Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rating Title/Year Author
5/10 Gemini Man (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ... the ever-amiable Will made to seem dull and irritating. Quite a feat, really. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
5/10 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...ultimately it's too dragged-out and uninspired, even by Hollywood's already sloppy sequel standards, and the potentially fabulous combination of Pfeiffer, Jolie and Fanning falls oddly flat too. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
5/10 Hustlers (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley It never fails to look tawdry, perhaps even slimy, although the script tries to conceal this with some feeble psychoanalysis of its protagonists and the suggestion that what we're watching is some kind of feminist drama - unconvincingly. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
7/10 Isha Ovedet (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Noy is strong here as Benny, a man used to getting what he wants, but Ben-Shlush is even better as Orna, who is initially embarrassed, then stunned, then numbed and afraid, and finally defiant. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley What must have been a very difficult production has resulted in something quite unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
6/10 Joker (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ... no matter how much Phillips, Phoenix and the DC/Warner Brothers corporate brains trust want it to be some profound examination of masculine malaise, this too is just a comic book movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...this is just a clumsy, made-for-TV-type outing graced by a few pretty good performances and the barest minimum of real emotion. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Is it, you know, scary, as the title foolishly promises? Well... no. Unless you're a tween who's never seen a horror movie before and, come on, who ever heard of such a thing? EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
6/10 The Goldfinch (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...yet there's much here to enjoy, from Fegley, Kidman, Wilson and Wolfhard's performances, to the staging of the terrorist act that sets the story in motion, to the impressive depiction of the completely arbitrary nature of this life. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley You'll be desperate for just a jot of Brad's trademark cocky humour, but no: it's all tormented agonising, dark musings and more soulful staring than every Star Trek series combined. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe's latest documentary studies Ridley Scott's over-studied Alien and still comes up with a surprising and fascinating series of new and unfamiliar (alien?) angles. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
6/10 Good Boys (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley It's a foul-mouthed, at times pleasingly rude small-scale epic that loses something, perhaps, as its protagonists stretch credibility. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley It's a comedic/dramatic charmer with nice playing, snappy dialogue and noble intentions amid standard clunkiness, too many subplots and much extreme Englishness... untouchable delight for fans... EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Animals (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...the film is a very watchable study of two women as they begin to realise the second F in BFF is an impossible promise. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Angel of Mine (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Despite the flaws and some dull detail, this is worth persevering with due to Noomi's disturbing characterisation...you can't look away, no matter how hard you try. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
7/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Yes, it is too long, but it's a fitting end to this filming of what was one of Stephen King's longest books, which is really saying something. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The desperate need to 'do a Scorsese' hangs heavily over the whole production, but no one seems to realise that not even Scorsese can 'do a Scorsese' these days. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Dogman (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley [Matteo] Garrone returns to the grim, violent mood of his Gomorrah here, although the perspective is more intimate and personal than that film, and we're left much less sure about where our loyalties should lie. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Everything goes on way, way too long and so many of the characters are horrible. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This documentary stirs the soul regardless of which church you might or might not belong to. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley A movie guaranteed to make few friends and certainly too long, [Jennifer] Kent's disturbing epic is worth persevering with for audiences who can handle... the bloodily impactful violence. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/10 Angel Has Fallen (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The third film in the Fallen series again features Gerard Butler and lots of violent action, but whereas the previous pics were straight-faced nonsense, this is just nonsense nonsense. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Australian Dream (1987) Kylie Maslen Like Grant's speech, the film is sobering in the lines it draws from the noise from the stands to colonisation, genocide and intergenerational trauma... EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...despite the problems, it's hard not to be moved as the credits show the actors alongside snapshots of the men they played. It reminds us: these were real people. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
8/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Tarantino shows just about the amount of restraint - and indulgence - we have come to expect from the director. Far out. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Palm Beach (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Palm Beach's accomplished direction by Rachel Ward and clever writing by Ward and Joanna Murray-Smith leave the viewer pondering the nature of perfection EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
6/10 Late Night (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley In the end, Kaling and Thompson's double act delivers enough to stay up for - if you can resist the itch to change channels along the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley This gets a few laughs from the comic charms of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham but still leaves you feeling concussed EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Public (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Emilio Estevez's latest outing is a nobly-intentioned character piece that overstretches a little but just works, mostly due to a fine supporting full of his besties. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The horror...the horror. Brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Trautmann (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Yes, it is more than just a mere 'Sport Movie' (one of my more detested genres), and proves an altogether winning experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Crawl (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley [T]his is at times soggily familiar, but Kaya [Scodelario] and Barry [Pepper] have much chutzpah and make it work. And there's plenty of bite. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 Booksmart (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley [Booksmart is] a slightly derivative teen friendship drama that still proves mostly enjoyable thanks to memorable performances and a layer of sweet, wistful charm. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Richard Lowenstein's beautifully sad documentary study of the all-too-short life of his late friend Michael Hutchence is a most moving memorial, and rather more about the man than the music. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley We keep being distracted by the winning antics of the kids and their panicky teachers as they proceed to Prague and beyond, and a couple of tricks kick in that might leave purists unhappy with such diversions from the original comics. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
8/10 Parasite (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Just when you think you have a handle on Joon-ho's film, however, and you mistakenly assume you know why this is called Parasite, it takes a turn though, and becomes an even richer and more profound study. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
7/10 Yesterday (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Patel, in his first starring role, is strong as the conflicted Jack (and he can sing too). EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The fourth Toy Story movie is yet another delight, with beautiful animation, a glittering voice cast, some gorgeous gags, innovative touches, and a typically Pixar serving of sincere feeling. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Catherine Deneuve, a titan of European cinema, is the best reason to catch co-writer/director Julie Bertuccelli's slightly strained but moving drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Never Look Away (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...a genuinely epic and emotionally devastating drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
6/10 Men in Black: International (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley ...a splashy, somewhat forgettable continuation of the extra-terrestrially minded Men In Black franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
6/10 Tolkien (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley One of those movies that should work handsomely but somehow doesn't, quite, this is still worth it for LOTR devotees and diehards who'll pick all the in-jokes and hobbit-ish details and tearfully swoon over the timeless love between John and Edith. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The tenth in this run of Marvel X-Men movies is also one of the least impressive, due to a troubled production and extensive reshoots that changed and confused everything, leaving it all feeling significantly less than super. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Red Joan (2018) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Although never properly coming together, it still offers some strong period detail, lots of talk and good work from Sophie Cookson, who plays the young Dench in flashbacks, even if she doesn't look at all like her. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
6/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Aside from Godzilla, there are few beasts more gargantuan or resilient than a movie studio with some bankable, established intellectual property in its jaws. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 Rocketman (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Tiny Dancer is memorably reinvented as an ode to loneliness and alienation, while Goodbye Yellow Brick Road becomes a tale of anger, fear and desperation as Elton hits rock bottom. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 2040 (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Damon Gameau's speculative documentary-of-sorts is an accessible and particularly optimistic view of what the future might look like if we all do the right thing now. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
6/10 Brightburn (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Advertised as a darkly scary variation on the Superman myth, this intense horror film often strains credibility but is grounded by strong performances and some impressively high-octane violence and grisliness. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
5/10 Aladdin (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley The messages and subtexts about the need to be yourself are gooey, grating and oh-so-Disney, but the songs are even more annoying... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) David 'Mad Dog' Bradley Although such testosterone-dripping nonsense seems beyond criticism, there is always that nagging problem with these Wick epics where the dour, po-faced seriousness of tone sits ill with the messily black-comic gruesomeness... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019