Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 80% Pink Wall (2019) Pink Wall can be a bit contrived at times, with situations that have been rather effortfully created. But there are strong, forthright performances from Maslany and Duplass as the lovers who were never meant to be. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 75% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) It is a strange film and, having found it initially engaging and even quite exciting, I came away with a strange taste in my mouth. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 88% Aquarela (2019) It's a movie on a powerfully ambitious scale. Its subject could hardly be more relevant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 72% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jumanji's next level is rather satisfying. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 63% Bombshell (2019) It is a strange film in some ways, speckled with powerful, insightful moments but also with some strained acting, pulled punches and fudged attitudes, unable to decide if its heroines are compromised through having been loyal Fox staffers. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964) Deneuve brings to the film her own subtly erotic discontent and muted sadness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 84% Gremlins (1984) It is a wacky, satirical spectacle of chaos. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 91% The Wolf's Call (Le chant du loup) (2019) It's entertaining to revisit the classic tropes of submarine movies: claustrophobia, tense silence, sweating faces, cat-and-mouse strategy - all ingeniously played out between people who are supposed to be on the same team. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) This looks on paper like a self-aggrandising vanity project, but it is very well directed and performed. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
5/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) So Long, My Son is a piercingly, profoundly moving picture that peels and exposes the senses. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 100% Human Nature (2020) The film is at its most intriguing in its earlier half, when it simply takes you through the growing excitement within the scientific community as the reality of CRISPR emerges. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Dirty War on the National Health Service (2019) A fierce, necessary film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) The power and sheer command of Kent's direction enforced this film's grip on me, along with the fluency and urgency of her storytelling... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/5 97% Knives Out (2019) There's a great deal of lively and funny shenanigans with poisons and antidotes, and Johnson delivers a stab of cheerful cynicism. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/5 72% Shooting the Mafia (2019) Kim Longinotto tells the revealing story of the courageous Italian photographer and photojournalist Letizia Battaglia... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
1/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) From the very first, this Charlie's Angels is all about action and pointless international location work, without the necessary lightness and the solvent of fun. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
5/5 93% 1917 (2019) Sam Mendes's 1917 is an amazingly audacious film; as exciting as a heist movie, disturbing as a sci-fi nightmare. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 96% Little Women (2019) There's nothing little about Greta Gerwig's rich, warm, bustlingly populated and passionately devoted new tribute to Louisa May Alcott's classic novel of sisterhood. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 74% Tommy (1975) What's really interesting about Tommy is that it is about how the generation who led the pop revolution of the 60s had vivid but undisclosed memories of their wartime childhoods. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Boseman carries off the drama with flair and style. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/5 83% La Belle Époque (2019) It's comedy-drama that is not funny enough to count as a comedy and not plausible enough to count as a drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 100% Heimat Is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2020) It is a dreadfully German piece of work. That is part of its power. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 100% Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) Sometimes I felt more passion was needed. This is nonetheless a vehement film about a grotesque injustice. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/5 80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) For 91 tiring minutes, director Ben Berman sort of tells a story that is sort of interesting but maybe not really, padding the film with selfie footage of his own chaotic production problems. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 82% The Report (2019) The Report is a cool, dry look at the facts. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 80% Little Monsters (2019) This is well-worked territory for horror and horror-comedy, but Forsythe makes it work. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) It's an entertaining revival, though a thaw is beginning to set in. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Despite the film's obvious interest, it is a bit conceited and stately, a little like Wim Wenders' movie about Pope Francis, though without the sycophancy. Or almost. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 61% Driven (2019) Screenwriter and novelist Colin Bateman has here scripted a flashy but watchable true-crime thriller in the style of American Made (2017) or Blow (2001). - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 100% 2040 (2019) Often there is something likable and practical about what Gameau is proposing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 66% The Good Liar (2019) This movie rattles along with terrific energy and dash and the flashback sequences show that it's actually far more daring and ambitious that you might expect. It's a great duel between McKellen and Mirren. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 100% Extra Ordinary (2020) A cracking debut feature from Irish writer-directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 90% Luce (2019) Luce feels theatrical in the wrong way: muddled and contrived. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 51% Earthquake Bird (2019) An intriguing, if sometimes redundant, psychological noir... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 100% Celebration (2019) Most fashion documentaries are pretty sycophantic. Not this one. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
1/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) The mystery has been dialled down, the treacle dialled up, and what we are left with is basically Eat Pray Love 2. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Despite some big moments, this seems cumbersome and unnecessary: a dimming of the original. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) If it feels like a feelgood in-house promotional video for Hollywood technicians ... well, they've got an awful lot to feel good about. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Campo (2019) This is a well-made film, an adroit debunking of militarism, perhaps. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
1/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) Korine achieves a Zen state of unfunny with this pointless non-comedy... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
5/5 98% Hoop Dreams (1994) Perhaps James's biggest achievement is his unshowy emphasis on the poetry of basketball itself: the jump shot, the slam-dunk, ecstatic physical expressions of pure transcendental success. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon has made a decent and valuable film, though it often seems like the drama part of a docudrama: some of the scenes feel like respectful re-enactments that could have gone into a documentary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The Terminator franchise has come clanking robotically into view once again with its sixth film - it absolutely will not stop - not merely repeating itself but somehow repeating the repetitions. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
5/5 100% Singin' in the Rain (1952) The unstoppable joy of the musical numbers, especially with O'Connor, is what never fails to seduce - perhaps especially in Moses Supposes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) A disappointment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) There's something interestingly tough and forthright about this slow-burner from director and co-writer Gavin Hood. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon isn't shy of pushing your buttons, but the overall effect has an innocent charm and frankness, and LaBeouf brings a winning combination of toughness and soul. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Olivier Assayas is treading water with this amiable but self-indulgent and finally negligible movie about intrigue and adulterous goings-on in the publishing world of Paris. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) This Maleficent is disappointing, although Jolie certainly sells it hard, as does Fanning, who takes it as seriously as anything else in her career. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) It is another massive achievement for Scorsese. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019