Anne Brodie


Anne Brodie
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: What She Said

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Trouble in the Garden (2018) This is a devastating defense of those stolen children and a well-crafted, beautifully acted, heartbreaking film. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
70% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Farhadi explores the problems of privilege and need, the realities of resentment and tribalism and how they poison what appears to be a happy family. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's as deep as a hearty shaped pancake and as airy, but it's a tad bitter and the aftertaste is metallic. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
47% The Prodigy (2019) The outlandish premise is the basis for an earth-shattering reality that envelopes the family, and way beyond. An intriguing hole at the end signals that a sequel that has probably already been written. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
73% Cold Pursuit (2019) This suspenseful wild west tale is leavened by Fargo-esque humour and incredible set pieces and based on the extraordinary but far superior Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) Director Joe Penna's attention to minute detail, his unerring gift for the dramatic build and Mikkelsen's quiet, stoic heroism make for a screen experience so specific and intimate that you simply can't look away. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Blame the paintings! Its darkly satirical, ironic and over the top, and leaves a bitter taste. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
98% Badlands (1974) Malick's love and respect for the natural world as it frames and moves characters is palpable and on full display, the film heightened by superb performances and Malick's incredible direction. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
80% Wonders of the Sea 3D (2019) It's incredible to watch and most worthy of an afternoon's viewing with the family. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
21% Serenity (2019) As per any McConaughey outing there's plenty of his naked rear end and rippling muscles but even so, he shows real depth and vulnerability and more than a passing acquaintance with madness. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlowski's masterful and psychologically rich film has its fun moments, but they too, are under a dark cloud. It reflects on the cruelty of European prejudices and nationalism during that period in one of the saddest films in recent memory. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
34% Patrick (2019) A sweet, funny and not too taxing film; Edmondson is, like her Ab Fab mother, a gifted physical comedienne and highly relatable. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) Heartbreaking, hilarious and altogether refreshing comedy. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
88% Fyre (2019) Fyre's got it all, the fall of the arrogant, the schooling of the FOMO crowd, an FBI investigation, extreme cognitive dissonance and tonnes of schadenfreude. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
80% Intensive Care (2018) A salute to powerful women with a side of pain for the creeps who cross them. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
88% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
72% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) A fitting tribute to an underappreciated couple of knockabout comic ninjas. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
66% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) Bullock's perf is the most interesting part of this familiar film. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
45% Second Act (2018) Its pure escapism, its predictable and thin, but Lopez is a charmer. That's the film's strength. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is a revelation, its heartwarming, profound and devastating. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
25% Love Jacked (2018) A romcom trifle that's asks nothing and gives less. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
91% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
80% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
91% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Not a movie I could sit through twice. - What She Said EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
80% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
83% Instant Family (2018) You'll learn and be moved. Top marks. - What She Said EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
94% Transit (2019) Requires the strictest attention and imagination. - What She Said EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018