Simon Kinnear

Simon Kinnear

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Publications:
Clothes on Film , Total Film
Total Reviews:
70

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 50% Khumba (2013) " Everything is leftovers, from the lazy casting of dependable but typecast stars (Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi), to a quest structure Robert McKee would dismiss as formulaic." — Total Film
Posted Apr 7, 2014
1/5 0% Almost Married " Director Ben Cookson adopts a tone of blithe jollity at odds with the film's bitter gender politics and the sniggering laddishness makes for an unpleasant date movie even before a predictable twist reveals the misogynistic core." — Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/5 68% Visitors (2014) " Too empty to arouse insight and too samey to sustain excitement, Reggio's best hope is that audiences will fall into a communal trance before they fall asleep." — Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 77% The Robber (2011) " A thriller that deliberately doesn't thrill." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 100% The Rocket (2014) " This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt's roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism." — Total Film
Posted Mar 10, 2014
5/5 87% Funny Face (1957) " One of Hollywood's funniest, most stylish musicals, this breezy satire from 1957 thrives on the pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn." — Total Film
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2/5 38% 8 Minutes Idle " Fails as a post-Gervais observation piece, with little feeling for office politics and an unconvincing, sparsely populated call-centre set." — Total Film
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4/5 78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " Nance dissects himself with candour and self-deprecating charm, ensuring that beneath the experimentation this is deeply relatable." — Total Film
Posted Feb 12, 2014
3/5 78% The Patrol (2014) " It's a solid debut, with Petch's evocative location filming (in Morocco) and pyrotechnic flourishes belying his low budget." — Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2014
5/5 92% Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) (1958) " The ambition is bracing, but critical hindsight obscures how exciting Malle's noir thriller is on its own terms." — Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 88% Journal de France " Even in fragments, the humanism of Depardon's gaze moves and inspires." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/5 80% Marius " Despite its very Gallic blend of amour and ennui, it's as if a Sunday-night British TV series had crossed the Channel." — Total Film
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/5 —— Fanny " What was scandalous drama in Pagnol's day is now pure soap opera." — Total Film
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " The simple approach teases fascinating parallels between art and marriage: essential to both, it seems, are a thick skin and an optimism verging on madness." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 28% The Taste of Money (2013) " It feels like Im intended this as a moral fable. He should have played for laughs; material this blunt works best as satire." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 67% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) " A gentle comedy about a gay man's attachment to old-school notions of romance, Ferzan Ozpetek's film is reminiscent of Woody Allen at his most whimsical." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 100% Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1996) " Tempering Hitchcockian intent with the experimentalism of the French New Wave, the result is as seductive as it is suspenseful: a bracing study of amorality." — Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) " Astonishing macro-photography captures the bees in all their surreal beauty, presenting a tribute to nature's "messenger of love" and a warning of what might be lost." — Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
3/5 50% When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2012) " It's a fascinating study of the limits of protest, but also a disjointed film; each new witness shifts us further away from the central thread into increasingly dry political debate." — Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
1/5 —— Confine (2014) " A meagre narrative is cynically doused in torture and cleavage shots, while any tension withers on an overlit set." — Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2/5 —— Tropicália " There's a noble ambition to recapture the vibrancy of the music, but the results are just confusing to anybody without a working knowledge of Brazilian history." — Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
4/5 82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " While sympathetic to their plight, the directors prove alert to the story's wider impact, speaking to proud parents and outraged opponents alike." — Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
5/5 80% The Untouchables (1987) " De Palma's style rides substance out of town to leave a glorious compendium of genre cool, remixing the original '50s TV series just as Indiana Jones took a whip to '30s serial adventures." — Total Film
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 100% Fire In The Night " A stark, nerveshredding portrait of desperate heroism beyond the reach of a fictional disaster movie." — Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/5 94% Shun LI And The Poet (2013) " A film of gentle contrasts rather than tub-thumping extremes, Segre striking a tone as languid as the lagoon where events take place." — Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 71% The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) " A minor-key marvel." — Total Film
Posted May 15, 2013
30% King Of The Travellers " There's a strand of 'us vs them' that eventually grates, but O'Connor's marshalling of a cast that includes many real travellers shows real feeling for this misunderstood community." — Total Film
Posted Apr 5, 2013
2/5 33% Small Apartments (2013) " Jonas Åkerlund's crass, cartoonish comedy about an oddball trying to dispose of his landlord's corpse." — Total Film
Posted Apr 5, 2013
2/5 50% Hi-so " As a study of cultural ennui, it makes Lost In Translation look like an action movie." — Total Film
Posted Feb 18, 2013
4/5 94% Side by Side (2012) " With film labs closing down and new formats springing up all the time, this is a timely stock-take of 21st Century cinema." — Total Film
Posted Jan 21, 2013
3/5 86% Ballroom Dancer " Anybody hoping for glamour will be disappointed: this is an icily dispassionate portrait of grinding routine in the pursuit of perfectionism." — Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2013
4/5 100% Underground " Stylistically, it's a melting pot of influences, Asquith stirring together Hollywood-style melodrama with a Soviet-esque hymn to London life and a dash of German expressionist shadow." — Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2013
2/5 33% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) " There's more to period drama than nice frocks and acerbic asides." — Total Film
Posted Dec 17, 2012
3/5 78% Hors Satan (2013) " The vagueness won't win Dumont new fans, but his enigmatic allegory of intertwined good and evil does linger in the mind." — Total Film
Posted Dec 17, 2012
2/5 22% Electric Man (2012) " More geek creak than geek chic." — Total Film
Posted Nov 27, 2012
3/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " Huard's charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott's finely balanced direction humanises the high concept." — Total Film
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3/5 100% Cinema Komunisto " The irreverence pays off in some gobsmacking anecdotes, all backed by archive footage." — Total Film
Posted Nov 19, 2012
4/5 91% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan " Told with affection and unprecedented access, this is the definitive word on the career of one of cinema's most authentic geniuses." — Total Film
Posted Oct 30, 2012
2/5 25% Dinotasia (2012) " Werner Herzog's grandiose, unintentionally camp narration adds entertainment value, but there's zero educational sustenance in the film's servings of synthetic gore." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2012
4/5 89% My Brother The Devil (2013) " A highly promising debut; if our credulity gets roughed up in places, its warmth, compassion and maturity bring a ray of sunshine to Brit-film's bleakest genre." — Total Film
Posted Oct 18, 2012
—— Cocaine Unwrapped (2012) " A compassionate, considered plea to weekend warriors to think twice before choosing charlie." — Total Film
Posted Sep 24, 2012
3/5 75% Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2012) " A compelling case study in the perils of taking on Goliath, and a timely parable about modern media and corporate "reputation anxiety"." — Total Film
Posted Sep 10, 2012
4/5 57% Love (2011) " Somehow - for only $500,000, using a set he built in his parents' yard - Eubank has fashioned an avant-garde Moon, harnessing greater ambition and technical flair than most mega-budget hype magnets." — Total Film
Posted Aug 27, 2012
2/5 70% Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) " The resulting puff-piece is a warning to crusading filmmakers about what happens after they've beaten the system." — Total Film
Posted Jul 9, 2012
4/5 83% You've Been Trumped (2012) " A vital, visceral antidote to Trump's slick PR machine." — Total Film
Posted Jul 2, 2012
4/5 95% Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012) " If you're sceptical about performance art, this might just change your mind." — Total Film
Posted Jun 29, 2012
2/5 —— Exit Humanity (2013) " A sub-Cold Mountain travelogue beset by tedious talk, stiff performances and zero menace." — Total Film
Posted Jun 28, 2012
3/5 98% Silent Souls (2011) " There's nothing here Andrei Tarkovsky didn't achieve in his prime, but at a mere 78 minutes it maintains focus with admirable purity." — Total Film
Posted Jun 14, 2012
4/5 97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " The result is a shrewd look at classroom etiquette and an achingly sad study of grief-stricken solitude, built on ace performances by Fellag and the kids..." — Total Film
Posted May 1, 2012
4/5 92% Town Of Runners " Fluctuations in form, funding and bureaucracy hinder the girls' progress but their ambition never wavers. In an Olympic year, here's an inspirational reminder of what it's all about." — Total Film
Posted Apr 10, 2012
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