Jesús Fernández Santos

Jesús Fernández Santos
Jesús Fernández Santos's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): El Pais (Spain)
Publications: El Pais (Spain)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Being There (1979) What started as a fable ends up being a satire and that is precisely where the story becomes tedious and long, at the same time that it shows its weakest side. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
80% Flash Gordon (1980) In between brittle skies and other galactic junk, the adults are likely to doze off. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
No Score Yet Hangar 18 (1980) The film resembles a television series, even though its special effects are superior. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet Marianne and Juliane (Die bleierne Zeit) (1981) Director Margarethe von Trotta does a solid and precise job. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
69% Dead and Buried (1981) While the technical aspects of the movie are brilliant, the central idea is executed poorly. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet The Skin (La Pelle) (1981) Almost everything in this story is shameless and false. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) (1936) A small masterpiece that mixes humor and passion. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
69% True Confessions (1981) The caustic and ironic tone of the original is lost in this film adaptation. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
45% Lili Marleen (1981) The famous German director has crafted a less personal film than usual, but it's rigorous and attentive. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron) (1981) The film is shot in a mechanical way, which makes it a bit monotonous. However, the script never loses interest. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) There's not much to do but to sit and wait, laugh and let oneself be carried away by the dizzying array of images that will please all kinds of people. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
10% Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) The scriptwriters only bothered to put together a boring adventure, where the only good thing is the professional work of Richard Harris. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet Moskva slezam ne Verit (Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears) (1980) The worst part about this movie is its outdated and vacuous interpretation of women and men. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
100% The Aviator's Wife (La femme de l'aviateur) (1981) Everything is told in such a sincere and direct way. Despite its conventionalism, the film becomes a mirror of a complex couple in an omnipresent Paris. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet Lady Oscar (1979) A conventional story reduced to particular anecdotes, where the only good thing is the music. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
82% S.O.B. (1981) Aside from a joke and an entertaining scene here and there, the movie lacks humor and repeats itself. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
79% The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) The excellent cinematography and well-crafted mise-en-scène guarantee a long shelf-life to this novel. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet Bizalom (Confidence) (1980) The plot itself is not new, but it's developed in an unusual way and sharpened by solitude and the need to choose between love, fear, and selfishness. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet The Terrace (La Terrazza) (1980) This star-studded film, which seeks to impress the public with its famous names, is just that, names. It's a gallery of archetypes rather than authentic characters that fail to inspire. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
19% The Jazz Singer (1980) The protagonist manages to get through his dilemma between a profane love and home, with the help of Laurence Olivier, at the helm of the veteran Richard Fleischer, and under the umbrella of a soundtrack that will please its fans. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
No Score Yet The Crying Woman (La Femme qui pleure) (1979) The most novel aspect of the film is the way it portrays the story. In short, its sincerity toward the audience and the crude reality of a conflict that has no winners or losers. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
75% The Savage Innocents (1961) The movie would have been better if it had been a documentary with authentic Eskimos, rather than having actors dressed up as indigenous peoples. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
95% Spartacus (1960) This chapter of the history of Rome stands out for its recreation of the lives of gladiators and its beautiful images that culminate in the confrontation of the Roman legions in the open field. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
68% Clash of the Titans (1981) The movie is crafted with the extravagant special effects that cinema offers and requires today. Its Olympus is full of stellar names that demonstrate how ancient gods were immortal. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
96% High Noon (1952) A perfect drama... An eternal adventure of men facing the decisive moment of luck, willing to kill or be killed. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
78% The Three Musketeers (1948) Conventional love stories, an odd sense of humor, double agents, honest people, and valid traitors are all featured in George Sidney's adaptation of this story. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
22% Caveman (1981) The scriptwriter doesn't show much imagination when it comes to inventing plot scenarios. Not even the inclusion of well-known music saves the movie from its monotony. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
71% Hopscotch (1980) Rather than being entertaining, the movie is irritating. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
70% Nighthawks (1981) The already conventional story sacrifices its best moments for the dramatic. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Il Bisbetico Domato (The Taming of the Scoundrel) (1980) A mediocre comedy. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
81% Private Benjamin (1980) Within the limitations of the genre, this story of private Benjamin ends up being entertaining at times. It doesn't add anything new, but it brings to us a new and special performance from the brilliant actress Goldie Hawn. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
82% 9 to 5 (1980) This is a conventional comedy in the style of the films shot in the 1940s, with the same plot and identical characters, but, unfortunately, lesser actors. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
75% Beat the Devil (1953) An informal comedy that is at times critical, entertaining, and even discursive. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Tribute (1980) Based on a play, the script doesn't manage to save the work of the author, who is also in charge of this adaptation. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
90% Eraserhead (1977) A hallucinatory drama with impeccable technique and exemplary cinematography. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Mysteries (1978) The mise-en-scène, color, and character study are combined in an effective way. But the film can't quite capture the unique mysticism where the true essence of the author reside. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% The Dogs of War (1980) Those waiting to see a great war spectacle will be disappointed. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
18% Sextette (1978) Beyond the well-known plot, old songs, and new actors, there's something pathetic about Mae West holding onto the idea of a body when the body no longer exists. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Rocío (2013) With its excellent music and interviews, which at times turn pain into humor, is an exception not only in the documentary genre but in the history of Spanish cinema. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Sibiriada (Siberiade) (1979) This film seems to confirm that Soviet cinema continues to be a means of expression at the service of the state, which is short on ideas. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Circle of Two (1980) Even more pathetic than the frustrated Richard Burton is the director Jules Dassin. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Every Man for Himself (Sauve qui peut (la vie)) (1980) Jean-Luc Godard continues to be true to himself, self-aware, omnipresent, and pedantic at times, perhaps because of his obsession to be honest... He's a true filmmaker, alive and current, unrepentant and modern. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
100% Don Giovanni (1979) The intention of having Don Giovanni reach a wide public is commendable, especially in a country like ours, where our musical culture is pitiful. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
50% The Hunter (1980) There's a messy accumulation of scenes, effects, and resources that seem like an overview of Steve McQueen's previous films. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Willie & Phil (1980) Paul Mazursky's story feels old. His allusions to the East and to American society are not funny but frivolous. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
83% Dressed to Kill (1980) The film has a promising beginning. However, as the story develops, it turns more implausible and superficial... arriving at an ending that adds nothing. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
No Score Yet A Leap in the Dark (Salto nel vuoto) (Leap Into the Void) (1980) The evolution of the protagonists is found in between sarcasm and irony, which remind one of Marco Bellocchio's first films, and of a special or particular poetry that appears in the best moments. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
90% The Big Red One (1980) But in the end, for a film that pretends to be anti-war, it comes across as ambiguous, which isn't anything new in the work of Samuel Fuller. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
88% Kagemusha (1980) Beyond the exquisite visual effects and battles, what is most interesting about the story is its protagonist: a double who turns into the shadow of the warrior Kagemusha. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
No Score Yet Heart Beat (1980) John Byrum has achieved an honest film, narrated with the sobriety of the testimony, just as its characters deserved. [Full Review in Spanish] - El Pais (Spain) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019