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Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Marriage Story (2019) It's certainly not the most fun you'll ever have at the cinema - although it is witty and there are some brilliantly comic lines - but you will see something riveting, detailed, authentic and excellent.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) I wasn't bored for a single minute which, given there are 210 of them, has to be a triumph, surely.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall (2019) Made me laugh and laugh and laugh. And laugh. It shouldn't have. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Charlotte Church: My Family & Me (2019) Plain baffling... I can't imagine any of them needed the money, or a free holiday in Devon that was the opposite of swish. So why would she invade her own privacy like this? Deeply baffling, like I said.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Spectacle is no substitute for storytelling and the storytelling is a leaden mess.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
65% The Day Shall Come (2019) It is funny, fitfully, but it asks us to laugh at someone I wasn't sure we should be laughing at, plus it is repetitive and acts like we didn't get the joke the first time, when we did.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Zellweger captures Garland's jittery, broken-bird fragility (if not the singing voice) and I was often on the edge of my seat.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
69% Joker (2019) A masterpiece, or irresponsible trash? You decide. Or just step away, and spare yourself the grief. That's probably for the best.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) It is, indeed, beautiful to look at, but it's not layered or textured or meaningful and it plays like a tiresome, empty blockbuster that goes on and on and on.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) There are no grand declarations or tear-stained confrontations, as it's not Downton, mercifully. And if you think grandma knows the truth and is fooling everybody else, you will need to think again, as it's just not clichéd in this way.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's critic-proof and the fans will race to see it even though it is, in truth, extremely predictable as well as extremely dull.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
56% Scarborough (2019) It is well directed and it is well performed and while certain plot points don't add up... there is a neat twist at the end that you absolutely don't see coming.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Julie unfolds slowly, as does the film, and sometimes conversations start, stutter, stall, go nowhere. But the leads are both sensational and it's not paint drying, whatever anyone may say.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory, is wonderfully restrained and all the better for it‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) I can't say what this adds up to. I can only say I was never bored and while the ending - brace yourself - has proved divisive.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) There are some nice touches, and the bustle of Mumbai is always fascinating, and the performances are good all-round, but whatever Batra hoped this would add up to it doesn't.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Really, it is hard to fathom what the point of this is beyond, say, noting that the Hydra survivors have aged quite badly so, kids, stay out the sun.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) You'll want to pluck Simba from the screen and give him a cuddle.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) Klayman is not sympathetic to Bannon. That is obvious. But by slavishly following him from one meeting to another she has not only made a fairly dull and repetitive film, but is also serving the ideological machine and feeding the beast.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) There are horrors, but this is still a good horror film for those who don't like horror films as it's as much about the disturbing, menacing rhythm.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files (2019) This was the corrective to the traditional white colonial versions of history. And horribly shaming, too.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) This being a Curtis film, I don't think it's a spoiler to say that it doesn't amount to more than love trumps all. Which, of course, the woman in the flowery dress supportively watching from the wings knew all along. Sigh.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
88% Diego Maradona (2019) In short, this is gripping and heartbreaking as far as it goes, but it doesn't quite go far enough.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/5 100% 63 Up (2019) We identify intensely because they are just like us and have had to negotiate the same experiences as us, and the series, which was once voted the greatest documentary of all time is, in effect, a meditation on what it is to be alive. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) So, while this isn't flawless, it is a start, and it has verve and energy and pathos and quite a few white, entitled men running scared. More, please.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) At no point does any character own their behaviour in any consistent or recognisably human way.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) [Egerton] captures the Elton-ness of Elton without ever resorting to mimicry, and he does his own singing which, astonishingly, also captures the Elton-ness of Elton.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien is a biopic covering the early life of J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) and it is not especially memorable. I'm even forgetting it as I'm trying to remember it.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
48% Bel Canto (2018) The film is, essentially, methodical rather than dramatically tense and, while it should be an exciting blend of guns and Puccini and sex in the china cupboard, it never fully comes to life.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
78% Loro (2019) Hard to say what it is, beyond a sprawling mess that caters so exclusively to the male gaze it makes The Wolf of Wall Street look like a children's tea party.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) True, there are clichéd moments. And predictable moments. And the ending is pat and sentimental, and has it all ways, but her energy whizzes you past all that.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) This film is not a waste of your time, as it is also intriguing and beguiling and poetic (she says, still defensively). But the genre twist is far more audacious than successful. Alas.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Us (2019) I was grateful it wasn't that frightening but not so grateful that it was quite so repetitively dull.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
90% Benjamin (2018) Amstell's career has always been predicated on his own existential crises, but as I'm one of those who is quite into that, I rather loved this film, not that it matters. Does anything?‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Look, while this is less inventive than you hoped (and prayed), it is an improvement, with Larson proving she can more than carry a film of this type.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
86% Hannah (2018) The script is minimal. It probably covers only a few pages. But the power is in Rampling's superb performance.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
89% A Private War (2018) I can only say, with confidence, that the film features a magnificently fierce, alert and impassioned performance from Rosamund Pike, whose usual English rose delicacy is nowhere to be seen. It is top work, properly.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) This is leaden, lifeless, sentimental and afflicted by too many sub-plots that just don't go anywhere.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
5/5 100% The Last Survivors (2019) Cary offered no commentary, presumably because there is nothing to say about what these people have to say. We need only hear and bear witness.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It doesn't hammer anything home. There is no heavy-handed exposition, no back stories. The characters arrive as is.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) I don't know what absorbed more of my attention, the story, her character, or just how bad she looks. Actually, I can answer that. How bad she looks.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It is lifeless, in other words, and quite the slog, with jerky pacing, such an abundance of bearded men you lose track of which bearded man is which, and it reduces two of history's most fascinating women to not much of anything.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 81% Brexit (2019) Cumberbatch brought his usual flair, wit and intelligence to Cummings, previously a special adviser to Michael Gove, and who would only agree to lead Vote Leave if he was allowed to do it his way.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) It is savagely funny and often preposterous, with duck racing and ludicrous, vertiginous wigs and an astonishingly weird dance scene. Yet it is also involving and deeply moving with performances that are monumentally stellar.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Torvill & Dean (2018) A prosaic, clunky telling featuring simplistic psychology. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This is a sequel that goes to great lengths to recreate the rhythm, style and magic of the original. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 100% Care (2018) It was beautifully observed and beautifully performed, but even though it's based on the experience of McGovern's co-writer, Gillian Juckes, there were moments that jarred. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's more a remake than a sequel, which was possibly the safest bet, but it does recapture some of the magic and - oh God, spite, look away - I was entertained.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Nothing much happens, yet there is so much to watch.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Such a pity this film can't make us care.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018