Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Emma Simmonds's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Arts Desk, The List, Time Out

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "As insultingly cursory as the original, the film suffers from a fractured, sense-shorn narrative that makes huge leaps in logic and almost no attempt to address the complexities and controversies of its genetics storyline. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 25, 2015
5/5 92% L'Eclisse (1962) "How wonderful that, especially in its newly finessed form, this cinematic milestone remains as pertinent, intriguing and seductive as ever. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 24, 2015
4/5 95% The Dance of Reality (2014) "The Dance of Reality is a surprisingly moving, emotionally satisfying experience, which twirls you round in a warm, confident embrace, making sure to toss in plenty of its director's signature madcap moves. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 17, 2015
4/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "The laughs are hearty and abundant and Schumer's schtick is so distinct and refreshing that it's miles from the disaster the title suggests. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 84% Mistress America (2015) "As ever with Baumbach, this is rich and intellectually ambitious but it flounders as it descends into farce - just like Brooke, it's not quite sure where it wants to go. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 10, 2015
4/5 87% Marshland "Alberto Rodríguez's sixth film is a police procedural with real gravitas that pleasures in the contrast and competence of its grizzled leads. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 3, 2015
5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "The Dark Knight Rises succeeds because it's rooted in real-world experiences and fears. " ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Aug 1, 2015
4/5 95% The Wonders (2015) "Most of all, it's a film that knows the value of its appealing young stars and that makes their credible and entertaining antics its focus, winning you over with the squeals and strops of these tiny worker bees. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 91% Dear White People (2014) "Simien helms with style to spare but makes sure the emphasis is firmly on substance, as he offers great insight into the contradictions and concerns of young black culture. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 100% Li'l Quinquin (2015) "Rich with casually relayed social observation and parody, presenting its odd behaviour, incompetent police-work and murderous, hate-fuelled chaos without fanfare. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Magic Mike XXL is as sweet and steamy as oven-fresh cherry pie. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/5 88% Dope (2015) "Famuyiwa's fifth film sets itself apart from gritty urban dramas with its non-conformist leads, bounce and cheerful aesthetic that skilfully fuses the retro and contemporary. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 49% Manglehorn (2015) "An admirable but flawed film that's visually ambitious and that confronts difficult issues like isolation, romantic delusion and the terrible legacy of unchecked anger, not wholly successfully but with intermittent charm and no shortage of pathos. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3/5 82% The Overnight (2015) "Painfully funny and brilliantly performed. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/5 54% Maggie (2015) "We've seen zombie films of all shades - from satires to splatterfests to rom-zom-coms - but rarely one which lingers so mournfully on the haemorrhaging of humanity, and which prizes it highly enough to do so. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 100% 45 Years "The unusual premise turns out to be a fruitful way to explore the shadow of exes, and the danger of simply loving someone, in a film that's insightful, haunting and desperately sad. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The ponderous pace and initial lack of focus will prove testing to some but this is a slow, steady film that builds in power almost imperceptibly, working its way deep under your skin. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/5 76% Love at First Fight (2015) "It's undeniably on the slight side but this is an endearingly scrappy film with a fighter's spunk and a lover's heart that doesn't surrender to sentimentality. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 15, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World has enough scares, scale, ideas and variety to keep every generation on the edge of their seats. It's good ol' family entertainment - just with much bigger teeth. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/5 94% Spy (2015) "A hugely likeable, perfectly judged parody that provides empowering action and embarrassing incidents in equal measure. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 1, 2015
94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) "Sherlock Jr. is notable for a series of scintillating, near-inexplicable stunts, Keaton's characteristically dexterous and deadpan performance, as well as for its fat-free rattling-good storytelling and witty intertitles. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 74% The Connection (2015) "What it lacks in originality and smarts it makes up for in excitement. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 81% Man Up "Man Up doesn't differentiate itself from the dregs of the genre as much as it might seek to but, in Bell's most modern of rom-com heroines, we've finally found a woman with whom many will chime. " ‐ The List
Posted May 25, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Dino Time (2012) "There are lightly delivered lessons for both parents and progeny; it nicely balances a message about allowing your kids to plough their own path with one about appreciating maternal sacrifice. " ‐ The List
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 81% A Royal Night Out "So light it's near flyaway, but grounded by canny casting and heartfelt performances, A Royal Night Out is a sugary shot of pure fantasy. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Movies on this scale have often been the worst offenders when it comes to failing to put women and the issues they face at the fore. But Fury Road is a brilliantly feminist blockbuster which passes the Bechdel test with flying colours. " ‐ The List
Posted May 12, 2015
3/5 86% Top Five (2014) "There's nuance in the performances and bite in the script, but it could have done with a stronger hand behind the camera to blend it all together. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 8, 2015
4/5 86% Honeytrap "This is a little film with a lot of power. " ‐ The List
Posted May 4, 2015
3/5 99% Phoenix (2015) "If it fails to consistently transcend its narrative troubles Phoenix does, on occasion, take flight. " ‐ The List
Posted May 4, 2015
3/5 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "The story remains gripping and the cast is wonderful, with Mulligan proving an altogether less tortured Hardy heroine than usual. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
4/5 78% The Falling (2015) "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 74% 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 69% 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 91% 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 26% 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 63% 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 81% 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 72% 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 92% 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 34% Blackhat (2015) "Blackhat is an inconsistent, ill-conceived affair which rarely, if ever, rings true. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 89% 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
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