Emma Dibdin

Emma Dibdin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Spy , Total Film
Total Reviews:
142

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 94% Deux jours, une nuit (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 83% 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 53% 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 56% Maps to the Stars " 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 94% 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 22% 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 22% 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 58% 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
4/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " This is a tremendously powerful drama that simultaneously highlights the human capacity for cruelty and for resilience, bolstered by an extraordinary, wrenching performance from Ejiofor." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/5 89% Locke (2014) " Few actors could shoulder this level of scrutiny - every twitch and shift in expression is magnified - but Hardy's restraint is breathtaking." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 18, 2013
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