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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 95%

Wings (1927)

"William Wellman's silent WW1 flying epic soars thrillingly while it's airborne, but on the ground it plods." ‐Total Film
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4/5 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Chasing Coriolanus with another multi-tasking success, Ralph Fiennes crafts a moving account of a secret affair - with Felicity Jones riding high as the lady in question." ‐Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Panh's commentary - spoken in French by Randal Douc - searingly sets the context." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/5 87%

A Midnight Clear (1992)

"Keith Gordon's adap of William Wharton's novel is low on action, long on mood and psychological complexity." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"In a war-raved city, a woman sits and talks to her husband. He doesn't say much, since he's been shot and he's in a coma." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 91%

Nebraska (2013)

"A pitch-perfect performance from Dern graces Alexander Payne's latest roadmovie - another bittersweet meditation on the sad, comic futility of life." ‐Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
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) (2013)

"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

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 (2012)

"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 (2009)

"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

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
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