Cineuropa

Cineuropa is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Boyd van Hoeij, Elena Lazic, Kaleem Aftab, Laurence Boyce
Rating Title/Year Author
The Circle (2017) Laurence Boyce Lillak's access is remarkable, with the film providing many an unguarded moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Rare Beasts (2019) Kaleem Aftab Rare Beasts is a striking debut that demands active participation from the viewer. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Kaleem Aftab Armando Iannucci surprises with this remarkably madcap adaptation... EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
My Zoe (2018) Kaleem Aftab This film works better if you don't think too hard about the science. It wants to elicit an emotional, rather than a rational, response. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Song of Names (2019) Kaleem Aftab [It] has some lovely music scored by the legendary Howard Shore, but this does little to deafen the dull narrative notes. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Other Lamb (2019) Kaleem Aftab Malgorzata Szumowska's first English-language film has rich rewards for those willing to uncover the cult... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It is as fascinating to watch Fisk talk about the media landscape as it is to read his inimitable writings on the Middle East. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Judy (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a surprisingly dark film for a musical biopic, but Zellweger is a bright light, a one-woman show determined to "Get Happy." EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It's a visceral experience that challenges the notions of truth. Australian Kurzel combines the family troubles of his 2011 drama Snowtown with the eerie atmosphere of his 2015 Cannes competition entry Macbeth. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It is one of Winterbottom's better movies, which is saying a lot, given the quality of his oeuvre. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Saint Maud (2019) Kaleem Aftab The story haunts us long after the end credits roll, especially the two excellent performances from the leads. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Elena Lazic The narrative of [Dirt Music] repeatedly relies on its characters' uncontrollable horniness yet fails to make them seem anything but profoundly unhinged. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The movie can't decide whether it wants to be about Lilly or about Ethiopia, and never overcomes this conflict. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Radioactive (2020) Kaleem Aftab The director efficiently packs a rich story into the film, and the personal sacrifices made by these scientists are not forgotten either. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Kaleem Aftab The film plays so loose with the truth that it feels like a complete fabrication. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Overall, there is more than enough to delight, indicating that de Bary will be worth looking out for in the future. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The director plays scenes long, leaving the status of relationships opaque and enforcing a sombre tone. However, it's a film that sits firmly in the consciousness for days afterwards, benefitting from hindsight. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Arab Blues (2019) Kaleem Aftab The comedy isn't always consistent....consequently, some of the eye rolling elicited is not down to the characters' mindsets, but rather the uneven quality of the film and its broad caricatures. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It's a shame that the narrative is so muddled and overly complicated, because the central story is powerful, urgent and ambitious. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It's a film that is very much in the tradition of British social realism. Nonetheless, it remains light and joyful enough to be enjoyed and recognised by an audience with the same demographic and age as the characters on screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Hope Gap (2019) Elena Lazic Striving hard not to be simplistic in its diagnosis of the characters, Hope Gap ends up being shapeless and monotonous. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Military Wives (2019) Elena Lazic Succeeds in striking a pleasant balance between the frankly inspiring and the refreshingly humble. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It's a film reminiscent of the work of Iranian master Asghar Farhadi, full of twists and turns as it puts its characters in increasingly tragic situations. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab While Hoss's performance never strays too far from excellent, the same is not true of the storyline. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It is superbly edited, creating the illusion of simplicity when it's clear that weaving together the different elements to create a cohesive whole must have been a monumental task. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Dreyfus Affair (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a well-told film that occasionally gets bogged down by a sense of its own importance, but it's well made, and Dujardin is magnificent. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It takes on significant issues, but in a way that is illustrative, rather than combative. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Wasp Network (2020) Kaleem Aftab This is one of those frustrating movies that's got all the components but somehow manages to miss the boat. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The constraint of one-location films is that they can feel staged, and to succeed, they need all of the components of the movie to work: the visuals, the sound and the acting. That's not always the case here, which is a shame. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Mother (2017) Kaleem Aftab Madre is a movie that dares to be different. It succeeds because it has a strong central character, a sensational aesthetic and frames that move like ballet. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Citizen K (2019) Kaleem Aftab This movie also avoids pretending it has all the answers. What makes Citizen K so good is that Gibney always doubts what he is being told. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It is the animation technique that is the knockout in Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The beauty of the film is how it plays with preconceptions. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
South Terminal (2019) Kaleem Aftab The problem with using such eclectic metaphors is that it feels as if the director should be on hand to decipher the film. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The images of villagers in the mountain tilling the land and living in seclusion, and those of their pets wandering around, are stunning. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The experimental non-linear storytelling style of the film suggests it might be better suited to a gallery context rather than to cinema exhibition. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Though the directors want to keep an everyday context, they don't always succeed, occasionally overdoing the layering of plot...most successful in the way it demonstrates having a liberal outlook and politics does not necessarily mean you are tolerant. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a strong directorial debut from Bird...there is a touch of John Hughes about the way he cares so much for the have-nots, capturing moments of desire and hope which are constantly fighting with feelings of inadequacy. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Hogar (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a striking debut film, full of wonderful observations... EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab This is the funny, light and sentimental film on divorce that we didn't know we were waiting for. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Many other questions are not satisfactorily answered, as director Shylov doesn't create a strong enough narrative or enough metaphors that really resonate. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Animals (2019) Kaleem Aftab What's impressive about Hyde's film is that the freewheeling style of the storytelling matches the wildly contradictory thought process of Laura. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Adam (2019) Kaleem Aftab Maternity, friendship and the position of women in Moroccan society all feature in Maryam Touzani's exquisite debut film. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Bull (Byk) (2019) Laurence Boyce There's not much new in The Bull, but there is enough verve and assuredness to declare this a strong debut from Akopov, and it will be interesting to see where his career will take him next. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Monsoon (2019) Kaleem Aftab Monsoon is an acquired taste, out of tune with the editing style and pace of most British films, but for those willing to give in to this cultural mash-up, there are many rewards to be had. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Kaleem Aftab Through several illuminating interviews, shot as talking heads, Broomfield also paints a picture of the time, the free love of the 1960s, the indulgence of artistic talent and the suffering of children. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Kaleem Aftab Imagine wanting to see Yesterday, it's easy to do, so many great ideas, comments on celebrity, little gems so true. Imagine, then, this movie, frustrating the hell out of you. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Away (2019) Laurence Boyce The production history of this feature by Latvian animator Gints Zilbalodis is fascinating, but it's what finally made it to the big screen that truly impresses. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Stress (2018) Laurence Boyce The result is a damning indictment of the industrial military complex, not because of the kinds of wars it fights, but because of how it treats a large number of those involved in said wars. Yet Stress does offer some sort of hope and redemption. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Abou Leila (2019) Kaleem Aftab There are a lot of ideas in this film, but not all of them work, most notably a final voiceover that is in the third person and which feels expositional. But overall, those who like their cinema tense and experiential will find a lot to admire. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019