John Bleasdale

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For 169 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Bleasdale's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 20 Burying the Ex
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 169
  2. Negative: 3 out of 169
169 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    For all its postmodern smarts, La La Land has a heart as big as its Cinemascope screen. This is primarily down to the two leads, without their performances it would only be an empty, if impressive, exercise in dizzying technical skill and style.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Starless Dreams is a fascinating and humane view of the marginalised and forgotten. The girls' voices rise as a startlingly powerful chorus, questioning, challenging and demanding we listen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Anomalisa might be bizarre, surreal and far out, but it always feels paradoxically real, grounded and deeply true.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Importantly, Spielberg instinctively knows exactly when to keep his camera still and allow what's in front of it to take precedence.
    • 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    Gnecco has both breadth and subtlety. His Neruda is a complex and fascinating character study, a man fastidiously vain of his status but unconvinced by his own performance even as he enraptures a nation.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    The whole set-up risks being all too winsome, but Jarmusch has always been a quiet punk: his most radical assertion is believing, despite everything, in the essential goodness of people.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    It should confirm Nichols' reputation as a mature filmmaker of great tact and intelligence.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Sissako's film is at turns funny, poetic and deeply moving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    The Age of Shadows is a bloody and breathtaking piece of filmmaking which confirms that Kim can do pretty much anything.
    • 82 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Few of Planetarium's many strands are neatly tied together. There's an ambition to almost every shot as Zlotowski creates a rarified version of nighttime Paris.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Lanthimos has broadened his scope and has created a marvellously bleak, bizarre comedy.
    • CineVue
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Despite treading some familiar territory, British director David Mackenzie's new film Hell or High Water proves itself a brilliantly executed, sharply written genre gem.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    The Untamed is an examination of the strange otherworldly nature of desire, the way sex is often out of joint with our desires and expectations, even with our identities.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    With its depth and power, Wilson's play is a blue-collar Death of a Salesman and the music of the dialogue, with Davis and Washington at the peak of their powers, makes the whole thing sing.

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