Xan Brooks

Xan Brooks
Xan Brooks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Independent (UK) Sight & Sound Observer (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% The Furnace (2020) MacKay's film is as tough as old leather and as unadorned as cow hide. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/5 89% And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und morgen die ganze Welt) (2020) Proceeding along its stealthy course, Von Heinz's tense, well-textured film treads a chilly, liminal country. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/5 89% Hopper/Welles (2020) Periodically fascinating, generally exasperating... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/5 100% Sun Children (Khorshid) (2020) Energetic and heartfelt, tipping towards tragedy, Sun Children crawls through the mud and emerges all the stronger. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/5 94% Dear Comrades! (2021) It's a film that understands that humour and horror are not always mutually exclusive and that even the worst moments in life carry an air of the absurd. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 74% The World to Come (2020) Fastvold's romance casts a spell. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/5 95% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) A rollicking, rambunctious tequila-dream of a movie... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
3/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Viewed as an acting masterclass, the film is bruisingly impressive in its way. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
5/5 100% The Duke (2020) What a lovely, rousing, finally moving film this is. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 67% Padrenostro (2020) What can't be faulted is Noce's sheer boldness and ambition. If Padrenostro winds up as a bit of a mess, it's a beautiful mess, a glorious mess... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 96% The Disciple (2020) I wish that I enjoyed The Disciple as much as I admired it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Lovers (Amants) (2020) Amants has its moments, but it is preening, shallow and impossibly pleased with itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 71% Final Account (2021) A simple, unadorned study of everyday evil, one which balances eye-witness accounts with archive footage and wintry location shots of mountains, forests and leaf-blown railway tracks. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 100% Apples (Mila) (2020) If the Venice selectors were looking for a fitting film to open this year's Orizzonti sidebar, they could hardly have done better than Christos Nikou's splendidly poignant and creepy Apples. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
3/5 75% Lacci (2020) Luchetti navigates a time-slipping structure with aplomb, gliding back and forth between Naples and Rome, and from the early 1980s to the present day. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
4/5 90% Moffie (2019) Hermanus's film manages an unflinching portrait of a society in spasm; paranoid and brutish and largely screaming at itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 42% Guest of Honour (2020) I'm not convinced it amounts to any more than the sum of its parts, but the parts are intriguing - and some are possessed of real power. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 91% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) About Endlessness contains moments of devilish wit, but at heart it is a sad, sweet picture, threaded with themes of estrangement and separation. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 82% The Painted Bird (2020) I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work and one I'm deeply glad to have seen. I can also say that I hope to never cross its path again. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) The King deepens and darkens, and gathers momentum, to the point where one finally becomes drawn into the drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 40% Wasp Network (2019) The film is glossy, illuminating and frequently exciting. What it lacks is an emotional charge and a fine-grained texture. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
2/5 37% American Skin (2021) So clotted, so strident and so thickly cloaked in self-pity that its impassioned story risks becoming worryingly self-serving. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh understands the importance of putting human faces to dry statistics. He reveals how the tentacles of financial misrule eventually extend to touch honest-to-God human lives. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 89% Ema (2019) We wouldn't want to live in the world Larrain shows us. But his films are so good they convince us that we do. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Having brazenly plundered the films of Scorsese, Phillips fashions stolen ingredients into something new, so that what began as a gleeful cosplay session turns progressively more dangerous - and somehow more relevant, too. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2/5 36% Seberg (2020) It tells us that Seberg was wronged and that she looked really great in a bra - and not necessarily in that order. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 77% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's a solid, well-crafted piece of professional carpentry, like a heavy piece of Victorian furniture; built to last; built to be used. The longer you look at it, the more impressive it grows. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) The Perfect Candidate is fiery and headstrong, and instantly gets you on its side. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 91% Bombay Rose (2019) The disparate ingredients do not always gel. But in fits and starts Bombay Rose casts quite a spell. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) It's an extraordinary picture, steely and unbending and assembled with an unmistakable air of wild-eyed zealotry. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) It has fine performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, a family-pack of box-fresh dialogue and a keen sense of its own absurdity. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Yes, Kore-eda's tale is warm and soothing, verging on over-cosy. But it contains a hard core of emotional truth, like the pea beneath the mattress that woke up the princess. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
22% Practical Magic (1998) Essentially a sibling soap-opera with a dash of mumbo-jumbo. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
27% The Odd Couple II (1998) The two stars work hard to keep it upright. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
42% Left Luggage (2001) Fitful as drama, the film comes to life as a showcase for its high-profile performers. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Knowledge of Healing (1997) The Dalai Lama and his personal doctor make for reliable sources, but the whole thing proves too info-heavy and indigestible. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
95% Insomnia (1998) It's [Stellan Skarsgard's] controlled performance that galvanises this otherwise underpowered thriller. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
26% Hope Floats (1998) A winsome piece that turns a loving eye on Sandra Bullock as a down-in-the-dumps ex-beauty queen. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
88% Fire (1996) Strong ensemble playing riffs nicely off [writer and director Deepa] Mehta's taboo- bucking script. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) The one stand-out is Johnny Depp, who brings Hunter S Thompson to bald-headed, pigeon-toed life. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
80% Destiny (1998) Destiny takes wing with a burst of traditional dance and deep-colour visuals. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
55% Blade (1998) Noise and martial-arts action mask its tinny pedigree. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 49% Bride of Chucky (1998) Bride of Chucky strings together a series of humorous asides and knee-jerk shock tactics. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 23% Just the Ticket (1999) [Director Richard] Wenk's debut has a certain baggy energy, but it finally has too little to say, and spends too long saying it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 96% Croupier (2000) Script and direction play safe throughout. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 59% Venus Beauty Institute (2000) Director Tonie Marshall maps out the drama with soul and delicacy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 40% Celebrity (1998) Unfortunately in Celebrity, Woody Allen's line of attack is compromised by his being at least half in love with the very glitterati he sets out to savage. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 95% Touch of Evil (1958) Citizen Kane may be the more weighty, rounded work, but Touch of Evil is a heap more fun. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 55% Cruel Intentions (1999) The abruptly moralising ending bumps this down a notch or two. Until then Cruel Intentions makes for smart and nasty entertainment: disservice with a smile. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
61% Rush Hour (1998) A brief sequence where he weaves between tour bus, truck and camper van views like a kung-fu version of Singin' In The Rain. But Chan's physical poetry is boxed inside narrow margins. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019