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Xan Brooks

Xan Brooks
Xan Brooks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Independent (UK), Sight and Sound, Observer (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Moffie (2019) Hermanus's film manages an unflinching portrait of a society in spasm; paranoid and brutish and largely screaming at itself.‐ Guardian
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3/5 36% Guest of Honour (2019) I'm not convinced it amounts to any more than the sum of its parts, but the parts are intriguing - and some are possessed of real power.‐ Guardian
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4/5 96% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2019) About Endlessness contains moments of devilish wit, but at heart it is a sad, sweet picture, threaded with themes of estrangement and separation.‐ Guardian
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5/5 92% The Painted Bird (2020) I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work and one I'm deeply glad to have seen. I can also say that I hope to never cross its path again.‐ Guardian
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3/5 72% The King (2019) The King deepens and darkens, and gathers momentum, to the point where one finally becomes drawn into the drama.‐ Guardian
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3/5 40% Wasp Network (2019) The film is glossy, illuminating and frequently exciting. What it lacks is an emotional charge and a fine-grained texture.‐ Guardian
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2/5 14% American Skin (2019) So clotted, so strident and so thickly cloaked in self-pity that its impassioned story risks becoming worryingly self-serving.‐ Guardian
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4/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) Soderbergh understands the importance of putting human faces to dry statistics. He reveals how the tentacles of financial misrule eventually extend to touch honest-to-God human lives.‐ Guardian
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4/5 91% Ema (2019) We wouldn't want to live in the world Larrain shows us. But his films are so good they convince us that we do.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Having brazenly plundered the films of Scorsese, Phillips fashions stolen ingredients into something new, so that what began as a gleeful cosplay session turns progressively more dangerous - and somehow more relevant, too.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2/5 34% Seberg (2020) It tells us that Seberg was wronged and that she looked really great in a bra - and not necessarily in that order.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 77% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's a solid, well-crafted piece of professional carpentry, like a heavy piece of Victorian furniture; built to last; built to be used. The longer you look at it, the more impressive it grows.‐ Guardian
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4/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) The Perfect Candidate is fiery and headstrong, and instantly gets you on its side.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 80% Bombay Rose (2019) The disparate ingredients do not always gel. But in fits and starts Bombay Rose casts quite a spell.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's an extraordinary picture, steely and unbending and assembled with an unmistakable air of wild-eyed zealotry.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) It has fine performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, a family-pack of box-fresh dialogue and a keen sense of its own absurdity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 85% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Yes, Kore-eda's tale is warm and soothing, verging on over-cosy. But it contains a hard core of emotional truth, like the pea beneath the mattress that woke up the princess.‐ Guardian
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22% Practical Magic (1998) Essentially a sibling soap-opera with a dash of mumbo-jumbo.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
27% The Odd Couple II (1998) The two stars work hard to keep it upright.‐ Independent (UK)
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42% Left Luggage (2001) Fitful as drama, the film comes to life as a showcase for its high-profile performers.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Knowledge of Healing (1997) The Dalai Lama and his personal doctor make for reliable sources, but the whole thing proves too info-heavy and indigestible.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
97% Insomnia (1998) It's [Stellan Skarsgard's] controlled performance that galvanises this otherwise underpowered thriller.‐ Independent (UK)
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26% Hope Floats (1998) A winsome piece that turns a loving eye on Sandra Bullock as a down-in-the-dumps ex-beauty queen.‐ Independent (UK)
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88% Fire (1996) Strong ensemble playing riffs nicely off [writer and director Deepa] Mehta's taboo- bucking script.‐ Independent (UK)
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50% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) The one stand-out is Johnny Depp, who brings Hunter S Thompson to bald-headed, pigeon-toed life.‐ Independent (UK)
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80% Destiny (1998) Destiny takes wing with a burst of traditional dance and deep-colour visuals.‐ Independent (UK)
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55% Blade (1998) Noise and martial-arts action mask its tinny pedigree.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 46% Bride of Chucky (1998) Bride of Chucky strings together a series of humorous asides and knee-jerk shock tactics.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 23% Just the Ticket (1999) [Director Richard] Wenk's debut has a certain baggy energy, but it finally has too little to say, and spends too long saying it.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 96% Croupier (2000) Script and direction play safe throughout.‐ Independent (UK)
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3/5 59% Venus Beauty Institute (2000) Director Tonie Marshall maps out the drama with soul and delicacy.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 40% Celebrity (1998) Unfortunately in Celebrity, Woody Allen's line of attack is compromised by his being at least half in love with the very glitterati he sets out to savage.‐ Independent (UK)
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5/5 96% Touch of Evil (1958) Citizen Kane may be the more weighty, rounded work, but Touch of Evil is a heap more fun.‐ Independent (UK)
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3/5 54% Cruel Intentions (1999) The abruptly moralising ending bumps this down a notch or two. Until then Cruel Intentions makes for smart and nasty entertainment: disservice with a smile.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
60% Rush Hour (1998) A brief sequence where he weaves between tour bus, truck and camper van views like a kung-fu version of Singin' In The Rain. But Chan's physical poetry is boxed inside narrow margins.‐ Guardian
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2/5 38% Angel Face (Gueule d'ange) (2018) Angel Face lacks shading, pacing and nuance.‐ Guardian
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3/5 98% Oh Lucy! (2018) The tone see-saws wildly. What prevents it collapsing are the warm, heartfelt performances, together with Hirayanagi's obvious affection for her chief protagonist.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) It is a fierce, urgent, unflinching picture.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
5/5 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) What is most impressive about McDonagh's movie is its freewheeling nature, its bottle-rocket sensibility; its awareness that people can turn 180 degrees on a dime.‐ Guardian
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2/5 40% The Private Life of a Modern Woman (2017) The Private Life of a Modern Woman is written and directed by James Toback, a once-talented iconoclast now largely fighting shadows.‐ Guardian
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2/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) What a peculiarly dodgy, conservative film this is - a lazy salute to a good queen and her faithful Indian servant.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
3/5 38% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The Leisure Seeker isn't the sort of picture to start meddling with ... formula, but it sets about its business with a satisfying efficiency.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
3/5 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Zahler's film is entertaining, incorrigible and borderline incoherent - it is the violent drunk at the party, liable to lash out.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
2/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) I just wish the actual film wasn't so skimpy and brash and so evidently pleased with itself.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
3/5 85% West of Sunshine (2017) Hill and Perham are a real-life stepfather and son, which probably helped with the ease of the acting. Both, though, deserve credit for excellent, affecting performances.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 90% Our Souls at Night (2017) It won me over from the very first scene.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Haigh's film is never less than heartfelt and affecting. It cares deeply for Charlie and hopes we do, too.‐ Guardian
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5/5 96% Zama (2018) A picture that's antic, sensual and strange, with a top-note of menace and a malarial air.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro provides just enough spade-work to keep the scheme plausible and his film is stylish and charming; red meat for the senses with some sugar on top.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed is a deeply felt, deeply thought picture; impressive in its seriousness and often gripping in the way it frames itself as a debate and a sermon.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017