Philip Kemp

Philip Kemp

Agrees with the Tomatometer 91% of the time.

Philip Kemp's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 85% Une nouvelle amie (The New Girlfriend) (2015) "Another witty dissection of social and sexual mores from perennial provocateur Ozon, deftly playing with the unpredictable complexities of desire. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 18, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) "Much of the film's humour is mined from its satirising of Jamie and Darby's retro-hipster lifestyle. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 3, 2015
4/5 61% The Water Diviner (2015) "Making his first shot at feature direction, Russell Crowe homes in on a key trauma in Aussie history and brings it vividly to life. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) "This is sharp filmmaking, treating serious themes with a beguiling lightness. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 73% Point and Shoot (2014) "Adventurer, narcissist or both? Marshall Curry's riveting study of a momma's boy turned freedom fighter never editorialises, leaving us to decide. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Standby "Ok, you can guess how it'll end - but getting there is a delight. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 23% Third Person (2014) "Everything gets just too damn convoluted for its own good, and it's hard to care what becomes of Haggis' characters as they're shifted around. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 100% Playtime (Play Time) (1967) "For all the overweening ambition there's an intimate charm about it ... " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 3, 2014
5/5 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) "The modest budget and B-list stars (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter) - enhance the movie's impact, and Don Siegel's taut direction makes the sheer ordinariness of the setting all the more scary. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 69% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) "Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 89% While the City Sleeps (1955) "Dour, disillusioned stuff -- easy to admire, harder to love. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 73% Gone Too Far! "A lively Brit-comedy of manners full of crackling dialogue. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 79% What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) "Connolly's on top form too, and the chemistry between Tennant and Pike convinces. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 89% Wise Blood (1979) "Funny, tragic, philosophical, farcical -- this is Huston near the top of his form. A useful batch of interviews, including one with Dourif. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 19, 2014
No Score Yet By The Bluest of Seas "Barnet's gentle lyricism and reluctance to propagandise separate him from the tub-thumping mainstream of Soviet cinema, but make him all the more appealing. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2014
100% M (1931) "Extraordinary and shocking - still. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2014
5/5 96% Charulata (1964) "So little's openly stated, so much implied - as in Ray's own wistfully romantic score. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 95% To Catch a Thief (1955) "It's all slight, charming and fairly forgettable. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 80% The Illumination (Iluminacja) (1973) "Polish director Krztsztof Zanussi's third feature and his most experimental crosses narrative cinema with filmed essay in an exploration of truth, knowledge and the elusive nature of happiness. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 19, 2014
5/5 100% Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (2007) "One of the finest Chinese movies ever made, lauded for its utmost delicacy and subtlety. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) "It's all a tad slight and glossy, but the performances redeem it ... " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) "Mbatha-Raw gives a luminous performance, aided by a script that creates a powerful tension between the formality of the language and the passion of the sentiments. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) "Seth MacFarlane's comedy western boasts gags galore - some a lot cruder than others. But the hits outnumber the misses. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 92% A Farewell to Arms (1932) "Cooper was never more handsome, and the chemistry between him and Hayes glows from the screen. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 26, 2014
5/5 95% An Autumn Afternoon (1964) "Mellow and rich in ironic humour, the film carries an undertow of gentle melancholy; as so often with Ozu, its ultimate message is that loneliness is the human condition. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
3/5 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "Intelligent, stylish adaptation of a Highsmith thriller with a crack cast and superbly photographed period locations. But it misses the essential element of tension. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 83% Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) "Slovenian filmmaker Janez Burger's dialogue-free poetic fable doesn't dig deep (circus as metaphor for life, thanks Fellini) but there's a gentle surreal charm that's hard to resist. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 5, 2014
5/5 94% Paths of Glory (1957) "The scenes of trench warfare are frighteningly vivid, and Kirk Douglas gives a searing performance as the officer assigned to the hopeless task of defending the three men. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 27, 2014
5/5 96% Rebel Without a Cause (1955) "Nicholas Ray's 1955 film extends sympathy to all its characters, not just the kids, though the central trio of Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo focus our emotions. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 95% Giant (1956) "The combination of director George Stevens and source novelist Edna Ferber, both given to expressions of overblown high seriousness, yields a long, slow, achingly self-important movie. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 88% East of Eden (1955) "Catches fire in the clashes between Dean (as the bad brother) and Raymond Massey as his stiff-necked dad. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 14, 2014
4/5 52% The Zero Theorem (2014) "The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam's best, but still the most satisfying movie he's made for years. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 10, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "It's Fiennes who coolly walks off with the film. Switching seamlessly between courtliness and profanity, he displays a gift for comic timing that's rarely been unleashed since his Essex gang boss in 2007's In Bruges. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 100% Roma, cittĂ  aperta (Open City) (1946) "Made on a tiny budget with a largely non-professional cast and filmed on the streets where similar events had just occurred, the rawness of the movie give it an immediacy that still hits home. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) "Shocking, credible and hard to forget. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 3, 2014
99% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) "I epics are your thing, they don't come much grander. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 26, 2014
5/5 93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) "The film weaves a rich Chekhovian mix, full of wry insights into the fragility of human emotions. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 95% Wings (1927) "William Wellman's silent WW1 flying epic soars thrillingly while it's airborne, but on the ground it plods. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) "Chasing Coriolanus with another multi-tasking success, Ralph Fiennes crafts a moving account of a secret affair - with Felicity Jones riding high as the lady in question. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) "Panh's commentary - spoken in French by Randal Douc - searingly sets the context. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/5 86% A Midnight Clear (1992) "Keith Gordon's adap of William Wharton's novel is low on action, long on mood and psychological complexity. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) "In a war-raved city, a woman sits and talks to her husband. He doesn't say much, since he's been shot and he's in a coma. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 91% Nebraska (2013) "A pitch-perfect performance from Dern graces Alexander Payne's latest roadmovie - another bittersweet meditation on the sad, comic futility of life. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 100% Vivan las Antipodas! (2013) "Lovely stuff. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4/5 20% Who Needs Enemies (2013) "It's a promising feature debut for Stylianou; let's hope he explores fresher territory next time. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 11, 2013
4/5 83% In Fear (2014) "A taut, chilling little horror-thriller making maximum use of minimal resources to tap into our primal fears of the unknown. Plus shredded-nerve turns from an (evidently) adaptable cast. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 11, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) "Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling. Blending comedy and tragedy, it secretes a potent sting. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) "With a riveting portrayal by Cumberbatch at its heart, The Fifth Estate tells its story grippingly - but finally leaves us none the wiser. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 100% Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) (1932) "The humour is sly, warm and playful. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 23, 2013
4/5 100% The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960) "A sombre, downbeat gem in the hard-bitten tradition of Rififi, it stars Lino Ventura as the big-time gangster fallen on hard times, whose former friends don't want to know " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
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