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
5/5 88% The Dig (2021) This is serious, intellectually committed, and emotionally piercing cinema. Unmissable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
4/5 90% The White Tiger (2020) Yet it's so smartly constructed by Bahrani, and so sympathetically played by Gourav, that it's hard not to be seduced by what is essentially a dizzy, woozy, taxi ride to the dark side. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
1/5 28% Vanguard (2020) Supercop? Super-bland. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
4/5 89% Robin's Wish (2020) There is just enough, however, of the "real" Williams to give the film some proper emotional heft. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
2/5 29% Come Away (2020) Assembled with scattershot ineptitude by the Brave director Brenda Chapman, it smacks of a Ken Loach project rebooted by Nickelodeon, but not as compelling as that sounds. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 100% Le Sorelle Macaluso (2020) Dante's film, beautifully done, is never more resonant than when reminding us of the lingering impact of childhood drama and the devastating nature of childhood trauma. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2/5 83% The Racer (2020) The script is undercooked and flits between formats (Is it a romance? A thriller? A sports movie?) without settling on one. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/5 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The screenplay from Jenkins and co-writers Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham does a remarkable thing - it doubles down on the premise and treats the material with the utmost gravitas. And, somehow, it works. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Unashamed to examine the difficulties and intense competition between the brothers Gibb, the film is chockablock with eye witnesses and testimonies, including from the last living Bee Gee... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) A little dose of David Byrne, unless you're a devoted Talking Heads fan, can go a long way. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 59% Dreamland (2019) Eugene and Allison eventually bond, snog and hit the road for a climactic rampage, but it's too little too late in a movie that has countless artful frames and not a moment of authenticity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) The result is a meditative character portrait interspersed with sudden jolts of high-tension violence (a safe-house triple murder, a nightclub massacre, a lethal car chase). But in the best possible way. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 80% Funny Boy (2020) Worst of all, it soft-sells the horror of ethnic cleansing, with a climactic neighbourhood massacre reduced to a few broken windows and some offensive chanting. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 10% Songbird (2020) It's patchy, admittedly, in places, but it's also audacious and the first mainstream film to address unapologetically, in every scene, in every frame of film, our present situation. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) You can go to space without kiddie issues. Can't you? - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 95% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) A serious, nuanced film. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 73% Falling (2020) It's a small film, with a low budget and a modest cast, but huge in scope, and unafraid to ask big questions about what it is to be human. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/5 100% Host (2020) It's still rubbish - you'll be constantly yelling, "Just turn on the bloody lights!" - but a good kind of rubbish. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
2/5 60% A Christmas Carol (2020) In the kindest way possible, though, this just doesn't work. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 100% Muscle (2019) The B-list hard case and straight-to-video action star Craig Fairbrass (see the Rise of the Foot Soldier franchise) is utterly reinvented in this bleakly compelling drama about toxic masculinity run rampant. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) It's a much sharper, more satisfying experience. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/5 95% County Lines (2019) The writing, alas, is slightly pat, and punctuated by awkward dramatic leaps - such as Tyler's transformation from angel to devil and back again - that strain against the realism elsewhere. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
2/5 57% The Prom (2020) Meryl Streep peaks at minute 25 in this godawful two-and-a-quarter-hour musical monstrosity. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
1/5 71% 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 79% 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 48% 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 74% 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 75% 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 87% 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 26% 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 95% 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 79% 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 99% 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 89% 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 91% 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 82% 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