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)
Publications: Sunday Times (UK), Times (UK)

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) To be a fan of Welles's movies is, above all, to like the way they look. Cousins does, however, cater to that fandom with uncommon expertise and zeal. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 71% Piercing (2019) Pesce presumably wants to give us an exquisite tease, but I found it a bit of a pain. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) The first-time feature maker still has a bit to learn. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) The first movie qualified as a slasher flick; this one is more of a sci-fi caper with occasional stab wounds. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 81% Instant Family (2018) Even though this rare hint of conviction in a Hollywood family comedy is quite refreshing, it's still accompanied by the genre's usual stuffing: lame jokes, schmaltzy emotions and a ridiculously perfect house. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 55% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) The dawdling is tedious at times, and the camera's attentions to young women don't always seem artistically valid, yet Kechiche's gift for naturalism still has power: the characters draw you in. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It might be too quaint a film for some tastes, and it's surely too long...but the characters are likeable, the scattered jokes are funny and the action scenes work. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 76% All Is True (2018) Stiff dialogue sets up a number of shaky conceits and the climax hits us with an almost King Lear level of misery while adding no artistic reward. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Despite visual snazziness, it's not a fresh enough film to sway anyone who has tired of its genre. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) This is very much one of those animated films equipped to please children and keep their parents smiling. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 47% Escape Room (2019) This was always going to be a trivial movie with paper-thin characters, but it should at least spring clever surprises. Generally, though, its mechanics are rusty and uninspired. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) There is perhaps a tiny bit of pretentiousness in Lee's approach, but he knows how to fascinate viewers with resonant, tantalising scenes. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 93% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's the rhapsodic sequences, with their flying-dragon choreography, that prove Dean DeBlois (the trilogy's overseer) to be a top-class animation director. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
1/5 45% Second Act (2018) Hollywood hokum can be a fine thing, but even if you found this storyline in a quaint old melodrama, you'd think it too stupid. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 70% The Mule (2018) It's fun to see the stooped but still charismatic star playing a roguish old coot, but...several off notes suggest its director is as out of touch as the man he depicts. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 100% Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018) There are lots of useful nuggets, not least in the firm but fair coverage of Bergman's less attractive traits. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 80% Love Sonia (2018) Tabrez Noorani's film is credible and forceful, with an excellent performance by Mrunal Thakur, but doesn't quite escape the deadening air of educational drama. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) Showing [Nadia] engaged in wearying rounds of speeches and meetings in 2016, it could have told us more about the Yazidi people, but is memorable as a portrait of a burdened young soul. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 94% RBG (2018) [This] account of Ginsburg's life is straightforward and upbeat. It's of interest simply because its subject is an interesting person. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) The movie is plausible, tender and vibrant. Efira is excellent as a woman who habitually suffers in silence. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) Hollywood slickness and the energy provided by the stars, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, keep the show running smoothly, but even this basic quality is undersupplied. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 85% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) We get a sense of the place as a slightly eerie limbo, but the limits of the film's scope are frustrating. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 92% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) It's a bit hodgepodge, but the three actors are poignantly convincing together. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 87% Colette (2018) Keira Knightley is charismatic and natural in the lead role, and there's a welcome ease in the way the movie charts her discovery of sexual freedom. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) It's fair enough to complain that superhero films are usually overstuffed with CGI, but try watching one with hardly any special effects and a preference for humourless talking points. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) It's credible and absorbing, but a little thin. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 82% The Raft (2018) As well as showing footage of the journey, the film reunites the crew's six female members and one of the men. Their discussion suggests -- touchingly -- that they have continued to nourish the kindness and diplomacy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
1/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Life Itself crams a decades-spanning tale into two hours, and this only concentrates the schmaltziness. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
1/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) In the film's version of reality, Hogancamp (Steve Carell) and his friendly new neighbour (Leslie Mann) are such mawkish entities that they seem barely more human than the model town's residents. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) It's not a patch on that classic: its plot is as mechanical as its hero and the Transformers are fundamentally dull creations. But it's a cheerful, well-paced film with coherent action sequences. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) If you're fond of the older movie without being fussy about it, or if you're just looking for colourful, innocent entertainment for the holidays, try this well-meant pastiche. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/5 52% Papillon (2018) If you're a free citizen, though, you have plenty of better films to choose from. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/5 60% The House That Jack Built (2018) Where black comedy and cinematic flamboyance are concerned, the director supplies a few marvels - the film certainly gives you things to remember. In an irksome way, however, it gives you nothing to think about. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) At times, though, it's ludicrous even for kids' stuff, and its undersea make-believe means we face an even heavier battering from CGI than comic-book movies usually deliver. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 98% Free Solo (2018) The ground-level stuff, sketching Honnold's closed-off personality, is simple but engaging, and the climbing footage is riveting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) It's quite a monotonous trip, though, and we never really know why we're there. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 100% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 79% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 26% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
3/5 84% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 84% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 52% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
5/5 93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Despite its longueurs, it steadily acquires richness. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Over time, though, it fails to add variety to its cartoonish proceedings, and steadily becomes a bore. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 73% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 58% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018