Martyn Conterio

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For 43 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Martyn Conterio's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Under the Shadow
Lowest review score: 20 Dirty Grandpa
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
43 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Zombi Child is a stirring and highly peculiar piece of work.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Martyn Conterio
    Some actors can play anything, but asking super-posh and glamourous Seydoux to play dirt poor is an ask too far.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Told respectfully and far from tarring an entire religion with the same brush, Young Ahmed is an exceptionally crafted and intelligent film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The editing might be unexpected, unconventional, a bit annoying, but it is also very smart. Creating as it does a vital tension between plot and theme, pushing the two characters unrelentingly towards an event horizon and black hole denouement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    If you’re an admirer of Malick’s poetic investigations into the mysteries of existence, faith and our tragic disconnection to the natural world, A Hidden Life will leave you enraptured and profoundly moved.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Although the handling of certain plot dynamics on occasion isn’t as strong as its potent aesthetic finesse, Ly mounts a thriller operating as a savage indictment of social policies and underhand police tactics and ass-covering corruption.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    It doesn’t quite click, is too weird, leads to a lurch from one cinematic style to the other and fails to gel as a satisfying whole. Yet the director’s imaginative intention is apparent in the first shot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    This might not be the film you’re quite expecting from the director of arthouse dramas focused on modern life in Brazil, but it fits right in as a variation and continuation of Mendonça Filho’s pet themes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Not without flaws, but nothing to get too worked up about, Alita: Battle Angel is cynicism-free, first-class popcorn entertainment spearheaded by a knockout performance from Salazar. A star is born.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Martin’s film is a thoroughly sobering watch and leaves us with tough questions about how the West chose to deal – or rather not deal – with Assad and the refugee crisis.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    Jackson and his entire production team have produced a film which is both a form of cultural monument and a monumental cinematic achievement.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Gonzalez can be masterful in conjuring sexy imagery, febrile moods and erotic frissons, but his grip on the storytelling here is weak. Knife + Heart struggles to regain its initial momentum, falling flat until a lively climax.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    Once we start to understand Ayka’s life and reasons for behaving how she does, the film gains tragic dimensions and its humanist voice grows into a desperate cry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Makes for a generally powerful statement on human misery and grotesque inequality, though some third act creative decisions and maneuvers cause a wobble or two.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    The Wild Pear Tree isn’t a showy or boldly radical work, this is still Ceylan’s brand of poetic landscapes and intimate dramas, but it does represent an intriguing artistic progression, so any claims of ‘more of the same’ are redundant.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Serebrennikov...has a great eye for composition and crafting a set piece, but the meandering pace and loose approach to storytelling makes his second feature akin to an album front loaded with banging tunes and the rest is filler.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Husson’s film is first and foremost an appalling account of stomach-churning misogyny and the sickening horrors Kurdish women met at the hands of their vile captors.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The film’s displays of humour give away to harsher scenes of brutality and intense moments where rural calm is suddenly disrupted by mortar explosions and transformed landscapes dotted with corpses.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The final moments veer too far towards the melodramatic, especially when the rest of the movie has exhibited a preference for the intellectual powers of argument, logic and reason, however the sense of desperation and accompanying symbolism is tragically potent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Involving and well made, rather than something flat-out great and essential.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    That Lee has crafted a funny film full of snazzy editing, stylish imagery and a tremendous blues rock score, yet is laser-focused on a very serious subject matter, demonstrates his mastery of the cinematic medium.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Martyn Conterio
    Birds of Passage is an enthralling, powerful statement and lamentation on the drugs trade’s inevitable encroachment upon on indigenous peoples and how gangsters casually destroyed them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The film is freaky, experimental, sometimes hilarious and unnervingly intense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Ghost Stories is uncomfortably timely, reminding us the haunted past is always haunting the present.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    The film is packed with laugh-out-loud moments, full of deadpan observations – a quintessential Anderson touch – and exciting sequences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    Escalante is a master filmmaker when it comes to creating atmosphere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Cruise rides the Breaking Bad and Narcos train, only not as well as either.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Martyn Conterio
    Anderson's comic slasher doesn't quite earn its wings as a potential future classic, nevertheless it's very funny and another welcome indicator that antipodean genre cinema is where it's at right now.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Martyn Conterio
    Dirty Grandpa wants to be as filthy as a Tijuana peep show featuring a beleaguered performer and put upon donkey, but ends up as sickly sweet as a Werther's Original.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Martyn Conterio
    As a return to the dark, primal and transgressive terrors of the original movie, Alien: Covenant is a success.

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