John Ferguson

John Ferguson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 94% of the time.

Publications:
Radio Times
Total Reviews:
48

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 48 of 48
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 84% Bottle Rocket (1996) " [An] agreeably eccentric comedy crime drama." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2/5 25% Endless Love " 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 80% 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 4% 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
4/5 78% Addams Family Values (1993) " This delightful follow-up to The Addams Family is blessed with an even blacker vein of humour than the original." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/5 54% Basic Instinct (1992) " Joe Eszterhas shamelessly reworks ideas and themes he had earlier exploited in films such as Jagged Edge and Music Box, but the sheer overheated nature of Verhoeven's direction makes this extremely watchable." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 25, 2013
4/5 97% The Princess Bride (1987) " An unexpected delight for all the family." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 8, 2013
2/5 7% Fire With Fire (2012) " Although it's probably the biggest movie yet to emerge from rapper 50 Cent's production outfit, this damp squib still has "straight to DVD" stamped all over it." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 8, 2013
4/5 88% Terms of Endearment (1983) " This is American mainstream movie-making at its best." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
5/5 94% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) " This multi-Oscar-winning classic, adapted from Thomas Harris's bestseller, was responsible for giving cinematic serial killers a better image, thanks to Anthony Hopkins's enthralling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 84% Gremlins (1984) " Phoebe Cates's admirably straight-faced Christmas speech should be compulsory viewing during the festive season." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2/5 17% A Few Best Men " A largely unfunny blend of frantic farce and gross-out humour." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 6, 2012
3/5 81% Red Dog (2012) " Even hardened blokes will struggle not to choke back a few tears at the end." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 24, 2012
4/5 96% Ghostbusters (1984) " The often dazzling, special effects-driven slapstick tends to overshadow the fact that there are some slyer, more sophisticated laughs on offer in this blockbusting family comedy." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 27, 2011
3/5 77% In A Better World (2011) " The superb acting - the youngsters are particularly good - and Bier's sympathetic direction help overcome the occasional lapse into melodrama." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 25, 2011
4/5 73% Sarah's Key (2011) " Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner subtly contrasts Scott Thomas's modern-day investigation with the tragic wartime experiences of Mayance's title character, to show how one innocent mistake can resonate across time." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2011
3/5 100% French Cancan (Only the French Can) (1956) " [It] was not the cinema event it promised to be. Yet there is still much to treasure in this exuberant tribute to the Moulin Rouge." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2011
3/5 84% The Princess Of Montpensier (2011) " Although a tad too long for its own good, there's enough intrigue - both political and romantic - and dashing swordplay to keep everyone happy." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 7, 2011
5/5 98% Taxi Driver (1976) " The bustling helter-skelter of Scorsese's Mean Streets gives way to a measured, chilly calm, and cinematographer Michael Chapman ensures the Big Apple glistens with barely concealed menace." — Radio Times
Posted May 12, 2011
3/5 78% Red Hill (2010) " Kwanten makes for a likeable hero, although Steve Bisley steals the show as the hard-bitten police chief Old Bill." — Radio Times
Posted May 12, 2011
3/5 64% Tomorrow, When the War Began (2012) " [Beattie] knows his way around a thrilling action set piece, but he also draws believable performances from his young and largely unknown cast." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3/5 81% Louise-Michel (2008) " Although directors Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine strive a little too hard at times for outrage, it's still wickedly funny, and Moreau and Lanners are terrific as the grotesque anti-heroes." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 31, 2011
4/5 95% Mary and Max (2009) " This tale of two outsiders is lovingly rendered in traditional claymation and Elliot's expressive creations are wonderfully brought to life by the talented voice cast..." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 21, 2010
2/5 35% New York, I Love You (2009) " As with Paris, Je T'Aime (it's from the same producer, Emmanuel Benbihy), the sheer diversity of this portmanteau movie is both a curse and a blessing." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2010
5/5 96% Back to the Future (1985) " This irresistible combination of dazzling effects and sly comedy propelled Michael J Fox to stardom and Robert Zemeckis to the front rank of Hollywood directors." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 30, 2010
3/5 59% Love the Beast (2009) " Although it helps to be a car nut to watch this, Bana's unpretentious passion is infectious." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 13, 2009
Showing 1 - 48 of 48
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Best to Worst Sampling

Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile