Tom Milne

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
40% Un homme est mort (A Man Is Dead), (Funerale a Los Angeles) (The Outside Man) (1972) Perfect casting for Trintignant as a French hitman imported to America and efficiently executing his contract, only to discover that there appears to be a contract out on him. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
97% The Godfather (1972) [Coppola] has fashioned a fine, glossily packaged piece of computerised entertainment, never less than smooth and occasionally (the sequence with the Godfather menaced in an uncannily deserted hospital) almost brilliant. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
90% Babes in Arms (1939) First of the Garland-Rooney musicals, clothing a tired plot with much charm, energy and, mercifully, no Busby Berkeley chorine patterns. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
73% The Blues Brothers (1980) The film is a dreary waste of crude gags and misfiring stunts. But... small relief is afforded along the way by musical encounters (all too brief) with John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
91% Persona (1966) There are so many threads... in this extraordinary, tantalising film that it ts impossible to give precise directions: more perhaps than any other film in the history of the cinema, it is a treasure trove in which each must seek his own jewels. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
79% The Dirty Dozen (1967) Robert Aldrich directs with great skill, but can't conceal the spurious ethics and titillating violence. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
20% The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist) (1949) The sterling cast can make no headway against cartoon characters, a fatuous script that defies belief, and an enveloping sense of hysteria. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
56% St. Louis Blues (1958) Despite some heady melodramatics which are defused by sympathetic handling and excellent performances from Nat King Cole and Juano Hernandez, this is a pleasing film with a distinct feel for jazz. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
43% The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942) Atwill is great fun in a red herring role as the sinister, aptly-named Dr Fish, and the underrated Woody Bredell contributes some nicely creepy camerawork. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
100% True Confession (1937) Invention flags latterly, with a particularly weak ending, but the performances are wonderful, not least Barrymore as the ghoulishly bizarre killer. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
100% The Plainsman (1936) A little too self-consciously epic (it begins with Mrs Lincoln reminding the President that they'll be late for the theatre) and much too reliant on back-projection, but still an enjoyably spectacular Western. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
85% La Guerre Est Finie (The War is Over) (1966) With La Guerre est Finie (Gala), it is as though some timid night creature had finally emerged from its lair, still a little wary perhaps, but ready to be recognised as an ordinary mortal, amused, tender and capricious. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
99% Chinatown (1974) [Polanski] handles the mechanics of the plot with a ruthless brilliance that is immediately involving. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
43% The Illustrated Man (1969) Miraculously, though, Jack Smight and his scriptwriter Howard Kreitsek have resisted the temptation to either simplify or betray, and their The llustrated Man (Warner-Pathe) is a new Bradbury story in all but author's credit. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
100% The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) Not that Robert Ellis Miller is a John Huston, but his bald statement of the facts from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter does bludgeon its way to a quiet, touching outcry against the terrors of loneliness. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
50% Tracks (1976) Dennis Hopper (brilliant throughout)... [struggles] to assert his bitterness and anger over an overwhelming impulse manifested by his hand to come up in an obedient military salute. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
27% För Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor (All These Women) (Now About These Women) (1964) Bergman has become so established as the master of spiritual torment or stylish comedy, that his masterly juggling of contradictory moods in this film obviously demands too much in the way of adaptability. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
No Score Yet Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964) The acting is excellent, particularly YuI Brynner... and Elizabeth Wilson's script is a model of intelligence. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
97% Major Dundee (1965) Despite the cuts which thin out the final stages of the story, and despite a flabby performance from Richard Harris which very nearly destroys the balance, the film is a fascinating study in the swing of a pendulum. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
No Score Yet Always (1985) Always may be a lie; but... it is a lie that manages the not inconsiderable feat of making us realise the truth of one man's pain. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
No Score Yet The Nada Gang (1974) Working brilliantly as a straightforward thriller, the film is shot in a direct, head-on style taken from the book where everything is on the surface. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
71% Insignificance (1985) [Insignificance] rolls along gathering momentum like some enigmatic ball, seemingly going nowhere yet arriving everywhere as it explodes in a shower of illumination. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
83% Private Road (1971) Well worth a look for its odd mixture of romanticism and scepticism about society's future. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
55% What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) I wouldn't exactly claim What's the Matter With Helen? as a masterpiece, but I haven't enjoyed myself so much in months. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
75% The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) The apocalyptic message it has to deliver is that the insects are taking over from man: scientifically possible, perhaps, but dramatised with absurd over-emphasis. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
96% Wake in Fright (2012) [Has some] fine photography of the Australian wilds, but also veers into melodrama. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
46% The Grissom Gang (1971) The Grissom Gang is quite bright enough in its own right to warrant a visit from anyone still nostalgic tor the classic film icons of Prohibition America. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
57% Une partie de plaisir (Pleasure Party) (A Piece of Pleasure) (1976) The radiance of these early sequences is immeasurably enhanced by the fact that the family in question is a real one. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
78% Lord Love a Duck (1966) Lord Love a Duck looks and sounds exactly as one would expect: brilliantly, inconsequentially, anarchically funny, and full of kooky characters. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
88% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) A few years ago, Truffaut, Godard and the Nouvelle Vague stole the gangster film from America and gave it new blood. Now Penn has taken it back home where it belongs, and in so doing has found a match for his temperament. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
83% Easy Rider (1969) It succeeds where it matters most, in communicating a yearning vision of a different way of life, in an America seen as a vast, unexplored repository of beauty, optimism and adventure. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
90% The Wild Bunch (1969) The film drives to its foregone conclusion with the sureness of an arrow. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
95% Don't Look Now (1973) [Puts] Nicolas Roeg right up at the top as a film-maker. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
69% The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) There hasn't been a more enveloping, more desolating - or for that matter funnier - put down of America in years. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
20% The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1970) The tortuous mystifications and ponderings (shakily shored up by the revelation that she sometimes suffers bouts of amnesia) wear out their welcome long before the final gush of explanations. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
71% Pretty Baby (1978) A sentimental education beautifully played by both Carradine and Brooke Shields. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet Eagle's Wing (1979) With the aid of superb camerawork by Billy Williams, [director Anthony] Harvey tells his tale in glorious images, sometimes traditionally Western, occasionally Gothic, often elegantly witty. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
81% The Missouri Breaks (1976) Thomas McGuane's brilliant script operates on a sort of sliding time scale, reaching back to the early pioneer days or forward to the present to illustrate the implications of this proposition. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
40% Quest for Love (1971) A puerile sci-fi romance. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet Therese (Thérèse Desqueyroux) (1962) The astonishing thing is that, in making so completely personal a film, [Georges] Franju has remained meticulously faithful to Mauriac's novel. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
80% Sparrows Can't Sing (1963) It all bounces along at a fair old pace, but the sum of its parts adds up to no more than the sum of its parts... But at least it does surest. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
85% A Good Marriage (Le Beau Mariage) (1982) It was perhaps high time that one of the delightful women who have led Rohmer's heroes such a teasing dance was put in her place. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
No Score Yet Revenge (1971) [Revenge is] done with deadly solemnity and a truly atrocious script. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
83% Straw Dogs (1971) I can think of no other film which screws violence up into so tight a knot of terror that one begins to feel that civilisation is crumbling before one's eyes. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
100% Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest) (2003) Days and Nights in the Forest.. the very title rings with enchantment, and the old Ray magic is soon at work again. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
77% The Cotton Club (1984) For all its visual pyrotechnics, [the film] probably adds up the sum of its parts to nothing more significant than the largely empty stylistics of One From the Heart, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. But at least those parts are consistently attractive. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
No Score Yet Melancholia (1989) A film of cool, witty irony, exposing its emotions only through indirections. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
42% 1941 (1979) 1941 is perhaps one of those films that should be seen twice, so that disappointed expectations over the wayward behaviour of the slapstick no longer get in the way of pleasure over what goes on alongside it. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
100% Gamlet (Hamlet) (1964) There's a genuine cinematic imagination at work here. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
100% Bordertown (1935) Beautifully shot by Tony Gaudio, well acted, grippingly directed, the film makes acutely acerbic points about privilege and prejudice; but typically of Warners in its social conscience mode, settles in the end for the status quo. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019