Ultra Culture

Ultra Culture is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Charlie Lyne
Rating Title/Year Author
Seduced and Abandoned (2013) Charlie Lyne If Toback and Baldwin set out to prove that nobody is making good movies any more, then this utterly inept piece of filmmaking should prove just the ticket. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Stranger by the Lake (2013) Charlie Lyne An erotic-drama-cum-murder-mystery - where the operative word is unquestionably 'cum'. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Nebraska (2013) Charlie Lyne A tangle of film school clichés, rampant condescension and woe-is-me, middle-aged-white-guy-problems so juvenile it would blot even a first-time filmmaker's copybook. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer (2013) Charlie Lyne Reveals little more than the order of events, which have already been succinctly detailed in forms that take considerably less than 86 minutes to process. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Stories We Tell (2012) Charlie Lyne Perhaps the most organic, transformative meeting of form and function I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Blackfish (2013) Charlie Lyne The film appears to have been spat out of the same auto-outrage documentary generator that gave us The Cove and Bully. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Nine Dead (2010) Charlie Lyne It's a fairly transparent attempt by Hart to shake off her Nickelodeon past, climaxing in a visceral flashback sequence in which she beats a rapist to death with a baseball bat. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Pacific Rim (2013) Charlie Lyne Glorified Power Rangers specials don't need to unfold over 131 endless minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
Run for Your Wife (2013) Charlie Lyne It's hard to believe that the play could have warranted a 9-year theatrical run in 1983. I guess the past really is a foreign country. One populated exclusively by toddlers. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2013
The Sessions (2012) Charlie Lyne For the most part, an authentically subversion take on fringe sexuality. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2013
Lincoln (2012) Charlie Lyne Even as a historical figure considerably better known than any he's played before, there's no trace of impersonation in Lewis's performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2013
Les Misérables (2012) Charlie Lyne A good example of a movie that contains a single scene of such unfathomable cinematic perfection that to dwell on its various failings seems cruel and unusual. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2013
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Charlie Lyne It's the behaviour of the supposedly affable dwarves that makes this particular 'adventure' such a punishing experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2013
The Dictator (2012) Charlie Lyne The film's writers understand that satire is infinitely more powerful when it's accessible EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2012
End of Watch (2012) Charlie Lyne End of Watch's found footage pretensions tend to materialise when it has too few ideas. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2012
Frankenweenie (2012) Charlie Lyne Maintains the legitimately dark tone of the original short while expanding the narrative in a pleasingly Scissorhands-esque direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2012
After Lucia (2012) Charlie Lyne 93 more riling minutes of cinema you will not find. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2012
Argo (2012) Charlie Lyne Functional. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Charlie Lyne Makes the life of a film critic that little bit easier by setting 90% of the drama, action and dialogue literally in the middle of the road. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2012
The Campaign (2012) Charlie Lyne Emblematic of a US comedy scene that's turning into something of a fraternity. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
Ted (2012) Charlie Lyne Feel free to tell me to lighten up and get a sense of humour, but it's also worth asking whether it's humour that really drives Ted's nasty streak. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2012
Take This Waltz (2011) Charlie Lyne Williams works her adorable little chipmunk cheeks to the bone in a typically weighty role. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2012
Ruby Sparks (2012) Charlie Lyne One of the most thoughtful, brilliant films about filmmaking in ages. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2012
Lola Versus (2012) Charlie Lyne Greta Gerwig makes something of a success out of this mixed bag of rom-com tropes and indie quirks. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2012
Magic Mike (2012) Charlie Lyne A mess of Soderberghian devices so dense that it must surely be considered his definitive work. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2012
Dark Shadows (2012) Charlie Lyne Dark Shadows makes almost no attempt to reward cinema audiences. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012) Charlie Lyne Appropriately fawning. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Rust and Bone (2012) Charlie Lyne Strangely unaffecting. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) Charlie Lyne An unapologetically fan-only experience that might have found more success as a series of YouTube clips than a fully-fledged 94-minute movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Laurence Anyways (2012) Charlie Lyne Dolan still does attractive young people walking in slow-motion to electropop better than anyone else. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) Charlie Lyne Better than its predecessor but worse than most other things. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Antiviral (2012) Charlie Lyne Brandon's cunning plan to step out of his father's shadow is basically to plagiarise every movie he's ever made. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Lawless (2012) Charlie Lyne There's no denying it's a one-note film, but what a lovely note it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Amour (2012) Charlie Lyne A two-hour portrait of human existence at its most fucking-hell-when-will-it-end brutal. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Room 237 (2012) Charlie Lyne There's something quite charming about Ascher's refusal to outright dismiss his subjects' hallucinations. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
The Sapphires (2012) Charlie Lyne Its treatment of Big Themes like racism, war and oppression, is shallow to the point of repulsion. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Post Tenebras Lux (2012) Charlie Lyne Boasts some incredible scenes. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Sightseers (2012) Charlie Lyne The film's narrative concerns frequently play second fiddle to the utterly convincing relationship at its centre. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
The Paperboy (2012) Charlie Lyne Extreme inconsistencies of tone and structure are mercifully offset by its moments of perverse (and possibly accidental) genius. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Gimme the Loot (2012) Charlie Lyne Charmingly lackadaisical. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Cosmopolis (2012) Charlie Lyne Just about important enough to be self-important. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
Killer Joe (2011) Charlie Lyne To pick out any one transgression in Killer Joe is to minimise its overall achievement in crafting one of the least affable movies in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
The Five-Year Engagement (2012) Charlie Lyne Overlong and curiously (wait for it) unengaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Charlie Lyne Horror of Giant Lizard < Horror of Adolescence EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2012
Rock of Ages (2012) Charlie Lyne As the tagline says, Rock of Ages is nothin' but a good time. Sometimes, it's even less. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2012
On the Road (2012) Charlie Lyne Salles's film revels in the spirit of adventure espoused by beatniks Sal and Dean but is also awake to their all-consuming selfishness, regularly undercutting the free-spirited chaos with a few much-needed reality checks. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2012
Killing Them Softly (2012) Charlie Lyne Built on dynamic set pieces and jet black humour, it's reminiscent of last year's Drive. It's a shame then, that Dominik saddles the film with a heavy-handed political subtext that would echo much louder if it spoke a little quieter. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Charlie Lyne An absolute smash. It's a gloriously overemotional tale of two pre-teen lovers full of lime-soaked scenery and pleasingly stilted 1960s telephone conversations. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2012
Dr. Seuss' the Lorax (2012) Charlie Lyne For all its good intentions, there's something deeply unsettling about this bubblegum pop approach to environmentalism. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2012
21 Jump Street (2012) Charlie Lyne Feels like it's doing something new with the teen genre, while still acknowledging its debt to the classics that came before it. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2012