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Simon Gallagher's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film School Rejects, What Culture

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 10%

The Forest (2016)

"A morality tale that if you're good and helpful and choose not to pick away at darkness and evil you're a lot more likely to find yourself in something deep and odious and disastrous." ‐What Culture
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2.5/5 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"Whisper it, but there's something of George Lucas in the final Hobbit movie. " ‐What Culture
Posted Dec 12, 2014
4/5 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Something old, something new, some Bolivar, something blue..." ‐What Culture
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/5 14%

Blended (2014)

"How great could a romantic comedy aimed at children, with masturbation jokes and rhino sex really be?" ‐What Culture
Posted May 20, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet

Thriller in Manila (2008)

"Whether it is due to the almost-pantomime way that Ali is vilified throughout, without suitable riposte, or the quasi-grotesque manner in which Frazier comes across on screen, the overall resolution is one of melancholy and not, sadly, of triumph." ‐What Culture
Posted May 3, 2014
3.5/5 52%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The decision to rebalance the origin story might have added some new intrigue for a new Spider-Man, but was it really worth the cost to Uncle Ben, who figuratively and literally ends up being boxed away entirely?" ‐What Culture
Posted Apr 11, 2014
A+ 97%

The Artist (2011)

"That the film is so convincing and so engaging despite the lack of dialogue is an unquantifiable triumph." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/5 38%

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

"All-in-all it's a strong, if unspectacular piece - an interesting, untold element to a very famous story that undoubtedly deserved to be told, and this feels like the most successful way to have played it." ‐What Culture
Posted May 23, 2013
4.5/5 91%

Nebraska (2013)

"A wonderfully drawn and utterly charming portrait of dysfunction that doubles as a curious love letter to the American family." ‐What Culture
Posted May 23, 2013
2.5/5 94%

All Is Lost (2013)

"A grim and rather relentless analogy for the slow march towards death: every bad thing can and does happen, with almost comical inevitability, and by the hour mark, you find yourself begging for a shark attack that might put poor Red out of his misery." ‐What Culture
Posted May 22, 2013
1/5 41%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"By far the most pertinent scene comes early on when we watch a girl masturbate while Gosling is tied down to a chair. What a wonderful analogy for the entire film." ‐What Culture
Posted May 22, 2013
4/5 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Michael Douglas plays Liberace to perfection, wrestling away from early suspicions that his performance is a fur coat and no knickers caricature, to add layers to the flamboyant icon beyond the skin-deep persona and the rampant sexuality." ‐What Culture
Posted May 21, 2013
4.5/5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"The film is thoughtful and evocative, just as the directorial duo's other period offerings, and to call it a low key affair, packed with charm is not to do the film any disservice." ‐What Culture
Posted May 20, 2013
4/5 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"There is almost certainly a major nod here to Badlands, as well as Thieves Like Us, and more generally speaking, Lowery seems intent on re-exploring the essence of that particular period of outlaw movies." ‐What Culture
Posted May 20, 2013
3.5/5 44%

Wara no tate (Shield of Straw) (2013)

"Rather than the insanity we're used to, played against a backdrop of Miike, winking at the camera, the director has gone, dare I say it, serious." ‐What Culture
Posted May 20, 2013
4/5 90%

For Those In Peril (2014)

"This is not a mere character study, as the mysticism, and the magical touches - particularly in the final scene - make the now numerous references to the excellent Beasts Of The Southern Wild extremely pertinent." ‐What Culture
Posted May 19, 2013
1.5/5 80%

Stop The Pounding Heart (2014)

"It's not quite The Hills, as there's very much the sense that these characters, or versions of them, do actually exist, and Minervi is clearly fascinated in their realities, but there simply isn't enough here to really engage." ‐What Culture
Posted May 18, 2013
3.5/5 52%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"At its heart a tale of redemption, played through a culture-clash dynamic as the French analyst and his patient build a relationship, and it's hard to resist the similarities with The King's Speech." ‐What Culture
Posted May 18, 2013
3/5 93%

Le passé (The Past) (2013)

"Wonderfully shot, though without obvious or intrusive artifice, and it relies on both strong characters and a twisting, entertaining plot to keep the interest mostly pricked." ‐What Culture
Posted May 17, 2013
3/5 73%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"Winner of this year's Drive Award for having the most blatantly narrative songs shoe-horned in to reinforce a key message." ‐What Culture
Posted May 16, 2013
4.5/5 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Michael Jordan's Grant is remarkably sympathetic, and his story develops in a way that adds an awful note to the opening scene, as the arc creeps slowly and painfully towards the final, fatal moment." ‐What Culture
Posted May 16, 2013
1.5/5 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"Coppola's latest never seems to know what it wants to be - it works best when it is a blackly comical parody but it too often pulls its punches and is never quite brave enough to be bold." ‐What Culture
Posted May 16, 2013
3/5 48%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

" It's glitzy and glamorous yes, and Luhrmann fans will be delighted with its staging, including the occasionally over-zealous music, but there are a few more misfires in here than they might be used to." ‐What Culture
Posted May 15, 2013
4.5/5 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"An exceptional Amblin film made for that slightly weird kid with the Nightmare Before Christmas lunch-box and the disconnected snark." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 15, 2012
1/10 0%

Keith Lemon: The Film (2012)

"Had it all been done more tongue-in-cheek, it might have worked as a rubbish curio like a more adult Spice World, but instead it's boring, offensive and not funny in the slightest. Like Spice World." ‐What Culture
Posted Aug 29, 2012
A- 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"The Central Park Five story is enormously engaging, and the presentation, and in particular the editing of this doc are both very accomplished." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 28, 2012
B 92%

Gimme The Loot (2013)

"It's a simple film, but an artfully executed one, and it succeeds precisely because it demands very little from the audience." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 28, 2012
A 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Beasts of the Southern Wild is an incredible debut film - overwhelming, engaging, beautifully entertaining, and it deserves to be shared." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 28, 2012
C+ 68%

Me and You (2014)

"There is certainly some promise for a return to form, but it was just too meager a project in the context of the director's earlier heavy-weight works." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 28, 2012
C+ 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Despite some fine performances, The Paperboy is a tale of a director getting in the way of fine source material with an artistic agenda that is muddled and inarticulate. " ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 26, 2012
C- 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"Yes Cosmopolis bears a striking gloss, and is shot basically well, but it is way too showy without the necessary substance, and as a result feels fatally hollow." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 26, 2012
A 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"The Angels' Share is often hilarious, always hugely charming, and carries a wholly appropriate social message." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 24, 2012
A+ 94%

The Hunt (2013)

"A hugely affecting film, inspiring the full gambit of emotions from humor to fist-clenching rage and a pitch-perfect, chilling crescendo of horror." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 23, 2012
C- 43%

On the Road (2012)

"Walter Salles' take is ultimately a failed attempt to adapt the unadaptable." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 23, 2012
B+ 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"It's hard to imagine anyone enjoying their popcorn when confronted with a naked man with an erection eating Eva Mendes's hair." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 23, 2012
A- 74%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Killing Them Softly is an artfully crafted, occasionally very funny satire dressed up in tough-guy leathers and packing a knuckle duster punch." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 23, 2012
D+ 14%

Dracula 3D (2013)

"Argento doesn't play by conventional rules, including nude scenes for his own daughter in amongst the provocatively kitsch horror moments and ludicrous story elements." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 20, 2012
B 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"Harmless, eschewing provocation in favour of a genuine entertainment factor, and preferring to tell its worthy story in terms of characters and their personal relationships." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 20, 2012
B 80%

Mystery (2012)

"A very modern murder mystery,replacing the traditional detective figure with other involved characters to add a claustrophobic feel and emotional weight to its revelations." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 20, 2012
B+ 64%

Antiviral (2013)

"For Cronenberg fans, the prodigal son's debut will be a revivalist bodyshock gem, and for everyone else, it'll seem more than a little weird." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 20, 2012
C- 83%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"An infuriating mix of shattered expectations and self-important artistic masturbation, with the successful elements cruelly washed away in a torrent of ill-conceived artifice." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 20, 2012
A+ 67%

Lawless (2012)

"An artfully crafted film with subtle elegance, a moonshine drenched aesthetic and a set of performances that lift it well beyond many other Prohibition stories." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 20, 2012
4/5 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"The overall effect is of sort of Steam Punk Toulouse Lautrec portrait, intricately designed, occasionally visually dazzling, and well-acted throughout." ‐What Culture
Posted May 20, 2012
B- 90%

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2013)

"Sycophancy is an ugly thing at the best of times, and when the subject is shouldering the story-telling burden without it, it's even worse." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 19, 2012
B+ 80%

Reality (2013)

"Reality is effectively Garrone's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,cruelly trapping Charlie in a perpetual hunt through Wonka bars for his one big shot." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 19, 2012
C- 73%

Paradise: Love (2013)

"Grotesque and too openly provocative for its own good." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 19, 2012
A 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Cotillard and Schoenaert both give award worthy performances, in a film that grips from the very outset without the need for vulgar spectacle." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 17, 2012
A- 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Hugely charming, and featuring both typically excellent cast performances, and some wonderful technical flourishes." ‐Film School Rejects
Posted May 16, 2012
2.5/5 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"If the state of comedy is so desperate that a baby with a merkin has to be played for laughs, then it is perhaps time to start again from the top." ‐What Culture
Posted May 10, 2012
4.5/5 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"The Avengers is a statement of form: this is not only what all superhero movies should be, it is what all so-called blockbusters should be" ‐What Culture
Posted Apr 19, 2012
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