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Kevin Harley

Kevin Harley
Kevin Harley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film, Screen International, The List

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) With measure and muscle, Lawrences Jennifer and Francis nail the job of selling the long, twisting road towards revolution. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 92% The Case Against 8 (2014) The music busts a gut straining for weepie affect, but you might shed a few yourself when the five-year battle reaches its jubilant, justified climax. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 92% The Possibilities Are Endless (2014) An honest, artful and empathetic account of resilience emerges, without resort to power-of-love clichés. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 66% The Woman in Black (2012) The balance between edge-of-vision shadows and DanRad's screen-centre face puts the care into scares. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 98% The Overnighters (2014) A boldly provocative tale of flawed humanity and hardship. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2014
5/5 98% Aliens (1986) A subtle, spooky movie with teeth becomes a subtlety-bashing war movie. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 77% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) It dodges the pitfalls of message-heavy teen movies and skirts the spite of the dumb-and-dumber era it arguably helped birth. Add two innately loveable leads and you can see it takes some smarts to sell something quite this daft. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) A wide-reaching tale locks into focus: one about hope through music, told with style, feeling and economic punch. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 75% Bjork: Biophilia Live (2014) While ecology and evolution provide loose themes, Björk's impish glee ignites a fabulously off-piste affair. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 98% The Loved Ones (2012) The pacing is choppy but Byrne serves a thick, satisfying stew of savagery and surprise sympathy, generously flavoured by lashings of black humour. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/5 72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) The salad days thrill; after the rush has gone, the comedown is surprisingly moving. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2014
4/5 84% Violette (2014) The focus on wordsmith over words is spectacularly well-served by Devos, whose volcanic expression of inner frustration will put you off writing forever. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2014
4/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) Cave's wittily hard-boiled voiceover and on-stage potency complete the picture: a properly artful portrait of an artist in total command of his myth. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2014
2/5 78% Ballet Boys (2014) As a window on a world, Ballet Boys is solid. As dramatic exploration, it lacks attack. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) An old-school spy thriller, Corbijn's taut le Carré riff does its genre proud. Hoffman commands every second. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 8, 2014
2/5 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) McKellar's take on class is a fib too far: low-grade laughs can't sweeten the sour message that any crap job will placate working folks. Think: Local Zero. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2/5 36% If I Stay (2014) Where's an F-bomb when you need one? ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2/5 63% Million Dollar Arm (2014) Hamm and Bell keep this hooey light, but you can't lob a ball in here without hitting notes played better in Jerry Maguire and Slumdog Millionaire. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 92% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) The downside of their cult stature is a shortfall of footage, but the music is uncannily gorgeous, well deployed and copious: for non-initiates, it'll be like finding lost treasure. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 33% The Art Party! (2014) Performance, satirical fantasy and a better class of banner mix under one message - that Gove's policies oppress kids' needs for self-exploration. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 82% Lilting (2014) It's the fully invested leads and graceful, poetic direction that give this study of emotional interiors its subtly heartbreaking power. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 4, 2014
2/5 13% A Promise (2014) Gabriel Yared's score works hard to rouse emotion but when the most exciting scene involves a rat, the erotic frisson clearly isn't happening. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) Providing the magnetic counter-balance for the plot's drift, Ryan Jones and Nathan Varnson give natural performances as small-town brothers rocked by a friend's death. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 71% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) A romp that compensates for its fluffy simplicity with sweetness, generosity and 3D ingenuity. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 86% The Lady From Shanghai (1948) Welles' dazzling direction more than makes up for any lack of viewer understanding. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) Bernal seems sincere but he's playing a role he can step out of, which distracts from Silver's deeper ambitions: to humanise and anatomise a heated political issue. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/5 100% All This Mayhem (2014) Martin turns a cautionary tale into rollercoaster material: with extraordinary home-video footage capturing the Pappas' rise and fall with an immediacy that leaves you stirred, shaken and moved. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie (2013) While hardly searching, Barker's portrait is infectiously affectionate. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/5 56% Love Me Till Monday (2014) Between Maguire's winning lead and the lively portraits of workmates on the lash, there's a sitcom in the making here. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 83% Begin Again (2014) The gentle lightning of Once doesn't strike twice for Carney, but his latest music movie has charm beneath its slick surface - and Knightley and Ruffalo harmonise just fine. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 88% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015) Quemada-Díez doesn't play soft, and the stinging climax really sticks with you. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) An affecting, hilarious portrait of chalk/cheese sibling love, with a sweet twist: Tom thinks he's a loser, but his film is a winning one-off. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 100% Leave To Remain (2014) Goodison's ace is his cast: when he just lets us watch them, their natural warmth provides all the conviction needed. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) What emerges is a demanding but hypnotic, probing portrait of an artist denied her art, by a director in total command of his. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) An earthy, affecting and droll celebration of the unique alignment of influences that forged a great band - and the thrusting live footage rams Pulp's greatness home. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 79% The Dirties (2013) [A] promising but patchy provocation. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 89% The Punk Singer (2013) Hanna's fearless voice still commands attention. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) With style, heart and thrills, Singer has nailed the most ambitious X-flick yet. Popcorn pizzazz combines with X2's emotional sweep and something extra: a platform for the X-Men's screen survival. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) The violence hits you like a shovel to the head, but the political rage stings hardest. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) Laced with poignancy and portent, Miyazaki's epic is an elegy for lost dreams - and a farewell befitting an animation master. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 5, 2014
3/5 85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) The regional stereotypes in Dale Launer's broad script aren't so laudable, but the on-screen talent merits a retrial: Tomei talks up a storm and Pesci terrorises thinly spread gags into near-shape. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 79% Patema Inverted (2014) From the texture of the underground havens to the idea that our leads have to - literally - cling to each other lest gravity tears them apart, it's a wonder of detail and ingenuity. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 27, 2014
4/5 87% Exhibition (2014) Hogg's third film mounts a dead-on study of disconnection. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 51% 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 71% The Motel Life (2013) Fans of indie cinema's mood-movie fringes, check in. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 68% 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 No Score Yet 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 27% Svengali (2013) 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 99% Starred Up (2014) The details ring true and the performances smart in Mackenzie's prison movie. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
5/5 97% 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