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
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...despite the problems, it's hard not to be moved as the credits show the actors alongside snapshots of the men they played. It reminds us: these were real people. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
8/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Tarantino shows just about the amount of restraint - and indulgence - we have come to expect from the director. Far out. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Palm Beach (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Palm Beach's accomplished direction by Rachel Ward and clever writing by Ward and Joanna Murray-Smith leave the viewer pondering the nature of perfection EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
6/10 Late Night (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley In the end, Kaling and Thompson's double act delivers enough to stay up for - if you can resist the itch to change channels along the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This gets a few laughs from the comic charms of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham but still leaves you feeling concussed EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Public (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Emilio Estevez's latest outing is a nobly-intentioned character piece that overstretches a little but just works, mostly due to a fine supporting full of his besties. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The horror...the horror. Brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Trautmann (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Yes, it is more than just a mere 'Sport Movie' (one of my more detested genres), and proves an altogether winning experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Crawl (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley [T]his is at times soggily familiar, but Kaya [Scodelario] and Barry [Pepper] have much chutzpah and make it work. And there's plenty of bite. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 Booksmart (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley [Booksmart is] a slightly derivative teen friendship drama that still proves mostly enjoyable thanks to memorable performances and a layer of sweet, wistful charm. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
() David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Richard Lowenstein's beautifully sad documentary study of the all-too-short life of his late friend Michael Hutchence is a most moving memorial, and rather more about the man than the music. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley We keep being distracted by the winning antics of the kids and their panicky teachers as they proceed to Prague and beyond, and a couple of tricks kick in that might leave purists unhappy with such diversions from the original comics. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
8/10 Parasite (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Just when you think you have a handle on Joon-ho's film, however, and you mistakenly assume you know why this is called Parasite, it takes a turn though, and becomes an even richer and more profound study. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
7/10 Yesterday (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Patel, in his first starring role, is strong as the conflicted Jack (and he can sing too). EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The fourth Toy Story movie is yet another delight, with beautiful animation, a glittering voice cast, some gorgeous gags, innovative touches, and a typically Pixar serving of sincere feeling. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Catherine Deneuve, a titan of European cinema, is the best reason to catch co-writer/director Julie Bertuccelli's slightly strained but moving drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...a genuinely epic and emotionally devastating drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 Men in Black: International (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...a splashy, somewhat forgettable continuation of the extra-terrestrially minded Men In Black franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
6/10 Tolkien (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley One of those movies that should work handsomely but somehow doesn't, quite, this is still worth it for LOTR devotees and diehards who'll pick all the in-jokes and hobbit-ish details and tearfully swoon over the timeless love between John and Edith. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The tenth in this run of Marvel X-Men movies is also one of the least impressive, due to a troubled production and extensive reshoots that changed and confused everything, leaving it all feeling significantly less than super. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Red Joan (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Although never properly coming together, it still offers some strong period detail, lots of talk and good work from Sophie Cookson, who plays the young Dench in flashbacks, even if she doesn't look at all like her. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
6/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Aside from Godzilla, there are few beasts more gargantuan or resilient than a movie studio with some bankable, established intellectual property in its jaws. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 Rocketman (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Tiny Dancer is memorably reinvented as an ode to loneliness and alienation, while Goodbye Yellow Brick Road becomes a tale of anger, fear and desperation as Elton hits rock bottom. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 2040 (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Damon Gameau's speculative documentary-of-sorts is an accessible and particularly optimistic view of what the future might look like if we all do the right thing now. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
6/10 Brightburn (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Advertised as a darkly scary variation on the Superman myth, this intense horror film often strains credibility but is grounded by strong performances and some impressively high-octane violence and grisliness. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
5/10 Aladdin (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The messages and subtexts about the need to be yourself are gooey, grating and oh-so-Disney, but the songs are even more annoying... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Although such testosterone-dripping nonsense seems beyond criticism, there is always that nagging problem with these Wick epics where the dour, po-faced seriousness of tone sits ill with the messily black-comic gruesomeness... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
7/10 1985 (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...marked by beautiful black and white cinematography, quietly moving performances and a sustained mood of tenderness and terrible pain. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
Poms (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Given the caliber of the cast, Poms can't help but generate a laugh or two, but one can't help but feel the particular demographic the film is obviously aimed at deserve better than this at times sluggish and predictable outing. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 All Is True (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Having worked so long and hard as an actor and director to make Shakespeare's canon accessible to contemporary audiences, there's little doubt that Branagh is well-suited to play Will. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5/10 The Chaperone (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Static and stilted... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
8/10 Top End Wedding (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The film bursts with small but meaningful aesthetic choices that make it clear this is no typical romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
6/10 Long Shot (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley When they're stuck in the middle of violent civil unrest, the inevitable happens, and Charlize and Seth manage to look convincingly hot for each other without laughing. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
7/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This is, despite its faults and three-hour running time, a fine end to a cinematic series that's become a bona fide cultural phenomenon. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
7/10 Burning (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...there's still an awful lot here to enjoy, from the expertly subdued playing to the location work and cinematography to a nasty yet elusive sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
7/10 Gloria Bell (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Julianne Moore is as luminous as ever as the titular character. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/10 The Aftermath (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Keira Knightley stars in a surprisingly old-school war drama, which despite some saucy sequences and bloody bits, is ultimately full of contrivances and awkward agonising. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
6/10 Hellboy (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley There's an awful lot going on here, including a very icky-looking Baba Yaga, but much of it works pretty well, and director Marshall is permitted to go all out with the gore. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
5/10 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Hopelessly overcooked, this unfortunately suggests that Gillam still thinks himself (even at the age of 79 this year) a Don Quixote figure, but he most certainly isn't. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
7/10 The Happy Prince (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Really this is all about Everett, who tried to get the film made for many years and, it must be said, considers himself something of an Oscar Wilde-type figure offscreen. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Mid90s (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This has a lot going for it despite a few rambling edges. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
8/10 Us (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Whereas Get Out was definitely scary, this is terrifying because it's about the one thing we're all most afraid of - us. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
7/10 Dumbo (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley With its lovely, highly-stylised animated look, strong cast of Tim's pals and awfully winning Dumbo antics, this has much to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
7/10 Fighting With My Family (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Florence Pugh shines - and kicks - her way through this WWE wrestling comedy that has a lot of heart in between all the clichés and bruises. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
6/10 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley If all this sounds a little cluttered and convoluted then that's because it is, and yet there's plenty here to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
6/10 Swimming With Men (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Evidently trying (as so many movies of this ilk do) for a perky, Full Monty-type mood, Parker's latest doesn't quite get over the line, but you'll probably enjoy it anyway. Even the soggy bits. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
7/10 Destroyer (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Karyn Kusama's powerfully dark and disturbingly violent crime drama is certainly challenging, and yet Nicole Kidman's central performance gives it much broken and beaten heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Sometimes Always Never (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Often so self-consciously 'quirky' that you might occasionally want to scream, Sometimes Always Never is an odd, sad character piece that never really comes together, and feels fey and even twee. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...nevertheless, there's much here to admire, from some fine performances, to the seamless interweaving of Mumbai locales and Adelaide-shot interiors, to the memorable depiction of just how brave and selfless we can be at the very worst of times. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
7/10 Todos lo saben (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley For a film supposedly lacking in political edge, there's an awful lot going on here about class, social standing and religion. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019