John Ferguson

John Ferguson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 93% of the time.

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Radio Times
Total Reviews:
72

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2/5 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) " Writer/director Stuart Gillard tries to inject some life into the project by including some tongue-in-cheek scenes in 17th-century Japan, but it quickly degenerates into half-hearted cartoonish action." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/5 4% Material Girls (2006) " Even Anjelica Huston as a rival cosmetics magnate struggles to inject any venom into the proceedings." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2014
2/5 11% Club Paradise (1986) " Even Williams's quick-fire routines fail to raise many laughs." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 10% House Arrest (1996) " The performances of both adults and youngsters are uniformly strong and, despite the occasional invasion of sentimentality, this makes for thoughtful entertainment." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/5 0% Staying Alive (1983) " Not quite a career low for John Travolta -- Two of a Kind was still to come -- but one he nevertheless would probably love to forget." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 6% Kazaam (1996) " Ultimately this is a kids-only affair." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/5 8% Almost Heroes (1998) " Farley is as energetically crude as ever, but both Perry and director Christopher Guest, who was behind the classic This Is Spinal Tap, seem uncomfortable with the material." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 15% Dead Man on Campus (1998) " It's amiably played, but Alan Cohn's direction lacks bite." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 19% Navy Seals (1990) " Director Lewis Teague lets off the requisite number of explosions, but the script is riddled with clichés and Sheen is hardly a charismatic lead." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " On paper, this genre flick looks like an attempt to do for Kevin Costner what Taken did for Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Taken's pace and energy, despite the writing presence of Luc Besson in both movies." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 11% Batman & Robin (1997) " Schumacher piles on the action, but this is still the least satisfying entry in the series." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 34% Tango & Cash (1989) " The result is great, brainless fun." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 11, 2014
2/5 33% Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) " An intriguing, if not completely successful, spin on the rock movie." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 91% Diner (1982) " This gentle, warm-hearted comedy drama about a group of young men in 1950s Baltimore was director Barry Levinson's debut feature and it remains among his finest work." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 66% The Rock (1996) " Neither as cartoonish as Con Air, nor as sentimental as Armageddon, this most satisfying of blockbuster movies deserves further kudos for establishing Nicolas Cage as one of Hollywood's unlikeliest action heroes." — Radio Times
Posted May 27, 2014
5/5 88% The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) " The determinedly juvenile gags never stop flowing." — Radio Times
Posted May 6, 2014
2/5 12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) " Tthe enthusiastic hamming can't hide the clunking direction by Sidney J Furie and the sub-standard special effects." — Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2014
2/5 4% Cool World (1992) " Director Ralph Bakshi looked set to produce an adult version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit with this mix of animation and live action, but somewhere down the line it ran out of steam." — Radio Times
Posted May 4, 2014
4/5 90% Blazing Saddles (1974) " This all-singing, all-belching western spoof remains one of Mel Brooks's finest creations." — Radio Times
Posted May 1, 2014
1/5 7% Ghost Dad (1990) " Cosby mugs away for all he's worth, but good gags are few and far between." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 30, 2014
1/5 0% Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987) " This is the one where the big rubber shark gets to attack an aircraft, but that's far from being the only silly thing about this preposterous fourth entry in the series." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 81% A Few Good Men (1992) " The ultimate rebel Jack Nicholson has a ball playing the ultimate establishment figure in this star-laden, rather old-fashioned courtroom drama." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) " Broderick is remarkably likeable as the arrogant, spoilt brat, Ruck is excellent as his melancholy friend and Jones almost steals the show." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 23, 2014
5/5 90% The Elephant Man (1980) " This stylish, poignant drama is probably the closest director David Lynch has got to the mainstream outside of the disastrous Dune." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4/5 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " The real star, however, is John Toll's Oscar-winning cinematography, which is equally at home with the stunning beauty of the mountainous terrain and the killing fields of war-torn France." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
4/5 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " Writer/director Ron Shelton is that rare beast: someone who can make movies with wit, warmth and perception about American sports." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 81% Flight of the Navigator (1986) " This appealing children's adventure has just enough quirky touches to keep adults involved as well." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/5 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) " [An] agreeably eccentric comedy crime drama." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2/5 25% Endless Love (2014) " Vaguely interesting for causing controversy at the time, this tacky tale of illicit teenage romance hasn't aged particularly well." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 12, 2014
92% The Sting (1973) " The sting itself is as audacious as it is elaborate, but the real pleasure comes from the chemistry between the two leads, the lovingly created 1930s settings and Marvin Hamlisch's inspired reworking of Scott Joplin's music." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4/5 92% Splash (1984) " This charming romantic comedy touched a chord with audiences around the world and propelled its stars Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, along with director Ron Howard, to Hollywood's front rank." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 81% Batman Returns (1992) " Even though fans of the 1960s TV show may reject its brooding atmosphere, this is still impressive stuff." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 3, 2013
3/5 95% The Secret of NIMH (1982) " The animation is lovingly rendered and there's a pedigree cast (Dom DeLuise, Derek Jacobi, John Carradine) providing voices." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/5 85% Dragonslayer (1981) " It doesn't take itself too seriously and benefits from a good cast that includes Ralph Richardson and John Hallam. The effects aren't bad either." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2013
4/5 81% The Neverending Story (1984) " The story is a touch simplistic, but Petersen's direction is assured and children will be dazzled by the imaginative effects and stunning sets." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " An old hand at this kind of heart-warming fare, Benton doesn't swamp it with sentimentality, allowing the crumpled charisma of Newman to effortlessly carry the drama." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 98% The Loved Ones (2012) " The torture-porn genre gets a Day-Glo makeover in this hilariously deranged Ocker shocker." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 96% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) " It was always going to be hard to better Don Siegel's 1956 classic, and if director Philip Kaufman doesn't quite succeed, he does manage to summon up an equally chilling air of paranoia." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 98% Airplane! (1980) " There's hardly a second that passes without an assault by a wickedly accurate spoof, cringe-inducing pun or inspired sight gag, and the years have not diminished the film's dumb appeal." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 3, 2013
4/5 94% Dave (1993) " [A] delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4/5 92% Parenthood (1989) " This feel-good family ensemble piece from director Ron Howard manages to avoid being oversentimental, and the result is an affectionate, leisurely comedy about the joys (and otherwise) of bringing up children." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
5/5 88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) " As usual, the action is on an epic scale and delivered with breathless enthusiasm and much panache by director Steven Spielberg." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
5/5 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " Spielberg is less assured in the department of character development and some of the actors give worse performances than the computer-generated creatures, but, with a landmark spectacle like this, who cares?" — Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 90% The Karate Kid (1984) " Macchio rises above the trite script to deliver a sympathetic and believable performance. Morita is equally good value and look out, too, for Elisabeth Shue in an early role." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 97% Babe (1995) " It's a delight from start to finish that will captivate children and melt the heart of even the grumpiest adult." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 96% The Fugitive (1993) " Ford is fine as the innocent surgeon who is wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife and sets off to find the real killer. But the movie is stolen from under his nose by Tommy Lee Jones, who gives an Oscar-winning performance." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
2/5 6% Underclassman (2005) " Cannon co-executive produced so he has to accept some of the blame for the lack of laughs and thrills, leaving Hugh Bonneville to ham it up for all he's worth as the school's snobbish headmaster." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/5 8% Spy Hard (1996) " The blockbuster action thriller genre is ripe for sending up, but this lazy effort has to go down as a miss despite the presence of spoofmeister Leslie Nielsen." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 4, 2013
2/5 3% Getting Even With Dad (1994) " Howard Deutch is a proficient enough second division director, but here he allows sentimentality to run riot, and the awkwardly ageing Culkin (approaching adolescence) no longer possesses the mischievous charm of old." — Radio Times
Posted May 28, 2013
2/5 20% Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1990) " Kickboxer 2 explores much the same territory as its predecessor, although this time there's no Jean-Claude Van Damme, who by the time this sequel was made had moved on to bigger (though not necessarily better) things." — Radio Times
Posted May 13, 2013
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