Kevin Harley

Kevin Harley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
Total Film
Total Reviews:
188

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 61% The Grand Seduction (2014) " McKellar's take on class is a fib too far: low-grade laughs can't sweeten the sour message that any crap job will placate working folks. Think: Local Zero." — Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " Where's an F-bomb when you need one?" — Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Hamm and Bell keep this hooey light, but you can't lob a ball in here without hitting notes played better in Jerry Maguire and Slumdog Millionaire." — Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 92% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) " The downside of their cult stature is a shortfall of footage, but the music is uncannily gorgeous, well deployed and copious: for non-initiates, it'll be like finding lost treasure." — Total Film
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 40% The Art Party! " Performance, satirical fantasy and a better class of banner mix under one message - that Gove's policies oppress kids' needs for self-exploration." — Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 96% Lilting (2014) " It's the fully invested leads and graceful, poetic direction that give this study of emotional interiors its subtly heartbreaking power." — Total Film
Posted Aug 4, 2014
2/5 13% A Promise (2014) " Gabriel Yared's score works hard to rouse emotion but when the most exciting scene involves a rat, the erotic frisson clearly isn't happening." — Total Film
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 82% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " Providing the magnetic counter-balance for the plot's drift, Ryan Jones and Nathan Varnson give natural performances as small-town brothers rocked by a friend's death." — Total Film
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 67% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) " A romp that compensates for its fluffy simplicity with sweetness, generosity and 3D ingenuity." — Total Film
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 86% The Lady from Shanghai (1948) " Welles' dazzling direction more than makes up for any lack of viewer understanding." — Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " Bernal seems sincere but he's playing a role he can step out of, which distracts from Silver's deeper ambitions: to humanise and anatomise a heated political issue." — Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/5 100% All This Mayhem " Martin turns a cautionary tale into rollercoaster material: with extraordinary home-video footage capturing the Pappas' rise and fall with an immediacy that leaves you stirred, shaken and moved." — Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/5 —— Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie " While hardly searching, Barker's portrait is infectiously affectionate." — Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/5 56% Love Me Till Monday " Between Maguire's winning lead and the lively portraits of workmates on the lash, there's a sitcom in the making here." — Total Film
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 83% Begin Again (2014) " The gentle lightning of Once doesn't strike twice for Carney, but his latest music movie has charm beneath its slick surface - and Knightley and Ruffalo harmonise just fine." — Total Film
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 89% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) " Quemada-Díez doesn't play soft, and the stinging climax really sticks with you." — Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " An affecting, hilarious portrait of chalk/cheese sibling love, with a sweet twist: Tom thinks he's a loser, but his film is a winning one-off." — Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 100% Leave To Remain " Goodison's ace is his cast: when he just lets us watch them, their natural warmth provides all the conviction needed." — Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " What emerges is a demanding but hypnotic, probing portrait of an artist denied her art, by a director in total command of his." — Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 83% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) " An earthy, affecting and droll celebration of the unique alignment of influences that forged a great band - and the thrusting live footage rams Pulp's greatness home." — Total Film
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 77% The Dirties (2013) " [A] promising but patchy provocation." — Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " Hanna's fearless voice still commands attention." — Total Film
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " With style, heart and thrills, Singer has nailed the most ambitious X-flick yet. Popcorn pizzazz combines with X2's emotional sweep and something extra: a platform for the X-Men's screen survival." — Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " The violence hits you like a shovel to the head, but the political rage stings hardest." — Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " Laced with poignancy and portent, Miyazaki's epic is an elegy for lost dreams - and a farewell befitting an animation master." — Total Film
Posted May 5, 2014
3/5 84% My Cousin Vinny (2001) " The regional stereotypes in Dale Launer's broad script aren't so laudable, but the on-screen talent merits a retrial: Tomei talks up a storm and Pesci terrorises thinly spread gags into near-shape." — Total Film
Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 91% Patema Inverted (2014) " From the texture of the underground havens to the idea that our leads have to - literally - cling to each other lest gravity tears them apart, it's a wonder of detail and ingenuity." — Total Film
Posted Apr 27, 2014
4/5 87% Exhibition (2014) " Hogg's third film mounts a dead-on study of disconnection." — Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Bandele's keen handling of cast and domestic conflict makes for a nuanced historical epic, but he's less sure on the big stuff ..." — Total Film
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 71% The Motel Life (2013) " Fans of indie cinema's mood-movie fringes, check in." — Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Soloway spikes the clichés with refreshingly rude humour, steadily darkens the mood and gets gold from her lead: her face a rubbery miracle of expressive range, Hahn laces every dramatic/comic beat with the zing and sting of truth." — Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 —— Peter Gabriel: Back To Front (2014) " The talking-heads inserts distract but the end result is a fresh nostalgia trip and - thanks to those pioneering dad-dancing moves - a winning arena-show snapshot." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2/5 30% Svengali " Likeable casting can't quite salvage director John Hardwick's threadbare British pop comedy, under-developed from a web series." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " The details ring true and the performances smart in Mackenzie's prison movie." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
5/5 99% The Godfather, Part II (1974) " The plotting is elliptical and the sweep intoxicates, but the contrast between De Niro's meditative Vito and Pacino's soul-starved eyes brings piercing focus to Coppola's resonating study of corrupting power." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Sun, sex, psychosis, skinny-dipping: it sounds like genre tat, but Guiraudie's dark, droll study of a risky attraction upends expectations. It plays by stealth, but its sly grip is sure." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Self-indulgent? To a point. But Jarmusch makes seductive work of it: the deep, dusty images, the hypnotic pacing." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " The direction pummels and the cast impress, yet Berg's war movie promises more than it delivers." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " A master docu-maker gets the inside dope on a master dissembler. It requires stamina, but its charismatic subject exerts genuine magnetism." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 94% Dark Days (2000) " The ending stumbles, but not enough to tarnish this study of life lived under society's radar." — Total Film
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3/5 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " The semi-improvised plot is thinner than Cera's man-boy face-fluff, but Silva's curio works best as a free-wheeling character piece, splicing oddball comedy with discreet depths." — Total Film
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/5 86% Kiss the Water (2014) " Deploys talking heads, dreamy animations and lyrical music to trace the arc of Boyd's life and mount a poetic, poignant tribute to the seductive mystique of a rarefied craft." — Total Film
Posted Jan 6, 2014
4/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " First it's a family-tree detective story, then a playful meta-movie, then a maternal melodrama. and along the way, it weaves strong feelings into a dissection of storytelling and truth." — Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
5/5 94% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) " By using the tangible magic of hands through walls, moving statues, steamy paws and the rest, Cocteau makes rapt believers of us all - adults and children alike." — Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " With no 3D, no friends and no hope, Redford and Chandor show how survivalist instincts can stoke thrilling, thoughtful cinema." — Total Film
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Bigger and broader than before, Ron's return occasionally feels like autocue'd sequel-making. But it spikes old news with enough fresh comic zip to keep you hooked through the self-indulgent stretches." — Total Film
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 88% Fill the Void (2013) " A warm, watchful slant on marital mores in an ultraorthodox Jewish community." — Total Film
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2/5 0% Tamla Rose " Redemption beckons for Alfa's titular lead but the flat finale can't save the film." — Total Film
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 77% Exposed (2014) " B's mix of talking heads and reportage is a bit bland for the material, but the extravagant showpieces hoist up the slack." — Total Film
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Sex, drugs, murder, radical verse and Radcliffe make persuasive bedfellows in Krokidas' live-wire lit-pic." — Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
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