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Laurence Phelan

Laurence Phelan
Laurence Phelan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) Winterbottom gives a righteous and enjoyable savaging to the media-workers for whom the murder of a young woman means firstly a meal ticket, and then good fodder for dinner-party chatter.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/5 91% Catch Me Daddy (2015) So lyrical and so unsparing that it becomes something more than just a genre film; something more like a poetic-realist fugue and a despairing howl at the state of contemporary Britain.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) It's a story that has been told and retold for thousands of years, but this po-faced, dutifully spectacular retelling barely lingers in the memory beyond the end credits.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) A loosely structured but acutely observed relationships movie with a wide streak of painful comedy.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 98% Paddington (2015) Through it all runs the touching story of an outsider making a new home for himself, and discovering that in the end, whatever our differences, "anyone in London can fit in."‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 71% Palo Alto (2014) The drama is scaled to just the right size: kids get into trouble or inadvisable situations, but there are no major melodramatics. We see them in their natural habitat.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/5 66% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) The ensemble of handsome young British actors donning the requisite tailcoats and arrogant airs are all too seductively believable, and it is the film's few representatives of the lumpen bourgeoisie who can make the film seem just a touch unsubtle.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
4/5 93% Pride (2014) It rightly and joyously gets to celebrate things that are rarely found in films set in modern-day Britain, such as political idealism and activism, community spirit, political bookshops, and sympathetic trade-unionists.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) A lack of consequence and an absence of character development are to be expected in a film about a woman whose life is reset every night, but these are challenges that Steven Knight's screenplay sets itself and then never rises to meet.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
4/5 86% Night Moves (2014) There certainly isn't any extraneous action in Night Moves. But it is precisely its leanness and the tight focus of its storytelling that make it such a tense thriller.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 74% The Congress (2014) The animated dreamworld of the second half is a wonderfully colourful and bizarre place, but so confusing that it is hardly credible that consumers of the future are going to want to pay money to spend time there.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 87% Joe (2014) Joe is a gripping drama with a powerful moral core, that has sympathy for those trying to make their way alone through the world, but doesn't give them much of a chance.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) What is, perhaps, surprising, is the way the film aligns our sympathies with the apes.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
5/5 97% Boyhood (2014) Boyhood is a coming-of-age film not quite like any other.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 86% Chef (2014) The result is a small, unashamedly feel-good film that makes up for what it lacks in dramatic jeopardy with gentle comedy, heartwarming family scenes, ladles of food porn, and time spent among characters you like.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) This is a stark film, about the human condition at its most base and degraded.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) A spirited, good-natured and crowd-pleasing costume drama.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 79% The Dirties (2013) The Dirties is a very funny meta comedy; manna for film geeks, but full of a high-spirited and punkish energy that anyone from fans of Jackass and Ali G to fans of Spike Jonze and Harmony Korine can appreciate.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) What do you get if you cross a big-budget humanity-vs-aliens action movie with Groundhog Day? Well, a wittier, more inventive and, paradoxically, a far less repetitive film than any number of others.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) While its depiction of 1930s rural Irish life seems a mite more picturesque than it does lived in, the scenes in which characters air their grievances and debate their communal response, as ever in Loach's films, are full of urgency and hope and life.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) A pleasingly coherent, plot-driven action movie, positively streamlined by the standards of today's superhero blockbusters.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
2/5 74% Godzilla (2014) The monsters, it must be said, are awesome. But they have tiny pre-mammalian brains and only the most basic, instinctive motivations. So when they are your film's most interesting characters, even the most spectacle-hungry viewer is going to get bored.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 90% Calvary (2014) McDonagh's script is a fabulous bit of writing with the tidy structure and mythical resonance of a passion play, but idiosyncratic and funny in all of its detail.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 76% Noah (2014) The domestic melodrama and psychological realism which Aronofsky gives Noah to wrestle with are interesting enough, and Russell Crowe is the ideal actor to show Noah brooding upon his lot.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
5/5 94% Le passé (The Past) (2013) With its sympathies forever shifting among its characters, the film asks whether the truth is ever even objectively knowable, let alone whether honesty is always the best policy.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/5 99% Starred Up (2014) It is an incendiary, visceral, riveting drama with a fascinating Oedipal twist; a brutal-realist depiction of male behaviour and prison culture, with the bitter tang of authenticity.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 59% Non-Stop (2014) Non-Stop isn't a bad example of its type of film; merely an unexceptional one.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) McConaughey is so charismatic that, as a simple one-man-against-the-odds drama, Dallas Buyers Club is consistently engaging; almost, despite Woodroof's intentions, inspirational.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2014