Victor Olliver

Victor Olliver

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Publications:
Teletext
Total Reviews:
231
Total QuickRatings:
4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 94% An Education (2009) " The 60s period detail is spot on, the script super-knowing. A wonderful surprise of a movie." — Teletext
Posted Oct 29, 2009
4/5 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " Because none of the footage here was ever intended for public viewing - only for MJ's library - the film has a unique and welcome authenticity." — Teletext
Posted Oct 29, 2009
2/5 11% Couples Retreat (2009) " Three of the four principal guys in this comedy are well over 15 stone - making them clinically obese by their body mass indexes. They need to lose weight not lessons in "couples skills building."" — Teletext
Posted Oct 16, 2009
2.5/5 64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) " Terry Gilliam is perhaps the only director who could lure in the late Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell AND Jude Law - and still produce a phantasmogoric stinker." — Teletext
Posted Oct 16, 2009
2.5/5 16% Love Happens (2009) " Lovers of therapy-speak with its "closures" and "I'm in a good/bad place" will probably warm to this film." — Teletext
Posted Oct 9, 2009
5/5 98% Up (2009) " Visually, Up is breathless perfection, a dream ride of vivid colour and wit. It also has emotional depth. Carl's sense of failed purpose is felt: indeed he and Muntz are both, for different reasons, seeking fulfilment." — Teletext
Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " Zombieland's not the first pic to take the mick of the genre. This one though has a great deal more zest than most." — Teletext
Posted Oct 9, 2009
2/5 45% Creation (2010) " Even atheists may smart at the family picnic where a character intones, "All of nature is a battlefield," while neat cucumber sarnies are passed about." — Teletext
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/5 25% Fame (2009) " This may not please MTV fans but will appeal to primetime TV family audiences who've grown to expect the slickness of The X Factor's production values. Loads of talent and plenty of pretty faces. What's not to like?" — Teletext
Posted Sep 25, 2009
5/5 86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) " Director Marc Webb's debut feature is as far from a Sandra Bullock or Hugh Grant vehicle as you can imagine. What better reason to go see it? From start to end his subtle movie feather-teases your funny spots: it amazes, refreshes and it delights." — Teletext
Posted Sep 5, 2009
5/5 90% District 9 (2009) " You have to go back to 1979 and the premiere of Alien to find a sci-fi ET movie as thrilling and innovative as director Neill Blomkamp's District 9. His satirical fable on racism delivers all the toys and ploys for the fanboys while teasing and teaching t" — Teletext
Posted Sep 5, 2009
3/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " Set in war-torn Iraq of 2004, the pic's certainly excellent in many ways. But it never asks the question: "What are these American soldiers doing here?"" — Teletext
Posted Aug 31, 2009
4/5 68% Funny People (2009) " A relatively sophisticated comedy - despite the male insecurity fixations - and one that rings true on the oddballs paid to make us laugh." — Teletext
Posted Aug 31, 2009
2/5 18% Dance Flick (2009) " Dance Flick is a clod-hopping daddy hoofer of a pic that's arrived about a decade too late." — Teletext
Posted Aug 20, 2009
5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " The Dirty Dozen it most definitely is not. It's a war movie like no other, a 21st century film nerd's take on the 20th century's most tragic chapter. Cinderella's slipper and Sherlock Holmes' pipe are among the unlikely delights in QT's best film to date." — Teletext
Posted Aug 20, 2009
3.5/5 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) " We expect a fashion flick to be bitchy, shiny, brittle and superficial. So Coco Before Chanel may give many fashionistas the needle." — Teletext
Posted Aug 3, 2009
1/5 26% Land of the Lost (2009) " There's a docu-drama to be made about movies like this. About how no-one had the courage to tell the star: This ain't funny!" — Teletext
Posted Aug 3, 2009
3.5/5 51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) " This is a post-9/11 city: terrorism is suspected, the cops are over-armed and trigger happy. Why they don't shoot Ryder when they could is unexplained." — Teletext
Posted Aug 3, 2009
2/5 48% Antichrist (2009) " Troma and porn have flogged this sort of stuff for years - the kind of films that don't get previewed by critics." — Teletext
Posted Jul 26, 2009
3.5/5 44% The Proposal (2009) " At the Sandra Bullock Movie Factory, a Hunky Co-Star Assembly Line rivets a new head on a standard male muscular body per SB pic." — Teletext
Posted Jul 26, 2009
1/5 13% The Informers (2009) " Imagine Absolutely Fabulous without Edina and Patsy, or Dynasty without Alexis, and what have you got? The Informers." — Teletext
Posted Jul 16, 2009
2/5 89% Moon (2009) " Not even the marvellous Sam Rockwell (all two or more of him) can quite make up for the lack of dramatic impetus. You watch it and you keep thinking: Oh no, I can't cope with all this acting!" — Teletext
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/5 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " Jim Broadbent's casting is a master stroke. He captures perfectly that blend of scattiness, eccentricity, furtiveness and fear that makes up Slughorn." — Teletext
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3.5/5 68% BrĂ¼no (2009) " There are sequences of comic genius but you suspect that the huge dollop of cruelty in Cohen has got out of hand - and then the movie wilts." — Teletext
Posted Jul 9, 2009
4/5 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) " Ice Age 3 is wittier than Kung-Fu Panda, certainly as slick as Toy Story. The Ice Age franchise shows no signs of thawing out. Come on 4!" — Teletext
Posted Jul 4, 2009
2/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) " Public Enemies is like a Bugsy Malone for fashionistas - the actors look like models on a GQ shoot, posing about in dapper suits and toting fake shooters. The brilliant jail sets and Chicago recreations only add to a sense of mannequin perfection for styl" — Teletext
Posted Jul 4, 2009
2/5 —— Public Enemies (1996) " Public Enemies is like a Bugsy Malone for fashionistas - the actors look like models on a GQ shoot, posing about in dapper suits and toting fake shooters. The brilliant jail sets and Chicago recreations only add to a sense of mannequin perfection for styl" — Teletext
Posted Jul 4, 2009
4/5 48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) " Tears will be shed as the promised courtroom drama is displaced by other developments - Joan Cusack almost steals the pic as the lachrymose judge who has lost a young daughter herself." — Teletext
Posted Jun 27, 2009
3.5/5 72% Sunshine Cleaning (2009) " Sunshine Cleaning is not perverse for the sake of it: its eccentricities arise from characters whose lives fall outside the life guide manuals." — Teletext
Posted Jun 27, 2009
2/10 14% Year One (2009) " This is every bit as disastrous as that other jungle-based comedy - when Peter met Katie on I'm A Celebrity." — Teletext
Posted Jun 27, 2009
4/10 20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " Maxing the sci-fi elements, Bay brings in 50-odd different robots including two that win my Jah Jah Binks Film Award for comic ethnic stereotyping. Shellshock soon locks in as yet another monster twists out of carnage. Then you stifle the yawns." — Teletext
Posted Jun 21, 2009
7/10 84% Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2009) " Against expectation, Nick Moran's stylised biopic of 60s pop producer Joe Meek is a surprising success - even if it's the great cast that saves the day." — Teletext
Posted Jun 18, 2009
7/10 89% Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009) " As a lavish spectacle, this historical epic takes us back to the great days of King Vidor or Joseph L Mankiewicz, when sets were framed by incidental stars." — Teletext
Posted Jun 11, 2009
4/10 84% Looking for Eric (2010) " Beneath the raw surfaces of this movie there's a sentimentalism that doesn't strike true. Do adult mates put themselves out the way they do here?" — Teletext
Posted Jun 11, 2009
7/10 41% The Last House on the Left (2009) " This remake by Dennis Iliadis cost a great deal more than Craven's $100k and in many respects is an upgrade. What it lacks in the shock-of-the-new it makes up for with a more rounded storyline." — Teletext
Posted Jun 11, 2009
4/10 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " Bale's dark mood is infectious - this fourth Terminator is a grim stew of alpha-male theatrics down to the two-day-old coyote dish prepared by a post-apocalyptic answer to Gordon Ramsay." — Teletext
Posted Jun 4, 2009
4/10 71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " The False Note might have been a more appropriate title. For director/writer Joel Hopkins's tale of second chances doesn't ring true from start to end." — Teletext
Posted Jun 4, 2009
4/10 20% Fireflies in the Garden (2011) " A movie tomb in which zombiedom is confused with - what's the phrase? - "nuanced performances". Fireflies may be a douche to freshen up the thesp skills of A-listers, but why do we have to suffer for their art?" — Teletext
Posted May 28, 2009
10/10 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " Crafted sadism is not held back - it's a movie Satan himself might have made if he'd got the funding. Raimi's story weds modern careerism to pagan demonology. The result is a fright-fest with satirical undertones." — Teletext
Posted May 28, 2009
9/10 36% Awaydays (2009) " Awaydays is a wonderful example of nostalgie de la boue - the "yearning for the mud". The pic wallows in Mersey misery evoked by its music heroes." — Teletext
Posted May 21, 2009
7/10 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) " Ben Stiller's comic setpiece interludes provide the best laughs - his encounter with a goofy, officious security guard called Brandon is particularly good." — Teletext
Posted May 21, 2009
5/5 45% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) " Kevin Irwin - As cynical exercises in teen marketing go, it's all relatively painless and, whisper it, great fun at times." — Teletext
Posted May 20, 2009
6/10 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) " Kevin Irwin - Stepping out of the shadows of his X-Men pals, Hugh Jackman's feral mutant gets his own back story - minus a true explanation of his glorious sideburns. It's a knowing foundation for franchise glory." — Teletext
Posted May 20, 2009
8/10 95% Star Trek (2009) " By Kevin Irwin - Star Trek, the final frontier in nostalgia, a crass ploy for box office kerching or a celebration of sci-fi's most iconic forefather? Well, a touch of all three as it turns out." — Teletext
Posted May 20, 2009
8/10 53% French Film (2009) " Director Oudney's great skill is to play a touch on national stereotypes (that's comedy for you) before delving into the heart of her characters." — Teletext
Posted May 20, 2009
4/10 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " Angels & Demons is a film for pilgrim sightseers - marvel at the Vatican's lovely paintings as another corpse turns up." — Teletext
Posted May 20, 2009
4/10 33% Good (2008) " Viggo Mortensen stars as Prof John Halder - far too handsome for such a part: in life, the bookish are usually ugly as sin, let's face facts." — Teletext
Posted Apr 16, 2009
4/10 33% Not Easily Broken (2009) " The film so goes against the grain of seculist and feminist thought that you just have to shrug your shoulders and ask: Hell, is it any good as a movie? Not really." — Teletext
Posted Apr 16, 2009
7/10 84% I Love You, Man (2009) " It's hard to believe that two grown men would be discussing masturbation habits on their second man-date - even so, Segel is credible as a plain-speaking man-boy. And Rudd persuades as a man seeking a boyhood he never had until now." — Teletext
Posted Apr 16, 2009
10/10 94% In the Loop (2009) " Not even Nancy Reagan's famed astrologer could have timed it better - the release date of Armando Iannucci's brilliant farce." — Teletext
Posted Apr 16, 2009
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