Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Emma Simmonds's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 80%

Free Fire (2016)

"The film runs out of ideas long before its (modest) runtime is up. Still, devotees of facial hair and firearms are likely to have a blast." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 17, 2016
5/5 80%

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"It's a movie that explores the invigorating, engrossing impact of fiction - a beguiling creation that shows, appropriately enough, the way a great story can get right under the skin." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 91%

Prevenge (2016)

"Considering that this is Lowe's directorial debut (it's her second feature as screenwriter after the superb and not dissimilar Sightseers), Prevenge is remarkably well-realised." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 75%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"This is dynamic filmmaking whose story finds modern resonance in the Black Lives Matter movement, showing how important it is that tales like this continue to be told." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Harnessing the power of understatement, Nalwanga gives a wonderfully engrossing turn helped along by the sensitive camerawork, while an energetic Oyelowo and an estimable Nyong'o provide the classy support." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 10, 2016
5/5 94%

Toni Erdmann (2016)

"A textured portrait of the parent-child relationship, as well as a shrewd satire of corporate shenanigans." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 9, 2016
5/5 97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"It is a film that emphatically deserves to be in the mix come awards-time, from a director who knows that you don't need fast-paced action or expensive tricks to conjure truly spectacular cinema." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 5, 2016
5/5 99%

Moonlight (2016)

"It's astutely judged, beautifully humane and, in its final throes, devastatingly romantic." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Adhering so closely to the book results in a fan-pleasing adaptation that stays obediently on track, even if that means delivering us to an all-too predictable destination." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 3, 2016
4/5 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Mackenzie's tenth feature cultivates great compassion for its characters, while making wider points relating to exploitation and community erosion well." ‐ The List
Posted Sep 5, 2016
4/5 100%

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015)

"The tone remains meticulously respectful as Björkman delivers a discerning appraisal of an endlessly intriguing, frequently contradictory individual." ‐ The List
Posted Aug 7, 2016
4/5 100%

The Hard Stop (2015)

"Amponsah's access and the intimacy of his insights make the film deeply personal, but carefully drawn out wider resonances mean that it doubles as a compassionate portrait of black masculinity in crisis." ‐ The List
Posted Jul 10, 2016
4/5 67%

The Wait (L'attesa) (2016)

"The result is a film whose narrative minimalism may frustrate, but whose core performances and visual majesty convey all that's left unsaid." ‐ The List
Posted Jul 3, 2016
2/5 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"By attempting to appease traditionalists and newcomers in equal measure, The Legend of Tarzan has compromised itself into anonymity." ‐ The List
Posted Jul 3, 2016
3/5 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"Fun references and welcome cameos add to the appeal of a film that's much more successful in its stupidity than when it strives to be smart." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2/5 22%

Ma ma (2016)

"Cruz keeps things engaging but she's really up against it in a film that's mawkish, melodramatic and sometimes comically misjudged." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"This film offers something a bit different from traditional biopics." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

Away (2015)

"It's a well-meaning, often superbly acted film with nothing very original to say." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 80%

The White King (2016)

"The White King isn't especially thought-provoking, nor sophisticated enough to win over accompanying adults. Regardless, the combination of brutality-lite, high jinks and life lessons may be enough to satisfy older kids." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Little Men has a lightness of touch which belies its formidable powers of observation; frequently insightful and superbly performed, it presents us with a rainbow of recognisable humanity." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 20, 2016
4/5 82%

Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016)

"The emphasis on female perspectives gives modern resonance to an adaptation that simultaneously has oodles of time for the traditional." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 67%

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016)

"Frank and fairly explicit, the events nevertheless unfold through a prism of sensitivity and compassion, with Husson sidestepping the sensationalism suggested by the provocative title and subject matter." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"With white-hot performers at its fore and a screwball-style premise, Maggie's Plan promises more than it ultimately delivers but there's abundant fun to be had along the way." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 79%

Adult Life Skills (2016)

"Adult Life Skills belies its homemade, careworn feel to present both a polished rib-tickler and a credible, intimate study of grief." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"Relevant, cogent and funny." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 44%

Miracles from Heaven (2016)

"Those of a wobbly disposition may find themselves momentarily lifted up, but they should be prepared to come back to earth with a bump." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 5, 2016
2/5 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"At best maintaining the meagre standard set by its critically mauled precursor, the heroes in a half-shell are back for a tonally obnoxious, patience-testing second outing." ‐ The List
Posted May 30, 2016
3/5 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"An earnest and entertaining look at stock market skulduggery, constricted by its adherence to genre convention and further comprised by its commercialism, Money Monster has two shining stars in front of the camera and one at the helm." ‐ The List
Posted May 22, 2016
4/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"The pair bounce so successfully off one another that this feels like a double act for the ages, in a film that actually deserves to spawn a sequel." ‐ The List
Posted May 18, 2016
3/5 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"X-Men is a franchise that can coast on the considerable appeal of its suitably extraordinary ensemble, but even these actors can't distract from the fact that this well has run desperately dry of ideas." ‐ The List
Posted May 16, 2016
3/5 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"Kim feels substantially drawn thanks to Fey's sterling work, but Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is much less successful in the portrayal of its supporting players, many of whom are amalgamations of real people." ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 12, 2016
4/5 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"Far from preaching to the converted, this sequel winningly subverts the traditional college comedy while remaining authentically ribald." ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2016
3/5 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"The film is Hiddleston's by a hair but Olsen very nearly steals it out from under him." ‐ The List
Posted May 3, 2016
3/5 16%

Ratchet & Clank (2016)

"The lack of scope for emotional engagement and unoriginal feel means it'll likely be a distant memory by bedtime but, in the moment at least, this reasonably well-oiled enterprise has just enough spark." ‐ The List
Posted Apr 24, 2016
2/5 40%

Jane Got a Gun (2016)

"The female lead gives it fire power, but Jane Got a Gun is far from a crack shot." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 52%

The Take (Bastille Day) (2016)

"If it's short on swagger, the film at least has the legs to keep things pacey and eventful throughout its trim 92-minute duration." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"Although Eye in the Sky offers up a range of views and an impressively balanced picture, there's no denying its "every life matters" message." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 81%

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016)

"This is fun, visually interesting, two-fingers-in-the-air filmmaking which, in its compassion for those lonely souls on society's fringes, reminds us that even the most scathing of satire needn't be heartless." ‐ The List
Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/5 91%

The Absent One (Fasandraeberne) (2016)

"Finding a certain majesty in the murk, The Absent One is unashamedly derivative but remains a class act regardless." ‐ The List
Posted Apr 3, 2016
4/5 87%

The Club (El Club) (2016)

"A perfect example of cinema's capacity to confront evil." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 73%

Welcome to Me (2015)

"[A] terrific platform for Wiig's deadpan comedic skills ..." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 73%

Disorder (Maryland) (2016)

"It's an insightful and stylish riff on the old adage: just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Overstuffed, fidgety and fearful, it's a blockbuster for the less flattering features of our time." ‐ The List
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 52%

Risen (2016)

"Too inconsistent to make good on its, admittedly, honourable intentions." ‐ The List
Posted Mar 14, 2016
4/5 96%

Marguerite (2016)

"This sumptuous story of an incompetent songbird will warm your heart as surely as it hammers at your eardrums." ‐ The List
Posted Mar 13, 2016
2/5 71%

The Ones Below (2016)

"Farr's handling of the themes is desperately unsubtle, the relationship between the central couple is frustratingly underdeveloped, and the film's melodramatic tendencies are at odds with its ice-cool visuals." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 86%

The Here After (Efterskalv) (2015)

"A rural community is asked to forgive a shocking crime in Swedish director Magnus von Horn's quietly charged feature debut." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/5 26%

London Has Fallen (2016)

"It sometimes plays like a bizarre parody. It can be pretty entertaining once you've retuned your expectations, although it lurches into appallingly offensive territory in the form of some of Banning's take-down quips." ‐ The List
Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/5 100%

Couple In A Hole (2015)

"This unusual take on love and loss is notable for its almost surprising sincerity and elevated by its unforgettable peculiarity." ‐ The List
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 91%

James White (2015)

"This courageous film gets right up in the face of suffering and it doesn't flinch." ‐ The List
Posted Feb 18, 2016
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