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Philip Kemp

Philip Kemp

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

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Showing 51 - 100 of 204
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Vivan las Antipodas! (2013) "Lovely stuff. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4/5 20% Who Needs Enemies (2013) "It's a promising feature debut for Stylianou; let's hope he explores fresher territory next time. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 11, 2013
4/5 83% In Fear (2014) "A taut, chilling little horror-thriller making maximum use of minimal resources to tap into our primal fears of the unknown. Plus shredded-nerve turns from an (evidently) adaptable cast. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 11, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) "Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling. Blending comedy and tragedy, it secretes a potent sting. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) "With a riveting portrayal by Cumberbatch at its heart, The Fifth Estate tells its story grippingly - but finally leaves us none the wiser. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 100% Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) (1932) "The humour is sly, warm and playful. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 23, 2013
4/5 100% The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960) "A sombre, downbeat gem in the hard-bitten tradition of Rififi, it stars Lino Ventura as the big-time gangster fallen on hard times, whose former friends don't want to know " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 100% The Tarnished Angels (1958) "Sirk mines sombre poetry from these lives, though a tacked-on happy-ish ending lets him down. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 100% The Birth of a Nation (1915) "A towering milestone in the history of cinema. Asentimentalised, reactionary slab of racism. Can a film be both? In the case of D.W. Griffith's silent-era classic The Birth Of A Nation, unfortunately it can. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 19, 2013
4/5 90% Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967) "Ray draws from Mukherjee a performance of delectable subtlety as she comes to recognise her moral and financial independence. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
5/5 57% Heaven's Gate (1980) "The set-pieces are majestic and its disenchanted view of the american frontier myth still rings ominously true. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 100% Lal gece (Night of Silence) "Treating what could be a deeply distasteful subject with subtlety and restraint, Reis Çelik's intimate two-hander explores a fraught situation with sympathy and unexpected revelations ... " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 2, 2013
4/5 87% A Field in England (2014) "Ben Wheatley's strangest movie yet: mysticism, mystification and magic mushrooms in a English Civil War setting. Often confusing, occasionally infuriating - but audaciously original. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) "A more-than-worthy, expectations-exceeding chapter in one of modern cinema's finest love stories. As honest, convincing, funny, intimate and natural as its predecessors. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/5 91% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) "A sense of clarity and austerity about the visuals lends potent emotional heft. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 1, 2013
3/5 68% Me and You (2014) "Script and acting are flawless - but set beside Bertolucci's glory years (The Conformist, Last Tango In Paris, Novecento) it all feels a bit slight. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 12, 2013
73% Simon Killer (2013) "Builds a quiet, creeping sense of menace, with a courageously unsympathetic performance from Corbet at its icy heart. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 9, 2013
4/5 89% Teorema (Theorem) (1968) "Pasolini creates an ethereal mood - and Stamp, smiling ineffably,has never been better. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 9, 2013
5/5 97% Point Blank (1967) "Boorman brings an existential bleakness and depth to his genre material (adapted from Donald E. Westlake's novel), and Marvin's minimal dialogue enhances the impact of his performance. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/5 77% Papadopoulos & Sons (2015) "Yes, it's sentimental and predictable, but there's a warmth and charm about Marcus Markou's feature debut that makes it hard to resist. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 100% Devi (The Goddess) (1960) "Satyajit Ray's study of the destructive power of superstition is typically compassionate; there are no easy villains. Intelligent and moving. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 18, 2013
4/5 88% The Servant (1964) "Losey creates an atmosphere of deepening claustrophobic menace shot through with episodes of savage black humour. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 15, 2013
4/5 83% Onibaba (1965) "Unflinching in its violence and eroticism. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 4, 2013
2/5 54% Secret Beyond the Door (1948) "Borrowing a plot from the Bluebeard legend, and chucking in a load of sub-Freudian hokum, Fritz Lang nonetheless makes a class act of this Gothic psycho-thriller. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 25, 2013
3/5 75% A Place in the Sun (1951) "Most of Dreiser's acrid social satire is smoothed away by Stevens' grandiose style, and it's all too stately to be affecting. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 4, 2013
5/5 100% The Earrings of Madame De... (Madame de...) (1954) "Because it's Ophüls, there's an aching sense of genuine heartbreak and loss beneath the sumptuous decor and poised, urbane ironies. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 4, 2013
3/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) "A breezy, lightweight account of the making of a classic. Some of the casting may be questionable, but in the end it's the "cattle" who carry it. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3/5 95% Midnight Son (2012) "Leberecht plays games with vampire lore, but skirts around it with a subtlety and delicacy that lends his film emotional depths rare in low-budget horror. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 17, 2012
1/5 0% Chroniques sexuelles d'une famille d'aujourd'hui (Sexual Chronicles of a French Family) (2012) "You'll have more fun staying at home. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 6, 2012
4/5 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) "The only downside is Armand Amar's over-explicit score, underlining every dramatic moment. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 30, 2012
4/5 96% Babette's Feast (Babettes Gæstebud) (1987) "Audran is luminous as the centre of a gentle, generous film about grace. Oh, and grub. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 27, 2012
4/5 96% West of Memphis (2012) "A superbly detailed account of a notorious miscarriage of justice and how it was gradually unravelled. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 23, 2012
2/5 75% Aurora (2011) "Another hefty slice of eastern european life - even longer, even slower and even glummer. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 30, 2012
4/5 93% It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) "Depicts a drab, austerity-era East London of pinched lives and petty crime. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2012
5/5 95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) "Despite all the suffering and injustice, the final message is one of optimism that feels neither facile nor tacked-on. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2/5 44% To Rome with Love (2012) "Four trivial stories, forced laughs: don't expect much more from Allen's latest postcard from Europe. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 3, 2012
4/5 99% About Elly (2015) "Another shrewdly gauged study of our capacity for deception and self-deception from A Separation's auteur. Emotionally devastating. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 3, 2012
4/5 89% Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) "It's relentlessly downbeat and claustrophobic, but Ted Willis' script avoids easy recrimination. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2012
4/5 98% The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972) "It weaves games of dream and reality as the sextet wander through increasingly absurd set-ups. patriarchal authority and polite social rituals are slyly undermined, and the cast play it impeccably. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 28, 2012
79% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) (1980) "It's let down by preachy dialogue, but makes striking use of the Scots locations. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 23, 2012
2/5 20% Hara ga kore nande (Mitsuko Delivers) "Before long the shouting and gurning quotient reaches discomfort levels and the movie winds up just irritating. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
3/5 73% The Music Lovers (1971) "It's unashamedly vulgar and, if you switch off critical filters, enormous fun. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 30, 2012
5/5 96% Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012) "Predictably, all ends tragically. But mondieu, doesn't it look sublime? " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 30, 2012
4/5 96% The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) "Even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 10, 2012
3/5 21% Elles (2012) "Binoche is, as always, superb, but Malgorzata Szumowska's film won't tell you much about the oldest profession that you didn't already know - and Binoche's marital clashes feel like a standard feminist tract circa 1975. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 9, 2012
4/5 100% Ordet (The Word) (1954) "At first glance it may seem slow, but stick with it and the psychological tensions enthral. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 27, 2012
5/5 100% Laura (1944) "OK, the plot verges on absurdity - but who cares? " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 13, 2012
89% The Descendants (2011) "Payne, whose early features were set in his native Omaha, has always shown an acute if unconventional sense of place. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 31, 2012
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) "If The Descendants occasionally slips a notch below Payne's highest standards, it's a wry, intelligent look at the contradictions and complexities of human emotions. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2012
2/5 68% Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) (1978) "Everything about Despair feels queasily off - the plot, the acting, the dialogue and the fussily over-decorated sets. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 10, 2012
51% The Iron Lady (2012) "Altogether this is a much softened and declawed portrait of the most divisive prime minister of recent times. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 10, 2012
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