Phil W. Bayles

Phil W. Bayles
Phil W. Bayles's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies One Room With A View

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn isn't as subversive as it thinks it is, but it's still a satisfyingly schlocky yarn that does a lot with a simple premise and a modest budget. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2/5 13% Mortdecai (2015) It doesn't take an expert in fine art to see that this is a cold, soulless knockoff of a true masterpiece. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 100% The Show of Shows (2015) Superb editing an an electrifying soundtrack from Sigur Rós tie The Greatest Shows on Earth together, turning a century's worth of disparate images into a beautiful and poetic whole. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 36% Project Almanac (2015) Ultimately forgettable despite some novel ideas, Project Almanac loses a point for also being a found-footage movie; a stupid gimmick that only adds the risk of causing a migraine. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 92% Catch Me Daddy (2015) Despite its questionable conclusion, Catch Me Daddy is a striking debut for two very talented British filmmakers. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 58% Run All Night (2015) Run All Night is a fine, if flawed, addition to the ever-growing catalogue of "Neesploitation" films. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) If this is the end of an era, it's ended on a high note. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 87% John Wick (2014) A perfectly assembled cast and confident direction turn this B-movie thriller into an instant classic. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 27% Child 44 (2015) Despite several glaring issues, there's enough interesting stuff in Child 44 to merit your attention. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 62% Samba (2015) Another winning turn from Omar Sy is reason enough to enjoy this optimistic comedy/drama. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 78% Big Game (2015) With tongue buried so firmly in cheek that it's in danger of burrowing out the other side, Big Game is a good ol'-fashioned "so bad it's brilliant" B-movie. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 77% Danny Collins (2015) Zeal (Annette Bening reminds us) may not be great, but it isn't awful either. For better or worse, Danny Collins is a film with a lot of zeal. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) Merchants of Doubt isn't going to change the minds of any skeptics out there; it's more about preaching to the converted. Still, Kenner's is a well-delivered sermon that's worth listening to. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Don't Breathe (2014) The line between fact and fiction gets seriously blurry in this bizarre, Georgian documentary... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 86% A Sinner in Mecca (2015) Some may find Sharma's pilgrimage too introspective to be accessible, but his bravery in making a film like A Sinner in Mecca cannot be denied. A stunning piece of work. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah (2015) It would take a film as long as Shoah to do the story of its creation justice, but Benzine's is a fascinating portrait of a towering figure in modern cinema. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Falciani's Tax Bomb (2015) Stylish graphics and slick presentation fail to enliven this dry documentary about tax evasion. It's an important subject, but the film reveals nothing we haven't already seen on the news. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 92% Containment (2015) Alarmingly frank but refreshingly optimistic, Containment tells a great many inconvenient truths but its coda assures us that all is not lost. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Surviving Sandy Hook (2015) Surviving Sandy Hook has a noble aim, showing grieving families as they try to find closure, but without a political view it only manages to poke at still fresh wounds. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Generation Right (2015) Generation Right could hardly feel more timely. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 87% Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (2015) Ellis' story has its fair share of bleak moments; tragic reminders of just how much one can lose in the search for fame. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 96% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) Stark and surreal, farcical and fearful, The Russian Woodpecker is an electrifying film about Cold War legacies that becomes frighteningly topical when viewed through the lens of European current affairs. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 94% Drone (2015) It would have been nice to hear testimony from someone still inside the drone program, but Drone is an effective exploration of a seldom-discussed political and moral issue. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet A Young Patriot (2015) A fascinating insight into the identity crisis facing Chinese millennials, but there's something universal about Zhao's cultural revolution; something that any young student can relate to. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 89% Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (2015) Tell Spring is an angrier yet wearier documentary than most. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 18% Self/less (2015) Ryan Reynolds makes most films he's in at least worth a watch, but even he can't hide the fact that Self/less is a brain/less and life/less movie. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 18% Absolutely Anything (2017) Eric Idle always tells us to look on the bright side, but it's hard to see a bright side to this depressingly unfunny movie. See absolutely anything else. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 9% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) As video game movies go it's no Super Mario Bros., but Hitman: Agent 47 is yet another brainless, soulless action movie with only a passing resemblance to the source material. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) As an adaptation of Bill Bryson's writing A Walk in the Woods is disappointing, but there's still pleasure to be had in seeing two veteran actors taking a hike together. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 91% The Martian (2015) The Martian is a stunning return to form for Ridley Scott and a great film in its own right. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) There's nothing in Greta that hasn't been done much better elsewhere, but Isabelle Huppert's performance is worth the price of admission all on its own. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 17% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) The best thing that one can say about The Last Witch Hunter is that it's original. It's still crap, but at least you've never seen crap quite like this before. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 59% Concussion (2015) The problem is that none of it feels remotely engaging or interesting. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 57% Lazer Team (2016) A slick-looking sci-fi comedy, with some impressive visual effects that look just naff enough to give the whole thing a nice retro vibe. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 76% Chronic (2016) Had it ended just a few minutes earlier, Chronic would be a knockout. As it is, it's a difficult watch worth enduring for one of Roth's best performances to date. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 26% London Has Fallen (2016) the underlying nastiness here (aimed mostly at Arabs) makes it feel like cheap propaganda; a comparison not helped by shockingly shoddy special effects. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 57% Partisan (2015) The idea is intriguing, but it feels as if Kleiman has given us only a sketch with nothing to flesh it out. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link is a lighter, slighter, more family-friendly affair than their previous work, but a charming voice cast and some typically excellent animation make it worth a watch. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Believe the hype. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a masterclass in crafting mystery, and an impressive debut for director Dan Trachtenberg. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) The best one can say of Rock the Kasbah is that its culturally insensitive moments feel ill-judged rather than malicious. It's not trying to punch down - it's just not funny. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Real Boy (2016) Eat your heart out, Caitlin Jenner. Thanks to its frank but nuanced approach and a charming subject in Bennett, Real Boy is an affecting look into the realities of transitioning. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 92% The Divide (2016) The Divide actually says little that hasn't already been said. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 44% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) There are far worse videogame adaptations than The Angry Birds Movie, but it commits the cardinal sin of animated films: it treats its young audience as an excuse for laziness. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo may not reach the same level of bad as Tim Burton's take on Alice in Wonderland, but it still feels more like a product than a film. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) It's a soulless, cynical cash grab - nothing more. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 63% The Trust (2016) Man cannot live on Nicolas Cage alone, however - take him out of the proceedings and The Trust proves to be a by-the-numbers bank job with a disappointing conclusion. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 58% Money Monster (2016) While it may fail to reach its loftier ambitions, Money Monster is a tightly controlled and highly entertaining thriller with a standout performance from Jack O'Connell at its centre. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 28% Warcraft (2016) The fact that director Duncan Jones has hammered any kind of story out of one of the most popular videogames of all time is impressive, but Warcraft goes one better and manages to be pretty damn entertaining. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 98% Kedi (2017) Those with a fondness for felines will need little persuading to watch Kedi. For those without it's still a beautiful portrait of Istanbul, and a thought-provoking examination of why humans form such strong bonds with animals. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Solitary (2016) The scope of the access that director Kristi Jacobson has been given for Solitary is incredible...But it's the inmates themselves, and their contradictions, who are most fascinating. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019