Kim Newman

Kim Newman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Empire Magazine Australasia , Jam! Movies , Rotten Tomatoes , Sight and Sound , Sunday Times (UK)
Total Reviews:
584

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 72% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " A few too-broad gags aside - and even these are in the funky spirit of '60s Marvel - this is a satisfying second issue with thrills, heartbreak, gasps, and a perfectly judged slingshot ending." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2014
4/5 48% L'√©trange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) " A mysterious and disorientating blend of giallo violence, cinematic experimentation and Lynchian psychohorror. Revel in its bonkers beauty." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
5/5 92% Calvary (2014) " Calvary is gripping, moving, funny and troubling, down to an uncompromising yet uncynical finish." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 77% The Borderlands (2014) " A satisfyingly clammy horror elevated by some strong performances." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 80% The Machine (2014) " Brimming with ideas and laudable ambition, it's well worth a look." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 54% The Zero Theorem " It's the tangle of workings-out not the easy answer that are the proof of a theorem, and that magnificent, sparkling, insightful chaos abounds here." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 84% Bottle Rocket (1996) " A lot of the script has the ring of authenticity if only because all the private jokes and references that pass by are plainly embedded in the real lives of the creators." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2014
5/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) " Director Ted Kotcheff brilliantly conveys the sweaty, beery heat, and Donald Pleasence is great as a loon." — Empire Movies
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " A crunching, visceral transplant for this cannibal tale from its urban Mexican setting to an American milieu." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/5 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it's among von Trier's more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it's among von Trier's more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Worth seeing, but a near-miss." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 32% Necessary Roughness (1991) " In the end, and from the viewpoint of a country where polytechnics can barely afford books, it's hard not to identify with the dean who resents all the time and energy wasted on football in his supposed institute of learning." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) " An ordinary, forgettable horror film. Even the Devil deserves more than this." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
78% The Banshee Chapter (2014) " A solidly unsettling little picture with good performances." — Screen International
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " Perhaps a folly and - Kikuchi aside - too deadpan to be a romp, this is still a decent, colourful samurai spectacle with a classical look (lots of symmetrical compositions) and a story which stands up under multiple retellings." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " An extremely entertaining, brilliantly acted, highly diverting film which - like all hustles - delivers less than it promises. Still, it's worth being taken for the ride." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2013
5/5 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " Even if you think you've seen this story too often, Big Bad Wolves will surprise and enthral. A thriller which bites deep, it has a light touch which finds humanity even in the worst horrors." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3/5 87% In Fear (2014) " It may be contrived and nothing new plot-wise, but In Fear has atmosphere and enough proper scares to deliver on the promise of its title." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2013
70% Daughters of Darkness (1971) " Creepily, delicately sophisticated, with a witty, evocative score by Francois de Roubaix and an interesting, unusual set of monstrous mannerisms." — Electric Sheep
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 67% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) " Charming, funny and just a little twisted, it's The Frighteners in the city of La Dolce Vita." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 86% The Conspiracy (2013) " A satisfying found-footage spooker." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013) " Still a classic, now enhanced by some judicious edits." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
2/5 50% InRealLife " A dense and serious-minded study. The results feel like an intermittently fascinating springboard for something lengthier." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 50% The Horror of Frankenstein (1971) " Poor attempt by Hammer to create their version of Frankenstein, featuring the usually reliable Bates offering a rather irritating performance as the scientist who goes beyond the call of science." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2013
3/5 85% The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) " In its best scenes, it adds dynamism and British grit to a genre that had previously tried to get by on atmospherics and mood alone. It manages to be shocking without being especially frightening, and its virtues of performance and style remain striking." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2013
2/5 65% U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014) " Interesting material let down by the occasionally pedestrian direction." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " A perfectly judged, strikingly beautiful film, but also a lunatic enterprise which invites - even welcomes - befuddlement as much as wonder. A true original." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2013
3/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " An entertaining, provocative biopic with good performances and many strong scenes - but it still doesn't feel like the full Lovelace story." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2013
4/5 68% Elysium (2013) " It is a little more conventional than District 9 (what isn't?), but confirms Blomkamp as one of the potential science-fiction greats of this decade." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " Though Jackman's star turn is finally allowed to dominate, there's a sense that all this is too easy for actor and character." — Screen International
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " There's plenty in this taut thriller for you to stick around for, not least the reuniting of the Con Air duo." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2013
4/5 88% A Field in England (2014) " Very physical, with intense performances and half-serious period talk, it's an impressive, haunting picture - though the sort of thing you have to meet at least halfway to enjoy." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 74% The East (2013) " This feels a little awkward and earnest, and perhaps not angry enough." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) " Prepare to cringe and snicker whenever the characters are talking, but gasp when Shyamalan just shows amazing stuff." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2013
4/5 62% Byzantium (2013) " The ideal vampire movie for Twi-hards who've had their hearts broken for the first time and want to move on to a less cosy vision of eternal romance with a side order of addiction. " — Empire Magazine
Posted May 27, 2013
4/5 71% The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) " Criminally underrated with two great performances from the lead males." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 20, 2013
3/5 85% Easy Money (2012) " There's plenty here to show why director Daniel Espinosa caught Hollywood's eye, even if this pre-Safe House crime drama holds few surprises." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 20, 2013
3/5 38% Dead Man Down (2013) " A pleasingly intricate double (or is it triple?) revenge plot anchored by excellent acting, with a terrific burst of action at the climax." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2013
1/5 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) " Lacking a single honest laugh, this is shoddy by comparison with the other Scary Movie sequels... which throws it in a pit with Transylmania, Breaking Wind and Stan Helsing." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2013
4/5 68% Trance (2013) " A dazzling, absorbing entertainment which shows off Danny Boyle's mastery of complex storytelling and black, black humour." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2013
62% Evil Dead (2013) " Within its self-imposed limits as a remake, this is perfectly satisfactory, but the jury is still out on whether Alvarez can deliver on the promise of his shorts with more original work." — Screen International
Posted Mar 13, 2013
4/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Mila Kunis gets a gold star for excellence in bewitchery and Sam Raimi can settle securely behind the curtain as a mature master of illusion." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2013
31% The Keep (1983) " The Keep is a worthy successor to a mode of horror, as morally unsettling as it is spiritually devastating, that threads through films like Murnau's Nosferatu and Lewton and Robson's Isle of the Dead." — Electric Sheep
Posted Feb 8, 2013
5/5 85% Blow-Up (1966) " Despite its thriller hook, Blow-Up is less a mystery than a portrait of swinging alienation. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
3/5 46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) " A moving and often funny self-portrayal of Chapman that will delight Python fans." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
3/5 65% Antiviral (2013) " A smart, subversive but rather cold debut from Brandon Cronenberg that's short of the dark wit that lit up his father's early work." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2013
1/5 4% Movie 43 (2013) " Just no." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/5 21% Hollow " A so-so spookfest that offers few surprises." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2013
5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Gripping throughout, with an impressive central performance, this is like a Dogme 95 redo of a Chuck Norris film ..." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2013
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