London Evening Standard
Date Night (2010)
"Okay, this is only a farcical fable, but with another director it might have been a little more than that."
"When the French are pretentious, the word gets a whole new meaning."
City of Life and Death (2011)
"It is not an easy watch -- but it is an impressive acheivement."
Boogie Woogie (2010)
"The plodding direction, pedestrian cinematography and second-rate script prevent a good cast doing more than help the story along."
"Fredrik Gertien's documentary about the alleged perils of being a Nicaraguan banana worker has landed the director in serious trouble with the Dole Food Company."
Dear John (2010)
"Tatum makes what use he can of his two expressions, Seyfried does her best to perk things up and much the best performer is Richard Jenkins..."
Cemetery Junction (2010)
The Ghost Writer (2010)
"The film will probably be better remembered as a faithful screen adaptation of the Robert Harris political thriller."
I Know You Know (2009)
"Kerrigan never quite gets the tone right and the film suffers from what looks like a lack of finance in certain areas."
The Infidel (2010)
I Am Love (2010)
"The screenplay is spare but Yorick Le Saux's cinematography and Guadagnino's precise, imaginative direction speak for it, as does the chugging and vaguely threatening music of John Adams."
Remember Me (2010)
"Decently shot and directed as it is, it lacks any real flame."
Samson and Delilah (2010)
"One of the most original, impressive Australian films for years."
Clash of the Titans (2010)
I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)
"Newcomer Tom Harper's direction manages to be both clumsy and overly stylised, while the script by Skins writer Jack Thorne is predictable."
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
"The romantic pairing of brawny Gerard Butler and wispy Jennifer Aniston is a sight for sore eyes but makes for sore brains long before the end of Andy Tennant's rom-com."
"Lawrence Gough's horror thriller ploughs its way through its strange plot pretty thoroughly."
The Spy Next Door (2010)
"Chan has just enough friendly charm to transcend this rubbish."
My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)
"If the film is an intriguing attempt to do something different by way of a plot, it is not different enough to do more than pass the time."
Old Dogs (2009)
"Both Williams and Travolta mug furiously and the kids need locking up."
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
"Itâ(TM)s an extraordinary and touching story but told with too beady an eye on the box-office for comfort - even if youâ(TM)re a doggy person."
"There are some rough edges to the film and it seems quite insecure in its last 10 minutes, but Hansen-Love has brought an impressive tenderness to it... In no small part, you will find yourself really caring for this family and what it faces. "
"It's a devastating portrait of a man on the edge of madness, and not easy to forget."
The Kreutzer Sonata (2009)
"It may ultimately lack subtlety, but it peers into the hearts and minds of its two weird protagonists with some skill."
"If the whole trips up with an ordinary first few chapters, Rapace, Blomqvist and Oplev ensure that it delivers in the end."
Shutter Island (2010)
"Shutter Island is too long and its increasingly surreal tone provides an ending that's a bit of a cheat. But, since it is a Scorsese picture, there's a lot to intrigue on the way."
Green Zone (2010)
Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
"Jordan, refreshingly, presents rural Ireland without the clichés. Farrell, speaking in an impenetrable accent, is totally believable, throwing off his star persona as if he were glad to be rid of the weight."
Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
"His film does not mark [Banksy] out as the new Spielberg. Yet it is funny, OK in technique and now and then spicily critical of the art world."
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
The Unloved (2009)
Crazy Heart (2009)
The Last Station (2010)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
"The imagery kills the fear. In a film which is essentially about a child serial killer, the constant blossoming of visual possibility leaves the reality of what happened to Susie both hidden and cold. "
Winter in Wartime (2011)
"It's a little on the obvious side, not helped by an overweening musical score."
Beyond the Pole (2009)
"It starts tiresomely - it is obvious the pair can't be taken seriously for a moment - but cheers up when the expedition gets dangerous and a couple of gay Norwegians show them a clean pair of heels."
Pretty Woman (1990)
"It's all fairly unconvincing - but its heart is roughly in the right place."
"This ineffably wooden Chris Columbus adaptation of author Rick Riordan's best-seller for young teens has a screenplay that defies description."
Valentine's Day (2010)
"The film is described as "a day in the life of love" and presents us with a group of beautiful Angelinos striving to justify a screenplay that gives them nothing coherent to do."
Battle For Terra (2009)
"The animation has an almost filigree quality that contrasts favourably with all but the best of its competitors."
"It may be a feelgood story but it's the stunning animation and the director's imagination that take the eye."
"An honourable effort to illustrate a period in post-war German history that remained conveniently shrouded for years."
The Wolfman (2010)
"The problem with this modern version of the old tale, however, is that it's basically a load of codswallop we can no longer swallow without choking."
A Single Man (2009)
- • Sally Chatterton
- • Pete Clark
- • Pete Clarke
- • Rich Cline
- • Nick Curtis
- • Sarah Dunant
- • Angie Errigo
- • Richard Godwin
- • Liz Hoggard
- • Allan Hunter
- • Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
- • Robert Jobson
- • Sheila Johnston
- • Guy Lodge
- • Derek Malcolm
- • Melanie McDonagh
- • Neil Norman
- • Andrew O'Hagan
- • Charlotte O'Sullivan
- • Anthony Quinn
- • Antonia Quirke
- • Charlotte Ross
- • Will Self
- • David Sexton
- • David Smyth
- • Tom Teodorczuk
- • Alexander Walker
- • Zoe Williams