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Philip French

Philip French
Philip French's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Times (UK), Observer (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
46% Big Nothing (2007) It's not much good, though certainly not boring.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
10% The Air I Breathe (2008) The Air I Breathe is a poor addition to a cycle of movies in which a succession of people (played by well-known actors) is linked by coincidence or perverse destiny.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
30% Waiting (2005) A repellent American comedy...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
73% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) The acting generally is first-class, but what holds the film together is the performance of Andy Serkis.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
19% The Hitcher (2007) The Hitcher is superior to Paradise Lost and more frightening, though no great shakes.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
62% My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) Funny this Valentine isn't. It should have been called Pick'n'Mix.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
No Score Yet Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (Rafferty and the Highway Hustlers) (1975) The characters have to fight for our affections and we gradually edge towards an understanding of their hidden wounds.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
86% The Dirty Dozen (1967) On the question of the fighting itself Aldrich has played the whole thing for conventional heroics and bloody fun, with every war cliche in the book.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
97% The Godfather, Part II (1974) Few movie sequels are as good as the films they follow and even fewer have about them the air of necessity. Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II is among the rare exceptions.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
55% Ned Kelly (2003) Heath Ledger is an attractive, rather subdued Kelly and Geoffrey Rush as his nemesis, Superintendent Hare, merely has to narrow his eyes, move with martial authority and exude menace.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
45% The Horde (La Horde) (2009) Not since Le sang des bêtes, Georges Franju's 1949 documentary about a day in a Parisian abattoir, has so much blood flowed so freely in a French film.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% F (2010) The film is scary, the tension well sustained, and it all ends deliberately up in the air, probably to suggest that this was an exercise in pure terror.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
35% Night of the Demons (2010) Fairly decent, extremely bloody...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
47% Ravenous (1999) Ravenous is a stupid black comedy set in the same place and the same year but more a Western version of Night of the Living Dead.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
40% Equilibrium (2002) Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium is a dreary sci-fi action movie set after the Third World War in a dystopia from which all dangerous human emotion has been drained by the daily injection of the drug Prozium and the burning of art and books.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
32% In the Cut (2003) The plotting and police procedural aspects of In the Cut are perfunctory and unconvincing, and for all its air of breaking new ground, it is ploughing down some familiar furrows.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) A deliberate and irritating absence of dramatic momentum is accompanied by delicious, often magical, moments.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
53% Across the Universe (2007) Hair was bad enough, but this is a load of dandruff.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
86% Sisters (1973) The succession of references stops just short of the risible, while the use of the split-screen to show scenes from different angles and the elaborate tracking shots indicate the arrival of a prodigious new stylist forging an original signature.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
No Score Yet Underground (1928) Underground is a witty, highly imaginative piece of film-making by a director now largely regarded as an efficient craftsman.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
95% The Queen of Spades (1949) The Queen of Spades, a stylish, polished melodrama based on the Pushkin novella, is [Thorold Dickinson's] most accomplished film.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
92% Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007) it's in the same class as the best movies by Christopher Guest's company. British comic Ben Miller is brilliant as pretentious choreographer Mr Jonathon.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Special effects have greatly advanced since 1978, but technology needs imagination after it has made an initial impression. Imagination is not the strong suit of Revenge of the Sith.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
52% The World Is Not Enough (1999) We expect a rousing pre-credit sequence -- and The World Is Not Enough provides not one but two. Together they last 20 minutes and probably cost the GNP of an average Third World country.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
65% Quantum of Solace (2008) It's a heavy-hearted film for a weary time. During a little coda in Russia it takes a deep breath and attempts a serious conclusion but merely ends up being solemn.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
86% The Naked City (1948) Both a landmark and some sort of masterpiece.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
89% Cry, the Beloved Country (1952) It provides a vivid and moving portrait of a cruelly divided society of exploited, uprooted black people and troubled, guilty white people and has strong biblical undertones.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
89% [Rec] (2007) The film corners you with the ferocity of a Spanish inquisitor with a branding iron and holds you there to the bitter end.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) I laughed sporadically at this enjoyable film.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2015
99% Finding Nemo (2003) A beguiling piece of storytelling and creates a magical underwater world through its imaginative graphics and sound effects.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2015
87% Inception (2010) Like Memento, the most intellectually demanding of Nolan's previous films, Inception demands and rewards our total attention as well as our emotional engagement.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
6% Gigli (2003) It's like the first draft of a one-set play that Neil Simon wisely abandoned, and which was then handed to Quentin Tarantino to spice up.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
71% City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981) Masochistic, misogynistic, City of Women is a flamboyant, sophisticated series of set pieces, a boastful apologia pro vita sua.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
82% Accident (1967) A subtly poised film of middle-class life in an Oxford academic milieu.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
100% The Clowns (I Clowns) (1970) It's a beautifully made movie with ravishing colour of a kind not normally seen on TV in 1970 and a haunting, eclectic score by Nino Rota.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2015
93% The Deer Hunter (1978) The Deer Hunter is a rich and powerful picture that without a trace of patronisation or the slightest touch of cultural superiority, speaks eloquently for the inarticulate.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) From beginning to end, its dark, foreboding atmosphere reflects the troubled world in which its three central figures conduct their essentially moral lives.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
74% Crash (2004) [Crash] is sharply observed and frequently extremely funny as well as artfully orchestrated.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2015
77% Gladiator (2000) Crowe confirms his position as one of the best star character actors around.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) From brutal start to ironic finish the movie's tension is constant.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
92% Shot in Bombay (2008) An amusing account of the making of the Bollywood police thriller Shootout at Lokhandwala.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) The dialogue crackles wittily and obscenely, and the set-pieces are superbly staged.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2015
75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Eyes Wide Shut is flawed and overlong, but it's the work of a master, and whether you regard the 'imperfections' as such depends on how you read the film.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2014
93% Enchanted (2007) After about half-an-hour the comic steam is dispersed by whimsy, though Timothy Spall is pretty funny as the Evil Stepmother's varlet valet.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) A sleek action picture by Guillermo del Toro, who's making a corner for himself in the horror-fantasy world in his native Mexico, in Hollywood and in Spain.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
99% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) It's charming, funny and a lot like Avatar, though less solemn and an hour shorter.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) There is little of the magic and Japanese flavour of such Miyazaki masterpieces as Spirited Away.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) With this delightful romantic comedy (produced by CGI expert John Lassiter of Pixar fame), the Disney Studio returns to the traditional, hand-drawn animation style of Walt's classic period.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2014
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) These Tolkien films have a weight and seriousness that very few sword-and-sorcery pictures of the past 30-odd years have attained.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) In this magical and immensely moving film del Toro presents both the narrative strands as equally real, equally plausible.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014