Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Radheyan Simonpillai's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 18% Pixels (2015) "Michelle Monoghan's Violet, a high-ranking military officer who always stays out of the boys' way, plays well within Gamergate rules. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 82% A Hard Day (2015) "Unfortunate events collide, ricochet and twist with hair-raising precision. getting maximum tension and laughs out of every ludicrous scenario. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/5 17% Only You (2015) "The romance is built on deceit, implausible coincidences, a lot of sulking and montages that tell us things are going swell. That leaves no room for the two stars to actually charm each other - or us. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 58% Southpaw (2015) "In Southpaw, Eminem's encore, relapse and recovery is handled with boxing gloves and cliches. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Just another run-of-the-mill Marvel origin story that surprises with bursts of flair and humor, as if remnants from Wright and Cornish's script managed to fight their way into the final cut. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/5 54% Minions (2015) " Seeing the minions end up in your Happy Meal would not have been a stretch in this absurd, tangential movie. (Actually, it would have been more to the point.) " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 10, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet My Ex-Ex "The gags in My Ex-Ex, directed by Nathaniel Warsh, are all about pushing the envelope because, really, this impotent low-rent comedy, which reaches for Apatow but falls well below Sandler, has nothing else to offer. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Early sections waste energy on the protagonist's Austen-lite flirtation with fiancé Roland (Kit Harington), a non-starter despite scenes of awkward chivalry amidst wilting petals and linens fluttering in the breeze. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/5 14% Aloft (2015) "Aloft has a few serene and gut-wrenching moments, especially when Peruvian director Claudia Llosa tones down her visual poetry to focus on Jennifer Connelly's achingly beautiful performance. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 32% Entourage (2015) "As always, it falls on Jeremy Piven's big-hearted menace, Ari Gold, to be the defibrillator amidst all the lifeless recliner action. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 2, 2015
2.5/4 19% Aloha (2015) "The curious thing about the whitewashing accusations against Aloha is that it completely ignores the movie's most genuine theme: white guilt. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted May 28, 2015
2/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "This is a movie written copyright first. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted May 20, 2015
2/5 52% Saint Laurent (2015) "Early stretches that show Yves (Gaspard Ulliel) commanding the seamstresses in his workshop or in a nightclub stalking a statuesque beauty he wants as his model are shot and composed impeccably, with a lustre that feels vintage. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 20, 2015
2/5 37% The Face Of An Angel (2015) "Winterbottom tiptoes around the crime at the centre, steering clear of the sensationalism he indicts. The result is a journalist's worst fear: not much of a story. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 20, 2015
3/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "These movies hit the four-quadrant notes that blockbusters require. There may not be massive explosions but the charm and voices among the ladies in the cast are its own special effect. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted May 14, 2015
3.5/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "At no point does the empowering gender switch compromise the movie's speed demon action and pyrotechnics, which are a refreshing return to operatic thrills after all the same-old CGI shenanigans we've become numb to. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted May 14, 2015
2/5 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "Witherspoon produces and stars in this lazy, meandering, lowbrow comedy, leaning on gags about her flat ass and co-star Sofia Vergara's massive boobs. Such impotent humour is a real letdown considering the female talent in front of and behind the camera. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 8, 2015
2/5 53% Maggie (2015) "Newbie director Henry Hobson pads out his zombie melodrama with redundantly pensive moments where Schwarzeneggar's Wade and Breslin's Maggie linger in the fields, searching for answers in nature as if Terrence Malick took a bite out of them. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " There is a significant lack of that human touch in Age of Ultron's very fabric, where the winning personalities of its core superheroes feel diminished, defeated and consumed by whatever algorithm keeps these movies going. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "Crowe and his writing team milk the tragedy, lather the romance on with a spatula and even throw in some adventure, presumably because they got bored. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 22, 2015
2/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "If Estée Lauder made a movie, it might look a lot like The Age Of Adaline, a swooning, fawning romance about a woman who achieves what no anti-wrinkle cream has before. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 22, 2015
4/5 61% Unfriended (2015) "Translates horror conventions fluidly so that you hold your breath not when you're waiting for what's behind the door but for what's buffering. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 66% The Dead Lands (2015) "The tale of warring tribes in pre-colonial New Zealand embraces Maori language and mysticism. Ethnography is its purpose, but a fine cast makes sure this modest movie has a pulse. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/5 31% The Longest Ride (2015) "You can forget about The Longest Ride being a competent movie; it's far from that. However, Sparks fans will be happy to know that my sleeve was damp by the end because my wife had no Kleenex handy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 10, 2015
No Score Yet Resurrection of a Bastard (2015) "Remember the name Guido van Driel. The bold Dutch director makes an auspicious debut with The Resurrection Of A Bastard, a brutally violent and haunting crime movie adapted from his own graphic novel. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 52% Boychoir (2015) "You might forgive Hoffman for sleepwalking through this performance, given the deadly dull and predictable proceedings. No matter - even a yawning Hoffman is a mighty presence, especially compared to the raw actors in the choir. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 45% Home (2015) "Oh and Tip may not be the most memorable animated duo, but Parsons's high-pitched squeal and the groove in Rihanna's voice bounce off each other nicely. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Sitting On The Edge Of Marlene "Marlene is a drama queen in constant emotional flux, threatening to blow down the straw house the film constructs around her with every maniacal laugh or violent roar. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 50% Lost And Love (2015) "Given the widespread and devastating situation, the movie's quaint, comforting treatment is a letdown. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 27% The Search "After winning the Oscar for his glorified trinket The Artist, Hazanavicius throws a spotlight on human rights horrors. His well-intentioned children-in-peril story, set during the second Chechen war, is periodically moving but unwieldy and heavy-handed. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 56% Champs (2015) "Directing a critical eye at the sociology and predatory business of boxing, the doc is periodically interesting but also unconvincingly broad. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "Jammed between pratfalls that include a man's face and a penis coming together is a sentimental story about the challenges of being a good, supportive dad. The movie wants you to hug your family - but wait, whoa, look at those tatas! " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 6, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet The Intruders "The Intruders stacks the deck with all the familiar horror signposts, as if straying from clichés were the most frightening thing of all. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "The perpetrators took two years to plan the abduction, the mechanics of which provide the film's most interesting details. If only Alfredson and his writers were as meticulous in developing the characters and building a consistent tone. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "The set-up can seem frustratingly constrictive and redundant, but that's the point. The film is no more exasperating than the rigid, patriarchal legal system it depicts. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 89% Siddharth (2014) "Mehta keeps his sociopolitical critique in the background, allowing it to inform but not interfere with his intimate and devastating story. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 80% In Her Place "An expertly plotted drama that packs a paralyzing emotional gut punch. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1/5 12% Seventh Son (2015) "Moore vamps and camps it up, seemingly aware that the only way to liven up the dreadful material is by trying to out-wicked the Wicked Witch of the West. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 7, 2015
3/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "The bulk of Sponge Out of Water stays submerged, hand-drawn and Banderas-free, still delivering the coy wit, surrealism and absurdity that come hand-in-hand with SpongeBob's frivolous, childish whimsy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/5 34% Project Almanac (2015) "The disorderly and often derivative space-time frolic never reaches the heights of Chronicle or the "temporal dislocation" fodder it humbly makes reference to, but it still manages to have fun. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 30, 2015
1/5 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) "Why Lopez and Step Up's Guzman didn't join forces for a sexy dance-off instead of a piss-poor Fatal Attraction-style domestic thriller is beyond me. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 27, 2015
2/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "These characters coolly roam through every precise, purposeful scene like the metaphors they are, seemingly motivated by artistic intent as opposed to baser human desires. Even Michael Corleone had a temper; a libido; a pulse. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jan 24, 2015
1.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "Unlike the movie version of Chris Kyle who never makes a mistake, Eastwood and his writer are prone to flubs that cost them their "fog of war" stance. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2/5 27% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "Most times, the movie is comfortable with the lowest common denominator, but there are periodic bits that give Gad and Hart room to click. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2/5 51% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "Paradise Lost's main focus is Josh Hutcherson's fictional and bland Canadian surfer boy Nick. We see Escobar filtered through his perspective, which is like trying to enjoy a dark roast Colombian coffee brewed at Tim Hortons. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/5 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "For all the CGI whiz-bang and volumes of encyclopedia figures to play with, director Shawn Levy still hasn't figured out how to make the proceedings exciting. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2014
3/5 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "The outcome is animation so imaginative and rich that I'm sorry to admit I longed for a bit more Pixar-brand pizzazz to perk up the sluggish plot and characters - just a bit, mind you. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2014
5/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "A wildly entertaining, beautiful and hypnotic puzzler from a towering talent, Inherent Vice proves to be so much more than just the best film of the year - though it is that too. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Women Who Flirt (2014) "Lessons on mastering the sexy #selfie are among the few delights in Women Who Flirt. That makes this energetic but derivative Chinese rom-com about as functional as a BuzzFeed list. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 27, 2014
2/5 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "Following the absurd humour and Red Bull energy of series peak Europe's Most Wanted, Penguins Of Madagascar is just a deflated return to the franchise's blah beginnings. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 27, 2014
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