Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 () David 'Mad Dog' Bradley In the end, there really isn't much else to say about this one: Johns and Steadman are good, London looks nice, and the emotions are just rich and real enough... EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
Litigante (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Franco Lolli's second feature is a tough, Spanish-language family drama that takes considerable risks yet works well, with fine performances from a surprisingly untested cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
6/10 The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...this should still be tolerable if you're in the right woofy frame of mind, and a general disdain for critics could also be a bonus... EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Babyteeth (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Shannon Murphy's feature début is something of a teen epic and even a 'cancer movie', yet proves very moving due to its tough emotions, melancholy humour and Eliza Scanlen's central performance... EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Armando Iannucci's version of Charles Dickens' much-filmed eighth novel is a spirited, sometimes joyous dramatic comedy headed by a gorgeous performance by Dev Patel. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
6/10 Shirley (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...in the end, it's mostly just an opportunity for Moss to channel her skills into a particularly venomous vessel. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
7/10 Nobody Knows I'm Here (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This peculiar but curiously moving drama from Gaspar Antillo is built upon a finely understated performance by Jorge Garcia, a man who could carry just about anything. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley A beautifully cinematic saga with some ugly edges, Spike Lee's latest is one of his most epic, expensive and occasionally messy outings yet. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
6/10 Wasp Network (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Assayas' mighty factual epic is too overstuffed with plot and character to come together as a whole, but many of its individual elements are impressive - and even spectacular. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
6/10 Yarina Tek Bilet (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Throwing in an odd, film-school-ish reference to Jean-Luc Godard's Bande À Part towards the end, Açiktan's character piece is worth watching, despite its issues, if you're sick to death of glossy, cheesy Hollywoody romantic epics. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
8/10 Spelling the Dream (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Yes, all in all, director/co-writer/co-producer/editor/co-camera operator Rega's doco is positively spellbinding. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
6/10 Resistance (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...it's a shame that he loses his grip at times. And yet it's still a story that should be told, especially as Marceau and his colleagues helped save some 10,000 children during the war... EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
6/10 Proxima (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Alice Winocour's vaguely awkward drama is saved from the brink by a strong performance by the luminous Eva Green, and she's matched by little Zélie Boulant as her eight-year-old daughter. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
6/10 Mutiny of the Worker Bees (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Amiable work from Egelhaaf and Carreiro help save this from itself, and they're cute enough to help you see past the jumbled scripting... EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
5/10 () David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...only if quarantine is really, really getting to you. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
6/10 The Lovebirds (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Familiarity aside, this is worth it for Issa and Kumail, whose charm and chemistry carries the film through its shakier moments. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
6/10 Escape From Pretoria (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Radcliffe gives it everything under a ratty wig and peering out from very '70s spectacles, and almost makes you forget these issues. You really want to see him break out, and he eventually does... EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3/10 The Wrong Missy (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ... what did you expect? Originality? Wit? Narrative sense? Emotional resonance? EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
7/10 The Trip to Greece (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The fourth and final entry in Michael Winterbottom's Trip film series is darker still and more melancholy than the previous pics, despite the gorgeous locations. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
8/10 A Secret Love (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley So subtle yet so moving, and really one of the best recent movies to hit Netflix... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
7/10 Hearts and Bones (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Lawrence demands that we remember that the refugee crisis is never, ever resolved with an unexpected final sequence set to the tune of an '80s classic turned unforgettably on its head. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
6/10 The Assistant (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...a study of workplace oppression and a kind of systemic harassment that aims high but is somewhat undone by its own slow, miserable mood. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
5/10 Dangerous Lies (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Let's face it, if the lies were really that dangerous, one might hope they'd be a little bit more memorable. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
7/10 The Half of It (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley There's much to enjoy in Wu's second film as director (and her first in 16 years!)... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
6/10 Extraction (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley In the end, after all that violence and ceaseless blokey shooting you might be left wondering whether another title might have been more appropriate: Exhaustion. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
6/10 Sergio (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Perennially political director Greg Barker's dramatisation of chunks of the life of UN diplomat Sérgio Vieira de Mello has its problems but is grounded by a tremendous performance from Wagner Moura... EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
6/10 Vivarium (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley An unusual Irish-Danish-American-Belgian co-production, Finnegan's film keeps you watching, if sometimes irritated, to see what happens... EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
7/10 Onward (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Yes, it isn't really another WALL-E, Up, Inside Out or Coco but, then again, what is, kids? EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
7/10 The Decline (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Directed by Laliberté in freezing conditions in rural Nord-du-Québec, this is a mere 83 minutes and stripped right back to the bone but, nevertheless, we still feel for the characters... EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
6/10 Swallow (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...until that slightly disappointing final act or so, this is certainly a movie with, ahem, guts. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
7/10 Tigertail (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Yang's script and his compassionate treatment of the characters mean we understand and mostly feel Pin-Jui's pain, while Ma's subtle performance cuts through some of the awkward structure and slightly simplistic final act. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
5/10 () David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...come on, aren't we a bit old for all these gags... EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
6/10 Uncorked (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Flavoursome enough without being especially nourishing, this will still be enjoyed by many out there looking for some sentimental sweetness in dark times. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
6/10 El hoyo (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Impressively produced on what must have been a low budget and with strong work from Massagué... EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
6/10 The Occupant (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Siblings David and Àlex Pastor helm this psychodramatic exercise in unease that doesn't quite click, despite a strong and scary performance by Javier Gutiérrez. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
6/10 Spenser Confidential (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley You could do worse, and this one's worth a look one slow evening in the coming weeks and months... EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
6/10 Come to Daddy (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...an awkward and sometimes silly black-comedy-cum-horror-pic that still manages to feel surprisingly unsavoury much of the time. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
5/10 The Current War (2017) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley How exactly did so many name players and such apparently prestige material add up to something so weirdly unilluminating? EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
6/10 Happy New Year (2017) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The performances are all strong, with Wheatley's proxy Maskell unafraid to get nasty and particularly fine work from Dance, who seems to get better as he grows older. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/10 Bloodshot (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Vin Diesel humourlessly stomps his way through this drab filming of the Valiant Comics character by first time director David SF Wilson. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
6/10 Military Wives (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley While it's hard to hate a movie like director Peter Cattaneo's crowd-pleasing comedic/dramatic charmer, it would also be foolish not to mention how preposterously, almost cynically calculated the thing is. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
6/10 The Way Back (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Ben Affleck is good in this mostly tough human drama which, despite a few surprises and subversion, proves so familiar that you just about could have written it yourself. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
7/10 Dark Waters (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The latest from director Todd Haynes is a factually-based epic that proves his most straightforward, even conventional drama, and yet he makes up for it with a great deal of righteous anger. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
6/10 Downhill (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This American rethink of 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure isn't quite as bad as might be expected, but lacks the emotional power or frosty devastation of the original. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
5/10 Guns Akimbo (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...a slightly amateurish and tatty look to many of the edges here, which director Howden attempts to disguise with reams of humdrum flash and cybernetic nonsense... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
6/10 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Edward Norton's drawn-out filming of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel has much to admire, but a bloated running time and some odd choices prevent it from being a proper neo noir masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
7/10 The Invisible Man (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Moss is very impressive here considering that she spends so much time staring at, reacting to or running from... nothing. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
5/10 Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley There are more than a few problems with Deb Cox's script (as directed by Tony Tilse), but perhaps the most serious is that the twisty revelations of the final sequence are somewhat confusing... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
The Professor and the Madman (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The first feature from screenwriter-turned-director Farhad Safinia, this perhaps isn't quite as dire as Gibson would have you believe - but it's certainly not good. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
5/10 The Call of the Wild (2020) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Apparently directed at kids, who will surely be hoping for something with more spaceships, car chases and toilet gags, this plodding epic has an oddly anachronistic edge and is well on the way, even at this early stage, to be a doggie disaster. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020