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Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK), Sight and Sound, Times (UK), Little White Lies

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 71% The Bookshop (2017) It doesn't help that the film is pulverised by wall-to-wall narration.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/5 95% Isle of Dogs (2018) Don't let the fluffy faces fool you. Wes Anderson's latest animation delivers talking dogs and snicker-inducing scenarios. But it's also bleak and frequently unsettling, a dazzling family movie with the darkest of hearts.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) All plot holes can be subsumed within the magical-realist tone for which Del Toro is famed. Yet there's an uncomfortable tension between the film's whimsical, Amélie-light (or, lighter) style and its clumsy political point-scoring.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/5 25% Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del Rey Midas) (2017) It's all very TV. And probably not worth the trip.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Zvyagintsev has said that the movie is a criticism of Putin's Russia, and of a materialistic society that has cut itself free from caring, but it works as straight drama too.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/5 100% Pad Man (2018) Kumar is such an amiable lead, and the feminist credentials of his real-life counterpart so rock-solid, that the movie rises above its limitations.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 73% The Mercy (2017) How they got the Donald Crowhurst story wrong is its own minor tragedy.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It is, in the light of the 87-year-old's monumental career, simply the worst thing he has done (and that includes those godawful orangutan movies).‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) The director Ryan Coogler and a charismatic cast... turn racial clichés on their head and drag in some heavy Shakespearean conflict to create a vivid yarn that's entirely new, frequently startling and, at every step along the way, all Marvel.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
1/5 11% Winchester (2018) It's just awful.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
1/5 0% Lies We Tell (2018) The film is a mess.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/5 39% Den of Thieves (2018) Lethal Weapon meets Heat meets an unintentional Tropic Thunder-style parody in a straight-faced cop movie that begins with fabulous verve and energy before descending into giggle-inducing macho clichés.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The results are entertaining and watchable, but always slightly, oddly out of sync with the eponymous turn.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) ... I challenge you not to be grimly compelled by every minute of Phantom Thread.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
1/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) Yes, it's intense jingoistic nonsense and full of hilarious caricatures - watch out for US enemy No 1, the evil Arab Mullah Razzan, played by Numan Acar in deadpan homage to Aladdin's cartoon nemesis Jafar.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
2/5 81% Early Man (2018) Sadly, tragically, Early Man is just not very good.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 87% The Nothing Factory (A Fábrica de Nada) (2017) An initially gripping parable about workers' rights in a Portuguese lift factory gradually becomes a harrowing endurance test‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) At worst it suggests that the brains trust at Pixar, after 22 years of peerless output (Toy Story was 1995), is finally eating itself. At best, well, it's a superbly polished, technically flawless family film that makes you cry. And this is bad how?‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
2/5 58% The Commuter (2018) The movie is half-baked, incoherent and frequently dull (a key plot point hinges on the difference between a daily or a weekly travel pass), yet, astoundingly, it is set up for a sequel.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
2/5 40% Attraction (Prityazhenie) (2017) ... bar a few set-piece action scenes, this is mostly illogical, second-rate muck.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/5 100% My Life Story (2018) The co-director Julien Temple (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle) provides the archive footage and animated inserts, but for better and for worse the film is all Suggs.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
1/5 82% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) Lover for a Day could not be any more French (in the pejorative sense) if it tried.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 84% The Final Year (2018) This gripping, full-access account of life inside the White House during the last 12 months of Barack Obama's administration is sobering and heartbreaking.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) ... turns some sobering and timely questions about press power and presidential abuses into eminently satisfying screen entertainment.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 80% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) The director Stéphane Brizé does some lovely work with non-chronological flashbacks and flash-forwards, but the deadening sense that we know exactly where this is going (hint: not up) is never quite undone.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2/5 82% Walk With Me (2017) ... disappointingly toothless, soft-focus documentary.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
4/5 73% Hostiles (2018) It's vivid and uncompromising at best. And at worst? You might admire it just slightly more than you enjoy it.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/5 47% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) Some virtuoso visual imagery and poignant contemporary themes go searching for a plot and proper characters in this hit-and-miss Hungarian drama.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
5/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) What makes Molly's Game more than an entertaining, if enjoyably familiar big-screen Sorkin-fest (whip-smart characters spouting rapid-fire dialogue while slyly revealing personality traits) is that it's a profoundly emotional film.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) A typically winning central turn from Kendrick and some Pitch Perfect staples just about save the day. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Yet another needless reboot searching for a reason to exist.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/5 27% Bright (2017) The film creates an audacious alternative reality where orcs, elves and fairies live among us and form part of a vibrant criminal underworld. The first 30 minutes, at least, is wildly accomplished film-making from the director David Ayer.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
1/5 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) ll along you wonder how a story with so much potential could become a movie with so much wall-to-wall nothing.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) It's one of Scott's best films yet.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4/5 100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) It's darkly amusing, sometimes uplifting... but deliberately dodges feel-good clichés.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/5 96% Mountain (2017) Part of you wants to shout at the screen...but the other part of you will be utterly wowed by the imagery. So that's probably good enough.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 75% Pulp (1972) Pulp is an underrated comedic masterpiece.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 63% Shot Caller (2017) The film is aiming for tough edges, but it's essentially very vanilla.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 92% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) [Mountains May Depart] is another ambitious and elegiac portrait of societal change and fading Chinese values.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 57% The Unseen (2017) A committed central performance from Jasmine Hyde can't quite save this half-baked thriller that matches jarring tonal leaps and narrative ineptitude with unfortunate echoes of superior films.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 82% Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo - O rei das manhãs) (2017) The film has little to offer in terms of ideas or insight other than to say: "All this, while being a clown! For kids! Isn't that just mad?" It's Brazil's official entry for this year's Oscars. I won't be betting on it.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It took them 40 years, but they've finally done it. The best Star Wars film of the series. There. That's it. It's that simple.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
5/5 96% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) It's basically an intellectual battle, held in an amphitheatre as large as a galaxy, about the right to life and the inherent tensions in US-UK political relations. In other words, essential viewing.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Wiseau, The Room and the making of a celluloid catastrophe are the subjects of The Disaster Artist, a fabulous, strange and frequently hilarious comedy-drama from the self-styled polymath James Franco.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 93% Human Flow (2017) Difficult, but hugely important film-making.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) It's lots of fun and ridiculously violent, but the running time means it eventually becomes wearisome.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/5 92% Stronger (2017) ... stealing the best bits from My Left Foot, Born on the Fourth of July and The Theory of Everything by playing a character who's not quite paralysed, but mostly in a wheelchair and delivering enormous shouty set-piece speeches ...‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 73% The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) The nervy bookkeeping rats in Scrooge's office are a joy, but Statler and Waldorf (Jerry Nelson and Goelz) as the chain-swinging ghosts Jacob and Robert Marley are, as ever, peerless.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2/5 43% Love Is Thicker Than Water (2016) Too many scenes are excruciatingly ill-conceived and the couple's chemistry is shaky, yet the outcome is never in doubt.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 69% Happy End (2017) The performances are impeccable (Kassovitz's and Huppert's especially).‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017