Raphael Abraham

Raphael Abraham
Raphael Abraham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Financial Times
Publications: Financial Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 66% The Day Shall Come (2019) Morris has already proved he can do lacerating mockery. At a time when we hear ad nauseam that current events are "beyond satire", making people feel something may be the greater achievement. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 100% Babyteeth (2019) Murphy has marked herself as one to watch for sprightly direction and storytelling that doesn't feel the need to spell out every plot progression. And Scanlen has confirmed her status as one of the most promising young actors on either side of the world. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 82% Ema (2019) Sometimes words are inadequate or miss the point entirely, the sequence seems to suggest. Maybe that's the case with Ema. Best just to experience it and submit to its strange, intoxicating rhythms. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 59% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) Becomes a starchy military procedural with a cavalcade of handsome cabs and handlebar moustaches. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 87% The Painted Bird (2019) With more restraint this could have been a masterpiece; as it is, it's one only for arthouse connoisseurs with very strong stomachs. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 43% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh keeps things loose and uses much fourth-wall breaking and comic digression to avoid a didactic tone, and in a country-hopping series of vignettes we see the vicious cycle of money laundering exposed and satirised. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) The King has one treat up its sleeve: in a deliciously fruity turn as the vain and venomous dauphin, Robert Pattinson savours each French syllable as if it were an exquisite mouthful of dauphinoise. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Like the best of the New Hollywood classics it references, this is a film that exhilarates and unsettles while having something to say about today. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
5/5 98% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach never tries to reconcile the messy vicissitudes of human relations, and so he draws us in deeper. Nor is does he take shortcuts for emotional effect. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's like a movie giddily launched by a young Steven Spielberg before an older Terrence Malick wrests the controls and plots a new course for Planet Portentous. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) After 11 years on the road, Schumer's hot-mess routine is well honed, but this showcase is only intermittently special. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Shot in a jagged, expressionist black and white, this is chiaroscuro with the emphasis on scuro, and confirms writer-director Robert Eggers as a major talent. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The whole thing is so unashamedly soaked in nostalgia, it could be eye-rolling, but Pitt and DiCaprio carry it off with so much warmth, good humour and just enough knowingness, that it's impossible to resist. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Kapadia's approach - using only archive footage, dubbed over with audio interview snippets - is slick and compelling but never probes too deeply. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 79% A Hidden Life (2019) The lasting message is that faith, familial love and nature's capacity for renewal outlast even the darkest times - and it comes through loud and clear. Malickites will no doubt be delighted. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) There is a clear and cogent subtext here about how women were portrayed in the past and what they were allowed to portray, but Sciamma never gets on her soapbox or allows the dialogue to become didactic. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
5/5 95% The Climb (2019) What impresses most is that the laughs and bittersweet insights into rollercoaster relationships never flag - and that is what really elevates this comedy to greatness. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory may be too meandering to live up to the lofty standards of Almodóvar's best work, but for aficionados it is, if nothing else, a fascinating insight into how the great Spaniard may see himself. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Yes, Loach is didactic, yet you have to admire his undimmed passion and tireless dedication to the cause. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 90% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Like a psychotropic experience, it is as colourful as it is uncontrolled and may linger long in the memory. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 74% Les Misérables (2019) An urgent reminder of the social ills that troubled Hugo and still badly need curing today. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Driver keeps intoning "This is gonna end badly" and he's not wrong. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) It's a mix that shouldn't work, but thanks to Elliott's rugged sincerity it somehow does. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A minor work from Olivier Assayas... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) For all its violent and drunken outbursts, it's the film's warmth that lingers like a gently throbbing hangover. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) It may not count among Welles's best work - if you regard it as his work at all - but the editors deserve kudos for having assembled something mostly coherent from the 100 hours they were faced with. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Portman is initially hard to swallow as this Madonna-ish ego on strutting, skinny-jeaned legs but grows into the role to gradually overpower the screen with her sheer magnetism. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 65% Suspiria (2018) In terms of plot and performances this is a major improvement on the much-loved but ludicrous original. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The good outweighs the bad and ultimately it's no fool's gold, even if it's not quite 24-carat (or should that be carrot?). - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is an absolute riot, a scabrous and wickedly enjoyable bodice-ripper that makes the dastardly deeds of Dangerous Liaisons look positively tame. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Cuarón shoots in a generous widescreen that seems to take in all the sights, sounds and even smells of barrio life. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) This is the fourth iteration of A Star Is Born, and even if you haven't seen the previous versions, the formula will be familiar. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 87% First Man (2018) They can put a man on the moon, it seems, but they can't get him to express his feelings. This really is the emotional crux of First Man and the theme to which Chazelle and scriptwriter Josh Singer keep returning. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) While he mocks his audience and baits his haters, Von Trier also seems genuinely concerned with these questions and tackles them with undeniable wit and intelligence... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/5 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) A vexing muddle of half-formed ideas that lead only up the garden path to frustration. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The Klan and the idiocy of their ideology are repeatedly and effectively skewered. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Part intriguing mystery, part examination of clashing traditional and modern cultures, it once again exhibits Panahi's ability to interrogate Iran's inner divisions without imposing easy judgments. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/5 78% Leto (2019) Never manages to convey what was so radical or pivotal about the movement, nor why anyone should care. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/5 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Even more than his recent output, it is composed entirely of jarring clips, sourced from a kaleidoscopic array of films, news and online media, that have had the colour and contrast turned up until they often blur into abstraction. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Zhao is magnificent throughout. With her smile she can project warmth or daggers, and she seems able to grow younger or older at will. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) In 84 densely packed minutes, the dialogue is often bracingly spare and scenes of sensual pleasure are invariably interrupted, as if cut off by the long arm of cold war communism. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/5 74% Yomeddine (2019) A.B. Shawky's directorial debut is loveable yet plodding and not always sure-footed. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Dano steps behind the camera for the first time and barely puts a foot wrong with an early '60s-set story of family break-up seen through the eyes of a teenage boy. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel and its recent predecessors suggest that Allen is not just out of favour but out of ideas. You get the feeling that, one way or other, time's up. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 100% The Work (2017) Never has a 4,000-year-old aphorism seemed more devastatingly of the moment. But the results are inspiring: it seems The Work works. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola has inverted the old order of sexploitation and Farrell has been reduced to a sex object. He just looks like a very happy one. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/5 53% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) This is one ghost that can be swiftly laid to rest. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water may not be suitable for children but it has enough disarming charm to briefly make you feel like one. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
5/5 91% Human Flow (2017) Human Flow does not pretend to reinvent the form and other documentaries are more artfully constructed, yet in its urgent mission not just to shock us into action but to humanise those affected, it is entirely successful. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Another piercing performance from [Frances] McDormand. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017