Kevin Harley

Kevin Harley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
Total Film
Total Reviews:
160

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 58% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Bandele's keen handling of cast and domestic conflict makes for a nuanced historical epic, but he's less sure on the big stuff ..." — Total Film
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 73% The Motel Life (2013) " Fans of indie cinema's mood-movie fringes, check in." — Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Soloway spikes the clichés with refreshingly rude humour, steadily darkens the mood and gets gold from her lead: her face a rubbery miracle of expressive range, Hahn laces every dramatic/comic beat with the zing and sting of truth." — Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 —— Peter Gabriel: Back To Front (2014) " The talking-heads inserts distract but the end result is a fresh nostalgia trip and - thanks to those pioneering dad-dancing moves - a winning arena-show snapshot." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2/5 30% Svengali " Likeable casting can't quite salvage director John Hardwick's threadbare British pop comedy, under-developed from a web series." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " The details ring true and the performances smart in Mackenzie's prison movie." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
5/5 99% The Godfather, Part II (1974) " The plotting is elliptical and the sweep intoxicates, but the contrast between De Niro's meditative Vito and Pacino's soul-starved eyes brings piercing focus to Coppola's resonating study of corrupting power." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Sun, sex, psychosis, skinny-dipping: it sounds like genre tat, but Guiraudie's dark, droll study of a risky attraction upends expectations. It plays by stealth, but its sly grip is sure." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Self-indulgent? To a point. But Jarmusch makes seductive work of it: the deep, dusty images, the hypnotic pacing." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " The direction pummels and the cast impress, yet Berg's war movie promises more than it delivers." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " A master docu-maker gets the inside dope on a master dissembler. It requires stamina, but its charismatic subject exerts genuine magnetism." — Total Film
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 94% Dark Days (2000) " The ending stumbles, but not enough to tarnish this study of life lived under society's radar." — Total Film
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3/5 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " The semi-improvised plot is thinner than Cera's man-boy face-fluff, but Silva's curio works best as a free-wheeling character piece, splicing oddball comedy with discreet depths." — Total Film
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/5 86% Kiss the Water (2014) " Deploys talking heads, dreamy animations and lyrical music to trace the arc of Boyd's life and mount a poetic, poignant tribute to the seductive mystique of a rarefied craft." — Total Film
Posted Jan 6, 2014
4/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " First it's a family-tree detective story, then a playful meta-movie, then a maternal melodrama. and along the way, it weaves strong feelings into a dissection of storytelling and truth." — Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
5/5 94% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) " By using the tangible magic of hands through walls, moving statues, steamy paws and the rest, Cocteau makes rapt believers of us all - adults and children alike." — Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " With no 3D, no friends and no hope, Redford and Chandor show how survivalist instincts can stoke thrilling, thoughtful cinema." — Total Film
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Bigger and broader than before, Ron's return occasionally feels like autocue'd sequel-making. But it spikes old news with enough fresh comic zip to keep you hooked through the self-indulgent stretches." — Total Film
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 88% Fill the Void (2013) " A warm, watchful slant on marital mores in an ultraorthodox Jewish community." — Total Film
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2/5 0% Tamla Rose " Redemption beckons for Alfa's titular lead but the flat finale can't save the film." — Total Film
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 77% Exposed (2014) " B's mix of talking heads and reportage is a bit bland for the material, but the extravagant showpieces hoist up the slack." — Total Film
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Sex, drugs, murder, radical verse and Radcliffe make persuasive bedfellows in Krokidas' live-wire lit-pic." — Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " The lead character's called Grace, but don't be put off: Cretton's tough-love snapshot of shattered youth is achingly moving rather than manipulative or mawkish." — Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 67% Lebanese Rocket Society " The fact that Lebanon had a space programme is just one of the surprises in Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas' fascinating dispatch from the "who knew?" fringes of docu-making." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " With no real plot to bind them, the pile-up of chaotic chases, repeat-on you leek puns and noisy dust-ups gradually kills the appetite." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 93% Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won) " The casual plotting leaves loose ends, but Hong's rhyming rhythms take up some of the slack." — Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2013
2/5 73% Kelly + Victor " Kieran Evans' adaptation of Niall Griffiths' rough-hewn novel mixes unsafe S&M with social desolation to choppy effect." — Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2013
3/5 14% A Belfast Story " Debut director Nathan Todd's intermittently convincing reflection on the Troubles." — Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2013
2/5 58% Riddick (2013) " Where's Xander Cage when you need him?" — Total Film
Posted Sep 4, 2013
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Splashes of overstatement aside, the ambition intoxicates." — Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " Lowery's understated authority lifts his tragic romance above mere Malick mimicry, while Affleck and Mara bring heart to the scrupulous artistry." — Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 56% Morrissey 25: Live (2013) " The mid stretch drags, but by the time the LA crowd hurtle stage-wards for a bullish 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side', a(nother) career resurrection seems within his reach." — Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 88% Springsteen And I (2013) " You pity the kids of the more Boss-obsessed but there's pomposity-pricking humour and uplift here, too." — Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " The drip-feed of old tricks and a slow-drifting camera combine to stoke our expectation." — Total Film
Posted Jul 23, 2013
3/5 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " Goro's expressive artistry is fleet, fluent and tenderly affecting. With a worthy story, he might breathe the old man's rarefied air yet." — Total Film
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2/5 69% Days Of Grace (Dias De Gracia) (2011) " Starts with a bracingly stylised snarl and ends in a muddle." — Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " Like a more obvious underwater twist on Herzog's Grizzly Man ..." — Time Out
Posted Jul 16, 2013
4/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " Al-Mansour carefully dodges easy uplift, but her message of hope to future generations of Saudi women is clear." — Total Film
Posted Jul 9, 2013
5/5 95% The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974) " Stories of humans raised in the wild range from Tarzan to Mama, but none compare to the resonance of Werner Herzog's 1974 film." — Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
4/5 74% The East (2013) " Another Brit hit, plus Batmanglij is beginning to show dash as director. The duo make a tight fist of hot topicality and high tension from an ideas-packed genre piece." — Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 41% Spike Island " Saggy but also energised and endearing." — Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/5 52% Thérèse (2013) " Without the presence of Tautou, this would be a dry heritage pic; with her, it brews a sense of enigma that just about saves the day." — Total Film
Posted Jun 5, 2013
3/5 73% The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) " Meadows' loving report on a "live resurrection" is indeed alive and passionate, until too many gaps render it less than godlike." — Total Film
Posted May 29, 2013
97% Groundhog Day (1993) " MacDowell was never more convincing and Chris Elliott is a dry delight as her lens-man. Murray and movie, meanwhile, are a mutual godsend: Groundhog Day rescued his career from calcifying in self-caricature." — Total Film
Posted May 6, 2013
3/5 52% Promised Land (2013) " As a slice of rural Americana, Promised Land works. Then it turns into sticky apple pie, leaving only the feeling that you've been had." — Total Film
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " Intelligent, innovative and intimate sci-fi is always welcome, but Oblivion isn't quite it." — Total Film
Posted Apr 10, 2013
4/5 55% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) " Some metaphors score and some miss, but this is leap-of-faith cinema: the rewards entail some risks." — Total Film
Posted Mar 15, 2013
3/5 44% Breath Of The Gods " It lacks narrative momentum but not warm humour or extreme headstands: you won't need telling twice that certain moves are "definitely not for beginners"." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2013
4/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " It carefully exceeds expectation, helped in no small measure by Langella's wily, wistful lead." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2013
3/5 28% Broken City (2013) " City offers star power, dashes of dazzle and plenty of movie nods. But Hughes' thriller fails to locate a life of its own." — Total Film
Posted Feb 4, 2013
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