Wendy Ide

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Woman Who Ran (2020) Although perhaps on the enigmatic end of the Hong spectrum, The Woman Who Ran touches rewardingly on themes such as relationship dynamics and gender roles. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Funny Face (2020) The fact that this is not a picture which is easily pigeonholed might... prove to be a stumbling block. Its unpredictable, enigmatic air does make the film interesting, however, - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet Veins of the World (Die Adern der Welt) (2020) While the pacing reflects the unhurried rhythm of nomadic life a little too effectively at times, there's a slow-burning inevitability to the film's bittersweet conclusion. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet One of These Days (2020) [An] empathetic and sensitively acted account of people struggling to (literally) get their hands on a piece of life-changing good fortune... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet High Ground (2020) In the magnetic Nayinggul, superb as the boy on the brink of manhood who must choose whether to reject anger or embrace it, the film showcases a notable new talent. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
No Score Yet Minyan (2020) The film might not be doing anything revolutionary with the gay coming of age story, but it is heartfelt and honest. And at times, unexpectedly hot. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2/5 19% Like a Boss (2020) There's something uniquely dispiriting about a film that manages to waste the considerable talents of almost everybody involved, both in front of and behind the camera. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
3/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) It should please family audiences; it's a handsomely mounted, stirring adventure. It's just a little bit declawed. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
3/5 59% Greed (2020) As rambunctiously entertaining as it is crude. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
No Score Yet Black Milk (Schwarze Milch) (2020) Both a study of the psychological torsion of growing up bi-culturally, and a knotty depiction of a relationship between sisters who are almost strangers, Black Milk is as intriguing and subtly transgressive as its central character. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
4/5 98% Midnight Family (2019) [A] superb observational documentary... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
No Score Yet Cocoon (Kokon) (2020) Krippendorff's feature debut feels fresh and authentic, both in terms of the performances, and in the film's restless sense of place, the culturally mixed Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Kottbusser Tor. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
100% Mogul Mowgli (2020) While the picture doesn't quite maintain its vigorous energy through to the very end, it is still a satisfyingly knotty exploration of the bi-cultural experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
71% Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) Meditative and meandering, this handsomely shot but unfocused picture might present something of a challenge to all but the most dedicated students of Chinese cultural history. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
86% The Intruder (El prófugo) (2020) Like the ragged mental state of its main character, it unravels as it goes on. But it is also never less than stridently entertaining, in part thanks to a brittle central performance from Erica Rivas. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
57% My Salinger Year (2020) Although an actor of considerable charm, Qualley struggles to imbue the role with much in the way of texture or substance. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/5 46% Underwater (2020) The murky cinematography further hinders a picture that looks as though it was shot through raw sewage. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 80% Mr. Jones (2020) A subplot about George Orwell is perhaps surplus to requirements, but otherwise the film is a striking, efficient political thriller. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 88% Plus One (2019) Erskine, with her earthy chuckle and precision-tooled comic timing, is the real discovery here. She's a smutty, sniggering joy in the role and I can't wait to see what she does next. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Following Martin Scorsese's criticism of comic book films as theme parks rather than cinema, it's tempting to read Birds of Prey as a satisfyingly minxy comeback: it's the movie equivalent of a fairground ride with all the bolts loosened... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
No Score Yet A Perfectly Normal Family (En helt almindelig familie) (2020) This solid domestic drama might not approach its themes in a particularly adventurous way... but it does bring real emotional credibility to the story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
100% Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) This almost Coen-sian tale of ordinary folks undone by greed is a lot smarter than than its occasionally crude execution would have you believe. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
No Score Yet The Cloud in Her Room (2020) Weaving together the shifting perspectives of Muzi's phone footage and a more distant, observational lens, the feature debut from Zheng Lu Xinyuan is a beguiling, shape-shifting collage-style portrait of a young woman exploring her space in the world. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
89% The Evening Hour (2020) It's an atmospheric portrait which, while leaving several key story strands under-explored, does convey a vivid sense of the support system which powers and protects these lives lived on the periphery. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
75% High Tide (2020) It's an intriguing film, which will wrong-foot anyone looking for a moral compass with which to navigate the story, although the knotty complexity of issues and themes unravels slightly with an unexpectedly lurid denouement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
No Score Yet Kala azar (2020) Kala Azar is something rather special. It's foetid and atmospheric, a feral scavenger of a film which sniffs around its themes before sinking its teeth into the meat of a beasts' eye view of the breakdown of civilisation. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
No Score Yet Working Girls (Filles de joie) (2020) It's an honest, if sometimes strident, three-way portrait which gains much from its deft juggling of character arcs. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
86% Impetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam) (2020) A heady combination of the supernatural, backwoods bloodlust and a malevolent crone makes for an entertaining, pulpy horror... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
No Score Yet Charter (2020) With its measured pace, finely wrought performances and sense of a vague, unspoken threat to the children, this is a solid follow-up to Kernell's eye-catching debut, Sami Blood. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% Relic (2020) A murkily effective horror, Relic takes senile dementia as its central theme, reimagining it as a kind of creeping darkness which engulfs both sufferers and those who are left to look after them. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
92% Possessor (2020) A film which achieves a great deal on the strength of its mind-melting visual impact and its elegantly cruel atmosphere. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
4/5 100% Present.Perfect. (2019) The film prompts uncomfortable questions about the future of privacy as a right. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
2/5 56% No Fathers in Kashmir (2019) [A] well-meaning but clunky drama. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/5 20% The Grudge (2020) There is little that sets this apart from the earlier films. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
2/5 12% The Turning (2020) This contemporary adaptation of The Turn of the Screw takes the ornate enigma of Henry James's gothic novella and whittles it down into something rather more flat and conventional. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
No Score Yet Vivos (2020) A powerful and perceptive study of lives invaded by tragedy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
No Score Yet La Fortaleza (2020) [A]lthough the lines between fantasy and actuality are blurred, the looming threat of violence, both within Roque and in the lawless jungle around him, is ever-present and all too real. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
100% Young Hunter (El cazador) (2020) A muted, sometimes evasive, coming of age picture which negotiates the drama of its young protagonist's life with care and sympathy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2020) [An] impressive and quietly compelling debut feature from Fernanda Valadez. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
79% VHYes (2020) The amusing but initially disposable sketch format gathers momentum and a series of mini-threads emerge. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
No Score Yet Mosquito (2020) While the structure takes some getting used to, you can't fault the ambitions of the feature: by its end, Mosquito has delivered a harrowing account of conflict at its most base and disgusting. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 22% The Runaways (2020) The odd clash of physical comedy and Huckleberry Finn romanticism with the bleak reality of three vulnerable children targeted by cynical adults makes for a disorienting viewing experience. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
3/5 38% Seberg (2020) This portrait of a woman pushed to breaking point coheres around a fine, friable performance from Kristen Stewart. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
2/5 20% Perfect Nanny (Chanson Douce) (2019) This is crass and exploitative stuff that feels too contrived - despite the child peril, lingering shots of knives and the increasingly demented behaviour of Louise - to build much in the way of real tension. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems is the most exhilarating movie experience of the past year. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) One-hundred-and-fifty-year-old literature never felt so alive. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
3/5 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) With its giddy pace and dizzying action set pieces, it's an enjoyable holiday watch for family audiences. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
1/5 21% Playing with Fire (2019) It turns out that sluggishly edited shots of big men pushing trolleys and buying plush toys is not, in fact, an adequate replacement for writing some funny lines. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
4/5 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) It's a vanishingly rare occurrence to see something on screen and be unable to wrap your head around how it was achieved. But in Long Day's Journey Into Night... some kind of sorcery is at work. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
No Score Yet Wisdom Tooth (2019) It's an eye-catching debut which should position Liang firmly on the radar of programmers of major festivals looking for the new generation of Chinese directing talent. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019