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Emma Dibdin

Emma Dibdin
Emma Dibdin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film, Digital Spy, The Arts Desk

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 78% The Shallows (2016) A likeable, efficiently executed popcorn thriller with no pretensions. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Never Stop Never Stopping is exactly the kind of meaningless subtitle you expect from a tween-oriented pop-concert movie, and it's one of the many things this Judd Apatow-produced mockumentary gets right. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
3/5 73% Trumbo (2015) A sturdy and solidly unremarkable portrait of a fascinating period in Hollywood history, Trumbo is glossy, old-fashioned fun anchored by a magnetic, theatrical turn from Cranston. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) Now You See Me 2 improves significantly on the first movie, a more purely entertaining ride thanks to a couple of character shake-ups and tighter group chemistry. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 11, 2016
5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) As a tribute to rigorous, unglamorous, old-fashioned journalism, Spotlight is only more powerful for being released in the age of disposable digital media. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 11, 2016
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) Everything about the film feels half-hearted, from its paint-by-numbers plot to its disengaged cast to its occasional stabs at emotional stakes. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 11, 2016
5/5 94% Room (2015) A cathartic fable that's much more about hope than pain. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2/5 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Unfortunately, the end result has neither the subtlety of Sherlock nor the intellectual rigor of Mary Shelley's novel - it's a hammy, clunky misfire which largely squanders a strong core concept. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 22, 2015
2/5 33% By The Sea (2015) Squandering its dramatic potential on clumsy dialogue and empty visuals, By the Sea is too languid and meandering to register as anything much deeper than an extended perfume commercial. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 21, 2015
89% Obvious Child (2014) It's a frank, funny and emotionally sophisticated story that quietly declines to fall in line with what is expected of young women on the big screen. ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Steve Jobs is an arresting, razor-sharp piece of human drama that probes the slippery divide between persona and person. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 4, 2015
4/5 94% Carol (2015) An intoxicating and endlessly surprising portrait of forbidden passion. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 29, 2015
4/5 84% The Walk (2015) In the sense of the sheer physical awe it conveys, The Walk makes a more compelling case for 3D's continued existence than any other film has to date. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 27, 2015
4/5 74% Black Mass (2015) Though its impressively sprawling cast feels largely untapped, Black Mass is a much-needed reminder of Depp's capacity for subtlety. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 20, 2015
4/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Often bitter but essentially sweet, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a sharply penned drama with real things to say about loss... ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) In the face of such bad buzz, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for the finished product, which is a harmless and endearingly cartoonish throwback to more simple comic book movie times. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 4, 2015
3/5 19% Self/less (2015) Self/less is enjoyable enough as a sleek and lightweight B movie, but it falls far short of the smart, searching futuristic morality tale it could have been. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/5 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) The Amazing Spider-Man puts genuine time and effort into making its central romance feel authentic, and for that it is exceptional. In every other respect, it isn't. ‐ The Arts Desk
Posted Jul 14, 2015
4/5 94% Spy (2015) A deliriously funny dismantling of the spy movie. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Though the casting of Stewart might initially have been dismissed as meta... her performance is about as far from a gimmick as it's possible to get... ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 15, 2015
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Anchored by Whedon's trademark wit without becoming a tiresome zinger-fest, it's a thrilling and affable slice of impeccably crafted chaos. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/5 26% Child 44 (2015) Tom Hardy is characteristically compelling as Leo Demidov, a runaway orphan-turned-WW2 soldier transformed into a war hero by his role in the Battle of Berlin. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 71% The DUFF (2015) The DUFF is the first laugh-out-loud high school comedy since Easy A while also being genuinely the kind of story young girls need to be told more often. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 84% While We're Young (2015) A cross-generational character comedy whose biggest problem is its characters, Noah Baumbach's While We're Young is sharply observed but frustratingly slight. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 1, 2015
4/5 83% Cinderella (2015) Witty, richly drawn and unashamedly old school, this is a smart adaptation that understands the enduring appeal of its source material, and doesn't feel the need to subvert or reinvent. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/5 89% Mommy (2015) Mommy is a thrilling if overlong experience, as often funny as horrifying, its emotions dizzying and its climax miraculously both bleak and hopeful. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 75% Suite Française (2015) Suite Française works far better as the story of a community in flux than it does as a brooding romance... ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 28% Insurgent (2015) Despite its earnest tone and unremittingly solemn performances, the entire movie feels like a simulation, devoid of lifelike detail or tangible dramatic stakes. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 11, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) ... had James been overruled more often Fifty Shades of Grey could have been something genuinely extraordinary: an adult blockbuster in every sense. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Isaac and Chastain are dynamite together, and Chandor's faultless handle on the ethical and personal stakes of his story make the viewing experience consistently compelling if not ultimately memorable. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 24, 2015
4/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) As thoughtful as it is thrilling, Ex Machina is a razor-sharp and nimble character drama which takes a controlled nosedive into exhilarating sci-fi horror. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 21, 2015
1/5 11% Taken 3 (2015) This is as hackneyed and unashamedly cynical as sequels get, a miserable blend of tin-eared soap opera and clunky action that feels infinitely longer than its 109 minutes. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) A hypnotically disturbing triumph for Miller and his cast. Bruisingly intimate and psychologically nuanced, its spiral into savagery lingers like a bad dream. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 6, 2015
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) What gives the film its magnetism is the eerie weightlessness of Iñárritu's camera, gliding through walls and through time in a dreamlike stream-of-consciousness. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) Like this awards season's other scientific British biopic The Imitation Game, the film suffers from a squeamish reluctance to really engage with the harsh realities of its story. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Bilbo and Thorin's increasingly fraught and intimate relationship stands head and shoulders above everything else, Freeman and Armitage both doing their most wrenching work in the series yet. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 2, 2014
4/5 98% Paddington (2015) Paddington is the very definition of fun for all the family, coupling visual spectacle and guileless action set pieces with a strand of wry, occasionally subversive humour. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 27, 2014
2/5 41% Horns (2014) Setting aside a couple of enjoyably fantastical visual moments in the third act, which descends fully into dizzy, nasty horror, Horns is a tonally muddled mess. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 29, 2014
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) The hypnotic electronic score from James Newton Howard and neon-tinged vision of LA from Roger Elswitt recall Drive, but there's none of that film's wistful abandon here. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 28, 2014
4/5 71% Interstellar (2014) A spine-tingling blend of brains and heart, a high concept sci-fi opera that's as unafraid of cerebral ideas as it is of heart-on-sleeve emotion. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 27, 2014
3/5 48% The Judge (2014) The Judge is a largely inoffensive blend of courtroom potboiler and domestic melodrama which makes intermittently good use of Downey and particularly Duvall. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) Them alone feels inescapably like a half-told story, albeit a tender and earnest one with two powerhouse performances at its centre. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 15, 2014
5/5 90% Wild (2014) Wild is a clear-eyed and authentic portrait of a flawed person grappling with an incomprehensible loss. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/5 74% Margaret (2011) Margaret's journey to the screen may've been rocky, but the result is a singularly compelling study of trauma. It's a raw, messily magnificent near-masterpiece. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 29, 2014
3/5 65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) An effective and shrewdly observed satire, with a handful of standout performances and a gloriously bitter sting in the tail. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 15, 2014
4/5 92% Pride (2014) There are so many opportunities for Pride to be twee, or patronizing, or sentimental, and instead it's relentlessly sharp and subtle, some of the most joyously human storytelling you'll see on screen this year. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 10, 2014
4/5 63% Million Dollar Arm (2014) The steady hand of director Craig Gillespie (whose previous work includes the off-kilter Lars and the Real Girl) is evident throughout, and the result is warm, witty and thoroughly entertaining. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) The physical sluggishness and emotional numbing of depression have seldom been better portrayed on screen... ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/5 66% The Rover (2014) An evocative journey, lean and pitiless and occasionally gut-wrenching. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 37% God's Pocket (2014) Given how fresh the pain of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing still feels, it's perhaps a relief that gloomy tragicomedy God's Pocket - which marks one of his final roles - never engages seriously with the reality of death. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 7, 2014