Thomas Caldwell

Thomas Caldwell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Thomas Caldwell is a writer, broadcaster, film critic, public speaker and film programmer based in Melbourne, Australia. He currently reviews film on ABC Radio Melbourne and has previously appeared on radio discussing films on ABC Radio National and Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM). Thomas is the author of the secondary school textbook Film Analysis Handbook, which was published in 2005 by Insight Publications, with a revised edition published in 2017. His film reviews, articles and interviews have appeared in The Age, Overland Literary Journal, Senses of Cinema, Metro, Screen Education and The Big Issue. He won the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film in the 2010 and 2015 Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) Writing Awards.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Rosa's Wedding (La Boda de Rosa) (2020) There is real joy in seeing Rosa's subtle but mighty transformation. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3.5/5 81% Black Widow (2021) For the most part Black Widow is a satisfying blend of comedy, drama and of course action. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
4/5 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) The Sparks Brother will no doubt be a treasure trove of information for fans of the band, but for newcomers it is an excellent introduction into the world of Sparks. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
3.5/5 100% Cousins (2021) Demonstrates the power, accessibility and relevance of cinema when it is made unapologetically culturally specific. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
4/5 74% Cruella (2021) Less a prequel and more a reimagining ... expressive, fun and enjoyable. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
4/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) The Perfect Candidate is ... not a film bursting with grand statements about injustice followed by explosive triumphs, but it is a film about everyday frustrations and small wins. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 96% First Cow (2020) The fact that platonic male-bonding of this kind seems so unusual to see on screen speaks to how valuable it is to have it represented in First Cow. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3.5/5 97% Gunda (2020) The resolution is a strangely rewarding payoff due to how precisely it conveys and inspires a pure emotional response that feels earned and sincere. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
4.5/5 98% The Father (2021) A remarkably powerful film to both admire and be deeply moved by. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
4.5/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud is a distinct and bold work that will serve as a calling card for both Glass and star Morfydd Clark. It also has one of the most memorable final second of any film in recent years. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
4/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is a rich and rewarding character-driven film that blends almost documentary-like observational scenes of Fern's encounters with the people that she meets on the road with moments of sublime beauty. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
4.5/5 98% Minari (2020) Minari is a triumph of storytelling, unfolding the experience of the Yi family with enough humour to balance out the more anxious moments, and a lightness of touch that allows the enormity of its emotional payoff to embrace rather than overwhelm. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
4/5 89% The Nest (2020) A finely crafted psychological drama that very successfully delivers a much broader commentary about the lives and realities we build and destroy for ourselves. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/5 97% Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) (2019) Writer/director Dominik Moll crafts an intriguing film that ultimately leans more towards allegory rather than a conventional mystery. - ABC Radio Melbourne EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3.5/5 88% The Furnace (2020) This is a bloody and thrilling adventure film that owes more to revisionist westerns than worthy period dramas. - ScreenHub EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 88% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) While at times very difficult viewing, there is no doubting the sincerity and integrity behind Cuties. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 79% Greyhound (2020) This is a decent war film, but it struggles by not being exceptional and by its deifying treatment of Krause with all his praying, romantic aspirations and being the symbol of American greatness. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
4/5 92% Relic (2020) It's a sophisticated and confident debut feature by filmmaker Natalie Erika James whose distinctive voice ensures that Relic holds its own against films that employ a similar approach to horror and personal trauma. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
4/5 91% What Richard Did (2013) Up-and-coming actor Jack Reynor delivers an astonishing performance as Richard, evoking both sympathy and contempt from the audience. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3.5/5 41% Scoop (2006) Scoop is classic Allen -- light comedy with a murder mystery plot, supernatural themes and enough jokes about sex, death, psychoanalysis and philosophy to keep fans happy. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet Ghosts...Of the Civil Dead (1998) The anger that seethes throughout John Hillcoat's debut feature film, Ghosts... of the Civil Dead, can be felt in almost every scene. - Senses of Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2015
5/5 96% Gravity (2013) Gravity delivers a display of modern technology that leaves the viewer breathless from the experience and marvelling at the craftsmanship behind it. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2013
4/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) An extraordinary work that is both an intellectual examination into the nature of how cinema represents reality as well as a deeply moving personal project. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2013
4/5 77% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) There is a melancholic mood that underlies Oh Boy, but it is mostly fun, breezy and energetic. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2013
4.5/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) Blue Jasmine is one of Allen's cleverest and most compassionate films, making it also one of his greatest. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
4.5/5 70% Stoker (2013) Not everything is what it seems in Stoker and its strength lies in how much it undermines expectations by taking a revisionist approach to gothic fiction conventions. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2013
4.5/5 95% The Rocket (2014) An extremely rewarding and entertaining film made all the stronger for the integrity and cultural details that underpin it. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
4.5/5 92% Frances Ha (2013) A genuinely heartfelt, gorgeous and beautiful celebration of youth, friendship and grappling with all the contradictions and challenges that life throws at us. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2013
4/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) Subject matter that actually suits Bay's usually obnoxious approach to film style and storytelling. Pain & Gain is bewildering, fun, repugnant and enthralling. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2013
4.5/5 94% Behind the Candelabra (2013) Soderbergh's masterstroke is how well he takes the audience on the journey of initially finding Liberace's world absurd and comedic, to ultimately feeling empathy for him. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2013
3.5/5 83% This Is the End (2013) A funny self-aware critique of the actors' indulgences - along with several violent deaths, demonic monsters and dick jokes. There are lots of dick jokes. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2013
2.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) The spectacle is distancing and even though it may have been unintentional, there is subtext in Pacific Rim and it is not fun. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) A mostly-entertaining dark science-fiction parable about morality. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/5 97% Mud (2013) An extremely sophisticated and progressive examination on how adolescent masculinity is defined by often-contradictory cultural attitudes towards femininity. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2013
3.5/5 93% Farewell, My Queen (2012) While it does not hang together as a whole, Farewell, My Queen is still an interesting and engaging film that should be overall commended for what it does achieve. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2013
3.5/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) The Great Gatsby is so close to being a great film, let down by its own refusal to exist in the moment. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2013
4.5/5 63% Broken (2013) A moving and thoughtful cinema experience. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2013
4/5 88% Tabu (2012) While the path through this unconventional film is not always obvious, it is a sensuous, mysterious and intoxicating path worth taking. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
3.5/5 78% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) While it is still a rewarding film on face value, The Place Beyond the Pines offers additional pleasures for viewers keen to delve further. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2013
4.5/5 93% The Hunt (Jagten) (2013) The Hunt is a confronting and fascinating work of cinema. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2013
3.5/5 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) A lighter variation on the deconstructed superhero mythology found in The Dark Knight Rises. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2013
4.5/5 93% No (2013) An extremely perceptive and intriguing examination of the effect that media hype and spin have on the political process. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2013
4/5 81% Warm Bodies (2013) While Warm Bodies is more slanted towards comedy and romance rather than horror, it remains true to the zombie genre while pushing it in an unexpected direction. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
4.5/5 80% The Neverending Story (1984) The NeverEnding Story remains a testament to the power of imagination and the type of inventive cinema that was possible in a pre-digital era. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2013
4/5 74% The Loneliest Planet (2012) Audiences used to actively engaging with cinema will find much to relish about The Loneliest Planet. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2013
4/5 64% I Want Your Love (2013) An excellent work by a talented emerging filmmaker. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2013
4.5/5 45% The Paperboy (2012) Everything about The Paperboy seems designed to undermine expectations and the result is an exhilaratingly unpredictable film. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2013
5/5 93% Amour (2012) The scenario is upsetting, but the execution is genuine and pure, making Amour a film of heartbreaking beauty and Haneke's masterpiece. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2013
4/5 91% Water (2005) Mehta explores the politics of religion to highlight how religious hypocrisy is used to ensure women are undermined and made subservient for economic purposes. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013
3.5/5 89% Lincoln (2012) For the most part Lincoln is not a significant inclusion into Spielberg's filmography despite the noblest of intentions and undeniable cinematic craftsmanship. - Cinema Autopsy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2013