Phil de Semlyen

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For 33 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil de Semlyen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Leviathan
Lowest review score: 40 Allied
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
33 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Phil de Semlyen
    Frustrating, funny at points, heartbreaking and quite magnificently shot throughout, Leviathan is one of the films of the year.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Phil de Semlyen
    Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester By The Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Passionate and expertly crafted, this black-and-white opus is well worth seeking out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Occasionally soapy on the homefront but cataclysmic in combat, this is a worthy addition to the WWII canon. Garfield underpins it all with skill, showing that sometimes, war can be humanising too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Amy
    A vibrant, haunting documentary, and a poignant tribute to a free spirit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    A bold, honest film about family life that showcases a terrifically unpeppy turn from Bejo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    The interviews are as entertaining as the slick interplay on the ice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    An unusual and richly enjoyable love letter to a fellow artist and Chilean, Neruda further marks out Larraín as a director of serious range and ambition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    An unapologetic, impassioned biopic, The Birth Of A Nation begins quietly but ends in a howl of rage. It might not be perfect, but it’s powerful enough to stay with you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    A stomping good documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Moving, complex and brutal, it's an outstanding film about men at war.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Complicated and long but deftly handled adventure/caper/satire that ends up being thoroughly entertaining
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    It might veer towards hagiography at times, but its subject is so entertaining you don't even care.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    The ending doesn’t quite land, but this timely right-wing allegory promises there’s much more to come from Corbet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Minnie’s inner life, a fantasia of animations appearing Crumb-like around her, is dazzling, and there’s plenty of naked emotion amid the sex, drugs and hand-drawn penises.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Following up Love Is Strange with another slice of urban bohemia, Sachs’ latest is another gem that's full of heart and warmth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    A treat for cricket fans who'll thrill to this nostalgic look back at one of sport's greatest teams.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Joy
    Another dazzling Jennifer Lawrence performance anchors a blue-collar parable that boasts some inspired moments but never quite gels.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    A handsome and well-acted rumination on memory, boyhood and ageing that sees Ritesh Batra deliver a solid rather than inspired interpretation of Julian Barnes’ prize winner.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    An Alpine study of ageing and creativity that’s as fresh and bracing as the mountain air, although occasionally just as chilly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Compelling performances and beautifully told heroics but the pacing is flawed in terms of a thrilling cinematic experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    The third part of Berg’s unofficial Americans-in-crisis trilogy will play better for US audiences than overseas, but it’s still a pacy and often enthralling disaster movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    A high-altitude horror – think a Bram Stoker reworking of *The Shining* or Shutter Highland – of real craft. Ultimately, though, the plot turns out to be thinner than the air.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    A more restrained effort from Araki than the headrush of Kaboom, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Eva Green’s Joan Crawford-esque turn as the vanished lady
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Theroux’s first big-screen doc is an entertaining affair, peppered with surreal moments and wry wit, but its elusive subject remains out of reach.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    A humdrum remake of a crackerjack thriller, this never gets out of second gear despite a classy cast and intriguing premise. Credit to Dean Norris for playing a character called Bumpy with an entirely straight face.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    Slick but forgettable, Fuqua’s suicide squad is a macho posse movie that could use a jab of fun. It’s The Magnificent Seven, but the “magnificent” is silent.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    A curveball from the man who made "2012" and "Independence Day" and probably only a brief respite for the world's major cities.It's more of an interesting curio to a blockbuster career but there's fun to be had here if you look hard enough.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    Zemeckis’ old-school romance has its moments and Cotillard gives it her all, but it lacks the zip and chemistry to truly spark.

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