Philip French Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
98%

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (2004)

"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is inspired as much by René Clair's innovative French classic of 1930, Sous les toits de Paris, and the prewar Pagnol Marseilles trilogy (Marius/Fanny/César) as by Hollywood." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 9, 2014
95%

Wings (1927)

"A mixture of melodrama, sentimental romance and heavy-handed comedy, Wings was superbly choreographed with skilfully photographed stunt flying and aerial combat." Observer (UK)
Posted Feb 1, 2014
88%

American Beauty (1999)

"Mendes manages to give individuality and distinction to some extremely familiar material." Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 28, 2014
92%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"This is [Boyle's] best movie to date and he's handled his actors with great sensitivity." Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 27, 2014
97%

The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928)

"This was Falconetti's only major film and over a period of a year under Dreyer's direction (a combination of cruelty and patience), her extraordinarily expressive face made for one of the greatest, most harrowing screen performances." Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 15, 2014
62%

Streets of Fire (1984)

"A carefully stylised movie that's something like pure cinema." Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 12, 2014
91%

Phantom Of The Opera (1925)

"An eerie mixture of poetry, gothic melodrama and a surreal Feuillade-style serial." Observer (UK)
Posted Jan 5, 2014
86%

Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"Its numerous narrative strands are neither revealingly pursued nor properly intertwined." Observer (UK)
Posted Dec 6, 2013
93%

Suspiria (1977)

"From stormy start to fiery finish, it's a stylish, compelling, phantasmagoric movie." Observer (UK)
Posted Oct 6, 2013
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Emil und die Detektive (Emil and the Detectives) (1931)

"It's a lively, funny, exciting tale of a country mouse collaborating with streetwise city kids, and it creates a splendid picture of bustling life in the capital of Weimar Germany." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 9, 2013
30%

Hammer Of The Gods (2013)

"A nasty, brutal and relatively short entertainment, aimed at middle-of-the-woad Conanists." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"This is the rock revolution reduced to the level of the Eurovision Song Contest." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
85%

Upstream Color (2013)

"Upstream Colour has the makings of a cult movie, though it's not a cult I feel inclined to join." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
75%

You're Next (2013)

"It has some truly creepy moments early on, as well as an authentic ruthlessness and some black humour." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
62%

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

"I'd rather attend a Norman Wisdom tribute concert in downtown Tirana than see this film again." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Not a subtle film, but honest, intelligent and very funny." Observer (UK)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
76%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"Quirky, funny, occasionally too whimsical and at times implausible, it's rather like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn meeting the cast of Rebel Without a Cause." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2013
47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"Often funny but not extravagantly or consistently so." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2013
93%

Jurassic Park (1993)

"I loved every fascinating, suspenseful, frightening, skilfully calibrated minute of it." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2013
53%

The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass) (2013)

"If you know nothing of this incident you'll be intrigued, as I was. But the explanation, which involves another curious tale from the 1940s that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists, is difficult to swallow." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2013
53%

Lovelace (2013)

"[A] dubious, dislikable film ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2013
67%

Elysium (2013)

"Depressingly predictable in its ideas and tedious in its boneheaded brutality." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2013
87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"This accomplished film is closer to Kramer vs Kramer or middle-period Woody Allen than it is to James. But that is no bad place to be." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2013
64%

2 Guns (2013)

"America's public agencies come very badly out of this slick thriller." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
25%

Planes (2013)

"A forgettable, though not dislikable, affair." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
80%

Call Girl (2013)

"It's overlong and spends too much time on the careers of troubled teenagers recruited from state juvenile institutions before getting to the political nitty-gritty." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
31%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"A movie that resembles Bugsy Malone with real weapons." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
93%

Kuma (2012)

"The plot is a dramatic, or melodramatic, way of revealing the turbulent passions and prejudices beneath the surface of homophobia, patriarchy, matriarchy and resistance to change." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
90%

Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967)

"Ray's Calcutta is a bustling Dickensian city of disappointment and hope, of new possibilities and old temptations, of entrepreneurs seizing opportunities in a changing society ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 18, 2013
87%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Colm Meaney commands our sympathy; Coogan gets the guilty laughs. It's all very English in its recognition of the mean smallness of so much of British life." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 12, 2013
71%

Foxfire (2013)

"The acting is often frighteningly good, and a little coda set some years later is fascinating." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 12, 2013
50%

Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) (2012)

"It's like a Haneke plot turned into a comforting boulevard play, but it's subtly observed and extremely well acted ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 12, 2013
42%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"A smart, derivative load of Bulfinch, its director Thor Freudenthal has a name perfectly suited to link the mythical and the psychoanalytical." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 12, 2013
90%

Silence (2013)

"An uneasy mixture of fact and fiction ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 12, 2013
83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"It's a lively, touching story, full of sadness and optimism, drawn with an unaffected simplicity." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"It's scare-to-medium stuff with the usual ghoulies, ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
91%

Paradise: Hope (2013)

"It's a revealing, often bitterly funny study in embarrassment and disillusion." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
65%

The Heat (2013)

"As poorly scripted as Beverly Hills Cop and not as funny." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
63%

My Father and the Man in Black (2013)

"This film is rather like BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, but with altogether too many scenes re-enacted by lookalikes." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
57%

Heaven's Gate (1980)

"I will leave others to pick nits off this epic panorama." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
43%

Red 2 (2013)

"[A] tiresome sequel ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
41%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"The story unfolds in a series of carefully composed tableaux accompanied by a mixture of western and oriental music, and what is enacted is a dreamlike fable of revenge and retribution." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
95%

Unforgiven (1992)

"There is unlikely to be a better movie from the States or anywhere else this year." Observer (UK)
Posted Aug 2, 2013
58%

Viramundo (2013)

"It's a heartwarming experience, a little reminiscent of Wim Wenders's Buena Vista Social Club, and the music is attractive and authentic." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2013
88%

Dial M for Murder (1954)

"Rather than let someone else mess with a play that has a formal perfection, Hitchcock did the adaptation himself, his only such credit while in Hollywood." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2013
69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"It's loud, spectacular, dull, humourless and predictable." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2013
98%

Blackfish (2013)

"[An] impressive, often gripping documentary ..." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2013
63%

Days of Grace (2015)

"This is all very impressive in its scope and moral reach, and the movie, with its extensive use of handheld cameras, sweaty close-ups and violent encounters, is visually striking." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2013
93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"There's little doubt that many people will find her insufferable, and almost everyone will experience moments of acute discomfort. But this is a wonderful performance that never becomes ingratiating." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2013
85%

Snabba cash (Easy Money) (2012)

"With pounding synthesised music on the soundtrack, Easy Money moves like a razor-edged Frisbee that could cut off a player's hand or sever his jugular if he doesn't see what's coming." Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 21, 2013
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