Edward Porter

Edward Porter
Edward Porter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK), Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 60% White Boy Rick (2018) It's quite a monotonous trip, though, and we never really know why we're there.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Mug (2018) The film's sour determination to find small-mindedness in the provinces is itself a rather prejudiced outlook. Still, judging by appearances is allowed when you're watching movies, and there are lots of well-wrought and vivid images here.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 85% Return of the Hero (Le Retour du Héros) (2018) Though the film deepens a little towards the end, it's always light, picturesque entertainment.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 28% Mortal Engines (2018) The film's seriousness is undermined by the sheer daftness of this concept...but there's no denying the skill and splendour with which the tale is visualised.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
45% Miami Vice (2006) It helps that everything is delivered with Mann's usual attention to visual style. As in his previous film, Collateral, digital shooting superbly captures the feel of a hot American city at night.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
3/5 83% Creed II (2018) Steven Caple Jr's film is watchable enough if you're a fan of its traditions, but Jordan is too sleek and handsome for his suffering to be as glorious as Sylvester Stallone's agonies in days gone by.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 83% Disobedience (2018) Rachel Weisz, as the apostate, and Rachel McAdams, as the one who stayed behind, are impressive in their quivery intensity, and Sebastian Lelio's film is thoughtful as a study of conflicting loyalties.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) It may not have as much visual finesse, but it enjoys its 12A freedom to include fierce action and anguished drama in its version of the old story.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The concept and the jokes aren't great, but there's a whooshing, kid-pleasing flair to the film, and it gets away with a few brazenly commercial nods to other Disney movies. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
5/5 90% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Despite its longueurs, it steadily acquires richness.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 0% Nativity Rocks! (2018) If you don't have a seasonal school play or a local panto to attend in the coming weeks, and you're weirdly desperate for something to fill the gap, then here you go. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) Over time, though, it fails to add variety to its cartoonish proceedings, and steadily becomes a bore.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 72% Assassination Nation (2018) Even for a film that's scattershot by design, it's excessively disorganised, but it is fierce and inventive enough to justify its existence.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 81% Overlord (2018) You might hope such a premise would license a wonderfully over-the-top movie, but...the splatter scenes in Julius Avery's film are pretty dull, seemingly designed to impress only young viewers who have never seen anything like them before.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 57% The Grinch (2018) There's no great originality or charm in the movie as a whole, but that comedy - coupled with general perkiness - is enough to make it an adequate show‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 100% Bros: After the Screaming Stops (2018) Some of their remarks are unintentionally hilarious, giving us Spinal Tap by way of Smash Hits, yet the duo are ultimately lovable, and the film makes you poignantly aware of how testing their lives have been.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Crispian Mills's film is made with vigour, but might attract only a narrow audience. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 65% Peterloo (2019) In its wearying, near-constant speech-making, however, it's more like one of the era's densely worded pamphlets.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 91% Mirai (2018) Some scenes are mawkish, but most of it is enchanting, and it's grounded in a sweetly accurate study of how four-year-olds move.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Its brief ballet interlude has flair and there's nifty choreography in the action scenes, too, along with lots of bright visual ideas.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The story is eventful and tempestuous, and Amandla Stenberg (playing Starr) is an ideal teen-drama lead - radiant yet wholly believable.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
97% Coco (2017) The bones of the plot may be a touch more cumbersome than they should have been, but the tale is superbly vivified with humour, visual finery and pathos.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2/5 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Enlarged and animated gummy bears are the most memorable of the story's monsters, and they are apt symbols of a movie that offers basic cinematic confectionery.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
2/5 37% Hunter Killer (2018) The script for this military action movie could have been written in the 1970s.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 82% VS. (2018) It's energetic and eager to please, and it certainly doesn't insult its viewers' literacy: the rap battles are cleverly written. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 54% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) It's not often that Aubrey Plaza appears in a movie without being its most deadpan performer, but she's surrounded by stony-faced competition in this comedy. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) It's splashy and sort of entertaining. You couldn't wish for a better compilation of footage showing Trump at his most obnoxious.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
2/5 79% 22 July (2018) Greengrass naturally avoids glamorising Breivik, but you still have to wonder if the film needed to be made at all.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 100% Sink (2018) It wins your support for its beefy hero, and there's much to be said for its upbeat refusal of Ken Loach-style misery - and for its use of a pragmatic moral attitude to help it reach its happy ending.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Its early pizzazz is delicious, but when the story's jigsaw pieces are finally all in place, the picture revealed is a bit too ordinary. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) The movie fares better with something on which most folk are already in happy agreement: the fun to be had from Looney Tunes-style slapstick.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 92% Mandy (2018) Set in 1983, the film may in some ways resemble an ultraviolent horror movie from those days, but its pastiching is enhanced both by parodic exaggeration and by moments of oddly deep tenderness.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) One fruit of all that go-getting energy is a fast, rhythmical narrative style, enhanced by a bit of humour; another is the passion and freshness that characterise the social commentary.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/5 34% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The comic routines arrive in a constant flow, and they are all extremely silly, conceived on a pretty large scale and performed by Atkinson with his usual attention to detail.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Its drama is prosaic and the big action finale...devolves into a whirl of obvious CGI. It looks like a pitched battle between two blobs of molten liquorice.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
1/5 29% Night School (2018) As a combination of faintly rude jokes and schmaltzy sentiments, Malcolm D Lee's film is carefully calculated. In the process, though, they didn't manage to make it funny.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 14% Dusty and Me (2016) Like quite a few British feel-good films, it's nostalgically set in the 1970s; like even more of them, it's well meant but flimsy.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 100% Two for Joy (2018) It's well acted, but in its adherence to some of the current trends in social realism--a young person's viewpoint, a slightly arty style--it's a bit too generic for its own good.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 76% Black '47 (2018) It's not subtle in its didacticism: the British characters...are all cold-hearted bigots. But such bluntness is traditional in angry genre movies, and here it's supported by an adequate yarn.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 79% Anchor and Hope (2018) This origin makes itself felt in the casting, in brief bits of Spanish dialogue and in glimpses of expat Spanish culture, giving the movie a flavour that turns out to be much livelier than the story.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) They are non-professional actors playing versions of themselves, and the naturalism of their conversations--and of their gliding excursions through the streets of Manhattan--is wonderful. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 93% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) The film's shadowy, ambiguous trips into fantasy are spellbinding but also sentimental, and the fact (given in a caption) that the story was inspired by a real kidnapping makes that sentimentality hard to accept.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 70% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) Setting this investigator to work, the film takes an awfully long time to deliver a standard report on how people yearn for something to believe in.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Viewers young and old might feel the unvaried flippancy and the flat visuals become a bit tiring, but there are definitely giggles to be had here.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 77% The Escape (2018) Yet the dreariness of Tara's marriage to a dull bloke (Dominic Cooper) is also rather a bore for viewers, and when she tries to break free, the movie loses its way.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 96% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) Perhaps the episodic structure and the simple visuals make it better suited to home viewing than to a cinema session, but it's a very likeable movie in its way. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 100% Apostasy (2017) It's a potent story of individuals and it understands the fear any of us might feel if our place in a family or a community was threatened.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
2/5 89% The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan) (2018) It's a pity, then, that so many of the plot's turning points are engineered through heavy-handed writing that would shame a soap opera.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
2/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) The film has a bit of life, not least because Jodie Foster plays the hospital's twitchy doctor. It's the story's lack of drive that makes the movie flatline.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
2/5 11% Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (2018) It's passable entertainment for young children, though the introduction of a race car as a key character looks like a sorry capitulation to Pixar's least appealing franchise.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018