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Philip Kemp

Philip Kemp
Philip Kemp's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film, Sight and Sound

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 97% Romeo and Juliet (1968) The Italian locations look glorious, and Nino Rota (The Godfather) contributes one of his finest scores. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 58% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) (2015) It's an intriguingly different take on the supernatural, with Eri Fukatsu and Tadanobu Asano appealing as the leads, but Kurosawa draws it out to the point of tedium. An overemphatic score doesn't help either. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 52% Demolition (2016) An offbeat, disruptive treatment of grief, shot through with flashes of manic humour, and played to the hilt by Jake Gyllenhaal at the top of his game. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 100% Couple In A Hole (2015) Geens' first English-language feature builds slowly, piling up underlying darkness, hinting that further tragedy can't be far off. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) With minimal resources, writer/directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz have crafted an insidious chiller, drawing measured performances from real-life twins Lukas and Elias Schwarz. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 74% Youth (2015) The offbeat teaming of Caine and Keitel anchors this wryly humorous Alpine-set fantasia, rich in beguiling images and suffused with a quiet, sensual melancholy. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Miller's NYC comedy bristles with wisecracks and quotable lines, while spinning a plot that sidesteps narrative cliché. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
4/5 84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) The action moves at the pace of the seasons; but for those who relax into its reflective mood, it offers much to savour. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Ambulance (2016) What [Jabaly] shot vividly conveys the anger, grief and resilience of people trapped in a situation over which they have no control -- and the dedication (and humour) of the ambulance crew. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) A lesser-known novel by Jane Austen becomes an auspicious foray into costume drama by Whit Stillman. Kate Beckinsale shines. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 88% Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) (2017) Playing out in real time, Theo and Hugo offers a warm, frank, unexpectedly romantic view of relationships today. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 100% Court (2015) The deliberate pacing risks trying our patience, but it's an accurate reflection of a system in stasis. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) Sully is a skilfully made reconstruction of a recent real-life feat of heroic professionalism. But narrative tension is sorely lacking. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 28, 2016
3/5 100% The New Man (2016) How much of this is reportage, how much re-stagings, is anyone's guess. Much of the time, Josh is clearly sending himself up. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 67% The Darkest Universe (2016) The story alternates between glorious canal scenery and Zac's woefully inept attempts to drum up help. An offbeat delight. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 100% Driving With Selvi (2016) Paloschi's film unsettles and inspires. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) Good, crude fun. But not much more than that. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) Acutely acted, The Fencer strikes home. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
4/5 88% Aloys (2016) Nodding to The Conversation, this is an intriguingly controlled, highly original thriller. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 27, 2016
4/5 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Dark, gory and gruesome, this isn't kids' stuff. As a work of gothic imagination, it's a rare treat. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) A gentle tale, tinged with melancholy told with all the loving attention to detail you expect from Studio Ghibli. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 7, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) It has sometimes been suggested that there's little more to be said, in cinematic terms, [about the Holocaust].... The single-minded power and visceral immediacy of Nemes's achievement, rightly acclaimed and awarded, prove otherwise. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 28, 2016
5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Political intrigue abounds as Spielberg grippingly recreates a famous real-life spy-swap case of the Cold War, with both Hanks and Rylance on top form. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 23, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) The Irish expat experience, a poignant mix of aspiration and nostalgia, pervades Brooklyn, sensitively adapted by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibín's 2009 prizewinning novel. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 6, 2015
5/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) This is a film that never insists or over-stresses its effects, but works its way quietly and irresistibly into our emotions. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 2, 2015
87% Mia Madre (2016) For all his often disenchanted outlook, Moretti's films almost always end on a positive note (however hard won). Mia madre is no exception. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/5 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) Another witty dissection of social and sexual mores from perennial provocateur Ozon, deftly playing with the unpredictable complexities of desire. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 18, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) Much of the film's humour is mined from its satirising of Jamie and Darby's retro-hipster lifestyle. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 3, 2015
4/5 63% The Water Diviner (2015) Making his first shot at feature direction, Russell Crowe homes in on a key trauma in Aussie history and brings it vividly to life. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) This is sharp filmmaking, treating serious themes with a beguiling lightness. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 74% Point and Shoot (2014) Adventurer, narcissist or both? Marshall Curry's riveting study of a momma's boy turned freedom fighter never editorialises, leaving us to decide. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Standby (2014) Ok, you can guess how it'll end - but getting there is a delight. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 24% Third Person (2014) Everything gets just too damn convoluted for its own good, and it's hard to care what becomes of Haggis' characters as they're shifted around. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 100% Playtime (1973) For all the overweening ambition there's an intimate charm about it ... ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 3, 2014
5/5 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) The modest budget and B-list stars (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter) - enhance the movie's impact, and Don Siegel's taut direction makes the sheer ordinariness of the setting all the more scary. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 69% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 89% While the City Sleeps (1955) Dour, disillusioned stuff -- easy to admire, harder to love. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 73% Gone Too Far! (2013) A lively Brit-comedy of manners full of crackling dialogue. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 71% What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) Connolly's on top form too, and the chemistry between Tennant and Pike convinces. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 89% Wise Blood (1979) Funny, tragic, philosophical, farcical -- this is Huston near the top of his form. A useful batch of interviews, including one with Dourif. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 19, 2014
No Score Yet By The Bluest of Seas (1936) Barnet's gentle lyricism and reluctance to propagandise separate him from the tub-thumping mainstream of Soviet cinema, but make him all the more appealing. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2014
5/5 96% Charulata (1964) So little's openly stated, so much implied - as in Ray's own wistfully romantic score. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 95% To Catch a Thief (1955) It's all slight, charming and fairly forgettable. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 80% The Illumination (Iluminacja) (1973) Polish director Krztsztof Zanussi's third feature and his most experimental crosses narrative cinema with filmed essay in an exploration of truth, knowledge and the elusive nature of happiness. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 19, 2014
5/5 100% Spring in a Small Town (1948) One of the finest Chinese movies ever made, lauded for its utmost delicacy and subtlety. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) It's all a tad slight and glossy, but the performances redeem it ... ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) Mbatha-Raw gives a luminous performance, aided by a script that creates a powerful tension between the formality of the language and the passion of the sentiments. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Seth MacFarlane's comedy western boasts gags galore - some a lot cruder than others. But the hits outnumber the misses. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 92% A Farewell to Arms (1932) Cooper was never more handsome, and the chemistry between him and Hayes glows from the screen. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 26, 2014
5/5 95% An Autumn Afternoon (1964) Mellow and rich in ironic humour, the film carries an undertow of gentle melancholy; as so often with Ozu, its ultimate message is that loneliness is the human condition. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014