Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
The List , Time Out
Total Reviews:
95

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 38% If I Stay (2014) " In a movie where the title refers to the choice between the protagonist living and dying it's really not a great sign that you may find yourself willing her to go." — The List
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3/5 65% Lucy (2014) " Lucy is immensely inconsistent and exceedingly daft and yet it remains a good deal of fun." — The List
Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 66% The Rover (2014) " Excruciatingly intense and prone to explosions of violence." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
5/5 100% The Guest (2014) " Stevens visibly relishes every second of his blue-eyed bad boy's screen-time; it's a brilliantly perverse casting coup enhanced by Barrett's devilish dialogue, while Wingard directs with flamboyance and precision." — The List
Posted Aug 12, 2014
3/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " It's to the central quartet's credit that, although their ongoing adventures are stretching four fairly one-note characters just shy of snapping point, this time round it actually feels less tired." — The List
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 96% Lilting (2014) " Lilting isn't a film of simple solutions and happy endings but, for all its sorrow, what it leaves you with is hope." — The List
Posted Aug 5, 2014
3/5 95% Grand Central " Zlotowski takes admirable risks, and the result is a flawed, provocative curio." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) " I Am Divine may not be the blowsy riot you'd expect given Divine's salty screen persona but it tells his story with wit, insight and compassion, revealing a rather sweet and sensitive man underneath that sparkling shell." — The List
Posted Jul 16, 2014
3/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " You'll need plenty of tissues, or a bucket. Or possibly both." — The List
Posted Jun 17, 2014
4/5 100% Of Horses and Men " Equine capers abound in Benedikt Erlingsson's surprising and charming debut." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " If you've seen the trailer you've seen the best gags." — The List
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 77% The Dirties (2013) " This isn't a film that's particularly easy to enjoy but that doesn't mean that there isn't much here to admire." — The List
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 86% Run & Jump (2014) " For all its flaws Run & Jump is a big, cheery lummox of a film - one with a huge heart that's very difficult not to like." — The List
Posted May 20, 2014
4/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " By expertly embellishing the theatrical, Polanski has made Venus in Fur thrillingly cinematic." — The List
Posted May 13, 2014
3/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Efron may have finally found his calling as a sociopathic frat-boy and Rogen and Byrne make for an appealing couple, sharing ample comic chemistry." — The List
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2/5 83% Tracks (2014) " Mia Wasikowska talks to camels in this well-meaning but flat-footed desert adventure." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Nick Cassavetes' eighth film squanders its subversive premise. It's also rather hysterical and not in a comedic way." — The List
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/5 91% Frank (2014) " A story of musical chaos and mental instability that's often hilarious and ultimately really quite moving." — The List
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Thomas makes for a competent if unspectacular feature director and the writing is characteristically sassy, even if it can't compete with the show's finest hours." — The List
Posted Mar 13, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Wes Anderson's eighth film dazzles and delights as if it has been liberated from the pages of a beautifully illustrated storybook." — The List
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3/5 54% The Zero Theorem (2014) " The Zero Theorem falls short of its promise: events don't raise the pulse or excite the mind and even the marvellous Waltz seems a little adrift." — The List
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " José Padilha's film has contemporary resonance and is different enough to the original, but unfortunately fails to distinguish itself from the corporate product it satirises." — The List
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " A worthy effort but Armstrong remains a tough nut to crack." — Little White Lies
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/5 89% Locke (2014) " Who'd have thought that concrete would make such compelling subject matter?" — The List
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Vallée's sensitive direction ensures the relationship unfolds with credibility and, while tenderness between the pair might be fleeting, when it's glimpsed it packs a heavyweight punch." — The List
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Although some of its satire is rushed there's ample surreal drama and consistent comedic excellence from the already star cast ..." — The List
Posted Dec 17, 2013
5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " A sexy, rollicking caper set in the late 70s which expertly infuses its criminality with both class and character, the latter delivered via a thick vein of askew humour." — The List
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " Gone is the original's frenzied urgency and, with the fundamental set-up remaining the same, if you're familiar with the 2003 film there's negligible suspense; it's a mystery thriller without the mystery." — The List
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/5 42% Homefront (2013) " [Statham's] fans will no doubt have a blast. And this time it's highly likely that everyone else will too." — The List
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 87% Computer Chess (2013) " A winning mix of deadpan comedy, retro stylings and escalating insanity." — Total Film
Posted Nov 20, 2013
5/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Fearless, relatable and beautiful, this is one of the year's best. Holding you so close for so long, you won't want to break free." — Total Film
Posted Nov 18, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The sequel lives up to its incendiary subtitle due to the quality of the material and the passion of its performers." — The List
Posted Nov 18, 2013
4/5 100% Utopia " What Utopia lacks in finesse it more than makes up for in passion." — Total Film
Posted Nov 11, 2013
3/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " This fresh and rebellious quasi rom-com liberates the glamorous Olivia Wilde from the shackles of two-dimensional studio fare, reinventing her as a laidback tomboy involved in a romantic quadrangle." — The List
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 81% This Ain't California (2013) " Persiel's film entertains, but the nagging sense that it's mostly a ruse limits true engagement." — Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2013
3/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " Gordon-Levitt shows promise as a director and his debut has bags of cinematic swagger." — The List
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Delivers romance that will lift your heart and tragedy that will bring tears to your eyes, underscored by a soundtrack that will most definitely stir your soul." — The List
Posted Oct 16, 2013
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " Starred Up gives you a good sharp shake and, in doing so, truly opens your eyes." — The List
Posted Oct 16, 2013
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " Enough Said is a match made in romantic comedy heaven - heart-warming and frequently hilarious." — The List
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Funny, sad and sometimes strange, Prince Avalanche is an imperfect oddity that deserves an audience." — The List
Posted Oct 11, 2013
98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) " Georges Franju's monstrous masterpiece delivers horror sans face but with a huge heart." — Little White Lies
Posted Oct 6, 2013
2/5 83% Mister John " Mister John might have the ingredients of a mystery but it's just too much of a puzzler to be truly satisfying." — The List
Posted Sep 25, 2013
3/5 21% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Girl Most Likely is occasionally funny but it's a more formulaic film than you might expect from former documentarians." — The List
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/5 58% The Frozen Ground (2013) " An odd mix of formulaic thriller and true-life story, resulting in something sporadically successful but often uninspired." — The List
Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) " Wright directs with typical energy and effectively papers over an absence of plot." — The List
Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/5 85% Easy Money (2012) " Espinosa directs with nervous energy, combining blistering action with believable, sympathetic characters; this is assured, emotionally engaging stuff." — The List
Posted Jul 17, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " A riveting and accomplished story of animal cruelty, corporate irresponsibility and nature striking back. " — The List
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " The action quickly becomes repetitive and del Toro and Travis Beacham's screenplay is so humourless and cliché-riddled that the cast buckle under the strain ..." — The List
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " If Despicable Me 2 feels like little more than spectacular silliness, it's hard not to admire a film with such a canny grasp of what its young audience wants." — The List
Posted Jun 24, 2013
3/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Man of Steel is short on the super, heavy on the morals and hardly a bold reinvention - yet as an(other) introduction to the titular do-gooder, it just about flies." — The List
Posted Jun 12, 2013
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