Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% The Falling " Fear of female sexuality is at the heart of this deliciously dreamy drama from writer/director Carol Morley. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 81% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " It's hard not to admire how efficiently and enjoyably the myriad elements have been threaded together; Age of Ultron is a suitably well-oiled machine with an insatiable appetite for family friendly destruction. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3/5 70% The Salvation (2015) " It's a little too wedded to the cinematic past. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Apr 22, 2015
4/5 85% John Wick (2014) " A lovingly crafted, pleasingly characterful effort that delivers impactful, imaginatively executed thrills. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Apr 22, 2015
4/5 88% En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) (2015) " Modern life may indeed be rubbish but Andersson communicates that sentiment with a certain amount of sorrow and an awful lot of style. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 25% Child 44 (2015) " Child 44 grows in stature and suspense as it gains focus, eventually revealing itself as a murky depiction of desperately unjust, fearful times. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) " Ultimately it's a film that didn't need this many bells and whistles for it to pack an almighty punch. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 6, 2015
2/5 59% The Water Diviner (2015) " Sadly, it's only the ludicrous moments that really stay with you. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) " This film isn't taking itself too seriously, and it certainly doesn't expect us to. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 30, 2015
3/5 45% En chance til " Whatever its flaws, this melodrama is genuinely affecting, with a message that's undeniably on point. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2/5 30% Chappie (2015) " It's a film that knows and loves science-fiction cinema: its grimy dystopian milieu and social conscience marries it, perhaps too closely, to the director's previous films. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Mar 11, 2015
5/5 70% Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) " A perfect example of a film that captures the spirit of the source-material, whilst boldly exploiting and exploring the potential of the cinematic medium. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 9, 2015
4/5 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " The female-fronted confessional comedy is given a Middle Eastern twist in writer/director Desiree Akhavan's sharply penned feature debut, in which she also stars. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 76% Hyena (2015) " Intoxicating, ferocious, and righteously disturbing but also frustrating, uneven and clichéd. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 5, 2015
5/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) " A penetrating study of human weakness, Force Majeure shows us things about these characters, and by extension ourselves, that we might not want to see. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 91% Jauja (2015) " A ponderously paced but artistically sure journey; it's a film that finds strength in the universality of its ideas and its spiritual dimension, one that's enlivened by instantly iconic imagery and a keen sense of the strange. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 24, 2015
3/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel squeaks through on its positivity and humour, with its sharp wit and trite wisdom delivered by a cast who could give a party political broadcast integrity and emotional impact. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 23, 2015
2/5 33% Blackhat (2015) " Blackhat is an inconsistent, ill-conceived affair which rarely, if ever, rings true. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " Explores uneven relationships and rivalries in a manner seldom seen onscreen. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 89% Still Alice (2015) " The film is hobbled by a naff, TV-movie aesthetic and jarringly mawkish score. Yet Moore gives us raw heartache, running the gauntlet from fear to fury to powerless frustration, before she's barely there at all. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 100% Blind (2004) " Blind is a fascinating journey into the mind and body of an outsider, with generous helpings of cinematic audacity, mischief and trickery. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/5 85% While We're Young (2015) " Perceptive, funny and cringingly honest ... " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 19, 2015
5/5 98% The Artist (2011) " Hazanavicius boldly strips cinema back to its wordless, monochrome days and, boy, does the end result sparkle. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Feb 17, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Given the constraints and need to please its considerable fan-base, this sleek, fairly trim and occasionally sensual adaptation is the best imaginable outcome. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 89% Love Is All: 100 Years of Love & Courtship " It's a charming, appealingly orchestrated illustration of a simple message: times may change but love is eternal. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 88% Coherence (2014) " By presenting its ideas in a well-structured, appealingly fleshed-out fashion it lives up to its name in more ways than one. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 9, 2015
3/5 67% Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014) " Thou Wast Mild and Lovely is as horrible as it is beautiful and that's just grand. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Feb 4, 2015
1/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) " Superficial pleasures aside, this sun-bleached buddy crime flick is too light for the long game. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 94% Bad Hair (2014) " Notable for its insight and refreshing lack of sentimentality. " ‐ The List
Posted Jan 26, 2015
4/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " Like the Thomas Pynchon novel on which it's based, Inherent Vice is an anti-thriller, a loose, lunatic, sun-scorched noir that just keeps piling on the madness. " ‐ The List
Posted Jan 26, 2015
3/5 46% The Gambler (2014) " Swaggering and dialogue-heavy, The Gambler certainly talks the talk, but ultimately it lacks the courage of its convictions. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 90% Ex Machina (2015) " Garland has produced something seductively strange, consistently thought-provoking and admirably adult. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " An elegantly presented story of a seemingly honourable businessman beset on all sides by corruption and criminality. " ‐ The List
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2/5 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) " Heartbreak porn and little more. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 15, 2015
5/5 93% Duck Soup (1933) " A comedy classic that boasts some of Groucho's prickliest zingers and the pinnacle of Harpo's mirthful mischief. " ‐ The List
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 90% Obvious Child (2014) " How wonderful that a film that is so unapologetically frank should simultaneously feel so warm and delightful. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 96% Ida (2014) " Sometimes a film has you swooning from the very first frame, and Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's fifth narrative feature is one such film. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " James Marsh's film reorders events and soft-soaps the acrimony, yet boasts an appealingly unconventional coupling and eye-catching performances from its shooting star leads. " ‐ The List
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) " The sweetly appealing Coltrane shoots up before our eyes and doesn't buckle under the scrutiny, but if Mason is our ostensible focus then his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) is the movie's unsung heroine. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) " What Burton's approach most lacks is insight - big eyes don't see too deeply - but it's still a fascinating story told with flair. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) " An endearingly dog-eared, scrappy film that puts up its dukes for outsiders and is at its best when showcasing its leftfield, lower-key charms. " ‐ The List
Posted Dec 1, 2014
3/5 78% The Grandmaster (2013) " This tough and tender biopic ... makes for an elegant, occasionally exciting tribute to a man and his art-form. " ‐ The List
Posted Dec 1, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " This transitional effort's teething problems aside, it's crammed with well-drawn characters and intelligent ideas, meaning the franchise remains as robust and rule-breaking as its idiosyncratic protagonist. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 21, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) " The script comprises stiff scientific discussion, clunky exposition and cinematic clichés and, frankly, it all gets a bit silly. " ‐ The List
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Debut director Dan Gilroy has crafted a characterful satire that doesn't say much that's original but which skewers its targets with humour and flair. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 27, 2014
5/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) " It's a funny, fitting, warts-and-all monument to a British master, with Mike Leigh demonstrating a command of his craft to rival even his subject. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 27, 2014
3/5 19% Serena (2015) " There are enough flashes of the film it might have been to make it worth watching. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 24, 2014
5/5 91% Mommy (2015) " Dolan's previous four films established him as an original and exciting voice. With the wildly funny, emotionally messy and wholly wonderful Mommy the filmmaker steps into the big league - aged just 25. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 20, 2014
2/5 26% Love, Rosie (2015) " That it wastes the talent of two young actors with star potential is upsetting, that it insults its audience is frankly unforgivable. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 20, 2014
5/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " Whiplash is everything its snappy title suggests, and comes complete with a thunderous ending that leaves the entire film reverberating in your consciousness. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 20, 2014
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