Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 95% 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 73% 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 93% 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 19% 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 87% 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 78% 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 83% 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 73% 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 71% 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
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Well-crafted if a little under illuminating, Boy Erased is a simmering, elegantly helmed glimpse into a deeply disturbing practice that remains legal in most states. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It gives us a world in which everyone has dreadful name. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) Mortensen and Ali make an irresistible duo in a well-meaning and touching, albeit slightly misjudged film... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 44% Second Act (2018) We haven't seen much of J.Lo on the big screen of late and her superstar charisma remains undiminished, while there's an earthiness and sincerity to her performance that allows her to convince as a mere 'civilian'. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) A pioneer of the "Weird Wave" of Greek cinema, Lanthimos brings his outsider's eye to period English costume drama in a film that loosens its corsets considerably. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/5 62% Bird Box (2018) Bullock gives her worried looks a workout and, in doing so, manages to steer this well clear of the car crash it might have been. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) If it's hardly the equal of the adored original, its unabashed nostalgia is interspersed with impressive amounts of imagination. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Thanks to the subtle and striking work of its leads, it remains largely engaging as the black-sheep-returns narrative unfolds. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Working with a cast which bear the weight of his scrutiny, McQueen's contemplative, soul-searching style is in evidence enough without detracting from genre thrills and feminist fury. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 91% Mandy (2018) Cosmatos harnesses the full transportive power of cinema for a psychedelia-infused horror that walks its treacherous path at a ponderous pace. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) There's a Clerks-esque vibe to the feckless, laidback bants, yet the zesty multiculturalism and feel for the local scene ensure Blindspotting is amply idiosyncratic and of our time. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Although unpredictable, explosive and engrossing, Hold the Dark doesn't find the depth and resonance it seeks. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) Built around a magnificently contained performance from Glenn Close that bristles with resentment, it sees a relationship unravel in tandem with the audience's assumptions. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) It's a film that acts as a superb platform for its actors, with Abrahamson lingering long on reactions and resisting the desire to rev things up dramatically, or simply skip to the scares. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) For the most part, Crazy Rich Asians feels appealingly sincere, even if its obsession with image somewhat contradicts the those-who-project-perfection-rarely-have-perfect-lives message. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Fuses documentary and drama in a masterfully balanced, insightful and impactful amalgam. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
4/5 86% Upgrade (2018) A tidy little thriller that takes a high-concept premise - RoboCop meets Death Wish - and seasons with both black and absurdist humour. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Ostensible leading lady Kunis must know she's playing second fiddle but gamely provides McKinnon with a fine foil. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The vibe is authentic, the period detail tasty, yet BlacKkKlansman burns with contemporary anger and concludes on an impossibly affecting, painfully relevant note. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 46% The Meg (2018) Sulking, frowning and quipping with aplomb, Statham brings to the table all the grandeur of a bloke fist-fighting in a car park - paired with the outlandish premise, the contrast works magnificently. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 97% Apostasy (2017) A meticulously measured drama that shows the toll of prioritising religious adherence over all else. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) There's finesse in the filmmaking, colour and conviction in the supporting performances... but it's Cole that really sells it, by making you feel like he's living every single horrible second. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/5 33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Whilst far from an outright disaster, Racer and the Jailbird fails to satisfy on any level: its female lead is a passenger, its romance is lacklustre and, as a thriller, it's desperately short on engine power. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/5 80% The More You Ignore Me (2018) The way it interrogates and eventually embraces an unconventional female character and upends assumptions regarding mental illness is something to be celebrated. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
4/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Finds a satisfying rhythm by combining feel-good vibes with crabby comedy and family strife. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
3/5 50% The Butterfly Tree (2017) If occasional forays into CGI fantasy betray the low budget, the production design and cinematography are, for the most part, gorgeous. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Paul Kaye goes full pantomime villain in a wonderfully hissable performance, while there are hilarious scenes of zombies marauding in the backdrop as oblivious kids sing their troubles away. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sicario 2 is shot with some style by Dariusz Wolski... But, with the cynicism of its protagonists seeping into every pore, the film can feel emotionally one-note, and the narrative pivots with a somewhat deadened predictability. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The cannily appointed voice cast and silky, almost sculpted visuals ensure that this follow-up is still somewhat super. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/5 83% Puzzle (2018) What unfolds is the most unassuming of domestic dramas, sprinkled with just a hint of eccentricity, that nevertheless comes from a truthful, sometimes painfully honest place. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Kruger's outstanding work as Katja - by turns bewildered, determined, despairing and haunted - ensures it cuts deep. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 70% The Happy Prince (2018) Marks Everett's debut as writer-director and he proves accomplished at both, taking a far from rose-tinted look at an amply analysed figure. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The film is often self-aware - as mega-budget franchises go this is one of the better ones, and the casting certainly helps. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It looks and feels the part without ever overegging it. And if the script could have done with a touch more sass and the direction a little more distinction, the cast is divine and the overall effect is entertainingly empowered. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Despite the provocative imagery and subject matter, First Reformed is a film that revels in its solemnity and speaks with a furious sincerity. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Alive to the majesty of the wilderness and the sanctuary it offers a tortured soul, Leave No Trace is a rich and refreshingly apolitical portrait of rural America. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
5/5 99% The Tale (2018) Dern is breathtaking as she grits her teeth and faces her fears, while Fox's courage and skill are hard to overstate. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018