Philip French

Philip French

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian , Observer [UK]
Total Reviews:
1626

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
78% 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
86% 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
81% 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
97% 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
94% 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
—— 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
84% Upstream Color (2013) " Upstream Colour has the makings of a cult movie, though it's not a cult I feel inclined to join." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 2, 2013
74% You're Next (2013) " It has some truly creepy moments early on, as well as an authentic ruthlessness and some black humour." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 2, 2013
63% Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013) " I'd rather attend a Norman Wisdom tribute concert in downtown Tirana than see this film again." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 2, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Not a subtle film, but honest, intelligent and very funny." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 2, 2013
75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " Quirky, funny, occasionally too whimsical and at times implausible, it's rather like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn meeting the cast of Rebel Without a Cause." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2013
47% We're The Millers (2013) " Often funny but not extravagantly or consistently so." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2013
93% Jurassic Park (1993) " I loved every fascinating, suspenseful, frightening, skilfully calibrated minute of it." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2013
53% Devil's Pass (2013) " If you know nothing of this incident you'll be intrigued, as I was. But the explanation, which involves another curious tale from the 1940s that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists, is difficult to swallow." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " [A] dubious, dislikable film ..." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " Depressingly predictable in its ideas and tedious in its boneheaded brutality." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2013
87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " This accomplished film is closer to Kramer vs Kramer or middle-period Woody Allen than it is to James. But that is no bad place to be." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 25, 2013
64% 2 Guns (2013) " America's public agencies come very badly out of this slick thriller." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 18, 2013
26% Planes (2013) " A forgettable, though not dislikable, affair." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 18, 2013
80% Call Girl " It's overlong and spends too much time on the careers of troubled teenagers recruited from state juvenile institutions before getting to the political nitty-gritty." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 18, 2013
29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " A movie that resembles Bugsy Malone with real weapons." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 18, 2013
93% Kuma " The plot is a dramatic, or melodramatic, way of revealing the turbulent passions and prejudices beneath the surface of homophobia, patriarchy, matriarchy and resistance to change." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 18, 2013
89% Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967) " Ray's Calcutta is a bustling Dickensian city of disappointment and hope, of new possibilities and old temptations, of entrepreneurs seizing opportunities in a changing society ..." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 18, 2013
88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Colm Meaney commands our sympathy; Coogan gets the guilty laughs. It's all very English in its recognition of the mean smallness of so much of British life." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2013
71% Foxfire " The acting is often frighteningly good, and a little coda set some years later is fascinating." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2013
50% Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) " It's like a Haneke plot turned into a comforting boulevard play, but it's subtly observed and extremely well acted ..." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2013
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