Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK) Sight and Sound Times (UK) Little White Lies

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 21% The Kitchen (2019) It's a tonal mess, occasionally parody-poor (a hilarious amount of deadpan funeral scenes) and frequently makes no sense, especially when Moss's mousy Claire becomes a bloodthirsty killing machine. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) You'll be spewing with tears before the first act is done. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) He has destroyed an entire battalion of Vietnamese troops, he defeated the Russians in Afghanistan and he decimated the Burmese military machine. Now the iconic super-soldier John Rambo faces his greatest enemy yet: audience apathy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 100% Only You (2018) You will believe. You will be moved. You will not laugh. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) It doesn't help that Pitt... is at his most blank and monotonous here, delivering his least effective performance since Louis the reluctant bloodsucker in Interview with the Vampire. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
5/5 91% Midnight Cowboy (1969) A marvel. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1/5 15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) It's defined by a constipated performance from Cavill and a debut screenplay from the film director David Raymond that's so titter-inducing and derivative that it appears to have come straight from the Spike Jonze satire Adaptation. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 75% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Written and directed by the actress Camilla Strom Henriksen, this is, in the tradition of Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-ever, quite the downer, but also very vague. And with distracting horror pretensions. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 67% The Shock of the Future (Le choc du futur) (2019) A beguiling central performance and a near-numinous belief in the transformative power of music are the highlights of this modest yet perfectly formed French-language drama about the origins of synthesizer pop. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 100% For Sama (2019) Mostly, though, this is a film, skilfully pulled together by Edward Watts, the British co-director, that unfolds as a guttural cry of despair and an incendiary plea for justice. See it. But don't take popcorn. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) [T]he film is utterly, ineffably, and often fabulously, Downton. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 64% Rapid Response (2019) This sincere and workmanlike documentary about the introduction of medical assistance and safety protocols into the world of American motor racing... is initially engaging, but quickly becomes formally and fatally repetitive. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) [T]he movie has plenty to say, and is best when debating the limits of free speech and contemporary identity politics (an argument about trans competitors in sport is particularly sharp). - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) The result is a film with all the unsettling power and visual elan of the kiddy-friendly Goosebumps series (Jack Black + monsters = zzzz). - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 98% Rojo (2019) It's powerful material, deftly delivered. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 50% Mrs Lowry & Son (2019) Within three or four short exchanges she establishes Mrs Lowry as one of the great maternal monsters of cinema, up there with Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest or Piper Laurie in Carrie. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) [O]nce the film finishes discussing said scene, it stops dead and dashes for the credits, as if Alien were a movie of one half only. Still, this is an appealing jaunt nonetheless - and a must for Alien enthusiasts. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 100% Bait (2019) In one of the most extraordinary movie experiences of the year, this Cornish-set drama unfolds in scratchy monochrome and jumpy, jarring shots, mostly featuring weather-beaten fishermen, and lobster pots, and nets and boats. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 87% Judy (2019) The secret weapon in this case, however, and what lifts this film far above the competition, is its lead actress, Renée Zellweger. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Killers Anonymous (2019) A truly execrable dirge that fails to satisfy a single element of coherent contemporary film-making, except, perhaps, for the initial one-line pitch. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) As rousing and exhilarating as anything you'll see in a Hollywood blockbuster or high-level horror. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 75% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) One of Deneuve's greatest performances, with Kore-eda transforming the magisterial persona she frequently supplies to other directors into something more complex, tragic and yet defiant. She deserves awards for it. And so does the film. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It's not Bond. But all the better for it. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) It doesn't always click (a scene involving a suicidal dog minder is a bit arch), but the dauntless ambition is never in doubt. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The lifeless narrative rhythm, which quickly succumbs to a deadly causal trap (and then, and then, and then), doesn't help either. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 77% Leto (2019) Don't let the premise intimidate you. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Worst of all, it's the kind of film that arrives already puffed up in a phoney coat of feelgood gloss and specious sentiment. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The plot is a tapestry template that drops in characters like shining beads and watches the story weave slowly around them. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 25% Charming (2018) It's mostly moronic and lazy, but some of the pop ditties are nice. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 85% Animals (2019) Grainger, typically, yet again, is heroic and delivers everything she can, including myriad expressive looks, some nice physical comedy and a pitch-perfect Dublin accent in an admirable attempt, ultimately fruitless, to breathe life into a corpse. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 79% Photograph (2019) It's an artful look at two misfit loners who find each other. But only just. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Don't let the trailer fool you. It's pants (insert crotch joke here). - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 87% The Great Hack (2019) This high-profile... documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal is... frequently gripping, gorgeous to watch, occasionally thought-provoking, always entertaining and yet, ultimately, a tiny bit vapid. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Oh, this is just lovely. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
1/5 33% The Current War (2019) The film's release was duly paused and in the two years since there have been reshoots, five new scenes added and ten minutes cut from the original Toronto version. It's still a dirge. It's flat and repetitive. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 83% Of Fish and Foe (2019) It progresses, however, into something darker and sadder, and is a bitter testament to the power of commercial interests to weaponise the law for financial gain. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) Yikes. That wasn't pretty. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 87% Sixteen Candles (1984) Watch with compassion. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) It gets a little less sexy towards the end as she ruminates on her love affair with still photography and the essence of truth in the captured image, but overall this is an essential and heart-warming portrait of a sorely missed talent. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die, instead, stomps in like your drunken uncle at a wedding disco and announces that it's here, and that everything's fine because it's going to have a lot of fun at the zombie movie's expense. If only. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King is dead. Long live The Lion King. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) Another misstep, this time considerably less forgivable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 97% Don't Look Now (1973) Genius. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) The cracks and inconsistencies are mostly erased by Pugh, a performer of alarming power, who possesses a face, indecently expressive, for which cinema was made. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 100% M (1931) Be afraid. Be properly afraid. The greatest creation of Fritz Lang's career remains one of the most disturbing movies of his, or any, film-making era. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The structure is a mess. The characters are plastic. And the lines are Seventies sitcom bad. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Hall is a revelation (dominant in nearly every scene), and the rooftop climax is fittingly cathartic. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Go. Rush out. Find this film now. Find it on the biggest possible screen, accompanied by the best, loudest sound. And sit back and marvel. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 47% Robert the Bruce (2019) Frankly, it's not great. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Here [Watts] has taken the vacation movie and slammed it up against a self-satirising anti-blockbuster. And if it doesn't always feel like an effortless match, he should certainly receive an A for effort. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019