Martyn Conterio

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For 31 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martyn Conterio's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Wailing
Lowest review score: 20 Dirty Grandpa
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
31 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Gonzalez can be masterful in conjuring sexy imagery, febrile moods and erotic frissons, but his grip on the storytelling here is weak. Knife + Heart struggles to regain its initial momentum, falling flat until a lively climax.
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    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    Once we start to understand Ayka’s life and reasons for behaving how she does, the film gains tragic dimensions and its humanist voice grows into a desperate cry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Makes for a generally powerful statement on human misery and grotesque inequality, though some third act creative decisions and maneuvers cause a wobble or two.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    The Wild Pear Tree isn’t a showy or boldly radical work, this is still Ceylan’s brand of poetic landscapes and intimate dramas, but it does represent an intriguing artistic progression, so any claims of ‘more of the same’ are redundant.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Serebrennikov...has a great eye for composition and crafting a set piece, but the meandering pace and loose approach to storytelling makes his second feature akin to an album front loaded with banging tunes and the rest is filler.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Husson’s film is first and foremost an appalling account of stomach-churning misogyny and the sickening horrors Kurdish women met at the hands of their vile captors.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The film’s displays of humour give away to harsher scenes of brutality and intense moments where rural calm is suddenly disrupted by mortar explosions and transformed landscapes dotted with corpses.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The final moments veer too far towards the melodramatic, especially when the rest of the movie has exhibited a preference for the intellectual powers of argument, logic and reason, however the sense of desperation and accompanying symbolism is tragically potent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Involving and well made, rather than something flat-out great and essential.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    That Lee has crafted a funny film full of snazzy editing, stylish imagery and a tremendous blues rock score, yet is laser-focused on a very serious subject matter, demonstrates his mastery of the cinematic medium.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    Birds of Passage is an enthralling, powerful statement and lamentation on the drugs trade’s inevitable encroachment upon on indigenous peoples and how gangsters casually destroyed them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The film is freaky, experimental, sometimes hilarious and unnervingly intense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Ghost Stories is uncomfortably timely, reminding us the haunted past is always haunting the present.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The film is packed with laugh-out-loud moments, full of deadpan observations – a quintessential Anderson touch – and exciting sequences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Escalante is a master filmmaker when it comes to creating atmosphere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Cruise rides the Breaking Bad and Narcos train, only not as well as either.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Anderson's comic slasher doesn't quite earn its wings as a potential future classic, nevertheless it's very funny and another welcome indicator that antipodean genre cinema is where it's at right now.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Martyn Conterio
    Dirty Grandpa wants to be as filthy as a Tijuana peep show featuring a beleaguered performer and put upon donkey, but ends up as sickly sweet as a Werther's Original.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    As a return to the dark, primal and transgressive terrors of the original movie, Alien: Covenant is a success.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Nothing else this year can match Another Evil for its expert chills, comic dialogue, Office-level cringe and disturbing themes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Verbinski doesn't skimp on thrills, mind you. There are jump scares galore, acts of literally penetrating violence and the denouement goes for full-on operatic perversity. Fans of Gothic horror - treat yourself and take the cure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Covering depression, grief and pregnancy as body-horror, the end result is a palpably unusual mix of comedy, pathos and gruesome violence
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    My Father, Die's pummelling violence and existentialist leanings would be too absurd if set in County Kerry or County Mayo, but the doom-filled lyricism - its bloodied, weary soul - might best be described as Beckett with gunplay.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Challenging, daring, provocative, disgusting - We are the Flesh is all those things and then some, but also superbly crafted and always visually compelling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Abattoir doesn't have a jaw-dropping...shock scene, but the ending does pack an emotional punch, of a type so few and far between in the annals of horror cinema.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    Not only is the film a compellingly told tale of suspense and terror, but it's crafted with such precision and sense of timing that one can cry "Masterpiece!" without being shamefaced or wondering if a hyperbole-induced crime against all good sense has just been committed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Biller is an eccentric talent - always a plus in the world of film - and The Love Witch is a triumph of form and style.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    Under the Shadow is not only perfectly paced, the storytelling and plotting is emotionally gripping. The director also uses setting and location, composition and framing like a master of horror.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    31
    31 is a horror show delivered in hammer blows, or 'Whitechapel-style'. You either dig it or you don't.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Tod Williams, a journeyman best known for Paranormal Activity 2, has managed to transfer King's very popular brand of horror with a good deal of success.

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