Philip De Semlyen

Philip De Semlyen
Philip De Semlyen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Time Out
Publications: Empire Magazine, Time Out

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 82% Frozen II (2019) Does it offer any further evidence to those who interpreted "Let It Go" as Elsa's covert coming-out anthem? Sadly no, though she remains an intriguingly elliptical canvas on which to project genuinely groundbreaking ideas about empowerment and identity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 60% The Good Liar (2019) The big reveal of this con-man potboiler may be weapons-grade tosh, but you shouldn't let it detract too much from the enjoyable ride to that point. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 48% Last Christmas (2019) It's purpose-built for anyone who's watched 'The Holiday' maybe six times too often. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 73% Harriet (2019) Try as it might to present her as a kind of pistol-toting Dirty Harriet, this clunky biopic -- directed and co-scripted by Kasi Lemmons -- doesn't come close to doing her justice. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 21% A Dog Called Money (2019) If you've ever wondered what the boredom threshold is for watching a musician tuning a hurdy-gurdy, you'll find the answer here. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 91% Luce (2019) This earnest race drama occasionally flirts with turning into a sociopath thriller. You'll kind of wish it did. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 93% Western Stars (2019) It's the cutaways between songs that stitch it all together with an emotional thread that charts its subject's struggles over the decades. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
2/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Even with the original stars returning, the sequel feels weightless, disposable and hardly the stuff of Skynet nightmares. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Its celebration of misunderstood outsiderdom is too generic to amount to much more than a bargain-basement 'Despicable Me'. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) There's no grandstanding here; François Ozon's interest is in showing how these vile acts can warp lives before they've even got started. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) While it'll do nothing to restore trust in the august bodies that rule the land, it's a pacy, palm-clammying watch. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) As the tragedy unfolds, there's a strange solace in seeing this captivating enigma somehow emerging intact. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 90% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) 'El Camino' may not hit the highs of the show, but it's definitely not unpicking its legacy either. For fans, it'll be tucked away in a Netflix crawlspace, waiting to be rediscovered. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 50% Farming (2019) This is movie terrain that's land-mined with potential clichés, and 'Farming' definitely steps on a few. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) This sheep-quel mixes the same jolliness and English eccentricity with a Spielbergian sci-fi twist - and pulls it off with typical Aardman charm. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Its trump card, of course, is Zellweger, who blows through the film in a gust of jittery energy, wounded ego and half-buried star quality. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 96% The Last Tree (2019) As with his debut feature 'A Moving Image', a spikily insightful look at gentrification in Brixton, Amoo is always looking to subvert lazy cultural assumptions. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Yes, it's basically an episode of the show stretched out to two hours, but like the Crawley family silver, it's so polished you can practically see your face in it. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) A meaty piece of historical drama, it mixes power plays, canny twists and brutal, widescreen medieval battles with a refreshing lack of deference for the Shakespeare plays on which it's loosely based. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) It's like 'Titanic', only with 90 minutes of the iceberg regaling you with its ocean-liner-sinking skills while sipping a Mai Tai. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
5/5 63% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's going too far to say that it looks like an Auguste Renoir painting and plays like a Jean Renoir movie - but not by much. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
5/5 83% Ema (2019) It's the exuberant yin to the stately yang of 'Jackie', Larrain's last film, and it's full of the pheromones of sexual discovery and the piss and vinegar of toxic relationships. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) This is a truly nightmarish vision of late-era capitalism - arguably the best social horror film since Get Out - and Joaquin Phoenix is magnetic in it. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's often thrilling, occasionally improbable, sometimes confounding, but like its director, 'Ad Astra' is never bound by the gravitational pull of the ordinary. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 48% The Informer (2020) It's a thriller that favours brawn over brains, punching its way through any plot predicaments. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
4/5 100% Bait (2019) It may look like it was made on a shoestring 50 years ago, but this abrasive seaside parable is a quietly thrilling piece of modern filmmaking. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It's frenetic, brashly executed and so full of shooting, you'll stagger away with tinnitus. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) Played gruellingly straight and unadventurous, it marinades in the miseries of recovery; a warts-and-all memoir without the 'and all' part. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 94% Transit (2019) If the minimalism of Robert Bresson and the hopeless romance of 'Casablanca' are touchpoints, they echo only faintly. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Gurinder Chadha's effervescent film is a bit cheesy and extremely hard to resist. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 100% Only You (2018) Part old-school romance, part fertility horror film, it should resonate deeply with anyone who's been touched by the struggle to conceive. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 75% Armstrong (2019) It's all watchable enough but hardly a giant leap for documentary making. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) Thomas Vinterberg, usually so good at stripping his characters down to their barest states, doesn't feel like a good fit for the material. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
1/5 42% Stuber (2019) Clearly surge pricing also applies to jokes, because it's mostly about as funny as a traffic jam. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 50% Ibiza: The Silent Movie (2019) As acid house smileys bounce across the screen and we cut away to another pair of boobs, you're left thinking this is probably not how Werner Herzog would have done it. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 100% The Cold Blue (2019) 'The Cold Blue' gives a real sense of what it was like to be strapped into one of these jolting, juddering, bomb-filled crates. They were called the greatest generation for a reason. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 89% Article 15 (2019) A major Bollywood star, the charismatic Khurrana handles this moodier milieu with restrained skill. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) It's fun watching Ethan Hawke's oddball robber socking it to The Man in a wig and stick-on handlebars. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 98% Maiden (2019) Tautly edited and unfussily directed, it's a knuckle-whitening tale of courage and grit. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 96% Thunder Road (2018) In the spirit of many great comedians, Jim Cummings has a knack for taking lines that shouldn't be funny and transforming them into accidental zingers. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's not nearly as good as 'Logan' or 'X2', but it's a whole lot better than the eyeball-poking affliction that was 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Asif Kapadia's doc has the football and the drugs - think 'Scarface' with screamers - but it's a surprisingly emotional ride too. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The songs explode from the screen, time jumps catapult the story forward with exhilarating élan and even the emotional stuff lands, for the most part. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 76% Les Misérables (2020) It's a vivid dissection of modern-day France's social ills that's juiced up with smart acting, tense standoffs and a nagging sense of despair. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Welcome to Night of the Living Deadpan. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) It's a mesmerising and transporting drug epic like no other. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) It's basically the Phil and Rita dynamic from 'Groundhog Day', only with two Phils and a fifth of the jokes. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) If you're not a Pokémon devotee, imagine watching 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' after a PCP binge and you'll get the idea. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Director Dome Karukoski peppers the film with cutaways to imaginary CGI battles and mythological beasties, but none is a fraction as thrilling as the opening moments of Peter Jackson's 'The Fellowship of the Ring'. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Once Upon A Time In London (2019) There's so many kickings, beatings and slashings administered, it almost tips into self-parody. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019