Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou
Demetrios Matheou's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard Sight and Sound Screen International Film4 Thompson on Hollywood The List The Arts Desk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Nevertheless, it's impeccably acted by all concerned, gorgeously produced and thoroughly engaging. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Poirot and Miss Marple were never as much fun as this. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Coldest Game (2019) The end result of what is a clearly enthusiastic enterprise is remarkably average. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
No Score Yet Lost Lotus (2019) Despite good intentions and a strong central performance by Canadian-Chinese actress Yan Wensi as a young woman seeking justice after the hit-and-run death of her mother, Lost Lotus ultimately fails to convince. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Tomorrow We Are Free (Morgen sind wir frei) (2019) Pourseifi captures a particularly chilling and tragic reversal of expectations, and fortunes involving the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in 1979. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Sin (Il Peccato) (2019) The skill of Testoni's performance is to maintain the gleam of passion and seriousness behind the rough-hewn, manic facade. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Dust And Ashes (Tuhk ja tolm) (2019) Restrained and enigmatic - it's remarkable how tense it becomes as so very little happens - this introduces another South Korean filmmaker with serious intent. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Willow (2019) The result is one of those films that feels casual when you watch it, but digs deep and remains, both poignant and profound. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
No Score Yet Looted (2019) Resisting the tired tropes of British crime films involving disaffected youth, van Pannevis offers a poignant character piece about a decent young man in crisis. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet Cook F**k Kill (2019) A boldly-executed absurdist comedy, which tackles its central theme - domestic abuse - in a manner very different to the usual gritty realist approaches, with provocative, sometimes discomforting results. Dare one say it, it's also highly entertaining. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Fiela's Child (Fiela se Kind) (2019) Retains the story's emotion and sense of injustice, though falls a little short of its powerful potential. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Gipsy Queen (Mustlaskuninganna) (2019) While adhering to many boxing movie tropes - notably the rise of an underdog to a championship shot - writer/director Huseyin Tabak adds a new dimension to the genre by making his protagonist both an immigrant and mother. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Happy Times (2019) Beyond the admittedly amusing task of guessing who will kill whom... and the enjoyable addition of the local rabbi late in the proceedings, there's not a great deal to engage the audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
No Score Yet Gutterbee (2019) Its combination of extremely eccentric comedy and bigotry-themed drama would be challenging at the best of times; and Thomsen doesn't exercise enough finesse or restraint to pull it off. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 78% Frozen II (2019) While Frozen II is accomplished and delightful, it doesn't quite soar like its predecessor. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) It's hampered by way too much rom-com cliché and cutesiness. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Christian Bale and Matt Damon - Batman and Bourne if you will - let their hair down as two motor-racing legends, to the extent that the racing drama doubles as a buddy movie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The fact that that so many Oldfellas can still muster the energy for an epic crime saga is, in itself, rather special. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2019) While so many filmmakers have gone soft in their dotage, at 83 Loach is as focussed and commanding as ever. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The good news with Dark Fate is that Sarah Connor returns - now grey and growly, extremely bitter but just as kick-ass fantastic. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) [A] film that's gripping, righteous, relevant, moving - in short, a very, very good yarn that just happens to be true. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) While the jokes have become a little tired (especially Columbus's rules for surviving Zombieland), the action sequences keep it lively and the characterisations are endearing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
No Score Yet County Lines (2019) Combining a vivid, empathetic approach to his working-class characters and milieu, a good eye and a thriller master's ability to unsettle, Blake offers up a short, sharp jab to the national conscience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) It's telling that such a seasoned comedienne as Anna Kendrick looks desperately ill at ease. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 97% Marriage Story (2019) The actors tackle massive monologues, one truly volcanic row and the silent shorthand of a years-long bond with beautifully naturalistic performances. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet White Riot (2019) [A] highly engaging and suddenly very relevant documentary... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) Starring a phenomenal Joaquin Phoenix, it's seriously themed, brilliantly executed and quite extraordinary. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) Director David Zonana offers a highly original provocation, which looks at the injustice of the class divide with a cool, satirical eye. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Bustamante offers a vibrant portrait of Guatemala City's street life, its bars, fast food joints and gay clubs, alongside a colder depiction of the stuffy, repressed and repressive domains of the monied elite and their evangelical partners in intolerance. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Eliciting compelling, persuasive performances from both Nicholson and her young co-stars, Landes creates a grippingly immersive drama... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet Pacified (Pacificado) (2019) It's a quietly powerful drama, unusually devoid of actual violence given the genre, instead revealing the myriad psychological effects of drug and gang culture on individuals and founded on the touching bond that develops between Jaca and Tati. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
60% Some Beasts (Algunas Bestias) (2019) Serrano is... guilty of squandering his resources. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The film would have benefitted from more context and less savagery, but there's no denying its accomplishment as a heart-in-mouth drama that never loses its grip, nor its ability to disturb and move in equal measure. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Even when playing ordinary, Streep commands the screen completely... without her, Soderbergh's fragile edifice crumbles. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
40% Patrick (2019) This is a frustratingly schizophrenic affair - edgy and chillingly enigmatic in its top and tail, dull in between, and for the most part unpleasant. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 75% Proxima (2019) Written and directed by France's Alice Winocour and with Eva Green giving an Oscar-worthy performance in the lead, this makes an intriguing companion piece to the recent, also excellent Ad Astra. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) While the space travel aesthetic is one of unfussy functionality, its cinematography is sublime. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Berloff, who was Oscar nominated for her screenplay of the 2015 gangsta rap biopic Straight Outta Compton, doesn't tighten the drama as well she might - the plotting is shot full of holes - but does elicit excellent performances from her stars. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's a long way from the film that put Fellowes on the map as a writer. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) Despite the starry cast, these older versions are nowhere near as engaging as the kids. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) While more modest in scale, this might be the most humane addition to the genre since The Shawshank Redemption. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) The result plays like a short story - deftly detailed, efficient, full of telling vignettes, perfectly formed. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) Aja gleefully embraces the imperative of every horror film - that the dispensable characters have to die horribly so that we understand completely the consequences for the protagonists. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [It] isn't the masterpiece that some are claiming; it's too rambling, self-indulgent and - despite a typically grand guignol ending - anti-climactic for that. But it is an evocative and entertaining paean to the Los Angeles of the filmmaker's youth. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
94% Transit (2019) The result is an extremely unusual drama, out of time, which captures the terrible limbo in which refugees find themselves, whatever the conflicts that created them. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The film has a lot of heart and an oddball, bitter-sweet charm. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
1/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) By the time we reach the preposterous climax, which literally can't settle on whether it's night or day, even the filmmakers seem to have stopped watching. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 29% The Current War (2017) Driven by an intelligent script and agreeable cast, it's a fascinating, beautifully designed film, which evokes arguably the most inventive decade in history, while reflecting on the varying motivations... that drove progress. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 84% The Brink (2019) The degree of access he allows Klayman would be regarded as folly by most, yet is clearly intended to impress and disarm. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
No Score Yet Half-Sister (Polsestra) (2019) There are one or two missteps, a character perhaps going too far. But Kozole seems to be consciously avoiding the pessimism that often prevails in this part of the world. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019