For 130 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Xan Brooks' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Joker
Lowest review score: 20 A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 130
  2. Negative: 1 out of 130
130 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    The disparate ingredients do not always gel. But in fits and starts Bombay Rose casts quite a spell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    Mandibules is a rollicking, rambunctious tequila-dream of a movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    The restored footage is an intriguing relic – an offcut, raw copy. There’s something pleasingly voyeuristic about the experience of being allowed behind the velvet rope to watch these blusterers hold forth, although I expect their charms may be limited to die-hard devotees.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Explicitly, his film shows how a hundred shades of grey combine to make a darkness. Implicitly, it warns that it could well happen again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    What a lovely, rousing, finally moving film this is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    What prevents Apples from becoming a simple Lanthimos copycat is its comparative kindness and its abiding direction of travel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The tale drifts and falters when I wished it would have hit home with more conviction, but that may be partly the point. The struggle is endless, unwinnable. Everybody is compromised.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The World to Come is a ravishingly beautiful love story set in 1850s America, with painterly visuals that nod to the work of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Energetic and heartfelt, tipping towards tragedy, Sun Children crawls through the mud and emerges all the stronger. The quest is a red herring; the real treasure is the film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    What can’t be faulted is Noce’s sheer boldness and ambition. If Padrenostro winds up as a bit of a mess, it’s a beautiful mess, a glorious mess.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    I wish that I enjoyed The Disciple as much as I admired it. The film is a labour of love insofar as it feels overthought and overburdened, with all the rough edges planed down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    It’s a film that understands that humour and horror are not always mutually exclusive and that even the worst moments in life carry an air of the absurd.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    Viewed as an acting masterclass, the film is bruisingly impressive in its way. The principal actors raise the roof; each gets to do their big turn for the camera. But it feels a little schooled, a little staged, like a workshop at the Actors’ Studio.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    I’m not convinced it amounts to any more than the sum of its parts, but the parts are intriguing – and some are possessed of real power.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    About Endlessness contains moments of devilish wit, but at heart it is a sad, sweet picture, threaded with themes of estrangement and separation. Andersson isn’t exactly asking us to laugh at or pity these people. Instead, we’re being encouraged to wonder at their predicament – and perhaps relate it to our own.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Ema
    While I confess that I found Ema to be a notch down on his best work, it’s still hugely distinctive and daring and may well be a grower.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work and one I’m deeply glad to have seen. I can also say that I hope to never cross its path again.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    One watches Chalamet’s performance here with a simmering unease, willing him on but wondering if he is entirely fit for the task.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The Perfect Candidate is a simple story, told without frills or even much in the way of nuance. But it’s socked through with great power, conviction and an underlying hope for a better world.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    The film is glossy, illuminating and frequently exciting. What it lacks is an emotional charge and a fine-grained texture. We need to invest in these people in order to understand their decisions – and care about the consequences of these.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    No one in real life speaks the way they do in this film. No genuine drama is this crudely ordered drama, with its telegraphed turnabouts and conveniently-placed confessions, all building to a stage-managed plea for tolerance and unity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The film’s prize asset ... is Meryl Streep.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    What a gloriously daring and explosive film Joker is. It’s a tale that’s almost as twisted as the man at its centre, bulging with ideas and pitching towards anarchy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    It tells us that Seberg was wronged and that she looked really great in a bra – and not necessarily in that order.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    It’s a solid, well-crafted piece of professional carpentry, like a heavy piece of Victorian furniture; built to last; built to be used. The longer you look at it, the more impressive it grows.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    It’s an extraordinary picture, steely and unbending and assembled with an unmistakable air of wild-eyed zealotry. Ad Astra, be warned, is going all the way - and it double-dares us to buckle up for the trip.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Baumbach seeks to mine his material for laughs, no matter how desperate the situation becomes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    It’s handsome, it’s amusing, it knows exactly where it’s going. All that is missing is that crucial fifth gear.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    West of Sunshine’s rough, down-at-heel Aussie vibe prompts one to set it alongside other recent bawlers and brawlers, such as Kriv Stenders’ Boxing Day or David Michod’s Animal Kingdom. But Raftopoulos is altogether more protective of his characters, shielding them from full-blown horror, clearly wishing them well even as they stumble and fall, and his film works best in tenderly framing a burgeoning father-son friendship.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Filho’s film is never less than heartfelt and strident, like a tale torn from life, or an episode of Jeremy Kyle played as stentorian opera. And this, I suspect, may be part of the problem. Crucially, Angel Face lacks shading, pacing and nuance.

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