Times (UK) Staff

Times (UK) Staff
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T-Meter Title | Year
98% Modern Times (1936) It has no story to give coherence to its incidents... but it has Mr. Chaplin's abiding genius for fantastic detail and for seeing the common happenings of life not so much through a distorting glass as through the other end of truth's telescope. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
97% Pather Panchali (1955) The refusal to compromise, to quicken the pace and force the material into a conventional story pattern, is the strength of Pather Panchali. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
100% Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956) It is the tragic figure of Kambei which dominates the film, bestriding it like a Colossus -- and the magic of the director, Akira Kurosawa, must not be forgotten. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
93% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The big screen has frequently proved to be only too big; here it hardly seems big enough, and the implied compliment to Mr. Lean and his camera crew is considerable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
98% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) This long American film is a gallant and sincere attempt to examine the difficulties of ex-service men in returning to civil life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
96% An American in Paris (1951) These are mainly opportunities for Mir. Kelly, Miss Caron, and Mr. Georges Guetary to sing and dance. The most effective are two elaborate dream sequences. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
100% Rebecca (1940) [Hitchcock] has certainly done his best with Miss du Maurier's lavish fantasy, and the whole film moves with a creditable gusto and speed. And in this he is greatly assisted by the cast. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
99% On the Waterfront (1954) In theme and moral On the Waterfront is conventional but the direction is bold and creates a music of its own out of discords. Mr. Brando sets a remarkable standard in acting, but not far behind him are Miss Saint, Mr. Cobb, Mr. Karl Malden [and Steiger]. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
98% All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) In the film, as in the book, the most complete portrait is that of Katczinsky, and Mr. Louis Wolhein brilliantly succeeds in making of him the perfect soldier for trench warfare -- brave, steady, crafty, and humorous. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
47% The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) Curious it is that, in spite of all the scenes. blaringly, glaringly effective which belong specifically to the sawdust ring, both Mr. de Mille and The Greatest Show on Earth are most themselves in the scene of the railway disaster. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
99% It Happened One Night (1934) [The characters] are, indeed, so pleasant and human that one feels a positive regret that it is impossible to shake hands with celluloid figures. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
85% The Miracle (1912) An ambitious and a highly successful attempt to obtain a pictorial record of what may rank in history as one of the most striking productions that the theatre has seen. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
93% The Hitch-hiker (1953) Miss Lupino's direction is sharp, economic, direct. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
99% Casablanca (1942) Casablanca in the days before the allied occupation had obvious possibilities as the background of a film of intrigue and adventure, and the film... has taken at least a reasonable percentage of its opportunities. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
87% Imitation of Life (1934) Not so much an imitation as a fake, for life has a way of forcing conclusions and decisions, and this film, which never seems quite sure which way it is going, studiously avoids both. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
92% The Defiant Ones (1958) Mr. Kramer has directed his film with considerable dramatic intensity and Mr. Curtis, who has improved out of all knowledge as an actor, holds his own with Mr. Poitier. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
95% Stormy Weather (1943) It is altogether too smooth, too brittle, too imitative of the normal film revue to be anything of the kind, and it tends to distort the genuine notes of negro music and idiom into popular variations on them. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
52% Cimarron (1931) It is somehow a little disappointing that the film which opens with the rush for the land in Oklahoma should end with a luncheon-party, and after-luncheon speeches at the Ritz-Carlton, or some such hotel. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
81% The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) The Man With the Golden Arm does not spare the feelings of the audience, and therein lies its strength -- it intends to shock and it does shock but it deserves to be credited with honourable motives. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
90% Daughter of the Gods (1916) Miss Kellerman's performance is a remarkable one, with plenty of opportunities for displaying her skill in the water. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
97% A Night at the Opera (1935) It is only at intervals that the Marx Brothers are allowed in to turn the normal world upside down in their own imitable way. The intervals are, however, in the best Marxian manner. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
97% Double Indemnity (1944) There are three first-rate performances by Mr. Fred MacMurray, Mr. Edward G. Robinson, and Miss Barbara Stanwyck, who between them give fresh intensity to well worn situations. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
100% Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform) (1931) The abyss of false sentimentality on the one side and downright unpleasantness on the other wait hungrily for one mistake, but Leontine Sagan, the director, avoids them both magnificently. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
97% Home of the Brave (1949) Hollywood has recently shown itself aware of the dangers of racial discrimination and persecution, and Home of the Brave is the most absorbing and honest film it has yet made on a difficult theme. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
92% Paris (1929) This fastidious mingling of elegance and imperturbability, of a languid manner and lightning footwork, is delightfully set off by the voluble excitability and humorous charm of Mile. Irene Bordoni. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
98% The Thin Man (1934) This film has the unusual merit of combining exciting adventure and genuine comedy. The two are so cleverly managed that the one never gets in the way of the other. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
96% Cabiria (1914) Fire effects, a volcanic eruption, battles, thrilling adventures on land and water, crowds of actors make a kaleidoscope of action that lasts for more than two hours, and the incidents follow in a succession so rapid as to be sometimes a little confusing. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
No Score Yet Raffles (1939) Mr David Niven... is invariably charming, but hardly convincing as a modern criminal. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
84% Another Thin Man (1939) Perhaps it is best to enjoy the detail without making too much effort to follow the plot, and certainly without any attempt to spot the murderer or to follow the logic of the detective's search for him. This detail is often very entertaining. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
87% The Invisible Man Returns (1940) Nevertheless, all trick films are amusing and there are many tricks here which can be enjoyed as good conjuring. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
95% Son of Frankenstein (1939) Altogether a workmanlike essay in synthetic horror, and Mr. Rathbone enters with relish into the spirit of it. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
100% The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) (1920) The methods of production are always interesting, and, unlike some films which come to us from Germany, it combines with some clever clever effects a gripping story. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
93% Dead of Night (1945) There is much sound acting and directing in Dead of Night, but the handicaps inherent in the form this film chooses prove too much for its ingenuity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
94% Faust (1926) If we do not trouble our heads about the Faust legend or about consistency in the interpretation of it, the film, considered as a succession of swift, brilliant scenes, is a good one. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
94% The Invisible Man (1933) Mr. Wells's original idea had the element of humour as well as stark terror in it; in the film the humour misses all its glorious opportunities and the terror is robbed. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
95% The Night of the Hunter (1955) Mr. Charles Laughton directs, and, since Mr. Laughton is a highly intelligent man, nothing that he does is without interest. The Night of the Hunter is indeed none the less interesting for being a failure. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
100% Disraeli (1921) The brilliant performance of Mr. Arliss together with the excellent work of the producer, make the film the most satisfying production that America has sent to this country for some months. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
85% Kismet (1930) The opulent and extensive splendour of the production may do something to remove the advantages of concise unity or to make them inappropriate, but even so a little precision is something for which to be thankful. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
88% The Miracle Man (1919) We do not mean to suggest that The Miracle Man is the summit of human achievement, as regards the cinematograph. It is not that, but it does at least equal, and possibly excel, any film that has hitherto been produced. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
43% Sacred and Profane Love (1921) It is not a good film, but it is, at least, a daring attempt to convert into a film an incontrovertible book. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
91% Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944) Miss Dolores Del Rio gives a depth of good- ness and emotion to Maria and Mr. Pedro Armendariz, as her lover, represents the film's preoccupation with silence, suspicion, and religious feelng. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
90% Ravished Armenia (1919) It is a remarkable production which is said to have cost [250,000] pounds and to have taken two years to complete, and the effectiveness of its presentation at the Royal Albert Ball is enhanced by the... music that accompanies it. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
60% Warning Shadows (1922) [Warning Shadows] is an unusually interesting production, which illustrates the progress of our competitors abroad in developing and improving technique. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
75% Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Outside M. Ferrer's performance there is much to provoke disappointment. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
92% West Side Story (1961) The whole thing crackles and explodes with vitality, yet it remains a vitality subject to the beat of a conductor's baton, vitality disciplined and controlled to produce the maximum effect. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
79% The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) Instead of satire there is false sentiment. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
96% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) The strangest thing:about a deliberately spectacular film is that, when'it i most spectacular, it ceases altogether to be personally dramatic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
69% Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Outstanding in the long part of Mr. Fogg's faithful valet, Passepartout, is Cantinflas, a sad-faced comedian with a delightful economy of gesture and expression, who adds just the right note of implausibility to the whole highly improbable affair. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
90% Gilda (1946) Never was there such a mingling of intense looks over champagne glasses and silences meant to be significant, but looks and silences alike fail in their effect. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
88% Napoléon (1929) The result is a film to be enjoyed for its elaborate spectacles rather than for its interest as a dramatic summary of Napoleon's early life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020