Phil de Semlyen

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For 138 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil de Semlyen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Son of Saul
Lowest review score: 20 Stuber
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 138
  2. Negative: 2 out of 138
138 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    It starts strongly, with the gory deaths coming thick, fast and often unexpectedly, and Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse’s script giving the viewer no purchase on the unfolding mayhem. The underrated Gilpin is a steely, lib-owning presence, too. But the surprises soon dry up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s all heading somewhere special as Kelly muses on masculinity and colonialism, but then coherence gives way to flashy visuals and bursts of expressionistic violence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Where the movie truly comes into its own is in its boldly framed, heart-wrenching coda.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    More damagingly, director William Eubank (‘The Signal’) can’t decide if Underwate’ is a disaster flick or a monster movie. It ends up sinking between the two stalls: too unfocused for the former; not scary enough for the latter. All that early promise vanishes into the murk.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) can do this stuff with his eyes closed, and sometimes it feels like he might be doing that as the plot chugs from London to Berlin and secrets are duly uncovered. But there’s enough visual flair to elevate things above standard genre fare.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    If you’ve ever wondered what the boredom threshold is for watching a musician tuning a hurdy-gurdy, you’ll find the answer here.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    If Last Christmas isn’t quite irresistible in its emotional moments and the cheesiest bits are borderline indigestible, its effervescence makes it a fun enough watch. At the very least, it’ll make you fall hard for its other romantic lead: London.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    Widows' Cynthia Erivo supplies dramatic weight to a project that squanders it on awkward action moments and simplistic showdowns.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    The predictable fish-out-of-water comedy gradually gives way to something deeper, as conflicting world views are exchanged, homespun wisdom dispensed and minds broadened.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It has a kernel of raw torment and an unforgiving streak that hints at still-unreconciled wounds, too. It’s not the best film of the year, but it’s definitely one of the most personal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    Even with the original stars returning, the sequel feels weightless, disposable and hardly the stuff of Skynet nightmares.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    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. The transformation is startling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Phil de Semlyen
    The tonal lurches – from jokey to earnest and back again – will have whiplash setting in by the time its eccentric fourth-wall-breaking coda comes around, while some odd casting choices (and accents) drain gravity from the serious moments.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It definitely demands patience ... but it rewards it with a similarly narcotic effect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    The Informer is a film that favours brawn over brains, punching its way through any plot predicaments. A smart hairpin or two would have made it a juicier watch.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s frenetic, brashly executed and so full of shooting, you’ll stagger away with tinnitus.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    It’s all watchable enough but hardly a giant leap for documentary making.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Phil de Semlyen
    Gardening has never been so creepy.
    • 53 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.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.

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