Phelim O'Neill

Phelim O'Neill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian
Total Reviews:
92

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Almighty Johnsons: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " It is a mix of godly concerns and Earthly troubles, held together with sly wit. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 28, 2014
97% Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Series four has been a faultless season of an already exceptional show. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 16, 2014
100% Justified: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " This tale of deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has proved to be compelling, complex without being too showy, witty, tense, romantic and stylish. It ticks as many boxes as you'd ever hope a TV show to tick. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 24, 2014
96% Justified: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " Always a robust show, Justified is looking rock solid. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 24, 2014
100% Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " It's still delivering the goods - if anything, it's even tighter than it was when it began. There isn't a wasted line or pointless scene to be found. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 24, 2014
97% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Orphan Black is an amazing showcase for Maslany's talents: skills that few could match even if given the opportunity. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 17, 2014
93% The Walking Dead: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2013) " Tonight had it all: style, economy, character, humour and some of the most intense and sustained scenes of blood-soaked TV carnage since the last season of Spartacus splattered its way across screen. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2/5 50% Tower Block (2013) " It's not a bad idea for a movie, but what we get is undercooked, with poor logic and even poorer pacing conspiring to prevent any much-needed tension to build. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2/5 58% Now Is Good (2013) " This teen cancer drama never really rises above being a collection of cliches, despite some decent performances. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro " It's made with a sure and steady hand that never takes shortcuts with its important message. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 86% Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live In Budapest '86 (2012) " This is a band who lived to be on stage, and this is the best document I've seen of that experience. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2012
3/5 20% Twenty8k (2013) " There's a good cast here, but it's hard to shake off the feeling that this would probably work better on TV, the subject matter being very familiar to those who like their drama delivered in episodes. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2/5 20% St George's Day (2012) " The script becomes clumsier and cornier as it goes on, and Harper's direction, while competent, lacks the skill to disguise his many attempts to wrongfoot the viewer. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
4/5 78% Dredd (2012) " In a world of compromised adaptations, Dredd is something of a triumph. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2/5 17% A Few Best Men " What must have seemed at some point in production to be charming and hilarious arrives on screen as neither of those things. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/5 70% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) " Like Snakes on a Plane, this is a film that seems content to sit back and let the title do all the work - the flat direction does little to imbue the proceedings with any feeling of tension or surprise. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 30, 2012
4/5 77% Samsara (2012) " It may be just more of the same from Fricke, but with his unique process, another incredible-looking lap around the world is more than welcome. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 30, 2012
4/5 60% Le petit Nicolas (2009) " It presents a gently humorous, beautifully shot idyllic version of childhood, all blue skies, good manners and not a hair out of place. It's a nice place to visit for the duration. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 24, 2012
3/5 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " It shows that what made the Stooges work all those years ago, though hardly in vogue, still works today. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
1/5 0% Keith Lemon: The Film " Full of cameos from everyone you'd expect, all of whom appear wooden and uncomfortable, as if they've finally realised the terrible place their unquenchable thirst for self-publicity has landed them. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/5 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " Much makes the viewer feel they're a fly on the wall, albeit a fly who has difficulty holding the camera steady or staying in focus. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 28, 2012
3/5 40% Red Tails (2012) " The true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African-American second world war flying aces, is one of those amazing tales that you just couldn't make up. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/5 43% Casa de mi padre (2012) " It's all a little undercooked, playing more like an extended version of a very funny trailer than an actual, full-bodied comedy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/5 57% The Assault (2012) " The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and UK struggle to make. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/5 26% The Divide (2012) " No one has any goals other than to be the most annoying person in the room and there's plenty of competition in that department. It's a waste of a good setup as the situation and location are well drawn. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/5 67% The Gospel Of Us " [McKean] keeps things visually interesting and exciting, overlaying images and using the occasional separately filmed segment. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 12, 2012
2/5 35% The Thing (2011) " Whatever good intentions were behind this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic, the sloppy execution renders them moot. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2011
4/5 84% Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011) " As with most single-joke movies the plot runs out of steam, but it's still a fun and memorable ride. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/5 72% The Dead (2011) " The low-budget zombie movie market may have long since reached saturation point, but this one displays some talent, style, intelligence and imagination, proving that in the right hands there's still plenty of life in the genre yet. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3/5 40% Bodyguard (2011) " Here the fight and stunt sequences are afforded as much care and attention as the song and dance scenes; it's all top-notch stuff. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 31, 2011
2/5 0% World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries 2 (2011) " The can-do spirit results in one or two scenes where it all comes together, and make this perhaps a notch or two up from actually reading a diary written by a zombie. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 23, 2011
5/5 87% Akira (2001) " Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 23, 2011
3/5 48% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011) " Funnier and faster than its charming predecessor. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 26, 2011
3/5 44% Third Star (2010) " The characters aren't particularly likable or clever, but their chemistry is convincing and it's well performed. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 19, 2011
81% Caprica: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Caprica took to worldbuilding with great gusto, filling each episode with obscure cultural and religious references that mixed, matched and expanded on elements from the real world. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 17, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time (2011) " For anyone whose age has reached double figures, it'll be hard to see this as anything other than a shouty, tacky advert for things you'll never buy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 0% Risen " Unfortunately the film doesn't quite get to grips with it on anything other than a superficial level, seemingly too charmed by the polite, respectful lead character to get down and dirty with any bigger issues, so punches are pulled in the drama. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 12, 2011
3/5 82% The Way (2011) " On the whole, it's a well-intentioned and nicely performed piece. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 12, 2011
3/5 73% Forget Me Not (2011) " Access to a little more time and money would have solved one or two problems, but there's a rough-hewn charm and clumsiness here that's invigorating. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 100% Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011) " It wasn't all that long ago that this sort of short, lightly scientific, flashy documentary was pretty much all you could see at Imax cinemas. Now they are used fill up the gaps between the likes of Sucker Punch and Avatar. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
2/5 60% The Veteran (2012) " It's a thinly populated drama, full of sketchy, unconvincing characters... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3/5 67% Shadow (2011) " Just when you're settled into thinking you're watching another survival horror, there's a massive and quite bold change in direction and all bets are off. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2011
4/5 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) " There's no shortage of Korean revenge-thrillers, but this, along with the recent The Man from Nowhere, proves there is plenty of life left in the genre. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet Dum Maaro Dum (2011) " It's made to high technical standards with plenty of stylish transitions and impressive location work, and its message just about makes it through all the songs and stylised drama intact. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3/5 58% Scream 4 (2011) " Scream 4 is not without enjoyment. It's good to see familiar characters back and the opening moments are quite spirited. But it's a film about horror films without being a horror film itself. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 14, 2011
1/5 15% Anuvahood " It's really just a torrent of age-old gags and clumsy, pointless situations dressed up with street slang. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 17, 2011
3/5 32% The Ward (2011) " A well-made film, with some finely crafted shocks and a steady pace that almost seems stately in these days of fast-cut horror. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 20, 2011
2/5 32% For Colored Girls (2010) " Perry crafts poorly paced soap opera, playing out in the most obvious and crass manner possible the situations that the poems subtly dance around. Shange's original text... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 9, 2010
4/5 No Score Yet Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) " Beautifully shot, it manages to hit hard even under the restrictions of Indian cinema. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 2, 2010
1/5 No Score Yet Freight (2012) " Some of the stunts and fights aren't too bad, but almost everything else is. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 7, 2010
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