Ian Freer

Ian Freer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 203
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 82% 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 59% 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 85% 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 91% 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 93% 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 86% 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 67% 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 53% 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
2/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Corny and shakily plotted, it's a disappointing directorial debut from Goldsman. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
2/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " Play Call Of Duty instead. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " It takes a while to get going and never outstrips its theatrical origins but gets by on great actors working through meaty scenes. See it for Streep vs Redford alone. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2014
5/5 84% Chariots of Fire (1981) " Chariots is a film for the ages. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Falling between the twin pillars of the art house and prestige period flick, 12 Years A Slave is history lesson as horror film, powerful, visceral and affecting. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2014
3/5 77% Exposed (2014) " A fun if conventional look at an out-there form of artistic expression. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 56% Marius (2014) " A surprising resurrection of the old Pagnol tale, its a tad stagey but charming with it. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 84% Leviathan (2013) " Part fishing doc, part filmmaking experiment, Paravel and Castaing-Taylor is remarkable, disorientating and unique gem. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Another typically assured piece of work from Ozon with a showstopping turn from newcomer Vacth. Expect to see a lot more from her. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
5/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Anchored by two of the most natural, committed performances you'll ever see, Blue Is The Warmest Colour is the most moving love story of the year. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
5/5 95% Gone With the Wind (1939) " Ginormous in both scale and emotional wallop, MGM's epic is still a cinematic event to be savoured. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
Previous | Next
Showing 1 - 50 of 203