Anne Brodie

Anne Brodie
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Intensive Care (2018) A salute to powerful women with a side of pain for the creeps who cross them.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
82% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) One of the most unsettling films of the year, and its based on the filmmaker's observations and experiences in the city's slums. A seismic expression of life for some of the world's children. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) Karen Kusama's ballsy film may not live up to Kidman's performance but it's a great start, gritty as hell and never flags. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) This is a pure popcorn, and I'd advise you see the excellent doc RBG instead. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
94% Stan & Ollie (2018) A fitting tribute to an underappreciated couple of knockabout comic ninjas.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
64% Vice (2018) Adam McKay's film gets the points across but it's a cool, distant experience resulting in a sharp, cut and dried list of bad deeds by a deeply flawed man. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) These incredible moments rise above the noise of ordinary life and bring the magic. Jenkins glorious musical score is transformative, hitting emotional and spiritual notes that open scenes to directly to the heart.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
63% Bird Box (2018) Bullock's perf is the most interesting part of this familiar film.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
38% Second Act (2018) Its pure escapism, its predictable and thin, but Lopez is a charmer. That's the film's strength.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is a revelation, its heartwarming, profound and devastating. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% Bumblebee (2018) This is an old-fashioned stop-motion animation treat, its lighthearted, an easy to navigate adventure and coming of age story aimed at young people.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
90% Sacred (2017) It seems reasonable to turn to the subject of faith after having seen so much in the world. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
No Score Yet Schindler's List 25th Anniversary (2018) .Liam Neeson is imposing and heart wrenching as Schindler and Ralph Fiennes is incendiary as the concentration camp master.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
29% Love Jacked (2018) A romcom trifle that's asks nothing and gives less.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Alexis Bloom's stomach-churning disturbing doc on the late ultra-right wing conservative broadcaster Roger Ailes goes a long way to explain what we're seeing today in American politics and the guy in the White House. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Who the heck knows how accurate any of this is, but Lanthimos creates a total world with people we wouldn't recognise today.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
35% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) Writer director Tom Edmunds has a bit of fun with the complications and potential changes of heart that can throw a spanner into the no-cancel, no refund assassination order. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
No Score Yet Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Gathered outdoors in Dame Joan's garden for a bit of a gossip and a stroll down memory lane, they entertain each other and the crew as well as us, then the rains come, driving them inside for a wee bit more. Here's a good one. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
38% Tiger (2018) It's inspiring what encourages staying the course and working to uphold one's beliefs.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
44% Write When You Get Work (2018) Be prepared for some loco twists and turns and to admit you were too quick to judge. It's a hard edged story that has us on our toes till the end.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
90% The Price of Everything (2018) The overwhelming money versus value question is exhausting and after a while we wonder what it says about the players.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
98% Border (Gräns) (2018) This fascinating sci-fi story is grounded in realism and imbued with grace.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) A searing story with little emotional relief from the strain of Colvin's perfectionism, but it is also a worthy film tribute to a singular woman.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) This marvellous film is poetic, sparse and mystical and in love with nature. I love the film so much and want to live in it.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuarón brings in eastern philosophy, mysticism, reflected planes, dog poo, an unusual amount of water and other confounding and wondrous things. It is vibrant, compassionate and profound but to describe it seems wrong, it must be experienced.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's occasional magic realism, painful sweetness and unique worldview makes it clearly Coen and is among their best films.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
33% The Rainbow Bridge Motel (2018) Eccentric hoteliers, guests and awkward situations ensue - uncertain wedding protocols, disapproving relatives, religious barriers, secret lives resurfacing played for laughs.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
90% Widows (2018) Besides car chases, gun slinging and violence, there's good deal of complexity and nuance for a heist film and that's ok by me.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Not a movie I could sit through twice.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
81% Green Book (2018) There is no shortage of trouble, violence and humiliation awaiting them and twists and a growing sense of love and acceptance, on both sides. This is a buddy story to end 'em all.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) You'll learn and be moved. Top marks.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) This one has so much going for it, the real charm and chemistry between the voice leads, a beautiful visual universe, plenty sarcasm for the grownups and kids.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
No Score Yet That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations (2017) The documentary looks at archaeological digs at the camp, gleaning information on living conditions, including slave labour, foiled attempts to escape and the hardships of starvation and Mother Nature. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
93% Transit (2019) Requires the strictest attention and imagination. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Foy's Lisbeth is somewhat tempered to appeal to a wider mainstream audience, in the superhero vein; she's kind of relatable and likable, a different spin from the originals.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Crazy funny and at times and gripping. It's a kick in the pants of ol' boy politics as the civil rights movement began to look like something the "majority" feared.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The film stays and stays, as you review its subtleties and decide it needs to be seen again. The score is topnotch. At Lightbox.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
98% Science Fair (2018) The drama, exhilaration, defeat, wins and spectrum of emotion is real. The outcome matters as these teenagers will certainly help shape our futures.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) This is not your standard Christmas movie. It has little to do with the family friendly Nutcracker Ballet by Marius Petipa.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Singer's take on Mercury's tumultuous life is glossy and superficial but the film's strength lies in its portrayal of Mercury's, and the band's talent.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
37% Hunter Killer (2018) As with so many films that don't know when to wrap it up, there are just too many obstacles and questions left to answer. Still it's fun and the underwater photography's kind of fun too.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
88% Room For Rent (2017) A quirky comedy with a lot of 'tude mostly in the shape of high school lottery winner Mitch who burned through $3.5 M and wound up in his parents' spare room.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
89% Maria By Callas (2018) Her story is indeed operatic with numerous personal and professional scandals and director Tom Volf has given it a proper frame in one of the year's most intriguing biographical docs.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
62% Bel Canto (2018) Bel Canto has lofty ambitions hobbled by telenovela sensibility, but it's a good, if hammy yarn.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
88% What They Had (2018) Tough stuff sensitively delivered via compelling performances.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy proves her incredible range once again, this time carrying Israel's deadpan misery of being a "horrible ***t" as she is described, bravely.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) It's interesting how a film with so few elements can hit so hard but it does, you're next to Asger, trying to save lives feeling desperation and the ticking of the clock. ‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
69% The Happy Prince (2018) As fascinating as the story is, Wilde's faded glory is evident in every aspect of the film, giving an overall veil of decay and a need for fresh air.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
61% The Oath (2018) A far cry from nostalgic Thanksgiving movies of the past like Hannah and Her Sisters and Home for the Holidays in happier times. It's being marketed as a comedy, but don't believe, it's a mad-as-hell microcosm for the Age of Anger.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) There's a lot of love in this story but it's up against the unstoppable force of addiction, but maybe enough love to fix him. Haunting, unsentimental and inspirational.‐ What She Said
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018