Wendy Ide

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 89% Luca (2021) While Luca might lack some of the dizzying inventiveness that marks out top-tier Pixar, it's packed to the gills with charm. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
3/5 95% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Suleiman is a master of slow-burning, cumulative humour; this is the kind of comedy that creeps up on you. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
1/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The thuddingly stupid 2017 action comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard gets the sequel it deserves. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
5/5 96% The Reason I Jump (2021) Rothwell uses the language of cinema - macro lens closeups, distortion, off-kilter framing and an evocative blend of sound design and score - to convey the autistic experience of the world. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
4/5 96% In the Heights (2021) Unpeel the song-and-dance romance and escapism and there's a socially engaged, issue-led drama under the sparkle and pizzazz. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2021
No Score Yet Even Mice Belong in Heaven (2021) The message of selflessness, generosity and loyalty is by-the-numbers stuff, but embellish it with moss, pinecones and twigs, and it takes on a certain magic. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
No Score Yet My Sunny Maad (2021) A winning combination of gorgeous 2D animation and an involving storyline will ensure that My Sunny Maad should appeal to animation fans and beyond... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
No Score Yet Lamya's Poem (2021) Lamya's Poem is earnest and at times a little overwrought, but there's a real heart to its storytelling and its exploration of the timeless power of words. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
No Score Yet Snotty Boy (Rotzbub) (2021) Fans of Deix - and there are many - may surely embrace this full-bodied animated appropriation of his spirit. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
60% Brighton 4th (2021) Koguashvili deftly blends tones in his vividly realised snapshots of Georgian manhood, both in Tbilisi, where the film starts, then in the tight-knit community of Georgian migrants in Brooklyn. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
No Score Yet Wild Men (2021) Wild Men exhibits a gleeful relish in a man's loss of dignity while also finding an almost childlike appeal in this endearingly clueless central character. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
No Score Yet The Justice of Bunny King (2021) While some of the decisions by first-time director Gaysorn Thavat reveal a lack of experience, [Davis] is as compellingly watchable as a car crash. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
60% Italian Studies (2021) The barrier between the real and the fictional encounters is increasingly permeable, as is the line between social norms and unacceptable behaviour, in this freewheeling, spontaneous voyage into the unknown. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
89% Catch the Fair One (2021) It's a propulsive watch but, in common with many of the missing-person stories which inspired it, finds more dead-ends than answers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
2/5 81% Parallel (2018) Montages, seesawing Dutch tilts and profligate overuse of lighting gels fail to conceal the fact that the film's writing doesn't match the lure of the central idea. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
3/5 70% 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez (2020) This intriguing documentary fails to fully answer [its] questions, but it does shine a light on a particularly uneasy aspect of internet celebrity. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
100% Accepted (2021) What was already an involving film... takes on an added depth and complexity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
No Score Yet The Beta Test (2021) A brutally unflattering satire which wields its humour of discomfort like a scalpel. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
4/5 84% Nobody (2021) It's a blast. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
No Score Yet Decameron (2021) Of the many documentaries which have been born out of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, Decameron, an ambitious, sprawling video essay by artist and filmmaker Rita Hui Nga Shu, is the most formally bold and unconventional. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
4/5 96% The Human Factor (2020) Does for behind-the-scenes statecraft and diplomacy what Errol Morris's 2003 film The Fog of War did for military strategy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
4/5 100% The 8th (2020) The grassroots campaign that led to one of the single most important moments in the history of women's rights is documented in this solid, stirring and frequently very affecting film. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
3/5 67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) This instalment of Peter Rabbit is filtered through the kind of sly self-awareness that suggests the film-makers took on board the criticisms of the previous film and decided to run with them. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
2/5 72% My Salinger Year (2021) Any film that can take an actor as sparky as Qualley and deliver a character with the personality of a damp dishcloth wrapped in a cardigan is seriously underusing its year in New York. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
2/5 91% Cowboys (2021) Comic actors Steve Zahn and Jillian Bell are uncharacteristically earnest in this achingly well-intentioned but thuddingly heavy-handed family drama. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2021
3/5 71% Once Upon a River (2020) Apart from the atmospheric wetland backdrop, the film's main asset is Kenadi DelaCerna, self-possessed and soulful in the role of the part Native American 15-year-old, Margo Crane. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2021
3/5 94% Charlatan (2020) There's an austere elegance to Holland's film-making... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2021
No Score Yet Viral (2021) Composed entirely of videos uploaded to social media during 2020, this deftly edited compendium of YouTube confidences and confessionals exceeds all expectations. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
100% Bank Job (2021) The film's amiably shambolic approach belies an astute and pointed message about the role and impact of debt in our economy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
No Score Yet Lady Buds (2021) A broad and insightful overview of the subject, which is explored in considerably more depth than might have been expected from a film which is packed to the gills with high-strength weed. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
No Score Yet Magaluf Ghost Town (2021) The visual wit and boldly unconventional approach should recommend it to further events and organisations with a focus on envelope-pushing documentary filmmaking. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
No Score Yet Dark Blossom (2021) It's an illuminating glimpse into a closed culture which boasts an abrasive energy and humour... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
No Score Yet Raising a School Shooter (2021) The sensitivity of approach is evident in the intimacy and access which the filmmakers earned from their subjects. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
No Score Yet The Moon Represents My Heart (2021) [T]he film's idiosyncratic approach and indomitable matriarch should recommend it to further documentary festivals and programs, particularly those which explore the more experimental fringes of factual filmmaking. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 96% Sisters with Transistors (2020) What a joy is a documentary that neither talks down to its audience nor diminishes its subject. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
4/5 50% Homeward (2020) The film's main asset is a deft screenplay that subtly reverses the roles of father and son as the journey progresses. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
No Score Yet When A City Rises (2020) A film which is not only one of the most complete accounts of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests to date, it's also, at times, an unbearably tense picture which unfolds with urgency of a thriller. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
47% Users (2021) While its ideas might fail to fully coalesce, the film is unnervingly beautiful; an immersive and mesmeric aural and visual experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
3/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Mulligan's withering disdain is a thing of beauty. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
4/5 92% Sequin in a Blue Room (2019) [It] may tackle familiar material - gay coming-of-age stories are hardly uncommon - but it does so with a lustre and style that marks Van Grinsven out as a name to watch. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
4/5 95% Palm Springs (2020) Surface similarities to Groundhog Day are relegated to background noise, thanks to the crisp writing and the nihilistic bite of the humour. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
3/5 82% Forgotten We'll Be (El olvido que seremos) (2020) A touch overlong and soapy and awkwardly structured. But it's still an engrossingly watchable drama. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 87% Violation (2021) It's gruelling, but fiercely intelligent film-making. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
2/5 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) Lazy writing squashes any real fun as emphatically as an Acme anvil dropped from a roof. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
60% Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break (2021) Takes on several open-goal themes - talent competitions, live streaming and bullying, both online and in real life - but fails to make much of a coherent statement about any of them. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
86% Here Before (2021) Stacey Gregg has extensive experience as a television screenwriter, but brings a striking and cinematic visual sense to her feature directing debut, which imbues the innocuous suburban backdrop with something tacit and troubling. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
4/5 91% Mouthpiece (2019) I wonder if the dual performance might have had a more forceful impact in the stage incarnation; nevertheless, the film is undeniably potent in its account of the shattering force of grief. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
2/5 42% Locked Down (2021) It feels like a missed opportunity. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
3/5 45% The Little Things (2021) It's about as fresh as a bloated, bile-tinged corpse dredged from the Los Angeles river, with a markedly similar colour palette to boot. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
No Score Yet Just 1 Day (2021) A tearjerker which leans heavily on the appeal of its adorable leads. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021