Tony Rayns

Tony Rayns
Tony Rayns's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine Sight and Sound

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) It could be the best 'noises-off' movie since Bong Joonho's debut feature Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), which it in some ways resembles. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
100% The Garden (1990) Touching, intense, sometimes unexpectedly amusing, sometimes agonising, and always achingly sincere. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
100% Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) (1974) Like Rainer Werner Fassbinder's other recent imitations of life, Fear Eats the Soul... achieves a remarkable balance between stylisation and realism. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
50% Payday (1973) Such consistent recourse to convention is especially sad to see in a first feature. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
81% Avanti! (1972) The audience is literally distanced from the action while at the same time encouraged to identify with it, which gives the whole exposition an almost diagrammatic quality. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
83% Charley Varrick (1973) The film, like Walter Matthau's lead performance, becomes more good-naturedly humorous as it proceeds, and marks something of a return for Siegel to the liberal softie he used to be. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
60% Dementia (Daughter of Horror) (1955) The movie spends an hour exploring a lonely woman's sexual paranoia through a torrent of expressionist distortions which would look avant-garde if the vulgar Freudian 'message' weren't so reminiscent of '50s B features. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
67% Darling (1965) Excruciatingly embarrassing at the time, it now looks grotesquely pretentious and pathetically out of touch with the realities of the life-styles that it purports to represent. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
79% The Innocent (L'innocente) (1979) The film resolves itself into an almost painfully sincere meditation on masculine self-delusion. It has a great performance from Laura Antonelli as the wife, and excellent ones from Giannini and Jennifer O'Neill as husband and lover. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is primarily about the novelistic imagination, but Jongsu's story also coalesces the mood of uncertainty that has been visible in the Korean left during the ultra-rightwing presidencies of Lee Myungbak and Park Geunhye. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
96% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) What makes Elephant exceptional is Hu Bo's piercing sensitivity to private doubts and anxieties, and his ability to make them visible on the faces of his complex, credible characters. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This is a movie in which the political is personal: what separates Wiktor and Zula is less the Iron Curtain than an intractable cold war of the heart. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1965) An art-cinema landmark... There's no doubt that it's partly a brilliant directorial sleight-of-hand. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
74% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Inevitably, this is tricked out with Moore's all-too-familiar stunts... all of them subject to the (capitalist?) law of diminishing returns. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
88% Wonderful Town (2007) Demonstrates that it's still entirely possible to make a movie outside the framework of pop genre cinema that is engrossing, moving and, in its unassertive way, quietly entertaining. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
84% Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009) As hard-boiled tales of moral redemption go, Breathless is a right knuckle-duster. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
92% Into The Abyss (2011) Into the Abyss is not just a compelling documentary about a convicted murderer on Death Row, but a further chapter in Werner Herzog's obsessive exploration of the American way of life - and death. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
65% Faust (2013) Surviving 139 minutes of this barrage of profuse but elusive imagery and sound is something of an ordeal. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
83% Like Someone in Love (2013) The one thing that's for sure is that this masterly filmmaker is sufficiently open-minded to work wherever he chooses without compromising the integrity of his questions. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Most of the film is as shallow and silly as it sounds, but it's rarely boring and it generally looks quite vibrant. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
88% Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac) (1924) Its most enduring quality is Veidt's tormented performance as Orlac. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
No Score Yet Waxworks (1926) The result is consistently enthralling, years ahead of its time. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) Apichatpong's singular method is by now familiar: he looks at present-day realities through a prism of personal and collective memories, refusing to distinguish between the everyday, dream-states and dark fantasies - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
88% The Club (El Club) (2016) The Club is written and acted with great skill and remarkable sensitivity to the warped thought processes of paedophiles and their victims. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
90% A Bigger Splash (2016) At its best A Bigger Splash is better than soap. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
96% The Forbidden Room (2015) A visual phantasmagoria with a built-in propulsive energy. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
95% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Alex Gibney's film, like Wright's book, is a useful contribution to what looks more and more like an urgent social priority: the push to discourage people from praising the chains that bind them. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2015
67% Monanieba (Repentance) (1984) The result is neither as minatory nor as moving as it thinks it is, despite some arresting surrealist images and the performance of Makharadze as Varlam. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2014
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) As usual in Dardenne films, such melodramatic contrivances are softened by their integration into the naturalistic flow of incidents, by the overall sensitivity to social and economic realities and by the generally credible performances. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2014
86% Stray Dogs (2014) Tsai may well be cinema's foremost connoisseur of defeat: the best chronicler we have of the temps mort between social reality and darkly comic dreams of despair. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) The emotionally manipulative use of some of the material raises all kinds of questions about veracity. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2013
80% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) The scripting of Departures (by Kundo Koyama, the one-man TV-drama writing factory who nurtured such delights as Iron Chef) is embarrassingly clunky and obvious: the movie's essential hollowness reveals itself with unusual starkness. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) There's a natural flow of small hatreds, resentments, joys, and insecurities, superbly caught by every member of the cast - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
91% 24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008) 24 City belies its documentary origins with overtly poetic film language: the film is an elegiac visual symphony of carefully framed compositions, trompe l'oeil camera movements, posed portraits, internal rhymes and mysterious vignettes. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2012
95% The Artist (2011) The Artist is a whole lot better than Michel Hazanavicius's two OSS 117 movies: better gags, better performances, viable emotional arc, more sophisticated visual style. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
77% Essential Killing (2010) Essential Killing would be much less powerful if it didn't show the jihadi's physical sufferings with such visceral immediacy, and if the realism weren't strong enough to deliver surrealist shocks like the staggering final image. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2011
100% Age of Consent (1969) There are some nervous insertions of redundant comic relief, but not enough to shatter the prevailing mood: brilliant sunlight illuminating all the unmomentous ins and outs of a human passion. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
100% The Spider's Stratagem (1970) Full of mysteries, omens, ambiguities, and signs of incipient madness, and it resolves itself into a riddle that is the cinema's richest homage to all that's remarkable in Borges. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2007
91% A Short Film About Killing (1988) The depiction of violence is far removed from the usual camera choreography, and is, in consequence, truly appalling. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2006
95% Yellow Submarine (1968) There's such a wide disparity of graphic styles from sequence to sequence. Some of them, though, still look terrific. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
88% Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972) The set and costume design and the hothouse atmosphere represent so much high-camp gloss; but once again this careful stylisation enables Fassbinder to balance between parody of an emotional stance and intense commitment to it. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
94% Spione (Spies) (The Spy) (1928) The tone is somewhere between true pulp fiction and pure expressionism, and the result remains wholly thrilling. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) No director since Fassbinder has such insight into the lives of lost young men in crumbling inner cities as Tsai Ming-Liang delivers in this devastating first feature. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989) Hou turns in a masterpiece of small gestures and massive resonance; once you surrender to its spell, the obscurities vanish. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
95% A Short Film About Love (1988) Well aware that Hitchcock and Michael Powell have been down these streets before him, Kieslowski turns in an absolutely masterly movie that yields equal parts of humour and wry emotional truth. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
96% A Touch of Zen (1969) The visual style will set your eyes on fire. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) The highs are way up there with the best in the tradition of Gothic fantasy. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% In the Mood for Love (2001) Every charged frame of the film pulses with the central contradiction between repression and emotional abandon; the formalism and sensuality are inextricable. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
10% Revolution (1985) An almost inconceivable disaster. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
97% Spirited Away (2002) Initially seems like a Through the Looking-Glass fantasy, but rapidly picks up a resonance, weight and complexity that make it all but Shakespearean. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006