Philippa Hawker

Philippa Hawker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia)
Total Reviews:
148

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 80% 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 93% 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 77% 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 83% 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 48% 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
2.5/5 74% Hope Springs (2012) " A sense of well-executed blandness sets in. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " There's enough there, in all likelihood, to make audiences hope for more, but it's not as finished or complete a work as it should have been." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " A bloated, half-baked movie." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3.5/5 44% The Door " There's something quite haunting about the relationship between the two women: in some surprising ways, this is a determinedly unsentimental work. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 18, 2012
4/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " It doesn't have quite the emotional intensity of the second movie, The Dark Knight, but it's a powerful, intricately constructed work, thoughtful, visceral and satisfying. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 17, 2012
2.5/5 78% Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) " For Perry fans, there's not much more you could ask for - but for non-devotees, it's a lightweight package." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 5, 2012
3/5 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) " The Ice Age format has endured surprisingly well: the fourth instalment in this lavish animation series is once again a buddy movie with a spectacular prehistoric disaster back-drop. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 29, 2012
2.5/5 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " Amid the fast-moving chaos, it gets a little repetitive: there's so much volcanic action, so much fire and brimstone that all that heat might leave you cold. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3.5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " The Hunger Games' strength is not its social critique - rather, it's an exhilarating sense of a character learning to control her own destiny. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/5 78% Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel) (2008) " Bright, amiable traditional animation with an old-school flavour and solid storytelling. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2/5 17% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) " There's nothing particular strong or telling about its comedy." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 3, 2011
2/5 16% Priest (2011) " Its visual style veers between bleached desert tones and slimy undercover dankness, but the 3D version is undistinguished." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 25, 2011
2.5/5 26% Green Lantern (2011) " The green aesthetic misfires: the whole film looks as if it's been inspired by a particular shade of washing-up liquid, or the glowing screens of ancient computers." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 11, 2011
3/5 64% Love Crime (2011) " Rather than contemplating the tension of performance, we are resigned to watching the elements of the story click mechanically and rather drearily into place." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2011
2.5/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) " Its human characters are ciphers, even if the actors include Franco, Lithgow, Brian Cox and Freida Pinto, but its animal rebels are utterly convincing." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2011
3.5/5 63% Here I Am " Quietly, and with an unobtrusive grace, Here I Am explores harsh truths, everyday realities and intimations of change." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/5 94% Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2011) " Julia's Eyes becomes a little incoherent as it plunges towards resolution, but it's unerringly stylish and whole-heartedly suspenseful along the way." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 2, 2011
2.5/5 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " The premise and the execution are numbingly familiar, and what was funny and unexpected about a guys-bonding-under-pressure movie the first time around becomes: ''Are they kidding? Again?'' " — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 26, 2011
3.5/5 84% My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011) " A disarming film with a pair of deftly judged performances at its centre, Jean Becker's My Afternoons With Margueritte risks sentimentality, but maintains a sense of lightness that is its saving grace. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 8, 2011
2.5/5 25% Hop (2011) " For the most part it tries too hard, lurching from one plot contrivance to another and never giving any of its cast (apart from the heroically hard-working Marsden) much to do." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 6, 2011
3.5/5 62% Griff the Invisible (2011) " There is something consistent, likeable and heartfelt at its centre, and Kwanten and Dermody are ideally cast. They bring a mixture of robustness and restraint to this gentle account of solitude, fragility and the possibilities of complicity." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 23, 2011
3/5 80% Barney's Version (2011) " If Giamatti's performance is rigorously unsentimental, director Richard Lewis and writer Michael Konyves (adapting Morechai Richler's novel) succumb, a little too often, to slow-moving warmth and wryness." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 23, 2011
2/5 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) " The explanation takes away a good deal of the mystery and menace, not to mention the comic energy, of the original story and the many versions it has inspired." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 23, 2011
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