Leslie Felperin

Leslie Felperin
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet Suzi Q (2019) A fan-servicing but not necessarily hagiographic documentary... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Creatress (2019) It's all a bit baffling, a little too post-postmodern for its own good. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
40% Patrick (2019) Waddington clearly has game when it comes to building up suspenseful, fetid intensity and... handles actors with skill. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Captain (2019) A proper nail-biter even if you already know what happens in the real life story. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 29% Tomorrow (2018) A bit like a vanity project that's not even that flattering. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
80% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) Mildly amusing froth, kept all the more buoyant by Farahani's deadpan reactions and immensely watchable face and fine comic timing from the rest of the ensemble... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
67% Maria's Paradise (Marian paratiisi) (2019) That tension between old and new, good and bad is pleasingly kept taut throughout by Bergroth's confident direction, and twanged with precision by a fine cast... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
13% Dirt Music (2019) [T]he corny, eventually rather contrived result doesn't end up doing justice to either its cast's talents or the quality of Winton's acclaimed prose. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
33% The Song of Names (2019) It's lucky Shore's original compositions here and the cuts from the classical repertoire, some performed with impressive skill by child actor Luke Doyle himself, are strong enough to give heft to an otherwise earnest, credulity-straining melodrama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) This is such twaddle it becomes kind of fun, except that there's an uncomfortable feeling - as with many vigilante movies - that the film is revelling in the sexual violence and covering itself with the fig leaf of justice-seeking. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2019) Saint Maud seeds the clouds with an eclectic mix of influences, but it works, creating a film with its own strange weather. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
100% Ordinary Love (2019) Ravagingly honest and quite lovely. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) Satisfyingly sumptuous. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
82% How to Build a Girl (2019) Directed by Coky Giedroycc with a fizzy vibrancy, and supercharged by Feldstein's intense charisma, this crowd-pleasing comedy has smart things to say about class, sex and female identity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
73% Blackbird (2019) There almost isn't a single shot in it where every member of the cast isn't Acting. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
80% Military Wives (2019) Gosh darn it, it's hard not to warm to a film that features an a cappella version of Yazoo's "Only You"... and Kristin Scott Thomas having a verbal cat fight in a parking lot. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
17% Sweetness in the Belly (2019) It ticks nearly every box in the checklist of films you wish you could like more than you actually do. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 56% Scarborough (2019) Even without looking at the credits, it's easy to surmise that this was originally a stage play, given the small ensemble cast, limited use of locations, knowing use of repetition and gotcha plot twist. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 64% Rapid Response (2019) The anonymous, off-the-peg score of backing music and flat editing... make this a bit of a slog. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% Bombay Rose (2019) Rao demonstrates a lightness of touch and a very Bollywood knack for melodrama and entertainment that should make the work appealing to both domestic and international audiences... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 70% ANIARA (2019) A cold, cruel, piercingly humane sci-fi parable that's both bang on the zeitgeist and yet also unnervingly original. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Killers Anonymous (2019) It's a nonsensical premise and a pretty incoherent, painfully inept film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Astro Kid (Terra Willy: Planète inconnue) (2019) Compared with the relentlessly noisy animated features coming out of Hollywood, this is refreshingly old-school and innocent. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 90% The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino) (2018) This is one of those rare films that starts as a slog but grows progressively more engrossing as it develops. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 83% Of Fish and Foe (2019) Surprisingly gripping viewing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 75% Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) A mostly bland, workmanlike amble through the history of caddies. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Prisoners of the Moon (2019) This considered documentary blends archive, original interviews and reconstruction to track down an ugly, sticky thread from the great tapestry of self-congratulation that is forming around the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 47% Robert the Bruce (2019) This is a thoughtful, well-meaning crack at historical drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows (2017) Essential viewing for anyone with a passing interest in either British art, second-wave feminism or experimental cinema from the mid-20th century. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) Often, the whole shebang plays like a rattle bag of tropes, digressions and stray running gags. Then again, that randomness is perfectly apt... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
4/5 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) Costa manages to craft an intimate primer about the state's descent into populism and the fraying of the country's democratic fabric. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 8% Division 19 (2019) This low-budget, colour-drained sci-fi thriller is a curate's egg - one that's been overboiled and well past its sell-by date. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 100% Prophecy (2019) A fascinating watch for anyone interested in modern art. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Last Summer (2018) You get the sense that Jones truly understands and treasures the foolish heroism of young boys. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Once in Trubchevsk (Odnazhdy v Trubchevske) (2019) Sadilova's affection for these humble but still unique people is palpable throughout. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% Ice on Fire (2019) Putting quibbles about pitch and approach aside... as a beginners' guide to Arctic thaw and its consequences this is pretty exemplary stuff. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
63% Liberté (2019) Discipline and Punish could have made a title for this instead of the near meaningless handle it has since it requires discipline to withstand and is a punishment to endure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet Land of Ashes (Ceniza Negra) (2019) Ubeda clearly has a sharp eye, storytelling skills and a knack with coaxing performances from non-professionals that bodes very well for the future. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Not a moment in Portrait of a Lady on Fire is wasted, which suits a story about lovers without a moment to lose. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
46% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) In the end, Young Ahmed feels like little more than a pained shrug, elegantly made, yes, but vaporous and virtue-signaling an empathy that's more gestural than heartfelt. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
60% Lux Æterna (2019) With all this visual and aural opulence to ogle, the story feels almost secondary, but there is one there, crafted perhaps with more deliberation than the staged shambles might suggest. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
86% The Whistlers (2019) Arthouse noir that's a cut above the usual. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
83% Oleg (2019) Oleg is consistently watchable as well as illuminating about an emerging social problem, although the clockwork runs down a bit towards the end. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Ama-San (2016) It's a style of film-making that's as traditional and in its way mannered as the head wraps and diving techniques that are being observed. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 43% Ferrante Fever (2019) Straight-up documentaries about literary subjects are so rarely released theatrically, it's hard not to cheer when one makes it into cinemas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
95% Atlantics (2019) Exquisitely shot by Claire Mathon and lushly scored by Fatima Al Qadiri, the film pulls together some exceedingly strong components. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Against the Tides (2019) The whole thing resolves into a study in maddening ellipses, unexplained motivations and murky dramas that happen off-camera. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% Litigante (2019) The movie often nails the fractiousness, fear and pain of caring for a dying loved one, driven home by immaculate performances from Sanin, Gomez and Sarria as two generations of women with more in common than they might like to admit. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Final Ascent (2019) As a cinematic character he's a bit underwhelming, despite his manifold accomplishments, gear inventions, designs for rescue gurneys and mountaineering achievements. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
50% A Dog's Journey (2019) It quietly boosts a message of resilience and self-belief to young girl audiences, advising them that it's always a smarter move to love nice boys and dogs rather than abusive jerks and pet haters. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019