Philip De Semlyen

Philip De Semlyen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Philip De Semlyen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 92%

My Scientology Movie (2017)

"Theroux's first big-screen doc is an entertaining affair, peppered with surreal moments and wry wit, but its elusive subject remains out of reach." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Following up Love Is Strange with another slice of urban bohemia, Sachs' latest is another gem that's full of heart and warmth." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Slick but forgettable, Fuqua's suicide squad is a macho posse movie that could use a jab of fun. It's The Magnificent Seven, but the "magnificent" is silent." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 89%

The Childhood of a Leader (2016)

"The ending doesn't quite land, but this timely right-wing allegory promises there's much more to come from Corbet." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2016
4/5 90%

Suburra (2015)

"A stylish crime thriller that dissects Italian society with a cool eye and an itchy trigger finger." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"For a director who's tackled big themes so often, Malick finds little worthy of his gifts in the field of male solipsism." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
5/5 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"A story about morsels of humanity rescued from an unspeakable hell. If there's a film to feel trapped in, this is it." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 16%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

"The franchise squeaks past with a so-so sequel that barely improves on what came before. Our only hope is that at some point they'll have to hibernate." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/5 73%

Youth (2015)

"An Alpine study of ageing and creativity that's as fresh and bracing as the mountain air, although occasionally just as chilly." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2016
3/5 60%

Joy (2015)

"As the opening credits establish, this kinda-biopic is "inspired by the stories of daring women", and Lawrence's name increasingly belongs on any such list." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 97%

Red Army (2015)

"The interviews are as entertaining as the slick interplay on the ice." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 20%

The Reflektor Tapes (2015)

"The enigmatic band gives virtuoso music-video director Kahlil Joseph access to its Haitian influences but keep the audience rather more at arm's length from their creative process." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2015
4/5 93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"Minnie's inner life, a fantasia of animations appearing Crumb-like around her, is dazzling, and there's plenty of naked emotion amid the sex, drugs and hand-drawn penises." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2015
4/5 95%

Amy (2015)

"A vibrant, haunting documentary, and a poignant tribute to a free spirit." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2015
3/5 57%

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

"A more restrained effort from Araki than the headrush of Kaboom, there's plenty of fun to be had in Eva Green's Joan Crawford-esque turn as the vanished lady." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 85%

Kon Tiki (2013)

"A big-spirited and inspiring boy's own adventure." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014
5/5 99%

Leviathan (2014)

"Frustrating, funny at points, heartbreaking and quite magnificently shot throughout, Leviathan is one of the films of the year." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2014
4/5 78%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"It might veer towards hagiography at times, but its subject is so entertaining you don't even care." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 93%

Le passé (The Past) (2013)

"A bold, honest film about family life that showcases a terrifically unpeppy turn from Bejo." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"A stomping good doc." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 70%

The Croods (2013)

"Bold visually but thumpingly ordinary storytelling." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Another triumph from Audiard and a Cotillard masterclass, this bruising, tender melodrama lingers long in the memory." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2012
2/5 50%

Into the White (2013)

"Ponderous pacing makes this true-life tale a lot less enthralling than it might have been." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 67%

Ted (2012)

"Crass, supremely silly and very, very funny, Ted is the comedy of the summer." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2012
2/5 36%

Iron Sky (2012)

"Insert your own 'lunar' pun here - this is a true space oddity." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2012
2/5 34%

Battleship (2012)

"Miss." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2012
4/5 88%

Titanic (1997)

"With a 3D conversion from the medium's pioneer-in-chief, Titanic is a big-screen romance that's every bit as epic as you remember." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2012
2/5 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"It's more of an interesting curio to a blockbuster career but there's fun to be had here if you look hard enough." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2011
4/5 85%

The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011)

"A violent thrill-ride to a dark new corner of Asian cinema." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2011
3/5 91%

Fire in Babylon (2011)

"A treat for cricket fans who'll thrill to this nostalgic look back at one of sport's greatest teams." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 15, 2011
4/5 100%

TT3D Closer To The Edge (2011)

"Rev up those whiteknuckle thrillride clichés, you're going to need them." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2011
4/5 90%

Armadillo (2011)

"Moving, complex and brutal, it's an outstanding film about men at war." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2011
3/5 51%

Brighton Rock (2011)

"Greene fans will raise a sceptical eyebrow, but it's an adaptation brimming with enough ideas to justify this second stick of Rock." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2011
3/5 89%

An Ordinary Execution (2010)

"Always mesmerising, Dussollier's Stalin is a portrait of a leader whose frailties are matched only by his capacity for evil." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
3/5 53%

Agora (2010)

"Always intelligent and thought-provoking, it's a welcome return from Amenábar." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2010
4/5 92%

City of Life and Death (2011)

"Passionate and expertly crafted, this black-and-white opus is well worth seeking out." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2010
2/5 22%

Repo Men (2010)

"While Forest Whitaker's conflicted thug brings languid menace, there's little to up the tension. And among all the film's icky incisions, there's a feeling a better film is lying on the cutting room floor." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/5 94%

The Unloved (2009)

"Poignant, perceptive and unrelenting, this may be bleak, like all great drama, it is ultimately uplifting as well." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2010
5/5 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"Heart-warming, funny, wise and profound. Not to be missed." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 45%

Glorious 39 (2009)

"Stupendous turn from Romola Garai in the lead role but, while this sets up intrigue and atmosphere well, the plot devices creak audibly towards the end." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2009
4/5 90%

Love Exposure (2011)

"Complicated and long but deftly handled adventure/caper/satire that ends up being thoroughly entertaining." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 90%

Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime) (2010)

"Compelling performances and beautifully told heroics but the pacing is flawed in terms of a thrilling cinematic experience." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 86%

L'Empreinte de l'ange (Mark of an Angel) (2008)

"Unsettling drama with powerful central performances." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 22, 2009
3/5 100%

Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008)

"Hampered by pacing that borders on glacial, the performances infuse the story with lingering melancholy." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2009