Edward Porter

Edward Porter
Edward Porter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK) Times (UK)
Publications: Sunday Times (UK), Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Florence Pugh's knockout performance is the winner in this zesty wrestling drama. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) With the stars conjuring up an ideal rapport, however, its portrait of a long-married couple is beguiling. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Its fancy plotting, leaping back and forth in time, is sometimes too forced, but the performances by Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei are heart-rending. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) If only their working lives were as bracing: the action in Elizabeth Banks's action comedy is forgettable and the plot is a muddle. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) A few pertinent questions are answered; natural solutions to certain problems (ducks will eat the pestilent snails!) are a joy to behold. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) The film is made with skill and flair, but the story remains essentially a yarn, and in that context its grimness is exhaustingly hard to take. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 95% Atlantics (2019) Travellers lost at sea return in eerie forms in this first fiction feature film by the French-Senegalese actress and director Mati Diop, who successfully applies arthouse fantasy to the migration crisis. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
1/5 60% Them That Follow (2019) The snakes are there just to add grisly tension to a drab melodrama. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 83% La Belle Époque (2019) This scheme lands Nicolas Bedos's film in a thin mixture of sentiment and zaniness, but when Auteuil's character starts to rediscover his wife (Fanny Ardant) in the present, the results are touching. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 78% Judy & Punch (2019) It looks good and is never dull, but there's something academic about the whole thing. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 92% Blue Story (2019) Telling of two young Londoners caught up in a pointless gang conflict known as a postcode war, this cautionary film rises to melodrama as a matter of course but is fundamentally realistic, especially in its dialogue. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
1/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) A London-based romcom full of George Michael hits, Paul Feig's movie seems designed for people who think Love Actually needed a bit more whimsy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) The oddities and mysteries he encountered would have forced anyone in his position to revise the project, but - intriguing though the film is - he seems a bit too quick to include himself in it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 81% The Report (2019) Dramatising the story behind the US Senate investigation into the CIA's use of torture after 9/11, Scott Z Burns's film is itself more a report than a fully formed movie. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 80% Little Monsters (2019) Nyong'o is the main reason to see Abe Forsythe's patchy film, an attempt to do Shaun of the Dead with added children. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 65% The Good Liar (2019) To engineer its climax, though, it comes up with incongruous, overblown flashbacks. Groans and sniggers are in order. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 43% Midway (2019) It could have a been a lot more original and interesting, but if fighter planes and aircraft carriers are your thing, here you go. It's basically a 1940s movie with 2019 special effects. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 92% Klaus (2019) The highly cartoony visual style is nicely retro and the story's ending is quite sweet. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 90% Luce (2019) In many respects, this is cleverly dramatised (with flashy plot twists), but as the film adds to its collection of worthy issues, its hero grows too remote and unknowable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) That said, it's so full of titbits and talking heads that everyone who sees it - or, more to the point, listens to it - is bound to discover a few new things to hear in well-known films. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The flashbacks that tell us more about this duo - Eddie Redmayne's scientist and Felicity Jones's daredevil pilot - are dead weights, and even once the film is rid of them it doesn't exactly soar. Still, it does give us a fairly engaging spectacle. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's pretty much a horror version of a superhero film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Here, the tone's a bit darker, but the humour is basically the same: diverting but forgettable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Hamilton, as a battle-hardened Sarah Connor, is a welcome presence, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing a Terminator in retirement, has a few funny lines, but generally Tim Miller's film is stale and redundant. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Well structured, skilfully visualised and alert to potent details, it keeps its weighty tale from becoming ponderous. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 93% Monos (2019) [A] wild and spectacular tale. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland was funny enough, but in no need of a sequel. Double Tap merely chugs along, even though it has the same director, Ruben Fleischer, and core cast. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) There are insights into the gloomy later years, but it's memorable chiefly for its envy-inducing picture of the upside of being a rock star. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Guillaume Canet's dapper publisher is cheating on his TV-star wife; she has an affair with a self-absorbed novelist. And all of this is described with shrewdness and mild wit. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) A strong performance by Keira Knightley lets us feel the terror of a woman in danger of losing her freedom. Elsewhere, Gavin Hood's film gets bogged down in history at the expense of drama. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) It's not quite as endearing as its predecessor, but the joke rate and big action scenes are enjoyable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Focused on Moore's leadership of a ragged film-making troupe, it even shares a bit of The Greatest Showman's hokiness. Yet Murphy makes a fine impresario and the film lives up to his energy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 70% The King (2019) Still, viewed as its own thing - a slick, solemn movie that tries to be a medieval version of The Godfather - it's not bad. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) The Motown story is hardly new territory, but this documentary tells it with big-screen flair, good archive footage and top-tier interviewees. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 96% The Last Tree (2019) Shola Amoo's movie has its share of TV-drama roughness - in, for instance, the shouting matches between Femi and his mother - but it's enriched by Amoo's expressionistic storytelling and by a trip Femi takes to Nigeria to explore his roots. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) A Norwegian drama about a 14-year-old girl with a depressed, unreliable mother, Camilla Strom Henriksen's film finds a fair bit of flavour in its gloomy atmosphere, but the plot misfires. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 67% The Shock of the Future (Le choc du futur) (2019) It's a slender tale, but it has an airy French coolness that suits the electronic tunes that fill the soundtrack. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Lopez thrives in her best role in years: a mother hen with glittering plumage. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) You might wonder whether the footage has been too neatly edited (the lighting is quite often honey-toned), but the tale is convincing all the same. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 67% Rapid Response (2019) [T]his is a tale that may as well be told. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 73% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) Some may think its abundance of whooping, mincing, bitching and dancing contains too much caricature, but the energy and bawdiness that accompany this merriment liven up the formulaic plot. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 98% Rojo (2019) [I]t may be a bit dry for viewers not invested in its topics, but the pompous, panicked lawyer is well drawn and Naishtat finds ripe ways to depict a society turning ominous. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 80% Minuscule - Mandibles from Far Away (2018) The film might be too long for children who like a bit more brashness - and talk - in their cartoons, but it's likeable in its own way. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) An ideal leisurely movie for a late-summer evening. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Albert, played by Laura Dern (in some scenes doing a deliberately outrageous English accent), frets about being sidelined. As far as the film's treatment of her is concerned, she has a point. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 78% Leto (2019) The unreal musical sequences in which crowds burst into renditions of Psycho Killer and The Passenger are fun, yet the film seems a bit too pleased with itself for coming up with something Danny Boyle might have tried 20 years ago. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) In its action scenes - quicksand, caverns, booby traps and the rest - it's lively but rarely original: it's happy to appeal to viewers who haven't seen this stuff many times before. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) Petzold's classic European arthouse movie is faintly exasperating but also bewitching. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
1/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) I struggle with schmaltzy canine films, but this one is baffling. Do any dog owners want to think of their pets as souls in torment? - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 16% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) [A]n extended ad with no satirical cheek and no desire to entertain anyone beyond the younger end of the child market. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019