Wendy Ide

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Homecoming (2019) The screenplay, like the journey, feels slightly aimless; littered with false starts and wrong turns. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
No Score Yet Over the Sea (2019) A picture which fizzes with energy and crackles with ideas. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
2/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Portman gives her all, but she out-classes this rather pedestrian telling of a story of stratospheric levels of obsession and ambition. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
5/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) It's a gorgeous, melancholy masterpiece. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) There's something showy and calculated about the whole thing. Still, it's worth watching... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) Written by Shia LaBeouf, and based on his own early life, this open-sore autobiography feels like the missing piece in the puzzle of this frequently brilliant, invariably self-jeopardising actor. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
92% Lucky Grandma (2019) The film wryly captures the flavours of the insular community of first generation Chinese immigrants to America, while also exploring a theme with universal resonance - that of an older woman fighting to retain her agency and independence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
No Score Yet Family Members (Los miembros de la familia) (2019) Bendesky's restrained, understated approach lends the picture an intriguing slow build; the gradual reveal of information brings a satisfying depth to characters who initially seem glazed and reticent. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
No Score Yet Dance with Me (Dansu wizu mî) (2019) After a promising opening sequence... the film settles into a flat-footed buddy road movie crossed with Karaoke on wheels. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 100% The Street (2019) A film that makes a persuasive case against the headlong acceleration of change. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 95% Atlantics (2019) It's silkily enigmatic and unpredictable, and certainly unlike anything else you will see this year. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Even pulpy chicksploitation franchises can evolve to reflect the zeitgeist, it seems. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 87% The Two Popes (2019) Given how much of the film is taken up by two elderly men politely wrestling with theology, it's unexpectedly entertaining stuff. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Like the world she depicts, Kent's storytelling shows no mercy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
71% The Captain (2019) A corny but enjoyable disaster flick which makes up for what it lacks in polished CGI with a rattling pace and plenty of bracingly authentic scenes of screaming passenger panic. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
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 47% 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 80% 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 42% 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 43% 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 66% 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 90% 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 87% 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
89% 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