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 At Berkeley
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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Oliver Lyttelton
    Quartet is a hard film to dislike entirely, thanks principally to the charms of its cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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"
    • 36 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.
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 0 Oliver Lyttelton
    From the cloying, ever-present score to the complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that's easily Van Sant's worst, and is a sad black mark on McConaughey's mostly excellent recent run. Ultimately, Sea Of Trees feels like an entirely appropriate title: it makes you feel like you're drowning, and it's full of sap.
    • 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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