Philip French

Philip French

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981) " Masochistic, misogynistic, City of Women is a flamboyant, sophisticated series of set pieces, a boastful apologia pro vita sua. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Mar 16, 2015
86% Accident (1967) " A subtly poised film of middle-class life in an Oxford academic milieu. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Mar 12, 2015
100% I Clowns (The Clowns) (2011) " It's a beautifully made movie with ravishing colour of a kind not normally seen on TV in 1970 and a haunting, eclectic score by Nino Rota. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Mar 11, 2015
93% The Deer Hunter (1978) " The Deer Hunter is a rich and powerful picture that without a trace of patronisation or the slightest touch of cultural superiority, speaks eloquently for the inarticulate. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Mar 2, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " From beginning to end, its dark, foreboding atmosphere reflects the troubled world in which its three central figures conduct their essentially moral lives. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2015
75% Crash (2004) " [Crash] is sharply observed and frequently extremely funny as well as artfully orchestrated. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 23, 2015
76% Gladiator (2000) " Crowe confirms his position as one of the best star character actors around. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 22, 2015
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) " From brutal start to ironic finish the movie's tension is constant. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 22, 2015
92% Shot in Bombay (2008) " An amusing account of the making of the Bollywood police thriller Shootout at Lokhandwala. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 4, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) " The dialogue crackles wittily and obscenely, and the set-pieces are superbly staged. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jan 25, 2015
74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) " Eyes Wide Shut is flawed and overlong, but it's the work of a master, and whether you regard the 'imperfections' as such depends on how you read the film. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Dec 13, 2014
93% Enchanted (2007) " After about half-an-hour the comic steam is dispersed by whimsy, though Timothy Spall is pretty funny as the Evil Stepmother's varlet valet. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Dec 10, 2014
86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " A sleek action picture by Guillermo del Toro, who's making a corner for himself in the horror-fantasy world in his native Mexico, in Hollywood and in Spain. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Dec 8, 2014
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " It's charming, funny and a lot like Avatar, though less solemn and an hour shorter. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Dec 8, 2014
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) " There is little of the magic and Japanese flavour of such Miyazaki masterpieces as Spirited Away. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Dec 8, 2014
85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " With this delightful romantic comedy (produced by CGI expert John Lassiter of Pixar fame), the Disney Studio returns to the traditional, hand-drawn animation style of Walt's classic period. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Dec 7, 2014
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) " These Tolkien films have a weight and seriousness that very few sword-and-sorcery pictures of the past 30-odd years have attained. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 12, 2014
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " In this magical and immensely moving film del Toro presents both the narrative strands as equally real, equally plausible. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 12, 2014
87% The Black Cat (1992) " This bizarre, utterly irrational masterpiece, lasting little more than an hour, has images that bury themselves in the mind. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Oct 14, 2014
87% The Orphanage (2007) " The less you know of this film, the more you'll be surprised, shocked and, in the end, satisfied. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Oct 14, 2014
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " The special effects are impressive but not especially imaginative, and the film is unduly protracted. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 24, 2014
94% The Dark Knight (2008) " The Dark Knight is a clever, loud, technically brilliant film, superbly designed by Nathan Crowley and dramatically lit by Wally Pfister. Whether such a movie can bear the increasing moral weight imposed upon it is another matter. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 20, 2014
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Spielberg is telling his fellow Americans to appreciate the sacrifices their forebears have made and to act accordingly. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 19, 2014
98% The Lady Vanishes (1938) " It's the greatest-ever comedy-thriller, the greatest film set on a train, a faultlessly cast mirror held up to the nation in the year of Munich. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 13, 2014
0% The Sex Lives of the Potato Men " A peculiarly dispiriting comedy. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 4, 2014
5% Vampires Suck (2010) " A witless, slavish pastiche of the series of romantic dramas based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. It is a knowing film that knows nothing about comedy. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 25, 2014
72% The Ring (2002) " Though more expensive and less atmospheric than the Japanese picture, the film isn't at all bad. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/5 20% Arthur Newman (2013) " Completely disposable ... " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jun 29, 2014
86% Five Easy Pieces (1970) " The movie is a succession of dazzling scenes. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jun 16, 2014
79% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) " A rigorously controlled account of the experience of Davies's older siblings growing up in a working-class Merseyside terrace in the Forties and Fifties. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jun 2, 2014
87% Memories of Underdevelopment (1973) " Though inevitably committed to Castro and the revolution, it's the most valuable account we have of this crucial period of Cuban history. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted May 20, 2014
100% Blue Blood " An amusing, observant documentary. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 7, 2014
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " What the film really seems to be is an invitation to thoughtlessness, a cultivation of the irrationally wilful. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Mar 4, 2014
80% The Killers (1964) " The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson ... " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 23, 2014
100% A Throw of Dice (1930) " A Throw of Dice is a remarkable silent movie. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 21, 2014
93% About a Boy (2002) " About a Boy is an amusing film, full of bright lines and clever observation. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 10, 2014
100% The Shop Around the Corner (1940) " One of the greatest romantic comedies. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 10, 2014
91% High Fidelity (2000) " High Fidelity is an extraordinarily funny film, full of verbal and visual wit. And it is assembled with immense skill. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 10, 2014
98% Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (2004) " The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is inspired as much by René Clair's innovative French classic of 1930, Sous les toits de Paris, and the prewar Pagnol Marseilles trilogy (Marius/Fanny/César) as by Hollywood. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 9, 2014
95% Wings (1927) " A mixture of melodrama, sentimental romance and heavy-handed comedy, Wings was superbly choreographed with skilfully photographed stunt flying and aerial combat. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Feb 1, 2014
88% American Beauty (1999) " Mendes manages to give individuality and distinction to some extremely familiar material. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jan 28, 2014
92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " This is [Boyle's] best movie to date and he's handled his actors with great sensitivity. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jan 27, 2014
97% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) " This was Falconetti's only major film and over a period of a year under Dreyer's direction (a combination of cruelty and patience), her extraordinarily expressive face made for one of the greatest, most harrowing screen performances. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jan 15, 2014
62% Streets of Fire (1984) " A carefully stylised movie that's something like pure cinema. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jan 12, 2014
90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) " An eerie mixture of poetry, gothic melodrama and a surreal Feuillade-style serial. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jan 5, 2014
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) " Its numerous narrative strands are neither revealingly pursued nor properly intertwined. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Dec 6, 2013
95% Suspiria (1977) " From stormy start to fiery finish, it's a stylish, compelling, phantasmagoric movie. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Oct 6, 2013
No Score Yet Emil und die Detektive (Emil and the Detectives) (1931) " It's a lively, funny, exciting tale of a country mouse collaborating with streetwise city kids, and it creates a splendid picture of bustling life in the capital of Weimar Germany. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2013
30% Hammer Of The Gods (2013) " A nasty, brutal and relatively short entertainment, aimed at middle-of-the-woad Conanists. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 2, 2013
63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " This is the rock revolution reduced to the level of the Eurovision Song Contest. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 2, 2013
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