Philip Concannon

Philip Concannon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Philip Concannon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies, The Skinny

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"Mackenzie skilfully sketches the sense of community and hierarchy that prison life is built upon, and makes us keenly aware of the simmering aggression that threatens to boil over at any time." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 93%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"When was the last time you saw an erotic thriller that worked simultaneously on both levels?" ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"If you have ever taken a moment to wonder what a vampire romance directed by Jim Jarmusch would look like, then Only Lovers Left Alive probably comes pretty close to the film you imagined." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 95%

Her (2013)

"Her asks us to consider what constitutes a 'real' relationship in a world where every interaction is filtered through technology, making it feel like a vital contemporary romance." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 6, 2014
5/5 79%

An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013)

"An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a love story, and it appropriately feels as if it has been made with the heart more than the head." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/5 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"The relentless intensity quickly grows numbing." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 30, 2014
5/5 93%

The General (1927)

"A hilarious comedy and a thrilling action film. The General has it all." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 23, 2014
5/5 94%

All Is Lost (2013)

"[Redford] gives a commanding performance as the nameless protagonist that makes the complete lack of characterisation an irrelevance." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2/5 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"The work of a young director reaching to impress without having fully formed ideas ..." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 13, 2013
4/5 82%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"The bold editing and imaginative cinematography impresses throughout, but it's the soundtrack that proves to be The Broken Circle Breakdown's biggest asset ..." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/5 100%

The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

"A fascinating portrait of the revered cultural theorist from the great John Akomfrah." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"The film has a haunting quality that allows it to linger in the mind, and leaves us with a sense that Lowery has great work in his future." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 71%

Foxfire (2013)

"Tighter editing could have elevated this from a respectable adaptation into something with an incisive edge, but at least it's a better take on the book than the misguided 1996 version ..." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 91%

Paradise: Hope (2013)

"The sensitivity and empathy with which Seidl explores the pangs of first love might catch many viewers off guard." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/5 92%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"In truth, there's little in Alex Gibney's film that won't be familiar to attentive news watchers, but this skilled documentarian has mastered the art of condensing a vast and complex amount of information into a gripping and entertaining package." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 9, 2013
3/5 73%

Paradise: Faith (2013)

"Situated in the middle of Ulrich Seidl's trilogy, it's hard to avoid the feeling that Paradise: Faith is the weakest film of the three, but it still has the kind of powerful and singular moments that few directors are capable of producing." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 3, 2013
5/5 96%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"This extraordinary work serves up a series of shocking and surreal sequences, and uses the artifice of filmmaking to expose horrendous truths." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 24, 2013
2/5 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"With most of these performers now pursuing far more interesting projects in their own careers, maybe this is the end for a group of comics whose shtick has started to feel rather tired." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 24, 2013
5/5 82%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"From the incredible opening shot onwards, it's clear Kiarostami's cinematic language translates perfectly in any setting." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 14, 2013
5/5 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"When the credits roll, you may feel as if you too have been released from captivity." ‐ The Skinny
Posted May 7, 2013
2/5 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"Almodóvar's new film feels like a conscious attempt to recapture the spirit of his earlier comedic films." ‐ The Skinny
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 89%

In the House (2013)

"With its exploration of voyeurism and manipulation, In the House covers similar territory to Ozon's earlier Swimming Pool, but is distinguished by its crafty sense of humour." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2013
5/5 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"A satisfying and skilfully made film is always something to celebrate, but largely due to the circumstances from which it arose, Wadjda feels like one of the year's most vital." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2013
5/5 94%

I Wish (2012)

"We all spend so much time yearning for films as good as this, and to this reviewer at least, the latest great work from Hirokazu Koreeda is pure wish-fulfilment." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 7, 2013
5/5 92%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Bigelow has crafted a riveting, entirely convincing procedural that shows us the long, frustrating pursuit of bin Laden through the eyes of Jessica Chastain's dogged CIA agent." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 24, 2013
4/5 93%

The Sessions (2012)

"Not only does it deal with sex in a straightforward manner, but it also deals with the equally sensitive themes of disability and religion, all of which writer/director Ben Lewin pulls off skilfully." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 17, 2013
2/5 90%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"With another rewrite and some more focused direction, Trevorrow could have exploited the potential in his story and provided a worthy platform for Plaza, whose deadpan lead performance is excellent." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 19, 2012
2/5 64%

Love Crime (2011)

"We can only hope that Brian De Palma's forthcoming remake, Passion, is a lot more satisfying." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 11, 2012
2/5 82%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"McDonagh is undoubtedly a very clever man, but with Seven Psychopaths he is interested in nothing more than celebrating his own cleverness." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 5, 2012
4/5 83%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"A 160-minute romp through the 1990s and the life of a cross-dressing teacher (Poupaud) and his lover (Clément)." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 28, 2012
5/5 93%

Amour (2012)

"Haneke has now created a film that hits you in the gut, and elicits a deeper emotional response than any of his features have in the past." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 14, 2012
4/5 76%

Alps (2012)

"Requires multiple viewings to pick this one apart." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 99%

About Elly (2015)

"A remarkable film that deserves as much acclaim as Farhadi's award-winner." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 13, 2012
5/5 96%

Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012)

"Marcel Carné's film has fully earned its status as a classic of French poetic realism." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 3, 2012
2/5 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"[It's] made with all of the visual élan we've come to expect, but the pacing is leaden and the film lacks a sense of purpose." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3/5 92%

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)

"The climactic hour is a deflating slog that fails to build upon what went before." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Mar 15, 2012
4/5 92%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"Yet another intriguing and surprising film from this ever-fascinating documentarian." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 22, 2012
3/5 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"Theron never appeals for audience sympathy as this awesomely self-absorbed character, delivering a performance rich in telling observations and flawless comic timing." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 26, 2012
2/5 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"Eastwood's sluggish biopic fails to unravel the heart of this polarising character as it hops back-and-forth in time, despite a fiery and charismatic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 18, 2012
4/5 76%

War Horse (2011)

"Even with a running time of almost two and a half hours, War Horse is captivating and frequently affecting." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 11, 2012
3/5 79%

Shame (2011)

"The cyclical, self-destructive nature of addiction is vividly realised by McQueen, who directs with a frank confidence throughout..." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 11, 2012
3/5 69%

Wuthering Heights (2012)

"There have been many screen versions of Wuthering Heights but we've never seen one quite like this." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 9, 2011
4/5 79%

Melancholia (2011)

"Melancholia steadily grows more transfixing as the shadow of impending extinction looms over its characters, building to a forceful climax that will lift you out of your seat." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 28, 2011
2/5 78%

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

"Crazy, Stupid, Love feels like it wants to please everyone, but you feel the strain at every turn." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 21, 2011
2/5 38%

Beautiful Lies (Full Treatment)(De vrais mensonges) (2010)

"By the time Salvadori has finally wrapped things up and paired off his characters in a predictable fashion, many viewers may feel that these foolish and tiresome individuals deserve each other." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 23, 2011
4/5 80%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"Just try to guess the nature of the twist at the heart of the drama - I guarantee the truth is more outrageous and disturbing than you could have imagined." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 23, 2011
5/5 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"The Tree of Life won't resonate with everyone, but viewers approaching it with an open mind and a curious spirit may feel it touching their soul in a way that few films can." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 5, 2011
5/5 92%

Senna (2011)

"Fittingly, it maintains a propulsive momentum from the start, and the decision to avoid any interview segments, which would have disrupted its gripping flow, is one of the director's smartest moves." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 8, 2011
3/5 76%

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010)

"A little on the long side, it nonetheless keeps us involved in the deadly cat-and-mouse games between the Algerian freedom fighters and increasingly desperate police, and the performances from the reliable trio of lead actors are excellent." ‐ The Skinny
Posted May 8, 2011
5/5 86%

Meek's Cutoff (2011)

"Simultaneously a compelling allegory and a hallucinatory fable, Meek's Cutoff is the most ambitious and accomplished film Reichardt has yet made." ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 12, 2011