Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Cuteness abounds, lovingly moulded in the studio's inimitable claymation style, in service of a rattling good yarn. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 90% Deerskin (Le daim) (2019) Those with strong stomachs and twisted senses of humour will have a hoot; adjust your expectations, and it's just over an hour well spent. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 99% Marriage Story (2019) Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver invest their emotional disintegration with raw authenticity, while Noah Baumbach combines Woody Allen-style irreverence with the no-holds-barred naturalism of John Cassavetes. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Joker, on the other hand, feels like a damning indictment of societal ills, a study in how real monsters are made; it's a film that's desperately, maybe even depressingly relevant. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 99% Knives Out (2019) A glossy, perfectly pitched production, put together with spry style and an equal desire to honour and subvert the tropes of the genre... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 81% Jojo Rabbit (2019) For some, the subject should be no laughing matter, but Waititi ridicules Nazi ideology with aplomb and his brand of winningly juvenile humour underpinned by sweetness is an ideal fit for a child's-eye view of events. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 66% The Day Shall Come (2019) As hilarious as it almost always is, there's sincerity too as well as twitchiness and tension, in a film gearing up to deliver one heck of a gut-punch. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) [T]he women's rise isn't granted weighty consideration or much soul-searching and too often they seem like mere mouthpieces for the feminist message. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Wu is a sympathetic protagonist, while trash-talking rapper Cardi B steals a few scenes. But, as she smokes, schemes and struts her stuff like only a diva can, it's unquestionably J-Lo's show. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The CGI isn't always a match for Leitch's ambition but when he scales things down the fist-fights fly - showcasing Statham's martial arts prowess, as well as Johnson's more blunderbuss approach. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) Terry Deary's kids' history books, and their spin-off sketch show, are given cinematic life in this entertaining and comedic yarn. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Light on laughs, heavily indebted to that which came before, Stuber is an unsatisfying ride to a predictable destination. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 95% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is weird and wonderful in the extreme. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Meanwhile, Hall's sensitive, sincere and affecting performance as a woman making a stand for dignity in a deeply disrespectful environment may be her finest work to date, and the strength of the sisterhood is inspiring. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Black Forest (A Mata Negra) (2018) A simple and relatable story of the competing pressures of family life, buoyed by love for its little people. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) The director paints a fairly unflattering portrait of her creative evolution, while offering her own unforgettable take on the truism: it's only once we've known heartache that we can turn our hand to art. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) For at least some of the revamp's duration, smart ideas and schlock horror combine to entertaining effect. There are lots of new, interesting angles here. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 100% Bait (2019) Aping silent cinema in its aesthetic and intensity, it turns the mounting tensions of a Cornish fishing village into riveting dramatic fodder. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) Set against a background of poverty pay, crime and the quest for bodily perfection, Dirty God shows us a cruel world but Polak traces Jade's journey with empathy and revels in her defiance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) It's hard to watch and that's precisely the point. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 43% After the Wedding (2019) It's all too blandly polished, while Williams projects a dreaminess that makes her character hard to grasp... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Wong and Park are terrifically talented and bring their own distinctive schtick, even if they are working within the straightjacket of the same old story. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 86% Animals (2019) It's by turns tender, raucous and wise. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 79% Late Night (2019) A film that's as pertinent as it is personal. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Wonderfully played by a universally on-point ensemble, it's rare to see this many well-drawn and diverse teenage characters who all get their moment in the sun. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) While hardly the director's most emotionally honest work, it's a story that speaks compellingly, if a touch reticently, about the patchwork nature of our lives. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) Instead of empowering them to get their hands dirty, The Hustle pulls a fast one on its leading ladies. By forgetting to bring the funny, it sets them up for a spectacular fall. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
5/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Decker hones in on a seminal time in the development of a young woman's identity; as Madeline filters out the noise, she finds her creative voice. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 66% Wine Country (2019) Glossy cinematography and a gorgeous setting make Wine Country as lovely to look at as it is hilarious. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Neither suspenseful nor insightful, Extremely Wicked... adds little to our understanding of events. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Fulsomely funny with a loose, improvisational vibe, Jonathan Levine's romantic comedy combines belly laughs with incisive satire to poke fun at the asinine and misogynistic nature of modern politics. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 95% The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien) (2018) It all adds up to a colourful, enjoyably chaotic story of a group of less-than-capable crooks. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) If Greta feels a little superficial, however, there's still a lot of fun to be had: in a mischievous screenplay; in a shameless score giving oomph to every shock and in a vivid colour scheme which defies the notion that thrillers should be dark. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) The narrative tends toward the predictable as it strives to deliver a satisfying happy ending, but the depth and determination of its leading lady sets it apart. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) More gore is fine, but there's a big hole where the film's heart should be. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Dialling down the book's humour, Audiard brings a rugged authenticity to proceedings, with rote brutality punctured by glimmers of humanity. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 37% Out of Blue (2019) There's beauty and ample intrigue plus some enjoyable eccentricity but the tonal shifts are harder to predict than the killer, while the film's overarching intention is the real mystery. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) A vividly realised nightmare that combines the classiest of production values with a whole heap of crazy. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
2/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) It's an intriguing, then bemusing, sometimes unintentionally amusing blend. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Larson makes it fly with her easy charm, grungy style and credible, sometimes effortless ass-whooping; one thing's for sure, she shoots straight to the top of the league as Marvel's coolest customer. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 95% Ray & Liz (2019) Funny, and brimming with colour, character and eventually compassion, Ray & Liz represents film at its most painstakingly personal. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Boasting ample empathy and just enough hope, Eighth Grade is a coming-of-age film to savour. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 20% Serenity (2019) Aiming for brain-bending, Serenity is certainly a head-scratcher; you'll wonder why the cast were drawn to such a questionable concept. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) If it occasionally flirts with Insidious-like frights, there's an intimacy here that will keep you hooked. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 100% Only You (2018) Raw and, for some, devastatingly relatable, Only You is an in-depth look at a lesser-seen consequence of falling in love, as it focuses on the agony of infertility. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Alongside considerable frivolity, Woman at War packs a genuine emotional punch, while showing what some people are willing to sacrifice for the good of us all. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Tonally it can be a little helter-skelter but Hill has penned a witty, compassionate script and feels like a filmmaker willing to experiment. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 78% Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) (2018) Though it descends into fairly nasty Fatal Attraction-style territory, it largely resists melodrama, unfolding, in the main, in flickers of paranoia and jealousy. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
5/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Rather than just being content to tick all the usual boxes, Destroyer reveals itself to be the riveting story of a woman owning her own mistakes. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 72% Piercing (2019) The skill of the execution is notable throughout; it truly is horribly beautiful. Best of all, in this virtual two-hander, its leads pitch their performances impeccably. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019