Wendy Ide

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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's not an entirely terrible film. It's just not the film that RBG deserves. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
No Score Yet And Your Bird Can Sing (2018) Delicate, intimate and spot on in its observations of a trio of friends who are not quite as easy in each others' company as they think they are, Miyake Sho's second feature has a beguiling, if unassuming, charm. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% Varda by Agnès (2019) Everyone's favourite maverick nonagenarian guides us through a lively and engaging account of her inspirations, work practises and engagement with the audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
80% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2019) A compulsively watchable drama which taps into some genuinely intriguing themes. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
22% The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) Did The Golden Glove really have to be such a soul-sapping symphony of grimness? Based on a real-life killer who prowled the dive bars of Hamburg in the 1970s, there is not one frame of this film which isn't ugly. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) Côté's eerie fantasy drama juxtaposes the mundane and the parochial with the supernatural, to sometimes disquieting effect. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
80% Out Stealing Horses (Ut og stjæle hester) (2019) A film which is strikingly beautiful yet can be quite inert. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
43% The Operative (2019) Kruger is compelling in the central role in this pacy procedural thriller which is persuasive in its depiction of contemporary spycraft but less convincing in mounting a case for why she would work for Mossad in the first place. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet Flatland (2019) The film lacks the flow and editing finesse which could tie the disparate elements - episodic scenes, an incongruous pop electronic score - together. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) It's a big-hearted picture, certainly, but one that doggedly labours its message. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 80% Green Book (2018) Mahershala Ali's performance shines through despite ill-judged moments from director Peter Farrelly. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 47% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room is too contrived to convince us of genuine peril. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) There's a new maturity both in the character and in the storytelling that makes this final film in the trilogy take wing. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
5/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's chilling and brilliant. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Harpoon (2019) The increasingly preposterous plot twists might have been an issue, but, as the dripping sarcasm in the narration is at pains to stress, this is not a film which takes itself remotely seriously. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Winter After Winter (2019) Those with the patience to absorb the film's themes and symbolism and to settle into its inexorable creeping pace will be rewarded - it's a picture of striking, if brutal, beauty. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
92% Hail Satan? (2019) [An] unexpectedly amiable documentary... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
No Score Yet Present.Perfect. (2019) What the film depicts is at times creepy and unsettling, but it lifts the lid on an aspect of the virtual world which may be unfamiliar to audiences in the west. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
No Score Yet Aren't You Happy? (Das melancholische Mädchen) (2019) The dry humour and kittenish kitsch of the film's aesthetic belies just how savage is its wit. It won't be for everyone - but then that's presumably the point of a film which pairs intellectual provocation with sparkly unicorns. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
75% Judy & Punch (2019) This live action reinterpretation of the traditional puppet show is a grand guignol romp through a society gripped by a fever of superstitions. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
No Score Yet God of the Piano (2019) This is storytelling which is as enigmatic as it is compelling. Not surprisingly, the use of music throughout is superb. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) It's a remarkable achievement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) There's an oddball intrigue and a dry absurdist humour to this journey which largely transcends the uneven pacing... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet In the Heart of the World (2019) Although the plotting and pacing can be undisciplined at times, the nervy energy of the unpredictable streets rarely flags. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 100% The Devil Outside (2018) It's not a film that sets out to shock but it does succeed in quietly unsettling the audience. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) It's perfectly watchable but a film with this puttering pace is never going to get the blood racing. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 66% Vice (2018) Bale credited "Satan" for inspiration for the role, and it shows. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% This is not Berlin (2019) A soundtrack of post punk art rock, smashed glass and attitude adds to a thrillingly confrontational sense of time and place. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
86% The Sharks (2019) Garibaldi crafts an atmospheric picture which provides a transgressive twist on the coming of age picture. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
100% Beats (2019) Beats brilliantly captures the nervy, joyful terror of turning up at a derelict warehouse equipped with a soundsystem and woefully inadequate toilet facilities. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
No Score Yet Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) Youssef is a forceful presence in the film, but he is ill-served by a screenplay which seeks to shock in its depiction of hate crimes and violence but loses credibility with its rather slap dash version of police procedure. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) Everything that was already wrong with the original film - its sentimentality, its simplicity - is magnified. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
4/5 85% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) It's a potent, profoundly moving approach to an extensively covered subject. And it's a timely reminder that a society must be judged by the way it treats the desperate and vulnerable. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
3/5 92% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) It's well-meaning and the naturalistic performances are persuasive. But there's a certain rheumatic stiffness to the writing, which treads rather heavily as it negotiates themes that would benefit from a lighter step. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) To a score of battle drums, Reitman rattles through a montage of behind-the-scenes strategising. There's a thrilling charge to the film-making. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/5 94% RBG (2018) This solid documentary approaches its subject... with much the same calm eloquence that Bader Ginsburg has brought to her judgments over her career. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
1/5 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Puerile, imbecilic and imbued with the kind of casual 1970s sitcom homophobia that reads all male friendships as somehow suspect, this slack-jawed grossout comedy represents the nadir of Conan Doyle adaptations. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
4/5 100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) One of the more muted films of Corsini's career, a picture that quilts its fierce political heart with a woolly layer of female martyrdom. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
1/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Despite the suffering ladled on to the characters, I remained stonily unmoved throughout. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
86% The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) The deadly charisma of the key performers, notably newcomer Kim Da-mi as the teenage Ja-yoon, should ensure plenty of interest in further chapters in this story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
54% Maleficent (2014) Jolie's skills and range as an actress are barely tapped into in this undemanding role. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
No Score Yet White Blood (Sangre Blanca) (2018) A grubbily atmospheric thriller which pulls few punches and makes no excuses for its characters' actions. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
No Score Yet Aruna & Her Palate (Aruna & Lidahnya) (2018) The collision of themes and tones in this frothy, conspiratorial chick flick is not exactly a match made in heaven. And, perhaps not surprisingly, some elements are more successful than others. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
No Score Yet Up the Mountain (2018) A balm of a film, which channels the quiet wisdom of the central character and of the gang of granny folk artists who learned from him a new means of expression. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
88% Dear Ex (2018) The music choices and the production design compete for knowing kitsch, but there is nothing ironic about the emotional impact of the third act. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
No Score Yet Jesus (Boku wa Iesusama ga Kirai) (2018) Jesus is a confident and engaging picture; although it does seem a little over-stretched even at its slight running time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
80% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) A film which resolutely defies easy categorisation or explanation. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) The music choices inject energy, but it's difficult to care about a character who is too dumb to care about himself. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 79% Return of the Hero (Le Retour du Héros) (2018) The main pleasure here is the sparky chemistry between Laurent's screwball-style smart cookie heroine and Dujardin's lovable rogue. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 69% Mug (Twarz) (2018) The message - that people judge by appearances - is a little too obvious and on the nose to be satisfying. And Szumowska overuses a filter that blurs all but the very centre of the frame... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018