Allan Hunter

Allan Hunter
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) An involving, crusading drama. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Distinguished by a cast in which the trans characters are played by trans actors, the film effectively uses the trials of an individual life to illuminate the prejudices faced by a wider community. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
No Score Yet Motel Acacia (2019) There are some intriguing ideas running throughout, but the execution tends towards the haphazard and unpersuasive. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
64% Love Actually (2003) A polished, fluid production with impeccable technical credits and a winning soundtrack, Love Actually is the very definition of entertainment and is guaranteed to bring joy to the world this Christmas. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Meeting Gorbachev is a valuable encounter with someone who operated on the frontline of politics with a sense of honour and the best of intentions. It is also a reminder that even the greatest of leaders is only human. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
No Score Yet Running to the Sky (2019) A coming of age drama told with such charm and sensitivity that it registers high on the likeability scale. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
No Score Yet Muscle (2019) An intriguing exploration of conflicting notions of masculinity and what it takes to be a real man. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) There is so much emotion bubbling just under the surface of every little triumph and crushing setback that the end result is irresistible. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
No Score Yet Savage (2019) There is a good deal of promise and ambition on display here, but Kelly never entirely pulls off what feels like his attempt at a Maori excursion into Scorsese territory. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
No Score Yet Walking with Shadows (2019) The setting of Lagos and the exploration of queer Nigeria lend a fresh relevance to material that might otherwise feel old hat. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Coup 53 (2019) Director Taghi Amirani's forensic focus and expert storytelling create a vital docu/drama with the potential to reach far beyond history buffs and conspiracy theorists. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Nocturnal (2019) Biancheri elevates a slight, potentially familiar tale with her soulful sensibility and eye for location. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet Fabulous (Fabuleuses) (2019) The film has its gentler, fonder moments, but is neither outrageous enough to qualify as a raucous comedy nor serious enough to really get under the skin of characters who need more depth to feel entirely authentic. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Accidental Rebel (2019) An ambitious, solidly crafted first feature from writer/director Randa Chahoud. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Tehran: City of Love (2019) Director/co-writer Ali Jaberansari's trio of melancholy, low-key tales are marked by unrequited love, crossed wires and false hope. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet John Denver Trending (2019) The escalating consequences work as both an involving melodrama and a possible educational resource. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Diapason (2019) Tehrani reveals telling details of a justice system that favours men and has exchanges that seem designed to speak to the bigger picture. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Rom (2019) Tran Thanh Huy keeps Rom lean and focused, with only an abrupt ending slightly disappointing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Paradise (2019) Del Degan's fictional feature debut has a fish-out-of-water premise that promises farce, but the reality is a more measured, melancholy work with an appealing central performance from rising Italian star Vincenzo Nemolato. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
88% Antigone (2019) Writer/director Sophie Deraspe's loose adaptation retains a fascination with the ties and responsibilities of family, but also develops into a timely reflection on the refugee experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 93% Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Restrained in its depiction of violence and bloodshed, Werewolf provides a thoughtful, sensitive exploration of how humanity endures in the face of such evil. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) There are many pleasures in The Goldfinch... but it never quite becomes the sum of its beautiful, languid parts. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Feels more like a self-indulgent romp than a lament for the sorry state of the world. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) In the end, there is more style than substance to his tale. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) The character may be unusual but the complex conspiracy of shady characters and dodgy dealing is all too familiar, dragging down a film that already has a lengthy running time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 83% The Aeronauts (2019) Some of the emotional baggage may tend towards the earthbound but when The Aeronauts takes to the skies it is a film that positively soars. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) A thoughtful biopic that grows more involving the more it shrugs off its tendency towards the reverential. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
80% Military Wives (2020) You are well aware of the shameless manipulation and can second-guess exactly where it is going and yet resistance is futile. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 81% Just Mercy (2019) Cretton impressively keeps hitting home what is at stake here. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The true life challenge of creating the perfect racing car inspires a dynamic, precision-engineered crowd-pleaser in Ford v Ferrari. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
43% The Song of Names (2019) The biggest issues reside in a story where the revelations often seem blindingly obvious and the plot begs more questions than it answers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks is masterful as he captures the measured cadences of Rogers' speech pattern and his cosy cardigan manner, but he also lets us see the deeper levels of someone who works hard to be a force for good and knows just how much effort that requires. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) A mournful, impressively assured first feature from Norwegian actress-turned-writer-director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Respectful of the source material's complex narrative and lengthy cast of characters, it emerges as an absorbing reflection on loss, sorrow and the power of great art to comfort and endure. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
63% Greed (2019) A heady cocktail of absurdity and profundity, laced with a generous measure of cutting one-liners in a film that builds into a scathing commentary on a world where the rich keep getting richer and the poor are merely collateral damage. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Henry Glassie: Field Work (2019) A beguiling documentary that showcases the best instincts of humanity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
71% Wet Season (2019) Writer/director Anthony Chen's reputation for the delicate handling of complex relationships will only be enhanced by his second feature Wet Season. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
67% The Other Lamb (2019) Szumowska's command of craft and a torrent of unsettling imagery will enhance her reputation as a visionary director. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
75% The County (Héradid) (2019) A poised, compact audience pleaser that chimes with contemporary concerns over agricultural practices and female empowerment, whilst also giving viewers the chance to indulge in some Capra-esque cheering of the underdog. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
88% The Sleepwalkers (Los Sonámbulos) (2019) Hernandez's expert control of mood and escalating tension transforms familiar-sounding material into a compelling exploration of the way the ones we hold dearest can hurt and disappoint us the most. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
67% Human Capital (2019) A solid, workmanlike melodrama with an attractive ensemble cast. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
67% Maria's Paradise (Marian paratiisi) (2019) An intriguing, well-heeled period drama... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019) Simple stories, sympathetically told, build into an engaging, accessible feature that will be welcomed at festivals and by international audiences hungry for an fresh insight into the lives of Afghan women. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A treat for Dickens fans, The Personal History Of David Copperfield is so alive and immediate that it should also connect with an audience who would never dream of tackling a weighty 19th century tome. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 98% Rojo (2019) This absorbing, deeply satisfying thriller confirms writer-director Naishtat as one of the most exciting voices in new Argentinean cinema. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
94% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Begins as a Polish cousin of Scum before developing into an engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) The Mustang may unfold along predictable lines but the story is grounded in a documentary-like realism that doesn't sugar-coat the dangers of the inmates, or the desperation of their lives. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Lovers of vintage French cinema will find it hard to resist. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Nest (Il nido) (2019) A creepy, old-fashioned gothic fantasy that cleverly surpasses and upends initial expectations. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet O fim do Mundo (2019) An accomplished, immersive drama that confirms the filmmaking talent that was evident in Da Cunha's 2013 debut After The Night. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019