Fiction Machine

Fiction Machine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Grant Watson
Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 Figures in a Landscape (1970) Grant Watson Its innovations have led it to date much less obviously [...] indeed, it feels unexpectedly contemporary, and viscerally engaging to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
6/10 Cargo (2010) Grant Watson Cargo is not a perfect film, but given its production budget and the comparative inexperience of its directors - this was their first feature - it is a fairly impressive piece of work. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
8/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Grant Watson It works spectacularly as a feminist text, in which a woman steps out from a patriarchal shadow and challenges a sexist male mentor in the process. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
5/10 Candleshoe (1977) Grant Watson The film feels weirdly underwhelming on its own merits. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
7/10 Fighting With My Family (2019) Grant Watson Writer/director Stephen Merchant has put together a straught-forward and broadly entertaining drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
9/10 Toy Story 4 (2019) Grant Watson Toy Story 4 is potentially the most adult film Pixar has ever made. Its emotions are complex. Its story does not make simple choices. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
6/10 The Perfection (2018) Grant Watson It works more than when it does not, and results in a relatively disposable piece of pop horror. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
9/10 Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Grant Watson There is no denying Scorsese is one of American cinema's most astonishing directors, but I honestly think it is high time Bringing Out the Dead was revisited and given another chance. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
10/10 Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Grant Watson It is no surprise that Bride of Frankenstein is heralded as one of Hollywood's best-ever sequels: it does everything a good sequel should. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
8/10 Bridge of Spies (2015) Grant Watson Bridge of Spies is absolutely what it appears to be: an interesting story told well by talented people. That is sadly still all too rare among Hollywood studio filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
7/10 Bumblebee (2018) Grant Watson If you like the Transformers, rest assured this is a good one. If you're exhausted by Hollywood franchise filmmaking, then this absolutely will not change your mind. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
8/10 The Sun's Burial (1960) Grant Watson The Sun's Burial isn't merely bleak: it's a work of full-blown nihilism, so wilfully dark that the film's climax literally burns buildings to the ground. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
8/10 Dirty God (2019) Grant Watson It remains precarious and uncertain, much like real-life tragedy can be, and offers a powerfully performed and striking central performance by a promising new talent. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
8/10 Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968) Grant Watson This is such a striking film, and one wilfully difficult to pin down and categorise. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
7/10 () Grant Watson Probably not quite accomplished enough to gain a cult status, Here Comes Hell is still a pretty great low-budget blend of comedy, horror, and period drama EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
6/10 Blair Witch (2016) Grant Watson Ask yourself: do you feel like watching another 90 minutes of The Blair Witch Project? Your answer will tell you all that you need to know about Blair Witch. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/10 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) Grant Watson The film with which we are left is arguably one of the most disappointing horror sequels of all time. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
8/10 Blue Ruin (2013) Grant Watson Blue Ruin is a great low-budget thriller with an original voice and strong, realistic performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Grant Watson What is needed here is not reproduction, but rather reinvention: an American-targeted Godzilla film rebuilt from the ground up. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
7/10 Petit paysan (2017) Grant Watson It is immediately obvious from the film's first act that it cannot have a happy ending; the only question is just dreadful the ending is going to get. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
6/10 Blockers (2018) Grant Watson It leaves one fairly unsatisfied: the film definitely rises above its premise, but the bottom line is that it simply does not rise enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
8/10 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Grant Watson It does the unthinkable: takes one of the most popular cult films of all time and actually makes a sequel worthy of its name. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
7/10 Eye in the Sky (2007) Grant Watson There's huge potential in the film's premise [...] but that potential is never quite achieved. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
6/10 () Grant Watson There is an energy to Black Sun that keeps it moving along at a fast pace, but it is a thorny, troublesome movie at the same. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
8/10 Black Panther (2018) Grant Watson This feels like a critically important film, and a huge step forward in giving an African voice to mainstream cinema. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
10/10 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Grant Watson BlacKkKlansman is one of the best American films of 2018, and a much-deserved mainstream smash for director Spike Lee. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
9/10 Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) Grant Watson This is a tightly wound, well characterised crime thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
6/10 The BFG (2016) Grant Watson For Steven Spielberg it feels like a minor work: oddly out of synch with his more recent dramas and sub-standard to the blockbuster hits in his past. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
4/10 Beyond the Reach (2014) Grant Watson There is simply not enough logic or motivation to explain the film's second half, and it completely destroys the relatively promising work undertaken in the first. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
2/10 Beowulf (1999) Grant Watson Its ambition is considerably larger than its budget, resulting in a film that looks absolutely dreadful - and to be honest, its ambition is not particularly lofty. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
8/10 The Ball at the Anjo House (1947) Grant Watson It has a solid emotional core and is both directed and performed with great integrity. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
5/10 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Grant Watson Just a little too mediocre and a little too generic to find its audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
5/10 The Adventurers (2017) Grant Watson The Adventurers is not a terrible film. It is, however, a crushingly average one. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
8/10 Belladonna of Sadness (1973) Grant Watson This is a really original piece of filmmaking. It is a challenging but thought-provoking watch. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
7/10 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Grant Watson Viewers entirely new to the cult of Sidebottom may come away enchanted, but they could just as easily emerge disinterested. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
7/10 Beauty and the Beast (2017) Grant Watson If you think you are going to enjoy Beauty and the Beast, then you probably will. If you are flinching at the thought of sitting through, I say trust your instincts. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/10 Beautiful Accident (2017) Grant Watson What a shame, then, that after so much warm and enjoyable comedy, Beautiful Accident all falls apart at the conclusion. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
6/10 The Beach of the Drowned (2015) Grant Watson It does its job and is an average film; that is not a criticism, so much as an acknowledgement that many viewers are happy to get precisely what they want. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/10 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Grant Watson In developing the property for a broader audience, the film has essentially removed what made its predecessor so effective. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
9/10 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Grant Watson For the millions that have been enjoying these films over the past decade, it is almost the best climax imaginable and then some. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
5/10 () Grant Watson If you present your audience with what is basically a romantic comedy I think you do need to make sure both leads are people you want to see get together. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
7/10 Aladdin (2019) Grant Watson When taken at an appropriate level Guy Ritchie's colourful and lively remake of Aladdin is surprisingly great fun. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
9/10 Red Road (2006) Grant Watson I firmly believe Andrea Arnold has directed Red Road in a responsible and appropriately complex fashion, but holy hell it sticks hard into the heart. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
6/10 All Is True (2018) Grant Watson While the story is somewhat tedious, only working in fits and starts, on an emotional level it is remarkable stuff. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
10/10 Arrival (2016) Grant Watson An intelligent and thought-provoking science fiction drama boasting a smart screenplay, beautiful visuals, a strong musical soundtrack and uniformly tremendous performances. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
9/10 Arctic (2018) Grant Watson The film is so sparsely populated and so eerily simple that the emotions stand out in vivid fashion. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
9/10 Aquarius (2016) Grant Watson This is an intelligent, carefully measured drama boasting multiple layers of story and emotion. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
7/10 Aquaman (2018) Grant Watson This film is everything, but most of all it's a deliberate confection. It's instinctively and immediately silly. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
5/10 April Story (1998) Grant Watson To a large degree it simply does what it is that all Japanese dramas of this type do. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
7/10 April and the Extraordinary World (2015) Grant Watson An excellent animated feature with likeable characters, stunning and creative imagery, and a fast-paced and nicely complex storyline. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019