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

T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 53% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) It's leery and defiant. But also creepy and dull. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 84% Jellyfish (2018) Yet Hill's performance of wounded silence and pressure-cooker rage is so galvanising that all objections fade and she carries the film alone, right through to its admirably downbeat conclusion. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) If you factor in the movie's faith in the kindness of children and its eventual optimism about the future, it becomes, in essence, a healing myth for the ills of contemporary Britain. With or without a deal. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 79% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Little touches like these announce that Ejiofor, probably best known for 12 Years a Slave, is a natural film-maker. As screenwriter too, he crafts lovely lines. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 100% América (2018) The film asks us to compare the treatment of América with nursing-home culture in the US and Europe, and in so doing marks our way as a failure. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 8% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) I think they've probably hit bottom with this howler, a criss-crossing ensemble piece set in New York and featuring a rogues' gallery of non-characters slowly learning to appreciate the transformative power of (sick bucket please) "forgiveness". - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) The whole endeavour sits meekly in the shadow of last year's brilliant conversion-camp drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The final reel is painful (the bee sting of bigotry). The ending is tough. The compensation resides in the elegant and searing film-making of Jenkins. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 80% Green Book (2018) A bizarre fish-out-of-water comedy masquerading as a serious awards-season contender by pretending to address the deep wound of racial inequality while demonstrating its profound inability, intellectually and dramatically, to do that. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 96% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Some visually spectacular set pieces and some deliciously villainous vocal work from F Murray Abraham as the psychopathic dragon-killer Grimmel are reasons alone to see this third...part of the consistently charming kiddie franchise. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's telling that the most effective scenes in the film are simply Alita, alone, staring at herself in a full-length mirror. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A twisted love triangle at the core of this Korean thriller...becomes something far more unsettling thanks to a bracing midway plot jolt and a powerful atmosphere of doom and dread created by the director Lee Chang-dong. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
1/5 48% Escape Room (2019) There is some enthusiasm on display at the outset...but the film, possibly prefiguring the response of any rational audience, is soon enervated by its own tiresome premise. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The revelation of McCarthy's turn is that she's just allowed to be, without apology, without schmaltz. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 80% Love Sonia (2018) [Thakur] holds every scene, mostly in close-up. She carries the emotion. She gives the film a delicate yet defiant soul. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 45% Second Act (2018) School = bad. Guts = good. Ugh. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/5 33% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) It's essentially Les Misérables without the songs, the important characters or the drama. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) It's a more ambitious political satire...Because it's about real people, real politicians and real deranged ambitions, and it places much of the blame for today's geopolitical ills...directly at their door. Oh, and it's also very funny. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) It's smoothly done, by the writer-director Reinaldo Marcus Green, with few histrionics and delicate jumps between three separate stories. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 88% Fyre (2019) A giddy cocktail of schadenfreude and open-mouthed horror drives this enthralling documentary. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 82% The Raft (2018) Yet the crushing disappointment of the film (which matches archive footage with contemporary reflections) is that nothing really happens. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
5/5 69% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 76% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 94% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 93% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 27% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Like the story, the lines, the performances and the design, Aquaman is part camp, part kitsch, but all crap. - Times (UK) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 100% Mug (2018) It's deftly directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, with undeniable fury towards the Catholic Church, Polish nationalists and consumer society. - Times (UK) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley never once loses control. He sticks to the script. And the result is a triumph. - Times (UK) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) It's a wealth of flowering expression on the intimate subject of loss. - Times (UK) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The best Mowgli yet. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 84% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 14% Robin Hood (2018) It's all tongue-in-cheek nonsense, but executed with flair and verve by debut feature director Otto Bathurst. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018