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Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK), Sight and Sound, Times (UK), Little White Lies

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Cineastes, film nerds and feminists alike will be gripped by this documentary portrait of Alice Guy-Blaché. Who? That's the point.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
5/5 83% Waves (2019) The film oozes cinematic style (every shot has a point, every camera movement an intention), while Shults's screenplay dives deep and tackles essential themes - parenting, forgiveness and the release of death. It's beautiful work.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 84% Just Mercy (2020) [I]t's never less than engrossing. Even with the schmaltz.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) [A] triumph.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 68% Bombshell (2019) [A] timely satirical takedown that finds black humour and absurdist comedy in the subject of workplace sexual harassment while never losing sight of its devastating repercussions.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/5 25% The Runaways (2020) A frustrating, frequently baffling hodgepodge of moods, tones, influences and acting styles, The Runaways is a no-budget British indie that has epic ambitions and self-defeating formal ineptitude.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 37% Seberg (2020) [T]he film... is fantastically flat.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Lullaby (2019) It could have been a thriller. It could have been The Hand that Rocks the Cradle 2. But Borleteau's script is too sophisticated for that...‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) When relief finally comes, it's heartbreaking.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 76% The Gentlemen (2020) Better just to sit back and let the f***ery flow.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
1/5 21% Playing with Fire (2019) Because there's nothing funnier than seeing a man trying to look after a child. Especially a man with muscles.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) [Saoirse Ronan] is the linchpin of the drama and gives the performance of the movie. Ronan, who has already snagged a Golden Globe nomination for the film and is a dead cert for an Oscar nod, is on impossibly sharp form here.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
5/5 100% Top Hat (1935) In short, perfection.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 20% Cats (2019) It's deliberate doggerel. It's nonsense rhymes. And, for a movie audience accustomed to traits and arcs upon which they can hang their interest, it's deeply boring.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Just a shame, then, that [Rey's] story should have so little emotional resonance, and that the Skywalker saga, with its 42 years of cinematic tradition, should end on such a charmless whimper.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) ...witty, raucous, perfectly played and eventually packs an emotional wallop.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/5 76% Pink Wall (2019) The set-up is very Hollywood rom-com and the character of Leon achingly familiar.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
5/5 90% The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Film snobs like to say that this, the second feature from Orson Welles, is even better than Citizen Kane. That's a stretch, but it's certainly exquisitely beautiful film-making - there are frames in there to die for.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 87% Aquarela (2019) In the face of an actual, urgent and existing climate crisis, however, it feels slightly slack.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 71% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) However, the police sequences are clichéd, the plot risible (why hire the most inexperienced assassin to do the most important job?) and the ending far too tidy.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) While never preachy, the director Max Lewkowicz nonetheless makes the case that Fiddler remains a vital and urgent piece of art about refugees, intolerance and the perennial clash of modernity with, yep, sing it with me, tradition!‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 97% The Kingmaker (2019) It's dark material, expertly handled.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
1/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Remember when Scorsese recently derided blockbusters for having no connection to actual human psychology? He was talking about this kind of film.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Stephen Merchant's film about an American wrestling family is a triumph, with a star turn from Florence Pugh.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
2/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) The rest is a sluggish film noir pastiche (the setting of the novel has been inexplicably shifted from the late Nineties to the Fifties) that aims to emulate the jazzy intrigue of Chinatown, but delivers only clichés and screen-chewing vanity.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
5/5 98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964) Yet the hits, when they come, are immense.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 33% StarDog and TurboCat (2019) It's tiresome stuff, with needless bickering substituted for actual character development (the script, from debut writer-director Ben Smith, needed work), while the US setting is baffling.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Invasion Planet Earth (2019) This is no-budget, no-clue and no-chance film-making.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 96% The Cave (2019) It's still profoundly effective film-making, but feels less true.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
5/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Magnificent film-making.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) It's proper acting, from one of the modern greats.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 95% Atlantics (2019) Yet the film is so convinced of its seriousness and artistic prowess (gorgeous, long and inherently disturbing shots of the ocean abound) that it becomes mildly, and pleasingly, intoxicating.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 100% The Street (2019) Hilarious, and yet tragic.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 73% Shooting the Mafia (2019) There's a fascinating movie about the Sicilian mafia sitting somewhere inside this patchwork documentary portrait of the veteran Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) It's serious film-making, worthy of attention. Arguments, though, will ensue.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) Sam Mendes delivers the film of his career by mashing up the survivalist thrills of The Revenant with the helter-skelter mayhem of a shoot'em'up video game, and setting it during the Great War.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 98% The African Queen (1951) The action scenes are expertly handled, the film was a hit and Hollywood liked it so much that it remade it in 1975 as Rooster Cogburn, with John Wayne opposite Hepburn.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
1/5 75% Judy & Punch (2019) Either painfully on message, or just painful, this dim-witted revisionist take on the Punch and Judy show feels like a film studies thesis that nobody could be bothered to finish.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 60% Them That Follow (2019) Yes, the plot is soapy, but the writing and directing team Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage treat the characters with dignity, are fascinated by the rigid pentecostal milieu and create a pervading sense of gloom that's intensely compelling.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) There are topical moments here as the film toys with public perceptions of US police brutality. And Boseman proves, yet again, to be an easy leading man whose default setting is somewhere between smouldering interiority and outright charm.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2/5 60% Ophelia (2019) Oh dear. Oh no. Ophelia. A curious, if ambitious, central conceit is here battered into inconsequentiality by a scattershot screenplay that flees so far from the original Shakespeare that it leaves little purpose, or relevant material, in the retelling.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 92% Blue Story (2019) Delivering a crime drama with a familiar narrative structure, [Onwubolu] nonetheless invigorates the material...‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi) (2019) An ambitious narrative gamble lies at the heart of this French-language drama from the director Cédric Klapisch.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 77% Frozen II (2019) The visuals, as expected, are lovely, but there's little here to match the revolutionary power (sisters are doing it for themselves etc) of the first film or its inherent charm.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Leave it to Werner Herzog. The iconoclastic German film-maker ditches the documentary rule book for this intimate profile of the 88-year-old former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
1/5 43% Midway (2019) It has the tone, mostly, of kids' TV. Or a poor, very poor, supplementary video for a history GCSE.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 62% Driven (2019) Sudeikis, alas, is no Cruise and his screen persona is too lightweight to inject the film with genuine empathy or to make it anything other than a disposable teaser for the deeper, darker DeLorean drama that will inevitably follow.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 93% Klaus (2019) It's busy material, but boldly ambitious and gloriously free from Christmas clichés.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) It's Mirren and McKellen who make it sing. When the focus is on them as a couple, they're a joy. They are the new Hepburn and Tracy.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The trailer suggests a wacky DayGlo remix of Amy Schumer's body-conscious comedy I Feel Pretty, but don't believe it. This film, a debut from the writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo, is made of sterner stuff...‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019