John Bleasdale

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For 257 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Bleasdale's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 La La Land
Lowest review score: 20 Grace of Monaco
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 257
257 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    The vision of the black American experience might be grim, but it is never miserablist or despairing. The songs, the traditions, the love and the community are still there, even if the world seems to be undeniably on fire.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    As the film drifts through dream sequences and diversions, the dramatic power of the chase fizzles in the damp of the woods.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    Ultimately, Alverson’s The Mountain is arthouse cinema at its frostiest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    The first forty minutes or so are – as you would expect – a harrowing recreation of the bombing and the crime.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    With a filmmaker as intelligent and controlled as Nemes, Sunset has the assurance that everything has a place and the confusion is intended. But even this has a paradoxical effect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 John Bleasdale
    The trademark brutal violence remains effective, and Zahler maintains a pervasive feeling of dread throughout his films, but Dragged Across Concrete shows the limits of taking the game long.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    With Vox Lux, Corbet has delivered a towering film, a unique uncompromising vision that reveals the darkness on the edge of town that lurks in the depths of the spotlight. It’s funny, thrilling, deadly serious and achieves genuine depth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    After the profanity-laced Shakespearean barrage of Deadwood, Dewitt and Audiard’s Wild West is a more prosaic place, but it is also sharply intelligent, extremely funny and full of surprises.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Everything builds to a brilliantly over the top finale that becomes almost mesmeric with its use of colour, music, movement and panting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Even magnificent scenery like this can get dull if there’s no invention or novelty to proceedings, but fortunately the six tales collected in the dusty old hardback book The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Other Tales of the Wild West, complete with colour plates and tracing paper, are packed with originality, poetry and glorious wit.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    Bradley Cooper’s soulful exploration of the depredations of fame is an effective melodrama boasting genuine star turns from himself and Lady Gaga.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    It is remarkably good.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Alfonso Cuarón returns to his childhood for inspiration with the meticulously beautiful Roma, an autobiographical black and white thank you letter full of warmth and love.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    The Favourite has ribaldry and intelligence to burn, a deliciously entertaining period piece that feels liberated by its period, rather than restrained and invigorates like a glass of wine thrown violently in your face.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Mulubwa’s performance gives I Am Not a Witch its furious heart, but Nyoni weaves her spells subtly and has produced a film of intensity, satire and grace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    This is not just a biopic, or a bunch of worthies singing the praises of the King of Rock and Roll and hoping thereby to get a dribble of the blue suede limelight. Rather, it is a thought experiment, an argument, an essay in the true sense of that word, which is truly revealing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    This Is Congo is an angry film, yet one which is never blinded by its anger. McCabe offers no solutions – the UN Peacekeeping Force are rounded on at one point by furious locals – and no grounds for optimism. Yet even in its attempts to understand and to communicate that understanding, there is a defiance against the easy fallback of despair.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 John Bleasdale
    There’s nary a memorable shot in the whole film. As for Ehrenreich’s performance, it’s honestly difficult to tell how good he is. Remarkably for a film called Solo, with so many characters each one nibbling at the scenes, he hardly has room to shine.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    Deladonchamps and Lacoste make for engaging leads and there is warmth and humour here too.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    A quietly devastating portrayal of family and theft in contemporary Japan.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Yomeddine is an accomplished appeal for empathy and an entertaining journey of discovery.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 John Bleasdale
    Everything seems designed to disturb or perhaps infuriate the viewer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Border is a piece of modern gothic, a far out midnight movie which delivers on the WTF-ery while maintaining a surprisingly big and generous heart.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 John Bleasdale
    Mitchell’s third film feels like a script that was locked in a drawer after numerous rejections but now can be brought out and pushed through with clout earned from the success of It Follows.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 John Bleasdale
    This is the refined work of an artist at the peak of his powers, and, dare we say it, a masterpiece.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John Bleasdale
    After all is said and done, ‘The House that Lars Built’ is an impressive construction for an obnoxious purpose. In fact, the best criticism comes from Talking Heads and their song Psycho Killer: “You’re talking a lot but you’re not really saying anything.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    Cosmatos’ Mandy matches Cage grimace for grimace and achieves, at times, a transcendent midnight madness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    Panahi keeps everything as softly spoken as his own onscreen presence and yet some of those quiet observations are devastating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 John Bleasdale
    Ash Is Purest White is a fascinating chapter in Jia’s ongoing chronicle of ordinary lives affected by unprecedented change in China.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 John Bleasdale
    Sweet Country is a hoarsely angry film, a powerful denunciation of the racism and violence on which modern Australia was eventually founded.

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