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Nancy Banks-Smith

Nancy Banks-Smith
Nancy Banks-Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Pennies From Heaven (1978) Pennies From Heaven is delicious, delightful and de-lovely with a dark undertow and runs for six weeks, so aren't you lucky?‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Baal (1982) It often looked beautiful with the old gold of something that has hung too long in a smoky room. Ah, gaslight, if you are of a sentimental turn. Ah, mutton, if you are not. And it was inventive.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Life in the Freezer (1993) You can settle down with an Attenborough as you can with an Agatha, knowing it is going to be all right.‐ Guardian
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No Score Yet Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007) I enjoyed every spectacular, sodden second of it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
91% All You Need Is Cash (1978) ! have forgotten the whole show effortlessly. However, I have a faithful... notebook which rescues me in such quandaries and it says here "he wore swimming trunks in the bath to stop him looking down on the unemployed." Oh, now I remember why I forgot.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Frankenstein (1982) "I," he cries passionately, "am a scientist!" Robert Powell's passionate vibrato and flashing eyes indicated clearly that this line should have read, " I am an actor! "‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Richard Dawkins Presents The Genius of Charles Darwin (2000) A bracing mixture of evolution, atheism and empathy.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet The Doctor Who Hears Voices (2008) The documentary and dramatised sections fitted together like clasped hands.‐ Guardian
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No Score Yet Flood (2007) You will enjoy every hour of it. It does go on a bit.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet City of Vice (2008) The series looks gravelled for cash but compensates with documentary direction and Ian McDairmid's voice, as rich as a liqueur.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Britz (2007) Britz is a rarity, a contemporary drama that credits viewers with patience and curiosity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Learners (2007) It was quite sweet and chucklesome, and there was a blood-stirring mercy dash with a sick owl.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Richard Is My Boyfriend (2007) It was disjointed to the end. A real judge made one decision and the scriptwriter overrode it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Consenting Adults (2007) The cast was strikingly strong - don't miss David Bamber's excruciated face as a tormented homosexual - but essentially it was a two-hander between Wolfenden and his gay, difficult, brilliant son. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Fanny Hill (2007) Fanny Hill as dramatised by Andrew Davies was unexpectedly fresh and charming, having been very much cleaned up for television.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Clapham Junction (2007) It is very well done and well worth watching.‐ Guardian
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No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows (2006) I am resistant to Matt Lucas as some germs are to antibiotics - it's not the germ's fault nor the antibiotic's - but, like all comics, he can act.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Lilies (2007) It's a pastel period piece. The men, never the women, are given some charmingly lyrical declarations of love, the supporting roles are particularly well played and the detail is diligent. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
38% Death of a President (2006) This beautifully made film was seamlessly woven with a warp of drama and a woof of newsreel. The drama to come made the newsreel of [George W.] Bush utterly gripping.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006) Prime Suspect is a great cut-and-come-again cake. Any random slice is good.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
100% Longford (2007) Jim Broadbent perfectly captured Lord Longford's ability to get it all a bit wrong.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Mysterious Creatures (2006) This should, if anything, have been a serious documentary about unclassifiable mental illness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2007) Beau Brummell: This Charming Man was exquisite to see and very easy to enjoy.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! Michael Sheen played Williams, a striking tour de force for which the poor man lost two stone, and the photography was lyrical. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet The Chatterley Affair (2007) It skimmed along delightfully.‐ Guardian
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No Score Yet Ghostboat (2006) It is tremendously exciting stuff and very well done.‐ Guardian
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No Score Yet Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship (2006) It was well worth the price of admission to watch Osborne writhing like a salted snail.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Kate-the Taming Of The Shrew (2004) It was kept going by Shirley Henderson, fizzing like a trail of gunpowder, Stephen Tompkinson, giving a particularly fine comic performance... and an idyllically filmed Italian interlude with wolves howling musically in the distance. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet I Killed John Lennon (2005) It was worth watching for Dr Stephan Lynn, who held Lennon's heart in his hand and pumped it until he saw that all the major blood vessels had been shot away. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes (2006) A rather conscientious piece with some cracking performances from Catherine McCormack, a carrot, a shower of flour and an egg yolk.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Cold Blood (2005) Cold Blood was dreadfully bleak and disturbingly hard to forget.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs (2006) The whole thing was a blazing revelation about how politicians really behave.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet A Very Social Secretary (2005) Robert Lindsay is gloriously funny as Tony Blair. It is a treat just to watch him thinking. Screwing up his face, clutching a mug, struggling to pull his palms apart as if he sweated glue.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Quatermass Experiment (2005) The result was adrenaline-fired, if sometimes a bit bumpy.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Princes in the Tower (2005) Princes in the Tower was faithful in its fashion. It was detailed, painstaking and two hours long. Halfway through, the Bishop of Cambrai said: "It grows more interesting hourly." I wouldn't say that myself.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet North & South (2005) North and South was a beautiful study in black and white.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Uncle Adolf (2005) Ken Stott had studied Hitler's galvanic gestures... and infused them with the power of his passion for his young niece, Geli. Elaine Cassidy made an impressive debut as this elvish, mischievous, provocative girl.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004) It was a handsome, faithful, spooky film. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Virtual History: The Secret Plot to Kill Hitler (2004) It was a case of picking out the good bits and leaving the rest on your plate. The plot itself was gripping stuff. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet When I'm 64 (2004) Wherever you turn the acting is quite wonderful. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Hawking (2004) Benedict Cumberbatch, who had to unlearn the actor's first lesson - don't bump into the furniture - gave a remarkable performance as Hawking.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Walking With Cavemen (2003) A series about human evolution is an engrossing idea, but you had to struggle to enjoy this version. Skies split, clouds boiled, oceans exploded. Time flashed back. Watches whizzed round. It was a sweet relief to look away.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Tipping the Velvet (2002) Rachael Stirling's performance is just fine. A little gruff and common in her speech, very young, very astonished and breathless with adoration. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Safe House (2001) The plot is long and curly... and would benefit from a bit of a trim. As the detective says, "We've had enough complications on this case to last a lifteime." ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002) Goodbye Mr Chips, the story of a gentle man among gentlemen, was quietly charming and a tour de force for Martin Clunes, proving, as usual, that a tragedian can't play comedy but a comedian can play anything.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
82% Much Ado About Something (2002) A lively and industrious piece.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
100% Conspiracy (2001) The script of Conspiracy is flat and matter-of-fact, creviced by deep silences as middle management stare into the chasm that has opened at their feet. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Manchild (2002) It is a midlife-crisis comedy, smart and stylish with a hint of poignancy and one big belly laugh which I find difficult to describe before breakfast. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Love or Money (2001) Sam and Dan are perfectly charming. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Love in a Cold Climate (2002) From where I sit, it was perhaps a pity that the production leaned so honestly towards Mrs Baldwin. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020