Luke Buckmaster

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For 25 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Luke Buckmaster's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Road Games
Lowest review score: 40 Ali's Wedding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
25 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    Fundamental to Relic’s psychological oomph are three excellent performances, perfectly complementing that sticky-icky ambience.
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    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    Despite such a heavy context, the tone of the film is soft and pensive rather than polemical, constructed with a lightness of touch. It is often inspirational, in a quiet sort of way, and this is derived almost entirely from Hoosan himself.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Luke Buckmaster
    Clearly marketed as inoffensive feel-good pap, I didn’t go into the film expecting a nuanced commentary on the racing industry. But nor did I expect what often felt like a thinly veiled 98-minute advertisement, interspersed with occasional moments of warmth and humanity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Luke Buckmaster
    Frustratingly, Lowenstein doesn’t let the musician’s talent speak for itself.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Buckmaster
    If some elements of Angel of Mine are simplistic, Rapace’s magnetic performance is anything but.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    This very fine film has a way of pulling you towards its wavelength.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    Is this outrageous comedy sexy or revolting? Elliott proves – though this feels like the least of his achievements – that a film can be both.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Buckmaster
    The way it subverts (to say the least) traditional concepts around a parent/child relationship gives it uniqueness and value.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Luke Buckmaster
    After a lax first half, Palm Beach slowly settles into a groove, growing in complexity and nuance. However, Ward’s laidback approach is not remotely cinematic (this feels more like a filmed play), and never is there a sense of urgency or stakes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Buckmaster
    The final reel is visually interesting in ways nobody could anticipate; it is also smugly perplexing, as if the filmmaker took joy from the knowledge virtually nobody would understand it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Luke Buckmaster
    In the new film, by literally creating a bust of the bird – as if a clump of stone or plaster could compare with the natural majesty of wings and feathers – the meaning has been accidentally inverted: a story about how something can never die becomes about how it will never live again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Luke Buckmaster
    The Breaker Upperers is Sami and Van Beek’s show through and through. The film coasts off the energy and rapport of this affable pair, whose smart-mouthed performances are full of pep and fizz. What they lack in wit they compensate for with sheer likability.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    This is a fun film constructed in a smart way: an anti-high art picture that happily prioritises embellishing legend over recreating life.
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    • 100 Luke Buckmaster
    This is an enthralling drama: the best and most interesting Australian biopic since Chopper in 2000.
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    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    What could have been a who’s-sleeping-with-who, tangled-web-we-weave drama quickly evolves into something much more compelling as Nation blurs the line between thriller, psychological drama and character study.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Luke Buckmaster
    This is a film in which you will hear a letter read aloud, with a voice-over saying the words “you dared to dream”, delivered without irony. It is, as they say, what it is. Perhaps most interesting is Walker’s depiction of the mosque congregation. With its politics and divided factions, this part of the film feels utterly authentic and is dramatically interesting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Luke Buckmaster
    A masterpiece in minimalist horror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    Campion offsets what could have been a morose drama with an atmosphere that becomes increasingly, and unnervingly, mystical.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Luke Buckmaster
    Mad Max has always radiated an otherworldly vibe, a slightly sickly sensation that something at its core is fundamentally wrong.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Luke Buckmaster
    One terrific moment in which Pat sees what he believes are the killer's shoes underneath a toilet stall door and berates him while Pamela climbs into the green van outside is reminiscent of another scene that arrived years later and was also labelled "Hitchcockian" – the footsteps down the hallway confrontation in the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Luke Buckmaster
    The film itself is a kind of free spirit, and one that has made an indelible print on Australian cinema.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    A young Russell Crowe is spellbinding in this ugly but unforgettable film that remains hard-hitting and shockingly violent more than two decades on.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Luke Buckmaster
    A feast of kitsch and gaudy colour, set to the tune of an 80s synth soundtrack, the film plays like a G-rated music video. And Trenchard-Smith maintaining a buzzing energy throughout.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Luke Buckmaster
    More than just an Aussie horse opera, this film employs stunning scenery, technical flair and Kirk Douglas in two roles in its pursuit of an uplifting conclusion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Luke Buckmaster
    Roeg revels in the hallucinatory, creating a wilderness that exists as much in the mind as it does the land.

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