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Carol Midgley

Carol Midgley
Carol Midgley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 89% A Woman Captured (2017) This was standout TV for which Tuza-Ritter will doubtless, and rightly, win awards.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
5/5 100% Killed By My Debt (2018) It's not often you can say that five stars aren't enough to do justice to a TV drama, but Killed By My Debt presents one of those occasions.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
5/5 91% King Lear (2018) Flawed parenting, ingrate children and family estrangement will never not be relevant, and the modern-day dress gave it the feel of a production at ease with itself.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
5/5 71% Drinkers Like Me - Adrian Chiles (2018) This was a cracking programme, mainly because Adrian Chiles, our Guinness-thirsty, temptation-weak, likable everyman, didn't duck the truth that habitual drinking creeps up and can kill, but did confront it with humour and humanity. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
5/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Colourising and enhancing the footage and using lip-readers to decipher soldiers' words, which were dubbed by actors, was done to jaw-dropping effect. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files (2019) An ugly scenario elegantly described.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Mad Cow Disease: The Great British Beef Scandal (2019) The documentary pulled no punches in spelling out that there is no test, no cure, no treatment, no way of knowing how many people are silently infected. And this was all preventable, a man-made disaster. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Tiananmen: The People V the Party (2019) The more films like this... the better.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Responsible Child (2019) It was a terrible story told sparingly, eloquently and with such realistic dialogue and camerawork that at times it felt like a documentary.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me (2020) Tom Mangold's pin-sharp, revelatory documentary had all the elements of a classic scoop.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
5/5 100% The Windermere Children (2020) The young Polish actors playing the teenagers did a harrowing subject proud.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
5/5 100% Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel (2020) It is to Baddiel's great credit that he remained calm throughout, disarming the denier, who believes Jews have tricked the world for profit, with the weapons of sarcasm and humour. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 100% After Auschwitz (2018) The film did get sidetracked by other political issues, which diluted the impact, but it was still utterly compelling. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
4/5 79% The Child in Time (2018) A rarity: nuanced, unmawkish, unsentimental. It steered us through this unthinkable limbo... in an intellectual, almost spiritual way, examining too the very meaning of childhood, time and sanity, yet ended with a sense of hope.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Secret History: Churchill's Secret Affair (2018) Although it lacked a definitive smoking gun it was a juicy documentary...‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 89% Being Blacker (2018) This wasn't a perfect documentary, but it managed to raise issues without lecturing. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Funeral Murders (2018) It's still not known why they took that route, and if the film lacked anything it was that it didn't examine this mystery more thoroughly. But what it did, sensitively and unsensationally, is show what barbarity human beings are capable of.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4/5 100% Mother's Day (2018) It was as compelling an opener as you could get, yet how wrong "compelling" sounds since we're talking about the murder of children.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
4/5 83% Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) Given that they are usually narcissists as well as psychopaths, the publicity only feeds their egos...But Manson: The Lost Tapes had the distinction, to an extent, of keeping Charles Manson...largely out of the picture.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 80% The Interrogation of Tony Martin (2018) Pemberton conveyed nuances with just an inflection or facial twist.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years in Public and in Private (2018) Interesting to watch a documentary on a man who prizes his enigma status and gives away only what he wants. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 79% Brexit (2019) James Graham's drama was rollickingly good entertainment, in a heart-sinking "oh, but this is still our real-life car crash" kind of way.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Most interesting were the interviews with the brave whistleblowers who had initially "drunk the Kool-Aid", but eventually walked away. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 100% Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chávez Story (2019) "We love you!" shouted smitten supporters in the crowd when the Venezuelan president visited London. As the first part of this excellent documentary showed, you could see why. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 100% A Year of British Murder (2019) This was a slightly different, more thoughtful approach to crime documentary, the cumulative effect being depressing but profound. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors: Through the Eyes of the Child (2019) It was done with huge sensitivity; the bravery of these families in speaking out was humbling.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 100% Climate Change - The Facts (2019) David Attenborough took a sterner, pissed-off tone last night, grimacing in an anorak in the middle of a field, as though his patience was nearly spent. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery (2019) It was grimly fascinating, deeply tragic and I suspect that in another 20 years' time Dando's suffering family will still be none the wiser.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Trans Women Athlete Dispute with Martina Navratilova (2019) [Martina] Navratilova was as meticulous in her research as she was on the tennis court. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 100% 8 Days: To the Moon and Back (2015) It was breathtaking. And strangely moving.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS (2019) Some parents dread having an unhappy child; others fear having a lazy or selfish one. Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight Isis showed the unique peril of having the child who is brave and principled.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet John McEnroe: Still Rockin' at 60 (2019) McEnroe does self-deprecation brilliantly; Sue Barker's documentary showed that.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones (2019) Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones was remarkable not only for filling the knowledge gaps that I imagine most of us have about the drone threat, but also raising the question: why aren't we obsessed with this stuff?‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Psychopath with Piers Morgan (2019) [Piers] Morgan may pick Twitter fights, but here he took a restrained, clinical approach, interviewing [Paris] Bennett from behind reinforced glass, quietly wrong-footing him by asking simple questions. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet How to Break into the Elite (2019) How to Break into the Elite was astute and depressing because it confirmed what I imagine many already suspected. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Korea: The Never-Ending War (2019) [John] Maggio was assiduous in his telling of the politics of what is also known as "the forgotten war," but these human details are the ones that stick most.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 82% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) As someone noted, the Enquirer had been out-enquired.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Ian Hislop's Fake News: A True Story (2019) Hislop was variously playful, concerned, droll and exasperated in an intelligent film that treated viewers as if we have a brain, which makes a nice change. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Van Meegeren: The Forger Who Fooled the Nazis (2019) [Andrew] Graham-Dixon navigated the story most entertainingly, veering between disdain and astonishment that a bespectacled little conman brazened it out for so long.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Gary Lineker: My Grandad's War (2019) The best contributions came from the veterans, who were little older than boys at the time. They told of men's black hair turning white with stress and fear, and of terrible cases of shell shock. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Meat: A Threat to Our Planet? (2019) This was vital television, but I wonder how many people had the stomach to stick it to the end.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 52% A Christmas Carol (2019) This was a total cut above the crowd - nutty, muscular, textured and with Guy Pearce delivering an intense, complex performance as Scrooge.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 85% Elizabeth is Missing (2019) The story, adapted from Emma Healey's novel, was cleverly told so that we didn't know where Elizabeth was, but experienced her "disappearance" from Maud's perspective; confused and disjointed with little sense of elapsing time.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 100% The Case of Sally Challen (2019) It was an excellent, meticulous film about a tragedy in which there were no winners, only losers.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Searching for Sam: Adrian Dunbar on Samuel Beckett (2019) The documentary kept a respectful distance, and while it touched on Beckett's casual approach to sexual fidelity, Dunbar said it felt like prying and retreated. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Farage: The Man Who Made Brexit (2020) The key to the film's mischief was its access to Farage over a prolonged period, culminating, he probably imagined, in a flattering profile of a man hoisted on the shoulders of grateful Leave politicians.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily (2020) The therapy room scenes - featuring various children, each with a dead parent, weeping, but trying to help others in the same boat - were a privilege to watch, articulating children's resilience, but also how much pain they hide.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Barrymore: The Body in the Pool (2020) Barrymore: The Body in the Pool was not just a scrupulous documentary, it felt like a prelude to a breakthrough.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 100% Sitting in Limbo (2020) This was hugely affecting drama, but I would have liked to have seen in it more of the politicians who drove this policy rather than the faceless uniformed guards who had to implement it at the sharp end. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Diana, 7 Days (2017) This will doubtless stand as the definitive documentary on Diana's death and aftermath. It reminded us that her greatest legacy is her sons and that their great strength is their normality.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017