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Danny Leigh

Danny Leigh
Danny Leigh's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Sight and Sound, Financial Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Director Jeff Fowler gives the kids Spielberg-isms and scatology. Their parents get gags about out-of-town weddings. Thank heavens for Carrey.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 70% Horse Girl (2020) Brie is rawly convincing as a troubled woman for whom the sides of reality have become too slippery, transformed into the heroine of a private sci-fi melodrama.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Intricacies of plot come second to the buffet of outlandish characters ranged about the neon-lit underworld - but the film keeps you locked into the mayhem regardless.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 88% Emma. (2020) Taylor Joy suits the mood and Goth brings otherworldly charm to Harriet. The men are where it creaks.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The tone established by director Cathy Yan is popping candy loud and slapstick silly. After the grim drag of Todd Phillips, it may come as a relief.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A film that always has two thoughts in its head at once, a spectacular epic and tightly wound chamber piece, chicly sophisticated, brutal as a hammer.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 15% Dolittle (2020) How does director Stephen Gaghan go from making the gripping political thriller Syriana to this?‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) The longer the film goes on, the weirder it gets and the more it resembles a sitcom - The Odd Couple in sou'westers, a droll symphony of bodily functions, bubbling friction and all manner of desires that dare not speak their name.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Nothing is accidental in a Clint Eastwood film - such is the shame of Richard Jewell.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The film feels at once adventurous and classically simple. And of all things, lovely - as disarmingly, implausibly so as Mister Rogers.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Matsoukas has the high style you would expect from a career in music video... But look closer and the pop-culture strut is an inheritance from movie history.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The melancholy is the saving grace, one man out of time immortalising another. Gilliam refrains from explicit meta, but winks over the fourth wall.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 95% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) If one scene could capture the whole movie, it would be Patel emerging from the Trotwood residence laden with pots and pans, bellowing and clattering to scare a passing donkey. We are all that donkey.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) A film that should be required viewing for anyone seeking to enter the debate on the refugee crisis, not as polemic but as a digital box of surprises.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) The markers of the story are so familiar (venal law enforcement, leaned-on witnesses, the courtroom), it takes nerve to tell it this simply.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Eyes may instinctively roll at Malick's fixation with magical dawn and dusk light - confronted by real darkness, the result is his best film in years.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) A playful but ardent documentary tribute to Guy Blaché, a film-maker fully deserving the overworked title of pioneer.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) There is more to the Safdies' secret sauce than panic. At first glance the cast has the feel of a group of strangers grabbed at random from the sidewalk, yet it clicks and keeps clicking.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/5 39% Seberg (2020) For all her charisma, the miscasting of Stewart isn't helped by a berserker wardrobe department. The costumes wear the movie - the story is half-buried under a pile of sherbet lemon negligees.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) If Mendes' film-making has sometimes felt to have not fully outgrown his beginnings in theatre, 1917 is wildly cinematic, a movie that makes you feel the breath of mortality on your neck.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is many things, well-intentioned among them. Brilliant it is not.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
1/5 73% The Gentlemen (2020) As it did two decades ago, the adolescent need to impress hangs thick as Lynx body spray.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
3/5 100% Amanda (2018) The risk is mawkishness, but the film sidesteps it with a close-up study of loss and new connection.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) A viciously droll game of movie Cluedo, the murder mystery dusted off for the modern age.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 96% Atlantics (2019) A luminously punky slice of Senegalese gothic.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) The main attraction is the actorly ping-pong of Hopkins and Pryce, respectively curmudgeonly and crinkle-eyed.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) The flaws of The Nightingale should not stop you from seeing it - a film as painful as vital conversations often are.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Rarely can a movie have left the editing room with so many scenes simply petering out, as if the punchlines had been left on the back seat of an Uber.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 73% Harriet (2019) Erivo tears through Harriet, a live wire in the heart of a biography of Harriet Tubman that without her might have risked stateliness.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 92% Blue Story (2019) The film has the tang of reality and sobering power.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 75% Judy & Punch (2019) Balancing slapstick and the anything-but-funny, the film is not without wobbles. As with any high wire act, those are half the point.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020) Of interest principally to pre-existing fans, but a bigger picture takes shape too...‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Hood knows how to crank the tension and a certain fury ticks under the story.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A meal made up of nothing but appetisers.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) LaBeouf is scruffily compelling, while the pinpoint comic timing of Gottsagen should be a lesson to any drab corners of the film industry still resisting disabled actors.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) A familiar mix of splatter, lazy punchlines and target-audience wish-fulfilment in which the girl is always got by the geek.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) The tone on the border of deadpan and surreal remains in place, so too the frantic pinball scripting in which everything that can go wrong does, but rarely quite how you imagined.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 53% Farming (2019) A less uncompromising film might give the withdrawn Enitan a way to articulate his trauma verbally, but it is here and now that Akinnuoye-Agbaje claims that voice.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) Fifteenth-century England is recreated - but the actual story is only half-familiar, the Globe transplanted into the age of Game of Thrones.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) The sense of real life rerun is vivid. Hogg keeps you in the palm of her hand as few film-makers could.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 60% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Noble delivers what is really theatre on screen, clingfilmed sandwiches rustling from the stalls. But Spall and Redgrave excel and the art endures.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 100% Seahorse (2019) Finlay is alive both to the humdrum and astonishing.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/5 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) An opening title card coyly quotes Mark Twain: "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." As the credits roll two fanciful hours later, you will know the feeling.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 100% Bait (2019) The film keeps you on your toes, sidestepping into unexpected places. Politically and cinematically, Jenkin is too much of an original to box himself in.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Rather than a glorified DVD extra in which talking heads amble through on-set yarns, Phillippe creates a true companion to the Ridley Scott classic, with its own visual identity and jittery atmosphere.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 93% Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) Webber feels less interested in the wider narrative than he is in the microcosmic lives of his subjects, but there is untold drama in their stories, and the music is a cause for celebration.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 88% The Great Hack (2019) This jazzy, sobering film records the rise and fall of Cambridge Analytica. As a narrative, the terrain is challenging, the execution sometimes baggy, sometimes a little brisk. ‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 76% Halston (2019) A tour through some of the most pivotal moments in the history of American style, Halston's career a golden thread running from the pillbox hat worn by Jackie Kennedy... to the decadent 1970s in which he dressed half of Studio 54.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio structures his film not as a shopping list of plot points, but vignettes and snapshots of the multitudes that Gloria contains...‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) Thompson's performance is compulsively fun, the actor relishing the bone-dry put-downs of a memorably serrated character.‐ Financial Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019