Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine
Total Reviews:
49

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 49 of 49
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " Alex Gibney adds to his forensic examinations of Enron and Abu Ghraib with another fine documentary." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
4/5 93% No (2013) " Initially jarring, the video aesthetic blends beautifully with period footage to give a smart depiction of a nation in transition. A well-deserved Oscar nominee." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
4/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " A French comedy that pitches for wit over broad comedy, it's successful in salting what could be a over-sugary confection with healthy dose of wryness." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2012
4/5 93% Barbara (2012) " Tough and tender, it's the best Iron Curtain drama since The Lives Of Others." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
4/5 94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) " A bizarre and mesmerising journey to the heart of Cloud Cuckoo Land." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2012
2/5 21% 360 (2012) " A great disappointment by the City Of God man's high standards." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2012
4/5 68% God Bless America (2012) " Sharp on the fallibility of human foibles and sometimes stingingly funny, too." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2012
3/5 88% She Monkeys (Apflickorna) (2011) " A disjointed but refreshingly subversive character drama." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 14, 2012
4/5 91% Into The Abyss (2011) " A haunting portrayal of people who are neither completely innocent nor wholly evil, and the terrible price of killing, whether in the pursuit of a sports car or in the name of justice." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2012
4/5 76% Bombay Beach (2011) " The fact that Alma Har'el is still stuck in music video director mode makes for an interesting new breed of documentary." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2012
2/5 10% Trespass (2011) " Cloth-eared dialogue saps the tension, while the plot twists with the likelihood of a Brett Ratner rehearsal session. Leave your disbelief at the door." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2011
4/5 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " A fitting tribute to Hunter and the demise of the American Dream, but first and foremost a thrilling and funny snapshot of a country on its knees and a writer finding his feet." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2011
3/5 95% Weekend (2011) " Terrific low-key turns from the two leads inject their growing bond with genuine emotion, making this a love story that will get under the skin of romantics everywhere." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2011
4/5 84% Post Mortem (2012) " A sometimes shocking, often moving journey through a blood-stained corner of the past. Like Costa Gavras's Missing through the eyes of an everyday Chilean." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2011
4/5 93% Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011) " A marked improvement on the first film, it's easy to see why this was such a smash in Brazil. Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it's a gut punch of an action movie." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2011
3/5 48% Meet Monica Velour (2011) " Beautifully acted, it's a tender love story with one or two belly laughs." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2011
4/5 49% Super (2011) " A brilliant twist on the everyman crime-fighter genre, as violent and human as it is funny." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 4, 2011
3/5 85% Viva Riva! (2011) " On the basis of this expertly engineered crime thriller Djo Munga is a director going places." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2011
4/5 91% Point Blank (2011) " Another sparkling thriller from the Anything For Her director. See it, then wait for the inevitable US remake." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2011
4/5 76% Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010) " Controversial and contended it may be in France, but whatever your stance this is another thrilling and thoughtful slice of history from the Days Of Glory director." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 3, 2011
4/5 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) " This gleefully black horror-thriller is a very classy follow-up to The Good, the Bad, the Weird for Kim Jee-Woon." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2011
4/5 93% Benda Bilili! (2011) " Wielding inspiration and uplift in equal measure, this musical odyssey is one of the cinematic journeys of the year. Don't miss it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 94% Neds (2011) " A rush of violent, visceral drama, Mullan's directorial effort will stay with you. The disappointment? A final third that meanders to its conclusion." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2011
1/5 10% Cuckoo (2011) " With its unengaging characters and a plot that jacknifes inexplicably, there's little to like here. A thriller without many thrills." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2010
4/5 53% The Thorn in the Heart (2010) " A touching insight into a family's inner workings." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2010
4/5 91% Easier with Practice (2009) " Excellent American indie that tugs hard on the heartstrings." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
3/5 100% Leap Year (2011) " A tough but humane and affecting watch." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
2/5 0% Fathers of Girls " Too meandering to stir the brain and too dour to engage the heart, the moving storyline too often falls flat in stodgy scenes." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2010
3/5 56% The Kid (2010) " Strong performances by Rupert Friend and Augustus Prew as the grown-up and teenage Kevin give Moran's rite-of-passage tale genuine emotional ballast. A worthy follow-up to Telstar." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2010
5/5 94% Winter's Bone (2010) " A vivid reworking of Daniel Woodrell's novel that brings the book's conflicted heroine to searing life in a piece of unhurried filmmaking too rarely seen these days." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2010
2/5 58% Trash Humpers (2010) " A often grim vaudeville parade of Nashville's oddballs and ne'er-do-wells." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2010
4/5 92% Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010) " As harrowing as it is humorous, Giorgos Lanthimos' award-winning journey to a family's heart of darkness is unflinchingly detailed, thought-provoking fare." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2010
2/5 0% Shank (2010) " If this is the future of film then we're all doomed." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2010
4/5 96% Food, Inc. (2009) " Compelling, entertaining and illuminating documentary which makes you think twice, and then a few more times, about eating anything at all in U.S." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2010
3/5 100% Oil City Confidential (2009) " Authentic feel to this good-looking biopic of the ill-fated band." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2010
4/5 93% Blur: No Distance Left to Run (2010) " Unexpectedly revealing interviews and some stunning live footage make this one of the better band behind-the-scenes." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2010
3/5 76% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) " A sometimes whimsical and magical take on the life of one of Britain's most artistically charged rock stars. Serkis shines in his role as the troubled singer." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2010
4/5 94% The Cove (2009) " A taut, thrilling documentary that plays out like a heist movie while never overshadowing its message or activist credentials." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3/5 74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) " The dialogue and storyline are both a little on the clunky side, but the action excels." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 90% Fish Tank (2010) " A vivid portrayal of life at society's margins with a compelling turn from newcomer Jarvis. Little wonder it scored at Cannes." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 85% Soul Power (2009) " An edifying glimpse at a moment in black history when the world really was looking on." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/5 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " One man's near-emotionless trip through an event that was the high watermark for US counterculture moves along without any real sense of purpose or pace." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 16, 2009
4/5 65% Is Anybody There? (2009) " Caine leads an impeccable cast in a story that is as touching as it is funny, turning the mundane minutiae of fading lives into a vibrant display." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 40% Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009) " Refreshingly, director Carrivick's feature debut is both dark, compelling and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2009
43% Hush (2009) " Despite, or maybe because of, its mundane setting this bleak and disturbing thriller succeeds in ratcheting up the tension." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2009
2/5 51% Notorious (2009) " A hip hop hagiography that plays like a straight-to-TV movie." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2009
2/5 30% Who Killed Nancy? (2010) " For an exposé very little is actually revealed, but as a neon-lit trawl through '70s New York, it's worth a look." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3/5 45% Yes Man (2008) " It's charming enough with some nice comedy touches, but the initially intriguing premise is soon railroaded out of sight by its desire to conform to a tried-and-tested cinematic formula." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2009
3/5 54% Choke (2008) " An uneven take on Palahniuk's fourth novel, Rockwell and Huston shining brightly enough to eclipse a patchy directorial debut." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2008
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