Phil de Semlyen

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For 109 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil de Semlyen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Breadwinner
Lowest review score: 20 Hellboy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 109
  2. Negative: 2 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s defiantly cheesy and very hard to resist.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s all watchable enough but hardly a giant leap for documentary making.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Phil de Semlyen
    Clearly surge pricing also applies to jokes, because it’s mostly about as funny as a traffic jam.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    The storytelling never lacks for sincerity and quiet power. It’s a cry from the heart with a courageous message.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    As an object lesson in leadership, Maiden is compelling, but its flashbacks to a less enlightened time in sport are the biggest showstoppers – and jaw-droppers.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    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. On the flipside, it still feels like a fairly pointless retread of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s The Dark Phoenix Saga, which we’ve already seen (and hated) in Brett Ratner’s 2006 disaster X-Men: The Last Stand.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Diego Maradona has the football and the drugs – think Scarface with screamers – but it’s a surprisingly emotional ride too. In the spirit of all good docs, it’ll make you reappraise your feelings about the man and the myths around him.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    The Whistlers has a tonne of pulpy circuit-breakers – look out for a hilarious ‘Psycho’ tribute – to remind you not to take it all too seriously. Hitchcock would have approved.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s a hugely impressive debut and visually arresting from first to last.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Gardening has never been so creepy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Maybe the film loses its head a bit at this point too, with its deeper message lost in the epic bloodshed, but the chances are you’ll be having too much fun to mind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Diehl and Pachner are both terrific, mastering Malick’s improvisational style and bringing earthy authenticity to its playful family moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    If there’s one thing Rocketman does have in common with Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s a commanding central performance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    For all its inspired moments, this is a movie content to coast on the charms of its terrific cast of comedic actors. Welcome to Night of the Living Deadpan.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    If the final act is a bit dull and the anarchic Reynolds factor ends up muzzled, director Rob Letterman makes sure not to lose that self-aware edge altogether, while providing enough Pokémon Easter eggs to satisfy the most demanding fan. He’s also helped invent a whole new movie genre: cuddly noir.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    Despite the best efforts of its committed young cast, and especially a game (if suspiciously old-looking) Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien in his late teens and early twenties, it’s a plodding and polite portrayal that holds few surprises.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    The overall effect is glassy and inert, with Rooney Mara’s Mary an oddly elusive presence in the film that carries her name.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Phil de Semlyen
    There’s the odd nifty camera move but the action sequences are often messy and rote. The self-healing Hellboy is able to withstand endless punishment, which may be faithful to Mignola’s source material but hardly ups the stakes. The audience is not so lucky. Hellboy? Just hell, actually.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Even leaving aside the fan-pleasing sight of Burton’s Dark Knight and Penguin sharing the same big top, the Batman parallels are inescapable. Keaton tears a page from the Jack Nicholson Joker playbook with his most deliriously huge performance in years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    Nemes wants to let the chaos and noise of Sunset overwhelm the audience, but like Irisz herself, it’s hard not to get a bit lost in the clamor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    You’d call it Tarantino-esque but for the pacing and lack of a soundtrack. (Even Tarantino might have cut a couple of these baggy subplots.)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Phil de Semlyen
    This unusual film sits in a genre of one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s the visuals, though, that really soar. With master cinematographer Roger Deakins again lending his eye as consultant, the camera weaves in and out among photo-real flora and fire-breathing fauna.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    A motorsports movie you don’t need to be a petrolhead to enjoy. Rev up those whiteknuckle thrillride clichés, you're going to need them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    This visually epic, but monotonous collaboration between James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez is less than the sum of its slick parts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It falls short of enchanting but it's never less than fun and likable. Watch it through the eyes of your inner teenager and you’ll have a blast.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Phil de Semlyen
    It's a film that bores straight into your soul and leaves you shattered, but somehow richer for having seen it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    There are also juicy supporting roles for Shirley Henderson and Midnight in Paris’s Nina Arianda as the comedians’ long-suffering wives, Lucille and Ida. The film may be called Stan & Ollie, but it’s never more alive than when the four of them are onscreen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    There are memorable cameos from collaborators (Josh Homme take a bow) and a triumphant coda, but most of all, the rather melancholy sense of a visionary struggling to stay relevant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Phil de Semlyen
    Sure, some of the plot twists are a bit labored, and there’s maybe a henchman too many—but, trust me, you’ll be too busy rooting for the superhero with a snout to care.

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