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Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher
Paul Gallagher's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Future Movies UK, The List

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 94% The Possibilities Are Endless (2014) The film really is a love story, and an inspiring, hopeful one at that.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
2/5 67% Castles In The Sky (2014) Although Watson Watt's project is always in danger of being axed, the film lacks credible tension.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 92% Stations of the Cross (2015) While the scenes are evidently precisely choreographed, they also feel entirely naturalistic, like we are simply observing life.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Hide And Seek (2014) While the film's simple and intriguing premise is ripe for that kind of approach, the filmmakers fail to get their teeth into any of it.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 69% Palo Alto (2014) A simplistic and overly-familiar take on teenage existence, with all the adults portrayed as either clueless or subtly abusive, leaving the world-weary kids to struggle unaided with the harsh realities of life.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 79% Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) (2014) Xavier pauses to ask a lot of big questions, but the farcical turns of plot undermine any serious attempts to suggest answers.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) Despite strong performances and plenty of incident, writer and director Biyi Bandele fails to establish the narrative's wider national and political context, and the film is ultimately insubstantial as a result.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2014
4/5 93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) With this quietly gripping domestic drama, Asghar Farhadi once again demonstrates his ability to turn keen human insight into powerfully compelling cinema.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) , Morgan Neville's soul-stirring celebration of backing vocalists is a bona fide crowd-pleaser with substance to match.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 97% The Lunchbox (2014) This warm and funny Indian film takes a set-up worthy of the great romantic comedies of Hollywood's golden era and develops it into a touching story of connection, with echoes of Lost in Translation in its tone and characterisation.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/5 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) This is a rare incidence of a film adaptation that is much more successful than its source, as director Felix Herngren gets the balance of callously dark humour and playful, silly storytelling just right.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 22% A Long Way Down (2014) After a prolonged spell of lifelessness the story unexpectedly develops a beating heart around the halfway point, and concludes as a touching depiction of unlikely friendship and mutual support.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) A genuinely unique, full-on sensory experience that treads its own path between narrative clarity and pure visual expression. It is a film that will leave audiences dazed, disturbed and full of questions about what they have experienced.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) Fast, funny and created with loving attention to detail, The Lego Movie will delight anyone who has ever played with those universally-recognised little yellow figures.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/5 81% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) It rather puts things into perspective to note that 20 years ago this film's director Rob Minkoff raised the bar for animated storytelling as co-director of The Lion King. How times have changed.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2014
2/5 83% Crystal Fairy (2013) Silva fails to cook up anything more than unfulfilled potential in this half-baked movie.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 85% The Patience Stone (2013) As it progresses the woman's story is paralleled with several religious myths and it builds to a conclusion that is terrifying, far-fetched and powerfully-realised. The final moments resonate with a mythic quality.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/5 51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) Surprisingly for such a big-budget spectacle, it is in the details that Walter Mitty really works.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 77% Kill Your Darlings (2013) Radcliffe is well-cast as Ginsberg, suggesting a burgeoning creativity at odds with his self-conscious exterior.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 67% Lebanese Rocket Society (2013) The filmmakers end strongly, with the thought that cinema is a place where dreaming is still possible, even in relation to their beloved and troubled Lebanon.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2013
2/5 32% Emperor (2013) Webber brings the politics and intrigue to the fore in a gripping final act, but the overall impression is that a fascinating story from history has been lost in the telling.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2013
2/5 92% In a World... (2013) Disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 70% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) The story has meaty concerns - the artist's quest for inspiration, the place of art in a world at war - but its leisurely pace too often feels like padding.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 51% Thanks For Sharing (2013) This is a flawed debut for director Stuart Blumberg, but one of admirable honesty, kept afloat by some very fine performances.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 58% Jadoo (2013) Jadoo lacks the great writing of classic food movies like Big Night or Babette's Feast, but it is a warm and likeable addition to the genre.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
26% Planes (2013) Disney Studios have found yet another way to rake in audience members' cash without needing to trouble their own creative muscles, let alone reach far into their substantial pockets.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2013
3/5 65% The Heat (2013) Marks another successful barge into Hollywood's boys-only territory from director Paul Feig, who is proving to be the most significant director of women in Hollywood right now.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 68% Magic Magic (2013) Juno Temple is excellent, raw and unpredictable as Alicia, while Michael Cera (who also executive produces) offers genuine surprise in a dark and unrestrained performance.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Svengali (2012) It is sweet and funny, and in this case that's just about good enough.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2013
4/5 86% What Maisie Knew (2013) This is a film that deals in subtle details, and its value lies in the way the filmmakers draw out small moments of surprise or truth from the familiar scenario.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2013
3/5 84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) As in the first film, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are an inspired pairing as Kirk and Spock, and their squabbling bromance provides Into Darkness's breathlessly-paced adventure with a heart. ‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 9, 2013
2/5 40% Dead Man Down (2013) This convoluted thriller's nondescript title is a pointer to its flaws: unfocused and overlong, its swill of criminal characters and sub-plots feel like an unfinished work-in-progress ...‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2013
3/5 76% Disneynature Chimpanzee (2012) Scenes of chimps bending and weaving tree-branches to create makeshift beds, or the touching moments of Oscar's first attempt to climb a tree unaided will provoke wonder and fascination in adults and children alike.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2013
3/5 49% I'm So Excited! (2013) A camp, frothy piece of fun, arguably indulgent and occasionally misjudged in its casual depictions of sex, but ultimately won out by Almodóvar's incessant love of tall stories.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2013
1/5 53% Maniac (2013) So needlessly graphic and explicitly violent from the outset that it ends up catering to the desires of a voyeuristic audience much more effectively than critiquing them.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2013
4/5 94% Good Vibrations (2012) It's inspiring stuff, showing the community-building power of music in an environment of fear and ever-present violence.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2013
5/5 94% The Gatekeepers (2013) This is a film that leaves a knot in the stomach, and no easy solutions as to how to get rid of it.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 95% White Elephant (2013) Trapero's film examines the real cost of a life of faith - the servanthood and the sacrifice - and is itself a long dark night of the soul, offering much to contemplate.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2013
2/5 50% Vinyl (2012) Peters' original prank made a valid point about the music industry's obsession with new artists, but Sugarman winds this story to a formulaic, feel good conclusion that feels more conforming than the punk spirit that inspired it.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2013
4/5 70% The We and the I (2013) Gondry's imagination is fully alive to the stories playing out in our culture, and he's happily finding new ways to retell them.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2013
3/5 88% Arbitrage (2012) It's the kind of role that fits Gere perfectly these days, his somewhat blank face gradually hardening to the audience as we become increasingly aware of the moral void under the surface.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2013
4/5 95% Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2012) This is expert visual storytelling, dwelling on the emotion of particular moments with powerful and occasionally devastating effect.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2013
4/5 93% First Position (2012) Debut director Bess Kargman establishes herself as a skilled documentarian, drawing out humour and tension from the contestants' experiences without manipulating their stories for melodramatic effect.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2013
2/5 87% Ballroom Dancer (2013) Fans of Strictly Come Dancing looking for their next fun fix should best move along; there's nothing to see here.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/5 67% Up There (2012) It is no surprise to learn that this is an expanded version of a short film, as it ultimately feels like a simple, solid idea that's been stretched thin.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2012
9/10 96% Peeping Tom (1960) While Hitchcock's masterpiece is unquestionably the more mainstream and formally groundbreaking of the two films, it's arguable that Peeping Tom is the more thematically profound and insightful work. Just don't expect to feel good after watching it.‐ Future Movies UK
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2012
1/5 0% The Knot (2012) Has the slapdash, half-finished quality of a high-school play, or perhaps a home video in which everyone involved is convinced that what they are creating is hilarious. In fact, it is not only unfunny and tedious but also hugely unpleasant.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2012
4/5 94% War Witch (2013) While the film is certainly a potent and sometimes harrowing portrayal of injustice, it is not heavy-handed, but done with skill and sensitivity.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2012
2/5 No Score Yet The Facility (2013) This feels like Clark re-treading familiar territory without bringing anything fresh or exciting to it.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2012
4/5 95% The Queen of Versailles (2012) At times the film feels aimless and inconclusive, but Greenfield's open-minded and observational approach yields compelling details from every scene.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2012