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
4/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Leave it to Werner Herzog. The iconoclastic German film-maker ditches the documentary rule book for this intimate profile of the 88-year-old former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
1/5 42% Midway (2019) It has the tone, mostly, of kids' TV. Or a poor, very poor, supplementary video for a history GCSE. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 60% Driven (2019) Sudeikis, alas, is no Cruise and his screen persona is too lightweight to inject the film with genuine empathy or to make it anything other than a disposable teaser for the deeper, darker DeLorean drama that will inevitably follow. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 86% Klaus (2019) It's busy material, but boldly ambitious and gloriously free from Christmas clichés. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 62% The Good Liar (2019) It's Mirren and McKellen who make it sing. When the focus is on them as a couple, they're a joy. They are the new Hepburn and Tracy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The trailer suggests a wacky DayGlo remix of Amy Schumer's body-conscious comedy I Feel Pretty, but don't believe it. This film, a debut from the writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo, is made of sterner stuff... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) By the time the nude old lady from The Shining appears on the fourth and final occasion in this earnest, uneven and hopelessly derivative sequel, you'll want get her a towel, a cuppa and a pair of slippers. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 82% The Aeronauts (2019) Real life or not, there is little truth here. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/5 91% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes is an exuberant Vatican-set buddy movie that attempts to lift the lid on the inner workings of the Holy See. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/5 98% Hoop Dreams (1994) The film is rich in backstage tension, from Agee's bad grades to Gates's knee injuries, while the glaring social inequality is reflected in the violent fathers and criminal friends who populate the outskirts of the tale. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) It's strong material, and apt to infuse the viewer with righteous ire. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 93% Monos (2019) The performances from the young cast are vivid and utterly credible, yet the conspicuously metaphorical nature of the context eventually becomes wearisome. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's beautifully filmed and perfectly played. The final shot is as epic as it is heartbreaking. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
1/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) It's as if, like the rest of the cast in this riotous non-event, [McConaughey's] having so much fun making the film that he simply doesn't care. Good for him. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) What the film handsomely mines from the first two episodes, however, is the simple yet apparently elusive combination of kinetic momentum and emotional empathy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 94% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) It's flawless storytelling, effortlessly played and with a rousing, if bloody, conclusion. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 53% Ladyworld (2019) Worthy, yes, but dull. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Like a Disney family drama from TV times past, this feelgood road movie is so homely, so warm and fuzzy, and so darn wholesome that it's almost too much. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) It sounds farcical, but it's also a serious work from the writer-director Olivier Assayas and his key performers that interrogates the nature of literary value today through the words of uncommonly rounded and deeply appealing characters. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jolie, of course, is compelling, charismatic, underused and far too good for the material. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 100% Rocks (2019) The resulting performances - lively, giddy and authentic - define the movie, while the lovely upbeat ending sweetens an otherwise stinging social critique. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 93% Western Stars (2019) It is a beautiful film, undercut only by the conspicuous nature of Springsteen's coal-black hair (he's 70 years old, for god sake!) and his apparent penchant for bright orange make-up. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 83% Ema (2019) The film is anchored by some dynamic dance sequences and a couple of quirky scenes with a flame-thrower. But I couldn't quite shake the feeling, though... that the film was afflicted with a slightly pervy sheen. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 97% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) I blubbed quietly throughout the entire movie. Although that could have been the sleep deprivation. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) There's a fascinating tension at the heart of this whistleblower drama about dubious intelligence operations on the eve of the 2003 Iraq war. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Roll up. Roll up. See it now. See it once. And never see it again. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 90% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Directed by James Mangold, with a slavish appreciation of formula, it's the perfect movie event of the year. If that year was 1955. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) It's smartly directed by Jake "son of Ridley" Scott, and the supporting cast, including Christina Hendricks as Debra's wiser older sister, are equally robust. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Well, what did you expect? It was hardly going to be a disaster. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy is the best he has been in years (at least since Dreamgirls), playing the comedian and blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore in this affectionate, funny, but soft-focus biopic (no warts, no all). - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) There is some savvy subtext in Rian Johnson's writing, about old money and Trump-era values, but mainly this is exceptional cinematic froth, and murder at its most mirthful. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 100% Our Ladies (2019) It features five of the most compelling, neatly drawn and slightly terrifying female protagonists committed to film. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 73% Blackbird (2019) It was oddly formulaic and tame. For a film about assisted dying, it rarely came to life. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 84% The Report (2019) [T]he film... is merciless in exposing the brutality and almost comic ineptitude of the CIA's so-called EIT programme (it didn't work). - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 84% Little Monsters (2019) The film is a hoot, and boasts unexpectedly rich character work... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 97% Marriage Story (2019) [A]n exquisite heartbreaker... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The story, if not the entire film, is indeed great. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 93% Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) It's stunningly shot, soaked in sylvan shadow and with a bravura slow-mo finale worthy of Brian DePalma at his best. The child cast, often blank-eyed and emaciated, are uniformly excellent too. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) It's smart stuff, great writing and a fitting conclusion to a superlative historical portrait. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 60% HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (2018) A five-star subject gets a two-star review thanks to the fatal, formal drudgery that transforms this biographical documentary, despite some meaty ideas, into a lurching mass of archive snippets and am-dram reconstruction. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet The Birdcatcher (2019) This deeply dopey Second World War thriller, set in the snowscapes of Norway, takes an initially intriguing premise and runs it straight into an insuperable wall of ineptitude. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 96% The Last Tree (2019) The journey is familiar, but it's Amoo's artistic touches, often in wistful slow motion, that make the difference. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) This new film, alas, needed a director with a steadier focus and less ambition. More coherence, less dazzle. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
3/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) It's profoundly preposterous, often snortingly stupid, but also strangely enjoyable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 29% Tomorrow (2018) Alas, don't let the glamour fool you. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 93% Sea of Shadows (2019) [M]ostly this is swooping cameras, rousing soundtrack score, and the fist pump of pleasure. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 78% Skin (2019) The actor does his best with a threadbare character. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Ah, poor wussums. The Goldfinch is the kind of movie that you want to pick up and cuddle, and stroke its befuddled head, and say: "There, there, it's all right, you did your best. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
1/5 22% 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