Tom Duggins

Tom Duggins
Tom Duggins's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CineVue
Publications: CineVue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 95% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) The film's unusual blend of genre conventions can be a little disorienting, but the film is so careful and considered, its blend of modern ideas and historical detail so unexpected and exciting, that it's hard not to walk away feeling exhilarated. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hittman's Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a subtle, quietly devastating look at how a young woman's body is constantly subject to outside pressures. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
5/5 91% Ema (2019) Ema is an astonishing film. Constructed of peppery conflicts and passionate affairs, emotionally fraught speeches and tender embraces, most of them elicited by Ema herself. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
5/5 100% The Whalebone Box (2020) Whether you find Kötting's style enchanting or merely tedious, it would be hard to walk away from The Whalebone Box not amazed at how much thinking there is to be done about something so small - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
4/5 94% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) System Crasher might sound like a tough watch, but the film is anything but bleak. Steeped in a certain realist tradition... Fingscheidt's film pulses with life, capturing perfectly the headstrong, reckless nature of Benni herself. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
2/5 68% Radioactive (2020) It's an unfortunate misfire, best to be covered in tonnes of boron and shielded behind a guarded perimeter: no one should revisit this film in a hurry. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) With Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma has crafted a romance which swaps cliche and sentimentality for poignant questions about the nature of image-making and the attempt to capture a memory. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 48% Greed (2020) Conceived as a biting commentary on inequality, sweatshop labour and... well, greed, the film lacks fluency and laughs, rarely managing to lands its many upward punches. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is quite simply a supreme feat of film-making, a tense and hilarious jewel box of a film that draws you deeper and deeper into its wicked, absurdist satire. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) What it lacks in overall coherence is made up for with a collection of brilliant individual contributions. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Occasionally, the script is a little too on-the-nose and expository, but the emotional force of the drama is such that those moments pass by without disturbing the overall impact of the film itself. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) It's a mesmerizing watch for fans of Cohen's music, a fitting portrait sewn artfully together. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
5/5 84% The Brink (2019) The film is a compelling, concerning artefact which shows demagoguery in action, without coming across as heavy-handed. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) For all its heart and warmth, the desire to offer as many contrasting viewpoints as possible leads to a sense that the biggest elephant in the room isn't really being dealt with. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) It just feels like another half-sketched idea, the end result of a screenplay which bites off a little more than it can chew. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 67% The Danish Girl (2015) The film is masterfully composed and boasts two strong central performances that will undoubtedly merit their certain Academy recognition. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 96% The Forbidden Room (2015) The Forbidden Room is a comic, mystical melodrama that will puzzle your socks off and then return them to you freshly laundered before they were even removed. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A film that's difficult to fault: funny, sad and smarter than a Dorothy Parker put-down. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) There's a melancholic sweetness to it which will stay with you more resonantly than its gentle humour. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Becoming Animal (2018) Becoming Animal is an unusual, thought-provoking film essay which upends many tropes of wildlife photography to create a rich landscape of ideas and images. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/5 30% Venom (2018) A desperately confused piece of work which has only a few compensatory pleasures to offer along the way. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
1/5 51% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Tries to make a virtue out of extreme silliness and disjointed, oh-so-random plot points, but the end result is a desperately tiresome viewing experience... At every moment, the film seems designed to be maximally annoying. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
5/5 90% Mandy (2018) Panatos [combines] a fascination with heavy metal iconography, VHS horror nasties and a twisted video game logic into something at once familiar and entirely unlike anything you've previously experienced. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 85% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018) A colourful documentary which revels in the eye candy of Lopez's bright, expressive drawings along with an abundance of fashion photography. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
5/5 85% The Square (2017) A film as funny as it is stingingly accurate about the way in which the digital era encourages us to perform altruism whilst sheltering our private vanities and resentments. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Loveless does not rise to the same dramatic intensity as Leviathan - its story and moral message is almost a little too simplistic - but it is still an excellently crafted film, a powerfully assembled portrait of a very unhappy family. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 100% Bunch of Kunst (2017) Bunch of Kunst refuses to do any navel-gazing or indulge in the possibility of anti-star posturing: it's a matter-of-fact documentation of how a few middle-aged blokes finally get some traction and hard-won acclaim. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 67% Tommy's Honour (2017) The film will appeal most strongly to golf's many fanatics, but with so much passion for its subject matter even a cynic might be won around by its warmth and earnestness. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 98% God's Own Country (2017) The result is a remarkable debut from a director who clearly excels in close studies of human fragility. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 100% London Symphony (2017) The magic of the film is that it finds the drama of London in the places we seldom look - building sites, old brutalist apartment blocks, underground escalators and scaffolds. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/5 100% Daphne (2017) The film's flaws are minor compared to those of Daphne the character, but just like the troubled soul at the heart of this engaging 90-minute drama: a high level of charm is retained in spite of whatever's wrong. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
5/5 86% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Bloodlight and Bami presents her as she is: beautiful and strong, sensitive and fierce. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Mountains May Depart is an affecting and ambitious tale of social upheaval in modern day China. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game is pure entertainment, funnier than the subject matter might suggest and fired at you with enormous energy. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Shows the same skilled direction and sense of psychological nuance that made A Separation such a significant global success. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) A meditation on grief, bourgeois ennui and the paranormal. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3/5 95% The Love Witch (2016) It's brash and bright, with a plot that's improbable in the extreme. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 31% Passengers (2016) If you've ever been stuck in an airport lounge, motorway service station or transit hub hotel, you might feel a sceptical appreciation for Passengers. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/5 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) A period melodrama that's soppier than a seaman's mop. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 58% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) It mostly holds together, but you'd have to hope that David Brent: Life on the Road represents a farewell tour as well as a resurrection. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 74% Wiener-Dog (2016) A short, bittersweet comedy which connects four separate stories of everyday weirdness through the welcome denominator of dogs short in limb and long in torso. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
1/5 86% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's brightly coloured eye-bait, Jim, exactly as we know it. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/5 87% Maggie's Plan (2016) A light, loving satire that laughs at the pretensions and follies of the over-educated. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
2/5 71% A Hologram for the King (2016) A Hologram for the King flirts with saying something meaningful about globalisation or the relationship between the USA and the Middle East. In the end, nothing comes of it. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
2/5 18% I Saw the Light (2016) I Saw The Light delivers none of the emotional gut-punch that country music might claim as its chief contribution to popular song. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
4/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) A must-see for music fans partial to the odd improvisation and bold re-interpretations. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016