Guy Lodge Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Ovid and the Art of Love (2020) There's more text than texture in "Ovid and the Art of Love," which hints intriguingly throughout at resistance to a ruling American culture of hypocritical conservatism and sex-negativity - but it leaves a lot between the lines.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
97% Fourteen (2019) It resorts neither to buddy-movie cliché nor melodramatic angst in portraying the ways we outgrow our friends, and they us.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
44% Sweetness in the Belly (2020) Pleasant and picturesque throughout, "Sweetness in the Belly" is most affecting as a story where everyone is an outsider in some capacity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
No Score Yet Cat in the Wall (2019) Shot through with intimate love-hate knowledge of its South London turf, this is a funny, frustrated yell from a demographic tired of being talked over.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
100% A Secret Love (2020) At once a misty-eyed romance and a harsh depiction of the practical and emotional challenges of giving up independent living, "A Secret Love" isn't subtle in its Kleenex-clutching tactics... but it's certainly effective.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
77% Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (2020) What begins as seemingly another lurid Netflix true-crime excavation emerges as a considerably more affecting testament to the damage wrought by generation upon generation of sexual abuse.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
86% The Sharks (Los tiburones) (2019) The film's icy-humid atmospherics trouble the memory for longer than its remote protagonist and stagnant storytelling, just enough to pique interest in Garibaldi's future work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
No Score Yet Sanctuary (2019) Here's hoping Bardem is up for a sequel.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
58% Four Kids and It (2020) The result is akin to any xerox of a xerox: The vague shape of Nesbit's story remains, but the definition and characterful details of her version and Wilson's alike are mostly blurred.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
100% Servants (Sluzobníci) (2020) "Servants" is briskly shaped at just under 80 minutes, yet its alien-historical world-building is effective enough that you emerge from it feeling both out of time and out of breath...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
88% Misbehaviour (2020) A straightforward, spirited message movie...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Last and First Men (2020) A ravishing 70-minute audiovisual essay on human mortality, extinction and legacy - all the more poignant for being its maker's final creative statement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
69% Escape from Pretoria (2020) Annan's film works effectively as a straight-up jailbreak thriller, well-oiled in greasy B-movie tradition. It's when it shoots for more historical import that it falls somewhat short.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
100% Gunda (2020) Kossakovsky isn't out to lecture or confront his audience with moral rhetoric or shock imagery, but to encourage understanding of farm animal life as it's being lived - not just valuable at the point of death.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
100% Charlatan (2020) [A] handsome, intelligently questioning but slightly dry biopic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
82% DAU. Natasha (2020) It's atmospherically vivid and emotionally agitating, and much of the suffering on screen feels duly lived rather than merely performed‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
70% Siberia (2020) A beautiful, unhinged, sometimes hilarious trek into geographical and psychological wilderness that will delight some and mystify many others.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
100% My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) (2020) This is bright, unaffected naturalism with a fluidly roving camera, but also a generous regard for its ensemble, as befits a film affectionately embedded in the Berlin theater scene.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet High Ground (2020) This may be fictionalized narrative, but it honors its ugly patch of history by refusing to treat it with much in the way of twisting sensationalism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
64% The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (2020) A would-be modern Don Juan story, marked thoughout by sloppy quick-sketch characterization, stilted dialogue and risibly dated gender politics, it's an exercise only for the most forgiving of Garrel acolytes...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
100% Mogul Mowgli (2020) Ahmed affirms his standing as one of Britain's most vital, risky actors, even in a role we thought we'd already seen him play.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
83% Wildland (Kød & Blod) (2020) Rather like the actors, David Gallego's handsomely muted lensing seeks sinister notes in placid veneers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
71% Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) The result, though intermittently stirring and often luminously shot, represents something of a chore for all but the most ardent Jia completists - and even some of them may be left adrift...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
No Score Yet The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020) A documentary in which the roles of filmmaker, viewer and subject are as inextricably fused as life and art.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
88% Exile (Exil) (2020) Slicing into its protagonist's psyche with surgical finesse and discomfort, this queasy-comic character study pulls off a subtly perilous balancing act...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2020) This arresting third feature from Lesotho-born writer-director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is as classical in theme as it is adventurous in presentation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
No Score Yet Influence (2020) "Influence" is diverting, aggravating, even suitably damning in its portrait of a high-end huckster brought down to size only after he'd wrought years of damage in multiple countries.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
45% Surge (2020) As an experiment in steering a potentially tight thriller entirely by one character's irrational whims, it's abrasively compelling, even if the go-go-go plotting doesn't withstand closest scrutiny.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Urgently lifts the lid on one of the most horrifying humanitarian crises of present times: the state-sanctioned purge of LGBTQ people in the eponymous southern Russian republic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) At once a celebration and a lament, simultaneously jubilant and ineffably sad, it's a film worth sticking around to see.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
88% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) In his first feature since 2015's Oscar victor "Spotlight," the quiet humanity of McCarthy's filmmaking meshes oddly with the material's zanier demands, finally reaching an anodyne middle ground.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
No Score Yet Vivos (2020) A study of grief both in unresolved limbo and in determined action - thwarted either way by a national scourge of institutional corruption that the public is forced to take as given.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% A Bump Along the Way (2019) [Petticrew's] flinty chemistry with reliable pro Gallagher keeps things on track even when proceedings veer into more predictable hugging and learning.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
No Score Yet House of Cardin (2019) Lively as an overview of Cardin's creative and commercial achievements, "House of Cardin" is considerably vaguer when it comes to his personal life and legacy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
0% The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (2020) It's a cheap, unloving death march of a movie - scarcely made more intriguing by the half-cooked theory it posits as to who (or how many) did the deed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
55% The Informer (2020) For all "The Informer" lacks in surface style - shot and scored as it is in functional, straight-to-VOD fashion - it remains a surprisingly well-oiled genre machine.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
100% Advocate (2020) [A] tough-minded, clear-eyed film...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
75% The Gentlemen (2020) A knockabout all-star return to the underworld that feigns to remind us who its director really is, but feels, in most respects, like a hedging of bets.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
No Score Yet Chez Jolie Coiffure (2018) [A] stark, straightforward but subtly potent documentary...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
4/5 93% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh's liveliest, most big-thinking work since Magic Mike, this is a quick, zingy, all-business sports drama that plays like Jerry Maguire with twin degrees in economics and sociology.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
No Score Yet In a Whisper (A media voz) (2019) The epistolary format, tricky to pull off without seeming precious or affected, works beautifully here as a way to knit together two narrating voices... whose contrasting creative sensibilities reflect their different trajectories away from home.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
69% My Friend the Polish Girl (2019) From its cramped, off-the-cuff shooting style (mostly in washed-out monochrome) to its persuasive ensemble, "My Friend the Polish Girl" mostly pulls off the documentary pretense with wily skill.‐ Variety
Posted Nov 29, 2019
100% Love Child (2019) Documentaries can be as narratively driven as any fiction feature, as "Love Child" proves in entirely engrossing fashion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die (2019) It examines the socioeconomic environment of middle-American poverty with a gaze both critical and impressionistic, without passing judgment on the individuals tangled up in it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
No Score Yet La Mami (2019) "La Mami" is rife with sharp, tacit socioeconomic criticism of an unequal, patriarchal society in which making joyless business out of pleasure is the best hope many women have.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet The Letter (2019) An effective, emotionally immediate debut feature...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Faith (2019) "Faith" is as disciplined and intriguingly opaque as the men and women it studies, attempting to unlock the nature of the group through mesmeric observation of routine and ritual.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Sunless Shadows (2019) "Sunless Shadows" never gives off the impression of extracting feelings from its subjects: Rather, it receptively gives them a platform they've hitherto been denied.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
94% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) Jon Kasbe's diamond-hard but humane documentary is most impressive in its equally divided sympathies between hunter, hunted and guardian.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Surprises are in short supply here, but Tinnell's film is more concerned with cultivating a general, slightly tipsy air of good feeling. In this it largely succeeds...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019