Phil Hoad

Phil Hoad
Phil Hoad's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian
Publications: Guardian

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 100% The Offering (L'Ofrena) (2020) It's wrapped in Hitchcockian shadow, fascinated by questions of identity, desire and time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
3/5 96% The Boy Behind the Door (2020) Its best-friends-for-ever message is barely enough to keep the film on the right side of palatable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
2/5 23% Off the Rails (2021) The net effect of Debbie Harry popping up at 10-second intervals on the soundtrack to top up levels of ironic sass is to highlight how that quality is in generally short supply in the script. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3/5 77% Kandisha (2020) [A] raw but forceful banlieue-set film which draws equal inspiration from Candyman and Moroccan fireside folklore. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
2/5 53% Toofaan (2021) Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film has high ambition but dodges complexity in favour of overheated melodrama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Air Conditioner (Ar condicionado) (2020) The tech may be on the blink, but this striking debut makes humanity seem like a beautiful malfunction. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Boarders (2021) An absorbing look at day-to-day involvement in a sport that's a combination of dynamism and hyper-precision as an activity, but paradoxically nebulous and uncertain as a long-term career. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 100% The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020) A halo of kinship, love and the tenacious power of art is gathered around this film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
3/5 83% A Perfect Enemy (2021) Maíllo, making his English-language debut, effortlessly sustains the tension and sprinkles in some dinky visual touches... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
3/5 95% Lapsis (2021) This sensitive but flawed sci-fi comic dystopia walks the strange new frontier of the modern gig economy... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
2/5 20% Endangered Species (2021) Despite the horrific circumstances, Endangered Species remains inexplicably stuck in the perky comic register of a US sitcom. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
2/5 57% Fatima (2020) Pontecorvo shoots the film radiantly - including a quick CGI excursion to hell - but there is something spiritually complacent about his slickness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
2/5 69% Unearth (2020) Like the drilling operation, this was a script in sore need of a clean-up operation. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
3/5 100% The Viewing Booth (2020) Not just a valuable crash course in digital-age hermeneutics, this is a gauntlet thrown down to film-makers with an old-fashioned belief in the truth. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
2/5 55% Don't Look Back (2020) With Don't Look Back very much feeling like a ropey first draft of Final Destination, Reddick's gimmick here is fuzzy compared to the franchise's ruthless focus on the feasibility of outsmarting death. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Brighton (2019) This grotesquerie is undeniably a great British tradition - but it's hard to know who would revel in these caricatures today. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/5 67% Skull: The Mask (2020) Anyone who wanted more of the human-sacrifice scene in Mel Gibson's Apocalypto will be overjoyed by this silly, uneven but strangely appealing slasher film that leaves no heart unripped from human thorax. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3/5 83% Danny. Legend. God. (2020) The satire transforms into something more hard-faced: a hit job on corruption, and the cult of the neo-capitalist hardman in the former eastern bloc. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
2/5 5% Vanquish (2021) The in-camera gimmick, with Freeman literally phoning it in on Rose's headset, lends a strangely passive, vicarious overlay to much of the action - which is not particularly well-marshalled. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
4/5 93% Nasrin (2020) This clandestinely shot documentary about Iranian human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh reveals what superheroism looks like in the real world. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
2/5 67% P!NK: All I Know So Far (2021) There is little narrative... and, more crucially, little conflict, outer or inner. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
2/5 74% Homewrecker (2019) Fundamentally, it never finds a convincing pitch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
4/5 80% Undergods (2021) A riptide of surrealism runs through Chino Moya's ambitious debut feature, a fantasy suite of tales that don't so much interlock as butt into one another and blurt out alarming, dreamlike correspondences. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Blacks Can't Swim: The Sequel (2021) Accura's good-humoured approach is a fine ice-breaker for the subject. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Ride (2020) Graham and Ludacris have good, combative chemistry: the youngster, who looks like Michael Shannon, with a face sharpened to an arrowhead; the latter soaking up confrontation with almost amused relish. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/5 90% The Oak Room (2020) As the tales gather weight like snow on a roof, and intriguing correspondences accumulate, the impressive structuring tells. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
2/5 17% Sensation (2021) Aims for lofty metaphysical heights but trips over its own feet. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
2/5 82% For the Sake of Vicious (2021) The daft title tries to promise splatterhouse brazenness, but actually fesses up to the film's lack of imagination. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Those Fantastic Flying Fools (Rocket to the Moon) (1967) You couldn't call any of this actually funny, but it's pleasant enough. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Red Carpet (2021) The story is too threadbare... to seriously engage beyond lurid cliches. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Last Call (2021) Any hope Last Call might skate by on working-class charm is hobbled by Pilladi's timid direction: flat-footed and full of unimaginative choices. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
5/5 88% Violation (2021) This corporeal tragedy plays out in Sims-Fewer's staggering physical commitment to the role. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Take Back (2021) This smalltown revenge thriller starts off well but takes a fatally long time to gather momentum. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/5 59% Shortcut (2020) Shot in Italy, with an English cast, there's a crisp, almost fairytale levity to Alessio Liguori's horror adventure that sits oddly but not unworkably with its gorier elements. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
2/5 40% Russian Raid (2021) The initial tone of impish mayhem shifts into something grim and rote, ill-serving frontman Kotik. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet Nest of Vampires (2021) Hidden in the aimless scenes and slack direction is the odd nugget of dialogue with a noirish gleam. But mostly it's pure panto... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
2/5 80% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) The humour isn't sharpened to a fine point, leaving each new death to bludgeon in The Columnist's thesis with the blunt end - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
4/5 86% Come True (2021) Drawn along on dark somnambulic rhythms, it incorporates elements of fantasy, horror and 80s synthwave aesthetics without giving itself over completely to any of them. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/5 71% Fukushima 50 (2020) Watanabe's big-shouldered presence makes this an ample tribute to the man, but the film could have been more than an easy clap for his workers. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/5 62% Body Brokers (2021) Given the originality of Swab's take, it's a shame he couldn't find the film a more appropriate style: at heart it is a more sober film intent on declaring its outrage. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 93% Lucky (2020) If the film's story development is stymied by the narrative's ultimate stasis, it is to all the better point out that the fight is far from finished. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Digger (2020) A world-weary but engaging film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
3/5 57% Broil (2020) [An] ambitious but overstuffed fantasy thriller... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Birds (Or How to Be One) (2020) This metamorphosis is only semi-achieved. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 90% Winter Flies (Vsechno bude) (2018) The film finally has no heart for any guile and remains beautifully sincere. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Are We Lost Forever (2020) Like its protagonist, Are We Lost Forever can't break free. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
2/5 29% Heroes Don't Die (2019) It is a largely frustrating exercise; sometimes history is best left in the backdrop. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Dream Factory (Traumfabrik) (2019) You can see where this is heading. But Dare to Dream also has enough about it... to amuse on its own terms. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
2/5 64% Cup of Cheer (2020) Too much is flat-out unfunny, and Cup of Cheer gets grating pretty quickly. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Here Awhile (2019) [A] grimly mannered and ersatz film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020