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Simon Kinnear

Simon Kinnear
Simon Kinnear's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 51% Boulevard (2015) A flimsy, contrived drama, sure - but as Robin Williams' sensitive final lead performance the story gains a weight it scarcely deserves and a resonance nobody ever wanted. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 2, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary (2016) Don't doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion! Still a masterpiece, bursting with images, ideas and emotions. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 20, 2016
5/5 86% Donnie Darko (2001) Gyllenhaal's breakthrough performance is simultaneously heartfelt, melancholy and mischievous. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 94% Contempt (1964) Few films have achieved such elegance. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 5, 2016
4/5 61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) The Dardenne brothers deliver a perceptive portrait of professional integrity under pressure. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) This is a queasily funny, often exhausting but genuinely unnerving watch. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 100% Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) Buster Keaton's final independent film is one of his finest achievements, something of a greatest hits package in its refinement of old routines. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/5 67% Kill Command (2016) Steven Gomez's sci-fi thriller comes on like the ultimate James Cameron homage and fortunately, the retro vibe extends to the storytelling, which is a brisk and well-judged balance. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 23, 2016
4/5 81% Love at First Fight (2015) Crowd-pleasing without compromising on its uniqueness, the result has romcom structure but a beguiling adventure mood reminiscent of the best US indies. ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2015
4/5 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Equally cool and cruel, stuffed with subtext, this 'Iranian fairytale' weaves its spell to a flip, hip ending. Amirpour is one to watch. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 45% A Little Chaos (2015) While richly enjoyable, there's the nagging sense that Rickman is enjoying himself too much. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 13, 2015
2/5 50% A Second Chance (En chance til) (2015) Intentionally challenging, but the tastelessness is surely inadvertent. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3/5 72% Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) The length gives room for Nicholas Roeg's outstanding cinematography, which delivers an authentically rustic English epic. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 90% Wild (2014) Driven by a committed turn from Witherspoon, Jean-Marc Vallée confirms himself as the go-to director for triumph-over-adversity character studies. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Vikander brings fresh emotional weight to the familiar scenario of WW1 grief, ensuring that this mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 71% We Are The Giant (2014) Barker's approach starts simplistic but gathers in complexity, insight and moral force with each story. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) Asked why his opinion mattered, Ebert once replied: "Would you want to listen to you?" As this moving testament to his talent proves, in Ebert's case the answer is yes. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 82% Sacro GRA (2013) Rosi seeks out the forgotten folk who the commuters leave behind: an eccentric bunch that includes prostitutes, paramedics and parasitic weevils. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 3, 2014
5/5 97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984) The elastic structure provides ample room for inspired surrealism, yet the looseness never compromises the film's tongue-in-cheek love letter to pre-gentrification Manhattan or its piercing satire of Reaganite go-getting ... ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 91% The Way He Looks (2014) With the characters rarely verbalising their attraction, Ribeiro impresses by conveying Leonardo's awakening through elegant long takes and the actors' endearing chemistry. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 85% Tony Benn: Will and Testament (2014) Director Skip Kite's archive footage complements Benn's insights with a fascinating history of post-war British society, although the silly, symbolic set proves a distraction. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2014
4/5 100% Still The Enemy Within (2014) The depth of focus and feeling in the miners' testimonials conveys a vivid picture of living through the strike, with Gower finding enough facets to sustain a stirring tribute to solidarity and a vital oral history of social protest. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2014
5/5 94% Withnail and I (1987) A career high for all concerned, including '80s British cinema. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2014
3/5 93% The Last Impresario (2014) Granted full access, Otto secures face time with dozens of famouses who clearly love him. Yet such praise exposes the film's limitations, with little analysis of White's taboo-busting achievements. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 80% Human Capital (2015) Paolo Virzì's classy recession-set melodrama gives spiritual anguish a topical makeover. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 72% Honeymoon (2014) The thematic weight drags down the tension, yet just when it seems Janiak has forgotten the scares she pulls off a creepy finale. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2014
4/5 96% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) The film's flaws are forgivable; its very existence should be applauded. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) Chelsom's lightly subversive, self-aware tone bolsters Pegg's best shot yet at a mass-appeal crowd-pleaser. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/5 72% Dinosaur 13 (2014) Mixing candid talking heads with scarcely believable video footage, Miller's taut narrative shifts gears (black comedy, thriller, even a love story), but is mostly driven by outrage at the powers that be. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 80% The Notorious Mr. Bout (2015) A darkly comic and illuminating portrait of moral bankruptcy emerges. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/5 38% Blackwood (2013) While efficiently filmed, Blackwood prefers using horror tropes as metaphors than for pure scares, lending events the feel of an ambitious but airless thesis. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 33% Believe (2014) Football has had such rotten luck on screen that the title of David Scheinmann's film seem grimly ironic, yet it's his blind faith in the genre that carries this nimble crowd-pleaser. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) The film leaves some uncomfortable questions about the ethics of posthumous fame. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 76% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) A cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1/5 67% El Año y la Viña (2014) A lost opportunity, and the mercifully brief running time suggests the filmmakers know it. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 80% Road (2014) Less adventurous stylistically than other motorsport docs, maybe, but more heartfelt thanks to a spine of bittersweet first-person testimony and the sensory eloquence of the Dunlops in motion. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 9, 2014
4/5 100% When I Saw You (2012) Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child's-eye view, with Asfa's delightful, exuberant performance always upfront. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 17% Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny & Jolene) (2014) Even as a hipster rom-com it's too reliant on rambling improv and superfluous quirks to sustain its sporadic laughs. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 36% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) An odd, sensitive affair, with Skins graduate Scodelario impressive in her American debut. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 1, 2014
3/5 89% Downhill (2014) While nothing too surprising occurs, it's a promising blend of wisdom and playfulness from big-screen newcomers Torben Betts and James Rouse. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 26, 2014
3/5 74% Concussion (2013) Satisfaction is fleeting. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
3/5 100% American Interior (2014) It's impossible not to warm to Gruff's passion for uncharted corners of Welsh culture. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 5, 2014
3/5 77% Cupcakes (2015) The giddily entertaining, cheerfully camp result is infused with the spirit of early Almodóvar in its brash décor, knockabout plotting and surprising substance. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/5 40% After the Night (Até ver a luz) (2013) Some half-hearted magic realism paints Sombra as a tragic urban vampire - but da Cunha never fully embraces it. Instead, he settles for an over-familiar gangland saga, deep in hock to City Of God. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/5 44% Khumba (2013) Everything is leftovers, from the lazy casting of dependable but typecast stars (Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi), to a quest structure Robert McKee would dismiss as formulaic. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 7, 2014
1/5 14% Almost Married (2015) Director Ben Cookson adopts a tone of blithe jollity at odds with the film's bitter gender politics and the sniggering laddishness makes for an unpleasant date movie even before a predictable twist reveals the misogynistic core. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/5 68% Visitors (2014) Too empty to arouse insight and too samey to sustain excitement, Reggio's best hope is that audiences will fall into a communal trance before they fall asleep. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 77% The Robber (2011) A thriller that deliberately doesn't thrill. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 96% The Rocket (2014) This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt's roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 10, 2014
5/5 87% Funny Face (1957) One of Hollywood's funniest, most stylish musicals, this breezy satire from 1957 thrives on the pairing of Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 24, 2014