Oliver Lyttelton
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For 89 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Oliver Lyttelton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 At Berkeley
Lowest review score: 0 Grace of Monaco
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 89
  2. Negative: 10 out of 89
89 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Oliver Lyttelton
    It’s a reminder of what a tremendously talented writer and director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is, and hopefully we’ll see him venturing back to the big screen sooner rather than later.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 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.
    • 48 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Oliver Lyttelton
    Kiefer Sutherland feels somewhat miscast as the mentor, but nowhere near as badly as Hudson is as the love interest. In all fairness, it’s a nightmare of a part, an artist (whose art is, as it turns out, is terrible) haunted by the recent death of her boyfriend, and seemingly unable to read basic human feelings and emotion. But Hudson doesn’t really help things, coming across more often than not as unintentionally funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Oliver Lyttelton
    Leconte’s never been the edgiest of filmmakers, but A Promise is so free of anything close to an edge that it’s like watching a beige sphere for ninety-odd minutes—and it feels much longer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Oliver Lyttelton
    The meat of the film is sadly, a tedious misstep for a director who, even when he's experimented in the past, has generally come up with something more interesting than this. It is, however, still better than "9 Songs"
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Oliver Lyttelton
    Perhaps hardcore Jet Li fans will be able to get some joy out of it, but we'd suspect that even they will struggle with this one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Oliver Lyttelton
    The whole thing feels sort of tossed off, like it was made by film students over a couple of weekends.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Oliver Lyttelton
    The film, like the original, feels very haphazardly structured, a hotchpotch collection of scenes rather than a unified whole. There's also no tonal consistency, with Webb lurching awkwardly from quippy comedy to brooding drama to high tragedy in short spaces of time, undercutting all three modes as a result.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Oliver Lyttelton
    One can’t fault Hazanavicius’ motivations too much, especially given the lack of attention given to the events in Chechnya over the past fifteen years... It’s just a shame that he does it such a banal and trite way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 16 Oliver Lyttelton
    There's a pleasing egalitarianism to the film's history-through-the-eyes-of-the-ordinary-man concept, but the script rarely makes the case that their versions are compelling enough to warrant a film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 16 Oliver Lyttelton
    The film isn't bad enough to be some kind of potential cult classic: it's tedious, with even the stranger moments and plot developments failing to raise the pulse.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Oliver Lyttelton
    Rarely competent, unintentionally hilarious and borderline reprehensible in both its politics and its take on gender roles.

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