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
4/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) Mostly the documentary, which was finished by the Icelandic-Canadian film-maker Sturla Gunnarsson, leaves you with a profound sense of a life cut short and a mission incomplete. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) It is impossibly gripping, terribly personal, but always compassionate. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) Richardson and Sprouse attack their roles with gusto, never patronising the material. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 95% Us (2019) The film, ultimately, is about spills and thrills, masterfully executed. It will, however, leave you with the nagging feeling that the many messages and meanings haven't quite yet coalesced into a watertight narrative concept. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 46% What Men Want (2019) As a film it is almost impossible to place on the ideological spectrum...Yet, from the first few scenes of this crackpot endeavour, it becomes blatantly obvious that it might not even matter. Because it is funny. And it is good. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) [Roberts] plays Ben's mother with sadness, desperation and inner steel. She is the primary reason to see this film. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 50% Fisherman's Friends (2019) A jaded formula and hoary clichés slowly strangle the goodness out of this sweet and cuddly true-life tale of Cornish fishermen turned chart-topping pop stars. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 92% Benjamin (2018) What's best about the film, though, is its concession to tenderness. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 43% The Prodigy (2019) Not even an amiable central performance from Taylor Schilling...and some early atmospheric mood-setting can save this "demon child" knock-off from its ineptitude. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 67% Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) There's some good material here, about the importance of the cask and the peat that smokes the barley. But the film ultimately has nothing significant to say about this $6 billion global industry. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 100% Rosie (2018) Thanks to a sterling central turn from Greene (plus solid support from Moe Dunford as her hard-working hubby), the film pits the unfeeling state against the near-mythic resilience of the family unit. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) There are bits of everything in here: gender studies, fairytales, myth and sci-fi. It's profoundly preposterous, but delivered at all times with a deliciously straight face. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) They've made a Marvel blockbuster that, like its central character, is entirely free of personality. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) Lewis's Nazi-hunting, meanwhile, dwindles into nothing and the film ends on a daft and cheesy compromise. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Cronin shoots like a veteran, with buckets of Hollywood style. It's just not, in the nicest possible way, very original. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 86% Hannah (2018) Yet Rampling, ever the pro, kicks back against the material, occupying practically every frame, glowering and defiant. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Yes, the revenge is still there, as is the violence...Yet there is also originality and moments of startling tenderness. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It's harsh and abrasive, and sometimes difficult...but Labaki has layered the film with just enough moments of kindness to break your heart. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2/5 75% Old Boys (2018) An opportunity to say something, anything, about public school life in Britain is gleefully squandered in this overfamiliar join-the-dots drama from the pen of Jack Whitehall's gag writer, Freddy Syborn. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
1/5 55% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) It's leery and defiant. But also creepy and dull. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) Yet Hill's performance of wounded silence and pressure-cooker rage is so galvanising that all objections fade and she carries the film alone, right through to its admirably downbeat conclusion. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) If you factor in the movie's faith in the kindness of children and its eventual optimism about the future, it becomes, in essence, a healing myth for the ills of contemporary Britain. With or without a deal. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Little touches like these announce that Ejiofor, probably best known for 12 Years a Slave, is a natural film-maker. As screenwriter too, he crafts lovely lines. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 100% América (2018) The film asks us to compare the treatment of América with nursing-home culture in the US and Europe, and in so doing marks our way as a failure. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) I think they've probably hit bottom with this howler, a criss-crossing ensemble piece set in New York and featuring a rogues' gallery of non-characters slowly learning to appreciate the transformative power of (sick bucket please) "forgiveness". - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) The whole endeavour sits meekly in the shadow of last year's brilliant conversion-camp drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The final reel is painful (the bee sting of bigotry). The ending is tough. The compensation resides in the elegant and searing film-making of Jenkins. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 78% Green Book (2018) A bizarre fish-out-of-water comedy masquerading as a serious awards-season contender by pretending to address the deep wound of racial inequality while demonstrating its profound inability, intellectually and dramatically, to do that. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Some visually spectacular set pieces and some deliciously villainous vocal work from F Murray Abraham as the psychopathic dragon-killer Grimmel are reasons alone to see this third...part of the consistently charming kiddie franchise. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's telling that the most effective scenes in the film are simply Alita, alone, staring at herself in a full-length mirror. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A twisted love triangle at the core of this Korean thriller...becomes something far more unsettling thanks to a bracing midway plot jolt and a powerful atmosphere of doom and dread created by the director Lee Chang-dong. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
1/5 48% Escape Room (2019) There is some enthusiasm on display at the outset...but the film, possibly prefiguring the response of any rational audience, is soon enervated by its own tiresome premise. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The revelation of McCarthy's turn is that she's just allowed to be, without apology, without schmaltz. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 76% Love Sonia (2018) [Thakur] holds every scene, mostly in close-up. She carries the emotion. She gives the film a delicate yet defiant soul. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 44% Second Act (2018) School = bad. Guts = good. Ugh. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/5 33% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) It's essentially Les Misérables without the songs, the important characters or the drama. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) It's a more ambitious political satire...Because it's about real people, real politicians and real deranged ambitions, and it places much of the blame for today's geopolitical ills...directly at their door. Oh, and it's also very funny. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) It's smoothly done, by the writer-director Reinaldo Marcus Green, with few histrionics and delicate jumps between three separate stories. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 91% Fyre (2019) A giddy cocktail of schadenfreude and open-mouthed horror drives this enthralling documentary. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 83% The Raft (2018) Yet the crushing disappointment of the film (which matches archive footage with contemporary reflections) is that nothing really happens. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Yet Beautiful Boy is that rare cinematic artifact, a film that purports to be about one thing (in this case, addiction), but when you scrape away the surface dazzle, is really about everything. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 74% All Is True (2019) It dodges the pitfalls of luvviedom and period camp to produce a fiercely intelligent and poignant drama about family, grief and the tyranny of genius. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
4/5 92% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) It's beautifully done. Perfectly balanced. Always compassionate. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 88% Colette (2018) Knightley's Colette is fine too. But nothing more. The role required a maelstrom of tortured angst and rousing defiance to support the weight of the film. It never arrived. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 86% The 12th Man (2018) A bold end to an original version of a familiar tale. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) It later takes a decidedly darker turn...but the emotional power is consistently undercut by the sense that we, as an audience, are being roundly manipulated. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
1/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Wilde and Isaac are a chemistry-free coupling, which doesn't help, but Will and Abby are also fingers-down-the-blackboard awful. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 94% RBG (2018) The life and work of the associate justice of the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka "the notorious RBG") is the subject of this dense, inspiring and often playful panegyric. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The film pretends to boldly mine the inner life of a complex central character, but only ever produces two alternating emotional expressions: "I'm scared!" and "Phwoarr!" - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 94% 1985 (2018) The dark inky frames are full of shadows and dread. Yet the narrative, and Adrian's journey, is always leavened with quiet compassion. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018