Stella Papamichael

Stella Papamichael

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
BBC , Digital Spy , Film4 , Radio Times , Sky Movies
Total Reviews:
623

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 28% Love Punch (2014) " If the plot is a bit clumsy, that's more than made up for with sheer exuberance and plenty of cheeky banter." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 93% Locke (2014) " This is a well-judged, well-acted, absorbing drama and an exciting break from the norm because - in the figurative sense - there are no signposts." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 15, 2014
72% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " There's a lot of emotional to-and-froing between the characters that slows the pace, although the ongoing tussle with Electro supplies a much needed jolt whenever required." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 14, 2014
4/5 28% Love Punch (2014) " You just have to go with it. This is pure unadulterated wish-fulfilment for the over-50s with a sunset ending that could have been sponsored by Saga Holidays." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 14, 2014
4/5 92% Calvary (2014) " If traditional westerns witnessed the bloody transition from anarchy to civilisation, Calvary sees that process reversed - punctuated by the burning of the chapel." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 94% The Past (2013) " Farhadi weaves a very sticky web with more than a few ragged edges, but even if the characters (and more precisely, their actions) aren't easy to relate to, they are compelling." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Perhaps we're supposed to be laughing? Given the constantly wavering tone, it seems writer/director Jill Soloway doesn't really know what she wants." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Nostalgia is an integral part of the formula here, with familiar tracks (and voices) chiming to reams of archive material that are cut together with infectious rhythm and zip by director Morgan Neville." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Despite getting a critical hammering in the States, it turns out that romantic drama Labor Day isn't all that bad." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " As soon as O'Connell comes striding through the prison door, his aura is electric." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/5 54% The Zero Theorem " ... a typically vivid portrait of humanity and chaos which deserves your patience despite an uneven pace." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Wes Anderson delivers a luxury film experience in the shape of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a feast for the eyes with a ritzy, glitzy cast and touches of comedy gold courtesy of Ralph Fiennes." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " What disappoints is his reluctance to engage with the matter of why many were happily seduced by the fascist propaganda - a question that is still relevant today." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " [Goldsman] wants us to believe in miracles, but a bit of common sense would have helped." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 19, 2014
4/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Hiddleston is brilliant. He pulls off a delicate balancing act, never tipping too far into sulky self-indulgence and Swinton is a reliable anchor with her no-nonsense approach to immortal life." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 18, 2014
3/5 53% Cuban Fury (2014) " It's a hard premise to buy in to, but there's plenty of rib-tickling banter between Frost and his co-stars ..." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Strip away the silliness and there might be a real gem here. It's just that Clooney keeps digging in the wrong places to find it." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " His frame is slight, but Matthew McConaughey remains a hulking presence in this riveting true-life tale." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " As this so-called invisible woman, Felicity Jones has great presence and yet the passion that would drive Dickens to compromise his moral standing is never fully expressed and the "great man" remains a remote figure." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Whatever the jokes lack in originality, Efron makes up for with nicely timed, deadpan delivery." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Mark Wahlberg stands firm as Luttrell and he also produced this version of events which, ultimately, celebrates the brotherhood of soldiers and hits hard, on a gut level." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " The story (unevenly structured) doesn't pick up pace until halfway through giving the actors lots of time to dwell on their daily grind, which is fun for them - not so much for the rest of us." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 25, 2014
4/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " A bold and tantalising performance by Isaac who defies the actor's instinct to let us inside..." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Vaughn delivers an unusually heartfelt performance, verging on self-deprecation (as opposed to the usual smugness) and it gives us hope that he's finally growing up." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 10, 2014
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The violence is starkly pictured by McQueen, lingering on black skin torn apart to reveal milky white flesh and, of course, red blood." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " You may be able to tap out every beat of the story before it's been played, but you'll go along with it because of so much star charisma and a heady party atmosphere." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " It may have been better aimed at slightly older children, but your little monsters should get a kick out of it." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 17, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " It's a rousing adventure, in parts; a film of great moments rather than a great film with a pattern of suspense that trails up and down like a hobbit over a mountain range." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 10, 2013
4/5 84% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) " It may just be a fly-by-night fancy, but this quirky noir still packs more heat than your average action thriller." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " A priceless gem of a comedy drama..." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4/5 69% Powder Room " It's very funny and very fresh - in more ways than one." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 2, 2013
3/5 49% Carrie (2013) " The good news is that you can't go too far wrong by copying a proven formula and for a new generation of moviegoers, it will be something different." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/5 49% Parkland (2013) " You can't help feeling that there's more to this story than ever meets the eye." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) " Given a little more thought, De Niro could have been sinking his teeth into a juicy Chateaubriand, but instead he's left chewing on flabby, tasteless hamburger." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4/5 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " More than just a love story, this Palme d'Or winning French drama depicts a primal hunger - for love, sex and a sense of belonging." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/5 85% Seduced And Abandoned " The film becomes a platform for actors to politely vent on their impotence, and for short-sighted bankrollers to pass the buck to the movie-going public for their lack of cojones." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 7, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) " You'll laugh and you'll cry, sometimes both at the same time." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " There are no star names here but there are star turns, most notably from Brie Larson..." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 30, 2013
3/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " The fluidity of the film is what makes it refreshing; capturing the waves and rhythms of emotion through a combination of careful scripting and improvisation." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 29, 2013
3/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " It's easy to imagine the real Helen Lyndon Goff balking at the sentimental touches, but you know what they say about a spoonful of sugar..." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 20, 2013
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " One of Holofcener's strengths is her ability to portray female friendships with all their underlying politics, as well as delivering some great salty banter." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 12, 2013
5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " The action flows thick and fast, but so much of what drives the film happens beneath the surface." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 9, 2013
3/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " There's little sense of urgency because Daisy's mission is tough to invest in." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " While comedy is often the best way to challenge taboos, there needs to be real substance to the characters involved and instead, they come across like types." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2/5 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Ultimately, this is a comedy that shows a lot of early promise but fails to deliver." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2/5 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Wiig is always watchable and her comic timing is impeccable, but her bored expression only serves to amplify the monotony of the plot." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 25, 2013
2/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " The entire cast is short-changed in a film that prioritises cheap thrills over characters you can invest in, and the problem is compounded by a plot that is designed by the numbers." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 25, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " You may even feel guilty for laughing except that Blanchett knows where to draw the line and she treads it gracefully - despite all those martinis." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 24, 2013
2/5 8% Diana (2013) " It's Naomi Watts who takes the biggest gamble here, by playing "the most famous woman in the world" - and it's a losing bet." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 20, 2013
4/5 92% In a World... (2013) " Bell, who showcases a rib-tickling array of silly accents, is someone we should be seeing and hearing from a lot more." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 12, 2013
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