Wendy Ide

Wendy Ide
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Contributor, The Times of London.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 82% The Report (2019) An involving drama that has a kinship with films such as Spotlight and All the President's Men but does get a little bogged down in paperwork at times. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
1/5 48% Last Christmas (2019) The music of George Michael and Wham! is hauled out on to the soundtrack of this mouldy tangerine of a movie with about the same level of care and sensitivity that you might find on the festive mixtape at a motorway service station. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The film weathers its two-and-a-half-hour running time easily, even as it navigates a cheerfully formulaic sports movie structure. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/5 81% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) It's an enjoyable, dizzying spiral of a story... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
2/5 21% A Dog Called Money (2019) An ill-judged film in which suffering becomes scenery. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
2/5 42% Midway (2019) Every tired war movie cliche is unearthed in a film that brings nothing new but will no doubt please fans of men in uniform yelling at explosions. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 64% The Good Liar (2019) The Good Liar is at its sparky best when Mirren and McKellen are on screen, waltzing smoothly through a plot that feels like a Russian doll of deeper and deeper deceptions. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 91% Luce (2019) It's a smart and provocative examination of unconscious bias and race in America. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Dizzyingly inventive and playfully visual, the sequel to the 2015 Shaun the Sheep feature film expands the scope of the original with a new story that extends way beyond the hedges of Mossy Bottom Farm and out of this world. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 86% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) Beauty and chaos collide in this documentary by Roberto Minervini. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Enlightening and affecting, providing a missing piece in the puzzle of a life prematurely ended. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) On balance, writer and director Assayas just about pulls it off: the film is uneven, certainly, but the fascinating, flawed characters reel us in. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Perhaps against the odds, this shambling buddy movie really works. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
No Score Yet Los Lobos (2019) The film deftly blends fiction and documentary elements into a portrait of an immigrant community which shares some of the innocence and optimism of the kids at the heart of the picture. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet Motherland (Gimtine) (2019) An impressive feature debut which explores ideas of cultural identity and legacy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Marghe and Her Mother (2019) An odd and not always successful tonal mix of mannered artificiality and authenticity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Mindanao (2019) The approach is a blunt weapon wielded blindly, which fails to connect with its target. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Suk Suk (2019) A delicate little wisp of a romance which plays out in fragile moments and shared glances. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet The Cave (2019) Like the cave rescue itself, the film isn't the disaster it easily could have been. But it's far from achieving an equivalent triumph. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Lucky Monster (2019) Quirky and undisciplined in approach, the film struggles to clearly communicate what it is trying to convey. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Carturan (2019) Sandulescu favours a resolutely low key, deliberately undramatic approach. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars (2019) A taboo-busting assault on an industry which has traditionally been circumspect when it comes to female sexuality. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Valley of Souls (Tantas almas) (2019) An arresting and accomplished snapshot of a troubled period in Colombian history. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
88% Coming Home Again (2019) The restrained, austere filmmaking of the latest picture from Wayne Wang belies the emotional depth of this sober picture. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
2/5 93% Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Choppy editing adds to the sense that this picture is struggling to achieve a tonal balance and work out exactly what it is trying to say. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Harry Birrell Presents: Films of Love and War (2019) The gentle decency of Birrell's writing and his openness to the world around him more than speaks for itself. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 95% Good Posture (2019) Wells's bracingly spiky writing vividly draws both the characters and the connections between them. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) At its strongest, the film captivates; it grabs you by the heart and demands adoration. And in a film about Judy Garland, you would expect nothing less. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
92% Jallikattu (2019) At times almost an abstract collage of image and sound, the film's opening both sets the scene and ramps up the energy to a level which rarely flags. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time (2019) The Horse Thieves. Roads Of Time compensates for its narrative economy with striking and atmospheric cinematography. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
1/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It's cheap and lazy stuff. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Best Before Death (2019) Duane's perceptive camera picks up on the moments when Drummond's robust self-belief wobbles... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
1/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) [A] thuddingly inept crime picture. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Ultimately, it's all about balance, a yin and yang of roots and identities, humour and pathos that comes together into a satisfying, bittersweet wedding banquet of a movie. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
91% Sound of Metal (2019) Ahmed is superb in this impactful drama which explores attitudes towards and questions about disability. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
100% Ordinary Love (2020) An achingly intimate portrait of a marriage weathering a storm, the third feature from directing team Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Good Vibrations) is anything but ordinary. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
94% Uncut Gems (2019) A jangling panic attack of a movie and a timely reminder that, when he puts his mind to it, Adam Sandler can be one of the finest actors currently working. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
30% Endings, Beginnings (2019) A candid, very watchable account of a messy period in a woman's life. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Fans of the enduringly popular ITV period drama series will no doubt embrace this feature film spin-off, which represents a step up in lavish visual spectacle while retaining a comforting familiarity of themes and storytelling style. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
13% Dirt Music (2019) While Jordan's infatuation with the landscape of Western Australia gives the film plenty of texture and atmosphere, the characters are underdeveloped, the story sparse. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% Weathering with You (2020) This is a charming teen romance, but one which uses climate change as a plot device while studiously ignoring the actual science of the climate crisis. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% Anne at 13,000 ft (2019) It's a quality work which, while it may struggle to secure much traction theatrically, certainly heralds impressive talents to watch in both in Radwanski and Campbell. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
No Score Yet Zana (2019) It's a contradictory world that Kastrati captures, one in which faith in God and in the powers of hucksters and healers are complementary rather than mutually exclusive. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Even in territories where audiences are unfamiliar with Fred Rogers' hokey appeal, the film's humour, its amiable charm offensive and its gentle weirdness should disarm all but the most cynical. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) The Shiny Shrimps has a rambunctious, carnivalesque quality, but it's also full of crude cliches and stereotypes. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 56% Scarborough (2019) [A] queasily atmospheric drama... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 80% Minuscule - Mandibles from Far Away (2018) It's as unmistakably French as the Provençal chestnut puree that provides a key plot device. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
No Score Yet Comets (2019) Understated writing and low key direction places a burden on the performance aspect of the film. But with the stillness and impassivity of the central characters, it's a challenge that the actors struggle to meet. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) It's the kind of measured, intelligent provocation which is tailor-made for the festival audience, and should go on to screen extensively at other events. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
78% Jungleland (2019) Strong performances across the board and a propulsive sense of mounting desperation makes for a compelling piece of storytelling. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019