Tom Milne

Tom Milne
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Time Out film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
20% Judith (1966) Terminally dreary as well as totally unbelievable. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
80% Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) Very tame but marginally better than the first, with the Daleks unsurprisingly coming to grief after invading a ruined London of the future and robotising the inhabitants. Very variable special effects and often excruciatingly cheapo sets. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
50% A Distant Trumpet (1964) Walsh's last film, saddled with an average script and a colourless lead performance from Donahue, but nevertheless emerging as a majestically simple, sweeping cavalry Western, a little reminiscent of Ford in mood and manner. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
No Score Yet Making It (1971) [A] piffling cautionary tale for teens - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
92% La Peau douce (The Soft Skin) (1964) Truffaut's tale of adultery may be conventional on the surface, but only on the surface. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
94% Days of Heaven (1978) Where Badlands was about the unilateral influences of untamed landscapes on two young urban delinquents, Days of Heaven widens its perspective to describe no less than mankind, the Earth, and their mutual interaction. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) Its joy is as infectious as ever, its anarchy still as cutting as that of L'Age d'Or; and the free-and-easy techniques once described by Sadoul as "of very uneven quality" look not only completely masterly but impeccably modern. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
43% Bye Bye, Braverman (1968) It's a little unfocused but bristles with Jewish wit and fine performances. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
96% GoodFellas (1990) A fascinating, intelligent, and in some ways groundbreaking movie. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Keaton's third feature under his own steam is an incredible technical accomplishment, but also an almost Pirandellian exploration of the nature of cinematic reality. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
No Score Yet The Sting II (1983) First time round, if you got bored with the endlessly twisting convolutions of the scam, there were compensations in the fancifully nostalgic settings and the host of quirky minor characters. This time you stay bored. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
100% The Last Picture Show (1971) Despite the fact that it is set with hallucinating exactness in Texas and in 1951... this story of the disparity between dreams and reality, of lost illusions and the abandonment of hope, might have been set anywhere at any time. - Monthly Film Bulletin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2015
88% The Graduate (1967) It isn't often one gets even half a film as funny as this. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2014
91% Cluny Brown (1946) Lubitsch's last film and one of his most engaging comedies. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
65% Wild in the Streets (1968) Despite its rough edges and airy trimmings, the film has a chilling nub of possibility to it. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [2001] might be best described as a factual philosophical speculation, rather than as the drama it sets out as but never develops into: and like all good speculations, it leaves the spectator up in the air with a tantalising vision as food for thought. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2014
64% Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam) (1967) Necessarily dated but still a fascinating document. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
25% Hurry Sundown (1967) The Preminger flair which made The Cardinal so enjoyable, despite its hackneyed script, seems to have deserted him in this lumbering melodrama. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
75% Sons and Lovers (1960) A slack and superficial adaptation of Lawrence's novel. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
90% The Firemen's Ball (1968) Quietly, irresistibly funny in the early Forman manner (this was his first film in colour); but the belated switch to allegorical satire seems altogether too sour in the context. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
100% Le Beau Serge (1958) It presents a bleak, beautifully observed picture of provincial life, later revisited to even more stunning effect in Le Boucher. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2011
No Score Yet Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket) (1973) Distant thunder, indeed; a superb film. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2011
54% Secret Beyond the Door (1948) [Lang's] direction is masterly, imposing meanings and tensions through images that are spare, resonant and astonishingly beautiful. A remarkable film. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2011
83% The Unholy Three (1925) There is many a pleasing frisson to be had from the weird family circle formed by three carnival refugees. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2009
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) Excellent performances, but the best thing about it is the sharp, sceptically witty script by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2009
No Score Yet Turnabout (1940) This probably seemed daring once, but hasn't worn well. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2007
97% All the King's Men (1949) A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2007
50% Black Moon (1975) Malle offers no explanation for his heroine's visionary odyssey through a world in which all history runs parallel with all realities. Yet a logic is there, even if its reference point is jabberwocky. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2007
71% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) Lang's most austere film, reducing the characters to pawns arbitrarily shifted in demonstration of a fascinating theorem. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2007
89% The Left Handed Gun (1958) Penn's first film, it is in many ways a key stage in the development of the Western. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2006
100% The Great McGinty (1940) A wonderfully dry satire. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
76% The Life of Emile Zola (1937) Carefully mounted, well directed and acted, but basically the sort of well-meaning pap out of which Oscars are made. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% Gallipoli (1981) The central section devoted to training in Egypt sags badly through its crass buddy antics and its crude caricatures of wogs and pommies. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
97% Key Largo (1948) Although the characters are basically stereotypes, they are lent the gift of life by a superlative cast. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
82% The Boy Friend (1971) Consistency was never Russell's strong point. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% I Remember Mama (1948) A charmer, nevertheless, directed and acted with real delicacy. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
89% Somewhere in the Night (1946) Out of this familiar premise, Mankiewicz has fashioned a classic film noir. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
83% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) A powerful film, even though the script wears its liberal conscience on its sleeve (and further hedges its bets by casting nice Robert Redford as the sheriff), directed with austere authority in desert landcapes marvellously shot by Conrad Hall. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
91% La Collectionneuse (1966) Wryly and delightfully witty. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
88% College (1927) Minor Keaton but major almost any other comedian. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
95% Halloween (1978) Perhaps not quite so resonant as Psycho to which it pays due homage, but it breathes the same air. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
86% Moby Dick (1956) It is often staggeringly good. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
50% Cold Turkey (1971) Irritation mounts as tiresome running gags run the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal into the ground. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
91% Five Star Final (1931) This early entry in the Warner 'social protest' cycle hasn't worn nearly so well as Hecht-Milestone's much less solemn and self-righteous The Front Page. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
74% Pretty Baby (1978) Despite the scandalised yelps about child pornography, a film of disarmingly subversive innocence. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
60% Sex and the Single Girl (1964) Graceless stuff, criminally wasting Bacall and Fonda as a couple with marital problems (they're in love, but constantly quarrelling), and with Quine's moderate flair for comedy nowhere in evidence. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
25% Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Pretty Technicolor, but the tearjerking is shameless. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
83% My Brilliant Career (1979) The period atmosphere is evoked with careful delicacy, but the characters rarely become more than stereotypes with performances (Judy Davis excepted) to match. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% Guys and Dolls (1955) A musical fairly glittering with intelligence and invention. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% How Green Was My Valley (1941) An elegant and eloquent film, nevertheless, even if the characteristically laconic Fordian poetry seems more contrived here. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006