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
3.5/5 Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) Jennie Kermode This may be outdoor work with heavy lifting but it's not short on rewards and [Jason] Baffa's film teases them out like those secrets shared on a long walk along the links. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 () Amber Wilkinson "We make allowances for the lack of conversational padding in theatre but in the more naturalistic setting of cinema some of this is too hard and fast - especially in the final third. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 () Jennie Kermode [Queering The Script is] an affecting look at geekdom and the way that affection for fictional characters can bring people together and help them to assert themselves in the wider world. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 Kursk (2018) Amber Wilkinson It's all perfectly watchable but hampered by cliche and a feeling of a filmmaking team treading so carefully they struggle to leave a mark. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 Idol (2019) Jennie Kermode Despite its shortcomings, this is a film with quite a bit to recommend it, and it's an interesting curiosity for noir fans. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 Papi chulo (2018) Jennie Kermode [John] Butler brings a delicate touch to both tragedy and comedy and the result is a genuinely heartwarming film. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 () Jennie Kermode Mystery Of The Night is a film whose haunting quality stems from its human drama and thematic weight rather than its supernatural spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
5/5 She's Just a Shadow (2019) Jennie Kermode Whether or not one is seduced by the sensual appeal of it all, it's impossible to deny that this is a cinematic masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Jennie Kermode [Lee Won-Tae's] interpretation is flamboyant and highly stylised in places but never loses its edge. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3.5/5 Critters Attack! (2019) Jennie Kermode Overall, though, this is a cheery little romp with the right balance of cuteness, comedy and gore. Fans will snap it up. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
() Anton Bitel reminiscent of Joanna Hogg's Unrelated (2007) and Archipelago (2010)... a vision of Englanders vacationing abroad, trying to relax from problems in the home counties, & facing their difficulties from a room with a view onto another world. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Jennie Kermode The script delivers some cracking comedy moments and Riley Stearns does a superb job of sustaining the joke over the full 104 minute running time without the story losing its energy as a result. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 () Jennie Kermode It's a brooding, atmospheric piece of work that points up unforeseen and perhaps unforeseeable consequences to having that one last drink. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 () Jennie Kermode Though it never quite achieves the haunting power of the original, this beautifully composed film serves to remind newcomers how it's done. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Amber Wilkinson The film is held together less by the tale than by tensions. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 Blood and Paradise (2018) Jennie Kermode Overall, this film is a curious experiment that misses more often than it hits, but there's obvious talent behind it and one hopes that it will lead on to more successful endeavours. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
2.5/5 Saving Zoë (2019) Jennie Kermode Saving Zoe is, ultimately, a lightweight film about a serious subject. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
4.5/5 Darlin' (2019) Jennie Kermode The film is beautifully photographed and notable for the way in which it avoids objectifying its too often fetishised Catholic schoolgirls, instead finding its compulsive beauty in the wild landscapes to which Darlin' often longs to return. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Trespassers (2018) Jennie Kermode It's beautifully crafted and does what it does very effectively. [Orson] Oblowitz's background in cinematography serves him well, giving it strong visual impact and a lot more personality than its slender story might be expected to support. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 They Look Like People (2015) Jennie Kermode They Look Like People is a remarkable first film and it keeps us guessing right up to the end, with multiple possible sources of catastrophe. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 () Amber Wilkinson Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other' but though the end result is well turned out in terms of look and performance, it could use a little less corseting and a lot more bite. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 Sell By (2019) Jennie Kermode Energetic yet angsty, Sell By offers a viewer experience a bit like babysitting a six-year-old -- charming in places, certainly funny, but also exhausting and liable to try one's patience. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 () Amber Wilkinson If the action loses some of its enjoyably cool composition, it still grips until the last. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 Silent Panic (2018) Jennie Kermode Although some scenes could use a little more polish, there's some really impressive work here that will leave viewers eager to see what he does next. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 () Jennie Kermode Sides Of A Horn doesn't preach; it shows sympathy to both its central characters and their families. Whilst inviting concern for rhinos, it illustrates that bigger solutions are needed to help endangered animals more widely. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 Bulbul Can Sing (2018) Amber Wilkinson "A river must be herself," someone says and yet the adults here want to channel their children in into their own image - at almost any cost. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Son of a Gun (2019) Jennie Kermode [Travis Mills] has created an equally intriguing drama about the stories that America tells itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/5 Isabelle (2018) Jennie Kermode There's some good editing work by Diane Brunjes but the film lapses too easily into cliché, suggesting a lack of confidence in its central vision. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 Astronaut (2019) Jennie Kermode This is a film that really will appeal to viewers of all ages, and that doesn't lose sight of the dream. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
2/5 Sunflower (2019) Jennie Kermode All the actors here are competent... The trouble is that where it ought to thrill us with the thought of dangerous currents swirling beneath the surface, it simply becomes becalmed, running out of wind. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 Soledad (2018) Jennie Kermode There's something about [Agustina] Macri's style and Daniel Ortega's cinematography that makes this film look distinctly South American despite its Italian setting. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 () Jennie Kermode There's not much to this film but one can easily see it attracting dedicated fans of its own. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Mari (2018) Jennie Kermode [Mari] is an extraordinarily centred and confident début which successfully enters the difficult emotional space around bereavement and explores family as a source of strength and resistance in the face of death. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 () Jennie Kermode Strive takes the kind of character usually seen as the boring one and makes her into somebody whose quiet strength viewers of any age can appreciate. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 The Night Sitter (2018) Jennie Kermode The Night Sitter is an unpretentious and enjoyable little film with sympathetic leads and plenty of personality. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 Ghost Light (2018) Jennie Kermode There's an element of luvvieness here that will annoy some viewers but as a whole, the play exhibits a dry wit that keeps it from getting too sentimental. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 On the President's Orders (2019) Jennie Kermode Though it's somewhat uneven and its attempts to construct a narrative are not always successful, there's some powerful material here. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 Being Frank (2018) Jennie Kermode Whilst one has to admire scriptwriter Glen Lakin's skill at keeping the farce going for as long as it does, the film too often feels as if it's being clever for the sake of it and adding more twists doesn't necessarily add to their comedic impact. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 () Jennie Kermode There has been much more insightful stuff written on the impact of disability in relationships than you'll find here, but [Jason DaSilva's] approach to his situation is one that many viewers will identify with. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 () Amber Wilkinson Western documentary regulars may feel as though they are in familiar territory at the start of the film, which begins by focusing on Syria - but soon the violence considered will come a lot closer to home. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 The Outsider (2019) Jennie Kermode [The Outsider] tells its tale well enough, exploring a type of racism the genre rarely deals with, but it never quite takes off the way it should have done. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4.5/5 First to the Moon: The Journey of Apollo 8 (2018) Jennie Kermode This is a film that will revive all your childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 The Lavender Scare (2017) Jennie Kermode Thoroughly researched and evidenced, wonderfully detailed, informative and authoritative but always in touch with the human story at its heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017) Jennie Kermode [The Terror Of Hallow's Eve] has a tendency to lose its own voice amidst all the recycled material and it never quite recaptures the fun of its first scare. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 Advocate (2019) Amber Wilkinson The very nature of Tsemel's passion for her projects makes this a compelling watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 Wonders of the Sea (2017) Jennie Kermode This is a film that calls upon viewers to protect this resource for our own sake and so that people can carry on falling in love with it for generations to come. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 Eating Animals (2017) Jennie Kermode Employing a varied format which incorporates archive material, specially shot footage of factories, farms and labs, and interviews in varied locations, the film remains interesting throughout. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 Last Summer (2018) Jennie Kermode [Last Summer] is a cinematic gem. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 () Amber Wilkinson Ogrodnik - so impressive in 2017's Silent Night - is magnetic again here as minor criminal Andrzej, flipping between aggression and comradeship with the ease of the click of a TV remote. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
4.5/5 42 Seconds of Happiness (2016) Jennie Kermode It's a brave piece of work, skilfully crafted and brimming over with talent, a fantastic calling card for all involved. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019