Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Little White Lies , Sight and Sound , Sunday Times (UK) , Times Square , Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
199

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
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 84% 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 41% 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
3/5 11% The Stepfather (2009) " If the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The Stepfather, unlike many of its more prestigious A-class competitors, is never less than entertaining." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 98% The Red Shoes (1948) " Truly spectacular, and yet dull." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 11, 2009
1/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) " A hideously annoying and emotionally blank tale." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
2/5 64% The Merry Gentleman (2009) " The film never quite convinces as anything other than a puff-piece for Keaton, but it is bolstered by another deeply empathetic turn from Macdonald." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
2/5 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " The film fails as a character portrait, a drama or a snapshot of an era, while simultaneously offering tantalising hints of each. Apart from watching the rising star McKay strut his stuff, there's little to recommend in Me and Orson Welles." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 81% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) " Fascinating, witty and heartfelt." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
4/5 43% Cracks (2011) " A film about the eruption of desire in an all-girls boarding school that marks the beguiling feature debut from Jordan (daughter of Ridley) Scott." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 4, 2009
1/5 15% Mr. Right (2006) " Mr Right must surely be the first gay movie that manages, by virtue of its overwhelming ineptitude, to be curiously homophobic." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 27, 2009
4/5 65% Bunny and the Bull (2011) " Bunny is an acquired taste. But there's gold here, and it is certainly one of the most inventive British comedies of the decade." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 27, 2009
4/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " Not since David Lynch's Lost Highway has a movie manipulated so skilfully the disturbing power of black screen space and the potential horror hidden within." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 27, 2009
5/5 100% Ulysses (1967) " An utterly definitive work." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/5 78% Examined Life (2009) " Never dull, but it will make your head hurt." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 20, 2009
2/5 28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) " The cinematic equivalent of a Jonas Brothers concert, The Twilight Saga: New Moon is slickly packaged entertainment that's nonetheless predicated on a creepy vision of teenage sexuality that is desiccated of, well, sexuality." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 19, 2009
4/5 96% Tulpan (2009) " [A] beguiling feature debut." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 13, 2009
2/5 —— Magic Hour " Some of the tales are compelling...some need serious pruning." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 13, 2009
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