Ian Freer

Ian Freer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine
Total Reviews:
167

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 5% 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 97% 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 80% Marius " 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 74% 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 90% 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
5/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Short Term 12 is a miracle of a movie. Beautifully written and perfectly played, all of human life is here: the good, the bad, the messy and the uplifting." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 94% Milius " While not always penetrating the myths around the man, this is a hugely entertaining look at one of Hollywood's larger than life figures." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " A charming, big-hearted movie and a fitting valediction to a much-mourned actor." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 96% Sunshine on Leith " It may lack the subtleties and emotional wallop of a lo-fi musical like Once, but Sunshine On Leith delivers a bright, cheery, big-hearted smile of a movie." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
3/5 30% Austenland (2013) " Fondly conceived but short of that razor-sharp Jane Austen wit." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " It rarely deviates from formula, but Rush wins big, delivering the most exciting F1 footage created for film. Like Hunt, it is sexy, funny, full of thrills. Like Lauda, it is intelligent, a bit blunt, but ultimately touching." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 57% Breathe In (2014) " Delicate in its portrayal of a shifting family dynamic, this is another film to mark Doremus out as a talent to watch." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " In some sense, the title is misleading. Into Darkness is a blast, fun, funny, spectacular and exhilarating." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 5, 2013
4/5 83% Side Effects (2013) " We may lose Soderbergh to painting, theatre and HBO-fuelled TV, and that's a crying shame. If that's the case, Side Effects is a great note on which to go out. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2013
3/5 —— Before Dawn " A suitably icky, effective Brit horror." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2013
4/5 91% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan " A fascinating and loving look at one of cinema's true greats. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2012
5/5 93% Room 237 (2013) " A celebration of Kubrick, The Shining and the thrill of watching, analysing and loving film. It's the best movie about a movie we've seen in ages." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2012
4/5 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " Strong writing, great performances (Olsen is the real deal) and a touching, upbeat tale for the big-brained and big-hearted." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2012
3/5 70% Keyhole (2012) " A peculiar film rich with varying tones and styles. It's not hard to see why Maddin has been deemed Canada's answer to David Lynch." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2012
4/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " If it doesn't ultimately engage your heart as it might, Anna Karenina is period drama at its most exciting, intoxicating and modern. Spellbinding." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2012
3/5 70% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) " Much more than just a witty title, this is a very genuine, very British send-up." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2012
4/5 96% Undefeated (2012) " It may be a film that feels rather than analyses, but Undefeated is a compelling, uplifting experience that can't fail to move even the most US football-phobic." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2012
4/5 100% Red Desert (1964) " A stunningly beautiful and evocative use of colour and setting." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2012
3/5 56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " Perhaps not as funny or affecting as you'd hope, but Carell and Knightley make for good company for the darkest days." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2012
3/5 43% 7 Days in Havana " Varying in quality and in tone, these seven shorts don't do more than scratch the surface of life in Cuba's capital. They also steer well clear of any political comments." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2012
3/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Graced with great performances from Garfield and Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man is a rare comic-book flick that is better at examining relationships than superheroism." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2012
3/5 52% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) " A likeable comedy with heart and brains." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 40% Red Tails (2012) " This has great action, an affable cast and an inspirational story. But given its subject, it could have been so much more." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2012
3/5 38% Dark Shadows (2012) " This is not the knockabout comedy the trailer suggests. Instead, it cleaves closer to what you expect from Burton: darkness, quirk and Johnny Depp on great form." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2012
4/5 75% Damsels in Distress (2012) " Gilded by a giddy Greta Gerwig, Damsels In Distress is a sharp, daffy, eccentric delight. Stillman may be an acquired taste, but no-one else is making films like this. Cherish it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2012
4/5 97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " Raw but compassionate, naturalistic but compelling. If you're looking to get into the Dardennes, this is a great place to start." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/5 66% We Bought a Zoo (2011) " Despite Crowe's integrity and lightness of touch doesn't deliver the emotional experience of, say, Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous. Still, it is good to have the righteous dude back." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2012
3/5 56% The Adopted (Les adoptés) " Mélanie Laurent's sweet but schmaltzy debut establishes her credentials as a capable director, and she does good work with old Inglourious Basterd Menochet, too." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2012
4/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Rough around the edges and too ambiguous for some tastes, this is grim but clever, insidiously creepy and affecting." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2012
4/5 77% War Horse (2011) " War Horse is bold, exquisite family filmmaking in the grandest Hollywood tradition." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2012
4/5 88% Margin Call (2011) " Chock-full of terrific performances, Margin Call is the kind of gripping, grown-up film that these days is usually found on the small screen." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2012
3/5 91% Wreckers " While the drama occasionally overheats, strong turns from the two leads keep us invested in the characters." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2011
4/5 63% Another Earth (2011) " It may be too lo-fi for some tastes but it sparks the brain and moves the heart." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2011
3/5 36% One Day (2011) " It may not truly capture the complexities of its source material but One Day is funny, winning and entertaining - if little else." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2011
4/5 54% The Inbetweeners (2012) " Like any holiday, it is episodic and suffers from repetition but this is gag-for-gag the funniest film of the summer and a fitting end to a much-loved series. So long boys, it's been great to know you." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2011
3/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) " It's not vintage Pixar, but Cars 2 is still streets ahead of most of the animated pack." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2011
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