Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Rare Beasts (2019) Rare Beasts is a striking debut that demands active participation from the viewer. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Armando Iannucci surprises with this remarkably madcap adaptation... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
83% My Zoe (2019) This film works better if you don't think too hard about the science. It wants to elicit an emotional, rather than a rational, response. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
43% The Song of Names (2019) [It] has some lovely music scored by the legendary Howard Shore, but this does little to deafen the dull narrative notes. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
64% The Other Lamb (2019) Malgorzata Szumowska's first English-language film has rich rewards for those willing to uncover the cult... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) It is as fascinating to watch Fisk talk about the media landscape as it is to read his inimitable writings on the Middle East. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
83% Judy (2019) It's a surprisingly dark film for a musical biopic, but Zellweger is a bright light, a one-woman show determined to "Get Happy." - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
83% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) It's a visceral experience that challenges the notions of truth. Australian Kurzel combines the family troubles of his 2011 drama Snowtown with the eerie atmosphere of his 2015 Cannes competition entry Macbeth. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
60% Greed (2019) It is one of Winterbottom's better movies, which is saying a lot, given the quality of his oeuvre. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2019) The story haunts us long after the end credits roll, especially the two excellent performances from the leads. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
17% Sweetness in the Belly (2019) The movie can't decide whether it wants to be about Lilly or about Ethiopia, and never overcomes this conflict. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
71% Radioactive (2019) The director efficiently packs a rich story into the film, and the personal sacrifices made by these scientists are not forgotten either. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% The Aeronauts (2019) The film plays so loose with the truth that it feels like a complete fabrication. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet My Days of Glory (Mes jours de gloire) (2019) Overall, there is more than enough to delight, indicating that de Bary will be worth looking out for in the future. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
100% Rialto (2019) The director plays scenes long, leaving the status of relationships opaque and enforcing a sombre tone. However, it's a film that sits firmly in the consciousness for days afterwards, benefitting from hindsight. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
80% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) The comedy isn't always consistent....consequently, some of the eye rolling elicited is not down to the characters' mindsets, but rather the uneven quality of the film and its broad caricatures. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Scarecrows (Les Épouvantails) (2019) It's a shame that the narrative is so muddled and overly complicated, because the central story is powerful, urgent and ambitious. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% Rocks (2019) It's a film that is very much in the tradition of British social realism. Nonetheless, it remains light and joyful enough to be enjoyed and recognised by an audience with the same demographic and age as the characters on screen. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) For the most part, it works a treat. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) It's a film reminiscent of the work of Iranian master Asghar Farhadi, full of twists and turns as it puts its characters in increasingly tragic situations. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) While Hoss's performance never strays too far from excellent, the same is not true of the storyline. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Woman (2019) It is superbly edited, creating the illusion of simplicity when it's clear that weaving together the different elements to create a cohesive whole must have been a monumental task. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
59% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's a well-told film that occasionally gets bogged down by a sense of its own importance, but it's well made, and Dujardin is magnificent. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) It takes on significant issues, but in a way that is illustrative, rather than combative. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
40% Wasp Network (2019) This is one of those frustrating movies that's got all the components but somehow manages to miss the boat. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet All This Victory (Jeedar El Sot) (2019) The constraint of one-location films is that they can feel staged, and to succeed, they need all of the components of the movie to work: the visuals, the sound and the acting. That's not always the case here, which is a shame. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% Mother (Madre) (2019) Madre is a movie that dares to be different. It succeeds because it has a strong central character, a sensational aesthetic and frames that move like ballet. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% Citizen K (2019) This movie also avoids pretending it has all the answers. What makes Citizen K so good is that Gibney always doubts what he is being told. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% Bombay Rose (2019) It is the animation technique that is the knockout in Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) The beauty of the film is how it plays with preconceptions. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet South Terminal (Terminal sud) (2019) The problem with using such eclectic metaphors is that it feels as if the director should be on hand to decipher the film. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Tree House (Nhà cây) (2019) The images of villagers in the mountain tilling the land and living in seclusion, and those of their pets wandering around, are stunning. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet Here For Life (2019) The experimental non-linear storytelling style of the film suggests it might be better suited to a gallery context rather than to cinema exhibition. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet A Voluntary Year (Das freiwillige Jahr) (2019) Though the directors want to keep an everyday context, they don't always succeed, occasionally overdoing the layering of plot...most successful in the way it demonstrates having a liberal outlook and politics does not necessarily mean you are tolerant. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
60% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) It's a strong directorial debut from Bird...there is a touch of John Hughes about the way he cares so much for the have-nots, capturing moments of desire and hope which are constantly fighting with feelings of inadequacy. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% Maternal (Hogar) (2019) It's a striking debut film, full of wonderful observations... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
100% If Only (Magari) (2019) This is the funny, light and sentimental film on divorce that we didn't know we were waiting for. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet Projectionist (2019) Many other questions are not satisfactorily answered, as director Shylov doesn't create a strong enough narrative or enough metaphors that really resonate. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
86% Animals (2019) What's impressive about Hyde's film is that the freewheeling style of the storytelling matches the wildly contradictory thought process of Laura. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
89% Adam (2019) Maternity, friendship and the position of women in Moroccan society all feature in Maryam Touzani's exquisite debut film. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
89% Monsoon (2019) Monsoon is an acquired taste, out of tune with the editing style and pace of most British films, but for those willing to give in to this cultural mash-up, there are many rewards to be had. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Through several illuminating interviews, shot as talking heads, Broomfield also paints a picture of the time, the free love of the 1960s, the indulgence of artistic talent and the suffering of children. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) Imagine wanting to see Yesterday, it's easy to do, so many great ideas, comments on celebrity, little gems so true. Imagine, then, this movie, frustrating the hell out of you. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) There are a lot of ideas in this film, but not all of them work, most notably a final voiceover that is in the third person and which feels expositional. But overall, those who like their cinema tense and experiential will find a lot to admire. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
83% Lillian (2019) It's a haunting picture, one that links nature and humanity in unexpected and cruel ways. The multi-talented Horvath also took care of the ethereal cinematography and contributed the memorable soundtrack. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
40% Tlamess (2019) Tlamess becomes too obtuse to hit home. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
92% The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) It is classic storytelling that will delight those who like their dramas full of twists and turns, with pain and anger, in a film that highlights the changing position of women in society. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
100% The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des Ours en Sicile) (2019) The picture manages to avoid pretentiousness in both its design and its narration. It is very much aimed at families and is told in a classical style - a real joy. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
100% To Live to Sing (2019) What makes Ma's film surprising is the delicate way in which he tells the story as well as his affection for the camaraderie among the troupe. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
54% Wounds (2019) ... in fairness, it does have a terrific finale, but it's not one that can stitch up all of the loose, bleeding ends. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019