Saskia Baron

Saskia Baron
Saskia Baron's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Arts Desk
Publications: The Arts Desk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It's a step forward that the directors cast an actor with disabilities rather than getting a star to "crip up". But it's a long way from making a film which creates a complex, genuine three-dimensional portrait of life with Down's Syndrome. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 93% Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Panek treads a thin line between historical realism and horror movie tropes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
3/5 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) When Memory: the Origins of Alien focuses on... arcana, it's a treat, but there's not quite enough of it to make up for the acreage of interviews with the superfans. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 94% Transit (2019) [T]his is a wholly original take on the Holocaust genre. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/5 71% Gwen (2019) Atmospheric cinematography, impressive production design and a lovely selection of shawls don't compensate for a thin script. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Holland is adept at swinging not just from tall buildings but from superhero to awkward teen. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) all too often the film pulls its punches in order to preserve its naturalistic style. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The opening sequence featuring a torrential downpour, is a masterpiece of digital artistry. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Chris Hemsworth's accent drifts from Antipodean to Prince William. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Actor Olivia Wilde makes a creditable directing debut with Booksmart. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein (2018) [T]his is a worthwhile documentary to set alongside recent portraits of Vivian Maier, Robert Frank and Gordon Parks. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 94% Tucked (2018) The thin script cries out for another more nuanced pass. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 83% High Life (2019) The slow pace and pretensions of High Life make it hard to love and it's distinctly challenging for the squeamish. But it's quite possible to admire its bravura performances and the director's design choices. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The expository dialogue is evidence of a script that could have done with another pass. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3/5 85% Girl (2019) There are uncomfortable aspects to Girl, a film that ardently wants to engender sympathy and understanding from its audience. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/5 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) A subtle passionate diatribe about how society treats outsiders, particularly those judged ugly. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Almost five years after the first Lego movie impressed critics and entranced its target audience of families with young kids, its sequel blasts on to the screen and will probably not disappoint fans of the original. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a classic odd-couple comedy with some real pathos hidden between the quips. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is a pleasure, albeit a somewhat guilty one. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) Dynamic yet subtle drama on the impact of police brutality on black Americans. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
5/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Mostly one comes away from Three Identical Strangers with the sense of an extraordinary tale expertly told and with some intriguing questions left unanswered. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kora-eda coaxes superb performances from the two child actors who never become cute moppets. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
4/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Four years in the making, this feature-length documentary is an ingenious creation indeed. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5/5 86% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) Grant's own 16mm footage from the 1930s and readings from his unpublished autobiography makes this documentary stand out from previous portraits. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's not always the most seamless of hybrids and occasionally the joins show in the casting choices and the didactic expository dialogue, but the film is held together by a strong performance by Amandla Stenberg. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 83% Dogman (2019) It's as if Buster Keaton and Steve Buscemi had a son together and left him to grow up with bad teeth and a crooked nose. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 97% 1945 (2017) As nationalist fervour and racism strengthens in modern-day Hungary, it is admirable that 1945 has been made at all. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) When the film came to an end, all I wanted was to watch it all over again; Cold War is the first really great film of 2018. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 95% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) If The Guardians is just a touch too beautiful, slow and artful to be as harrowing and convincing as Beauvois' previous films, it will still go down well with audiences in love with la France profonde and historic drama. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 will create its own ravenous consumers, as it will doubtless inspire the original's repeat viewing and cult status that made this sequel long awaited. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) While it's good to get an insight into Germany's current racial tensions and the film is never boring, In the Fade just doesn't quite deliver. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 95% Filmworker (2018) This is an exhilarating insight into the filmmaking process. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 94% Aurore (I Got Life!) (2017) While I Got Life! is not always entirely credible in its plotting -- there's one lucky coincidence too many and a perhaps over-hasty happy ending -- this is still a highly enjoyable little gem of a movie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
4/5 85% The Square (2017) A satire gleefully poking fun at the pretensions of the art world and liberal Swedes' earnest efforts to promote a dialogue on immigration and racism. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
5/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A Fantastic Woman is magnificent in every way. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 97% Black Panther (2018) What's the problem? Well, there's way too much expository dialogue and there are too many turgid flashbacks...the hand-to-hand fighting and battle sequences are now so formulaic and predictable in Marvel films that the adrenaline just doesn't kick in. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
5/5 81% Early Man (2018) This is a fresh narrative in an era where films aimed at young audiences are dominated by sequels, prequels, remakes, comic book and TV adaptations, and it is all the better for it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
5/5 96% Menashe (2017) Menashe is utterly absorbing, deeply charming, and very funny. It's an impressive first narrative feature by documentarian Joshua Z Weinstein, who brings an assured intimacy to the screen from the outset. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington 2 is that rare thing, a sequel that is more engaging than the original by dint of having a far better baddie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) This film suffers from too much attention to period detail and costume fetishism and not enough courage to eschew conventional narration for something more daring. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Bening doesn't dodge the lens which highlights her own ageing face and gives a superbly brave performance. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
5/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) A deliciously bittersweet family comedy from Noah Baumbach, this is very much a talkie from the Woody Allen school. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
1/5 68% Wonderstruck (2017) What is it about Brian Selznick's ornate illustrated fictions that leads good directors to make their worst films? - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
5/5 92% Good Time (2017) Getting big stars on screen and giving them such dark, meaty roles has amply paid off. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) There's some inventive camerawork, excellent editing and a real sense that this is a story that comes from its creator's heart. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
1/5 43% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Both Jackson and Reynolds have given far better performances in similar roles; revisiting The Long Kiss Goodnight or Deadpool would make more rewarding viewing than shelling out for The Hitman's Bodyguard. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2/5 47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Brace for impact: Luc Besson's frenetic space fantasy runs out of warp factor. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/5 22% The Book of Henry (2017) It's been quite a while since I've seen a movie as staggeringly awful as The Book of Henry. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/5 100% Destination Unknown (2017) Destination Unknown is a sensitive addition to the canon of films that tell the story of the Shoah, but sadly it doesn't move the story on. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 54% Dough (2016) Dough has such very good intentions -- characters separated by race, religion and age can find common ground in a bakery -- it's a shame that it doesn't rise into a tasty loaf but instead remains just a bit wholemeal and stolid. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017