PJ Nabarro

PJ Nabarro
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Scorsese seems to intrinsically understand the revue's ethos. Hence the intuitive decision to make the execution of his film an aesthetic mirror of the tour it documents. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
2/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A parody of bourgeois French cinema, and the focus on the comically transparent autofictions of the hapless writer, Léonard, mimicked classic Woody Allen - not in a good way. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out's most distinctive feature is its overwhelming sense of its own cleverness. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
3/5 94% Raging Bull (1980) The film pushes somewhat of a limited thesis, especially compared to Scorsese's superior existential portraits in Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and The Last Temptation of Christ. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet L'éclipse du soleil en pleine lune (The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon) (1907) The impish thrill in these celestial bodies' faces as the moon ekes its way across the dark sky to the sun hearkens to a sophisticated Benny Hill or Morecambe and Wise sketch. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
5/5 98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Without the need to play his story out in a thoroughly realised reality, Murnau uses illusion and the poetry of his medium to communicate the themes of his modernist fable. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/5 97% Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922) Completely lacking in gratuity and malice: it creates all of its dramatic effect from the simple interplay between light and dark, and the suggestion of Nosferatu's diabolism. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 98% Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993) Kieslowski crafts a tone poem about the beauty of grief, and how Julie's submission to the crystal-clear sorrow of her emotions leads her on a deeply moving process of rebirth - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 83% Bright Star (2009) The film succeeds in making the lustre of Keats' words come borne out of the inspiration he finds in his love for Fanny Brawn and the transient beauty of the natural world. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 73% The Game (1997) A classy thriller, and yet further evidence of how Michael Douglas was able to nail these WASP-in-peril roles. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 45% American Reunion (2012) What the latest instalment to the American Pie series reveals is just how deceptively sentimental and conservative the franchise is beneath its facade of sexual bawdiness. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 96% The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) (2006) Erice clearly intended this as a discourse on the septic influence of Franco's reign on Spanish civilian life. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 79% Fight Club (1999) The film's tongue is far too firmly in its cheek at all points of its discourse to ever take its characters' actions too much at face value. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 71% Calamity Jane (1953) Bold, camp and a clear indicator of cinema's lineage to theatre and a vaudeville tradition. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 79% Killer Joe (2012) A useful reflection on the nature of tyranny, and how it cowers and make zealots of the weak and vulnerable. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 86% Carla's Song (1998) Oyanka Cabezas is an absolute revelation as Carla: unbelievably subdued and melancholic in Glasgow, yet she comes alive with vivacity and passion on arriving in Nicaragua. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) A work that tries to honour and conclude the trilogy's politicking on its slippery themes of civic responsibility versus the value of self-preservation. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 75% Hope Springs (2012) Is having Meryl Steep's character practising her fellatio technique on a banana really all the material they could come up with? - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 92% Skyfall (2012) The character of Bond always works best when a blank canvas of nihilist tendencies and ultra-professionalism, so the Batman-style stab at populist pathos didn't wash with me. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) It's conservative, sentimental, and shows remarkably leniency for Gus' belligerent - some might say, unattractively hostile - ways. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 78% The Hangover (2009) The filmmakers throw in so many forced elements of farce, that it dissipates the sense that maybe, just maybe, this kind of thing could happen to any of us. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) It feels much like a gentler, more humorous and watered-down version of The Fellowship of the Ring. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 89% Lincoln (2012) The recurrent themes that crop up again and again in the film are those of sagacity, maturity and the necessary compromises that come as part of ageing. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 13% Safe Haven (2013) The sentimental plot twist is particularly arch. It's essentially a means to endow further dignity on an already idealised thirtysomething father and his impossibly cute kids. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 53% The Notebook (2004) James Garner and Gena Rowlands lend the story a graceful gravity that perhaps the rest of the film's more simplistic romanticism doesn't deserve. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 85% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) It's ultimately a film dealing in hackneyed horror tropes and employing a highly slippery and questionable toxic masculinity thesis. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) Although probably less purely exciting than its predecessor, The Girl Who Played with Fire is in some respects the more sober, realistic story. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 90% Leonera (Lion's Den) (2008) It wraps up in its seeming apparatus of a murder thriller and prison saga, a more moving and overarching parable of female maturation and gut-wrenching motherly love. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) A pleasant enough evocation of the first stirrings of confidence and maturity in a painfully shy teenager. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 96% Argo (2012) The film plays out in the broadest of broad strokes with Affleck employing a lowest common denominator tone that would make the most hackneyed of Hollywood filmmakers proud. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 83% Swimming Pool (2003) A classy, frothy little thriller which isn't intended to be taken too much at face value as any kind of rigorous treatise on writing or the idea of the unreliable narrator. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 88% The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012) A thoroughly well-told, if ultimately fairly slight, tale of family honour lost and regained in a France around the time of the Second World War. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) An uplifting ode to the notion that honouring the idealistic side of ourselves is often the best therapy. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 43% J. Edgar (2011) Although the film is suffocated somewhat by its solemnity, and it's hard to ascertain Eastwood's take on his subject, you can't really quibble with its realisation. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 79% The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) It really has hideously dated, from the gaudy fashion and special effects, to the smutty, sexist, 'Carry On'-style humour. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 80% The Hours (2002) The problem with The Hours' overt literariness is that it makes it a very pleading work; the film wants you to "get it" at every single point of its discourse. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 95% The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) The gripping final 30 minutes as the dynamiting of the bridge is carried out, is a masterclass of cinematic storytelling. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 88% Thunderball (1965) This features the ideal realisation of Blofeld - a disembodied voice with shutters obscuring his presence from the torso up. It's far more chilling than in later Bonds. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 32% Nick of Time (1995) Fair enough if the film isn't going to be a cerebral treatment of its real-time hook, but, for the most part, it fails in its more simple and pulpy remit to thrill. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) It really is hard to find a fault with this latest adaptation of Jane Eyre. It's certainly one of the most tonally stringent period films of recent years. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) The material is tailor-made for Fincher, and, in many respects, it feels a summation of his work over the preceding 15 years. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
1/5 61% Moonraker (1979) Unquestionably the nadir to the whole Bond series. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 73% You Only Live Twice (1967) The outlandish elements that were soon to become tired in the Bond series are actually quite novel and imaginative here. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 65% Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Has some dramatic merit and is one of the better films in the entire franchise. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 82% On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) One of the best Bond movies of the entire series: it features cracking cinematography and there are some stupendous action sequences. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 83% My Week with Marilyn (2011) The film wants to have its cake and eat it regarding the tragic mythological baggage of Monroe. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) One has to applaud Joe Wright's interpretation of 'Anna Karenina' which is a play on the Shakespeare adage, "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players" - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 86% Pride and Prejudice (2005) Over-familiar material gets innovative, yet faithful, treatment from Joe Wright in this lovely little adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 65% Live and Let Die (1973) Stands as proof to the maxim that James Bond and the 1970s simply didn't mix. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 44% The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) One of the real Bond curios and arguably the most passable Roger Moore entrant to the entire series. - Patrick Nabarro EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019