Ian Freer

Ian Freer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Ian Freer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Shorn of the first film's inner tensions, this Soderbergh-less sequel has the obvious whiff of cash-in about it. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet The First Film "A sincere, fascinating look at the birth of cinema. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 80% The Overnight (2015) "Excruciatingly hilarious and hilariously excruciating. The merkin scene will live with you forever. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "An entertaining and compelling story about music's unsung heroes. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 36% She's Funny That Way (2015) "Peter Bogdanovich's attempt to update the screwball of the Golden Age lacks the requisite elegance, wit and charm. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 71% Gascoigne "An entertaining 90 minutes for the football-inclined, but it doesn't transcend its subject matter à la Senna. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 86% Une nouvelle amie (The New Girlfriend) (2015) "The filmmaking is exemplary but most impressive of all is the tone that mixes comedy, melodrama and darkness. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 87% A Fuller Life "Great on his early life, but doesn't really illuminate his genius as a filmmaker. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "It gives artistic types an easy ride but it's a feast of rich writing and great acting. And if you've only ever seen Kristen Stewart in Twilight movies, she is in a different class here. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 95% Girlhood (2015) "Overall this is a gripping, non-judgmental look at a young girl finding herself in the toughest circumstances. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
3/5 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "An affectionate portrait of a big-hearted man and a fitting testament to the enduring appeal of Sesame Street. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 76% Good Kill (2015) "It's Top Gun with gamer's thumb. Ethan Hawke shines in a complex, satisfying character study turned combat thriller. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 89% Nånting måste gå sönder (Something Must Break) "Director Bergsmark's romance has intense moments and dream-like interludes but it lacks consistency to be truly powerful. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
3/5 62% The Water Diviner (2015) "It has sincerity, sensitivity and is often ravishing to look at but is let down by a chocolate box love story. Still, Crowe still might have a Braveheart/Dances With Wolves in him yet. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) "The best Woody Allen film of 2015. A fast, funny, smart take on generational jealousy, with Ben Stiller and Adam Driver on great form. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 90% Mommy (2015) "Dolan has previously been accused of style over substance but here he draws both magnificently together. It's perhaps a little too long, but Mommy is a movie to make you feel alive. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 49% Cake (2015) "Jennifer Aniston lifts an addiction drama with a committed but never showy performance. It's a pity the rest of the film can't cut as deep. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Neither a camp laughing stock nor a shocking study of sexual obsession, Fifty Shades Of Grey starts well but fumbles in the dark. See it for Dakota Johnson. For the rest, find your safe word. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 89% Love Is All: 100 Years of Love & Courtship "Sweetly argues that romance remains timeless. Lovely. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3/5 46% The Gambler (2014) "A rare grown up thriller, full of interesting bits and a strong turn from Wahlberg. But as a whole Wyatt's film doesn't grip as it might. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 75% Enemy (2014) "The doppelgänger trope may sound well worn but Enemy finds fresh, deeply unnerving ground. And Jake Gyllenhaal gives two spellbinding performances. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2015
5/5 92% Birdman (2014) "Birdman is everything you want movies to be: vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2015
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Tim Burton's return to real-life storytelling is entertaining but flawed. See it for a fascinating true story and a fantastic Amy Adams. Beware the uneven tone, a lack of depth and Christoph Waltz's monumental mugging. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 100% The Circle (2014) "A solid telling that spans several fascinating periods of 20th century life. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2014
4/5 88% Winter Sleep (2014) "It will test your concentration, resolve and butt cheeks to the limit but Winter Sleep will reward your staying power: a perfectly played, beautiful-looking, exquisitely nuanced picture. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2/5 23% Third Person (2014) "If Crash set your teeth on edge, book in at the dentist's before seeing this one. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 92% The Possibilities Are Endless "An emotional journey following an artist and man of substance. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2014
3/5 55% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) "There are solid turns from the leads but the drama never quite catches ablaze in the way you'd think the fiery Thomas would have wanted. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "An engaging comedy drama lifted by two revelatory performances. Wiig in particular suggests an Academy Award-winner-in-waiting. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2014
2/5 27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) "This is a shoddy first effort from someone with such an acute eye for style. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 64% The Rewrite (2015) "It would be easy to dismiss this as a plastic Hugh Grant rom-com but it has enough smarts, laughs and feel for its likeable characters to make it worth your while. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
5/5 91% Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (2009) "Exciting, beautiful and tragic, this remains essential cinema, French or otherwise. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2014
4/5 73% Palo Alto (2014) "It might not feel fresh but Palo Alto feels real, honest and moving. An impressive debut by an exciting new talent. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Stylish, twisted and daring, Gone Girl is a David Fincher date movie: dark, smart and dangerous. If it doesn't deliver in its finale, its twist, turns and commitment to moral repugnance will leave you reeling. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2014
4/5 72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) "A funny, absorbing, trivia-filled portrait of friendship, the '80s music biz and bad hair. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "Well played across the board, The Riot Club is an entertaining glimpse into the dark side of privilege. Yet it lacks the richness and insight to be anything more. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/5 36% If I Stay (2014) "Too many false notes add up to a Nicholas Sparks-lite teen romance. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 85% Night Moves (2014) "Gripping, smart and well-tooled, this greenies-on-a-mission movie gives terrific build-up and a riveting central set-piece, with only a slight dip at the end. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3/5 68% God Help the Girl (2014) "As Marmite-y as Stuart Murdoch's music, you'll find it either winningly charming or irritatingly fey. Either way, its warmth shines through. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 62% Underdogs (2015) "Campanella's colourful animation jinks past its 2D characters to bury one into the top corner. Or to put it another way: three stars. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 90% Nordvest (Northwest) "Noer, whose gritty drama R won such raves in 2010, returns with another corrosive look at the criminal underbelly of his native land. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 83% Begin Again (2014) "Knightley and Ruffalo make for one of the most unusual engaging couples of the year. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/5 52% Jersey Boys (2014) "It's entertaining musical biopic territory but rarely steps out of anything but caricature. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 33% A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) "It requires you to suspend disbelief but go with it and A Perfect Plan is funny, winning and romantic. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/5 9% Grace Of Monaco "The film fails to deliver any dramatic punch or psychological insight. An opportunity squandered. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 74% Godzilla (2014) "Edwards' film boasts great filmmaking, noble intentions and cracking monster action. Yet it never reconciles its B-movie origins - preposterous premise, clichéd characters - with its solemn, Nolanised tone. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2014
3/5 74% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) "A compelling, if well worn , topic - work/life balance - is brought vividly to life by a great Binoche performance. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
4/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film "Another thoughtful and lovingly crafted jalopy ride through cinema by Cousins. A must for anyone who loves film. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
2/5 6% Paranoia (2013) "Even a cast boasting Oldman and Harrison Ford can't salvage his dreary, contrived corporate thriller. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) "Some good performances, impeccable craft and good intentions can't compensate for a lack of dramatic urgency and emotional heft. The Book Thief is effective, but not effective enough. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2014
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