The Queer Review

The Queer 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): James Kleinmann
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Changing the Game (2019) James Kleinmann Changing the Game succeeds in being an important, impactful and emotionally potent documentary that balances the harsh realities of being trans in the USA today with a strong sense of optimism and a celebration of the bravery of its subjects. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
4/5 Sublet (2020) James Kleinmann What emerges is a touching, heartwarming, and ultimately hopeful film, with some poignant and even profound moments, all conveyed with an appealing lightness of touch. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 Wrath of Man (2021) James Kleinmann A gripping action thriller that keeps the audience on its toes, with a compelling central performance by Jason Statham. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
4/5 Blitzed! (2021) James Kleinmann A lively, fascinating, and satisfyingly thorough exploration of the emergence and legacy of the iconic club night-Tuesdays at London's Blitz club, hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2021
4/5 Together Together (2021) James Kleinmann There's a low-key, rather understated delivery of the comedy by Patti Harrison and Ed Helms who are a delight throughout, with natural, effortless performances and an engaging dynamic between them. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2021
4/5 Mama Gloria (2020) James Kleinmann An empowering portrait of a resilient, wise, and infectiously joyful trans elder who has rightly been celebrated within her own community, but whose name should be familiar to all of us. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2021
5/5 Rebel Dykes (2021) James Kleinmann Delightfully sex-positive, richly detailed, and lovingly-crafted. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2021
3.5/5 Instructions for Survival (2021) James Kleinmann Powerfully humanises the statistics and headlines about migrants seeking asylum with its deeply personal, moving and ultimately hopeful narrative. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2021
3.5/5 Genderation (2021) James Kleinmann The contemplative cityscapes and landscapes threaded throughout the film create breathing space for this powerful and uplifting queer communion of intimate conversations to unfold. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2021
5/5 Moffie (2019) James Kleinmann "A masterful work of poetic beauty, intense power, and emotional potency." EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2021
2.5/5 The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) James Kleinmann There's a sense that the film is only scratching the surface of who Björn Andrésen is as a man and how he was affected by being in the media spotlight. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 Pleasure (2021) James Kleinmann With a compelling central character, Pleasure offers a nuanced look at the porn industry that doesn't tell its audience what to think, while using its setting to examine larger societal issues of gender, race, and power structures. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 Knocking (2021) James Kleinmann With echoes of Rosemary's Baby and Rear Window in a contemporary #MeToo world, Frida Kempff's film is as thought-provoking as it is unnerving. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
5/5 Ailey (2021) James Kleinmann With storytelling as elegant and exact as the choreography it showcases, and impeccable editing by Annukka Lilja, Ailey is a nuanced hymn to one of the artform's towering figures. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 The World to Come (2020) James Kleinmann The power of The World to Come creeps up on you, doesn't let go once it takes hold, and cuts deep. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3/5 Searchers (2021) James Kleinmann A rather slow paced but thorough exploration of the expectations and realities of contemporary dating through the eyes of those who haven't given up hope of searching. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 The Sparks Brothers (2021) James Kleinmann An electrifying, inspiring tale of creative genius met with perseverance, of making art for art's sake. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
2.5/5 We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) James Kleinmann There's a fine line between maintaining some mystery and holding too much back, and that balance is a little off here. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 Flee (2021) James Kleinmann Flee has the potential to have an indelible impact on its audience, to change hearts and minds without preaching, just through the power of brilliant storytelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 Language Lessons (2021) James Kleinmann Both actors deliver beautifully calibrated, natural performances and there's an appealingly mellow vibe about the film that put me in mind of those classic two-hander movies, Richard Linklater's Before trilogy. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3.5/5 Moon, 66 Questions (2021) James Kleinmann A potent meditation on familial love and relationships, the unspoken and the power of physical communication. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4.5/5 Petite Maman (2021) James Kleinmann Utterly enthralling. As the film draws to a close its emotional resonance builds to what feels like a tender comforting embrace. A gentle yet deeply moving, and indelible cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3/5 The Scary of Sixty-First (2021) James Kleinmann With committed performances from its talented cast, The Scary of Sixty-First is a suitably uncomfortable satirical QAnon-theory-fuellled psychosexual horror that's likely to spark some lively conversations. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 The Human Voice (2020) James Kleinmann A riveting, nuanced, breathtaking piece of acting, delivered with precision and subtlety, and Almodóvar provides a sumptuous, mesmerizing framework to house and amplify her performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3.5/5 Julia Scotti: Funny That Way (2020) James Kleinmann An uplifting, frequently funny, and sometimes poignant watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3.5/5 AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman (2021) James Kleinmann Powerfully makes the case for her as an integral part of LGBTQ+ history. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3.5/5 See You Then (2021) James Kleinmann There's a cinematic, almost epic quality to the intimacy between the two women that gives a grand scale to the themes that their discussion explores. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
4/5 Alone Together (2021) James Kleinmann A fascinating insight into the artist's creative process during this challenging time, it also evocatively captures the sense of isolation that so many of us have experienced through this period, celebrating the power of music to bring us together. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3.5/5 Potato Dreams of America (2021) James Kleinmann Although it occasionally feels like there are a few too many ideas here for one movie, the strong emotional thread and engaging performances ensure the film never loses its distinctive brand of charm. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
3.5/5 Shoplifters of the World (2021) James Kleinmann Richly detailed and lovingly crafted. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2021
5/5 Swan Song (2021) James Kleinmann Udo Kier is a revelation as Pat, fully-embodying the role, imbuing him with a mischievous charm and a poignant soulfulness, while giving a deliciously dry edge to the delivery of the script's humour. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/5 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) James Kleinmann Wiig and Mumolo have created two intensely appealing, immaculately well-coiffed, characters for themselves in Barb and Star and the pair riff off each other brilliantly. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 Supernova (2020) James Kleinmann A poignant, tender, understated meditation on love and an unpretentious reflection upon our place in the universe. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 The Prom (2020) James Kleinmann A joyous, thoroughly uplifting movie musical where the dialogue scenes pop just as much as the song and dance numbers sizzle. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
5/5 Wojnarowicz (2020) James Kleinmann A rich and riveting work that captures Wojnarowicz's unapologetically queer spirit, and serves as a testimony to the enduring power of art. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
3/5 Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) James Kleinmann Elevated by the central performance of a funny, soulful and fully committed Christine Baranski, with great support from the legendary Jenifer Lewis on fine form, and of course Dolly herself. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 Happiest Season (2020) James Kleinmann Clea DuVall and Mary Holland's smart, funny, heartwarming and unsentimental screenplay goes a little deeper than your average festive rom com. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 Born to Be (2020) James Kleinmann Tania Cypriano's compelling and moving feature documentary Born to Be offers a sensitive fly-on-the-wall insight into Dr. Ting's work . EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3.5/5 Tahara (2020) James Kleinmann Unfurling compellingly more or less in real time, director Olivia Peace and screenwriter Jess Zeidman-both making impressive feature debuts-establish an acerbic, The Breakfast Club type atmosphere EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 Alice Júnior (2019) James Kleinmann A vibrant, endlessly charming feel-good watch EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 Ammonite (2020) James Kleinmann Winslet imbues her portrayal of Mary with life experience offering delicate, detailed work that results in a powerhouse performance of restraint and subtlety. A mature, quiet tour-de-force. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
5/5 The Boys in the Band (2020) James Kleinmann Outrageously funny, but subtly heartbreaking too, Boys hasn't lost any of it's potency or relevance EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/5 The Way I See It (2020) James Kleinmann Souza himself frequently gets emotional when talking about his time documenting the Obama presidency. It's that emotion, holding off the tears that frequently makes The Way I See It a moving experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
5/5 Shiva Baby (2020) James Kleinmann A masterclass in tension and comic timing with a nuanced, tour-de-force performance by Rachel Sennott at its centre surrounded by an exceptional supporting cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
5/5 () James Kleinmann Effortlessly weaves an ambitious, rich cinematic tapestry with a triptych of narratives that explore and celebrate the spectrum of queerness and gender identity over more than a century. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/5 () James Kleinmann Much of the appeal of the film is down to Alexandra Grey's nuanced and charismatic performance as Gossamer. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
2.5/5 Body Cam (2020) James Kleinmann What lets Body Cam down is the screenplay, which after a tight opening becomes slightly unfocused in the final act, and as the film progresses there's a tendency to spell out what's happening a little too clearly. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) James Kleinmann This lovingly crafted, uplifting biographical doc. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 The Old Guard (2020) James Kleinmann Without sacrificing any tension, the film has an unhurried pace that allows us to get to know these well-drawn characters intimately so we care for them when they're in danger, while the various plot strands remain clear and tight. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
5/5 Hamilton (2020) James Kleinmann It might make you miss live theatre, but it certainly gives you as close to the thrill of it as you can get right now. In fact it's an electrifying experience, riveting throughout. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020