Dilys Powell

Dilys Powell
Dilys Powell's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK)
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Publications: Sunday Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Taking Off (1971) Mr. Forman has made a comedy in the United States; and he has shown that his gift works on either side of the Atlantic. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
81% Bananas (1971) Without verbal jokes, [Allen] can be a disaster. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
No Score Yet Laugh with Max Linder (1921) The acrobatics are dazzling, but the exquisite precision of the tiniest action it is which delights. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
9% Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) Pretty Maids All in a Row simply shares the ineffable vulgarity it portrays. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
14% Camille 2000 (1969) Let me just say that Dumas' story has been reduced to an interminable exercise in bed, and leave it at that. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
88% The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) One of the best horror-comics for years. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
94% Murmur of the Heart (1971) The film is elegantly and fluently played, free in movement but discreet in feeling. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
83% Private Road (1971) The direction has a kind of authority: it doesn't merely promise, it performs. What it performs, or rather displays, I find apotropaic. But that is far better than feeling indifferent. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
88% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) There are a reasonable number of sharply inventive sketches. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
97% Tristana (1970) Tristana may look like an aesthetically conservative film. Don't be deceived. It makes its effects by the very austerity of its style. And its effects are diabolically ironic. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
No Score Yet Les yeux ne veulent pas en tout temps se fermer, ou Peut-être qu'un jour Rome se permettra de choisir à son tour (Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn) (Othon) (1970) Othon [is] a typically unemotional Jean-Marie Straub reading of Corneille's play, done in colour against a Roman setting. Static, but somehow it isn't boring, and the moral tone is high. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
75% The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) [The Hellstrom Chronicle is] about the ferocity and the frightening organisation of the insect world. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
50% Zachariah (1971) Exquisite design makes some amends for the lunacies. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
96% Wake in Fright (2012) Perhaps it will be argued that [its intention] is to excite disgust with crudeness, to invite us... to recognise a general tough goodwill which teaches the visitor to know his own weaknesses Maybe. Myself I find that the film excites disgust, period. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
42% The Grissom Gang (1971) The Grissom Gang has a kind of moral squalor. It is alien from the simple violence of the old gangster cinema, alien, too. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
67% The Devils (1971) About facts at any rate, and as cinematic reconstructions go, The Devils seems to be pretty accurate. But it is startlingly unsuccessful in moving its audience. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
30% The Horsemen (1971) I have long admired Mr Frankenheimer's talents, but they are overlaid here by local colour (splendid photography by Claude Renoir). - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
100% Blue Water, White Death (1971) [There are] astonishing shots of the skin-divers swimming unprotected among a crowd of feeding sharks. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
67% King Lear (1971) Above all, Mr Brook has allowed a notable cast to feel and use, really to use the marvellous language. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
17% Friends (1971) The tale is told with every delicacy and one doesn't believe a word. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
20% Scandalous John (1971) Tedious. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
73% Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges) (1971) I should be inclined to call it the best of modern Gothic. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
57% Wild Rovers (1971) Perhaps it is this happy-go-lucky feeling which distinguishes the story from the majority of Westerns -- and which makes violence here less disturbing than in many a less lethal film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
87% The Hired Hand (1971) With so much conscious art there isn't room for simple emotions. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
55% What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) Agnes Moorehead as an Aimee McPherson-type gospeller contributes some happy moments; and with Luclen Ballard's evocative camerawork to help the nineteen-thirties setting, a hideously enjoyable time is had by all. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet The Yankee (Jänken) (1970) Anita Ekstrom's performance is painfully accurate, but the general drabness of the film limits sympathy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
57% Cold Turkey (1971) A sustained joke about a serious subject -- deplorable taste, and good luck to it; the joke is extremely funny in the old Hollywood style, using the idiosyncrasies of the members of a group, drawing farce from straight-faced desperation. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
17% The Beast in the Cellar (1971) TWO quiet elderly ladies (Flora Robson and Beryl Reid) and something nasty under the floorboards -- it is a good recipe for a horror film, and The Beast in the Cellar begins teasingly and well; a pity that it should tail off into tame explanations. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet One P.M. (1969) It is not particularly interesting, but I suppose it satisfies an occasional moment of curiosity. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
100% The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) The style is capable of infinite debasement, but in Reiniger's hands it keeps its delicacy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet Mr Horatio Knibbles (1971) A cheerful mixture of fantasy and realism involving a little girl and her friend a six-foot rabbit. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
79% Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) The film is likeable as well as amusing; it even has a note of pathos, something alien from its predecessors. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
67% Le Mans (1971) You can't hear the words for the noise, you can't follow the action for the speed. But you can sit back and feel distinctly stirred. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet Revenge (1971) Alternately risible and nauseating. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
20% The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1970) I say a thriller; but the mystifications crawl along, only to crawl back over the ground in an equally sluggish interpretation. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
100% The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971) Bizarrely entertaining. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
No Score Yet Zoo in Budapest (1933) Frankly it looks bit thin. But one is desperately eager to surrender to it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
67% Villain (1971) In the end Richard Richard Burton's performance ceases to rely on the -profession of acting; it becomes entirely dependent on the exercise of violence. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
No Score Yet Deserter (1971) Pretty good, in fact. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
93% Klute (1971) Persuasive script by Andy and Dave Lewis; elegantly muted Technicolor; high in its class. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
68% The Touch (1971) Whether because the script is inconsequent or because Mr Gould, floundering in violence, sexuality and insolence, loses his footing in Bergman country, one can't believe a word. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
65% Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) [Bedknobs and Broomsticks] would be standard Disney if it were not for a beguiling performance by Angela Lansbury. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
84% Walkabout (1971) The film is rich enough, especially at a second look, to make you forget the flaws. You are left with the impression of a fresh, powerful and humane imagination. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020