Xan Brooks

Xan Brooks
Xan Brooks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Independent (UK) Sight and Sound Observer (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Moffie (2019) Hermanus's film manages an unflinching portrait of a society in spasm; paranoid and brutish and largely screaming at itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 47% Guest of Honour (2019) I'm not convinced it amounts to any more than the sum of its parts, but the parts are intriguing - and some are possessed of real power. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 95% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) About Endlessness contains moments of devilish wit, but at heart it is a sad, sweet picture, threaded with themes of estrangement and separation. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 88% The Painted Bird (2019) I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work and one I'm deeply glad to have seen. I can also say that I hope to never cross its path again. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) The King deepens and darkens, and gathers momentum, to the point where one finally becomes drawn into the drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 42% Wasp Network (2019) The film is glossy, illuminating and frequently exciting. What it lacks is an emotional charge and a fine-grained texture. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
2/5 14% American Skin (2019) So clotted, so strident and so thickly cloaked in self-pity that its impassioned story risks becoming worryingly self-serving. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh understands the importance of putting human faces to dry statistics. He reveals how the tentacles of financial misrule eventually extend to touch honest-to-God human lives. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 83% Ema (2019) We wouldn't want to live in the world Larrain shows us. But his films are so good they convince us that we do. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) Having brazenly plundered the films of Scorsese, Phillips fashions stolen ingredients into something new, so that what began as a gleeful cosplay session turns progressively more dangerous - and somehow more relevant, too. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2/5 42% Seberg (2019) It tells us that Seberg was wronged and that she looked really great in a bra - and not necessarily in that order. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 59% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's a solid, well-crafted piece of professional carpentry, like a heavy piece of Victorian furniture; built to last; built to be used. The longer you look at it, the more impressive it grows. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) The Perfect Candidate is fiery and headstrong, and instantly gets you on its side. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 86% Bombay Rose (2019) The disparate ingredients do not always gel. But in fits and starts Bombay Rose casts quite a spell. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's an extraordinary picture, steely and unbending and assembled with an unmistakable air of wild-eyed zealotry. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 97% Marriage Story (2019) It has fine performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, a family-pack of box-fresh dialogue and a keen sense of its own absurdity. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 78% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) Yes, Kore-eda's tale is warm and soothing, verging on over-cosy. But it contains a hard core of emotional truth, like the pea beneath the mattress that woke up the princess. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
21% Practical Magic (1998) Essentially a sibling soap-opera with a dash of mumbo-jumbo. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
27% The Odd Couple II (1998) The two stars work hard to keep it upright. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
42% Left Luggage (2001) Fitful as drama, the film comes to life as a showcase for its high-profile performers. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Knowledge of Healing (1997) The Dalai Lama and his personal doctor make for reliable sources, but the whole thing proves too info-heavy and indigestible. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
97% Insomnia (1998) It's [Stellan Skarsgard's] controlled performance that galvanises this otherwise underpowered thriller. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
26% Hope Floats (1998) A winsome piece that turns a loving eye on Sandra Bullock as a down-in-the-dumps ex-beauty queen. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
88% Fire (1996) Strong ensemble playing riffs nicely off [writer and director Deepa] Mehta's taboo- bucking script. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) The one stand-out is Johnny Depp, who brings Hunter S Thompson to bald-headed, pigeon-toed life. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
80% Destiny (1998) Destiny takes wing with a burst of traditional dance and deep-colour visuals. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
54% Blade (1998) Noise and martial-arts action mask its tinny pedigree. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 46% Bride of Chucky (1998) Bride of Chucky strings together a series of humorous asides and knee-jerk shock tactics. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 23% Just the Ticket (1999) [Director Richard] Wenk's debut has a certain baggy energy, but it finally has too little to say, and spends too long saying it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 96% Croupier (2000) Script and direction play safe throughout. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 59% Venus Beauty Institute (2000) Director Tonie Marshall maps out the drama with soul and delicacy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 41% Celebrity (1998) Unfortunately in Celebrity, Woody Allen's line of attack is compromised by his being at least half in love with the very glitterati he sets out to savage. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 96% Touch of Evil (1958) Citizen Kane may be the more weighty, rounded work, but Touch of Evil is a heap more fun. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 54% Cruel Intentions (1999) The abruptly moralising ending bumps this down a notch or two. Until then Cruel Intentions makes for smart and nasty entertainment: disservice with a smile. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
60% Rush Hour (1998) A brief sequence where he weaves between tour bus, truck and camper van views like a kung-fu version of Singin' In The Rain. But Chan's physical poetry is boxed inside narrow margins. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/5 38% Angel Face (Gueule d'ange) (2018) Angel Face lacks shading, pacing and nuance. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
3/5 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) The tone see-saws wildly. What prevents it collapsing are the warm, heartfelt performances, together with Hirayanagi's obvious affection for her chief protagonist. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) It is a fierce, urgent, unflinching picture. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
5/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) What is most impressive about McDonagh's movie is its freewheeling nature, its bottle-rocket sensibility; its awareness that people can turn 180 degrees on a dime. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
2/5 40% The Private Life of a Modern Woman (2017) The Private Life of a Modern Woman is written and directed by James Toback, a once-talented iconoclast now largely fighting shadows. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
2/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) What a peculiarly dodgy, conservative film this is - a lazy salute to a good queen and her faithful Indian servant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
3/5 37% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The Leisure Seeker isn't the sort of picture to start meddling with ... formula, but it sets about its business with a satisfying efficiency. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
3/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Zahler's film is entertaining, incorrigible and borderline incoherent - it is the violent drunk at the party, liable to lash out. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
2/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) I just wish the actual film wasn't so skimpy and brash and so evidently pleased with itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
3/5 85% West of Sunshine (2017) Hill and Perham are a real-life stepfather and son, which probably helped with the ease of the acting. Both, though, deserve credit for excellent, affecting performances. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 90% Our Souls at Night (2017) It won me over from the very first scene. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Haigh's film is never less than heartfelt and affecting. It cares deeply for Charlie and hopes we do, too. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
5/5 96% Zama (2018) A picture that's antic, sensual and strange, with a top-note of menace and a malarial air. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro provides just enough spade-work to keep the scheme plausible and his film is stylish and charming; red meat for the senses with some sugar on top. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed is a deeply felt, deeply thought picture; impressive in its seriousness and often gripping in the way it frames itself as a debate and a sermon. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017