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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 No Score Yet The End of the Storm (2020) The ultimate stocking filler for fans of Liverpool football club has arrived early with this shocking piece of branded content disguised (badly) as an actual feature documentary. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 78% Uncle Frank (2020) Even Paul Bettany firing on all available cylinders can't quite save this mixed-bag melodrama from its flimsiness. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 46% Black Beauty (2020) Anna Sewell's children's classic is given a radical Disney overhaul with mostly pleasing results. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 73% Jungleland (2020) It's directed by Max - son of Henry, "the Fonze" - Winkler with some style, but never moves beyond paper-thin pastiche. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 56% Audrey (2020) Sweet, but totally cringeworthy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) It's a tough watch, but also brilliantly unsettling in its depiction of Vos's breakdown and the questions it asks about the malleability of human identity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) The film was directed and co-written by the actress Clea DuVall, who manages to embrace all the Christmas rom-com clichés and invest them with a new vibrancy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 86% Patrick (2019) Yet it's mostly glib and pointless, and provides Jemaine Clement with the kind of invigorating cameo role (as an egomaniacal rock star) that only reveals the shortcomings (again, no pun . . .) of everything around it. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) "If you're gonna tell it, tell it right!"... It could ultimately be the motto for the entire film... but is really concerned with telling uncomfortable truths about 20th-century American social history. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
5/5 82% Total Recall (1990) Forget about the disposable Colin Farrell remake from 2012. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2/5 27% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The performances are wildly uneven and range from the naturalistic to the cartoonish. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 100% Asia (2020) It's powerfully acted by both performers, and mercifully free from excess sentiment. It's also, ultimately, strangely slight. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 100% Finding Jack Charlton (2020) The result is a film, often profoundly moving, that functions as a surrogate memory for its subject and an act of reclamation. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 81% The Kid Detective (2020) The most idiosyncratic film noir since Rian Johnson's Brick, this is a meticulously constructed slow-burn thriller that's defined by some bold narrative twists and an alarming lurch towards the darkness. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Newspaper journalism has rarely appeared so intense and urgent as it does in this gripping Romanian documentary about whistleblowers, criminal practices and wholesale corruption within the country's medical establishment. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 92% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) [I]'s delivered with such straight-faced sincerity that it proves difficult to resist, and even harder to decry. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
1/5 40% A Place Among the Dead (2020) It's horribly shot and cheap as chips, and built around a series of meaningless monologues from "Jules" who, as a character, seems to be struggling with self-hatred and overwhelming career failure. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 95% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) [S]till, it's unlike anything you will see elsewhere in cinema today. And, despite the title, it's not endless at all, and clocks off just after an hour and a quarter. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 97% Luxor (2020) It's a mesmerising performance and a sturdy spine for a powerful movie that will, at the very least, and at a time when you can't, make you want to visit Luxor. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 100% Love Child (2020) Stranger, or at least more compelling, than fiction. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 100% Looted (2019) Pannevis also shoots nicely, filming Hartlepool in epic wide shots, and thoroughly removes the kitchen sink from kitchen-sink drama. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
5/5 97% Queen of Hearts (2019) It's piercing, magnificently judged film-making. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 90% Mank (2020) [I]t's the visuals that linger here, an entire world of after-images swimming in the brain, from a magnificent artefact that will certainly sweep the boards at next year's Oscars but is, if one is being brutally honest, just a tiny bit cold. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
1/5 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) You know that your movie is in trouble when an elfin Mick Jagger pops up as a powerful art dealer and promptly steals the show. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 95% Mogul Mowgli (2020) Riz Ahmed proves, yet again, to be a galvanising screen presence, taking centre stage... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
2/5 60% Philophobia (2019) Some artful framing and golden-hour cinematography from Stefan Yap, as well as some soothing musical montages from the writer-director Guy Davies are not enough to overcome the achingly familiar nature of this teenage coming-of-age tale. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
3/5 100% The Three Kings (2020) The project, despite the rich material, is oddly uninformative. Not exactly 110 per cent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 87% Shirley (2020) There are heavy dollops of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? here, but without the campy histrionics. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 91% Relic (2020) It helps that the cast are on especially sharp form, never once patronise the material as a pulp genre piece. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
4/5 98% Wolfwalkers (2020) It's beautifully realised, with visual influences from graphic novels and the landscapes of Jack Butler Yeats, and the screenplay is as sophisticated and emotionally satisfying as any Pixar classic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
1/5 90% Pixie (2020) If the works of the movie-making brothers John Michael McDonagh and Martin McDonagh were passed through a blender, drained of personality and reassembled by a Guy Ritchie-inspired screenwriting app, then the results would be close to Pixie. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 90% The Climb (2020) Covino's novice direction is alarmingly assured, mixing together musical diversions, lip-synching dance sequences and audacious tracking camera moves with the ease of an in-form Scorsese. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 80% Cordelia (2019) The tension is expertly orchestrated by the director Adrian Shergold, although the script, written by Shergold and Campbell-Hughes, turns out to be all set-up with very little payoff. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) A ramshackle film that's not potent enough to be satire or smart enough to be zany character comedy and just falls, splat, somewhere hopelessly, blandly, in the middle. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 50% The Witches (2020) Yet the abiding image is of Hathaway as Lilith... It's quite the performance. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/5 92% Body of Water (2020) The drama around it is clunky and uneven, the writing juvenile and the performances very shaky indeed. Some of the "confrontational" scenes between Burton, Brooke and Piolini-Castle are borderline unwatchable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 71% Carmilla (2020) A vampire story in spirit only, this clever and deliberately low-key adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu's garish gothic novella is a study in moral ambiguity and 19th-century religious hypocrisy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 99% Time (2020) Tears will flow. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/5 40% Rebecca (2020) It's a film, alas, of terrible choices, misfired scenes, thematic padding and needless revisions. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 80% Ultraviolence (2020) It's the small and intimate details, however, that give the film its power. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 89% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Pop some champagne, crack open the whisky and guzzle back that ice-cold beer. The feelgood film of this or any festival has arrived, and it's a boozy-woozy marvel. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 100% The Duke (2020) Throughout everything Broadbent is astounding, both foolish and infuriating, but also deeply sympathetic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
2/5 56% 2/1 (2020) Nowhere to go, nothing to say. Just a cute narrative concept that ultimately eats itself. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 96% Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint (2020) This detailed account of the life and works of Swedish artist and sometime mystic Hilma af Klint makes a compelling case for rewriting art history. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2/5 65% I Am Woman (2020) This defiantly bland biopic of the Australian singing star Helen Reddy, who died this month, manages the remarkably counterintuitive feat of being oddly anti-feminist while describing the life of an acknowledged feminist flag-bearer. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
1/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Almost everything on camera is "wacky" with a screamingly conspicuous capital W. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 97% Saint Maud (2020) The ideas, about the nature of faith in the face of death, are rich and provocative. And the shadow-drenched aesthetic is stunning. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet That Click (2020) Former subjects such as Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann pop up and gush, but the work is so strong that it hardly matters. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
1/5 13% Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! (2020) A hopeless, misfired cash grab. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
1/5 78% Eternal Beauty (2019) An Angel at My Table it ain't. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020