Simon Kinnear

Simon Kinnear

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
Clothes on Film , Total Film
Total Reviews:
88

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 95% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " The film's flaws are forgivable; its very existence should be applauded." — Total Film
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 29% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Chelsom's lightly subversive, self-aware tone bolsters Pegg's best shot yet at a mass-appeal crowd-pleaser." — Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/5 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " Mixing candid talking heads with scarcely believable video footage, Miller's taut narrative shifts gears (black comedy, thriller, even a love story), but is mostly driven by outrage at the powers that be." — Total Film
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 89% The Notorious Mr. Bout " A darkly comic and illuminating portrait of moral bankruptcy emerges." — Total Film
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/5 33% Blackwood " While efficiently filmed, Blackwood prefers using horror tropes as metaphors than for pure scares, lending events the feel of an ambitious but airless thesis." — Total Film
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 33% Believe " Football has had such rotten luck on screen that the title of David Scheinmann's film seem grimly ironic, yet it's his blind faith in the genre that carries this nimble crowd-pleaser." — Total Film
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " The film leaves some uncomfortable questions about the ethics of posthumous fame." — Total Film
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " A cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes." — Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1/5 67% El Año y la Viña " A lost opportunity, and the mercifully brief running time suggests the filmmakers know it." — Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 89% Road " Less adventurous stylistically than other motorsport docs, maybe, but more heartfelt thanks to a spine of bittersweet first-person testimony and the sensory eloquence of the Dunlops in motion." — Total Film
Posted Jun 9, 2014
4/5 100% When I Saw You (2014) " Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child's-eye view, with Asfa's delightful, exuberant performance always upfront." — Total Film
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 18% Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny & Jolene) " Even as a hipster rom-com it's too reliant on rambling improv and superfluous quirks to sustain its sporadic laughs." — Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 36% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) " An odd, sensitive affair, with Skins graduate Scodelario impressive in her American debut." — Total Film
Posted Jun 1, 2014
3/5 89% Downhill " While nothing too surprising occurs, it's a promising blend of wisdom and playfulness from big-screen newcomers Torben Betts and James Rouse." — Total Film
Posted May 26, 2014
3/5 76% Concussion (2013) " Satisfaction is fleeting." — Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
3/5 100% American Interior " It's impossible not to warm to Gruff's passion for uncharted corners of Welsh culture." — Total Film
Posted May 5, 2014
3/5 83% Cupcakes " The giddily entertaining, cheerfully camp result is infused with the spirit of early Almodóvar in its brash décor, knockabout plotting and surprising substance." — Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/5 40% After the Night (Até ver a luz) " Some half-hearted magic realism paints Sombra as a tragic urban vampire - but da Cunha never fully embraces it. Instead, he settles for an over-familiar gangland saga, deep in hock to City Of God." — Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/5 44% 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 69% 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 98% 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 56% Marius (2014) " 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 63% Fanny (2014) " 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 92% 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
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