Jonathan Romney Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 100% I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi) (2020) Ending a minor but fascinating film in Jia's provocative oeuvre, the images of these sleepers are a prelude to the other troubled dreams of China (A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart, Ash Is the Purest White) that he has made since.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
C+ 72% The Gentlemen (2020) [Grant's] top value and way better than the film deserves: that is class, and given how he almost redeems the film, you can't begrudge Ritchie the luxury.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet How to Be a Good Wife (La bonne épouse) (2019) A breezy, well-intentioned but ultimately laborious comic vehicle for Juliette Binoche.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
8/10 91% Earth (Erde) (2019) By the time Earth has come to this sobering conclusion, it leaves you wanting to see Greta Thunberg, or some other emissary of the planet's future, rise up over those slag piles and utter an imperious "Enough!" If only, if only...‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
9/10 92% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Invisible Life is constructed on heightened emotional intensity in an everyday domestic milieu, with discreet touches of narrative contrivance playing their part--‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
8/10 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig takes matters in a new direction, at once more playful and more sober, and very self-conscious.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
5/10 89% 1917 (2020) However well-intentioned its spectacle, 1917 feels fundamentally wrong-disrespectful to a historical reality in its very attempts to evoke it. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
100% Chinese Portrait (2019) The first great film of this year, arguably, was Wang Xiaoshuai's three-hour So Long, My Son...although it is only 80 minutes long, his Chinese Portrait is equally expansive, although in a telegraphic, fragmented manner.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
94% In Fabric (2019) At its best, In Fabric achieves a density that transcends weirdness to become authentically alien-nightmare stitched into its very tissue.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) Because of this sense of an approaching end-in a world which, in any case, is tending to see the future in apocalyptic terms-63 Up may be the most revealing episode yet. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Like a clever piece of stage conjuring, "Knives Out" is slight but hugely enjoyable.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) Mati Diop's debut feature is undeniably one of the boldest films of the year, crackling with invention, beauty, and anger.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is an act of rejuvenation for Scorsese too-it's his most thoroughly alive film in years.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
91% Burning Cane (2019) It's the blurriness of "Burning Cane-"alongside its confident sharpness-that makes it so distinctive.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
5/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi has been interested in likeable, sheepish misfits, and the hero of "Jojo Rabbit" is absolutely cut from this cloth.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
7/10 75% Rose Plays Julie (2019) Rose, wonders about the other life she might have lived under her birth name Julie, then effectively finds herself playing the role of Julie-effectively impersonating herself.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
84% Color Out of Space (2020) It has its wit, and will please genre fans by taking no prisoners when it comes to nasty things happening to nice people.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
100% Celebration (2019) Demystifies its subject, portraying saint-Laurent as a fragile monarch tenuously reigning over a tradition-bound kingdom that is beginning to look as archaic as Versailles.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) You'll find yourself grinning, whether or not your head is still attached to your body.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
65% The Sound of Silence (2019) ..."The Sound of Silence" is a modest, contemplative study of ideas that itself exemplifies those ideas in its design, not least its sound design; it embodies a conceptual rumination.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) ..."Ad Astra" uses science fiction for very intimate, personal purposes-and what's distinctive about this gripping, sometimes preposterous film is the way that Gray sticks his neck out to balance the demands of intimacy and wham-bam spectacle.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
94% Babyteeth (2019) "Babyteeth is deliciously astute on the sometimes bizarre everyday arcana of domestic life."‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
91% Saint Maud (2020) Glass... achieves a delicate balance in taking Maud's religious conviction seriously, while sensitively portraying the mental disturbance that drives it.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Despite meticulous visuals and a strong central performance by Mark Rylance, the film feels dramatically ponderous and emotionally inert.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
76% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) While the emotional intensity and somewhat protracted narrative can be exhausting, in visual terms the film is a tour de force, steeped in blood, dust and squalor.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet State Funeral (2019) Loznitsa's film is a characteristically imposing piece with niche appeal, but will make a powerful impact at outlets that sit at the nexus of cinema, art and political discussion.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
56% Gloria Mundi (2019) This won't bring Guédiguian new fans, and will certainly appeal most to older audiences susceptible to a certain tut-tutting 'what's the world come to?' tone, but it's a solid if minor addition to his canon.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
54% Saturday Fiction (Lan xin da ju yuan) (2019) Theatre and reality merge to elegant but confused effect in Saturday Fiction...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
100% Moffie (2019) Moffie is an altogether intense experience that often feels as punishing for the viewer as it is for the characters.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2019) In its narrative tautness, this documentary can hold its own alongside the best of Romania's contemporary fiction.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
95% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) Andersson's consistency may have made him a director for acolytes above all, but they will find this a satisfying and richly resonant lesson in obliqueness and sometimes opacity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
71% The King (2019) Chalamet scowlingly hints at a slow-burning inner violence, but he doesn't have enough variety to his facial and vocal repertoire to make his character really breathe, either as Henry or Hal.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
80% No.7 Cherry Lane (Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao) (2019) The characters are executed in a familiar Asian anime mode, but they are facially inexpressive and sometimes physically inert, moving sluggishly and never really come to life...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
No Score Yet My Days of Glory (Mes jours de gloire) (2019) A Parisian slacker comedy with a sombre undertow proves a highly flattering showcase for ever-ascending young French talent Vincent Lacoste.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
85% Ema (2019) Ema is Larraín's least conventionally successful film, and is less likely to connect with audiences than his earlier work; nevertheless it shows a film-maker pursuing his own path as intrepidly as his heroine pursues hers.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Balloon (Qiqiu) (2019) Balloon is a family drama in a realist mode, with a strong quasi-documentary ethnographic streak. But it also has a pensive philosophical dimension and a style that is open to moments of reverie verging on magic realism.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
84% The Perfect Candidate (2019) A committed, admirable and necessary piece of dramatic argumentation, even if overall it comes across as rather four-square in its polemical intent, and short on surprises and filmic poetry.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
100% Cremator (Spalovac Mrtvol) (1969) The Cremator is essential viewing if you're a lover of morbid black comedy, the kind of cinema that lies on the delicate border between horror and social satire. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
100% If Only (Magari) (2019) This tender, highly personal-seeming work never transcends the conventions of approachable Italian art cinema, but works engagingly in its own terms.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
89% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Following a soap opera that muddles through the day to day, Sameh Zoabi's film is lightweight and a little repetitive, but its valuable insight is that in many senses, political reality works in rather the same way.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
60% Chalk (1996) Chalk is an exciting rediscovery-a crackling, nervy gem from what now seems like a very distant era.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
No Score Yet Butterfly Kisses (2017) A striking feature debut for director Rafael Kapelinski ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
96% I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2019) Director Radu Jude presents a simultaneously playful and intense meditation on the ways in which recreating the past can obscure history's meaning as one gets caught up in the making of illusion. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Rojo uses both familiarity and distanciation to depict a society that never appears that different from the world we know, a mystery thriller of sorts that's both about its moment, and disturbingly timeless.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Nick Broomfield's documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is about a relationship that isn't necessarily tragic, but this delicate, elegiac film still tells a sad story of artist and muse‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) This finally feels like a rather small, forlorn movie... Yesterday, for all its sly, often smart irony, is closer to cinematic Coldplay than it realizes.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
74% The Plagiarists (2019) The Plagiarists is an elusive, alluring, sometimes maddening thing-and not so much a narrative film in conventional terms. Rather, it's a curious micro-budget provocation that offers plenty to chew over. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
91% Give Me Liberty (2019) Kirill Mikhanovsky's Give Me Liberty is relentless and altogether exhausting-but it's also a joyous, tender blast, a film that's entrancingly generous and democratic. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is very aware of needing to earn the privilege of our time, but it doesn't quite earn the privilege of our laughter.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) The interplay between the two men plays out teasingly, with an Oedipal tension between tyro and patriarch that plays out at times like a maritime, rum-soaked version of Steptoe and Son.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019