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 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 31% 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 45% 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 18% 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 43% 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 72% 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 68% 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
4/5 72% The Command (Kursk) (2019) [T]his is a punchy and poignant piece of film-making from Vinterberg. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 96% In Fabric (2019) Strickland's cinematic worlds certainly aren't for everyone... I found it a hoot: knowing, creepy, stylish. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 100% Anima (2019) Featuring several songs from the album, it's a striking mix of dystopian dream imagery and convulsive dance routines featuring zombified wage slaves that touches on the drudgery, competition and oppression of modern life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 69% The Flood (2019) Directed by Anthony Woodley... this is a resolutely earthbound story, dedicated to the 70 million displaced people around the world, but rarely preachy, and with just enough humanity peeping through the bleakness. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) It's a toothsome turn from Hamill, who knows a thing or two about infantilised villainy, having voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 93% We the Animals (2018) While the child actors are often excellent, they don't get much to say, and it's asking a lot for boys of primary-school age to express soulful depths through glances alone. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 91% The Elephant Man (1980) Many Lynchian tropes are here, from a sense of foreboding to a fascination with the grotesque, in terms of Merrick and outsiders' reactions to him. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Whether she's dealing with conflicts at work, doing laugh therapy sessions, or smoking weed on the floor of her apartment while the Californian sunlight slants through the window, this is a Bell that chimes. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 57% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) An Oasis reunion could still happen, of course, but this isn't the film to convince Noel and the rest of the sceptics. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 54% Ma (2019) Spencer is hugely watchable, as ever, but I'd love to have seen her get her teeth into an even meatier Ma. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) Such an unapologetic crisis of masculinity will strike some as self-indulgent in times such as these. Yet Cummings is so committed to Arnaud's tragicomic trajectory... that you can't take your eyes off him. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) You expect the whole enterprise to come crashing down around his ears, but this is a film-maker in total control of his craft. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 52% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) This won't be the Belgian brothers' third - it feels too slight for that - but it's subtly provocative and powerfully acted by the young newcomer Idir Ben Addi. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 53% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Dolan may not have made his masterpiece yet, but this is more than fine for now. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is a retro tour de force inhabiting a fully realised world of popular culture - TV, movies, pop music and yes, pulp fiction. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 77% A Hidden Life (2019) The ending has real power, too, but much of the rest of the film is just plain dull - gorgeous to look at, but dull. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 87% Diego Maradona (2019) As Signorini says: "Diego has had a life both tremendous and terrible." Kapadia's film does justice to both sides. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) It's a story with a striking sense of place - especially the windswept plains - and some wonderfully taciturn performances, notably from Martínez and José Vicente Cote as Rapayet's wizened, dignified uncle. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 38% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) It's a shock, then, to watch a movie that makes minimal effort to appeal to anyone beyond its pre-school target market. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 91% Beats (2019) The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Fortunately, the ever-likeable Reynolds is equal to the task, channelling the savvy exuberance (but not the rude bits) of his Deadpool persona. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) This is a film that revels in a titanic talent, and the details that an audio recording can never pick up. The close-ups are wonderfully intimate. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The creaking-doors-and-wind-gusting-through-windows routine becomes tiresome, though, as does Raymond Cruz's hilariously taciturn Hispanic exorcist. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron is very good, but I'm not sure he's a revelation. Joe Berlinger's film is still a story about charm and performance. And it's not much more than that. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 92% Donbass (2018) It's sometimes confusing and often depressing, but shot through with a grim absurdism. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) It's just sweet, sad and beautifully observed. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 83% Loro (2019) It's tonally all over the place, and significant characters disappear without warning. Yet the force and style of the storytelling, plus Toni Servillo's bravura performance as Berlusconi, often paper over those cracks. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Armour-plated self-confidence is kind of her thing. She's undeniably magnificent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 92% Last Breath (2018) It's affecting stuff -- there are few things more moving than tough men getting emotional. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) It's a witty global adventure full of bravura set pieces and sharp, stylised characters. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 91% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) The extraordinary true story of Burt Trautmann...gets a warm if corny retelling in Marcus H Rosenmüller's drama. The on-field action is decently handled, as is Trautmann's initial ostracism for his medal-winning deeds in the Second World War. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019