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:
289

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Exploits its half-baked, insincere critique on class warfare and the second amendment to suggest a high-minded justification for its real function: to get audiences giddy watching people mutilate each other so blood can wash down the popcorn." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 42% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " No, it's not as exciting as a dragon burning s--- up, but it's a lot more entertaining than your average PSA." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2/5 —— Cinemanovels (2014) " Smith gives a stellar performance in the role, building a character whose motivation is a mystery but whose emotions are deeply felt. Too bad the film doesn't really have anywhere to go with such talent." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2/5 40% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Zach Braff already showcased his cloying humour and appetite for pretty (and pretty meaningless) images in 2004's Garden State. In the decade since, his filmmaking hasn't matured." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 16, 2014
2/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " John Carney returns with another feature-length music video, turning the surprising charm of his debut, Once, a novel take on the modern musical romance, into a shameless gimmick. Just call it Twice." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 23% Tammy (2014) " Melissa McCarthy once again plays a trashy, foul-mouthed terrorist against civility. But now she's dropping those luxurious f-bombs in what tries to be a sensitive road dramedy that wouldn't be entirely out of place at Sundance." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3/5 —— No Tears For The Dead (2014) " Several dim-witted moments make it difficult to appreciate the movie's finer points - specifically the appealing cast and some grizzly action directed with verve and panache." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 20, 2014
1/5 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Kevin Hart's Cedric steamrolls over everyone else with his motor-mouth tirades and physical antics. He's Roger Rabbit unleashed on the set of Dr. Phil." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 20% WolfCop " Low-budget, 80s-style Canadian horror-comedy WolfCop announces its campy aspirations, and entire plot, in its title. Aiming for so-bad-it's-good status, this derivative effort gets stuck in moderately bad." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 12, 2014
76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " We see a photo of the titular talent manager Shep Gordon wearing a T-shirt reading No Head No Backstage Pass. That's where Mike Myers comes in." — NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 64% Web Junkie (2019) " Astute enough to consider the social conditions that nurture such addictions, Web Junkie falters when an underdeveloped rehab success story is ushered in at the end like a quick fix designed to numb the pain." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 29, 2014
3/5 63% Filth (2014) " If this film feels dated, its because director Jon S. Baird adheres to Danny Boyle's style, with all the visual flourishes and accelerated editing that seem mandatory when translating Welsh's prose." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 29, 2014
1/5 14% Blended (2014) " Buried within the steaming pile that is Blended - Sandler's latest dump into theatres as star and producer - is an actor who can nail the unassuming zinger, throw some beautiful tantrums and play sensitive characters who use humour as a defence mechanism." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 79% Teenage (2014) " If by the end, a clear definition of the teenager hasn't emerged, that's cool. Teenagers don't know what they are either." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 8, 2014
2/5 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " The Christian agenda here is far more welcoming and less assaultive than previous attempts of its kind. As a movie, Mom's Night Out has more practical problems than the gentle sermon buried between the lines." — NOW Toronto
Posted May 8, 2014
2/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Brick Mansions takes a swing at gentrification and dislocates a shoulder in the process." — NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/5 63% 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 developed 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 79% 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 21% 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 89% 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 68% 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 95% 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 70% 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 29% 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 (2013) " 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
91% 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 76% 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 24% 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 53% 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 86% 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 48% 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
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