Oliver Lyttelton

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For 127 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Oliver Lyttelton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Leviathan
Lowest review score: 0 Grace of Monaco
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 127
  2. Negative: 13 out of 127
127 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    A film that is enjoyable in spots, but haphazard and ultimately unsatisfying.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    Bercot's setting out to make both a character study of a troubled young man wasting his potential, and an examination of a system trying desperately to do right by its charges, despite the immense difficulties and occasional bureaucratic red tape that tie their hands. It's more successful at the latter than at the former.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    As well-handled as the set pieces are, the connective tissue doesn’t pull you along, and then collapses completely in a messy, unsatisfying final act.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    There are elements of The Boy And The Beast that undoubtedly reinforce the promise that Hosoda holds: it’s a treat to look at, is inventive in spots, and will probably be eaten up by younger viewers. But it ultimately proves both narratively unsatisfying and emotionally lacking.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    A film as mercurial as this can be an impressive thing, but the back half is so filled with half-baked metaphysics, pseudo-Lynchian maybe-dreams, and a sour, cheap conclusion that feels nihilistically cruel to at least one of its characters, that even the pleasures of watching the actors on screen start to fade away.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    There’s very little in The Huntsman: Winter's War itself that is actively bad. Compared to some of its blockbuster rivals, it’s reasonably watchable, never offensive, and mostly coherent.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    Unfortunately, it proves to be as disposable as the snack it revolves around.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    In general, this feels like a film patched together out of endless hastily-drafted script rewrites rather than a cohesive vision.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    Unfortunately, while Husson clearly has talent to burn, her film is something of a case of all talk and no trousers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 42 Oliver Lyttelton
    Bidegain certainly scores points for ambition with his first film, and in scenes or snippets...you can see what he was aiming for. Unfortunately, by the time it’s done, Les Cowboys feels like a missed opportunity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Oliver Lyttelton
    A sour, tedious and derivative film that doesn't just prove disappointing in its own right, it actively makes us resent the first film retroactively for inspiring it.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Oliver Lyttelton
    Given how good the cast often are elsewhere, it doesn’t seem unfair to put this at Armstrong’s door, and the film has a very first-time-director feel to it.

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