Oliver Lyttelton

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For 109 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Oliver Lyttelton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Alps
Lowest review score: 0 The Sea of Trees
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 109
  2. Negative: 12 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Oliver Lyttelton
    The film contains some memorable moments, and a pair of fine performances, but it’s hard not to feel that it would have proved more successful if it had stayed on the path it was heading down for the first forty minutes or so.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Oliver Lyttelton
    Star Trek Into Darkness is a long, long way from a disaster, but it's hard not to feel that Abrams' mystery box turned out to be a bit empty this time out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Oliver Lyttelton
    While there's a lot of fun to be had, Furious 6 doesn't quite hit the insane heights of "Fast Five," but we're sure it'll delight franchise fans who mostly want to see bald people butt heads, and moving vehicles crash into other moving vehicles.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Oliver Lyttelton
    The film can be engaging, well-made, and even a touch more interesting than it has much right to be. But it's also far from a satisfying work as a whole.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Oliver Lyttelton
    The 90-minute film feels shallow and, while Rosi has a good eye, not especially cinematic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Oliver Lyttelton
    The tension really is beautifully ramped up in these early scenes and gets an audience well prepped to watch carnage unfold around people you've truly come to care about. Then, when the thing goes off, it's not with a bang but with something more like a a whimper.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Oliver Lyttelton
    Zhangke's always had a throughline regarding economic inequality and the 21st century-style Chinese capitalism in his work, but Mountains May Depart might be the director's defining statement on the way that his nation has changed over the past few decades. If only he were a touch subtler about it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    Quartet is a hard film to dislike entirely, thanks principally to the charms of its cast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    It’s never a painful watch, more of a faintly dull, seen-it-all-before one. If nothing else, it’s evidence that these days, being based on a true story isn’t enough to elevate a film in a well-worn genre ahead of the pack.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    From a procedural perspective, the film is an insightful look into the life of a Secretary Of Defense, but as an exploration into how the war in Iraq was allowed to happen, it’s much, much less satisfying
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    A film that is enjoyable in spots, but haphazard and ultimately unsatisfying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    There are moments of beauty and charm, but also ones that felt rather broad, like an extract from a live-action Disney movie or something. It is fitfully interesting, but nearly broke our twee detectors.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    Miller's documentary skills seem solid enough, but this particular story needed more objectivity, and a lot more rigor, to be worth telling in this manner.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    Avery can't commit to whether he's making a gritty "Animal Kingdom"-style crime picture, or a light caper film, and the final result is wonky in the extreme, particularly in the conclusion, which feels particularly muddled.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    It'll pass a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon without too much trouble. But whether as an adventure tale, a thriller, or a morality play, Black Sea never quite makes a compelling enough case for its existence when better examples of the submarine genre are already out there.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    There is genuine warmth and heart to the central relationship, and the script is occasionally funny, though it draws smiles more than laughs. But it's hard to see, beyond the gender swap, what LaBruce is saying here that Hal Ashby didn't cover more definitively four decades ago.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    The humor is there on paper, but it ends up emptily quippy and gag-filled rather deriving the jokes from situations and character, and only one in three end up landing, mostly thanks to Robbins.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    There are pleasures to be found in "Chicken with Plums" to be certain, but we'd hope for something a little more satisfying next time out from the directing team.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    Burshtein has devoted most of the last 20 years teaching and making film in that world, but here makes her international feature debut with a curious comedy-drama that has its strengths, but ultimately proves somewhat disappointing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    Given the talent assembled, the emptiness at its center only makes it feel like more of a waste. But it does look great, it does sound great (the score, by "Drive" soundtrack contributor Johnny Jewel, is one of the film's best elements), and can be fitfully interesting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    Jeunet occasionally reminds you why he was once considered one of the most exciting names in world cinema. But for the most part, it’s another visually interesting, somewhat hollow misfire.

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