Five star - Film Reviews

Latest Guardian Film Reviews sorted by Star Rating. Cut the crap!
  1. Mommy review – outrageous and brilliant, a daytime soap from hell
    Directing prodigy Xavier Dolan has made his best film yet, a shocking, wildly inventive black comedy about a single mother bringing up a troubled teenager
    5 stars
  2. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water review – hard-to-beat craziness
    SpongeBob’s big-screen outing is packed with enjoyably surreal slapstick
    4 stars
  3. Wild Tales review – scabrously satirical revenge tales
    An enjoyable collection of stories of middle-class meltdown
    4 stars
  4. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water review – almost every line a zinger
    There’s been no evolutionary development or creative progress since the first SpongeBob film in 2004, but the sequel is very funny, writes Peter Bradshaw
    4 stars
  5. Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) review – gripping Argentinian revenge portmanteau
    This delicious chocolate box of nasty, untamed tales about revenge from Argentina will have you biting your fist with traumatised horror
    4 stars
  6. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – 'a beautiful historical fantasia'
    Isao Takahata’s animated fable, eight years in the making, is a masterpiece to rank among Studio Ghibli’s finest
    4 stars
  7. Mommy review – heartfelt ADHD family drama
    Rising star Antoine Olivier Pilon plays ADHD teenager Steve with explosive energy in this impressive account
    4 stars
  8. Big Screen: Take One review – amazing cinema-to-jazz transformations
    Trio Big Screen’s reworkings of familiar cinema music are utterly persuasive
    4 stars
  9. Maxine Peake as Hamlet review – fast, fluent and revelatory
    Cross-dressing as the prince of Denmark is no gimmick: it brings a fresh edge of alienation and anger to the role
    4 stars
  10. White Shadow review – challenging but rewarding
    This story of a boy struggling to survive in Tanzania is harrowing to watch but also marbled with moments of transcendent beauty
    4 stars
  11. Best of Enemies review – the tale of a literary feud packed with ad hom bombs
    Gore Vidal and William J Buckley were on opposing sides of the 60s political divide, and Best of Enemies adroitly shows what happened when they met head on
    4 stars
  12. Cinderella review – straight-faced sentimentality
    Kenneth Branagh’s live-action take on Cinderella is unashamedly old-fashioned
    3 stars
  13. Robot Overlords review – cheap and cheerful alien invasion romp
    Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley lead the cast of this ‘slightly more sweary episode of Doctor Who’
    3 stars
  14. Blind review – melancholic psychodrama about identity
    Ellen Dorrit Petersen stars as a writer who has lost her sight – and sense of what is real and unreal
    3 stars
  15. The Signal review – budget sci-fi with atmosphere and ideas
    The search for a hacker in Nevada leads to some outlandish plot twists
    3 stars
  16. Blind review – impeccably composed
    Joachim Trier collaborator Eskil Vogt’s directorial debut is an intense piece about a blind woman withdrawing in a fantasy world, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  17. The Signal review – semi-successful indie-style sci-fi
    Cerebral and stripped down, this sci-fi drama has much in common with rent indie contributions to the genre
    3 stars
  18. Dior and I review – absurd but mesmeric
    Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons is an intriguing figure at the centre of this behind-the-scenes catwalk doc, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  19. Robot Overlords review – spirited sci-fi with Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley
    It may lack the power of US competitors, but Jon Wright’s follow-up to Grabbers is amiable and nonconformist
    3 stars
  20. Get Hard review – Will Ferrell learns jail lessons
    The title’s tumescent gag is the starting point as Will Ferrell learns jail-survival lessons from Kevin Hart in this efficiently delivered comedy, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  21. Cinderella review – good-natured and swoony
    Cate Blanchett’s evil stepmother lords it up in Kenneth Branagh’s likable and silly fairytale nightmare, writes Peter Bradshaw
    3 stars
  22. Fast and Furious 7 review: Paul Walker's final film is fitting tribute
    The gang is back behind the wheel for this latest fuming blockbuster, which cruises along nimbly enough before putting the exhaust in exhaustion
    3 stars
  23. Wild Card review – Jason Statham fights like a dancer
    This retread of the Burt Reynolds vehicle Heat, about a compulsive gambler, plays its hand with enjoyable off-kilter bravado
    3 stars
  24. Insurgent review – well-oiled dystopic action
    Shailene Woodley kicks ass while wrestling her own demons in this Divergent sequel
    3 stars
  25. Home review – Rihanna has fun in odd-couple kids’ animation
    A lonely girl befriends a timid alien in this likable 3D family cartoon – or is it a satire of western foreign policy?
    3 stars
  26. A Second Chance review – queasy thriller that does just enough
    Faintly risible high-concept squeaker in which a cop with a perfect life crashes into the world of an abusive drug addict
    3 stars
  27. Dark Summer review – psycho-scarer delivers a sly stab
    A cyber-stalker’s illicit Skype link unleashes all kinds of horror in Paul Solet’s sharp role-reversal thriller
    3 stars
  28. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya review – lush imagery with narrative longueurs
    This animated Japanese folk legend was a labour of love for Isao Takahata and it looks amazing, but it doesn’t half drag in parts
    3 stars
  29. Sixteen review – a boy's life in the shadow of conflict
    A Congolese teenager who may or may not have been a child soldier confronts his traumatic past – and present moral dilemmas
    3 stars
  30. The Face of an Angel review – crime drama fails to ring true
    Michael Winterbottom disappoints with an unconvincing thriller inspired by the murder of Meredith Kercher
    2 stars
  31. Seventh Son review – a mock-epic waste of expertise, money and talent
    Kung fu Tartars, vengeful Vishnus, sets designed by Dante Ferretti and even Oscar winner Julianne Moore can’t save this dubious and daft 3D disaster
    2 stars
  32. Home review – colourfully inoffensive, despite Rihanna’s involvement
    This animated sci-fi comedy is bright and shiny but emptily overproduced
    2 stars
  33. A Second Chance review – a modern-day Greek tragedy that’s fatally overcooked
    Solid performances are let down by an overwrought narrative that descends into farce
    2 stars
  34. The Gunman review – predictable ammo-porn actioner
    Much shooting and precious little else as a ripped-and-tanned ex-hitman Sean Penn revisits his guilty past
    2 stars
  35. The Voices review – Marjane Satrapi’s ghoulish psycho-comedy
    Marjane ‘Persepolis’ Satrapi treads a fine line between small-town satire and visceral gore
    2 stars
  36. Do You Believe? first look review – predictable Christian sales pitch
    The latest film from the makers of God’s Not Dead jams in a dozen rote crisis-of-faith stories, but Mira Sorvino’s performance provides a small bit of redemption
    2 stars
  37. The Gunman review – muscle-bound star, flabby script
    Sean Penn’s toned physique is the best thing in this underpowered tale of Congo mercenaries
    2 stars
  38. The Divergent Series: Insurgent review – whoppingly dull part two
    Shailene Woodley’s charisma is entirely absent from this YA franchise, which comes to life only when Kate Winslet appears on screen
    2 stars
  39. Wild Card review – Jason Statham falls foul of the mob
    Disappointingly, William Goldman’s second big-screen pass at his novel Heat is neither a caper nor an action film
    2 stars
  40. Get Hard review – Will Ferrell continues the tradition of gay panic comedies
    The Frat Pack prime mover teams up with Kevin Hart for a career reboot – but while there are laughs, the racial and sexual politics already seem dated
    2 stars
  41. Get Hard review – lame Will Ferrell prison comedy
    Ferrell and co-star Kevin Hart deliver one laugh apiece in this dire homophobic caper about a businessman learning to cope with jail time
    1 star
  42. Seventh Son review – dull-as-ditchwater fantasy romp
    Not even Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore can save this sword-and-sorcery saga
    1 star
  43. The Face of an Angel review – patchy, scrappy, Amanda Knox-inspired mess
    Michael Winterbottom, usually an energetic and interesting film-maker, has sadly made a glib and shallow film inspired by the Amanda Knox legal case, writes Peter Bradshaw
    1 star
  44. The Voices review – an unscary and unfunny horror-comedy
    Marjane Satrapi’s English-language debut about a serial killer is overwhelmingly dislikable and nasty
    1 star
  45. Darling review – Philip French on a near-documentary portrait of swinging London
    Fifty years on, the film that made Julie Christie a star remains a telling study of a society in transition
    unrated
  46. Guardian Live: Doc Day Sunday - Dreamcatcher
    At a Guardian Live screening of Dreamcatcher, director Kim Longinotto and Brenda Myers-Powell explain why the film’s influence and impact extends out of the cinema and on to the streets of America
    unrated
  47. From the archive, 24 March 1988: The Princess Bride - review
    Originally published in the Guardian on 24 March 1988: Heroes, giants, villains, wizards, true love - Derek Malcolm on the adaptation of William Goldman’s half-serious fairytale
    unrated
  48. The Other review – Philip French on Robert Mulligan’s cult psychological horror movie
    This richly atmospheric film kickstarted the 70s cycle of horror movies about possessed and demented children
    unrated
  49. DVDs and downloads: Paddington, The Drop, The Homesman and more
    A 21st-century Paddington is a triumph, Tom Hardy is outstanding in The Drop, and Hilary Swank rides high on the prairie
    unrated
  50. Does Money Make You Meaner? review – psychological insights on wealth offer a poor return
    Jack Stewart rather quaintly takes to Hollywood to examine the effect of wealth – an economically expanding Asian or African country might have been more appropriate in 2015
    unrated
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