Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab
Geoffrey Macnab's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Independent (UK) Sight and Sound Uncut Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh's storytelling style is jaunty and fast moving. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) What do you get when you take a poor, mentally unstable loner and you treat him like trash? The answer given in Todd Phillips's ingenious new feature is Batman's arch nemesis, the Joker. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) In spite of all the jargon and the hardware, this is an intimate family melodrama at heart. Thanks to Pitt's performance and Gray's delicate direction, it turns into a very moving one. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) The film never loses its sense of humour and absurdity. Somehow, in spite of the bleakness of the subject matter, it feels more redemptive than despairing. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It takes some kind of genius for the Pixar animators to give such a searing emotional charge to a story in which one of the main characters is a single use plastic spork retrieved from the trash. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) An enjoyable romp, which doesn't take itself seriously at all. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 80% Late Night (2019) Mindy Kaling makes vicious observations about the inanity, narcissism and corruption of the mainstream US media at the same time as she celebrates the professionalism of many of those who work within it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
97% Dirty God (2019) In a frank but sensitive way, [Sacha] Polak delves into areas that most other filmmakers would be far too timid to go near. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) This is a young adult drama as much as it is a sci-fi film but doesn't have anything very fresh to say about the trauma of adolescence as experienced by mutant superheroes. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 54% Ma (2019) Enjoyably creepy revenge thriller. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The entire film has the feel of Hanna-Barbera animation. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde is a visually inventive director, who keeps the tempo here so brisk that we hardly notice how glib the storytelling sometimes becomes. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) It's full of zest, wit and charm even if its storyline is a bit of a dog's dinner. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) A rip-roaring, old-fashioned matinee-style spectacle that turns out far better than we had any right to expect. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You captures brilliantly the alienation and existential anguish that its main characters feel. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The kind of indulgent and self-absorbed film that only a director with such a glittering career behind him would be allowed to get away with. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) [Director Dexter] Fletcher films even the darkest scenes in a very flamboyant fashion and manages to leaven matters with some ironic humour. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) At times, the action is so relentless it risks becoming monotonous. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) This is Jarmusch at his most low key. He has a tremendous cast, many of whom have worked with him before, but he doesn't do much with them. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 83% High Life (2019) Veteran French director Claire Denis' first English-language film is a fascinating mixture of highbrow and B-movie elements. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is as uplifting a film as you will see all year. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) The timing here always seems slightly off. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The result is a pleasant but flimsy romantic comedy, ultimately undermined by its own wafer-thin premise. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
2/5 81% Long Shot (2019) The disappointment is that the filmmakers settle for goofy and often surprisingly crude farce rather than trying to skewer the Washington elite. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) The film develops into a period version of a rites of passage story about youngsters on the verge of adulthood - a sort of Edwardian American Graffiti. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) In spite of the absurdity of the plot and the flimsiness of the concept, there are enough bloodcurdling moments here to make you cower, jump or hide beneath your seat at least once or twice. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) In Bel Canto, the tension is barely there to start with. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This is a movie that dazzles you with its spectacle, provides plenty of irreverent slapstick and gags along the way and yet still ends with a huge emotional kick. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 30% Red Joan (2019) The result is a film which, although very handsomely made, has little dramatic intensity. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) This may be an exercise in genre pastiche but it's a surprisingly engaging and affecting one. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) Veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert gives one of her most terrifying performances in Neil Jordan's overwrought horror-thriller. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 48% Little (2019) The film is generally at its best when [Regina Hall] is on screen, behaving at her nastiest. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose has plenty of gentle and ironic humour along the way. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) British director Neil Marshall's reboot of the Hellboy franchise is a lurid, confusing mess, only partially redeemed by its tongue-in-cheek humour and fitfully impressive visual effects. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It's a measure of the four exceptional central performances (from Reilly, Phoenix, Gyllenhaal and Ahmed) that the film remains so engaging in spite of its narrative digressions and moments of very bleak violence. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link develops into an amiable but slightly undercharged buddy movie. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) You can't help but root for a protagonist who, once he realises he has superpowers, uses them to make strangers pay for selfies with him and to pose at the top of the steps where Stallone's Rocky Balboa used to do his workouts. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The themes are much the same as in the original animated film but Burton comes at them in such a quirky and subversive way that the film never feels bland or earthbound. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) Peele combines B-movie tropes with elements of paranoid conspiracy thrillers in an unsettling and very original fashion. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 66% The White Crow (2019) One of the fascinations of the film, elegantly scripted by playwright David Hare, is the mixture of storytelling styles. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under the Silver Lake has brilliant scenes but it also feels derivative and increasingly self-indulgent. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) [Lucas Hedges] brings a double-edged quality to his role as the recovering addict. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 60% Fisherman's Friends (2019) Fisherman's Friends is a formulaic but thoroughly amiable and upbeat British comedy with a flavour of Ealing Studios and The Full Monty about it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 95% Ray & Liz (2019) [A] virtuoso debut feature. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Beneath her layers of make-up and prosthetics, [Eva] Melander gives a fine and moving performance as the customs officer with the unlikely powers. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is enjoyable enough as popcorn entertainment. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Kerslake gives an intriguing performance as the mother. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It is far more gripping than its subject matter might suggest. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) A very well-mannered melodrama. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Director [Mimi] Leder deserves credit for making a technical and abstruse court case so involving. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019