Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 90% The Dry (2021) Unhurried and absorbing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 74% The World to Come (2020) As well as being deeply touching, Fastvold's film is also tremendously tense, given our understanding of the era and the ominously watchful men, one thing is for sure: this will not end well. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
2/5 29% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) You're generally right to worry when a film has six screenwriters, and the story is about as comprehensible as that suggests. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
2/5 24% The Birthday Cake (2021) Goodfellas is a major reference point for this misjudged Mob flick from director Jimmy Giannopoulos, which feels very amateurish by comparison. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
3/5 50% The Forever Purge (2021) If it's as crude as ever, The Forever Purge builds its dystopian nightmare on a foundation of ugly truth; however demented the story gets, it has humanity's number. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) What The Croods 2 lacks in narrative ingenuity it makes up for in vibrant, eye-popping animation, as it floods the screen with a plethora of imaginative flora and fauna. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 94% The Surrogate (2020) Sporting credibility in spades and managing to consider things from all sides, it firmly places you in the shoes of its protagonist as she finds herself in a predicament with no easy answers. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
4/5 81% Black Widow (2021) It all adds up to a film that feels like a fittingly emotional final hurrah for a much-loved heroine. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
3/5 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) Don't scrutinise this one too closely, simply let its combination of lauding smarts and practising stupidity wash over you and you'll have a fine time. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
4/5 84% Freaky (2020) Freaky is unashamedly derivative and celebratory, and a whole heap of fun. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
3/5 62% French Exit (2021) Michelle Pfeiffer is sensational in this sometimes-sparkling comedy about a high society lady who has fallen on hard times. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
4/5 100% The Duke (2021) This spry and sometimes sentimental caper from Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is an unabashed crowd-pleaser, with a real-life Robin Hood at its centre. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
4/5 94% The Surrogate (2020) It is the complexity and credibility of Batchelor's performance that enables The Surrogate to connect on such a deep and emotional level. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
5/5 95% In the Heights (2021) Dialling the sincerity right up to 11, director Jon M Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) delivers a sure-fire spirit-lifter. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
2/5 59% F9 (2021) Spectacle without jeopardy, and therefore tension, just feels hollow and, when stretched over a shamelessly elongated, two-and-a-half-hour runtime, it can get pretty tedious. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/5 89% Supernova (2021) It's the little things that get you in this quietly devastating film. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
4/5 98% Sweat (2020) It would have been so easy to sneer, but Swedish director Magnus von Horn instead takes a compassionate look at that most modern of phenomena: social media influencers. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
5/5 93% And Then We Danced (2020) It's tremendously moving stuff, and masterfully managed by Akin. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
3/5 91% Luca (2021) Pixar's reliably lovely computer-animated latest might be lacking in the magic of their finest hours but, admittedly, they've set the bar incredibly high for themselves. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
3/5 66% Fatherhood (2021) The remarkable authenticity and surprising subtlety of Hart's turn, the likeable and well-chosen supporting cast and the deftly employed and executed humour make this a largely winning and frequently touching effort. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
2/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) We've been starved of flashy entertainment of late but this kind of lazy, seen-it-all-before sequel has not been missed. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
5/5 97% The Reason I Jump (2021) Coming in at a mere 82-minutes, the film takes us on a brief but beautiful journey full of hope for a future where autism might be more effectively treated and understood. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
5/5 95% In the Heights (2021) It may take a moment to acclimatise to the shamelessly earnest emoting but In the Heights' sincerity is one of its selling points. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
4/5 79% In The Earth (2021) It absolutely won't be for everyone, yet for fans of Wheatley, or those looking to escape the heat and bury their heads in something stunningly strange and unashamedly esoteric, this is bang on. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
3/5 84% Nobody (2021) It's a slick and peppily-helmed operation and fans of hyper-stylised carnage will get more than their money's worth. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
4/5 97% Shiva Baby (2021) There's something appealingly anarchic about Sennott's dishevelled, slightly deranged and almost indiscernibly provocative performance in the midst of this supposedly solemn occasion. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
5/5 98% The Father (2021) It is a huge artistic triumph to so cleverly illuminate such a common yet often hard to comprehend condition, and amongst the most evocative and insightful depictions of dementia we've seen on screen... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
4/5 94% Dinner in America (2020) This exhilaratingly anarchic black comedy from writer/director Adam Rehmeier nods to the work of Todd Solondz and David Lynch but brings its own defiant spirit to the table. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
3/5 70% Land (2021) There are a few on the nose emotional notes and there's a touch of predictability as Land draws to a close, but it's a stirring and encouraging start to Wright's career as a feature director. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
4/5 95% After Love (2020) It's a gently told, sensitively captured tale of a woman learning to stand firm as her world starts to crumble around her. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A film that's as stirring as it is scary. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
4/5 74% Cruella (2021) There are a few Joker-like moments that threaten to take Cruella into more tortured territory, but it ends up falling down firmly on the side of fun. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 74% Cruella (2021) Stone seethes, stews and schemes with aplomb. And Thompson gives her truly vile villainess plenty of oomph, taking a perfectionist's care with her delivery. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) As before, Farmiga and Wilson bring sincerity and weight to the material and an appealingly unwavering dynamic. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3/5 78% Surge (2020) With this ingenious, obviously modestly-budgeted effort, Karia puts himself firmly on the filmmaking map. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3/5 67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) With its combination of self-awareness and shamelessly anarchic action it strikes a pretty solid balance between appealing to adults and kids, and it has no shortage of ideas, some of which work well... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3/5 59% Rare Beasts (2021) What Piper has produced here shows significant potential. She has admirable curiosity about the human condition and probes her subjects with intelligence. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
4/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) If some of the emotional notes feel a bit tacked on and it doesn't quite work on the deeper level it aspires to, then it is at least outrageously entertaining. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
3/5 72% My Salinger Year (2021) Try as it might, it doesn't quite capture the magic of great literature and of finding your voice, but there's a certain amount of loveliness along the way. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
3/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral is not quite up there with the 2004 original and, of course, it ain't pretty, but if you've got the stomach for it, then please, go right ahead. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Fleshing things out would have improved the film immeasurably, but given the bare-bones, sometimes pretty bonkers story it ends up being a lot of fun indeed. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
3/5 88% Oxygen (2021) An excellent Mélanie Laurent aids suspension of disbelief by investing every second of her performance with the utmost credibility. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
3/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) It's by far the best movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat to date. Make of that what you will. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 91% Little Fish (2021) Moving at a measured pace, Little Fish is a film where not much happens narratively, but that gives full rein to Cooke and O'Connell, who operate at impressive levels of emotional intensity. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
4/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Although the premise feels stretched, the script (co-written by Michael Patrick O'Brien) is smart and often very funny, and the film's affability is enhanced immeasurably by the charm of its cast. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3/5 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) [W]hile the thinly sketched story is brazenly unimaginative, screenwriter Kevin Costello (Brigsby Bear) throws in the odd, welcomely surreal gag, and the cast keep things solidly watchable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
4/5 98% Apples (Mila) (2020) The film's oddity and imagery is often very appealing, it's tied up surprisingly neatly, and for all its apparent affectation it feels very human at its core. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
4/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) It might have a fractious clan at its core but it should make for harmonious, whole family viewing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/5 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) It's hard to know where to start with the film's clangers, and a lack of familiarity with Ireland does seem to blame. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/5 43% The Kid (2019) The film's honeyed cinematography and gruff stylings mean it often looks the part, but it moves too hurriedly, failing to conjure the atmosphere or majesty of the best of the genre. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021