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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% The Dove (1927) Withal, the story moves forward with painful slowness. It is really only hackneyed melodrama that the producer has decked out in all this scenic paraphernalia.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
100% Neptune's Daughter (1914) The variety of the story is heightened by the really beautiful scenery amid which it is acted and the elaborateness of the setting throughout.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
63% The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) George Bancroft, who plays the name part, has created many forceful characters on the silent screen; but those who have never heard him speak know only half his powers. His expression of the role Is commanding, magnetic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
50% Manhattan Cocktail (1928) [The story] is is tedious, illogical, and a long way from being original. Even the excellent acting of Richard Arlen, Nancy Carroll, Lllyan Tashman, and the rest of the cast falls to overcome its defects.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
40% Camille (1927) The shortcoming is not the actress's, but the producer's. As opposed lo the directness with which he set forth the story of Ben Hur, Fred Niblo has expanded the Individual incidents in Camille to undue length.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
29% Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1924) [The novel is] a sombre and rather powerful piece of writing. But having been stripped of its literary trappings and made Into a moving picture scenario for the multitude, it glares forth now as, old-fashioned and highly overwrought melodrama.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
80% The Divine Woman (1928) In every detail, Miss Garbo presents with tho utmost truth to life the temperament of the born actress, in real life, highly-strung, egotistic, and subordinate in everything to the demands of tho theatre.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
86% My Man (1928) Miss Brice suffers from the weakness of the plot and the text through which her talents have to find expression.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
100% The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) Some of the backgrounds, such as that of the great square before the palace of Troy, are tremendous... This lavishness, of course, heightens the absurd triviality of the action and the conversation.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
91% The Queen of Sheba (1921) Based on the love romance of Sheba and Solomon, beautiful in its simplicity, the production is one of much splendour, and reaches the pinnacle of motion picture art.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
60% The Case of Lena Smith (1929) The Case of Lena Smith lacks continuity. Parts of it seem to have no connection at all with the main story. Even the main story itself Is rambling and trivial.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
86% The Rogue Song (1930) If Mr. Tlbbett's magnificent baritone voice were taken away, little of consequence would remain.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
75% The Cat Creeps (1930) This is an adaptation of the mystery play, The Cat and the Canary... There is the same reading of the will in the library of the stately mansion on a wild and stormy night, and the same thrills as people suddenly disappear.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
100% Love (1927) Love as moving picture fare, is of more than usual merit. It is splendidly produced, the action is fast, and the leading roles are enacted by experienced artists or the screen. But It is not Anna Karenina.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
86% So Big (1924) Colleen Moore is generally associated with "flapper" parts, calling for shingled hair and an aggressive vivacity. In her latest picture, So Big, however, she proves herself capable of a much wider range.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
86% It (1927) Unfortunately, the salesgirl who is supposed to have "it" must strike educated beholders as a rather vapid hoyden. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
No Score Yet Barbara Frietchie (1924) If only the beginning and the end were cut off from it, Barbara Frietchie would ho a thoroughly commendable film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
88% The Way of All Flesh (1927) Mr. Jannings carries realism to extraordinary lengths. He seems not to act his part but to live it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
44% The Great Gatsby (1926) There are materials for a fine story in The Great Gatsby, and indeed the picture has passages which are deeply moving. But the general effect of it has been spoilt in the handling.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
83% Daughter of the Gods (1916) A masterpiece of modern American cinematography, it has an especial attraction to Australian audiences in that it features the well-known Australian diver, Annette Kellerman, whose appearance was warmly acclaimed.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
No Score Yet Soldiers of the Cross (1900) It is something of a revelation to watch the enactment of these [Biblical] scenes reproduced by living individuals which, through the aid of modern science, Commandant Booth is able to place before his audience.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
80% The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) Messrs J and N Tait, in the result, presented an ingeniously realistic succession of pictures taken at Glenrowan, the Strathbogie and Wombat Ranges and other Victorian spots at one time haunted by the robbers in question.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
92% Little Caesar (1931) Ed. G. Robinson gives an excellent character study of the scheming Rico, and an effective cast also includes Douglas Fairbanks, Jun., Stanley Fields, Ralph Ince, Glenda Faxrell, and Sidney Blackmer.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
83% Huckleberry Finn (1931) Young Durkin is admirably naive and boyish as the hero, and Jackie Coogan, though he is apt to shout his lines, is also well in character as his friend.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
75% Aloma of the South Seas (1926) The plot of Aloma of the South Seas is rather thin and unreal, but its settings give it a certain amount of Interest.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
43% The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942) In The Strange Case of Dr. RX., Universal has given production polish and character gravity the disadvantages of an all-too-common routine murder mystery.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
100% Citizen Kane (1941) Citizen Kane, written, produced, and directed by a young man of 25 whom America considers a genius, is an outstanding film, amazing in its presentation and vast in its conception.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
100% True Confession (1937) True Confession is a delightfully humorous film with some dull patches.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
81% Saboteur (1942) Here again is Alfred Hitchcock the screen's supreme master of suspense.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
94% Fantasia (1940) The film will be as controversial as is all new art conception. But its entertainment value is Immense and unquestionable.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
100% The Lady Eve (1941) Written and directed by Preston Sturges, the film will please many and disappoint some.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
92% Imitation of Life (1934) It is encouraging to come across a film which treats so controversial a subject so honestly, even though the producers have played for safety by making It the minor theme.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
75% I Want a Divorce (1940) I Want a Divorce has many good angles, considerable humour, some substantial emotional colour, but not enough strength. It entertains but fails to convince.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
77% The Texas Rangers (1936) King Vidor, a richly experienced director, has been placed in charge of operations; and he spurs on every member of the cast to give a first-class display of acting.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
100% The Plainsman (1936) Cecil B. De Mille has been responsible for some over-decorated period pieces; but in The Plainsman he has directed one of the most sincere and imposing pioneer stories which have ever reached the screen.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
83% Anything Goes (1936) There are many features in which the stage production was better. However, a picture must be judged as though one had never seen the stage version and, in all fairness, this Is a pleasant film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
53% Bird of Paradise (1932) There is the skeleton of an effective melodrama concealed in "The Bird of Paradise; but King Vidor, who is the director, has not succeeded in bringing it to life.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
81% To Each His Own (1946) A first-class piece of acting by Olivia de Havilland makes this Paramount adaptation of a story by Charles Brackett (who also produced the film) something better than the melodrama it must originally have been, on paper.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
90% No Man of Her Own (1932) The object of the producer of No Man Of Her Own has been, apparently, to parade Clark Gable once more in his familiar role of an irresistible lover, for the story which this picture tells falls to justify Its existence on any other grounds.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
100% Little Miss Marker (1934) The most hardened picture‐goers are likely to find themselves laughing, and, perhaps, sighing, as they watch this cleverly‐written film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
90% Morocco (1930) By clever acting and skilful production, strong dramatic interest is given to an ordinary love story in Morocco.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
90% The Wolf Man (1941) The whole thing is nonsensical, but occasionally strangely compelling.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
59% Blonde Venus (1932) Blonde Venus gives the impression constantly that the director (Josef von Sternberg) has been placed in the embarrassing position of a man who has been asked to squeeze a quart of liquid into a pint pot.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Master of the suspense drama that he is, Hitchcock keeps his climax for the very end. When it comes it is terrific. The final curtain Is a glorious piece of cynicism.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
94% Shanghai Express (1932) The first third of Shanghai Express is on a high artistic plane. One forms great expectations of dramatic development; of character-study; of technical finesse. But suddenly the whole thing collapses.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet In Gay Madrid (1930) In Gay Madrid is a tepid romance, some of it interesting, and some of it bordering perilously closely on absurdity.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
67% The Invisible Woman (1940) In John Barrymore's hands this Professor Gibbs becomes a gay caricature of an aged and cranky but clever scientist.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) From two points of view, Sunrise is among the most remarkable films that have ever been flashed on the screen. One is the rich, sensitive beauty of the photography;, the other 'he tragic tenseness of the story.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
97% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) The Best Years of Our Lives is a fine arid fascinating example of Hollywood craftsmanship in its most mellowly sentimental and richly observant mood.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
91% Gone With the Wind (1939) Clark Gable sends a refreshing blast of cynicism through a narrative which otherwise would have been over-sweet.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020