Paul Bradshaw

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For 34 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Paul Bradshaw's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 40 The Monuments Men
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
34 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Paul Bradshaw
    Carried aloft by the remarkable performances of her two young leads, Clio Barnard’s poignant, unflinching slice of hard-knock-life grips tight and lingers long. Britain’s definitely got talent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Paul Bradshaw
    Marches to the beat of its own drum… Lands with a bang… There just aren’t enough musical clichés to describe Whiplash. A masterclass in technique, power and rhythm, it stings and sings like nothing else.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    The film never hides its uncomfortable truths in the shadows.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    Packing two terrific turns and an offbeat spirit, this coming-of-middle-age comedy is an unexpected treat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    Vile's moving documentary can't go wrong with such an inspiring, funny and genuinely nice guy taking the spotlight he deserves.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    An unabashed crowd-pleaser, Hugh Hartford’s table-top portrait avoids patronising its aged subjects, bouncing between sweetly satirical and sincerely moving. Given the theme, it’s only a shame it doesn’t last a bit longer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    Catching Fire delivers on all the promise of Part 1 with a gutsier, tougher, better round of Games.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    Like most daydreams, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is funny, sad, weird and corny all at once – and you’ll probably only remember the good bits as soon as it’s finished. But it’s still a lot better than real life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    If you’re willing to let a few things slide, this is one of the best family blockbusters in years. Clooney and Robertson (literally) soar, the madcap action always feels grounded and Bird’s world is bursting with visual invention.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    An existential flipbook and a heartbreaking black joke: stickmen have never looked so alive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    Anyone expecting opera and opium will be disappointed. But a majestic McKellen rescues a safe script, giving us a fresh look at an icon even the most casual viewer will be (over)familar with.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Paul Bradshaw
    Taking Lorius’ own incredible expedition footage and giving it a whimsical bent and a voiceover, Jacquet shapes a powerful portrait of the world and its soothsayer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    It works hard, and the first half hour is textbook creepy, but the oldschool grab-bag of shocks struggles to jolt a dour script to life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    Weighed down with daft new characters and an overstretched story, the prehistoric saga is looking a bit old. On the other hand, it still has Scrat –which is all any movie really needs…
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    Less about the thousands who died in the Nanking massacre than about how stunning it all looked, Zhang Yimou's epic puts Bale in the midst of a lavish nightmare.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    Careful, kids – rock’n’roll can get you pregnant. Or that’s what one Mormon teen believes in this cute lo-fi indie from first-timer Rebecca Thomas.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    Not one for cynics or bedwetters, if you’re after a ripping, roaring, thigh-slapping giant of a fairytale, Bryan Singer’s blockbuster panto will be right up your beanstalk.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    It might sound like a lazy idea for an iPhone game but a few fresh jokes and lashings of creative gore help it stand out from the shuffling crowd.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    It’s not as epic as "March Of The Penguins," or as stunning as the BBC’s usual slo-mo nature porn – but with nary an animated tap dance in sight, it’s still king of the 3D penguins.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    Choosing quantity over quality, intensity over tension and big-screen thrills over low-fi shocks – this is probably what the zombie apocalypse will actually look like.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    It’s predictable, politically incorrect and too long – but a handful of really big chuckles excuse most of the cop-outs. There’s a much edgier film in here somewhere, but this one will definitely do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    Hanks takes to Walt like a pair of cosy slippers, but it’s Thompson who adds layers to a classy but predictable slice of Disney schmaltz.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    It’s hard not to be moved by the story, but it’s only a handful of great performances that save it from underwhelming. Steal the book instead.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    There’s creepy dolls, cameras tipped on their side, blasts of white noise and a horny teenage Scooby gang helping Jared Harris’ Oxford prof stir up a poltergeist in the mind of a moody emo girl (Olivia Cooke).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    His state of mind goes some way to explaining the something-missing air of his last film, but it inspires to see how deeply he cares about his craft.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    The script keeps its gloves on but Gyllenhaal gives his all, notching up one of his very best performances.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    A sad, gloomy family drama dressed up as horror, Maggie proves that Schwarzenegger can act when he wants to – even if he still looks like he’d rather be blowing shit up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Bradshaw
    With more whimsy than a Wes Anderson wedding – and a clunky third act that potholes the plot – Jeunet’s American comeback is beautiful, heart-warming and a bit of a mess.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Bradshaw
    Eckhart makes a decent Damon stand-in, but there’s nothing here than hasn’t been done (better) before.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Bradshaw
    An amazing story and an amazing cast don’t always make an amazing film. Too light for drama, not funny enough for comedy; it’s unlikely anyone will ever risk their lives for this.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Bradshaw
    Like a Richard Curtis movie with an Instagram filter, director Christian Ditter makes everything look pretty.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Bradshaw
    Previously known as "Mariah Mundi And The Midas Box," the retitling came with the straight-to-DVD release – presumably to help hide it from fans of G.P. Taylor’s original book.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Bradshaw
    When Abraham leaves the camera on Hiddleston and Olsen long enough to let them chew on their characters, the film offers flashes of something much more interesting: a handful of domestic scenes prove that the actors, not to mention Hank, would’ve been much better served by a ballsier script and braver direction.

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