Peter Bradshaw

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For 1,304 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Bradshaw's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Citizen Kane
Lowest review score: 20 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Score distribution:
1304 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    The film is at its most intriguing in its earlier half, when it simply takes you through the growing excitement within the scientific community as the reality of Crispr emerges.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    I was sometimes captivated but often frustrated by this epic essay-film, a meditation on Germany and his own family history that is stark, fierce, austerely cerebral and almost four hours long.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    Chris Pratt and Tom Holland play teenage elves in this standard-issue but entertaining supernatural quest story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis and Morrison herself explore her work and legacy in this fascinating documentary completed shortly before the Nobel-winning author’s death.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Bradshaw
    Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan saddled with a by-the-numbers script in a well-meaning but hackneyed Brit flick.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    Vitalina Varela stars as herself in Pedro Costa’s bleak but beautiful film about a woman discovering the hidden life of her late husband.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    It is a watchable, insouciant love story with some great incidental performances, although there is a sense of the shark being jumped 30 minutes from the end.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    It is possible to come away from the film less than convinced, but very impressed by the sheer force of Petzold’s film-making talent (recently so stunning in his drama Transit) but which has been here deployed for something which is a bit flimsy and silly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    Charlatan is a film that does not quite satisfy the curiosity it arouses.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    It is a deeply personal drama about culture, family, community and what it means to represent – though it can also be self-indulgent and even a bit self-involved, though this is arguably a function of the story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    Minamata is a forthright, heartfelt movie, an old-fashioned “issue picture” with a worthwhile story to tell about how communities can stand up to overweening corporations and how journalists dedicated to truthful news can help them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    For all that this film has something exasperatingly opaque and inert about it, it has an uncompromising insistence that ideas matter. These people’s thoughts, although debatable, are not simply presented as absurd. Malmkrog is a long, demanding experience – a real festival event. But that bizarre dreamlike eruption lives on in the mind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    This is not animation which is there to exalt, or soothe, or celebrate human loveliness: it is animation which takes a fiercely miserable satirical stab at the world and itself, a language which is unreconciled, unaccommodated.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    Dark Waters is a movie that works marvellously well within its own generic terms, and perhaps after the fey disappointment of Todd Haynes’s previous, rather insufferable fantasy Wonderstruck, this tough, clear movie was what Haynes needed to clear his creative palate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Bradshaw
    What DAU. Natasha shows is the bizarre way that, in totalitarian societies, the normal and the abnormal, the banal and the grotesque, and the human and the inhuman live together side by side.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    As ever with Miike, the sheer profusion of material, the torrent of wacky creativity, means that there is always something to hold the attention. It’s bizarre and very unwholesome. But weirdly inspired.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    Somehow Lorentzen shows that it is not the Ochoa family who are the bad guys, but the whole rotten system.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    I’m not sure that I was completely on board with this film, which appears to have smoothly carpentered its narrative in the edit. Is it almost too good to be true?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Bradshaw
    It is a film with its heart in the right place, but the dialogue and characterisation are both plonkingly unconvincing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Bradshaw
    [A] bafflingly insipid, zestless, derivative film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    It balances what is with what might have been and what could still be, and, although the result is maybe a bit less substantial than Castro intended, there is a certain literary elegance in the way he sketches it out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    It is a sombre, realist study of what day-by-day, moment-by-moment abuse actually looks like.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Bradshaw
    Vivarium is a lab-rat experiment of a film, with flat, facetious humour and a single insidious joke maintained and developed with monomaniacal intensity. In its way, this film is an emblem of postnatal depression and simple loneliness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Bradshaw
    It is a tremendously engaging story which does something that very few movies do: mention money. Something very palpable is at stake, the jeopardy is real and it’s a question of survival.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    Sometimes the casting and staging work well, sometimes not so well.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    The result is a bit corny, a bit cheesy and you might feel self-conscious going, “Aww …” at creatures that are not real dogs but laptop fabrications. But it’s a robust and old-fashioned entertainment with some real storytelling bite.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Bradshaw
    What Sheen, born in Gwent, makes of Downey’s accent can only be imagined. It really is horribly inert, and every time Downey opens his mouth to say something unintelligible, the film dies a bit more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Bradshaw
    It needed bigger laughs and more of the big, ironic comedy that Erskine can clearly deliver.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    This film is a blitz of bad taste, a cornucopia of crass, and it is weirdly diverting – more than you might expect, given the frosty way Suicide Squad was received critically – and engagingly crazy. Watching it feels cheerfully excessive and unwholesome, like smoking a cigarette and eating a chocolate bar at the same time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Bradshaw
    Hauser is the star and he keeps the film on track: poignant, lonely and vulnerable – maintaining the tricky balance of laugh-at and laugh-with.

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