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
2/5 60% 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 42% 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 87% 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 91% 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 98% 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 82% 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 77% 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 71% 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 95% 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 69% 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 88% 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 82% 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 71% 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 72% 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 24% 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
3/5 95% Gaza (2019) The heartstring-tugging is trite at times, and though the film-makers aren't naive about Hamas, it's a shame the movie doesn't say more about politics. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 100% Stones Have Laws (2018) Stones Have Laws is a painstakingly reverent picture of a Maroon community in Suriname. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) With the birds' anger issues now in the past, the new film is an even more generic round-up of colourful creatures doing random cartoony things. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 80% Holiday (2018) The rest of the story has a mordant sense of drama, but the calculations behind this are too cold for my liking. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 79% Photograph (2019) It's a likeable, tender story, in the manner of Batra's 2013 film The Lunchbox, but it withholds a lot from the audience without giving us something we're owed: a good reason for all that elusiveness. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 86% Animals (2019) Both leads give it their all, and if they hadn't been cramped by the script's stiffer moments, there might have been even more to enjoy in the film's frank and energetic portrait of two women baffled by the life choices they face. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Johnson came into movies via pro wrestling: even the usual braggadocio of that pseudo-sport has more life than Shaw and Hobbs's efforts to insult each other's manhood. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 31% The Current War (2019) Some scenes have basic drama, but the flashy camerawork adds to the tone of airless artificiality. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) An adequate showcase, then, for a new batch of jokes in the usual style. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
4/5 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Studying its protagonist (Gabriela Cartol) as she performs typical work and gets the measure of certain colleagues, it has just enough of a story to give you a sense of her life and a desire to see her happy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3/5 71% Gwen (2019) The plot ultimately stays in the real world, where its mounting gloom - enough to make Thomas Hardy seem like Richard Curtis - is hard to take seriously. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 70% Making Noise Quietly (2019) The whole film is a bit stagy, but it has eloquent lines and conveys deep sadness. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 100% The Edge (2019) The narration (by Toby Jones) is overblown, and we don't hear much about any lessons learnt by England's cricket establishment, but the film is still a good sporting story. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda's loose-knit autobiography is mainly for film lovers, but it might teach anyone a thing or two about living well. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The thought of hand-drawn animation becoming a thing of the past may be saddening, but that won't stop children enjoying this new spectacle. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019