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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
4/5 72% Final Portrait (2017) A stellar performance from Geoffrey Rush centres this diverting glimpse into the chaotic life of a great artist.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Dealing with a real-life event, Christopher Nolan has shifted out of cerebral overdrive and rediscovered a welcome directness and simplicity.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 100% The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli) (1979) Using a non-professional cast it demands patience, but stick with it and its warm, gentle humanism, plus Olmi's affection for his characters, soon become beguiling.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
5/5 91% The Graduate (1967) The dialogue's a joy and Nichols furnishes impeccable comic timing. Utterly of its period, yet timeless.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 100% A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey (2016) We get to-camera footage from Howe himself, plus sympathetic testimony from his colleagues. Vivid and moving.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
46% Spaceship (2016) Channelling elements of Gregg Araki, Gaspar Noé and Harmony Korine, Taylor submerges all this in a wealth of saturated colour, melancholic poetry, an eclectic music track and vibrant visual effects.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
5/5 97% The Road (La Strada) (1954) The triangle plays out in Fellini's favourite key of bittersweet sentimentality, life as a tragicomic circus.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
90% Mindhorn (2016) Mindhorn is carried off with infectious gusto, and Barratt throws himself into the follies of the lead role with a lack of inhibition that suggests the reverse of the actorly conceit he's portraying.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 97% Clash (Eshtebak) (2017) Mohamed Diab's tour de force is shot entirely within a police van as cops chuck some 20 people -- journalists, rioters from both sides and mere bystanders -- into the claustrophobic space. The sense of angry desperation overwhelms.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/5 91% The Olive Tree (El olivo) (2016) Will have you cheering.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
5/5 90% Elle (2016) A complex film that sidesteps every cliché. Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert are at the top of their game.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
4/5 87% The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017) Skvortsov gives a scarily grim-faced performance, with biology teacher Elena (Viktoriya Isakova) increasingly beleaguered as the only one resisting him.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 83% Denial (2016) The film's all but stolen by Spall, deploying a range of expressive snorts and pouts to rival his portrayal of J.M.W. Turner.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/5 72% The White King (2016) Co-directors Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel devise a convincingly scary dystopia crossing Nazi Germany with Stalin's Russia. Too bad Helfrecht's script lets it down.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 70% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 100% Driving With Selvi (2016) Paloschi's film unsettles and inspires.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 57% War on Everyone (2017) Good, crude fun. But not much more than that.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 84% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Acutely acted, The Fencer strikes home.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
4/5 80% Aloys (2016) Nodding to The Conversation, this is an intriguingly controlled, highly original thriller.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 100% Playtime (1973) For all the overweening ambition there's an intimate charm about it ...‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2014