Philip French

Philip French
Philip French's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Observer (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Queen of Spades (1949)

"The Queen of Spades, a stylish, polished melodrama based on the Pushkin novella, is [Thorold Dickinson's] most accomplished film." Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 18, 2016

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007)

"it's in the same class as the best movies by Christopher Guest's company. British comic Ben Miller is brilliant as pretentious choreographer Mr Jonathon." Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 27, 2016

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

"Special effects have greatly advanced since 1978, but technology needs imagination after it has made an initial impression. Imagination is not the strong suit of Revenge of the Sith." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 16, 2015

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

"We expect a rousing pre-credit sequence -- and The World Is Not Enough provides not one but two. Together they last 20 minutes and probably cost the GNP of an average Third World country." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 2, 2015

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"It's a heavy-hearted film for a weary time. During a little coda in Russia it takes a deep breath and attempts a serious conclusion but merely ends up being solemn." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 2, 2015

The Naked City (1948)

"Both a landmark and some sort of masterpiece." Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 23, 2015

Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)

"It provides a vivid and moving portrait of a cruelly divided society of exploited, uprooted black people and troubled, guilty white people and has strong biblical undertones." Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 23, 2015

[Rec] (2007)

"The film corners you with the ferocity of a Spanish inquisitor with a branding iron and holds you there to the bitter end." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 29, 2015

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

"I laughed sporadically at this enjoyable film." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 2, 2015

Finding Nemo (2003)

"A beguiling piece of storytelling and creates a magical underwater world through its imaginative graphics and sound effects." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 29, 2015

Inception (2010)

"Like Memento, the most intellectually demanding of Nolan's previous films, Inception demands and rewards our total attention as well as our emotional engagement." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 20, 2015

Gigli (2003)

"It's like the first draft of a one-set play that Neil Simon wisely abandoned, and which was then handed to Quentin Tarantino to spice up." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 22, 2015

City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981)

"Masochistic, misogynistic, City of Women is a flamboyant, sophisticated series of set pieces, a boastful apologia pro vita sua." Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 16, 2015

Accident (1967)

"A subtly poised film of middle-class life in an Oxford academic milieu." Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 12, 2015

I Clowns (The Clowns) (2001)

"It's a beautifully made movie with ravishing colour of a kind not normally seen on TV in 1970 and a haunting, eclectic score by Nino Rota." Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 11, 2015

The Deer Hunter (1978)

"The Deer Hunter is a rich and powerful picture that without a trace of patronisation or the slightest touch of cultural superiority, speaks eloquently for the inarticulate." Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 2, 2015

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"From beginning to end, its dark, foreboding atmosphere reflects the troubled world in which its three central figures conduct their essentially moral lives." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 27, 2015

Crash (2004)

"[Crash] is sharply observed and frequently extremely funny as well as artfully orchestrated." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 22, 2015

Gladiator (2000)

"Crowe confirms his position as one of the best star character actors around." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 22, 2015

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"From brutal start to ironic finish the movie's tension is constant." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 22, 2015

Shot in Bombay (2008)

"An amusing account of the making of the Bollywood police thriller Shootout at Lokhandwala." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 4, 2015

The Departed (2006)

"The dialogue crackles wittily and obscenely, and the set-pieces are superbly staged." Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 25, 2015

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

"Eyes Wide Shut is flawed and overlong, but it's the work of a master, and whether you regard the 'imperfections' as such depends on how you read the film." Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 13, 2014

Enchanted (2007)

"After about half-an-hour the comic steam is dispersed by whimsy, though Timothy Spall is pretty funny as the Evil Stepmother's varlet valet." Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 10, 2014

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"A sleek action picture by Guillermo del Toro, who's making a corner for himself in the horror-fantasy world in his native Mexico, in Hollywood and in Spain." Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 8, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"It's charming, funny and a lot like Avatar, though less solemn and an hour shorter." Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 8, 2014

Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

"There is little of the magic and Japanese flavour of such Miyazaki masterpieces as Spirited Away." Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 8, 2014

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"With this delightful romantic comedy (produced by CGI expert John Lassiter of Pixar fame), the Disney Studio returns to the traditional, hand-drawn animation style of Walt's classic period." Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2014

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

"These Tolkien films have a weight and seriousness that very few sword-and-sorcery pictures of the past 30-odd years have attained." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 12, 2014

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

"In this magical and immensely moving film del Toro presents both the narrative strands as equally real, equally plausible." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 12, 2014

The Black Cat (1934)

"This bizarre, utterly irrational masterpiece, lasting little more than an hour, has images that bury themselves in the mind." Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 14, 2014

The Orphanage (2007)

"The less you know of this film, the more you'll be surprised, shocked and, in the end, satisfied." Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 14, 2014

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"The special effects are impressive but not especially imaginative, and the film is unduly protracted." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 24, 2014

The Dark Knight (2008)

"The Dark Knight is a clever, loud, technically brilliant film, superbly designed by Nathan Crowley and dramatically lit by Wally Pfister. Whether such a movie can bear the increasing moral weight imposed upon it is another matter." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 20, 2014

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"Spielberg is telling his fellow Americans to appreciate the sacrifices their forebears have made and to act accordingly." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 19, 2014

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

"It's the greatest-ever comedy-thriller, the greatest film set on a train, a faultlessly cast mirror held up to the nation in the year of Munich." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 13, 2014

The Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)

"A peculiarly dispiriting comedy." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2014

Vampires Suck (2010)

"A witless, slavish pastiche of the series of romantic dramas based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. It is a knowing film that knows nothing about comedy." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 25, 2014

The Ring (2002)

"Though more expensive and less atmospheric than the Japanese picture, the film isn't at all bad." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/5 20%

Arthur Newman (2013)

"Completely disposable ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 29, 2014

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

"The movie is a succession of dazzling scenes." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 16, 2014

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

"A rigorously controlled account of the experience of Davies's older siblings growing up in a working-class Merseyside terrace in the Forties and Fifties." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2014

Memories of Underdevelopment (1973)

"Though inevitably committed to Castro and the revolution, it's the most valuable account we have of this crucial period of Cuban history." Observer (UK)
Posted May 20, 2014

Blue Blood (2006)

"An amusing, observant documentary." Observer (UK)
Posted Apr 7, 2014

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"What the film really seems to be is an invitation to thoughtlessness, a cultivation of the irrationally wilful." Observer (UK)
Posted Mar 4, 2014

The Killers (1964)

"The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 23, 2014

A Throw of Dice (1930)

"A Throw of Dice is a remarkable silent movie." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 21, 2014

About a Boy (2002)

"About a Boy is an amusing film, full of bright lines and clever observation." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 10, 2014

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

"One of the greatest romantic comedies." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 10, 2014

High Fidelity (2000)

"High Fidelity is an extraordinarily funny film, full of verbal and visual wit. And it is assembled with immense skill." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 10, 2014
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