Phil de Semlyen

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For 73 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil de Semlyen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Leviathan
Lowest review score: 40 Into the White
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
73 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Greengrass’s heart lies in exploring the ways a nation processes such a horrific, unexpected event, but Breivik’s odious ideas also get a comprehensive airing along the way. It makes for an uncomfortable, challenging watch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    The authenticity is immersive, even if the historical exposition occasionally feels like prep for an exam no one’s warned you about.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Richly entertaining and blackly funny but told with sincerity and heart, the half-dozen Western tales packed into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs show the Coen brothers loading up their six-shooter and firing barely a blank.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    See it, then go home and wipe your hard drive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    The most harrowing revelation of all comes during two of Macdonald’s many interviews with friends, family and associates. It’s a piece of digging that adds investigative weight to the film and a hard-hitting coda to his exploration of the fragile psychology of stardom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    For a man so singular, the film’s chronological approach feels conventional and there’s little of the spark or fantasy he infused into his work in evidence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Granik builds her engaging, sympathetic characters in subtle increments.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    For all its sombre revelations, A Cambodian Spring exudes a powerful sense of possibility. In these days of popular protest, it makes for an enthralling case study.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    This fun, pacy addition to the dino disaster franchise doesn’t do much that’s particularly new – though what it does, it does with a fair whack of panache.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Phil de Semlyen
    Director Nora Twomey’s film is about the ways we try to cradle each other from the harsher realities of life. This is a day-to-day survival story that stirs the heart and fires the imagination.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Veering from blaxploitation spoof to undercover thriller and ending with a no-punches-pulled real-life coda, it’s riotous fun one minute, savagely biting the next.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Phil de Semlyen
    The Polish filmmaker has conjured a dazzling, painful, universal odyssey through the human heart and all its strange compulsions. It could be the most achingly romantic film you’ll see this year, or just a really painful reminder of the one that got away.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s not that you can’t see what Von Trier is getting at, it’s just you wish he’d get there quicker and without all the desecrated bodies. For most of its hefty runtime, The House That Jack Built is just a slog.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Newcomer Fonte is terrific in the lead role, communicating Marcello’s meek protests with a twitchy physicality that grows slowly into a sketchy defiance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Ron Howard has come through with a frisky space caper that zips along like a speeder on a bed of air. It’s far from perfect, but it’s much better than it has any right to be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s not a bad movie, by any means, but it strains to turn a seriously introspective story into something cinematic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Immaculately composed yet skittish, edgy and surprising, this impressive debut by writer-director Michael Pearce emanates a chill that will have you hugging your sides.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s a long movie and when its star isn’t on screen and cracking wise, the boundary-pushing shocks and endless self-references wear thin. Still, if you’re the Deadpool fanatic who recently had Reynolds’s name tattooed on his arse, you definitely won’t be grumbling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    The Cure’ has to be the first to reanimate corpses as a means of examining Ireland’s post-Troubles tensions. It’s a bold idea – and a good one – even if it never fully pays off in a ploddingly predictable final act.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Journeyman may be intimate but it never feels small.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Its world is weirdly familiar and yet alien. It’s also darn scary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s unblinking in a Dardenne-ish way and often hard to watch, with the emotional toll playing on its characters’ faces. The ending is a floorer too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s a CGI-heavy fantasia that will pop your eyeballs, but giddy as it is, it never quite sells its characters or gets much purchase on your emotions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    This moving, surprising documentary offers a tale of Hollywood pigeonholing that feels particularly timely.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    A gripping, chastening study in what it’s like to spend your entire life behind enemy lines, A Fantastic Woman offers uplift, too – as well as the odd surreal touch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s brimming with fascinating insights into the skill, conviction and sheer slog that went into tackling several rogue states, climate change and the odd dead cockroach on the West Wing floor without losing optimism, sanity or custody of the kids.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It seems a strange thing to say about a film featuring a giant man-eating mallard, but a bit more eccentricity wouldn’t have gone amiss.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    But while it may not be strong on nuance and the story moves with all the careful pacing of a human cannonball, it’s got gusto and verve in abundance. An old-fashioned musical with a none-more-zeitgeisty songsheet, it may not be a flawless piece of storytelling, but it’s a pretty decent show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    The story isn’t wildly original – think ‘Leon’ with throwing stars – and it’s overlong, but the action is unrelenting, thrillingly staged and occasionally even flat-out hilarious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Being dead has never looked as fun as it does in Pixar’s latest adventure, bursting with skeletons, magical spells and Mexico’s annual Day of the Dead.

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