David Hughes

David Hughes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) " If Chris Morris had grown up in Sweden watching Jacques Tati and Ingmar Bergman films, he might be making films like this. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) " A brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 100% The Dark Horse " The heartfelt telling of a truly extraordinary true story with a mesmerising central performance. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
3/5 73% Altman (2014) " A laudable introduction for anyone yet to experience the joys of Nashville, M*A*S*H, Short Cuts or The Player. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
5/5 89% Still Alice (2015) " Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career (no mean feat, given the strength of her previous work) in this heartbreaking yet life-affirming tale of a woman determined to hold onto her identity while under attack from a debilitating mental disease. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 96% Ida (2014) " Pawlikowski has a photographer's eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland's tragic, turbulent past. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " Your opinion of this unasked-for but likable comedy sequel depends entirely on whether your reaction to the statement "It's better than the first one" is 1) "Dear God, it could hardly be worse" or 2) "Awesome!" " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2014
3/5 51% The Calling (2014) " This engaging -- but, crucially, never quite gripping -- thriller is a gloomy yet classy affair. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2014
5/5 83% Tony Benn: Will and Testament " A fitting memoir to a memorable political life. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 96% Ida (2014) " Pawlikowski has a photographer's eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland's tragic, turbulent past. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 25, 2014
4/5 90% The Guest (2014) " Mainstream audiences may find this too oddball to appreciate as a straight thriller. But tune into its strange frequency and there is much to enjoy - perhaps even adore. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 70% They Came Together (2014) " Reinforcing the very rom-com tropes it's sending up, this is a little too postmodern for its own good. Happily, Poehler and Rudd are as irresistible as ever. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 78% Moebius (2014) " Even Oedipus would be left scratching his head by this bonkers but drily funny tale of one family's forlorn search for normality. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) " It may be ageing provocateur Abel Ferrara's best film since King Of New York, but the film belongs to Depardieu. Like that painting of Kramer in Seinfeld, he is a loathsome, offensive brute, yet you can't look away. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/5 13% A Promise (2014) " If you only watch one Stefan Zweig-inspired film this year, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you watch two, see The Grand Budapest Hotel twice. Awful. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 86% Joe (2014) " An understated Nicolas Cage - there's a phrase you don't get to write too often these days - anchors a superbly realised film, which, like its eponymous hero, has a brittle outer shell concealing a surprisingly warm heart. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Got 2 hours to kill? Spend them elsewhere. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 100% When I Saw You (2014) " Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Polanski's unavoidably stagy adaptation of David Ives' celebrated Broadway play is an enjoyably witty two-hander, confined to its theatre setting, yet with much to say about gender roles in the world beyond. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
2/5 36% Touchy Feely (2013) " Intermittently funny but erratically structured, it's a rare disappointment from Shelton. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Too much muscle-headed action, too little parkour (Belle is getting on a bit) - this property is condemned. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 71% The Motel Life (2013) " Powerful, moving and melancholy. A low-key treat. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 82% The Double (2014) " It could have felt like a facsimile of other films. Instead, it has enough individuality, imagination and idiosyncratic invention to identify it as a true original. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
2/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " A clunky, clumsy handling of a book with (here untapped) depth. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
2/5 13% Bullet " Mediocre at best, this is a big Trej-no. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " A documentary of two halves, Gibney's character study of Armstrong is tough and forensic. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 42% Homefront (2013) " Another shake-and-bake Stath special, boasting the requisite punchy-fighty action and some pleasing sleaziness from Franco and Bosworth, but it's ponderously handled by director Fleder. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 75% You're Next (2013) " Wingard is on his way to becoming the next Sam Raimi, and You're Next may well be your next favourite horror film. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Anchored by a charming performance from Greta Gerwig, it's as light and breezy as a walk in Central Park, and just as refreshing. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2013
3/5 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " An unshakeable tolerance for high camp and lowbrow humour may be required to fully appreciate Almodóvar's broad, bawdy comedy - even for fans of his early, funny films. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2013
5/5 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " Insightful, revelatory and profound, Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary combines riveting interviews, archive footage and - yes - state-of-the-art photographic effects to offer a unique perspective on the Israel-Palestine issue. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 81% De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) " An impressive debut by Castillo. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2013
3/5 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Singer's tall tale is snatched from disaster by an all-hell-breaks-loose third act. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/5 41% Parker (2013) " Like Parker's robberies, it isn't entirely successful, but Statham and Lopez make enticingly mismatched partners in crime. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2013
2/5 28% Broken City (2013) " Forget it, Jake, it's no Chinatown. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " With his fourth film as writer-director, Judd Apatow has arguably made his most personal film yet, without forgetting to make us laugh. " ‐ Armchair Empire
Posted Feb 11, 2013
2/5 73% Chained (2012) " Plenty nasty but singularly lacking in clever new twists on a weary genre. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2013
5/5 95% West of Memphis (2012) " Prepare to be shocked, disturbed, awed... and, if you expected justice to prevail at last, ultimately devastated. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2012
4/5 93% The Hunt (2013) " Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg's social drama could not be any more timely. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2012
4/5 83% Laurence Anyways (2013) " It's hard to imagine that the prodigiously gifted Dolan is still in his early twenties. This is another work of marvellous maturity and assurance. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2012
5/5 93% Amour (2012) " Old age may not be a reality you wish to confront, but you must see this film. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2012
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " Ruby Sparks belongs to Zoe Kazan, who joins the likes of Sarah Polley and Brit Marling in the rarified ranks of actress/screenwriter double-threats. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2012
2/5 75% The Intouchables (2012) " It's undemanding, heart-warming fodder with mass appeal. Sadly, it's also predictable and its big emotional beats are often harder to stomach than an overripe brie. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
4/5 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " Anchored by a typically flawless performance by Jones, Strickland's second film begins as an audio geek's dream, before spiralling inexorably into the stuff of David Lynch's nightmares. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/5 17% A Few Best Men (2015) " As appealing as a cigarette in a beer can. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2012
4/5 64% In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (2010) " A short but insightful exploration of inverse Stockholm syndrome, loneliness and loss. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2012
4/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) " A masterfully painted portrait of an ordinary marriage under threat, dominated by a central performance of exquisite subtlety and observation. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
4/5 75% Sound of My Voice (2012) " The duo of Marling and Batmanglij have constructed an engrossing mystery, written, acted and directed with considerable skill. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2012
4/5 92% Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012) " An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2012
2/5 37% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best (2012) " Good fun, but O'Nan doesn't take this film nearly as far as it could go, leaving the plot and its characters somewhat two-dimensional in their obvious stereotyping. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2012
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