Tom Beasley

Tom Beasley
Tom Beasley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Statesman Flickering Myth

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
79% Judy & Punch (2019) Judy and Punch is a liquorice-sharp treat of dark comedy. It doesn't go down easily, but it shoots for the fences in taking the constituent parts of a beloved family favourite and twisting them into something grotesquely contorted and misshapen - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The horns might be longer and more elaborate than ever before, but the ends are blunt. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
86% Bombay Rose (2019) Many of the constituent parts are there, but they never quite cohere and so the result is something that's unfocused and more than a little frustrating. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
67% Lara (2019) Its episodic storytelling yields as many dead ends as it does enjoyable moments and the result is an uneven meander through a woman's life. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
86% The Whistlers (2020) This is a definite case of a film with plentiful style, but little substance, despite its best efforts to convince the audience that it's full of depth. It's a movie that ends not with a bang, but with a whistle. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) This does the simple things, but it does them with such wit, such craft and such big-hearted joy that it's impossible not to love every deliciously silly moment. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
92% Lucky Grandma (2019) There's an uneven quality to Lucky Grandma, and it's this that ultimately leaves the film as a slightly unsatisfying beast. Chin's central performance, though, is a delight. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) This is absolutely a silly genre flick about a dismembered hand engaging in slapstick silent comedy, but it's also a profound romance with devastating emotional impact. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
93% Monos (2019) While the slippery tone and oppressive sense of dread might not be for everyone, those willing to dive headlong into Landes' world will be rewarded with a film of quite extraordinary power and flair. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
95% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) Ghost Town Anthology is an utterly unique film that has a profound emotional impact. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) Workforce never shies away from depicting the struggles of the real world even in the midst of its fable-like story. This is a movie about solidarity, but solidarity that seems to be on the turn, on the verge of curdling into something else entirely. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
99% For Sama (2019) For Sama is a frenetic and chaotic watch, reflecting the reality of life on the ground in war-torn Aleppo. It's a document of conflict, of course, but it's also a story that ends on a note of very real hope in the wake of extraordinary suffering. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) What's most disappointing here is that this is a film that feels entirely disposable. There's nothing on offer that couldn't be gleaned from a newspaper article, or even a brief flick through Wikipedia. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
No Score Yet Killers Anonymous (2019) The performances are solid and there are moments of sparkle, but it eventually gets bogged down in so much nonsense that Oldman's strategy of half-watching while downing booze feels like the best possible policy. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
71% ANIARA (2019) Aniara is a compelling study of human nature, which never shies away from condemning the ways in which mankind has scuppered its own continued existence, and will continue to do so even when it does consider a move into the stars. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Presumably, the film is supposed to have plenty to say about toxic relationships, but it's buried under such a thick treacle of privilege that I found it impossible to engage - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
73% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) The Shiny Shrimps is about the joy of spending time in a world where, as one character puts it, "difference is a strength". - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
63% Rabid (2019) This is a glimpse into the rancid heart of cinema, and it's a joy. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
68% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) A slightly dull, but ultimately likeable, animated tale that will probably do its job in keeping the kids quiet in the dying days of the summer holidays. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Although JT himself never lived, that doesn't mean he wasn't real, and this compelling film explores that delightfully while handing Stewart yet another standout performance. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) An engrossing and intriguing drama, helped over the finishing line by the subtlety of its performances - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) There's an undeniable warmth and heart to Marianne & Leonard, but there's also a sense it could never have done this unusual, solemn bond justice. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
69% My Friend the Polish Girl (2019) My Friend the Polish Girl is an interesting cinematic experiment with plenty to say about the filmmaking process. It's just occasionally unwilling to come out and say it. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) The Queen's Corgi is a film that has teleported from a world in which animated movies are of a much lower standard than they typically are today. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
36% Anna (2019) When the movie knows it's stupid, it's always watchable, but Besson too often takes his stupid spy tale a little too seriously. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
68% Stockholm (2019) The talent involved means The Captor is always watchable, but it's never anything more than that. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
47% Robert the Bruce (2019) Braveheart fans might not find the follow-up they want, but viewers in the market for a quietly intelligent historical drama will be more than satisfied. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Child's Play (2019) Unfortunately, the pieces don't quite come together and it all, sadly, feels a little toothless and lacking in killer bite. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
97% Dirty God (2019) Knight's fiery, sensitive performance ignites the core of a movie that has a lot to say, but never sacrifices an ounce of truth in order to make its point. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) A consistently entertaining family drama that is culturally perceptive while maintaining a broad enough appeal that it stands as an undeniable, crowd-pleasing hit. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) For someone who was, for want of a better phrase, a Dr Ruth virgin, this documentary is the perfect introduction to an inspiring and brilliant woman who has lived the most fullest of lives - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
96% The Last Tree (2019) The Last Tree should be appreciated for its willingness to try new ideas in order to enliven and alter the bare bones of its coming-of-age tale . - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? is an enjoyable and well-crafted film that casts an interesting, if overly sympathetic, eye over an organisation that is gaining support as a hardcore alternative to the current American establishment. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) There's a lot going on here, and some of it is brilliant, but the finished product doesn't quite seem to cohere into something that, like a nightingale, sings an elegant tune. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 is an engaging and exhaustive exploration of the moon mission that deals in enjoyable details and breath-taking imagery in equal measure. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A well-engineered and expertly performed story that brings to an end a franchise that arguably doesn't get enough credit for helping to transform iconic characters from the page to the screen - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
54% Ma (2019) It's offensive, nasty and downright unpleasant. I loved it. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet After We Leave (2019) Although it does get a little bumpy along the way, Aleem Hossain's feature film debut remains a promising genre entry. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
No Score Yet Shed of the Dead (2019) A charming exercise in shlock and silliness, even if it's not the most memorable horror outing ever. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
53% Destination Wedding (2018) There's something that undeniably works about Destination Wedding and much of that praise must fall at the door of Reeves and Ryder. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) It's great that this material is finally seeing the light of the day, but it's inessential viewing for all but the most ardent of fans. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
41% Where Hands Touch (2018) Where Hands Touch certainly doesn't deserve its viral meme infamy - it's a far more nuanced movie than that suggests - but it also will not join the pantheon of its director's finest moments. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) There's no denying the cultural impact of Lord of the Rings, but that doesn't mean the man behind it can sustain a movie on his own. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham has delivered a directorial debut that immediately announces him as a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) This is a movie that's fascinated with Ted Bundy, and entirely uninterested in those whose lives he callously took away. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) In the glittering ashes of its final performance, Vox Lux emerges as an audacious and glittering celebrity hellscape in which Portman soars as the acid-tongued diva at its centre. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The film spits out some of the most iconic monsters in this decades-old cinematic universe, but all of the handsome pixels in the world aren't enough to prevent this from emerging as an outright monstrosity. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
43% The Prodigy (2019) Given its status as pretty standard genre fare on the surface, the film goes down as a pleasant surprise and one that embraces its dark heart. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary emerges as a delightfully macabre nightmare that is not afraid to get nasty and channels the dark spirit of Stephen King into an intense, cinematic ride - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
85% Girl (2019) An emotionally rich portrayal of a trans story that has a tremendous central performance at its heart. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019