SPEECH MARKS / The things they say about . . . Michael Winner
Monday 01 November 1993
The Nightcomers, '71: 'Effective neither as a horror story nor as a psychological study. It leaves the viewer cold - perhaps even repelled. How could anyone think this movie would be entertaining?' Pauline Kael, 1001 Nights at the Movies.
Scorpio, '72: 'Winner directs with typical crass abandon.' Time Out Film Guide.
The Mechanic, '72: 'Glossy, violent, pointless.' Time Out Film Guide.
The Stone Killer, '73: 'Film-making as painting by numbers.' Sight and Sound.
Death Wish, '74: 'The gospel according to Michael Winner.' Sunday Times Guide to Movies on Television.
Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, '76: 'A well-deserved box-office bust.' Son of Golden Turkey Awards.
The Sentinel, '77: 'Director Michael Winner and novelist Jeffrey Konvitz have been blaming The Sentinel on each other since its release. Actually, they are an ideal match, executing their tasks with equal tastelessness and pretension.' Nightmare Movies.
The Big Sleep, '77: 'The 1946 film takes on even more stature in light of this. For a Winner film, however, it's quite good.' Variety Film Guide.
Firepower, '79: 'Inane.' Movie and Video Guide.
Death Wish II, '81: 'Bad art is one thing, but Death Wish II is ludicrous.' Variety Film Guide.
The Wicked Lady, '83: 'The images look as cheap as expensive greetings cards.' Sunday Times.
Scream for Help, '84: 'A hybrid so mind-boggling that viewers may rush back to Winner's Death Wish to reassess a hitherto unsuspected comic talent.' Time Out Film Guide.
No Entry. International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers Volume II, 1984.
Appointment with Death, '88: 'Mind-numbing inertia.' T O Film Guide.
Bull'seye, '89: 'A bomb.' Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide.
Dirty Weekend, '93: 'Arguably the most pornographic film ever to pass the British censor.' Sunday Times, quoted on the Dirty Weekend poster.
'His own best publicist.' Halliwell's Companion.
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Morgan Freeman on the riot-focused coverage of the Baltimore protests: 'F**k the media'
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 Length of pregnancy can vary by up to five weeks, scientists discover
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Game of Thrones, season 5 episode 4, review: Sansa in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show