Philippa Hawker

Philippa Hawker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia)
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2.5/5 63% Hercules (2014) " As a take on Hercules, you'd have to say it's a bit laboured." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/5 100% Once My Mother " It's quietly moving, thoughtful and loving." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2.5/5 22% Devil's Knot (2014) " In literary adaptations such as Felicia's Journey and The Sweet Hereafter, Egoyan has shown that he can depict darkness and explore loss. But here, he feels mired in stereotypes, or dependent on images that documentaries have already created." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 63% The French Minister (2014) " Some of its references might be arcane but most are not, and its sly, satirical depiction of power has universal appeal." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Snowpiercer feels both heightened and grounded, allegorical yet familiar, able to be experienced. The confined space in no way inhibits tension or excitement, or a sense of forward momentum. It's a film not to be missed." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 58% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " Its strength is its two beautifully observed complementary performances. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " The film is at its most entertaining in the musical sequences. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3.5/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " It's just that there's a particular combination of looseness, swagger, camaraderie, melancholy and melody in the last sequence; the film itself is solid and entertaining, but right at the end it all comes together in a moment of imaginative flight." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.5/5 57% Galore " What's distinctive about Galore, however, is not an invocation of the past but the evocation of the present, the here and now: the tactile immediacy and intense tunnel vision of adolescence. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 88% Frank (2014) " It's intriguing to contemplate the nature of Fassbender's performance, focused on voice and body language, as a fragile man who finds life easier to endure when he's both hidden and highly visible at the same time. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/5 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " From its opening credits, [it] proclaims its hand-drawn, delicate, watercolour aesthetic. But it's not all sweetness and light: there's a dark strand of humour and some sly visual gags in this clever tale of opposites." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 100% The Last Impresario " What emerges is an affectionate, slightly melancholy evocation of a life - incomplete, but engaging. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/5 14% Blended (2014) " Bland on the one hand, tacky on the other, Blended lives up to its name in more ways than one." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Edge Of Tomorrow is an entertaining alien invasion movie with neat narrative wrinkles and glancing references to some classic SF-action films." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3.5/5 —— Gardening With Soul " The film creates a context, and doesn't shy away from bringing up some of the problematic episodes in the church's recent history, and Sister Loyola is ready to discuss them." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 100% My Sweet Pepper Land " One of the notable achievements Saleem's quietly surprising film is a combination of off-beat comedy and a strong sense of menace and danger." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 21, 2014
3.5/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The most enjoyable and unexpected element of the film is Evan Peters as the super-speedy yet laid-back mutant teen Quicksilver." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 100% The Babadook " Jennifer Kent's clever, thoroughly satisfying and neatly unsettling debut feature is about a kind of haunting, but of who or what? This is the question that simmers throughout the film." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 19, 2014
2.5/5 52% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Things happen, literally and philosophically, in [the film], but without much real conviction; there's an odd kind of lifelessness to the film, despite the energetic paraphernalia and potentially high stakes that Gilliam conjures up for us to contemplate." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 19, 2014
3/5 85% Seduced And Abandoned " Their [Toback and Baldwin] film about the idea of the film is entertaining and diverting, even if there is also something slightly melancholy about this artificial pursuit of a cinematic phantasm. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 12, 2014
3/5 100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " Next Goal Wins lingers rather too long towards the end on drawing out its message, but it is a thoroughly engaging exploration of sport, culture, community and the nature of achievement." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 68% Beyond the Edge (2014) " It is a well-constructed, detailed, surprisingly tense account of the journey - physical and psychological - that led them there [the final ascent]. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/5 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Vacth, who is beautiful, angular and coltish, brings a quietly authoritative, contemplative, undemonstrative quality to the role: she has a mysterious, unreachable air that perfectly suits Ozon's approach." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 —— The Crossing " The Crossing is a dogged, likeable account of endeavours and malfunctions, of setbacks faced with stubborn stoicism and wry, matter-of-fact troubleshooting, plus a little bit of wild-eyed, sleep-deprived mania." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 —— L'épreuve d'une vie (The Finishers) " Tavernier, who is also a documentary maker, keeps things straightforward and heartfelt; he focuses on the ups and downs of training that bring the two closer before the race begins, but also knows how to give impact to the event itself." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3.5/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Felicity Jones gives a strong depiction of repressed emotion. Up against Fiennes' Dickens -- all bonhomie, energy, mercurial self-consciousness -- she's a melancholy figure." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 79% Any Day Now (2012) " Any Day Now is a movie of good intentions and bad wigs, warm-hearted but slightly oversimplified. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " It is beautifully designed, visually ravishing and symmetrical to the nth degree. And it is full of frantic chaos, with a Lord of Misrule at its centre played with effortless comic brilliance by Ralph Fiennes." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " Wry, awkward, funny and poignant, Mistaken For Strangers is somewhere between an accidental documentary and a home movie in motion." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/5 92% In a World... (2013) " Writer-director Lake Bell is also the star of this quick-witted beguiling comedy of female identity, family ties and an unseen but fiercely competitive aspect of the film business." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3.5/5 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " The film even manages things neatly at the end: we get a mixture of closure and openness, in which things are rounded off, yet there's still the possibility of another adventure." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The Armstrong Lie presents an interesting perspective on him, and on his role in the science of doping." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Chilean director Sebastian Lelio's Gloria is a warm, intimate, sharply funny depiction of a life in progress." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " There are a few too many implausibilities and loose ends and the interactions with passengers are hard to credit." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " If there's any obsession or intensity in this movie, it belongs to Jade's father - a detail that throws the movie somewhat off kilter." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " There is a sentimental aspect to the concluding stages of the film: it's not as broad or astringent as Payne can be. But there's also something intriguingly dreamlike about its tone." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 49% RoboCop (2014) " There are plenty of reasons to be sceptical about remakes of action classics, but director Jose Padilha's 21st-century take on Paul Verhoeven's exhilarating, satirical 1987 RoboCop is solid and thoughtful, with a few genuinely inventive moments." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/5 85% Mystery Road (2014) " A work of evocative suggestion and concrete detail, a film that uses the genre trappings of the western and the thriller to explore a complex story of crime and indifference. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Frances Ha -- both the movie and its heroine -- is graceful, awkward, luminous and hilarious." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/5 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " But in a small-scale way, aided by a strong, wry central performance from Kendrick, Pitch Perfect has its charms. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
3/5 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " Finally, there's something a little sketchy about the movie, a little unfinished and scattergun. The figure of Jesse recedes in importance, and it's Celeste whose delusions we focus on. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3.5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " A new Bond film, we are assured in the closing credits, is on its way -- Skyfall provides reasons to look forward to more." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2.5/5 60% Housos Vs. Authority " It's a paean to the virtues of the versatile thong -- ubiquitous footwear, and a handy offensive weapon. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 71% Hail " It's Courtin-Wilson's willingness to push boundaries, to explore ways in which the troubled self can be depicted, that makes Hail so singular and striking. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 26, 2012
3.5/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " The film balances the extraordinary and ordinary with great aplomb, and Duplass and Plaza give beautifully judged performances. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
2.5/5 51% Savages (2012) " The messy insouciance wears a little thin, and by the time we get to the absurdity of the extended ending, enough is definitely enough." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3.5/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " As a perverse portrait of management issues and the challenges of ''getting the job done'', it is sure-footed, dark and comic." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3.5/5 40% Mental (2013) " Collette's performance anchors the film: it has a fierce, uncompromising quality that gives strength to the film's two interwoven tendencies - in-your-face comedy and emotional distress. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 2, 2012
3.5/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " It's a witty, appealing romantic comedy with a surprising edge, a cleverly written and deftly acted exploration of what happens when dreams appear to become reality, and the emotional stakes are raised. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2.5/5 26% Kath & Kimderella " Despite these familiar set-ups, it soon becomes clear that there is something missing from Kath And Kimderella. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 6, 2012
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