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Philippa Hawker

Philippa Hawker

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Philippa Hawker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "It floats, like Lively herself, in a kind of timeless bubble. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/5 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "It presents us with the portrait of a man who started out as an economist, discovered his vocation, travelled the world, immersed himself in his self-imposed task and encountered extremes of human behaviour. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4.5/5 89% Mommy (2015) "The cinematic frame might have contracted, but there's a kind of ferocious compassion in Dolan's vision, and its embrace is startlingly wide. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 71% The DUFF (2015) "[The DUFF] looks at first as if it's set in a post-clique world, where it's ok to be niche. But no, the film tells us, for jock, goth and geek alike, there's another hurdle: you need to be hot. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) "There's something indomitable about her will to perform, and insecurity has been part of her experience for decades, it's clear. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "The sheer implausibility is entertaining, yet it feels as if nothing is really at stake: everyone has nine lives. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/5 43% A Little Chaos (2015) "Sometimes it's awkward, sometimes it works. These singular, detached vignettes keep the film interesting, even as its momentum seems to falter, its purpose to be a little unclear. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 25, 2015
2/5 29% Insurgent (2015) "There's also not much in the way of lightness or humour in these kinds of films. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "Given what happens and what's at stake, it's surprisingly dull. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) "There's a doleful beauty and elegance to the look of the film. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "It seems to have been designed as a family guy's workplace comedy on tour with the boys, a kind of EuroBusinessTrip with a heart: it fails dismally on all counts. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 91% Eastern Boys (2015) "[Campillo] leaves us, at the end, in an appropriately ambiguous place. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) "In the end, a little too much rides on what we make of this couple and their partnership, and the movie, well-conceived as it is, has drawn its boundaries a little too tightly. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 98% The Hurt Locker (2009) "There is much that is fiercely modest about its ambitions. And, for a war film, it is often disconcertingly quiet. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "It has an impressive performance from Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, granddaughter of Tippi Hedren.) But it doesn't really feel like a date movie. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 100% Night Will Fall "As well as footage of Bernstein, Singer has some fascinating interviews with English, Soviet and American soldiers who did the filming. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/5 10% Taken 3 (2015) "There's something sluggishly formulaic about the rollout of smackdowns, chase scenes and general mayhem involving wrecked cars. And a plot point involving warm bagels is downright ludicrous. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "It is a handsome film, bleak and dark and elegantly filmed told with a mixture of intensity and something like restraint, even distance. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) "Terry's enveloping warmth, wisdom and good nature give the Oscar-shortlisted documentary much of its energy. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 12, 2015
2.5/5 49% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "Larry and his crew head for London and more slightly laboured mayhem, with slapstick gags that seem designed for younger viewers. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 9, 2015
2.5/5 51% The Interview (2014) "The Interview might be a cause celebre, whose temporary shelving by Sony was treated as a free speech issue, but it is a broad, somewhat laboured comedy. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) "For the filmmakers, there are simplifications that must have been inevitable, for dramatic and narrative purposes, when it comes to depicting the years of wartime work. But what of the other choices that have been made? " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) "A self-referential noir-screwball-action movie that never wears out its welcome -- although it delights in taking that risk, over and over again. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 14, 2014
2/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "Horrible Bosses 2 is more of the same, yet less. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 12, 2014
4/5 88% Shrek 2 (2004) "Donkey, with his endless asides and phenomenally thick skin, is as much of a pleasure as he was in the first film, but he has a challenger: Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 6, 2014
4/5 96% Particle Fever (2014) "Particle Fever shows how the theorists and experimenters need and respect each other, in the course of setbacks, disappointments, premature celebrations and public relations glitches. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3.5/5 80% Human Capital (2015) "Towards the end, the solution of the mystery takes up a little too much of the film's energies, but the resolution is not entirely predictable, and deftly explored. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "The plague scenes are well executed; there's a quasi-logical explanation of how the Nile is turned to blood, and the inundation of locusts and frogs, and an outbreak of boils, are horribly plausible. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2014
3/5 72% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) "Poppe registers Rebecca's moral commitment as well as the compulsive aspect of her dedication but the film oscillates between drama and statement; it becomes a series of set-pieces and what-ifs, particularly towards the end. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3.5/5 60% Maps to the Stars (2015) "More ghost story and psychodrama than satire, Maps to the Stars suggests a world of the inescapable, in which everything comes back to haunt you. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 60% My Old Lady (2014) "My Old Lady leans heavily on the relationship between parents and children, and emphasises the damaging impact of parental absence, distance and disapproval. Yet it also suggests that there are still possibilities for change, however unlikely. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Xiu Chun Dao (Brotherhood Of Blades) (2015) "Brotherhood Of Blades is a gripping, entertaining martial arts drama in which the cut-and-thrust of the narrative is as important as the swordplay action. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/5 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "Renner brings a dogged yet ebullient quality to Webb. It's a terrific, wound-up yet thoughtful performance that conveys a sense of conviction with an undercurrent of fragility. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 85% John Wick (2014) "Co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who both come from a stunt background, keep the action relentless, although it builds to a kind of monotony in the latter stages. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2014
2/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) "There's something heavy-handed, even for Sparks, in the telling of the couple's story, particularly when it comes to Dawson's family: they are leering, brutal embodiments of evil who function as handy plot devices. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3.5/5 78% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) "Adapted from a novel by Reif Larsen, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is an embrace of the telling detail and the off-kilter, singular vision of a child. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3.5/5 100% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) "It's a project that could easily be weighed down with nostalgia or over-determination, but there's a generosity and humour about the performances and the direction that keep the film light and buoyant. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 24, 2014
2.5/5 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "It stays in safe terrain, and the ensemble cast members often feel as if they have been selected to revisit familiar characters and performances. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3.5/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) "The action sequences are tense and well-executed and the performances are strong, but the film slips away a little in the later stages, caught up in too many plot twists, turns and somewhat unlikely contrivances. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/5 40% John Doe: Vigilante (2014) "John Doe: Vigilante starts in promising fashion then fizzles. Dolen and writer Stephen M. Coates give Doe a narrow focus: his targets are obvious malefactors, all male, ranging from paedophiles to sadists. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3.5/5 63% The Golden Era (2014) "Some writers are shown as activists, political figures, party stalwarts; Xiao, to the last, remains stubbornly committed to her art. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 40% Tusk (2014) "Smith has always had a weakness for protracted dialogue, and in Parks he has a fitting muse. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 92% The Case Against 8 (2014) "The Case Against 8 documents, quietly and without histrionics, a long-drawn-out process of advocacy. It presents not only the legal conduct of the case, but also the daily lives of those most intimately affected by it. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "There are light-hearted moments but there is something about Princess Kaguya's experience that is moving and tragic. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/5 29% Annabelle (2014) "Annabelle drifts away from these potentially interesting elements into a more predictable collage of frights, demons and flickering lights, a grab bag of set pieces, red herrings and familiar occult tropes that never add up to much. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Terre des ours (Land of the Bears) "What the film shows us, above all, is a trajectory of inevitability, of nature as cycle and repetition, with a place for everything. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
4/5 94% In Bloom (2014) "This is a story of adolescence and female friendship under pressure, explored with a quietly engrossing combination of familiarity and strangeness. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/5 64% The Maze Runner (2014) "The Maze Runner might seem at first to have echoes of Lord Of The Flies, with its community of boys forced to survive in the wild. But it seems to have ingredients of a World War II POW movie, of The Great Escape or Stalag 13. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3/5 36% The Giver (2014) "The allegorical framework starts to look contrived, and things feel far too rushed and glib after an involving start. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2.5/5 17% Tarzan (2014) "The villains are cardboard cutouts, and the good guys aren't much better; wildlife advocate Jane (voiced by Spencer Locke) is a disappointingly passive character. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5.5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "The phantom film is, by its nature, always rich with possibilities. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 12, 2014
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