 96% Booksmart (2019) Working from a dream of a screenplay, Wilde stylishly depicts the essence of female teenage life, with artistic visual flourishes and a killer soundtrack. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Often, it feels like we're watching two biopics at the same time, but both are handled with such confidence and skill that it's rare for the viewer to be able to spot the join. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 100% Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll (2019) The Boss's music is used sparingly to punctuate Asbury Park's rise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 98% Beats (2020) [T]he serious subtext never distracts from an often heart-warming film about friendship and rebellious rites of passage, confidently played out by its two rascally but lovable leads. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 46% Bel Canto (2018) The film struggles to translate the printed work's slowburn pace; on screen it becomes a dragging narrative that has difficulty holding viewers' attention. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) A joyous celebration of friendship and family in all its oddball guises. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 96% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2019) This affectionate documentary chronicles the story of a driven man who yearned for more typical stardom as leader of the power pop band The Freshies, only to become imprisoned by the alter ego he created. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) She's a welcome addition to the aforementioned Marvel family tree; let's just hope she's given a sturdier branch next time. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 65% Vice (2018) Writer/director Adam McKay's savage and satirical film chronicles Cheney's entire career, although it's the VP years that provide the heft of a sinister true-life drama of Shakespearean proportions. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 80% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns is solid, reliable family fare and only the hardest heart will leave the cinema bereft of a smile. It might not be another classic, but it's brolly good fun. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) Russell and Hamilton convince as the initially skeptical parents who come under suspicion from neighbors, but are eclipsed by the subtle performance of Dakota Goyo as their troubled eldest son. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 83% Creed II (2018) Creed II is by no means a bad film, but like the first sequel to the original 1976 Rocky it settles for a box-ticking template that seems reluctant to bring any tangible forward momentum to the franchise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) It's rare for a modern action flick to be so devoid of anyone to root for. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4/5 89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coens masterfully flit from jet-black drama to tear-stained sentimentality to ruthless savagery to ambiguous morality, while keeping a tight rein on every surprising narrative. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2/5 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A dramatisation about the making of Bohemian Rhapsody might have resulted in a much better film than what we've been given. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) First Man is an admirable and engrossing attempt to understand the motivation and mental processes of the star voyager who took that one small step. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) It's well worth checking in, and we hope you enjoy your stay. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018