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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
4/5 64% Double Date (2017) Comedy and horror don't always get past first base, but debut director Benjamin Barfoot and actor/writer Danny Morgan are capable match-makers in this hilarious skewering of lads-on-the-pull culture.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 100% Pecking Order (2017) As feathers are ruffled by ego and envy, the film doubles as a surprisingly affecting fable of fun turning fowl.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
3/5 80% The Lure (2016) A light-hearted study of eccentric hobbyists.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
2/5 63% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2017) Cédric Klapisch's drama, co-written by a vintner, is an authentic love letter to the wine business, but as drama it lacks the subtlety of a vintage.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2/5 47% Moon Dogs (2016) The breeziness is scuppered by darker set-pieces of genital injury, while the charmless crisis at the story's heart signals a vein of sour misogyny.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
4/5 100% Hotel Salvation (2017) Comfortingly familiar, but kept fresh by an insouciant realism that deftly avoids exotic cliché.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/5 60% Dark Night (2017) This portrait of an alienated culture funnelling its rage into gun violence is itself too cold and distant to connect.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
4/5 87% Dying Laughing (2017) There's nothing radical about this comedy doc's talking-head format, but it's a sharply edited masterclass with a formidable roll call: Seinfeld, Silverman, Rock, Coogan, dozens more.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
4/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) There isn't a single false note in this generous, affectionate portrait of people making the best of their situation.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
4/5 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Juho Kuosmanen's delightful debut is as far from Raging Bull as a B&W fight movie can get, with Mäki (Jarkko Lahti) keener on local lass Raija (Oona Airola) than training.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
5/5 97% Aquarius (2016) A timely, inspiring parable of protest, directed with sinewy style and driven by Braga's rock-solid lead performance.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
3/5 74% Headshot (2017) Headshot is thinly plotted, but with action choreography by Uwais' team, the mayhem is staged with visceral abandon.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
2/5 44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) It's shot mostly in claustrophobic close-up, given the usually good actors nowhere to hide over 97 relentless minutes of spittle-soaked squabbling.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
5/5 100% Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary (2017) Don't doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion! Still a masterpiece, bursting with images, ideas and emotions.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
5/5 86% Donnie Darko (2001) Gyllenhaal's breakthrough performance is simultaneously heartfelt, melancholy and mischievous.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 94% Contempt (1964) Few films have achieved such elegance.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
4/5 70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) The Dardenne brothers deliver a perceptive portrait of professional integrity under pressure.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) This is a queasily funny, often exhausting but genuinely unnerving watch.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
4/5 96% 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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 46% A Little Chaos (2015) While richly enjoyable, there's the nagging sense that Rickman is enjoying himself too much.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
2/5 50% A Second Chance (En chance til) (2015) Intentionally challenging, but the tastelessness is surely inadvertent.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2014
5/5 94% Withnail and I (1987) A career high for all concerned, including '80s British cinema.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 81% Human Capital (2015) Paolo Virzì's classy recession-set melodrama gives spiritual anguish a topical makeover.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 37% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 80% The Notorious Mr. Bout (2015) A darkly comic and illuminating portrait of moral bankruptcy emerges.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/5 43% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 30% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014