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Dilys Powell

Dilys Powell
Dilys Powell's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% Vanishing Point (1971) Aesthetically beautiful, emotionally very stirring.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet Bombay Talkie (1970) More conventional than the best of [Ivory's] earlier films but still dazzling to watch.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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50% Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) Roger Corman directs, rather disappointingly, an only moderately interesting example of the fashionable von Richthofen cult.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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40% The Last Run (1971) Stirring.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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40% Doc Holliday (1971) Good playing by Faye Dunaway as Katy Elder, Stacy Keach as Doc Holliday, Harris Yulin as Earp.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet Please Sir! (1971) A pleasing and only slightly overdrawn portrait of amiable gullibility.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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87% W. R.: Mysteries of the Organism (W.R. - Misterije organizma) (1971) Does the nature of the material make it an important film? In my opinion only temporarily. The true quality of Makavejev's work lies in the fact that it is first-hand. It imitates nobody; it lives In its own eccentric world.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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95% Trafic (Traffic) (1972) It is a time for one of thee best relaxations in life, helpless laughter.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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100% Taking Off (1971) Mr. Forman has made a comedy in the United States; and he has shown that his gift works on either side of the Atlantic.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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81% Bananas (1971) Without verbal jokes, [Allen] can be a disaster.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet Laugh with Max Linder (1921) The acrobatics are dazzling, but the exquisite precision of the tiniest action it is which delights.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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9% Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) Pretty Maids All in a Row simply shares the ineffable vulgarity it portrays.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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14% Camille 2000 (1969) Let me just say that Dumas' story has been reduced to an interminable exercise in bed, and leave it at that.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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88% The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) One of the best horror-comics for years.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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94% Murmur of the Heart (1971) The film is elegantly and fluently played, free in movement but discreet in feeling.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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83% Private Road (1971) The direction has a kind of authority: it doesn't merely promise, it performs. What it performs, or rather displays, I find apotropaic. But that is far better than feeling indifferent.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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88% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) There are a reasonable number of sharply inventive sketches.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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97% Tristana (1970) Tristana may look like an aesthetically conservative film. Don't be deceived. It makes its effects by the very austerity of its style. And its effects are diabolically ironic.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
No Score Yet Les yeux ne veulent pas en tout temps se fermer, ou Peut-être qu'un jour Rome se permettra de choisir à son tour (Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn) (Othon) (1970) Othon [is] a typically unemotional Jean-Marie Straub reading of Corneille's play, done in colour against a Roman setting. Static, but somehow it isn't boring, and the moral tone is high.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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75% The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) [The Hellstrom Chronicle is] about the ferocity and the frightening organisation of the insect world.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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50% Zachariah (1971) Exquisite design makes some amends for the lunacies.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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96% Wake in Fright (2012) Perhaps it will be argued that [its intention] is to excite disgust with crudeness, to invite us... to recognise a general tough goodwill which teaches the visitor to know his own weaknesses Maybe. Myself I find that the film excites disgust, period.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
42% The Grissom Gang (1971) The Grissom Gang has a kind of moral squalor. It is alien from the simple violence of the old gangster cinema, alien, too.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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67% The Devils (1971) About facts at any rate, and as cinematic reconstructions go, The Devils seems to be pretty accurate. But it is startlingly unsuccessful in moving its audience.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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30% The Horsemen (1971) I have long admired Mr Frankenheimer's talents, but they are overlaid here by local colour (splendid photography by Claude Renoir).‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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100% Blue Water, White Death (1971) [There are] astonishing shots of the skin-divers swimming unprotected among a crowd of feeding sharks.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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67% King Lear (1971) Above all, Mr Brook has allowed a notable cast to feel and use, really to use the marvellous language.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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17% Friends (1971) The tale is told with every delicacy and one doesn't believe a word.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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20% Scandalous John (1971) Tedious.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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73% Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges) (1971) I should be inclined to call it the best of modern Gothic.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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57% Wild Rovers (1971) Perhaps it is this happy-go-lucky feeling which distinguishes the story from the majority of Westerns -- and which makes violence here less disturbing than in many a less lethal film.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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87% The Hired Hand (1971) With so much conscious art there isn't room for simple emotions.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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55% What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) Agnes Moorehead as an Aimee McPherson-type gospeller contributes some happy moments; and with Luclen Ballard's evocative camerawork to help the nineteen-thirties setting, a hideously enjoyable time is had by all.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet The Yankee (Jänken) (1970) Anita Ekstrom's performance is painfully accurate, but the general drabness of the film limits sympathy.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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60% Cold Turkey (1971) A sustained joke about a serious subject -- deplorable taste, and good luck to it; the joke is extremely funny in the old Hollywood style, using the idiosyncrasies of the members of a group, drawing farce from straight-faced desperation.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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17% The Beast in the Cellar (1971) TWO quiet elderly ladies (Flora Robson and Beryl Reid) and something nasty under the floorboards -- it is a good recipe for a horror film, and The Beast in the Cellar begins teasingly and well; a pity that it should tail off into tame explanations.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet One P.M. (1969) It is not particularly interesting, but I suppose it satisfies an occasional moment of curiosity.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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100% The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) The style is capable of infinite debasement, but in Reiniger's hands it keeps its delicacy.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet Mr Horatio Knibbles (1971) A cheerful mixture of fantasy and realism involving a little girl and her friend a six-foot rabbit.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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77% Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) The film is likeable as well as amusing; it even has a note of pathos, something alien from its predecessors.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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67% Le Mans (1971) You can't hear the words for the noise, you can't follow the action for the speed. But you can sit back and feel distinctly stirred.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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0% Revenge (1971) Alternately risible and nauseating.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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20% The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1970) I say a thriller; but the mystifications crawl along, only to crawl back over the ground in an equally sluggish interpretation.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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100% The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971) Bizarrely entertaining.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet Zoo in Budapest (1933) Frankly it looks bit thin. But one is desperately eager to surrender to it.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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67% Villain (1971) In the end Richard Richard Burton's performance ceases to rely on the -profession of acting; it becomes entirely dependent on the exercise of violence. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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No Score Yet Deserter (1971) Pretty good, in fact.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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93% Klute (1971) Persuasive script by Andy and Dave Lewis; elegantly muted Technicolor; high in its class.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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68% The Touch (1971) Whether because the script is inconsequent or because Mr Gould, floundering in violence, sexuality and insolence, loses his footing in Bergman country, one can't believe a word.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
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65% Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) [Bedknobs and Broomsticks] would be standard Disney if it were not for a beguiling performance by Angela Lansbury.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020