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
4/5 100% 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
4/5 100% 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 82% 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 96% 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 25% 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 87% 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
4/5 100% 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 98% 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 99% 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 86% 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 99% Marriage Story (2019) [A]n exquisite heartbreaker... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 80% 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 70% 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 44% 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 38% 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 77% 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
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 84% 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 76% 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
5/5 68% Joker (2019) It's a beautiful demented jewel of a film. The superhero movie, alas, for our time. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 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 83% Judy (2019) It's Judy squared, and is the stuff of breathless podium speeches and standing ovations. And even if there is a cynical hint of "Oscar bait" about the role, it doesn't make it any less spectacular on screen. - 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 90% 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