Tom Hutchinson

Tom Hutchinson
Tom Hutchinson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Filmstar Magazine Radio Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 38% Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) The result is entertaining if implausible as Stallone flexes his muscles for some cartoon-like heroics, rescuing American prisoners in Vietnam but discovering that he's considered as expendable as the men he's trying to save. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 7% Orca - The Killer Whale (1977) The glamorous presence of Charlotte Rampling and Bo Derek, plus some remarkable underwater photography, fail to make up for the daft narrative. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
5/5 100% The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) As an introduction to a unique personal vision, director Peter Greenaway's first commercially released feature film is a calling card of dazzling virtuosity. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 73% Baby Boom (1987) Allegedly pro-feminist, it still defines a woman by the males who influence her, though its mix of cuteness and acuteness makes it one of Keaton's most likeable films. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 100% A New Leaf (1971) A Manhattan fairy tale with a wonderfully mordant edge. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 56% I, Robot (2004) This may not delve as deeply as AI: Artificial Intelligence or Blade Runner, but director Alex Proyas keeps the action racing along with enough invention and thrills to make this well worth the ride. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/5 50% The Frisco Kid (1979) A comedy drama that isn't as comic as it thinks it is, nor as dramatic as it should be. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet The Hunting Party (1971) Not just tripe, but a production that is also lewd and crude. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 59% Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Although the film as a whole is a much more glamorous affair, and Wilson and Elizabeth Perkins as her mother are undoubtedly charming, it does lack some of the magic of the original. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
4/5 87% The Candidate (1972) Robert Redford's engaging performance here breathes fresh life into the all-power-corrupts theme, and the sharply observed situations won an Oscar for scriptwriter Jeremy Larner. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 84% Splendor in the Grass (1961) The psychology may be simplistic, but the powerful portrayals from the cast - especially from Beatty - make that weakness seem like an irrelevance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 74% Pretty Baby (1978) Despite its notoriety, this period drama is cosier than might have been expected. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 88% The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) Some wonderful atmospherics of a besieged culture. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 71% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) The film may have a foregone conclusion, but it's worth watching as the acting is so good. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
4/5 91% Lilies of the Field (1963) James Poe's simplistic screenplay might have become sluggishly sentimental without Ralph Nelson's discerning direction and Poitier's sharp humour. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
3/5 70% The Anderson Tapes (1971) Lumet does manage to achieve a certain sarcastic humour. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 100% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) In a quality cast, Peter Boyle stands out as the hitman and so-called "friend" who's given the job of eliminating Mitchum. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
4/5 87% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) Director Bille August's adaptation of the first part of Nobel Prize winner Martin Andersen Nexo's four-volume novel is genuine life-affirming drama. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 89% The Color of Money (1986) The confrontational climax never quite convinces, but Richard Price's knockout script is one to treasure and director Martin Scorsese brings his trademark visual style to bear on the production. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
2/5 23% Captain Ron (1992) There's not much worth noting about this Disney attempt at maritime comedy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 66% The Pillow Book (1997) Extraordinary. Ravishing. Preposterous. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
3/5 79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) This live-action rumble-in-the-jungle version of the story of Mowgli, the boy brought up to adulthood by wolves, may lack the songs and magic of the classic Disney feature-length cartoon, but it is closer to Kipling's original tale. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 54% Privilege (1967) It's filled with confidence, but little conviction. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Valley of the Kings (1954) Apart from the majestic musical score by Miklos Rozsa, there's not much to recommend this archaeological adventure. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
3/5 69% Morgan! (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment) (1966) Karel Reisz directs with his usual sympathy for character; sadly, it's not quite enough. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
4/5 75% Stay Hungry (1976) Totally laid-back, this all seems pointlessly unstructured, until you realise that's the way it's supposed to be: an endearing look at barbell bums who may never win through, but have fun trying. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
4/5 67% Live and Let Die (1973) There are some splendid action sequences, notably a speedboat leap that set a new world record, as well as the usual array of hi-tech gadgetry. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
3/5 69% A Little Romance (1979) Charming and entertaining fluff. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
3/5 43% The Great White Hope (1970) This heavyweight boxing fable... has a knockout performance by James Earl Jones but it only just gets by on points as drama and is undermined by an early form of political correctness. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet All Creatures Great and Small (1974) Inevitably episodic, and fairly sentimental, this has warm-hearted performances . - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
5/5 96% Our Hospitality (1923) Three generations of Keatons are featured, from Joseph the elder to Buster's own son, while the period detail is at once comic and -- believe it -- totally accurate. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 87% Fresh (1994) The absence of moralising and macho posturing gives authenticity and poignancy to the film. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Hot to Trot (1988) Confused and confusing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet The Sting II (1983) Oliver Reed and Karl Malden are welcome presences, and Teri Garr is the winner on all feminine counts, but this isn't enough to save it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
4/5 62% The Quiller Memorandum (1966) The menace of Harold Pinter's script is marvellously sustained by director Michael Anderson in this espionage thriller, with George Segal giving one of his finest performances. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2015
5/5 89% The Graduate (1967) Robert Surtees's stunning, innovative camerawork contributes telling visual ironies and the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack perfectly captures the mood of disaffected youth seething beneath the laid-back exterior of 1960s California. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2015
5/5 92% Duck Soup (1933) The funniest of the Marx Brothers pictures ... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 67% Prancer (1989) This charming and disarming family film offers wish fulfilment to all but the most cynical of youngsters. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
4/5 87% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) One of the screen's most accomplished pop biographies ever, easily on a par with The Last Waltz. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
4/5 100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) [The film] has some wonderful ideas, but they're likely to be a bit above the heads of very young children. The rest should enjoy it, especially the bits with the great Mel Blanc, Toonville's greatest-ever voice. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 96% Being There (1979) Hal Ashby's satirical parable on the way the USA surrenders itself to homespun evangelicalism gives Peter Sellers the role of a lifetime. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 84% The Rookie (2002) This entry in the genre is a true story that is, sadly, hampered by some signposted plot developments and undernourished characters. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
1/5 7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) This is not so much a milestone to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America as a millstone round the neck of nearly everyone connected with it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2014
4/5 96% The Court Jester (1956) It's as much horseplay as swordplay and, altogether, a witty delight. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2014
5/5 91% Hamlet (1948) Laurence Olivier directed and stars in this astonishing Shakespeare adaptation. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2014
5/5 95% Manhattan (1979) This is a wonderful film, with a George Gershwin score that adds just the right amount of poignancy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
5/5 90% What's Up, Doc? (1972) [A] hilarious homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s by Howard Hawks and Preston Sturges. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
5/5 94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) This film is one of the classic movies of the 1970s, thanks in no small measure to the talents of director Milos Forman. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 78% Gentleman's Agreement (1947) An eye-opener in its day, this exposure of high-society racial prejudice still has the power to compel. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
4/5 82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Director Chris Columbus (again working from a screenplay by Steve Kloves) has allowed some mechanical repetition to creep in, but overall this manages to be ingenious as well as faithful to its source. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013