Ed Potton

Ed Potton
Ed Potton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK)
Biography:
Times of London writer
Publications: Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) Playing out mainly in the skid-row motel in Los Angeles where father and son live, Alma Har'el's dreamlike film leavens the grimness with humanity and humour... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) Sure, it's sometimes tough going, but the hardship and fear are laced with wit, warmth and a comforting sense of authenticity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 64% Ironweed (1987) If you enjoyed Richard E Grant and Melissa McCarthy as on-the-skids New Yorkers in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, here's an even starrier example of Hollywood poverty porn. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) What a lovely, soul-feeding film this is. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 87% The Two Popes (2019) Its greatest value, ultimately, is not as a theocratic commentary, but as a testament to the possibility of deep, rewarding friendship under unlikely, even impossible circumstances. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) It's a strange, sad yarn, full of yearning. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 73% Harriet (2019) It's a rousing piece of film-making from Lemmons. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's a far from perfect film, but a richly entertaining one, with a twist that only devoted petrolheads will know is coming. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) It's compelling stuff: funny, moving and, yes, often amazing. Johnathan is a slippery subject, but in Berman he has a committed chronicler, who is even prepared to smoke meth with him on camera. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) You don't want to spoil it - it's silly, but satisfying as a plum pudding. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 73% Léon: The Professional (1994) Luc Besson's first English-language hit is, like much of the Frenchman's work, less than subtle, yet it is stylish, disturbing and weirdly moving. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 42% A Dog Called Money (2019) It's often striking but at times feels close to misery tourism, especially when intercut with Harvey's public recording sessions at Somerset House in London, which doubled as an installation. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 90% Luce (2019) Adapted by Onah and JC Lee from Lee's play of the same name, it's chilling and provocative, sharply written and sensationally acted by a cast of big-hitters and unknowns. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 96% To Catch a Thief (1955) It's not one of Hitch's most profound films, but it remains a twinkling, innuendo-laden pleasure, with Grant, Kelly and the French Riviera vying for your attention. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 59% Tales from the Lodge (2019) It creaks at times, but, crucially, it never takes itself too seriously. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) You wouldn't seize on film sound as the sexiest of subjects, yet Midge Costin's documentary is a doozy, as inspiring as it is informative. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 51% Earthquake Bird (2019) It's slightly silly, but generally engrossing. And Vikander really does give good sulk. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) If it ultimately feels a bit thin - more stylish pastiche than full-blooded reanimation - it should still distract your little terrors for an hour and a half. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) This is a film that pulls off the impressive trick of being gritty and cheesy at the same time. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) [A] strikingly original portrait of an enigmatic man. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) After film No 2, it may be best if this franchise doesn't rise again either. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
5/5 100% Singin' in the Rain (1952) Is Singin' in the Rain the finest movie musical of them all? There are none better in my book. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble, is again on hand to provide Shaun's bleats and shrieks, and the slapstick is on the money, as is the visual characterisation, whether human, ovine or extraterrestrial. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino, which Gilligan wrote and directed, is a powerful and unshowy epilogue to an expertly told saga. It's slow, yes, and not overburdened with action, but pace and spills are not what turn Gilligan on. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) Witty and surreal, yes, savagely satirical and often chilling, but it's not really rolling-in-the-aisles material. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 81% Abominable (2019) Yet the Miyazaki-style magic and gentle subversion of Jill Culton's film stops it from feeling like an extended tourist promo. The 12ft dandelions are a delight. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) Benjamin and Gabe Turner's documentary is an unashamed lovebomb, with Stevie Wonder and Little Richard laying it on thick, and much back-slapping between Gordy and his best friend, Smokey Robinson. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 95% Good Posture (2019) Yes, it's another tale of agonised yet essentially comfortable creatives living in nice houses, but one that's elevated by canny writing and layered performances. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) [A] delicious romp with a game heroine that never takes itself too seriously, and has some pointed things to say about the class system. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 75% Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979) There was a point to all this foulness; Pasolini was commenting on the dehumanising effect of fascism, with reference to Proust, Nietzsche and Dante's circles of Hell. You'll still want a shower afterwards, though. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) It's a tense and sometimes moving directorial debut for Maras, an Australian who until now has specialised in shorts. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 96% High Noon (1952) Few westerns have conveyed fear so potently as Kane tries to persuade the townsfolk to stand against Miller and his gang, while the clock runs down in real time. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) Although it starts as a meditation on the hardship and rhythms of rural life, Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's documentary becomes something more intimate. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Yet, while it's superficially entertaining, this true-life tale of the lap dancers who drugged their clients and maxed out their credit cards is, like visiting a strip club, ultimately a bit depressing. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 99% The Third Man (1949) Seventy years on such sombreness seems timely, as does Harry Lime, Welles's deliciously elusive antihero. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
1/5 80% Minuscule - Mandibles from Far Away (2018) The story, however, is a massive snoozefest, drawing heavily on Pixar favourites from Finding Nemo, to Up, to, most obviously, A Bug's Life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 28% A Million Little Pieces (2019) This one is acted with commitment and often beautifully shot (a crucial event is shown reflected in the polished surface of a bathtub), but adds little to what has gone before. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) Animals have been coaxing the soft side out of tough guys since Clint Eastwood co-starred with an orangutan, yet there's still something poignant about this meathead engaging with a warmer world. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 50% The Informer (2020) It's nothing we've not seen before, but it's pulled off with slick effectiveness and has enough bumps in the road to demand your attention to the end. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
1/5 68% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) The best that can be said of it is that there's nothing wrong with the glossy computer animation, but the plot is yawningly convoluted and, like many foreign-language animations, the script travels abysmally. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Suffice to say that this film is keenly aware of its origins and their essential absurdity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 95% Gaza (2019) Gaza is explored in Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell's poetic and humane documentary less as a flashpoint of geopolitical strife than as the home of living, breathing people. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 16% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) But much like the Playmobil toys, with their poky feet and weird, lobster-like hands, Playmobil: The Movie is similar but inferior to the Lego equivalent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It really shouldn't work. Yet somehow it steers a course between corniness and barminess. By the end I was crying like a baby, along with many of the other people in my screening, as well as giggling at the preposterousness of it all. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Balance, Not Symmetry (2019) Everyone in the film is annoying - variously self-obsessed, pseudy, theatrically needy or hopelessly drippy, while the dialogue veers between excruciating and cheesy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) It's not offensively dire, just half-hearted and derivative, with a Dirty Dozen-style assembly of a team, a Bond-style assault on Zeta's icy lair and an earnest message of unity across races. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) It is contrived - no longer based around real, erm, history - and less horrible; most of the deaths happen off-camera, presumably to secure a PG rating. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 71% Gwen (2019) It's a bleakly beautiful film, full of angry skies and distant thunder. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 70% Making Noise Quietly (2019) It's an eloquent film about silences, how they can hurt and sometimes protect. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 100% The Edge (2019) Douglas's film is a moving examination of the prizes and prices of sporting success. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019