Philippa Hawker

Philippa Hawker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia)
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 94% 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 57% 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 & C√©lestine (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 54% 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'√©preuve 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 59% 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 " 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
3.5/5 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " Deceptively meandering and unexpectedly complex, Your Sister's Sister combines a poignant, funny directness with a teasing incompleteness. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 6, 2012
4/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " In Leos Carax's beautiful, exhilarating, transporting new film, there is something special, and singular, about the act of filming and the nature of cinema. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 30, 2012
3/5 80% Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) " A film about repression and constraint that keeps its emotional range carefully under control." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 30, 2012
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