Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 100% Kes (1969) " One of the nation's finest film-makers at an early peak. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 16, 2015
1/5 33% Blackhat (2015) " It's not very good. Some of it, in fact, is downright awful. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 9, 2015
5/5 100% Maidan (2014) " It's profoundly affecting, eerie and, at times, strangely beautiful. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 9, 2015
1/5 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " It manages to offend on so many levels that it's genuinely remarkable. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) " Enough already with the "found footage" movies. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Mar 9, 2015
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) " Just as the movie is beginning to conform to genre expectations (like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre meets Fargo), the Coens have the guts, and indeed the smarts, to pull it in an entirely different direction. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Feb 22, 2015
5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The smartest blockbuster of this summer season, or perhaps any summer season. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Here's the thing about comic book heroes. Despite all the noble talk about metaphors, idealism, truth and justice, they're basically just bully-boy fantasies of limitless male aggression... The X-Men, however, have always aspired to something different. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) " Perfect off-season timing for a wickedly off-kilter movie about a French family Christmas in extremis. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 10, 2014
3/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " Hellboy II is one of those films that you want to love. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 8, 2014
2/5 41% Horns (2014) " You never want to rip into actors. They're a sensitive bunch. They do a job that brutalises the soul at the best of times... And yet I really struggle with Daniel Radcliffe. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2014
1/5 32% Extraterrestrial (2014) " There's nothing at all original, engaging, stimulating or thought-provoking (for all of these, see Invasion of the Body Snatchers) within its frames. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) " "You fools! You're in danger! Can't you see? They're after you! They're after all of us!" It's one of the greatest lines in sci-fi movie history, from one of the greatest films, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2014
1/5 7% Ouija (2014) " Ouija is a low grade, low impact, Final Destination-style horror rip-off. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 89% Downhill " A sweetly maudlin directorial debut from James Rouse, it features winning turns from Richard Lumsden (as team leader Gordon), Karl Theobald (as best buddy about to drop a bombshell Keith) and Ned Dennehy (as drunken spice Julian). " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jun 10, 2014
2/5 71% Carnage (2011) " A short and trifling thing. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Feb 3, 2012
1/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Almost hysterically inadequate. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 5, 2012
3/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Really, bottom line: it's the best thing Apatow's put his name to in years. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 23, 2011
3/5 91% The Fighter (2010) " Russell throws so much at the screen that there is little time to make your mind up. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Feb 3, 2011
1/5 17% Miral (2011) " Is this a joke? Or a film art 'happening'? " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Dec 2, 2010
5/5 98% The French Connection (1971) " It's hard to imagine it now, but there are only two types of cop movie: pre and post-The French Connection. That's how big it is. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2010
4/5 77% StreetDance 3D (2013) " Like a full-length version of Britain's Got Talent -- but in the best possible way. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted May 21, 2010
1/5 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) " [Contains] a series of fundamentally dispiriting moments that are seemingly insulated from criticism by the Polanski brand. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 21, 2010
1/5 14% Blind Revenge (2012) " A Closed Book is directed by Raoul Ruiz, a "revered member of the European avant-garde" who decided to tackle "the Anglo-Saxon tradition" - with execrable results. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2010
2/5 72% La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008) " The pacing is so leaden, and the direction so heavy-handed, that it's fundamentally hard to care. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2010
4/5 94% The Unloved (2009) " The camera is held at kiddie height, the close-ups are all Lucy's, and the adult world is viewed with deep suspicion as a cold and unforgiving place. It's a tough watch, and justifiably uncompromising. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 71% The Last Station (2010) " A comforting, Sunday-night costume drama, with some epic performances. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2010
4/5 91% Crazy Heart (2009) " This turn from the perennially settled and contented Bridges is pure acting. It is the best performance of the past 12 months, and indeed possibly the next. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 19, 2010
4/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " The closest yet that Disney's traditional 2-D animation has come to threatening the supremacy of the computer-generated Pixar-style tales. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 2, 2010
3/5 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Precious is a big-screen "misery memoir" that is so keen to trace the hellish pathology of familial abuse that it risks glorifying its own subject, or at least shooting it with horror-movie verve. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Feb 2, 2010
1/5 26% Ninja Assassin (2009) " Ninja Assassin is final proof that the once innovative Wachowski Brothers have indeed lost their creative mojo. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2010
1/5 57% Burlesque Undressed " A startlingly sycophantic documentary about the art of stripping that is produced by its central subject. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2010
2/5 40% Armored (2009) " A host of charismatic character actors, including Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne and Matt Dillon, slum it about amiably in Armoured, a B-movie action thriller, before it all implodes in the final unbelievable act. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2010
2/5 63% Brothers (2009) " Brothers is a movie of moments (some of which are fine indeed) that never quite coalesce into a credible or satisfying whole. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 91% Up in the Air (2009) " A deliciously self-referential treat, and perhaps even [Clooney's] best movie yet. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/5 100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) " A beautifully measured melodrama that owes much to Yasujiro Ozu's Japanese classic Tokyo Story. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/5 95% Crude (2009) " Although the real-life outcome may be known to some, Crude still, at its best, unfolds like a courtroom thriller. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 15, 2010
2/5 48% The Book of Eli (2010) " It's as if someone who saw last week's apocalyptic drama The Road said, "Let's do it again, but this time let's make it rubbish". " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 15, 2010
1/5 8% Fireball (Muay Thai Dunk) (2009) " Fireball is a preposterously idiotic Thai movie about an illegal underground blood sport that mixes martial arts and, er, basketball to produce four incredibly long, and hugely tedious, fight sequences. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2010
2/5 67% Daybreakers (2010) " The foolhardy Spierigs spend so much time setting up Daybreakers for a sequel, or possibly a franchise, that they leave the movie itself mostly in disarray. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2010
3/5 57% It's Complicated (2009) " It's Complicated is the kind of wholesome adult-oriented entertainment that once formed the bedrock of classical Hollywood. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2010
2/5 63% Exam (2010) " Fundamentally pointless. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2010
5/5 75% The Road (2009) " A Trojan-horse blockbuster that promises the wham bam of apocalypse while actually delivering the quiet pain of human intimacy, The Road might just be one of the most heartfelt end-of-the-world movies yet made. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 8, 2010
2/5 21% Spread (2009) " The ghosts of Shampoo, American Gigolo and even Alfie (both versions) cruelly haunt the ripe and raunchy frames of Mackenzie's Spread - another "shallow-stud-in-need-of-redemption" movie that pales in the face of its predecessors. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2010
4/5 100% Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) (1953) " Ostensibly a snapshot of postwar Japan in the midst of profound cultural change, it is the movie's painful depiction of familial disintegration that remains universal today. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2010
2/5 10% St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009) " Cheap, ramshackle entertainment that's nevertheless imbued with affection. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 18, 2009
1/5 37% Nine (2009) " Someone call Geneva. Torture has a new name, and it's called Nine. For there are few more agonising experiences this holiday season than squirming through the painfully misfired ambitions of this star-studded Rob Marshall musical. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 18, 2009
4/5 79% Humpday (2009) " Humpday is a high-concept comedy made for low-budget money that might just be one of the funniest films of the year. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3/5 83% Avatar (2009) " Avatar, essentially, is a film we've seen before, boldly made to look like nothing we've seen before. It is truly the Star Wars of our age. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3/5 44% The Limits of Control (2009) " It's bold, confrontational cinema that will, as its author intended, have you questioning at every turn just what it is you expect from a modern movie, and more importantly, why. " ‐ Times [UK]
Posted Dec 11, 2009
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