Eye for Film

Eye for Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Amber Wilkinson, Anton Bitel, Donald Munro, Jennie Kermode, Keith H. Brown, Stephen Carty
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Jessica Forever (2018) Jennie Kermode Moments of brilliance are interspersed with long stretches of emptiness, and though there is an effort here to say something about the destructive influence of boredom it doesn't quite come off. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
3.5/5 Standing Up, Falling Down (0000) Jennie Kermode See Billy Crystal's name in a line-up like this and you probably expect wise-cracking comedy, but in fact this is a rare straight role for the actor and it illustrates what he's capable of when he really gets to flex his acting muscles. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 Olympic Dreams (2019) Jennie Kermode It's witty and smart but never to a degree that endangers its vérité quality. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
4/5 The Edge of Democracy (2019) Amber Wilkinson There's a lot of ground to cover, but Costa keeps a strong grip on the material EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 Crip Camp (2020) Amber Wilkinson Strikes a good balance between informing, educating and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 The Painter and the Thief (2020) Amber Wilkinson The film builds as the double portrait that its title suggests, with Ree and his editorRobert Stengrd employing a flexible structure that sometimes shifts backwards in time so that our perspective is also being constantly challenged. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
5/5 The Truffle Hunters (2020) Amber Wilkinson This is a sensuous plunge into a world that's built on simple pleasures. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 Amulet (2020) Amber Wilkinson Garai has plenty of ideas and a willingness to embrace both more intellectual horror ideas and gore. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 () Jennie Kermode [Stephen] Bennett's film is never patronising but sometimes errs in the other direction, assuming that its audience will be fairly well educated and able to put the pieces together. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 Tank Girl (1995) Jennie Kermode It may not be great art but it still makes its presence felt. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Jennie Kermode Unfolding with the pace of a thriller, the film seems to promise conflict between its two main subjects yet as events develop viewers will find themselves increasingly uncertain of the direction it's going to take. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4.5/5 The Lodge (2019) Jennie Kermode The Lodge hinges on a powerhouse performance from [Riley] Keough, who inhabits the troubled Grace so completely that we can stay with her even as her ability to distinguish what's real and what isn't breaks down. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Jennie Kermode There are a lot of ideas here and there's a lot of strong material, so one can forgive the borrowings and clichés to a degree. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 Life Overtakes Me (2019) Jennie Kermode There are a lot of unanswered questions. Wisely, the film doesn't attempt to answer them, simply setting out the facts as they are understood and inviting empathy. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 Little Woods (2018) Jennie Kermode [Tessa] Thompson's forceful, charismatic performance brings life to what could have been a relentlessly grim film, but it also unbalances the drama somewhat. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
2.5/5 Appiness (2018) Jennie Kermode In the end, the points that Appiness has to make are all rather obvious and there's little tension or sense of momentum. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
4.5/5 Afterward (2018) Jennie Kermode By being willing to subject herself to the same analysis as others, [Ofra] Bloch gives the viewer more room to appreciate the ubiquity of the problem, and the opportunity to account for any bias she may have. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
4.5/5 Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) (2019) Jennie Kermode [Carol] Dysinger finds the bitter truth in details, scattering them through the film so that we understand why hope and learning and skateboarding matter so much. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/5 The VelociPastor (2018) Jennie Kermode Distinctly amateurish kung-fu kicks and delightful rubber-suited dinosaur antics can't quite disguise the fact that [Brendan] Steere is a filmmaker who knows what he's doing. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 Toxic Beauty (2019) Jennie Kermode The film is unusual in the intelligence that it brings to bear across a multiplicity of disciplines, and although it leaves a few questions unanswered, overall it's very thorough and backs up its arguments well. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 Tremors (1990) Jennie Kermode Tremors is a treat. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Jennie Kermode This is a powerful piece of work. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 Ashfall (2019) Jennie Kermode Against the odds, Ashfall works at a dramatic level, largely thanks to the hard work of its cast and a real sense of commitment to the story that holds no matter how silly things get. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 Waka Okami wa Shogakusei! (2018) Jennie Kermode The rounded characters are full of energy (perhaps a little too much for older viewers, on occasion) and despite the undercurrent of grief, the overall mood is upbeat. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 Quezon's Game (2020) Jennie Kermode Quezon's Game is often too stagy and is lumbered with a repetitive soundtrack which distracts from what ought to be its more passionate moment. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 Klaus (2019) Jennie Kermode A cut above the average seasonal tale due to its impressive cast and visual inventiveness, this film is full of unexpected references which will entertain older viewers but don't get in the way of the plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Jennie Kermode It's the humour that gives the film its edge, making sure that viewers can never quite be certain of anything and enhancing the sense of creepiness on which it depends. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 Ernesto's Manifesto (2019) Jennie Kermode [David M] Matthews handles the slender story with skill and although at times it ventures into soap opera territory the supporting cast mostly manage to keep it on an even keel, with nobody trying to steal the spotlight. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/5 () Amber Wilkinson Keane himself is performing a tricky act here, juggling the real and the surreal while walking a tightrope of story. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
4.5/5 () Amber Wilkinson The potential for violence and creeping paranoia haunt the film, but though some elements of it may feel murkier than others, there's always a sense that Matulevicius and his cinematographer Narvydas Naujalis are in control. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
4/5 I Lost My Body (2019) Amber Wilkinson The fingerprints left behind by us an upon us as we go through life are considered by Jérémy Clapin's animated feature debut EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
4.5/5 American Factory (2019) Amber Wilkinson This consideration of multiple lives, rather than one constructed arc serves to underline the sense that each person is only a small cog turning in the bigger wheel of the machine. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
4/5 La Llorona (2019) Amber Wilkinson Bustamente, in both of his films last year, prefers subtle suggestion to overt statements. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Jennie Kermode Everything here is urgent, both in story and in theme, and no matter how often you've found yourself rooting for cinema's romantic outlaws, these are two you won't forget. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jennie Kermode This is strictly a film for action fans. It has very little else to offer, but that doesn't much matter, because it's very good at what it does. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 Luce (2019) Jennie Kermode There's a rare intelligence to this film, which explores issues around race, wealth, class, gender and what it means to be a real American in a nuanced, multifaceted way. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 The Report (2019) Jennie Kermode [Scott Z.] Burns is much more capable at the keyboard than he is behind the camera and it's in precisely the kind of mid-sized, bland interior spaces where most of this film is set that a bit of directorial flair is needed most. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) Jennie Kermode It's the rough edges that really make Ghostbusters, the contrast between the absurdity of the central story and the mundanity of its setting, and [Anthony] Bueno depicts the production in a similar way. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Jennie Kermode Though it occasionally misses a beat or overreaches itself with snappy little asides, Bombshell is a finely crafted film which benefits from one of the best acting ensembles of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 Sword of Trust (2019) Jennie Kermode For all its awkwardness and unevenness, this is an endearing little film with well realised, three dimensional characters and some sharp observations to make about the intersections of far right ideology and capitalism. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 Funan (2019) Jennie Kermode It's during the film's final half hour, when Chou finally flees in search of her child, that the tension mounts and the emotional power of the film really kicks in. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 In My Room (2018) Jennie Kermode An intimate film that really draws in the viewer, In My Room presents an unusually lyrical take on the end of the world as we know it. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3.5/5 Bully (2018) Jennie Kermode Occasional vicious violence and brusque language can't disguise the fact that this is at heart a wholesome, feelgood film, but there's nothing wrong with that. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Jennie Kermode Newcomer Tardiolo is splendid in the lead and Alice Rohrwacher's patient approach gives the viewer plenty of time to explore the landscapes through which we travel, inviting awkward questions about what it means to be free or to be saved. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
5/5 5B (2018) Jennie Kermode You won't need a medical education to appreciate this film but it never patronise its audience, explaining hospital protocols in a matter of fact way as it explores the issues. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4.5/5 At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Jennie Kermode These are brave, assertive people - people whose lingering pain is clear, but who don't perpetuate the cliché of the broken victim. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Jennie Kermode Despite its narrative simplicity, the richness of its subject gives this film real charm and makes it compelling viewing. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/4 The Beach Bum (2019) Jennie Kermode The central idea is strong and there are moments of genius, but it never quite makes the impact that it should. When the effects wear off, you'll be left feeling empty. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4.5/5 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Jennie Kermode This is immersive cinema, designed to be experienced rather than just watched. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Jennie Kermode This is a mature, beautifully crafted piece of work and much cleverer than it initially appears. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019