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
4/5 48% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It's not Bond. But all the better for it. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) It doesn't always click (a scene involving a suicidal dog minder is a bit arch), but the dauntless ambition is never in doubt. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 53% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The lifeless narrative rhythm, which quickly succumbs to a deadly causal trap (and then, and then, and then), doesn't help either. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 77% Leto (2019) Don't let the premise intimidate you. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 90% Blinded by the Light (2019) Worst of all, it's the kind of film that arrives already puffed up in a phoney coat of feelgood gloss and specious sentiment. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The plot is a tapestry template that drops in characters like shining beads and watches the story weave slowly around them. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 25% Charming (2018) It's mostly moronic and lazy, but some of the pop ditties are nice. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 81% Animals (2019) Grainger, typically, yet again, is heroic and delivers everything she can, including myriad expressive looks, some nice physical comedy and a pitch-perfect Dublin accent in an admirable attempt, ultimately fruitless, to breathe life into a corpse. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 79% Photograph (2019) It's an artful look at two misfit loners who find each other. But only just. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Don't let the trailer fool you. It's pants (insert crotch joke here). - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 86% The Great Hack (2019) This high-profile... documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal is... frequently gripping, gorgeous to watch, occasionally thought-provoking, always entertaining and yet, ultimately, a tiny bit vapid. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Oh, this is just lovely. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
1/5 33% The Current War (2019) The film's release was duly paused and in the two years since there have been reshoots, five new scenes added and ten minutes cut from the original Toronto version. It's still a dirge. It's flat and repetitive. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 83% Of Fish and Foe (2019) It progresses, however, into something darker and sadder, and is a bitter testament to the power of commercial interests to weaponise the law for financial gain. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) Yikes. That wasn't pretty. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 87% Sixteen Candles (1984) Watch with compassion. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 97% Varda by Agnès (2019) It gets a little less sexy towards the end as she ruminates on her love affair with still photography and the essence of truth in the captured image, but overall this is an essential and heart-warming portrait of a sorely missed talent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die, instead, stomps in like your drunken uncle at a wedding disco and announces that it's here, and that everything's fine because it's going to have a lot of fun at the zombie movie's expense. If only. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King is dead. Long live The Lion King. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) Another misstep, this time considerably less forgivable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 97% Don't Look Now (1973) Genius. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) The cracks and inconsistencies are mostly erased by Pugh, a performer of alarming power, who possesses a face, indecently expressive, for which cinema was made. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 100% M (1931) Be afraid. Be properly afraid. The greatest creation of Fritz Lang's career remains one of the most disturbing movies of his, or any, film-making era. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The structure is a mess. The characters are plastic. And the lines are Seventies sitcom bad. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Hall is a revelation (dominant in nearly every scene), and the rooftop climax is fittingly cathartic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Go. Rush out. Find this film now. Find it on the biggest possible screen, accompanied by the best, loudest sound. And sit back and marvel. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 47% Robert the Bruce (2019) Frankly, it's not great. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Here [Watts] has taken the vacation movie and slammed it up against a self-satirising anti-blockbuster. And if it doesn't always feel like an effortless match, he should certainly receive an A for effort. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Because the film that this broadside of brass describes is ultimately, seriously, "Duuuumb!" - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) Age becomes Ethan Hawke. The more raspy and wrinkled he gets, the better he is on screen... And here he holds together a film that is shaky in many respects and shouldn't work. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
1/5 70% Mari (2018) It's rip-your-ears-off bad. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 76% Blue My Mind (2017) The tension dissipates. And the final pay-off, which is effectively Wedler trussed up in the world's worst mermaid costume, is a borderline insult. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It's typical of a movie, written and directed by the Canadian film-maker Kim Nguyen, that hits all the right genre beats while consistently reaching for something more. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) The sweet emotional payoff is an unexpected reward. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Sweet Lord, this is good. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) Trust me. It's not for you. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) If, however, you're a devoted Dylan completist, this middling concert movie and profoundly inadequate documentary might just be the greatest cinematic experience of your life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 91% Eating Animals (2018) It's arresting material, delivered with passion. But, as a documentary, it's sometimes scattershot and random, and ultimately preaching, one suspects, to the choir. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 90% I Am Mother (2019) It's great fun. And it looks nice too. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) The struggles of a severely scarred acid-attack victim in a looks-obsessed world are taken to unexpected places by the director Sacha Polak. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 80% Late Night (2019) It's warm-hearted, smartly made, guilty-pleasure cinema. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's B-movie bad. Innately hilarious. If only someone had told the film-makers. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 84% The Brink (2019) This is, at best, morally slippery film-making. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 73% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) (2019) Co-directed by two Israelis, adapted from an Italian-set novel, it's 100 per cent inauthentic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Nothing is ever quite clear - often literally, because Nemes likes to keep the middle-distance out of focus. It was chillingly effective in Son of Saul. Here it's just deadening. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 100% In Safe Hands (Pupille) (2018) Although the dramatic moments are smartly handled, it's hard not to feel that, underneath the elaborate fictional format, there's a straight documentary desperate to escape. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 91% A Vigilante (2019) [A] patient, nuanced film-making that showcases, in Wilde, a muscular and increasingly versatile screen talent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 89% Freedom Fields (2018) Charming. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) This film hasn't met a scene that it couldn't grind into agonising tedium by staging an expository group discussion about how monsters use sonar, how they travel underground or how they exhibit pack behaviour. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 62% XY Chelsea (2019) Given an unprecedented level of personal access, it's wildly frustrating that this documentary profile of the activist and whistleblower Chelsea Manning (the soldier who passed military documents to Wikileaks) should be so vague and impressionistic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019