Philip De Semlyen Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Philip De Semlyen

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 26% The Snowman (2017) The tension dissipates in a tangle of muddled subplots, sluggish pacing and some strange decisions from Tomas Alfredson. The result isn't a Bone Collector, never mind a Se7en. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 97% The Death of Stalin (2017) A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 91% The Party (2017) Patricia Clarkson steals the show, but everyone in Potter's gifted cast gets their moment to shine in a sharp-edged, claustrophobic parlour piece that puts the boot into middle-class mores.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach's drama of grown-up kids seeking emotional restitution sees Sandler and Stiller at their best. If it feels like familiar turf for the writer-director, the emotions here are rawer than ever.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
3/5 85% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) Ignore the awful title, this is a taut drama that puts a human face on Syria's humanitarian crisis. No cheap thrills or easy answers here, but plenty of gut-churning drama.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) It demands patience and an open mind, but Lowery's return to his indie roots after Pete's Dragon is a highly unusual and, at times, emotionally shattering fable.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/5 88% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Maverick as ever but fully engaged with the modern world, Kaurismäki dials back his trademark absurdism with a wry allegory of human struggle, empathy and connection.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/5 36% Snatched (2017) A winning double act never quite gels in a fish-out-of-water road-trip caper - think 'National Lampoon's Gringo Vacation' - that leans hard on its stars' charms and very lightly on coherent plotting.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
4/5 90% Frantz (2017) Ozon's latest is a twisty-turny post-War mystery - think 'A Very Long Bereavement' - that boasts a kaleidoscope of quiet emotions. It unfolds slowly, but rewards patience with strong performances and a swooning third act.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/5 75% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) A handsome and well-acted rumination on memory, boyhood and ageing that sees Ritesh Batra deliver a solid rather than inspired interpretation of Julian Barnes' prize winner.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4/5 94% Neruda (2016) An unusual and richly enjoyable love letter to a fellow artist and Chilean, Neruda further marks out Larraín as a director of serious range and ambition.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A high-altitude horror - think a Bram Stoker reworking of *The Shining* or Shutter Highland - of real craft. Ultimately, though, the plot turns out to be thinner than the air.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) The third part of Berg's unofficial Americans-in-crisis trilogy will play better for US audiences than overseas, but it's still a pacy and often enthralling disaster movie.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Occasionally soapy on the homefront but cataclysmic in combat, this is a worthy addition to the WWII canon.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
5/5 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester By The Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) An unapologetic, impassioned biopic, The Birth Of A Nation begins quietly but ends in a howl of rage. It might not be perfect, but it's powerful enough to stay with you.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/5 70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) The Unknown Girl may be a middling effort by the Dardennes' high standards but it's still an involving, thoughtful watch.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
2/5 59% Allied (2016) Zemeckis' old-school romance has its moments and Cotillard gives it her all, but it lacks the zip and chemistry to truly spark.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
4/5 91% Suburra (2015) A stylish crime thriller that dissects Italian society with a cool eye and an itchy trigger finger.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 59% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 96% Red Army (2015) The interviews are as entertaining as the slick interplay on the ice.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
4/5 94% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
4/5 95% Amy (2015) A vibrant, haunting documentary, and a poignant tribute to a free spirit.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 56% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 82% Kon Tiki (2013) A big-spirited and inspiring boy's own adventure.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 94% Le passé (The Past) (2013) A bold, honest film about family life that showcases a terrifically unpeppy turn from Bejo.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) A stomping good doc.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 71% The Croods (2013) Bold visually but thumpingly ordinary storytelling.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2012
2/5 36% Iron Sky (2012) Insert your own 'lunar' pun here - this is a true space oddity.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2012
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) Miss.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 16, 2011
4/5 100% TT3D Closer To The Edge (2011) Rev up those whiteknuckle thrillride clichés, you're going to need them.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2011
4/5 90% Armadillo (2011) Moving, complex and brutal, it's an outstanding film about men at war.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2011