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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
4/5 100% 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
3/5 89% While the City Sleeps (1955) Dour, disillusioned stuff -- easy to admire, harder to love.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 73% Gone Too Far! (2013) A lively Brit-comedy of manners full of crackling dialogue.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 95% To Catch a Thief (1955) It's all slight, charming and fairly forgettable.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 13, 2014
3/5 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) Intelligent, stylish adaptation of a Highsmith thriller with a crack cast and superbly photographed period locations. But it misses the essential element of tension.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 83% Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) (2010) Slovenian filmmaker Janez Burger's dialogue-free poetic fable doesn't dig deep (circus as metaphor for life, thanks Fellini) but there's a gentle surreal charm that's hard to resist.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 5, 2014
5/5 94% Paths of Glory (1957) The scenes of trench warfare are frighteningly vivid, and Kirk Douglas gives a searing performance as the officer assigned to the hopeless task of defending the three men.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2014
5/5 96% Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Nicholas Ray's 1955 film extends sympathy to all its characters, not just the kids, though the central trio of Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo focus our emotions.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 95% Giant (1956) The combination of director George Stevens and source novelist Edna Ferber, both given to expressions of overblown high seriousness, yields a long, slow, achingly self-important movie.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 88% East of Eden (1955) Catches fire in the clashes between Dean (as the bad brother) and Raymond Massey as his stiff-necked dad.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2014
5/5 97% GoodFellas (1990) Scorsese's best film? Difficult to call, though if it doesn't beat Raging Bull, it runs it a close second.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 51% The Zero Theorem (2014) The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam's best, but still the most satisfying movie he's made for years.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) It's Fiennes who coolly walks off with the film. Switching seamlessly between courtliness and profanity, he displays a gift for comic timing that's rarely been unleashed since his Essex gang boss in 2007's In Bruges.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 100% Open City (1946) Made on a tiny budget with a largely non-professional cast and filmed on the streets where similar events had just occurred, the rawness of the movie give it an immediacy that still hits home.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) Shocking, credible and hard to forget.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
98% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) If epics are your thing, they don't come much grander.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2014
5/5 93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) The film weaves a rich Chekhovian mix, full of wry insights into the fragility of human emotions.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 100% Vivan las Antipodas! (2013) Lovely stuff.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2013
4/5 88% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2013