Observer [UK]

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

"I'd rather attend a Norman Wisdom tribute concert in downtown Tirana than see this film again."

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Philip French

2 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Not a subtle film, but honest, intelligent and very funny."

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Philip French

3 75%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"Quirky, funny, occasionally too whimsical and at times implausible, it's rather like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn meeting the cast of Rebel Without a Cause."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Philip French

4 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"Often funny but not extravagantly or consistently so."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Philip French

5 93%

Jurassic Park (1993)

"I loved every fascinating, suspenseful, frightening, skilfully calibrated minute of it."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Philip French

6 53%

Devil's Pass (2013)

"If you know nothing of this incident you'll be intrigued, as I was. But the explanation, which involves another curious tale from the 1940s that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists, is difficult to swallow."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Philip French

7 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"[A] dubious, dislikable film ..."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Philip French

8 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Depressingly predictable in its ideas and tedious in its boneheaded brutality."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Philip French

9 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"This accomplished film is closer to Kramer vs Kramer or middle-period Woody Allen than it is to James. But that is no bad place to be."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Philip French

10 85%

The Good Wife: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010)

" It's ages since I've seen anything followable with one eye and yet also quite satisfying, so I was happy to stumble upon The Good Wife. "

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Phil Hogan

11 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"America's public agencies come very badly out of this slick thriller."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Philip French

12 26%

Planes (2013)

"A forgettable, though not dislikable, affair."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Philip French

13 80%

Call Girl ()

"It's overlong and spends too much time on the careers of troubled teenagers recruited from state juvenile institutions before getting to the political nitty-gritty."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Philip French

14 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"A movie that resembles Bugsy Malone with real weapons."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Philip French

15 93%

Kuma ()

"The plot is a dramatic, or melodramatic, way of revealing the turbulent passions and prejudices beneath the surface of homophobia, patriarchy, matriarchy and resistance to change."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Philip French

16 89%

Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967)

"Ray's Calcutta is a bustling Dickensian city of disappointment and hope, of new possibilities and old temptations, of entrepreneurs seizing opportunities in a changing society ..."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Philip French

17 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Colm Meaney commands our sympathy; Coogan gets the guilty laughs. It's all very English in its recognition of the mean smallness of so much of British life."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Philip French

18 71%

Foxfire ()

"The acting is often frighteningly good, and a little coda set some years later is fascinating."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Philip French

19 50%

Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) ()

"It's like a Haneke plot turned into a comforting boulevard play, but it's subtly observed and extremely well acted ..."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Philip French

20 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"A smart, derivative load of Bulfinch, its director Thor Freudenthal has a name perfectly suited to link the mythical and the psychoanalytical."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Philip French

21 90%

Silence (2014)

"An uneasy mixture of fact and fiction ..."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Philip French

22 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"It's a lively, touching story, full of sadness and optimism, drawn with an unaffected simplicity."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

23 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"It's scare-to-medium stuff with the usual ghoulies, ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

24 90%

Paradise: Hope (2013)

"It's a revealing, often bitterly funny study in embarrassment and disillusion."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

25 65%

The Heat (2013)

"As poorly scripted as Beverly Hills Cop and not as funny."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

26 61%

My Father and the Man in Black (2013)

"This film is rather like BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, but with altogether too many scenes re-enacted by lookalikes."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

27 56%

Heaven's Gate (1980)

"I will leave others to pick nits off this epic panorama."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

28 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"[A] tiresome sequel ..."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

29 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"The story unfolds in a series of carefully composed tableaux accompanied by a mixture of western and oriental music, and what is enacted is a dreamlike fable of revenge and retribution."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Philip French

30 96%

Unforgiven (1992)

"There is unlikely to be a better movie from the States or anywhere else this year."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Philip French

31 58%

Viramundo ()

"It's a heartwarming experience, a little reminiscent of Wim Wenders's Buena Vista Social Club, and the music is attractive and authentic."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Philip French

32 88%

Dial M for Murder (1954)

"Rather than let someone else mess with a play that has a formal perfection, Hitchcock did the adaptation himself, his only such credit while in Hollywood."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Philip French

33 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"It's loud, spectacular, dull, humourless and predictable."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Philip French

34 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"[An] impressive, often gripping documentary ..."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Philip French

35 69%

Days Of Grace (Dias De Gracia) (2011)

"This is all very impressive in its scope and moral reach, and the movie, with its extensive use of handheld cameras, sweaty close-ups and violent encounters, is visually striking."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Philip French

36 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"There's little doubt that many people will find her insufferable, and almost everyone will experience moments of acute discomfort. But this is a wonderful performance that never becomes ingratiating."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Philip French

37 85%

Easy Money (2012)

"With pounding synthesised music on the soundtrack, Easy Money moves like a razor-edged Frisbee that could cut off a player's hand or sever his jugular if he doesn't see what's coming."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

38 89%

The World's End (2013)

"A little too long, perhaps, but highly amusing, and handsomely photographed (Bill Pope) and designed (Marcus Rowland)."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

39 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The story is an admirable necklace on which to string facts, anecdotes and insights that illuminate in a good-natured way the lives of women in an unthinking, patriarchal, totalitarian society."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

40 54%

Breathe In (2014)

"This is the kind of movie conceived as a tasteful attraction for people who consider themselves superior to the similar but vulgar Richard Dreyfuss vehicle Mr Holland's Opus. Give me Mr Holland any day."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

41 82%

Eden (2013)

"It's chilling, convincing, matter-of-fact realism."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

42 98%

Roman Holiday (1953)

"Only the big screen can do justice to its scintillating monochrome images."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

43 14%

Suspension Of Disbelief ()

"[A] convoluted noir thriller that interweaves a variety of narratives."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

44 59%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"[An] efficient police procedural ..."

Posted Jul 21, 2013

Philip French

45 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Del Toro generally manages to keep triumphalism at bay, avoids solemnity, gives each nation a fair share of the limelight and cheerfully embraces the mock seriousness that such films insist on."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Philip French

46 75%

Play (2011)

"There's something uneasy about the knife-edge Ístlund is working on, and his film is overlong and inadequately focused."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Philip French

47 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"Wittily, ingeniously and movingly conflates the Grimm fairytale of Snow White and the story of Carmen."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Philip French

48 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"There's a rather tired, willed atmosphere hanging over it."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Philip French

49 96%

The Deep (2013)

"It's a gripping, downbeat film that poses and then (with help from British naval researchers) answers the question of his seemingly miraculous survival: a bit of willpower and a lot of blubber."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Philip French

50 100%

Les Invisibles ()

"A revealing, deeply moving piece of work."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Philip French

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