London Film Festival reviews

The good, the bad and the ugly at this year's London Film Festival

Five star reviews

  • Amour

    Rating: 5/5

    Among so many other things, this is a film about loyalty and being true to your word right to the very end. 'Amour' is a devastating, highly intelligent and astonishingly performed work. It's a masterpiece.

  • Bonjour Tristesse

    Rating: 5/5

    The flirtation with incest at the centre of this adaptation of Françoise Sagan's novel is tame by modern standards, but the evil scheming of Seberg as the daughter set on separating her father and his mistress is still forceful.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Rating: 5/5

    Lean's 1962 epic dwarfed most of the contemporary competition, including Spartacus and El Cid, and the passage of time has only proved how difficult it is to run ideas, history, characterisation and landscape in harness on this sort of scale.

  • Viaggio in Italia

    Rating: 5/5

    Though critics may have always praised it as 'one of the most beautiful films ever made', its genuinely romantic tenderness (it ends in 'I love you') mark it as never so unfashionable, never so moving.

  • Wings

    Rating: 5/5

    A spectacular tribute to the American flyers of World War I, it's distinguished by matchless aerial photography, logistically-detailed battle scenes and dogfights, a unique blend of 'European' directorial touches with Hollywood pace, and solid performances holding the straightforward love/duty/camaraderie plotline together.

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