Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
AskMen.com , Fresh and Frowsy , Grolsch Film Works , NOW Toronto
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
273

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 69% Small Time (2014) " With his personal proximity to the subject, Joel Surnow brings genuine warmth to his characters. Some of the gags and drama feel artificial, but the movie works because the talented cast sell it so well." — NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " Presents a relentless sweep of bright colours impeccably choreographed to samba, R&B and show tunes. Amidst all the revelry, the busy plot and characters garner as much attention as the wheels on a carnival truck." — NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " Kevin Costner's Sonny Weaver Jr. may be looking beyond statistics, but Draft Day plays it entirely by the numbers." — NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " This consistently intriguing doc reveals a woman who was eccentric, abrasive and soulful. Maier may still be an enigma, but those riddles have now been turned into a fascinating picture." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Ritesh Batra's charming, melancholic debut, The Lunchbox, is a sign that Indian cinema's renaissance (chafing against the gaudy excess of Bollywood) has matured. We should all start paying attention to what India's cooking up." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 16% The Single Moms' Club (2014) " This is the third feature within a year (on top of two TV shows) to come out of Perry's fast food, drive-thru productions. So it's not surprising that the Single Moms Club feels like it was slapped together by someone who is ready to take the next order." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Sticks to the basic directions mapped out by the video game it's based on: drive recklessly fast and furious and earn bonus points for every police cruiser that shamelessly spins out in a blaze." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " The father-son emotional arc is a clunky and strained framework to the zippy entertainment, but like historical accuracy, it's very easy to ignore." — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/5 100% Jerusalem (2013) " The film effectively answers why this one place, not even a square kilometre in size, is such prime religious real estate, but it barely gestures toward the blood that has been paid for it. " — NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1/5 22% Son Of God (2014) " The Gospels have as many movies as Marvel in 2014, so we can only hope for an Avengers-style Biblical alliance next. That kind of camp would be a lot more captivating than this cheap and fawning reiteration of the Western world's most familiar story." — NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " An adult-oriented historical drama with a classical sweep that recalls David Lean's epics. Think of it as Miyazaki's Doctor Zhivago." — NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 70% About Last Night (2014) " This may be watered-down David Mamet. But for Kevin Hart, it's 80 proof." — NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 15, 2014
3/5 40% First Comes Love (2013) " Davenport's diary film effectively mines the issues when facing such monumental decisions for the first hour. Then comes the baby, and the film loses direction. Davenport stops being a filmmaker and becomes a parent." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/5 80% Whitewash (2014) " Hoss-Desmarais has talent for creating atmosphere and visualizing the disintegration of his main character, but it might have been better served in a short film." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 25, 2014
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " Cube scowls. Hart gabs incessantly. The two are reduced to the likes of a growling bear and a yapping parakeet that get no assist from a screenplay as nuanced as a parking ticket." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/5 100% Gabrielle (2014) " The film doesn't shy away from the challenges of living with disability, but it also refuses to allow such struggles to run their course." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/5 68% American Promise (2013) " f Idris is different because he's African American, he stands out even more because he has a camera crew following him to class." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2/5 30% Grudge Match (2013) " While Stallone and De Niro have no difficulty proving they can still muster a decent right hook, it's the punch lines they have some trouble landing" — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 27, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Cuaron's knack for long takes amplifies the terror, where devastation approaches without a sound and that thump you hear could very well be your own pulse." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 23, 2013
5/5 94% Her (2014) " Spike Jonze's sophisticated look at romance in the near future is beautiful and bleak, heartfelt and oh-so-cool." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
5/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " Cohen's simple, masterful film considers how we anoint value." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " To think of it simply as visual pleasure is only looking skin deep." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Shooting the travesties at an artistic remove as if he were observing slavery as a mechanism, McQueen's lush, foreboding compositions don't get in the way of the soul-crushing story." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " A winning return for Martin Scorsese, who delivers his finest and most balls-out entertainment in more than a decade." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
5/5 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " I'm not sure how many glow sticks died in the making of Spring Breakers, but I am sure that it was worth it." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Russell's aping is still a knockout, with enough razzle-dazzle style and propulsive humor to make it one of the most casually fun movies of the year." — AskMen.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " He's been dubbed "Britain's Schindler." However, instead of the Spielberg treatment, Nicky's Family gives Winton something more like a Heritage Minute, complete with kitschy, misbegotten re-enactments." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2/5 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Jurassic Park was groundbreaking. Walking With Dinosaurs doesn't even leave a footprint." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " If you find yourself outside Tyler Perry's loyal following (even if the reason is skin-deep), this Christmas get-together is still inviting." — NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Cooper props up the proceedings with detours and details of life and the locale, stopping to smell the blood, sweat and soot of the rust-belt while frequently tipping over into hopeless misery porn." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 85% Hawking (2013) " If you're unfamiliar with Hawking's theories on black holes and the Big Bang, this doc won't enlighten you. There's only a basic summary of his work before it's deemed too complex for anyone but cosmologists to grasp." — NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4/5 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " The Mexican drug wars have claimed approximately 60,000 lives in the last six years. You can purchase the soundtrack on iTunes." — NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 49% Black Nativity (2013) " The bare-bones plot, propped up by redundant R&B tunes, hinges on revelations so obvious, you won't need a prophet to call them out." — NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " What makes the original's eccentricity easy to accept is the foreignness Western audiences attribute to it." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " Several schmaltzy and contrived sub-dramas clamour for attention. None warrant a Kleenex despite the best efforts of a mostly fine ensemble cast who fare much better with gags and camaraderie in the early goings." — NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Even the jokes have bunions." — NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/5 63% The Summit (2013) " The Summit picked up an editing prize at Sundance, which you can only surmise was awarded because the film does a fine job of leaving you as confused as the people on K2." — NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 25, 2013
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Ron's transition from redneck bigot to emphatic defender of the marginalized doesn't feel cheap or forced, instead building up to a graceful, moving moment of classical chivalry." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Oct 23, 2013
4/5 57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " That Moore is able to take Disney's own product and twist it into a disturbing, perverse, satire with very little tampering is remarkable in its own right." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Oct 22, 2013
2/5 12% The Right Kind of Wrong (2014) " Rom-com fans may be delighted by this Canadian effort that goes out of its way to be risqué, feigning originality. But deep down, The Right Kind Of Wrong is as conventional as they come and all the sillier for pretending not to be." — NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 19, 2013
2/5 —— Cottage Country (2013) " The premise is promising, but this Canadian effort squanders it like the spoilsport who spends his time up north watching old VHS tapes." — NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 19, 2013
3/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " In a glorious moment of unified defiance, Stallone and Schwarzenegger look directly at the camera and raise a middle finger at anyone assuming that time has run out on these two aging heavyweights." — NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 19, 2013
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Director Greg Camalier weaves the interviews together as if he were making music, composing a film with storytelling rhythms and emotional chords. Soul aficionados will savour every beat" — NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 14% Baggage Claim (2013) " Writer/director David E. Talbert relents to clichés but doesn't feel confined by them, like an undemanding airline passenger who can stretch out in economy class." — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 26, 2013
1/5 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " The bar for urban-flavoured dance movies has already been set pretty low, but Battle Of The Year effortlessly leans back and limbos on below it." — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 20, 2013
1/5 56% My Lucky Star (2013) " If this dreck is what the Chinese market thinks we like, you have to wonder what kind of impression our movies make on them." — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 19, 2013
88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " The resulting film is a comic delight that marvels at the intersections between art and science, painting and cinema, and illusionists and documentarians. " — NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2/5 78% La pirogue (2013) " The storms, quarrels and casualties don't make any emotional waves since they are clinically checked off, as if the filmmakers themselves recognize the predictability of it all and would rather just hurry on to the gloomy finale we all see coming." — NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/5 63% Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013) " Hart's impressive physicality and the background special effects, which become their own running joke, are a smokescreen disguising how poorly written his rambling gags actually are." — NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " Apparently the filmmakers think Lovelace's story is good enough to be exploited, again, but identifying with her would be too much to swallow." — NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 8, 2013
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