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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
89%

The World's End (2013)

"A little too long, perhaps, but highly amusing, and handsomely photographed (Bill Pope) and designed (Marcus Rowland)." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The story is an admirable necklace on which to string facts, anecdotes and insights that illuminate in a good-natured way the lives of women in an unthinking, patriarchal, totalitarian society." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
55%

Breathe In (2014)

"This is the kind of movie conceived as a tasteful attraction for people who consider themselves superior to the similar but vulgar Richard Dreyfuss vehicle Mr Holland's Opus. Give me Mr Holland any day." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
82%

Eden (2013)

"It's chilling, convincing, matter-of-fact realism." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
98%

Roman Holiday (1953)

"Only the big screen can do justice to its scintillating monochrome images." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
14%

Suspension Of Disbelief (2013)

"[A] convoluted noir thriller that interweaves a variety of narratives." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
61%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"[An] efficient police procedural ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
71%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Del Toro generally manages to keep triumphalism at bay, avoids solemnity, gives each nation a fair share of the limelight and cheerfully embraces the mock seriousness that such films insist on." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2013
80%

Play (2011)

"There's something uneasy about the knife-edge Östlund is working on, and his film is overlong and inadequately focused." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2013
94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"Wittily, ingeniously and movingly conflates the Grimm fairytale of Snow White and the story of Carmen." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2013
78%

Monsters University (2013)

"There's a rather tired, willed atmosphere hanging over it." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2013
96%

The Deep (2013)

"It's a gripping, downbeat film that poses and then (with help from British naval researchers) answers the question of his seemingly miraculous survival: a bit of willpower and a lot of blubber." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2013
100%

Les Invisibles (2012)

"A revealing, deeply moving piece of work." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2013
92%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"The film creates an astonishing picture of the complex new world of internet communications, intelligence and the ever-expanding web of post-cold war secrecy." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2013
57%

I Am Nasrine (2013)

"It's a sad, highly schematic movie, with far too much incidental music, and it's often awkward." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 17, 2013
34%

Summer in February (2014)

"It's not a particularly interesting or revealing story but there's plenty of plein-air painting and plein-air nudity ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 17, 2013
57%

Stuck in Love (2013)

"The film has its sharp moments but is invariably glib when it comes to literary matters and the relationship between books and life." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 17, 2013
38%

Admission (2013)

"Princeton must have thought this film could help its reputation. It's more likely to increase applications to Yale, Harvard and MIT." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 17, 2013
55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The film is a load of repetitive tosh, featuring in every sequence of its 143 minutes more special effects than God used when he created the world, ending with a list of credits longer than many a telephone directory." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 17, 2013
84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Very soon I warmed to the charm, intelligence and good humour, and ended up thinking the film something of a triumph." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 17, 2013
16%

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

"It's dreary, formulaic stuff that even manages to make a Mardi Gras parade look dull." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
51%

Thérèse (2013)

"A handsome, solidly acted period movie about deliberately dislikable people, it's the swansong of a director who was a longtime assistant to François Truffaut." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
73%

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013)

"There is little for those new to the band, whose appeal and individual characters go undefined." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
11%

After Earth (2013)

"It's dull stuff, indifferently staged, with heavy-handed references to Moby-Dick." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
98%

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972)

"Herzog's riveting Brechtian epic about a catastrophic expedition across the Andes and down the Amazon in 1560 is arguably his best work ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
25%

009 Re: Cyborg (2013)

"It's overlong and, for an animated film, there's too much windy philosophical talk of an ontological kind, dropping the names of Freud and the religious historian Mircea Eliade." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Soderbergh, LaGravenese and Douglas view Liberace with affection and admiration in their genital-warts-and-all portrait." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2013
6%

The Perfect Man (2005)

"The intrigues are laboriously contrived, the film exudes disingenuous sentiments, and it has three happy endings -- one for Mum and one for each daughter." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 7, 2013
34%

Everybody Has a Plan (2013)

"The atmosphere can be cut with a machete, but the plausibility resides in Mortensen's distinctive performances rather than in the narrative itself." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2013
53%

The Comedian (2013)

"The film has the whiff of reality, but lacks the imaginative shaping that gives form, meaning and a sort of transcendence to the work of John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2013
63%

Byzantium (2013)

"Byzantium is a complex film that combines a traditional gothic horror story (though not one that sticks to traditional vampire law), social history and a realistic account of dealing with authentic physical distress." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2013
37%

The Purge (2013)

"The tension is well sustained and the film is an effective, predictable cross between Assault on Precinct 13 (the remake of which DeMonaco scripted) and Funny Games ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2013
75%

Populaire (2013)

"There's a generosity and kindness underlying the smooth surface and a sense of sadness, of loss, about a past that can be recaptured as style but never recovered as reality." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2013
50%

Blood (2013)

"In the end the plot lacks credibility and fails to support the tragic power and the moral weight ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2013
64%

Epic (2013)

"Basically, it's a passable combination of Bambi, The Borrowers and Avatar (which plays in my memory as an animated picture)." Observer (UK)
Posted May 27, 2013
71%

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

"A flawed masterpiece full of menace, surreal moments and obscure dialogues, with the city photographed in all its desolate, decaying beauty ..." Observer (UK)
Posted May 27, 2013
97%

Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) (1988)

"The stylised images suit the simplicity and gravity of a grim story of love, sacrifice and survival in the face of adult indifference and cruelty." Observer (UK)
Posted May 27, 2013
20%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Overall, it's not terrible by current comedic standards. Just a trifle undernourished, overlong and desperate." Observer (UK)
Posted May 27, 2013
7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"The jokes are squeezed from the ragged plot with the grace of an arthritic senior citizen trying to get milk out of a coconut by hand." Observer (UK)
Posted May 27, 2013
82%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Something in the Air is not a film for all tastes, but it brings back a crucial part of the last century, touches on experiences we've all had at some time and is performed with delicacy, sincerity and conviction by a splendid young cast." Observer (UK)
Posted May 27, 2013
63%

Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)

"This is a mildly interesting documentary that takes at face value the claims made for their art by the naive nihilists who design jagged, violent and often obscene posters for local rock groups across North America." Observer (UK)
Posted May 24, 2013
63%

The Liability (2013)

"Blows and bullets are exchanged, severed limbs stolen, ruthless sex-traffickers encountered." Observer (UK)
Posted May 18, 2013
69%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"The endless chases, stunts and fights are as spectacular and preposterous as the occasional verbal exchanges are sentimental and childish." Observer (UK)
Posted May 18, 2013
54%

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

"One's interest is diminished as the dramatic focus becomes unclear, petering out in well-meaning rhetorical confusion." Observer (UK)
Posted May 18, 2013
98%

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"The constantly gripping film is adroitly assembled." Observer (UK)
Posted May 18, 2013
48%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"It is the sheer size, overstatement and noise, both visually and aurally, that sinks Luhrmann's picture." Observer (UK)
Posted May 18, 2013
23%

Vehicle 19 (2013)

"At first it's intriguing, then annoying, and finally it gives us the urge to get out and walk." Observer (UK)
Posted May 12, 2013
93%

Our Children (2013)

"It's a quiet, immaculately acted study of appalling cruelty committed unconsciously by those who believe they're acting in the best interest of others." Observer (UK)
Posted May 12, 2013
100%

Village At The End Of The World (2012)

"It's a beautiful, austere movie ..." Observer (UK)
Posted May 12, 2013
95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"[An] excellent Danish thriller ..." Observer (UK)
Posted May 12, 2013
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