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Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters, Total Film, SFX Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Sparse and intricate, it's a study of judgement, of 'honour', of Emad's own fragile masculinity; one paralleled cleverly by his role in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
1/5 0% Precious Cargo (2016) [A] contender for blandest heist movie ever made.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 67% The Killing$ of Tony Blair (2016) It's slick and spirited but reveals nothing sensational, and is inevitably hindered by Galloway's ego -- his anecdotes and clunky one-liners only serve to weaken the polemic.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
5/5 100% Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo) (1962) No one paints a stark landscape like Tarkovsky, but we're not just talking surface beauty; the director shows a rare understanding of the consequences of combat.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
1/5 5% Exposed (2016) A story which makes little to no sense, with huge sub-plots (all involving black or Latino characters) either abandoned or stitched awkwardly together.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
2/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) The leads have chemistry, but there's only so far they can elevate such obvious material.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
3/5 75% Traders (2015) Takes a while to click, and there's a clunky voiceover, but this is an eye-catching debut.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 97% Johnny Guitar (1954) Not too many westerns culminate in a six-gun showdown between two women -- but then Nicholas Ray wasn't your average filmmaker.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
2/5 15% The Wild Life (2016) If you're old enough to read this then you're probably too old for this bright and child-friendly animation.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Streetdance Family (2016) Cinemas are practically popping with hip-hop dance dramas, but this low-budget doc is the real thing.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 100% A Beautiful Planet (2016) This is a short but overwhelming experience: a doc exploring not just Earth's magnificence, but how we take it for granted.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
2/5 51% Risen (2016) It's a novel take on a Biblical classic, but CSI: Judea only lasts for about 30 minutes before Clavius discovers "Yeshua" (Cliff Curtis) alive and grinning.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 71% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) For dance fans this is a fascinating study of the time, effort and logistics that go into a big production.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/5 33% Operation Chromite (2016) Entertaining in its own way, though probably not in the way intended.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/5 88% The Coming War On China (2016) Interesting, but hardly subtle.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Heritage of Love (Geroy) (2016) Soaring strings and dramatic glances tell you they are in love, but director Yuriy Vasilev never really shows it.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet The Search For Simon (2014) There's a scrappy, amateurish charm to this sci-fi comedy, a story about a man (director Martin Gooch) who's convinced that his long-lost brother has been abducted by aliens.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 94% Bill (2016) A Horrible Histories film by any other name, Bill sees the cast of the popular CBBC show unite for a daft, affectionate take on the rise-to-fame years of William Shakespeare.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/5 83% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Scares are still rudimentary, but rooted in a sharper script.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/5 80% Kate Plays Christine (2016) A surreal, layered look at the nature of truth.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 90% A Good American (2017) A sensational claim, but it lacks hard evidence or opposing perspectives.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
3/5 64% K-Shop (2016) It may not be the most subtle take on 'binge Britain', but first-time writer/director Dan Pringle has a gift for the gruesome.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
3/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) For the most part a surprisingly fun, bloody take on Jane Austen's classic - but it does turn stale as the final reckoning approaches.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
3/5 47% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Rather than Maze Runner 2: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Maze, Scorch Trials ambitiously opens up its world with mixed results: gripping action, so-so script.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
3/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) It's fun for fans of west coast hip-hop but suffocates any hope of depth; what, for example, about the group's lyrical misogyny and homophobia?‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2015
2/5 77% Watermark (2014) With no narration or context, its subject matter comes across as dry, while the enviro-message is undermined by a yawn-inducing lack of urgency.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2014
4/5 74% The Congress (2014) Featuring a career-best performance from Robin Wright and some tremendously twisted animation, The Congress is a weird and wonderful sci-fi satire that maybe shoehorns more ideas than it knows what to do with.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
1/5 6% Paranoia (2013) It's a premise that stands or falls on the tense fate of a charismatic lead and dialogue that does not clang right off the screen; a woeful lack of both ensures Paranoia more than falls -- it collapses.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
2/5 0% The Anomaly (2015) It's a nifty idea - especially in terms of structure - but that's about it, with Clarke's direction proving as flat as his performance.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
7% Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (2014) Will leave even the most fervent of fans disappointed by its abattoir of wit.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2014
4/5 82% The Double (2014) It's the boldly uncompromising approach that makes The Double such enjoyably smart satire. ‐ SFX Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/5 49% Stalingrad (2014) A solid enough war flick, but Spielberg doesn't have too much to worry about yet.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 100% Moon Man (2013) Light and subtly satirical, it's a refreshing reminder that sometimes less can be more.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2013
1/5 18% The Christmas Candle (2013) A festive faith-based film with two distinct target audiences: Christians and fans of the hilariously hammy.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
2/5 19% The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) Obtuse characters, flimsy narrative and an over-reliance on horror clichés.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) After Smashed and The World's End, the run of drinking movies stays for one more round - a romcom that refreshes the parts others don't reach, with Olivia Wilde on stellar form.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2013
3/5 43% Closed Circuit (2013) It's a slow-burning, well-acted thriller that's only really let down in its third act: an unsatisfyingly limp denouement that fails to convey what's at stake with any sort of suspense.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/5 8% Runner Runner (2013) Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck give their best poker faces but ultimately fail to convince you to gamble your cash away on this limp, unoriginal story of a man out of his depth.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2013
3/5 50% Jadoo (2013) Let down by some erratic, repetitive plotting.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 73% Borrowed Time (2012) First time out, the writer/director looks a very exciting prospect.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
1/5 25% 009 Re: Cyborg (2013) Ambitious, perhaps, but hardly entertaining.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2013
86% Hasta la Vista (Come as You Are) (2013) Director Geoffrey Enthoven treats his characters as people, with a three-dimensional sense of empathy and good-natured humour. ‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 31, 2013
3/5 85% Snabba cash (Easy Money) (2012) The premise is hardly original and suffers from a story that, by its third act, feels padded out; nonetheless, this is a slick, tense and brutal portrait of a man out of his depth.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 14, 2013
1/5 0% 12 in a Box (2009) [An] abysmally made, catastrophically clunky attempt at comedy ...‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2013
2/5 30% Reincarnated (2013) First-time director Andy Capper observes the star without judgement as he desperately tries to court Jamaican acceptance as a modern-day Marley.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2013
4/5 95% Gangs of Wasseypur (2014) Give it a chance and you'll never look at Bollywood the same way again.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2013
3/5 70% Jianyu (Reign of Assassins) (2010) This is fun and well-paced with fight sequences that, while not exactly screaming "Woo", still manage to dance off the screen.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2013
4/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) A Disney flick that feels like on-form Pixar, blending knowing humour and sophistication with a large helping of heart. You'll want another go.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2013
2/5 47% Bullet to the Head (2013) Unashamedly a brain-ejecting excuse to watch Sylvester Stallone shoot people in the face.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2013
1/5 20% St George's Day (2012) Not even the formidable presence of Charles Dance can salvage a script this woeful.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2012