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
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 Everybody Knows (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
7/10 Captain Marvel (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This is mostly seriously entertaining. It's certainly on par with the 20 films that preceded... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Greta (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Neil Jordan's first feature film in six years is a derivative and at times ludicrous psychodrama. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
6/10 King of Thieves (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley A cast of late career British legends make this occasionally wobbly true crime caper seem sharper and funnier than it really is. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/10 Stan & Ollie (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Baird's vaguely iffy comedic drama is unusual as it dwells upon the beloved comedy duo when they were older, bitterer and poorer. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Despite Natalie Portman in the lead and original music by Sia, this unfocussed drama about fame struggles to land the big, grim and obvious points it desperately wants to make. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Barry Jenkins' follow-up to Moonlight is slightly less radical, but makes up for it with a powerfully restrained anger, and much beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Unfortunately there are uncomfortable parallels with all the vengeance stuff here and Liam's own ill-advised comments, but it's also worth noting that most of this feels drab and pointless. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/10 On the Basis of Sex (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The real Ginsburg deserved something better than this calculated and manipulative effort. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
7/10 The Hate U Give (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley While definitely directed at adolescents, that doesn't mean that anyone over 18 can't enjoy it or be moved by the passion and quietly stirring rage. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
6/10 The Front Runner (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Jason Reitman's real-life political drama has big ideas and a strong cast, even if bewigged star Hugh Jackman seems a little miscast as failed presidential contender Gary Hart. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
6/10 The Mule (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This is one of [Eastwood's] strongest and least politicised outings since he hit 80, despite some scenes veering towards being straight up average. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
7/10 Green Book (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley While there isn't some glorious solution offered here as a way to end racism and intolerance forever, there is a sense of hope and a sweetness of spirit... EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
6/10 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Handsome-looking if a little narratively wobbly, director Rourke seems most interested in her actors' performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
5/10 Loro (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley What the heck is really happening in the first half-hour or so? And why should we care? EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Storm Boy (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley You have to wonder what Thiele (who died in 2006) would have thought about this softened overhaul, which mostly serves to make the original film feel like even more of what has been called an 'iconic classic.' EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Glass (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Sucking up to comic-book devotees while also mocking them viciously, it's almost offensive on several levels but, in the end, simply proves too damn silly to take that seriously. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
6/10 Instant Family (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This is a movie where no matter how hard you try to hate it, the thing just keeps on bouncing back with an amusing joke or some sharply-observed line. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Pick of the Litter (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This is the internet, and you probably came here to find out about cute puppies. Never fear because Pick of the Litter is as cute as cute can be. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Cold War (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Pawlikowski's latest is particularly memorable for its sweeping scope, some heady sensuality and the performances of the broodingly handsome Kot and Kulig, who could use this as a calling-card to hit Hollywood, if she fancies stooping that low. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
5/10 Aquaman (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...naturally overlong, overblown and sopping wet with CG effects. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/10 Holmes & Watson (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Inspector Lestrade (Rob Brydon, who deserves better) is fully aware, and mostly stands around looking as exasperated as the audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
6/10 The Favourite (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley While these three headlining performances are fine, soon the nastiness takes over and things stop being quite so funny... Lanthimos' film is still strong, sometimes brilliantly funny stuff for the first half, but eventually it turns altogether too grim. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This indubitably has its problems, but Blunt more than compensates for them... EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
8/10 Vice (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Like the best black comedies, McKay's masterwork makes us feel awfully guilty for laughing. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
6/10 Colette (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Colette certainly deserves her own biopic, but this isn't quite it... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/10 Bumblebee (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley While there are elements here that work, including Steinfeld's impressive performance as a formidably sullen teen, it's still, at heart, just another damn Transformers movie... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Free from the baggage of the live action Marvel universe, this computer-animated superhero epic could be the funniest Spider-Man movie ever. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Peppermint (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley An attempt at a vaguely feminist rethink of Taken, this ultra-violent, somewhat fascist action drama shares the same director but a much less clearly defined and rather queasy moral edge. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Mortal Engines (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Despite some likeable young leads, much of this effects-heavy filming of Philip Reeve's young adult novel is dreary, pretentious nonsense. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Overlord (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Overlord is often an intense experience, even if the first act's startlingly visceral combat sequences are rather more terrifying than later horror elements. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
7/10 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley While Grant is lovely (he always is), this is most surprising due to McCarthy, who hasn't been this good in about 10 years,. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/10 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Colourful and amusing enough, and yet, like so many Christmas movies, it's all a bit forgettable - and iffy...Bah, humbug. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/10 Creed II (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...the same thumping and grinding sports movie clichés and oodles of heavy-duty macho soul-baring. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
8/10 Widows (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Shooting for a study of corruption almost of the level of The Godfather, but so damn modern, this is obviously one of the key movies of 2018 and another McQueen saga guaranteed to provoke heated debate. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Lean on Pete (2017) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley A moving lead performance by Plummer, who captures the inexpressive young Charley's pain, confusion and anger with few words. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/10 Robin Hood (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This was clearly intended as a rollicking, sequel-friendly good time, but the finished result is gutless, soulless and pointless, and about as much fun as, well, Taron Egerton. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018