John Bleasdale

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For 104 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Bleasdale's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 20 Burying the Ex
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 104
  2. Negative: 2 out of 104
104 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Anomalisa might be bizarre, surreal and far out, but it always feels paradoxically real, grounded and deeply true.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Son of Saul is not simply a good film, it feels like an urgent and important one, a warning from history.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    The film is heartfelt and sincere in its concern to understand conflict and the plight of good men when they're forced to make impossible choices.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Oppenheimer's first film maintained a passive detachment, allowing the killers to re-enact their own atrocities and metaphorically hang themselves with their own words. The Look of Silence takes a far harder line, probing the killers more deeply and confronting them in an attempt to shake some sense of remorse out of them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Dolan is a director who thinks hard about the possibilities of cinema and explores them with verve and ingenuity, but it is in his latest film that everything has come together.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    The Childhood of a Leader is a dark, enigmatic piece of work that hovers between visionary greatness and petty domestic triviality. Corbet's inaugural stint behind the camera marks a stunning debut.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Zvyagintsev's pessimism is leavened both by his comedy and his sense of beauty. Mikhail Krichman's cinematography captures the sublime grandeur of the landscape against which the nasty, brutish and short lives are played out.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Birdman is a rich, startlingly clever and multi-layered collage, with Iñárritu creating a meta-universe of mirrors and performances upon performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Carell, in a rare but not unique departure into drama, proves himself as accomplished at tragedy as he is at comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Although a couple of narrative twists late on threaten to drum us into melodrama, Chazelle never misses a beat and the film builds to a cathartic crescendo.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    A fluid, dreamlike tone poem of mothers and fathers, death and continuance.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Sissako's film is at turns funny, poetic and deeply moving.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Each set piece is orchestrated with aplomb - a raid on a tunnel under the border being a particular stand out - but Sicario is kept grounded in reality. Villeneuve keeps his focus tight on his small group of characters and though the plot is complex, it fits the Byzantine intricacies of the problem and the obscure motivations of the operators.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    It may be stuck in the past, with its hoary clichés about the call girl with the heart of gold and the incurable romantic, but the whole thing fizzes with such joie de vivre that the anachronisms only add to its overwhelming charm.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Scary and funny by turns, Green Room has the potential to become a cult hit, with a genuine midnight movie appeal, and furthers the growing reputation of this young director.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Rams is a truly remarkable, eccentric work.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Artfully, his films tracks the tragic decline of a good man gone bad, who finds murder too insignificant not to do again and again, a worthy addition to William Shakespeare's ever growing filmography.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Lanthimos has broadened his scope and has created a marvellously bleak, bizarre comedy.
    • CineVue
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    The acting throughout is superb, with Swinton sitting back and watching with obvious pleasure as Fiennes gnaws up the scenery and beach furniture with genuine vim. Schoenaerts once again proves himself a charismatic and compelling actor alongside the excellent Johnson.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    For most post-apocalyptic films, the nightmare is really a disguised fantasy. In Michôd's excellent The Rover, the nightmare is real.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Like the Barry Lyndon of martial arts movies, every shot has been composed, lit and executed with such care and attention by Hou and his cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing that The Assassin is totally absorbing in its spectacle, from the meticulous details of the interiors to the astonishing, breathtaking locations, from forests and waterfalls, to mountainsides and in one unforgettable moment cliff tops.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Fukunaga and his actors - especially the two leads - have managed to create a riveting drama which is suitably appalling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    With a richness of characterisation usually reserved for hefty novels, each shot in Winter Sleep glows like a symbol, whilst each digression is almost a short story in itself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    [Bahrani's] created a complex and thoughtful political drama with the speed and tension of a good thriller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    With starkly enigmatic, but beautifully wrought and filigree imagery, with a dark cutting humour which is bleak rather than ironic, Garrone is not interested in touching our hearts or giving us a comfortable moral.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    The Wonders is a complex and nuanced illustration of a family trying to live by their own standards - whilst only partly failing. Rohrwacher's vision is tactful and restrained, with so much we don't ever know. The characters' histories are there to be guessed rather than spelled out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Although Tamhane's film recalls Franz Kafka in its nightmarish vision of inhumane bureaucracy, Court is neither faceless nor surreal. Rather, the absurdity and numbness are all too human and as such even more frightening.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Amy
    Whereas Senna had that one moment of horrible impact, this latest tale is the story of one long car crash.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    It's a feel good movie but also a refreshing blast from the past, expressing a nostalgia for a time when political quietism and apathy had not won the day and a Billy Bragg song made more than historical sense.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    An expertly handled and brilliantly performed feel-good comedy with an original twist.

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