Wendy Ide

Wendy Ide
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Contributor, The Times of London.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Part thriller, part family drama, part satirical commentary on the way that the pursuit of wealth is a cultural cancer that taints everything it touches, The Hummingbird Project is no less compelling for its odd mishmash of components. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 24% Men in Black International (2019) Unfortunately the smarts, the sass and the wit of the original MIB is MIA. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 86% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, who adapted the film from his own short story, has crafted a joy of a script, which seeds its themes as elegantly as Nighy's character, Alan, a Scrabble-obsessed tailor, wears his suits. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 92% We the Animals (2018) One of the discoveries of the year so far. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 79% Late Night (2019) There's much to love about this sparky US entertainment industry satire, not least the fact that it contains Emma Thompson wearing a razor-tailored tuxedo and swearing her face off. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 24% Dark Phoenix (2019) Even by the uneven standards of the X-Men movies, this is a glum exercise in film-making by rote. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 73% Liam: As It Was (2019) Yawn. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 91% Eating Animals (2018) A difficult watch, but an essential one. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 92% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore's subtle, empathetic work elevates what could be dismissed as a small-scale, even banal story. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
89% Ice on Fire (2019) Should be essential viewing for anyone who plans to carry on living on the planet... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (2019) It's defiantly undramatic, but, like the languid river water that flows through the town, this leisurely approach delivers unexpected rewards. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
40% Tlamess (2019) An enigmatic and wildly unpredictable odyssey which is too obtuse to live up to its name - Tlamess is a Tunisian word meaning 'enchantment'. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
56% Nina Wu (Zhuo Ren Mi Mi) (2019) To lean so heavily on the 'hysterical actress' cliché seems at best irresponsible and at worst borderline abusive. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
83% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) Despite the extreme elements of the relationship between Mona and Juha, a case can be made for the sexually positive attitude at the heart of the story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Céline Sciamma's first foray into period drama starts out as a cautiously demure watercolour wash but gradually builds into a vivid, full-blooded oil portrait of the stolen romantic relationship between two young women. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
No Score Yet Land of Ashes (Ceniza Negra) (2019) Intimate, with a feather-light touch, Land Of Ashes (Ceniza Negra) explores mourning with a perspective which is both naively childlike and full of ancient mystery and magic. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
2/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) In a tussle between the appeal of the subject and the plodding banality of the approach, the pups are ultimately the losers. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 96% Beats (2019) It's a terrific little film that combines the earthy humour and honesty of a Shane Meadows movie with an unexpected expressionistic section - flooded with colour - that channels the boys' joyful dancefloor abandon. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 93% Tucked (2018) The grainy intimacy of the photography compliments the abrasive stubble rub of these prickly, sometimes difficult characters. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
67% Liberté (2019) With its Sadeian overtones, and glumly perverse excesses, this is not a particularly enjoyable experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The latest instalment of John Wick makes an art of pain in a way that is curiously life-affirming. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
80% Oleg (2019) The screenplay is a particular strong point: it slyly seeds the slow-burning sense of threat and unease with hints early on that Oleg is more vulnerable than he realises. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) For those who engage with it, this oddly off-kilter piece of storytelling should exert a pull every bit as mesmerising as any genetically modified mood-enhancing shrub. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
83% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2019) This is a potent account of period in Peruvian history which has left scars which persist to this day. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
No Score Yet Blow it to Bits (On va tout Péter) (2019) It's a highly charged and thought provoking subject, but this is an exhausting watch. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) Propulsive storytelling doesn't come at the expense of the vividly sketched personality of the community, although there are a couple of key characters who might have warranted a little more fleshing out. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
89% The Unknown Saint (Le miracle du saint inconnu) (2019) With its arid humour and sparse simplicity, this amusing first feature is filmmaking which works in near perfect harmony with its backdrop: the baked bones of desert country in Morocco's South. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
90% Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) (2019) The effect is a patchwork rather than an interwoven whole; the wistfully self-reflexive tone will appeal to fans of the less emphatic, more meditative end of the Almodovar spectrum. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
100% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Fascinating and informative, it's a 'must-watch' for film students and fans alike. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) It's episodic by design. Even so, the plot is prone to unnerving lurches, like a baked and boozed Celeste struggling to walk on high heels and spaghetti legs. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) A crowd-pleasing charm bomb of a movie that combines intelligence and a sexual spark to explosively funny ends. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
2/5 51% Tolkien (2019) For the most part this is stolid film-making that lacks the imagination and creativity of its subject. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
3/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) One of the more palatable serial killer pictures of recent years... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
No Score Yet Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) An appealing blend of accessibly toe-tapping music and likeable characters... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
No Score Yet Two/One (2019) Polished in its execution and playfully noncommittal in its storytelling, the film could be viewed as a metaphor for the disparate connections forged in a digital, globalised society. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% The Projectionist (2019) The film does convey respect and regard for Nicolaou and makes a strong case that he, and people like him, are more in tune with the soul of the city than the big businesses could ever be. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% Rewind (2019) It's hard to imagine the courage which went into the making of this highly personal documentary. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet A Regular Woman(Nur Eine Frau) (2019) This is a serious, sympathetic attempt to engage with the life of a woman who, while she rejected her family's strict reading of Islam, loved them too much to entirely break contact. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
No Score Yet Scheme Birds (2019) This extraordinary documentary weighs the bleak details - and they are, at times, almost unbearably grim - against moments of lyrical beauty and even humour. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 83% Loro (2019) The film at times feels like a VR trip inside Berlusconi's mind. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) The storytelling, like the beige-heavy cinematography that takes its cues from liver spots and tea-stained dentures, could do with a bit more colour. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) Scott is the most persuasive element in a film that is atmospherically photographed by Marcel Zyskind but let down by a clueless screenplay which borders, at times, on the risible. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) I'll pass. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
56% Marie Antoinette (2006) Sofia Coppola's giddy, girly and defiantly revisionist Marie Antoinette didn't deserve the reaction it got in Cannes earlier this year. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) A lovely, slightly wistful, tragicomedy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) For all the feverish visual invention, there's a sluggishness to the storytelling that seems at odds with the frenzied creativity of the film's subject. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Panahi remains one of the most intellectually inquisitive and agile voices in Iranian cinema. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 96% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2019) This affectionate, frequently amusing documentary portrait explores the complex, symbiotic relationship between the late Sievey and the creation that threatened to swallow his whole identity. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Apart from Colin Farrell's widowed amputee stunt rider and Danny DeVito's deliciously unscrupulous ringmaster, the characters, Dumbo included, are rather underwritten. But more of a problem is an emotional missing link. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 100% Cradle of Champions (2018) The film hits the expected beats of the sports documentary pretty squarely. What makes it so compelling to watch is the choice of characters and the examination of what, beyond sporting glory, they are actually fighting for. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019