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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 74% Aquaman (2018) Like the story, the lines, the performances and the design, Aquaman is part camp, part kitsch, but all crap.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) On the basis of this movie alone, there is life, and talent, in the old man yet.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Mug (2018) It's deftly directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, with undeniable fury towards the Catholic Church, Polish nationalists and consumer society.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 100% Meteors (Meteorlar) (2018) It's all a bit ambient, and frustratingly free from political context. Heavy going, for slight reward.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/5 92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley never once loses control. He sticks to the script. And the result is a triumph.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 83% Disobedience (2018) It reinforces the old Thomas Wolfe cliché that you can't go home again, but it does so with emotional vivacity and richly compelling context.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/5 80% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) It's all good fun, and Ella Hunt is charismatic as the eponymous heroine. But too often, especially towards the end, it leans too far into the realm of rough student film.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 90% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) It's a wealth of flowering expression on the intimate subject of loss.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
5/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) It never loses sight of the three scarred subjects at the core of the tale, and of the sense of profound injustice inflicted on blameless children. Unmissable.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The best Mowgli yet.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 83% Creed II (2018) As the eighth instalment in an ancient boxing franchise, Creed II should not be this good. Yet at times it is flat-out thrilling. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) It's all tongue-in-cheek nonsense, but executed with flair and verve by debut feature director Otto Bathurst.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Delicately observed and perfectly played, it's consummate, flawless film-making.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) That's it. That's all that has changed. Foy in the lead role. Otherwise everything else is the same, only worse.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 100% Back to Berlin (2018) It's not always an effective forma...but the film builds to a devastating climax at Auschwitz-Birkenau.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 66% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rourke's greatest achievement is the performances she's coaxed out of her two lead actresses. They're so good they're like De Niro and Pacino in Heat. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/5 40% Hell Fest (2018) They did this 40 years ago, and better, in 'Halloween.' It's getting really, really tired.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) Chris Pine proves an unlikely and ultimately uninspiring choice to play the 14th-century Scottish hero Robert the Bruce in this gore-splattered epic from David Mackenzie. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) All of the episodes, in fact, have a perfect yet desolate closing sting. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 57% The Grinch (2018) Ultimately, though, this is a tender film that tries, in the most earnest way, to articulate the central Seussian idea that Christmas comes without ribbons, it comes without tags, it comes without packages, boxes or bags.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) [Davis] seems unable to deliver substandard work and is here fabulously controlled as a grieving widow, a wannabe criminal, a heartbroken mother, an obsessive dog lover and a woman who will shoot you right through the chest if she has to. Great fun.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 75% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) The film is competent, disturbing and even, whisper it, propulsive. In a way that no film about the real and recent murder of 69 children and their summer camp helpers should ever be.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2/5 79% Bad Reputation (2018) The life and career of the groundbreaking rocker Joan Jett gets the dreary documentary treatment as the director Kevin Kerslake marches obediently through her career...with nothing less than wide-eyed adoration.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Waiting for You (2017) The film, a feature debut for its production designer, Charles Garrad, is a torpid trial, putting so much slow into slow burn that the fire of curiosity eventually extinguishes itself. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 100% Been So Long (2018) Coel is flawless, a star in waiting.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) [The film] avoids all slick and easy sympathy votes and instead dwells exclusively in the difficult and vigorous mess of a human life on the edge.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody, an eight-year abomination in the making...cannot claim to have achieved even wiki-movie status.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) As the film cruises towards its conclusion it reaches genuinely sublime heights.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
2/5 89% A Private War (2018) The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin gets the prestige biopic treatment in a film that boasts a fearless performance from its star, Rosamund Pike, and yet is undercut at every turn by a risible and self-defeating screenplay. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) With Donald Trump in his sights, however, Fahrenheit 11/9...shows Moore reinvigorated and at his most potent, as a film-maker and a polemicist.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) A bold and galvanic central turn and a ridiculously ambitious political agenda push this moving teenage melodrama far beyond the parameters of its own wonky sales pitch. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
1/5 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It's pointless and bland. Like a bargain-basement Jumanji. The Z-list cast struggle.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 98% Science Fair (2018) Our heroes develop complex science projects. They cruise to the finals. Excellence is celebrated. Yet the film, though perfectly competent, never quite matches the sheer inventiveness of its young Einsteins.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 37% Hunter Killer (2018) It's initially good for a giggle, but boredom eventually triumphs.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
1/5 63% Suspiria (2018) Seemingly struggling to find a raison d'être, dramatic or otherwise, the film grasps at subtextual straws.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/5 98% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) It's the visual and emotional achievement - a groundbreaking resurrection - that resonates.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 81% Destroyer (2018) It's a career-high characterisation, at times unlikeable...but always, in every single frame, intensely compelling. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
1/5 79% Apostle (2018) Alas, everything here is muted build-up with little pay-off. Psychological realism is abandoned. Characters switch loyalties and temperaments for no reason. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) It's mostly didactic, tuneless and dull. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 100% Sink (2018) Herdman makes every gesture true. An effortless, naturalistic presence on screen, this former TV actor deserves more of a spotlight.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 85% Nancy (2018) The overwhelming screen charisma of Andrea Riseborough is just about strong enough to prevent this identity drama from derailing into art house obscurity. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Only Bridges manages to break through with an eleventh-hour "last rites" scene. Delivered deadpan, it's moving and provides a delicate note of truth just when it's needed most.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 97% Columbus (2017) Brainy and sensual, cool and emotional, this wildly impressive feature debut is a coming-of-age drama that consistently defies expectation.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 92% Kusama: Infinity (2018) The installation artist, sculptor and world-famous painter of dots, Yayoi Kusama, is poorly served by this achingly pedestrian biographical film.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 59% Operation Finale (2018) When a movie features Ben Kingsley, in a hefty Ben Kingsley role, doing what Ben Kingsley does best, that's probably good enough in itself.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 28% Venom (2018) It all ends with a gaudy computer-generated eye-gasm and the sense that you might just have seen the worst comic-book blockbuster of the decade. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 30% Redcon-1 (2018) It's grim, humourless work, fundamentally misanthropic and intellectually clueless.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) Repeated dopey exchanges...are poorly delivered by bratty exhibitionists in a stagnant narrative.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 76% Black '47 (2018) It's all deeply silly stuff, but within an eerily profound milieu.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 69% Hold the Dark (2018) [Hold the Dark] strives to depict, with unflinching sincerity, the imbalance and upset in the natural order that arises from the murder of innocents. It's harrowing, but strangely beautiful too.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018