Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Philip Wilding's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Alex Gibney adds to his forensic examinations of Enron and Abu Ghraib with another fine documentary." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
4/5 93%

No (2013)

"Initially jarring, the video aesthetic blends beautifully with period footage to give a smart depiction of a nation in transition. A well-deserved Oscar nominee." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2013
4/5 65%

Starbuck (2013)

"A French comedy that pitches for wit over broad comedy, it's successful in salting what could be a over-sugary confection with healthy dose of wryness." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2012
4/5 93%

Barbara (2012)

"Tough and tender, it's the best Iron Curtain drama since The Lives Of Others." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
4/5 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"A bizarre and mesmerising journey to the heart of Cloud Cuckoo Land." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2012
2/5 20%

360 (2012)

"A great disappointment by the City Of God man's high standards." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2012
4/5 67%

God Bless America (2012)

"Sharp on the fallibility of human foibles and sometimes stingingly funny, too." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2012
3/5 88%

She Monkeys (Apflickorna) (2011)

"A disjointed but refreshingly subversive character drama." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 13, 2012
4/5 92%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"A haunting portrayal of people who are neither completely innocent nor wholly evil, and the terrible price of killing, whether in the pursuit of a sports car or in the name of justice." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2012
4/5 76%

Bombay Beach (2011)

"The fact that Alma Har'el is still stuck in music video director mode makes for an interesting new breed of documentary." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2012
2/5 10%

Trespass (2011)

"Cloth-eared dialogue saps the tension, while the plot twists with the likelihood of a Brett Ratner rehearsal session. Leave your disbelief at the door." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"A fitting tribute to Hunter and the demise of the American Dream, but first and foremost a thrilling and funny snapshot of a country on its knees and a writer finding his feet." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2011
3/5 95%

Weekend (2011)

"Terrific low-key turns from the two leads inject their growing bond with genuine emotion, making this a love story that will get under the skin of romantics everywhere." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2011
4/5 84%

Post Mortem (2012)

"A sometimes shocking, often moving journey through a blood-stained corner of the past. Like Costa Gavras's Missing through the eyes of an everyday Chilean." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2011
4/5 93%

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011)

"A marked improvement on the first film, it's easy to see why this was such a smash in Brazil. Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it's a gut punch of an action movie." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2011
3/5 48%

Meet Monica Velour (2011)

"Beautifully acted, it's a tender love story with one or two belly laughs." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2011
4/5 49%

Super (2011)

"A brilliant twist on the everyman crime-fighter genre, as violent and human as it is funny." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2011
3/5 86%

Viva Riva! (2011)

"On the basis of this expertly engineered crime thriller Djo Munga is a director going places." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2011
4/5 91%

Point Blank (2011)

"Another sparkling thriller from the Anything For Her director. See it, then wait for the inevitable US remake." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2011
4/5 76%

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010)

"Controversial and contended it may be in France, but whatever your stance this is another thrilling and thoughtful slice of history from the Days Of Glory director." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 2, 2011
4/5 80%

I Saw the Devil (2011)

"This gleefully black horror-thriller is a very classy follow-up to The Good, the Bad, the Weird for Kim Jee-Woon." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2011
4/5 93%

Benda Bilili! (2011)

"Wielding inspiration and uplift in equal measure, this musical odyssey is one of the cinematic journeys of the year. Don't miss it." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 94%

Neds (2011)

"A rush of violent, visceral drama, Mullan's directorial effort will stay with you. The disappointment? A final third that meanders to its conclusion." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2011
1/5 10%

Cuckoo (2008)

"With its unengaging characters and a plot that jacknifes inexplicably, there's little to like here. A thriller without many thrills." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2010
4/5 53%

The Thorn in the Heart (2010)

"A touching insight into a family's inner workings." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2010
4/5 91%

Easier with Practice (2009)

"Excellent American indie that tugs hard on the heartstrings." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
3/5 96%

Leap Year (2011)

"A tough but humane and affecting watch." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
2/5 0%

Fathers of Girls (2010)

"Too meandering to stir the brain and too dour to engage the heart, the moving storyline too often falls flat in stodgy scenes." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2010
3/5 56%

The Kid (2010)

"Strong performances by Rupert Friend and Augustus Prew as the grown-up and teenage Kevin give Moran's rite-of-passage tale genuine emotional ballast. A worthy follow-up to Telstar." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2010
5/5 94%

Winter's Bone (2010)

"A vivid reworking of Daniel Woodrell's novel that brings the book's conflicted heroine to searing life in a piece of unhurried filmmaking too rarely seen these days." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2010
2/5 59%

Trash Humpers (2010)

"A often grim vaudeville parade of Nashville's oddballs and ne'er-do-wells." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2010
4/5 92%

Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010)

"As harrowing as it is humorous, Giorgos Lanthimos' award-winning journey to a family's heart of darkness is unflinchingly detailed, thought-provoking fare." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2010
2/5 0%

Shank (2010)

"If this is the future of film then we're all doomed." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2010
4/5 96%

Food, Inc. (2009)

"Compelling, entertaining and illuminating documentary which makes you think twice, and then a few more times, about eating anything at all in U.S." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2010
3/5 100%

Oil City Confidential (2009)

"Authentic feel to this good-looking biopic of the ill-fated band." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2010
4/5 93%

Blur: No Distance Left to Run (2010)

"Unexpectedly revealing interviews and some stunning live footage make this one of the better band behind-the-scenes." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2010
3/5 76%

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

"A sometimes whimsical and magical take on the life of one of Britain's most artistically charged rock stars. Serkis shines in his role as the troubled singer." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2010
4/5 94%

The Cove (2009)

"A taut, thrilling documentary that plays out like a heist movie while never overshadowing its message or activist credentials." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3/5 73%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"The dialogue and storyline are both a little on the clunky side, but the action excels." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 91%

Fish Tank (2010)

"A vivid portrayal of life at society's margins with a compelling turn from newcomer Jarvis. Little wonder it scored at Cannes." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 84%

Soul Power (2009)

"An edifying glimpse at a moment in black history when the world really was looking on." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/5 47%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"One man's near-emotionless trip through an event that was the high watermark for US counterculture moves along without any real sense of purpose or pace." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 15, 2009
4/5 65%

Is Anybody There? (2009)

"Caine leads an impeccable cast in a story that is as touching as it is funny, turning the mundane minutiae of fading lives into a vibrant display." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2009
3/5 40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

"Refreshingly, director Carrivick's feature debut is both dark, compelling and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2009
2/5 51%

Notorious (2009)

"A hip hop hagiography that plays like a straight-to-TV movie." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2009
2/5 30%

Who Killed Nancy? (2010)

"For an exposé very little is actually revealed, but as a neon-lit trawl through '70s New York, it's worth a look." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3/5 46%

Yes Man (2008)

"It's charming enough with some nice comedy touches, but the initially intriguing premise is soon railroaded out of sight by its desire to conform to a tried-and-tested cinematic formula." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2009
3/5 54%

Choke (2008)

"An uneven take on Palahniuk's fourth novel, Rockwell and Huston shining brightly enough to eclipse a patchy directorial debut." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2008