Colin Kennedy

Colin Kennedy
Colin Kennedy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Metro (UK)
Publications: Empire Magazine, Metro (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 22% Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) With any luck, the pre-teen audience will have as big a lark as [Robert] Rodriguez but this fourth film does seem cruder and ruder than the first three in the series. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 94% The Guard (2011) The Guard can sometimes be a touch too clever for its own good such as when the villains discuss their favourite philosophers but quality acting keeps things the right side of quirky. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 82% The Lady From Shanghai (1948) Though the plot is impossible to follow, there are many glimpses of Welles' signature atmosphere-making. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2012
3/5 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Johnston should be saluted for old-fashioned heart in a cynical age, while Marvel should be confined to barracks for cynical marketing. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2011
3/5 52% Ocean's 11 (1960) There are many incidental pleasures to be had. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2009
4/5 94% Star Trek (2009) The most exhilarating Trek to date marks a new future for Kirk and co. If this can boldly go on to seek out ideas to match its speed and style, a franchise is reborn. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
4/5 93% Milk (2008) Milk thoroughly deserves all of the press ink that will doubtless be spilt over it. Wear your 'Vote Penn' Oscar pin with pride. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2009
4/5 90% National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) Arguably the most influential comedy of our time. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2008
5/5 97% Schindler's List (1993) This is a beautifully crafted, hopeful movie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2008
5/5 88% McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) They say that great actors are never knowingly caught acting; Altman's best movies are similarly effortless - experiences to be lived in, rather than simply watched. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
1/5 7% Glitter (2001) Heroically bad. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 91% Minority Report (2002) Hugely ambitious and wildly successful in parts, only a tricky third act trips up a master director clearly enjoying himself in virgin territory. Nonetheless this stands as the best future noir since Blade Runner. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
5/5 98% Sunset Boulevard (1950) This cold-blooded satire is at once subtle and savage. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001) So much better than Del Toro's studio efforts, with a masterful command of sound and and colour that is breathtaking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 93% About a Boy (2002) Admirably lacking in sentiment, this is a comedy-drama with a steady supply of laughs. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
1/5 7% Dragonfly (2002) Boy, does the final reel stink. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
5/5 98% Sweet Smell of Success (1957) With some of the sharpest dialogue ever cut in Hollywood, only on the most superficial level is this a movie about gossip and publicity. We're talking show business. We're talking America. We're talking cast-iron classic. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
5/5 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Putting formula blockbusters to shame, Fellowship is impeccably cast and constructed with both care and passion. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) To steal from Ali, this one floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 73% Syriana (2005) Demanding, even confusing at times, this is required viewing that requires your full attention. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
5/5 95% Paths of Glory (1957) Star Kirk Douglas used to say he didn't have to wait 50 years to know that Paths Of Glory would 'always be good.' He was right. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 64% The Shape Of Things (2002) The actors all benefit from intimate knowledge of difficult parts, and barbs at modern art and sexual mores do cut through. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
5/5 89% Hearts and Minds (1975) Still shocking, still powerful, still prudent. What is it they say about the more things change? - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 57% Dead Man's Shoes (2006) Disturbing, uncompromising and completely gripping. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 75% War of the Worlds (2005) A greatest-hits package from our greatest living entertainer, there is almost overmuch to admire here, but only the moments that aspire to post-9/11 relevance chill as well as thrill. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2005
4/5 97% The Incredibles (2004) Brad Bird strays from the Pixar formula but still delivers enough colour and thrills to keep the faithful happy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2005
4/5 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Mercifully, Revenge Of The Sith is (deep sigh) light-years ahead of the turgid Menace and the undercooked Clones. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2005
4/5 85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Oak solid and unsinkable, Master And Commander is old-fashioned entertainment crafted with considerable care. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2005
4/5 86% Collateral (2004) Perhaps the best premise for thrills since Speed, only this time the bad guy's on board and the battle of wits is more philosophical debate than pop quiz. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2004
5/5 94% The Deer Hunter (1978) A simultaneuosly touching and harrowing experience that puts the audience directly in the shoes of one man's experience of Vietnam. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2004
4/5 90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Here, at last, Harry Potter And The Movie Adventure hauls itself up to the standards set by the brilliant books. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2004
4/5 93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) Some people may find the early going tough, but this remarkable movie is in possession of a serious mind and a rare, true heart. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2004
4/5 44% The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Everybody is good at one thing, they say; for Emmerich, it's destruction. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2004
4/5 91% Whale Rider (2003) Like a breath of fresh South Pacific air, director Caro combines classic themes with a little-seen cultural perspective to come up with an uplifting crowd-pleaser. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2004
4/5 73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) An unqualified triumph for the many artisans who brought to life some of the most audacious and astonishing action sequences you are likely to see for a decade. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2003
4/5 75% 8 Mile (2002) Following L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, this makes a remarkable hat-trick for Hanson and is a personal triumph for Eminem. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2003
4/5 89% The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (2001) - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2003
4/5 96% The Dish (2001) - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2001
2/5 52% Save the Last Dance (2001) Patronising hybrid of a myriad of other teen movies. Don't bother, just watch them instead. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2001
3/5 62% The Claim (2000) In all other respects, this is fine, fine filmmaking, it's just hard to feel very involved. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2001
5/5 92% Traffic (2000) Soderbergh's electrifying pace always keeps this huge project firmly on the rails, always moving, always running. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2001
2/5 73% Remember the Titans (2000) It's pretty bad. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2001
5/5 82% Wonder Boys (2000) Wonderful. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 81% X-Men (2000) Critically, Singer gets the details right. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
4/5 84% Chuck & Buck (2000) Chuck & Buck won't make for the most relaxed evening's entertainment by any means, but it is funny and daring, and well worth the occasional shudder. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (2000) The 11 minutes aside, what really makes this version worth catching on the big screen is the enhanced print. Digital cleaning has given shape and (horrific) form to the subliminal images peppered throughout. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 97% Annie Hall (1977) Manhattan is more mature, Hannah And Her Sisters has greater range, Zelig is more technically ambitious, but nowhere else does Allen make for such great company. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) As direct and simple as it is funny and moving, this is a masterpiece of dramatic naturalism. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000