Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Radheyan Simonpillai's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 76%

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"What now for Hollywood, which is bruising from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy while Kevin Hart shows up everywhere like he's the Orphan Black?" ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 64%

Storks (2016)

"It's like writer and co-director Nicholas Stoller didn't get the memo. He refuses to let Storks settle for the lazy cash grab it was clearly designed to be." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 83%

Kicks (2016)

"Call it Bicycle Thieves In The Hood. At least that's what Justin Tipping's simultaneously dazzling and frustrating debut, Kicks, seems to be shooting for." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 21, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet

King of the Dancehall (2016)

"It would have been so easy to get this movie right. The vibrant culture, pulsating energy and talented dancers busting up the floor are all here. All Cannon had to do was let us enjoy them." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/5 75%

Bleed For This (2016)

"As Paz, Miles Teller proves far too slight, both physically and emotionally." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet

Boundaries (Pays) (2016)

"The subject could have provided a great vantage point for a critical satire, but Boundaries lacks the laughs and the sting for that." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 78%

Denial (2016)

"There's an artificiality to all this that doesn't sit right in a story about nailing down the truth." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 91%

I Called Him Morgan (2016)

"The unavoidable distance from these people leaves much of the film feeling staid, dull and frustrating." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 13%

The Wild Life (2016)

"contemporary relevance doesn't make this movie any more interesting. It just floats by on flat characters and predictable gags, a functional distraction for kids who are bound to forget it as soon as they hit the next episode of Dora The Explorer." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 83%

Sully (2016)

"Neither Eastwood's controversial politics nor his worst storytelling instincts could really mess up Sully." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
5/5 95%

Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016)

"Strong-headed women spiral out of control against an archaic patriarchy in this scorching and intimate Israeli melodrama." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 87%

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

"Nguyen's magic realist touches are better served here than in his Oscar-nominated previous effort, Rebelle." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
1/4 No Score Yet

X Quinientos (2016)

"Few things are more frustrating than seeing people who can't exercise free will because they exist in a nihilistic film fascinated with violence." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

Jesus (2016)

"Like a Chilean Larry Clark, Guzzoni shows a talent for raw, unsettling storytelling." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 100%

Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016)

"That fanciful concept is played totally straight. Pavlenkova never loses sight of her character's vulnerability and emotional journey when a romantic possibility gives her a shot at joy." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 86%

Goldstone (2016)

"Goldstone begins like a made-for-TV Outback riff on Lethal Weapon, but slowly its rugged and idiosyncratic beauty takes hold." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 100%

Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah) (2016)

"The film is critical of oppressive customs and even a bit tragic, but it's also joyful, investing its hopes in characters representing a new generation that is too fun and sassy to be ignored." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 80%

American Honey (2016)

"What sets American Honey apart is that it's genuinely hopeful. We're not just looking at a bunch of rootless and emotionally battered youth, but searching alongside them, not upwards but onwards, toward a happy place." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 99%

Moonlight (2016)

"Jenkins balances raw honesty with dreamy imagery and keeps his narrative loose, riding emotional beats instead of getting trapped inside a finite beginning and end. That is exactly how it should be." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 26%

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

"Mechanic: Resurrection aims to be no more satisfying than an oil change, and no one seems more bored by that prospect than Jason Statham." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 2, 2016
1/5 38%

Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016)

"Dujardin's man of short stature isn't allowed to have any other flaws because his height is plenty. The character would be akin to Sidney Poitier's John Prentice in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner if the actor had actually been white but donned blackface." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 96%

Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

"This raw and startling doc isn't about young rape victims in China and the institutions that enable the culprits. Instead, it's about the methods used to silence the activists who draw attention to those problems." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 100%

Ixcanul (2016)

"Whether we're closely gazing at Maria or watching her stride along the ashy volcano's side from a distance, Bustamante lets images linger long enough for their beauty to fall away, giving us a compelling and tragic look at where our coffee comes from." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 25, 2016
5/5 96%

Gleason (2016)

"The videos are a way for Gleason to say everything he can to his baby boy before time runs out. That's enough to leave you a blubbering mess, but this doc, culled from home videos by director Clay Tweel, goes much further. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 26%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"It's all a functional buildup to the chariot race, which is where Bekmambetov gets in close to the action. The trade-off is a less majestic scope for a more visceral thrill; not an improvement, but not a cheap imitation either." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 11%

Nine Lives (2016)

"The movie is bad in all the predictable ways. That's probably why its strengths stand out. I'm talking about Robbie Amell and Jennifer Garner as the neglected family members." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"The franchise just doesn't have the claws it once did; it can't conjure the same outrage in a movie that goes beyond the CIA for a post-Snowden look at how Silicon Valley can be corrupted for the sake of global surveillance." ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 64%

Nerve (2016)

"It's a lot of fun, thanks to a cast who make themselves at home in this instasnaptubing, neon-lit world." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2/5 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Palmer, recently seen bathing in light in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, is a formidable presence here, but she's crippled by a sloppy and tone-deaf script. It scores laughs when trying to be serious with emotions and psychology. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/5 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"The characters have a dated mentality, a welcome way to look at an era when Pokémon Go can thwart your best-laid viral marketing plans. But the movie doesn't seize the opportunity to skewer what fashion and social media have become." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 20, 2016
1/5 13%

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

"Given how much money these movies make, I suspect Manny and his prehistoric company will last long enough to deal with global warming and show us just how dull it can be." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2/5 31%

Equals (2016)

"Everything is antiseptic white, from the Brave New World wardrobe to the sleek, boutique-style architecture. It all feels like living in an iPhone, surrounded by people who are not much more engaging than Siri." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"The Purge movies are crudely slapped together B-movies that indulge in sadistic violence while wagging a finger at the society that craves it. While there's nothing remarkably improved in the third instalment, it feels far more immediate and relevant." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"Tarzan doesn't swing into action so much as tip-toe around his imperialist birthright before getting tangled up in a plot about sinister Belgians (led by Christoph Waltz), blood diamonds and slavery in the Congo. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 30, 2016
1/5 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"The most groan-worthy Bay moment comes early on when Megan Fox's journalist, April O'Neal, manages to find some reasoning to dress up like a nerd girl in a porn skit and a school girl with a hiked-up kilt--all in one scene." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2/5 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"Goes through familiar, harmless and occasionally amusing plot motions to explain why these birds are so angry, and why they're perfectly justified in going bin Laden on buildings." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 18, 2016
2.5/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"As amiable as he is, Spidey's presence compromises the very stakes Civil War is trying to pitch." ‐ AskMen.com
Posted May 4, 2016
2/5 16%

Ratchet & Clank (2016)

"The Ratchet & Clank video game series goes for easy brand extension on the big screen, repurposing old parts and plots in a space adventure that shows few signs of creative life." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 2, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet

Hit It Hard (2016)

"The film's charm comes from the man himself. He's refreshingly candid and humble, refusing to tone down talk about his addictions or blame anyone else for his mistakes." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
3/5 75%

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land (2016)

"Numan is an awkward sort, diagnosed with Asperger's, who credits wife Gemma with holding things together and being the sparkplug in his life. Their relationship is endearing. The music just gets in the way. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
1/5 0%

Precious Cargo (2016)

"Two late-80s icons go head-to-head in Precious Cargo: Die Hard's Bruce Willis and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. If that latter name doesn't, um, ring a bell, think Zack Morris. It's the onscreen match absolutely nobody asked for." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
1/5 7%

Mother's Day (2016)

"There's only a token black character in a movie set in Atlanta, where blacks outnumber whites by no small margin - Georgia's film tax credits must be incentive to lure more white people into the city." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
1/5 17%

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

"Now we should worry that studios will use this movie's probable failure to discourage future female-centric blockbusters. Don't blame the stars, all wonderful in their limited capacity." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 79%

The First Monday in May (2016)

"Rossi and his subjects explore that uncomfortable compromise between art and commerce, which, in its own way, can also be something beautiful. Where else would art historians work alongside Wong Kar-wai, Baz Luhrmann and Rihanna?" ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 90%

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"The movie deals tangentially with #BlackLivesMatter but what it's really about is the space: a place where a community can get together to share their anger, pain, faults and joys. That matters too. That's what these movies are." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3/5 97%

The Dark Horse (2016)

"Potoni can't trust his own instincts, let alone convince others to trust him with vulnerable kids. Curtis makes you see that internal tension, raising the stakes on what would otherwise be a conventional inspirational drama." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 92%

The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016)

"Tackling the same dehumanizing economy the Dardennes dealt with in Two Days, One Night, director Stéphane Brizé is far more schematic, leaving little room for any emotion -except despair. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 25%

Kill Your Friends (2016)

"Takes the obvious jabs at record labels, shows its cards early and spends the rest of the time humming the same tune." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 30, 2016
2.5/4 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Since the movie is opening in the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis and just days after the Brussels attacks, the hostility conjured between these superheroes feels incredibly and uncomfortably pertinent." ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 44%

Miracles from Heaven (2016)

"The kindness of average mortals is far more comforting than the stuff that involves bright lights. If only the film threw more of its weight behind believing in people." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 17, 2016
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