Simon Kinnear

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For 69 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Simon Kinnear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Muppet Christmas Carol
Lowest review score: 40 Welcome to the Rileys
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
69 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Simon Kinnear
    It’s more of a table wine – inoffensive, middlebrow and, like the scenes of grape harvesting here, hard work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    With its monochrome stylings and a plot laced with ennui, it might be the most French film ever made, but there’s no denying Garrel’s craft.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Simon Kinnear
    This portrait of an alienated culture funnelling its rage into gun violence is itself too cold and distant to connect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    The characters are unfailingly polite, whatever their grievances, and there isn’t a single false note in this generous, affectionate portrait of people making the best of their situation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Shot with a retro chic, their courtship is crisp, but there’s enough grit in this Cannes prize-winner to stop it floating away.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Simon Kinnear
    A timely, inspiring parable of protest, directed with sinewy style and driven by Braga’s rock-solid lead performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    The Raid star remains an electrifying, inventive fighter, even fending off a machete-wielding foe while handcuffed to a table.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    The Dardenne brothers deliver a perceptive portrait of professional integrity under pressure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Equally cool and cruel, stuffed with subtext, this ‘Iranian fairytale’ weaves its spell to a flip, hip ending. Amirpour is one to watch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    A classy, actorly affair, whose emphasis on bittersweet character drama over class satire is both its most striking feature and biggest missed opportunity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    This muted procedural promises more than it can deliver.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Korean maestro Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) playfully off-kilter Hitchcockian thriller refuses to play by genre rules, stir-frying slow-burn menace and Freudian drama into unpredictable combinations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    Haggis struggles to make his presence felt over ludicrous thrills, but Crowe is superb and the entertainment factor high.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    It’s too raw and difficult for one target audience, but the erratic tone might leave sick puppies equally nonplussed. Gunn’s jibes at Bible-bashers and gun-nuts are as blunt as Frank’s attacks, and the clash of kooky comedy and violence is as awkward as it is ugly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Arrietty’s craft and charm will invite universal acclaim.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Simon Kinnear
    Initially promising, this Aussie weepie branches unconvincingly into magic realism, with symbolism so clunky it hampers Gainsbourg’s involving turn.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Simon Kinnear
    Handicapped by its paper-thin premise, even a strong cast can’t lift Jake ‘son of Ridley’ Scott’s film out of indie-by-numbers mediocrity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Simon Kinnear
    Sadly, rather than provide insight into Boateng’s creative process, director Varon Bonicos is dazzled by the globetrotting, celeb-schmoozing lifestyle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    It’s technically a doc, but neither Rivers nor his inscrutable subject is interested in backstory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    It’s a poetic elegy to a lost tribe that conjures up the Meryans’ secret lifestyle via surreal rituals and stunning widescreen visuals, although an over-explained voiceover and clunky symbolism sometimes weaken the spell.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Matthew Akers’ document of the event skews close to hagiography but is consistently informative in charting Abramović’s career, and genuinely engaging thanks to his subject’s witty, unpretentious presence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Simon Kinnear
    The resulting puff-piece is a warning to crusading filmmakers about what happens after they’ve beaten the system.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Astonishing macro-photography captures the bees in all their surreal beauty, presenting a tribute to nature’s “messenger of love” and a warning of what might be lost.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    Im Sang-Soo’s exposé of a Seoul family corporation is stymied by a humourless regurgitation of observations about power, corruption and lies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Terence Nance’s unique film, freely mixing autobiography, animation and artiness, is a dizzyingly complex collage about romance and memory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Kinnear
    Propelled by Lust’s performance, this is a fascinating study of solitude and sociopathic obsession, up to a point.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Simon Kinnear
    Undeniably beautiful, oddly moving... and quickly tiresome.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Vikander brings fresh emotional weight to the familiar scenario of WW1 grief, ensuring that this mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Simon Kinnear
    Driven by a committed turn from Witherspoon, Jean-Marc Vallée confirms himself as the go-to director for triumph-over-adversity character studies.

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