Emma Dibdin

Emma Dibdin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Spy , Total Film
Total Reviews:
144

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 79% The Riot Club (Posh) " An effective and shrewdly observed satire, with a handful of standout performances and a gloriously bitter sting in the tail." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 15, 2014
4/5 97% Pride (2014) " There are so many opportunities for Pride to be twee, or patronizing, or sentimental, and instead it's relentlessly sharp and subtle, some of the most joyously human storytelling you'll see on screen this year." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 10, 2014
4/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " The steady hand of director Craig Gillespie (whose previous work includes the off-kilter Lars and the Real Girl) is evident throughout, and the result is warm, witty and thoroughly entertaining." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/5 95% Two Days, One Night " The physical sluggishness and emotional numbing of depression have seldom been better portrayed on screen..." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/5 66% The Rover (2014) " An evocative journey, lean and pitiless and occasionally gut-wrenching." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 34% God's Pocket (2014) " Given how fresh the pain of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing still feels, it's perhaps a relief that gloomy tragicomedy God's Pocket - which marks one of his final roles - never engages seriously with the reality of death." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " The songs, then, are make-or-break, and the track list Carney and Gregg Alexander have produced is a triumph: mellow summer pop and wistful, stripped-down ballads arranged around Knightley's surprisingly alluring vocals." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 9, 2014
4/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " Dark and lean and often silent, Cold in July is a handsome if slight slice of pure genre filmmaking, its pulpy thrills made memorable by a potent trio of performers and Mickle's firm sense of style." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 24, 2014
3/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " The winsome cast and often tongue-in-cheek script still make for an entertaining, if overlong, old-fashioned musical." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 18, 2014
4/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Heartfelt but never mawkish, The Fault in Our Stars is a sharp and emotionally-sophisticated weepie that imbues its teenage characters with rare intelligence, and tackles its bleak subject matter with acerbic wit and tenderness." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 16, 2014
2/5 83% Belle (2014) " Visually drab despite its appealing range of period London scenery, Belle is a well-intentioned but somewhat emotionally stiff drama." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 52% Maps to the Stars (2014) " Jaded Hollywood satire and portentous family melodrama make for a wearisome combination in David Cronenberg's misjudged latest." — Digital Spy
Posted May 23, 2014
5/5 91% Whiplash (2014) " Savagely funny, gripping and exhilarating, Whiplash is a spectacularly accomplished sophomore feature from Chazelle, a taut psychological drama without an ounce of spare flesh on it." — Digital Spy
Posted May 23, 2014
3/5 27% The Search " The Search paints a compelling portrait of a war-torn nation but labours its points too heavily, its gait stiff and lumbering where The Artist was joyfully fleet of foot." — Digital Spy
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 25% Lost River " To say that Ryan Gosling's directorial debut feels more like a practice run than a true first feature sounds like condemnation, but the result of his experimentation is a striking and often mesmerising muddle." — Digital Spy
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Aided by a prosthetic schnoz and a deliberately ill-fitting tracksuit, Steve Carell gives the definition of a career-redefining performance..." — Digital Spy
Posted May 20, 2014
2/5 40% In Secret (2014) " Despite compelling performers and source material, In Secret is a ham-fisted misfire." — Digital Spy
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " It's an intelligent but rather dour monster movie, its crippling lack of heart mitigated by spellbinding action and a gripping first act." — Digital Spy
Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 7% Plastic (2014) " Imagine The Inbetweeners starring in a low-rent Brit imitation of American Hustle, having first undergone a collective personality transplant." — Digital Spy
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " It's uneven and underdeveloped, but Blue Ruin succeeds as a lean and unflinchingly brutal take on a familiar genre." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 26, 2014
4/5 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Anchored by what deservedly proved to be a breakthrough turn for Jordan, Fruitvale Station is a devastating and detailed celebration of life." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " The strangest thing about Paglen's script is how out of step it feels with modern technology - it could have been lingering in a drawer since the mid-'90s, so outmoded is its tone." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 23, 2014
4/5 67% Magic Magic (2013) " Sebasti├ín Silva's troubling psychological thriller largely eschews cabin-in-the-woods convention, and cements Juno Temple as one of the most compelling young actresses working today." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Bright, punchy and earnest, Webb's affable sequel is tough to dislike despite its tonal whiplash and clumsy script, which is redeemed by Garfield, Stone and DeHaan's powerhouse trio." — Total Film
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/5 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Boasting a stellar cast of returning faces and a few well-chosen new recruits, Rio 2 is affable and charming Easter holiday viewing that's unlikely to prove any more memorable than its predecessor." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/5 21% A Long Way Down (2014) " The really unforgivable thing about the film is that it uses suicide as a MacGuffin." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Despite featuring three Avengers in lead roles, Captain America: The Winter Soldier feels tonally distinct from its Marvel forerunners, more spy thriller than superhero sequel." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 21% A Long Way Down (2014) " At best, this is a cringey stab at black comedy redeemed by charismatic stars; at worst it's a glib and manipulative punt on a subject that deserves more care." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " With his first film in close to a decade, Glazer has created a captivating nightmare, a heady, haunting experience that demands multiple viewings." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 11, 2014
4/5 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " A cynical, dark thriller with a marshmallow centre, Veronica Mars is both a labour of love for a legion of fans, and the kind of shrewd, focused, character-driven mystery that has become an endangered species on the big screen." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 9, 2014
2/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Fails with such absolute sincerity that pointing out its incompetence feels mean-spirited." — Total Film
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Nymphomaniac's first volume is grounded in humanity, while the second revels in its absence." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Nymphomaniac's first volume is grounded in humanity, while the second revels in its absence." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " It's genuinely wretched stuff, clunky and manipulative and seemingly endless despite its relatively lean running time." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Informative, witty and surprisingly moving, this is everything you can ask for from half-term viewing." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 76% A Beautiful Mind (2001) " Crowe is convincingly skittish and bounces enjoyably off Paul Bettany, while Jennifer Connelly earns her Oscar in the would-be thankless role of suffering wife. But this is as dishonest as Hollywood biography gets." — Total Film
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The Armstrong Lie is a lean, searing and detailed portrait of human frailty that requires no prior interest in either Armstrong or his sport." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/5 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Christian Bale's earnest, emotional turn sustains a thriller that throws a few mean jabs but staggers towards a punch-drunk resolution." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Workmanlike though Wells's handling feels, there's pure vicious pleasure in watching this family tear itself apart from the inside." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) " For all its techno-focus, a very human love story about our need for connection. Strange, witty, honest and curiously comforting." — Total Film
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The film's nightmarish opening moments lay out the landscape of its hero's traumatised mind with haunting precision, the line between fantasy and reality unsettlingly blurred from the off." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Visceral, vital and anchored by its earnest performances, this is a potent portrait of a shameful historical truth." — Total Film
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Elba is magnetic throughout, giving a consistently detailed performance that subtly reflects the personal toll Mandela's long walk has taken on him." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 30, 2013
4/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " The Desolation of Smaug feels Ringsier in tone while forging entirely its own narrative path, marrying breathless action with shrewd character building." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 8, 2013
3/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " As viscerally promising as the McCarthy-Scott combination initially seemed, the result is nourishing on a purely intellectual level; it works in your head, but you never feel it in your bones." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 12, 2013
3/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " As an adaptation of Collins's Catching Fire, Lawrence's film is close to faultless. As cinema, it's solidly engaging but consistently underwhelming." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 11, 2013
3/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Richard Shepard's script bursts out of the starting gate with brio; it immediately feels like nothing else you have seen this year, outlandish and surreal and vicious." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 8, 2013
5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Frozen is an exhilarating, joyous, human story that's as frequently laugh-out-loud funny as it is startling and daring and poignant." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Thor: The Dark World is a hugely entertaining and sharply written continuation of Marvel's Phase 2, combining heart, spectacle and a shrewd lightness of touch." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 22, 2013
2/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " It's too plodding to work as a paranoid thriller and too ham-fisted to work as anything deeper..." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 22, 2013
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