Philip Martin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Biography:
Author, newspaper columnist, former shortstop, songwriter and rhythm guitarist strangepup.blogspot.com
Publications:
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
4842
Total QuickRatings:
3390
Location:
Little Rock, Arkansas

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90/100 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " ...it becomes apparent that Rumsfeld is a situational pragmatist with a remarkable ability to craft responses that seek to transpose evasiveness into authority." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 10, 2014
79/100 44% The Face of Love (2014) " Through it all, we watch Bening trying very hard to produce a parsable, credible performance while having to behave in bizarre ways." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 10, 2014
87/100 73% Enemy (2014) " There's some pleasure to be had in the contrast between the grubby worldliness of Villeneuve's mise en scene ... and the trajectory of Saramago's doppelgangers." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 10, 2014
87/100 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " While there is a certain languidness of pace that might put off a certain kind of modern moviegoer, Fiennes manages to convey a sense of period that runs deeper than Merchant-Ivory or Downton Abbey nostalgia" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 1, 2014
86/100 33% Labor Day (2014) " ...not the disaster that some called it after it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it does suffer in comparison to Reitman's finest work " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 1, 2014
88/100 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " It is a somber and respectful movie that, maybe more than any film since Saving Private Ryan, tells something of the truth about war and the rough men who do hard things to keep us safe." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2014
91/100 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " ...a meditation on authenticity, the mystery of creation and the mischief that is made in the lands between art and commerce" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2014
90/100 94% Her (2014) " Maybe we should all seek to go mad. By any means necessary." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2014
82/100 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " ... a worthy and beautifully illustrated lesson - the kind of movie that people who don't know much about Nelson Mandela can crib from - but a lesson nevertheless." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 27, 2013
88/100 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " ...a black comedy that plays less like the Good Fellas on Wall Street it was pre-sold as than Good-Fellas on Merck Cocaine. It is a three-hour bacchanal, a restless and occasionally disjointed movie that feels as raw and rapacious as its protagonist" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 27, 2013
89/100 93% American Hustle (2013) " ... pay your money and take the ride,... laugh and ... be strangely moved by the odd-looking creatures Russell has assembled for his latest ensemble play." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 21, 2013
88/100 —— Come Morning (2012) " ...a taut, atmospheric and, given its budgetary restraints, extraordinarily well-realized suspense film set and filmed in southern Arkansas near Kingsland. It's a fine example of what can be accomplished outside a studio paradigm. " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 19, 2013
88/100 83% The Punk Singer (2013) " ...tracks the trajectory of Kathleen Hanna, the All-American Riot Grrrl who, after fronting the feminist punk band Bikini Kill and the feminist pop band Le Tigre, seemingly dropped out of sight in 2005" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 7, 2013
87/100 45% Big Sur (2013) " ...works as a kind of tone poem, drenching the senses in beautifully sad imagery, as Kerouac's poetry and prose sound over images of the sparkling Pacific." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
87/100 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Supremely enjoyable, Muscle Shoals doesn't add much to the record, but it will probably induce you to flip through your collection for a few to spin." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
87/100 78% Big Ass Spider! (2013) " ...oesn't deserve to be treated as one of those awful, misbegotten projects that can only be enjoyed ironically. It's a genuinely nice little movie and the people involved with it ought to have the opportunity to make more movies." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
87/100 92% Inequality For All (2013) " America is a country without any "self-admitted proletarians," where even the poorest see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed" millionaires." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
78/100 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Life is too short to watch a movie like this one, much less make it." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
88/100 99% Wadjda (2013) " ... a glimpse inside a relatively affluent society (Wadjda and her mother live comfortably, despite enduring financial hardship) where most people abide in the interstitial territories between secular Western decadence and Islamic fundamentalism." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
86/100 67% How I Live Now (2013) " "...a harrowing anti-war movie that's only a bit relieved by a bittersweet love story."" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
88/100 67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " ...could be perceived as a dreary downer, there's a kind of magic... Watts shines through her ill-fitting uniforms, Dillon retains a leading man's indomitability.. .. they give each other reason to persist." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
90/100 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " ...an impressive, ambitious work that features ... remarkably naturalistic performances and demonstrates a genuine feel for how all of us, regardless of inclination, learn to live with love, or without it, in our own messy and overcomplicated human ways." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
83/100 66% Great Expectations (2013) " ... has the feel of a very well done History Channel production. Which doesn't make it bad, only superfluous." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
88/100 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " " evocative of a specific time and place while serving as a bittersweet valentine to callow youth, curdled innocence and sudden, irrevocable violence."" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 5, 2013
87/100 92% In a World... (2013) " "unfocused and erratic, but with an undeniable charm"" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
82/100 23% The Canyons (2013) " ...feels like a toxic kiss-off note to Hollywood, and the only thing I'm really wondering about is whether Lohan and Deen (and others involved in the production) are the director's collaborators or victims." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
90/100 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " There are real virtues to this movie; it's remarkably well crafted and beautifully shot (by Bradford Young). If it drifts a little too much toward romanticizing its tender outlaws, it's just following in the footsteps of the masters." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
88/100 93% Still Mine (2013) " Written and directed with an uncommon straightforwardness..." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
90/100 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " What's fascinating is the plausibility of the education Lee receives at the hands of John, how this grim sensei inculcates him in the ways of murder, convincing him that "it's not crazy to kill people, they do it every day." J" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
77 43% Vikingdom (2013) " Vikingdom is not a great movie, or even a very good one, but it is an original - and sort of adorable - one." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
88/100 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " ... slight movie that exists largely because of the goodwill of its subject, who never felt impelled to convert her proximity to greatness into monetary success, or even much notoriety." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
88/100 90% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) " ...might be compared to any number of movies... [but] I've ever seen anything quite like it. Though the script affords plenty of opportunities to default to sentimentality and sweet resolution, the characters seem to resist the easy and usual ways." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
87/100 80% Generation Iron (2013) " ... we are left to consider natural gifts versus applied science, and ponder why we usually credit the former more than the latter. Like all good stories, this movie about bodybuilding is really about much more." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 17, 2013
90/100 93% The Hunt (2013) " ... a movie of uncommon power about the evil that well-meaning people commit when given license by what they perceive as atrocity." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 3, 2013
87/100 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " ...closer in tone to an art movie, an exercise in pure cinema, than it is a chopsocky extravaganza" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 3, 2013
87/100 48% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " ...works both as a large format infommercial for the store and a Rorschach for those of us with our noses pressed against those windows, watching the elaborate working displays of decorator David Hoey. Are we amused or envious? " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 3, 2013
87/100 98% Blackfish (2013) " We have traditionally taken license to do as we will with our fellow creatures, whether that means slaughtering them for food or dressing them up for Halloween. Perhaps only a God created in our image could sanction ... the ways we exploit the vulnerable." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2013
87/100 86% The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011) " ...an odd and absorbing film that comes perilously close to fulfilling the promise of its cheeky title (" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 17, 2013
82/100 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " I don't think it's bad. I think it's dull, and a product of an imagination that is very much pleased with itself. " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 17, 2013
77/100 66% Tiger Eyes (2013) " ...scants the rich emotional potential in favor of After School Special cliches" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 17, 2013
88/100 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " ... though I have certain qualms about the way Scahill is presented in the film ... I cannot imagine that a more compelling film could have been made without his character carrying this dramatic payload." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 17, 2013
85/100 17% Roadie (1980) " None of this is to argue that this is a great - or even very good - film but it is enjoyable on any number of levels. I'm just happy to have confirmation that I didn't just dream the whole thing. " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 17, 2013
87/100 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " ...a low key and rather marvelous, sweet-natured heist movie" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 17, 2013
88/100 93% Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2013) " And of all the figures - Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, et al. - who smuggled those sepia-toned seeds into rock 'n' roll, Helm, was arguably the most authentic. " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 17, 2013
88/100 51% At Any Price (2013) " ...feels like a great American tragedy, like East of Eden or Death of a Salesman. There's ... a fidelity to the way things actually work themselves out in the real world, in compromise and half-measures and moral doubt." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 16, 2013
84/100 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " Despite some promising moments, it never quite coheres into a convincing story. It's worth seeing... but it ultimately feels like a missed opportunity - like a pedant groping for a profundity beyond his moral ken." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 16, 2013
82/100 13% Hello Herman (2012) " ... a messy, blunt movie that manages to push a lot of buttons. Surely one of them does something." — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 16, 2013
88/100 98% Before Midnight (2013) " ...in the surprising third act, the film comes together as a plausible horror show of how good intentions and real affection can give way to vicious, realistic psychic combat. (" — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 16, 2013
87/100 83% This Is the End (2013) " ...a very savvy send up of the way we perceive celebrities as vapid and self-involved ciphers who are so often flattered and coddled that they come to accept applause as their due. " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 16, 2013
79/100 65% The Heat (2013) " But it's heartbreaking to watch McCarthy and Bullock work so hard to such little profit ... This is a movie that doesn't once do the unexpected thing. " — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 16, 2013
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