Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Philip Wilding's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 67% 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 48% 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 86% 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 96% 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 59% 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 91% 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 47% 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 46% 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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