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
2/5 78% The Raft (2018) Yet the crushing disappointment of the film (which matches archive footage with contemporary reflections) is that nothing really happens. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Yet Beautiful Boy is that rare cinematic artifact, a film that purports to be about one thing (in this case, addiction), but when you scrape away the surface dazzle, is really about everything.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 67% All Is True (2018) It dodges the pitfalls of luvviedom and period camp to produce a fiercely intelligent and poignant drama about family, grief and the tyranny of genius.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
4/5 91% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) It's beautifully done. Perfectly balanced. Always compassionate.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 87% Colette (2018) Knightley's Colette is fine too. But nothing more. The role required a maelstrom of tortured angst and rousing defiance to support the weight of the film. It never arrived.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 86% The 12th Man (2018) A bold end to an original version of a familiar tale.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) It later takes a decidedly darker turn...but the emotional power is consistently undercut by the sense that we, as an audience, are being roundly manipulated. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
1/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Wilde and Isaac are a chemistry-free coupling, which doesn't help, but Will and Abby are also fingers-down-the-blackboard awful. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 95% RBG (2018) The life and work of the associate justice of the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka "the notorious RBG") is the subject of this dense, inspiring and often playful panegyric. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The film pretends to boldly mine the inner life of a complex central character, but only ever produces two alternating emotional expressions: "I'm scared!" and "Phwoarr!" ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 94% 1985 (2018) The dark inky frames are full of shadows and dread. Yet the narrative, and Adrian's journey, is always leavened with quiet compassion.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 52% Papillon (2018) The deadening narrative structure (escape, capture, escape, capture etc) eventually overwhelms everything else on screen.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
1/5 62% Bird Box (2018) It's like Jaws without the shark or Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs: it simply doesn't work.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) With its close focus on Charlie and on her hardworking mother (Pamela Adlon), it makes a cogent and timely argument for enlivening tired male properties with a female-focused narrative.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
5/5 98% Free Solo (2018) The deftly captured footage of Honnold's preparation with ropes (he falls often), and his execution without, is consistently difficult to watch without flinching. I barely exhaled for the duration of the film.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/5 65% Lizzie (2018) Sevigny is compelling, Stewart less so, and there are few surprises. A bit TV. But not in the good way.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) There are fleeting pleasures to be had here in Brexit-era parallels...but too soon the movie returns to deadening clichés (a doomsday weapon! A plucky band of rebels!), blank-faced performances and truly horrible line-readings. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The visuals are also outstanding (New York is a neon-lit fever dream) and the action is expertly done. It is, simply, the best Spider-Man yet.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 64% 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 80% 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 84% 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 77% 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 91% 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 52% 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 62% 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 39% 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 58% 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 76% 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 76% 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 92% 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