Ian Nathan

Ian Nathan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
BBC , Empire Magazine
Total Reviews:
272

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 76% Robin and Marian (1976) " The atmosphere is one of melancholy as Lester penetrates through the gauze of fantasy to find the human heart, and softly finds it beating. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 83% Oliver! (1968) " Even if you're not a fan of the musicals, Oliver is so witty, so bright and so endearing that even the iciest viewer should start melting in its corona." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch's vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he's in fine voice nonetheless." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2014) " Jonze has made a sweet, smart, silly, serious film for our times, only set in the future." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Get this - Matthew McConaughey is currently the most exciting acting talent at work in movies. Next up, the simple business of a Christopher Nolan." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2014
2/5 65% The Railway Man (2014) " Tamely shot, thematically scattershot and uncertainly told - not even Colin Firth can talk this biopic to life." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2014
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Whatever the flaws, many from the books, this second grittier, more confident round of Hunger Games thrills us into submission." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " The film of the year." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " A terrific human drama about two boys about to be consigned to the scrapheap, with standout performances from its young leads." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " With Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, screenwriter Steven Knight has proved his ear for London's darker rhythms. Here, though, there's little to raise the pulse." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 31% Emperor (2013) " Good intentions, vivid setting and TLJ on top form do not make up for a lack of anything truly compelling." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
4/5 90% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) " Occasionally bonkers but kinda brilliant with it, there's plenty here to thrill cineastes and fanboys alike." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
3/5 78% 42 (2013) " A well-told but square biopic doing justice to Jackie Robinson rather than exploring him." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 56% Morrissey 25: Live (2013) " Manna for Mozzer fans." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 85% Presumed Innocent (1990) " A well-rigged whodunit." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that. Catch his Drift and you'll have a brawl." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
2/5 35% Young Einstein (1988) " A rather lame, awkward and amateurish movie, only fitfully funny and made in such a remorselessly low-brow way that it makes Crocodile Dundee look like Citizen Kane." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 21, 2013
2/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Despite DiCaprio's prize performance, purists will fume, but even as lit-crashing razzle-dazzle entertainment Luhrmann's adaptation is a candelabrum too far." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 96% On the Town (1949) " Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better. " — Empire Magazine
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 52% Promised Land (2013) " Northern Exposure with Jason Bourne. Which is a backhanded way of saying this is far from the challenging movie it promised to be." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/5 86% Easy Rider (1969) " This is a glorious widescreen vision of a hot and bothered America, at once beautiful and lost. Yes, it has dated, but its pessimistic last gasp ("We blew it...") still carries a prescient sting." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " It's an adventure into the very concept of storytelling: magical, enthralling and thrilling as much as bewildering, pompous and potty. In other words, up in the clouds." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2013
3/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Hitchcock for dummies: brisk, jolly, well-played but oversimplified." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
5/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2013
4/5 95% Jason and the Argonauts (1963) " For sheer old-fashioned, childhood rekindling adventure you really can't go past it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2012
5/5 98% Wings of Desire (1987) " A beautiful, literate and romantic piece of cinema." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2012
2/5 80% The Neverending Story (1984) " This was sweet and charming at the time but now it just lacks either the comedy or sophistication of kids' fantasy film that we've all become accustomed to." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
4/5 85% Dragonslayer (1981) " An unknown treasure of a fantasy film and well worth a look for fans of the genre." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
4/5 100% The Witches (1990) " Deliciously cruel to children, Roeg remains true to Dahl's underlying sense of real horror." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
3/5 63% The Big Blue (Le Grand bleu) (1988) " This simple tale of love, friendship and the sea lingers in the mind long after the final credits." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2012
3/5 67% Lawless (2012) " An uneven mix of impressively executed, violent clichés about good ol' boys defending the American right to flout the law." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2012
4/5 78% Brave (2012) " No less lovely than former films, in many ways lovelier, but Brave is boutique Pixar: less ambitious, more succinct, excellence at a lower ebb." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
2/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " Everything Gilroy and crew concoct only serves to mock the excellence and passion with which Greengrass delivered his films." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
3/5 78% Killer Joe (2012) " Thanks to McConaughey's oily power and Friedkin's unflinching purpose it's a compelling beast." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
4/5 64% Cosmopolis (2012) " A part hypnotic, part profound, part send-up meditation on our financially imploding time." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2012
4/5 91% Passport to Pimlico (1949) " An entertaining effort from the Ealing studios that sadly hasn't proved as enduring as its peers." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2012
3/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " Buffeted by a lack of suspense, threadbare characters, and a very poor script, the stunning visuals, gloopy madness, and sterling Fassbenderiness can't prevent Prometheus feeling like Alien's poor relation. " — Empire Magazine
Posted May 30, 2012
4/5 75% Blackthorn (2011) " Sam Shepard illuminated the old West - or at least the South American parts - with creaky charisma. He unleashes a growly old timer to rival Rooster Cogburn or Will Munny." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2012
3/5 56% Heaven's Gate (1980) " Flawed but interesting piece of art in the form of an anti-Western." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2/5 16% Assassins (1995) " The action is stilted and infrequent, reduced to indifferent gun play, car chases and one standout explosion when a gas main ignites." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2012
5/5 98% All the President's Men (1976) " As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2012
4/5 100% Captain Blood (1935) " Lavish pirate adventure that launched Errol Flynn onto 1930's screens and ensured that buckles would be swashed for a good few years to follow." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3/5 88% Patience (After Sebald) (2012) " With so many films adapted from novels, it's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2012
4/5 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " A sequel confident in what it's about - bigger, better, funnier, without stretching the joke." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2011
4/5 92% Sound It Out (2011) " Proof that, in the right hands, documentaries boast as much heart as any feature. This one got soul too. Wonderful." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2011
4/5 100% Carry on Spying (Agent Oooh!) (1964) " More sprightly and less encumbered with the need to titillate that would ring-fence the Carry Ons in later life, there is a youthfulness about Spying that still remains fresher than the colour films." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2011
4/5 95% Island of Lost Souls (The Island of Dr. Moreau) (1933) " This may have been made (and banned) in the 1930s, but it remains a neatly disturbing horror with a definitive ending." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2011
4/5 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical: Hergé thought Spielberg the only director capable of filming Tintin. He was onto something." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2011
4/5 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) " Light, assured, and utterly charming: Woody Allen's sublime gifts are still intact." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2011
3/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) " There's no question it's stunningly mounted, and Wasikowska makes a much stronger Jane than Alice, but the romance is overripe and the climax underdone." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2011
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