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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 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) "Anders Danielsen Lie gives a compelling, deep-etched lead turn, and you'll find yourself drawn in as he searches for a reason to continue living. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 2, 2011
4/5 89% The Silence "What could have been just another serial-killer whodunit becomes a complex study of grief, obsession and the persistence of guilt. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 31, 2011
2/5 85% The Yellow Sea (2011) "At nearly two and a half hours long, The Yellow Sea is overkill in every sense. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 25, 2011
4/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) "Like The Omen without the supernatural guff, Kevin plays on all our worst fears about parenthood. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 20, 2011
1/5 38% Modesty Blaise (1966) "Joseph Losey didn't really do frivolous. Which is probably why his attempt at spoofy pseudo-Bondery is so direly unfunny. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 18, 2011
3/5 60% Real Steel (2011) "Only those with a heart of tin could resist. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 7, 2011
4/5 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) "Witty, featherlight and openly sentimental, this is Woody's love letter to Paris and the most relaxed, likeable movie he's made in years. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3/5 69% Guilty Of Romance (2013) "Filmed in garish colours like an explosion in a paint factory, it's more style than content, but diverting all the same. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 21, 2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) "As always with le Carré, the quarry matters less than the hunt; and the hunt is gripping. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 20, 2011
5/5 100% Kes (1969) "Funny, sad, bitingly authentic, Kes resonates with Loach's anger at the way many kids grow up into narrow, option-free lives. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 6, 2011
4/5 97% Tomboy (2011) "A sensitive study of pre-teen sexuality and confused gender roles, from a director who knows how to draw flawless turns from young 'uns. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 6, 2011
5/5 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) "Robert Hamer's poised direction chimes perfectly with his Edwardian setting, and the Wildean wit of Price's voice-over is an unfailing delight. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 8, 2011
3/5 83% Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life) (2012) "It may be on the slight side, but this is a poignant comedy, charming and melancholy. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 4, 2011
4/5 100% French Cancan (1956) "If the film lacks the social bite of Renoir's pre-war work, it's still a rich celebration of life and the director's own birthplace. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 1, 2011
4/5 96% Gilda (1946) ""There never was a woman like Gilda!" drooled the posters - and no, there probably wasn't. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 12, 2011
4/5 95% L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961) "A sublime meditation on memory, perception and fantasy - or art-house pretension at its emptiest? The jury's still out... " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 20, 2011
3/5 68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) "It's all a tad schematic, and the direction is workmanlike but cautious. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 20, 2011
3/5 83% Potiche (2011) "This is feminism-lite and director François Ozon plays it for laughs, revelling in his pastel vision of the '70s. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 8, 2011
5/5 90% Cutter's Way (1981) "The three leads are on outstanding form, while Jack Nitzsche's score shimmers with foreboding. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 31, 2011
3/5 100% Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent) "The melodramatic title won't do it any favours, as Katell Quillévéré's debut feature is a quiet, sensitive study of a 14-year-old girl beset by adolescent confusion. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2011
4/5 89% A Screaming Man (2011) "A moving, compassionate film, shot with near Ozu-like restraint. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2011
3/5 94% Win Win (2011) "Some accomplished turns, and the mood of downbeat quirkiness has its appeal. Plot contrivances scupper it though, and given McCarthy's track record it's a letdown. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2011
4/5 89% Deep End (1971) "Flame-haired Jane Asher is enchanting as object of the hero's erotic obsession, and there's a bawdy cameo from a blowsy Diana Dors. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 28, 2011
5/5 100% The Last Picture Show (1971) "A worthy tribute to Bogdanovich's idols, Orson Welles and John Ford. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2011
4/5 85% Meek's Cutoff (2011) "With its mythic, dreamlike atmosphere, hints of feminism and a subversive touch of political allegory, Meek's Cutoff is a bold new take on the Old West. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 30, 2011
4/5 85% Essential Killing (2012) "This is minimalist filmmaking at its most austere and effective. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 23, 2011
4/5 94% Man of Aran (1934) "A classic 1934 documentary from Robert Flaherty, pioneering forefather of the genre (see 1922's Nanook Of The North). " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 9, 2011
2/5 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) "Writer/director Tran Anh Hung seems hamstrung by reverence, as monotony sets in early and doesn't lift. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 2, 2011
51% Brighton Rock (2011) "As Joffe has always made clear, this isn't a remake of the Boultings' film; it's a new adaptation of Graham Greene's 1938 novel. And as such it works well enough on its own terms. Until it doesn't. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 8, 2011
4/5 80% Barney's Version (2011) "Nobody plays irascible, self-sabotaging schlubs better than Paul Giamatti. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 26, 2011
95% The King's Speech (2010) "Although he plays up the odd-couple comedy, Hooper knows how to bring out the anguish behind the humour. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 11, 2011
3/5 75% The Way Back (2011) "It's all painstakingly done - but not quite as involving as it should be. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 23, 2010
5/5 96% True Grit (2010) "Not only does it have the drop on the 1969 version, it's the first great movie of 2011. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 21, 2010
2/5 9% Chatroom (2011) "A plodder that prefers to explain (and then repeat the explanation) rather than let the audience use their imagination. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 21, 2010
4/5 100% The Shop Around the Corner (1940) "Sure, the plot-turns are foreseeable, but the film's wit and perfectly gauged performances are undimmed delights. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 15, 2010
5/5 100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) "This deliciously subversive 1932 social comedy kicked off Jean Renoir's greatest period. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3/5 91% Easier with Practice (2009) "Based on a men's mag article, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's debut feature is an honest, funny-sad portrayal of emotional dysfunction. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 8, 2010
3/5 100% Into Eternity (2011) "Thought-stirring stuff -- but it tediously makes the same point over and over again. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2010
4/5 96% Leap Year (2011) "A harrowing study of loneliness that showcases an intensely brave and believable performance from newcomer del Carmen. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2010
2/5 48% Mammoth (Mammut) (2009) "Moodysson braids these threads with contrived symmetries. The preaching soon grows wearisome. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 4, 2010
4/5 84% La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte) (2011) "Depardieu's the best he's been for years, while 95-year-old Casadesus is a sheer delight. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 4, 2010
2/5 No Score Yet Forbidden (1932) "Well before the end the whole thing collapses into rip-roaring melodrama. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2010
3/5 96% The Arbor (2011) "It's a powerful story, but muddled by the nagging distraction of having these voices lip-synched by actors. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 96% Restrepo (2010) "Built around hand-held reportage, the film passes no judgement on the rightness or otherwise of the occupation. But the sense of bewilderment and futility speaks for itself. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 7, 2010
4/5 78% Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009) "The insidious humour and fascination with moral quandaries keep it consistently engrossing. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 99% Metropolis (1927) "A luminous and resplendent visual masterpiece yoked to a puerile and embarrassingly trite plot. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2010
4/5 94% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) "A perceptive, empathetic character piece. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2010
5/5 100% The Leopard (1963) "Visconti (a Marxist aristocrat) offers an elegiac meditation on the passing of a society whose feudalism he deplores but whose elegance he mourns. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2010
4/5 65% Dog Pound (2010) "With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2010
89% Moon (2009) "Moon is an old-fashioned sci-fi movie in the best sense: far more psychological drama than space opera, dispensing with overweening CGI and loud flashy action sequences while harking back to subtler, more ideas-driven entries in the genre. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 84% The Time That Remains (2011) "Where other Palestinian filmmakers have given vent to anger, grief or indignation over the travails of their people, Suleiman relies on a wry, deadpan gaze that recalls his mentor, Jacques Tati. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 27, 2010
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