Philip KempMovie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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) (2012) 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
3/5 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) Anders Danielsen Lie gives a compelling, deep-etched lead turn, and you'll find yourself drawn in as he searches for a reason to continue living. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 2, 2011
4/5 89% The Silence (2011) What could have been just another serial-killer whodunit becomes a complex study of grief, obsession and the persistence of guilt. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 31, 2011
2/5 85% The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011) At nearly two and a half hours long, The Yellow Sea is overkill in every sense. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 25, 2011
4/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) Like The Omen without the supernatural guff, Kevin plays on all our worst fears about parenthood. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 20, 2011
1/5 44% Modesty Blaise (1966) Joseph Losey didn't really do frivolous. Which is probably why his attempt at spoofy pseudo-Bondery is so direly unfunny. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 18, 2011
3/5 59% Real Steel (2011) Only those with a heart of tin could resist. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 7, 2011
4/5 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) Witty, featherlight and openly sentimental, this is Woody's love letter to Paris and the most relaxed, likeable movie he's made in years. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 7, 2011
3/5 69% Guilty Of Romance (2013) Filmed in garish colours like an explosion in a paint factory, it's more style than content, but diverting all the same. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 21, 2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) As always with le Carré, the quarry matters less than the hunt; and the hunt is gripping. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 20, 2011
5/5 100% Kes (1969) Funny, sad, bitingly authentic, Kes resonates with Loach's anger at the way many kids grow up into narrow, option-free lives. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 6, 2011
4/5 97% Tomboy (2011) A sensitive study of pre-teen sexuality and confused gender roles, from a director who knows how to draw flawless turns from young 'uns. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 6, 2011
5/5 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Robert Hamer's poised direction chimes perfectly with his Edwardian setting, and the Wildean wit of Price's voice-over is an unfailing delight. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 8, 2011
3/5 83% Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life) (2012) It may be on the slight side, but this is a poignant comedy, charming and melancholy. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 4, 2011
4/5 100% French Cancan (1956) If the film lacks the social bite of Renoir's pre-war work, it's still a rich celebration of life and the director's own birthplace. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 1, 2011
4/5 97% Gilda (1946) "There never was a woman like Gilda!" drooled the posters - and no, there probably wasn't. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 12, 2011
4/5 95% L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961) A sublime meditation on memory, perception and fantasy - or art-house pretension at its emptiest? The jury's still out... ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 20, 2011
3/5 68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) It's all a tad schematic, and the direction is workmanlike but cautious. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 20, 2011
3/5 83% Potiche (2011) This is feminism-lite and director François Ozon plays it for laughs, revelling in his pastel vision of the '70s. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 8, 2011
5/5 90% Cutter's Way (1981) The three leads are on outstanding form, while Jack Nitzsche's score shimmers with foreboding. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 31, 2011
3/5 100% Love Like Poison (Un Poison Violent) (2010) The melodramatic title won't do it any favours, as Katell Quillévéré's debut feature is a quiet, sensitive study of a 14-year-old girl beset by adolescent confusion. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2011
4/5 89% A Screaming Man (2011) A moving, compassionate film, shot with near Ozu-like restraint. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2011
3/5 94% Win Win (2011) Some accomplished turns, and the mood of downbeat quirkiness has its appeal. Plot contrivances scupper it though, and given McCarthy's track record it's a letdown. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 9, 2011
4/5 89% Deep End (1971) Flame-haired Jane Asher is enchanting as object of the hero's erotic obsession, and there's a bawdy cameo from a blowsy Diana Dors. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 28, 2011
5/5 100% The Last Picture Show (1971) A worthy tribute to Bogdanovich's idols, Orson Welles and John Ford. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2011
4/5 86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) With its mythic, dreamlike atmosphere, hints of feminism and a subversive touch of political allegory, Meek's Cutoff is a bold new take on the Old West. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 30, 2011
4/5 85% Essential Killing (2010) This is minimalist filmmaking at its most austere and effective. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 23, 2011
4/5 94% Man of Aran (1934) A classic 1934 documentary from Robert Flaherty, pioneering forefather of the genre (see 1922's Nanook Of The North). ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 9, 2011
2/5 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) Writer/director Tran Anh Hung seems hamstrung by reverence, as monotony sets in early and doesn't lift. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 2, 2011
51% Brighton Rock (2011) As Joffe has always made clear, this isn't a remake of the Boultings' film; it's a new adaptation of Graham Greene's 1938 novel. And as such it works well enough on its own terms. Until it doesn't. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 8, 2011
4/5 80% Barney's Version (2011) Nobody plays irascible, self-sabotaging schlubs better than Paul Giamatti. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 26, 2011