Australian Financial Review

Australian Financial 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): John McDonald
Rating Title/Year Author
Never Look Away (2018) John McDonald It may be proof of Donnersmarck's success that the artist has now dissociated himself from the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Tolkien (2019) John McDonald Tolkien is the kind of movie that will give no joy to fans of his fantasy fiction. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Rocketman (2019) John McDonald It's like sitting through a succession of riotous video clips punctuated by bouts of maudlin self-hatred. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
2040 (2019) John McDonald 2040 is an optimistic film that tries a little too hard to be entertaining as well as informative. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
Little Woods (2018) John McDonald The strength of Little Woods lies with the actors, and their ability to inject life into characters that lead ordinary, rather squalid lives in a non-descript frontier town. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
1985 (2018) John McDonald Tan stresses the tragic dimension of the story, but also its ordinariness. It's a tale of a boy and his family that could be played out in any American town, in 1985 or today. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Peterloo (2018) John McDonald The bulk of Peterloo is an extended history lesson in which the reformers and their opponents deliver one long discourse after another. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) John McDonald With anything that has been so long in the making one doesn't know whether to expect perfection or disaster. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) John McDonald If you're surprised by the ending you haven't watched enough movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Burning (2018) John McDonald Burning is a film about the seen and the unseen; a film of small details, some of them obvious plot devices, others so subtle they could be easily missed. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Woman at War (2018) John McDonald This dialogue about the boundaries of personal responsibility and the pursuit of public or private goals, lies at the heart of the story. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Galveston (2018) John McDonald This is a movie that stays lodged in one's mind, although the images are not pleasant. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Us (2019) John McDonald It's the revolt of the have-nots against the haves, a savage assault by the American underclass on a group of masters oblivious to their existence. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Destroyer (2018) John McDonald We can figure out from an early stage that she's done a bad, bad thing or two, but it takes a bit of time and several extended flashbacks before all the pieces of the puzzle come together. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Sometimes Always Never (2018) John McDonald You will leave this film with an expanded view of Scrabble and a head full of pop cultural trivia. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Greta (2018) John McDonald Greta is a contemporary version of the wicked witch who lures trusting children into her clutches. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
At Eternity's Gate (2018) John McDonald I began to wonder if Schnabel was pioneering a daring new theory that Van Gogh actually bored himself to death. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) John McDonald Mimi Leder has given us a taste of a much rarer sub-genre: a romance among lawyers, in which a shared passion for legal matters is the basis of a happy marriage. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Green Book (2018) John McDonald Whenever the plot appears ready to crash headlong into cliché, Farrelly avoids the danger with a neat little swerve. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Storm Boy (2019) John McDonald The pelican wranglers or pelican whisperers have been working over-time. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Favourite (2018) John McDonald It's a tangled tale, with enough scheming, spying, treachery and cattiness to fill an entire mini-series. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Cold War (2018) John McDonald It's an anthology of disillusions in which love is the only transcendent force. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Vice (2018) John McDonald The Cheneys must be among the most repellent characters ever to be the focus of a major Hollywood film EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Colette (2018) John McDonald Colette's embrace of eros gave her a broad, popular appeal, but her style and grace as a writer ensured that her books were viewed as literature. Can we see her in Keira Knightley? EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) John McDonald For a society trained to measure happiness in terms of lifestyle and consumer goods the heist movie is an exercise in wish fulfilment. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
The Children Act (2017) John McDonald If there's a right and a wrong involved it's not immediately obvious. The film, like the book, is a conversation piece that will have viewers arguing over coffee. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Manbiki kazoku (2018) John McDonald If the family is a natural masterpiece it is almost always a flawed masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Widows (2018) John McDonald If the filmmakers appear to take a cynical or pessimistic approach to American politics, they offer redemption in the spectacle of a disparate group of women working together to achieve an apparently impossible goal. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) John McDonald There was an old man with a gun Who spent his whole life on the run EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Suspiria (2018) John McDonald What's the point of remaking a classic only to turn it into a mess? EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
1% (2017) John McDonald It would have been much more acceptable had McCallum set out to make a real B movie with all the exploitataive trimmings. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) John McDonald You leave the cinema knowing you've been had, but still feeling uplifted. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) John McDonald In order to squeeze all this nonsense into a mere two hours and eight minutes the plot has more holes than Blackburn, Lancashire. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) John McDonald If this were one of those reviews that run in a box at the side of the page it would read: "A relentlessly brutal and stupid film that does no-one any favours." EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Mary Shelley (2017) John McDonald Haifaa Al-Mansour, the director of this Mary Shelley bio pic, also knows what it's like to defy convention and put oneself at risk of public censure. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Gospel According to André (2017) John McDonald If Talley is now considered an institution within the fashion industry we can see that he didn't achieve this status merely by camping it up at parties. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Breaker Upperers (2018) John McDonald It's crude, vulgar and slapdash, so don't go along expecting the Lubitsch touch. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Whitney (2018) John McDonald The singer who hits the heights and the depths is a showbiz stereotype, but there may never have been a performer who soared so high and sank so low. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Wife (2017) John McDonald Some have tried to portray this film as a feminist statement but it's more like a human tragedy in which love has made an uneasy accommodation with society and its prejudices. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
On Chesil Beach (2017) John McDonald Florence and Edward are obviously in love, and perfectly at ease with the idea of spending the rest of their lives together, if only they can get through the wedding night. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) John McDonald If racism was in retreat in 1980 Lee shows that it never went away, and has now returned in force. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) John McDonald If any Hollywood movie were so completely devoid of black, Asian or Latino characters it would be torn to shreds by the same critics that find Crazy Rich Asians refreshing and empowering. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
L'insulte (2017) John McDonald The director's skill lies in how well he fleshes out the confrontation, letting us see Tony and Yasser as proud, fallible beings, not political cyphers. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
A Beautiful Day (2017) John McDonald We feel as if we're in the room with Joe when he's having his flashbacks. There are times when we might actually be in his head - not an especially desirable residence. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Loro (2018) John McDonald It's like changing channels between a Tinto Brass movie and My Dinner with André. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Ladies in Black (2018) John McDonald It's hardly surprising that Beresford's return to top form has come along in the shape of a movie made in Australia, based on an Australian novel, using top Australian actors and a few well-chosen ring-ins. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) John McDonald One subtext of Van Sant's movie is a call for Americans to embrace tolerance and common sense in an age of pathological victimhood. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Seagull (2018) John McDonald Take away the boredom, melancholy and frustration, and you have a more fluent movie but a less faithful representation of the writer's world. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) John McDonald For Moore, Trump isn't the cause of America's woes but a symptom of a wider malaise. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) John McDonald The marriage becomes a battle between artifice and authenticity, an allegory for the popular music industry. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018