Stella Papamichael

Stella Papamichael

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
BBC.com , Digital Spy , Film4 , Radio Times , Sky Movies
Total Reviews:
664

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 67% The Equalizer (2014) " Better to think of it as a Denzel Washington movie, a so-so effort that would have been a lot slicker if his old cohort Tony Scott had been at the helm." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 21, 2014
2/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The banter between leads Colin Firth and Emma Stone doesn't have the crackle to lift its flat story about a conjurer and a self-proclaimed psychic." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Lacking any kind of sparkle, Magic in the Moonlight is destined to become a footnote in the career of writer/director Woody Allen." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " While there are shades of Neeson's avenging angel in the Taken franchise, this is a different, more challenging proposition for the actor." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 17, 2014
2/5 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Up-and-comer Joey King is the only bright spot as Aidan's teenage daughter Grace who is fanatically committed to her Orthodox faith, arguably in the absence of strong parental guidance." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/5 58% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " What might have been a smart, insightful thriller is instead a creepy bedtime story." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 8, 2014
2/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Sweaty, naked panic is a poor substitute for genuinely raw humour, so the movie comes across like The Benny Hill Show, Uncut." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Even though the whole thing lacks depth, it is made with passion." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " A comedy drama that offers a portrait of the Emerald Isle that is contrived in its quaintness." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " Strip away the supernatural framework and this is just another teen romance with an add-on message about chasing dreams - not just boys - to keep it politically correct." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Gleeson is a strong anchor and brings some complexity to his part; it's just that he isn't served well by a script that too often mistakes bluntness for irony." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3/5 69% What If (2014) " The plot may be easy to fathom, but the undercurrents are astutely played by the actors as they're forced to confront some uncomfortable truths and, somehow, move on." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Besson is audacious, bending time and space at [Lucy's] will with comic effect - in the sense that it's funny and reminiscent of a kitsch cartoon strip - only pausing briefly every now and then for a bit of philosophical musing." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3/5 76% The Congress (2014) " This is satire with only a touch of lightness and that's mainly in the dazzling, retro animation which turns Tom Cruise (another of Green's 'properties') into little more than a row of big pearly white teeth." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 12, 2014
2/5 29% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " It's all too obvious and a bit glib." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " This space caper has its head in the clouds and its tongue, firmly in cheek." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " The man, whose chest is tattooed with the name Dayani Cristal, may be a victim of circumstance, but he is also treated by the filmmakers as a hero on a quest." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 86% Joe (2014) " Green doesn't take the obvious route, looping in and out of a series of incidents instead of chaining them too tightly in cause and effect, creating real intrigue around Joe and his impulse to destroy." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " No doubt, he is a great entertainer in his own right. Still, this one is strictly for showbiz buffs and Alice Cooper fans." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 25% Tammy (2014) " Despite McCarthy's energy in front of the camera, Tammy too often wanders off track." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 4, 2014
2/5 0% The Anomaly " The Anomaly has all the ingredients of a winning formula, in the wrong measures." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 4, 2014
4/5 88% Chef (2014) " The food, the company and the sparkling conversation give the film an intoxicating feel-good buzz and if it's all a bit indulgent, Favreau makes no apologies. He revels in it." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Eastwood's rough-and-ready style aptly reflects his young subjects, who are brimming with roguish charm." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon are short-changed by a script with a clever denouement that comes at the expense of the rest of the action, which is so self-consciously cool and vacuous, it's practically freeze-dried." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 67% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet " Based on the bestselling book by Reif Larsen, this whimsical adventure is a feast for the eyes but only a light snack for the soul." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/5 74% Oculus (2014) " The idea that brother and sister experienced the same events through different eyes is a clever one, but Flanagan doesn't get behind it with any conviction and the constant flashbacks only keep flipping the lid off the pressure cooker." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 67% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet " It plays like The Polar Express in summertime, except that Jeunet at least has a better feel for the storybook aesthetic." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 9, 2014
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Explosive stunts aside, it's the chemistry between the guys that really sets the screen alight." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " It's the back and forth between Tatum and Hill that is the secret weapon, here, and they're firing on all cylinders." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 4, 2014
1/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " There are countless missed opportunities in Grace of Monaco, a sponsorship deal with Ferrero Rocher being chief among them." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The idea of history repeating itself is already writ large, here, but what isn't so familiar is the casting of Tom Cruise as a coward." — Digital Spy
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 68% Jimmy's Hall " Loach and Laverty are obliged to emphasise the violence to stoke the fire in Jimmy's belly, because all they have to define their hero are the forces that oppose him." — Digital Spy
Posted May 27, 2014
3/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " A little bit of fun, but the memory fades." — Digital Spy
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 85% The Two Faces of January (2014) " It looks and feels very familiar, but being such a lean, mean tightly-woven thriller also makes it a refreshing break from the contemporary norm." — Digital Spy
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 92% Frank (2014) " Despite his exaggerated, expressionless appearance, Fassbender subtly conveys the sadder elements of this story about a man whose head begins to weigh heavily on his shoulders." — Radio Times
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " The friction between Rogen and Efron is bitterly amusing, especially because Efron remains a likeable guy, and Byrne is amusingly crazy, too." — Radio Times
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 29% Pompeii (2014) " Apart from the half-baked script, Harington and Browning don't generate enough fire between them and after the curtain falls, the only question that stirs in your gut is: Pepperoni, or plain...?" — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Overall, the film is a bit hit and miss and Stoller tends to cross the line, but the neighbours don't outstay their welcome." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Cassavetes is certainly guilty of dragging out the action and overcooking the finale, but this all makes for good naughty fun, nonetheless." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " There are enough laugh-out-loud moments and an infectious sense of naughty fun to keep you watching to the bitter, bitter end." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4/5 27% The 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 89% 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
53% 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 27% The 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 89% 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 93% 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 99% Starred Up (2014) " As soon as O'Connell comes striding through the prison door, his aura is electric." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 17, 2014
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