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Kim Newman

Kim Newman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Kim Newman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Empire Magazine Australasia, Jam! Movies, Screen International, Sight and Sound, Sunday Times (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 88% The Survivalist "This is a harsh, unsentimental science fiction film, though the performances suggest small surviving flames of empathy and yearning amid the tough, practical attitudes. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 81% These Final Hours (2015) "So many films address the premise because it's always thought-provoking and affecting. This also has a bleached, depopulated, effectively catastrophe-struck feel and an intriguing adult-and-child road movie storyline. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
44% 31 "After six features [Zombie] still can't come up with a fresh story, write characters with more depth than their make-up or direct stalking scenes that are suspenseful or moments of gory violence that are shocking. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 26, 2016
No Score Yet Antibirth "Antibirth is intentionally ramshackle and hallucinatory as storytelling, seen through the viewpoint of characters who are mostly too stoned to concentrate - but it's also highly crafted and unsettling. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 26, 2016
53% Jeruzalem (2016) "A few sub-plots get lost... but this offers a satisfyingly large-scale demonic incursion as glimpsed from the streets. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 20, 2016
4/5 77% The Assassin (2015) "It's steadily paced, with more long-held contemplative shots of natural beauty than bursts of impressive action, and an elastic, dream-like sense of passing time. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2016
79% Tales of Halloween "The level of quality is consistent, though there is eventually a tendency to repetition as most stories focus on horrible people who get just desserts in amusingly horrid ways. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 7, 2015
4/5 78% Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD "The film matches the scurrilous energy, anarchic glee and political engagement of its subject - and there's a happy ending in that 2000AD survives and thrives to this day. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 72% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) "No new ground is broken, but the point of folklore is to tell the old tales again. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
64% Spectre (2015) "For all its wayward plotting and off-the-peg elements, SPECTRE works. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 29, 2015
4/5 95% Fail-Safe (1964) "An impressive and disturbing brink-of-doom thriller. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2015
69% Crimson Peak (2015) "This is a rich essay in the form, which takes care to evoke even the lighting cues of vintage Roger Corman or Mario Bava in the service of a rattling good melodrama. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 67% Howl "An unashamed B picture, but fun. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/5 33% The Messenger "A downbeat, rainy, British spin on The Sixth Sense, this has good performances but an uncertain tone. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
95% Creep (2015) "A remarkable two-hander, scripted (and seemingly improvised) by its stars Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 72% Everest (2015) "Spectacular and well-acted, this suffers from much the same problem as the situation it depicts - too many people on the mountain and too many threads to follow so that affecting individual stories get lost in the snow. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 94% Bill "If you prefer Carry On Henry to Wolf Hall, this is the Tudorsploitation titterthon for you. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 100% Containment (2015) "A good British sci-fi thriller that makes good use of tight spaces. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 23% Barely Lethal (2015) "Hardly groundbreaking but this high-school actioner ghosts by on its charm and sense of fun. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2015
46% No Escape (2015) "A Taken-style no-holds-barred family survival action film, with an inevitable side order of xenophobia undimmed by the indictment of faceless corporate chicanery. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2015
4/5 92% The Treatment (De Behandeling) "Tough stuff, but worth a look for Eurocrime fans. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 89% Marshland (2016) "A gripping police procedural thriller from writer-director Alberto Rodríguez with understated character (and political) depth as Spain's fascist past looms over all the characters. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 93% The Gift (2015) "This resourceful and edgy thriller marks another string in the talented Edgerton's bow. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
100% Nina Forever (2016) "A young couple is haunted by a very physical ghost in Nina Forever, a strikingly original British horror film which mixes sex and grue in an unusual manner. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 5, 2015
4/5 92% Bye Bye Birdie (1963) "Underrated satirical musical that has contributed more to popular culture than many people are aware of. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2015
4/5 37% Welp (Cub) (2015) "Impressively nightmarish. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) "It has an unnerving feel, angrily observing the way meaningless violence can suddenly blossom and suck in innocents. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/5 55% Maggie (2015) "It feels a little like 'a very special episode of The Walking Dead' and might be a tad low-key for its field, but Schwarzenegger and Breslin are good and the payoff is affecting. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/5 21% Self/less (2015) "Entertaining nonsense, but barely skimming the surface of a great idea. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "For reasons arising from the way the X-Men film franchise has developed, this is the first Marvel movie set in the period when the characters were created, and thus able to embrace the Rat Pack cool that was part of their original charm. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 14, 2015
79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "With Jon Favreau, director of the previous Iron Man films, still around in his sidekick role as Happy Hogan, continuity is maintained, but Black does bring his own, mostly comic chops to the saga. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 80% Ant-Man (2015) "Extremely likable, with a few moments of proper wonder. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2015
4/5 19% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) "Like it or not, Six has contributed something fresh and demented to pop culture. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2015
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "As befits the saga's engagement with the economics of Gotham City, a great deal of topical material floats about here, insufficiently digested. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 22, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "There has been a debunking tendency in Holmes films and fiction since Wilder... But Mr. Holmes plays a subtler, more affecting game while retaining a fondness for Doyle's characters and their depths. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Unhallowed Ground "There's some decent character interplay, but it comes up light on spooks. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2015
4/5 95% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012) "Entertaining (more so than most Cannon films), but also insightful about bizarre strands of 1980s film history. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 89% Spring (2015) "The storytelling is unfussy but still implies backstory and emotional connections that take a while to become clear. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
4/5 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "By turns funny, vaguely creepy and too cool for school, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is certainly unusual - but also seductive and strange enough to stick in the memory like a fever dream. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 62% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) "A decent, mid-list spy thriller, suspended somewhere between le Carré and Bond but with a budgetary austerity in keeping with UK government spending cuts that keeps it out of the real high-stakes game. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "When it reaches its extended climax, however, Age of Ultron perfectly delivers huge action scenes with the requisite smaller heroic beats. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 24, 2015
4/5 89% Fresh (1994) "The strength of the piece is that it realises which aspects of its genre have been seen too many times, always coming back to Nelson's blank but expressive stare as he watches terrible things the director doesn't need to shove in our faces. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 51% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "A spirited gothic tale, played with welcome black humour. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 18% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) "This works as a standalone picture with its own distinctive take on alien invasion but also expands what now seem like a franchise with potential to deliver more and varied snapshots of human behaviour in extreme circumstances. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2015
3/5 63% Rigor Mortis (2014) "Juno Mak's film is gorgeously-crafted, with an array of odd characters and eerie moments. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 60% The Signal (2014) "William Eubank continues to work his particular mind-stretching mix of acute character interplay and cosmic conceptual breakthrough. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2015
95% We Are Still Here (2015) "[An] entertaining, if schizophrenic pastiche. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 16, 2015
4/5 86% Accident (1967) "A sharp and complex British film that his by turns witty and engaging. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 88% Naked (1993) "If America's nightmare self-image is Bad Lieutenant, this is the British answer: just as driven, visionary and self-destructive but not needing an excess of drugs or blood to showcase human horrors. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
4/5 78% Hyena (2015) "Writer-director Gerard Johnson and chameleon-like star Ferdinando continue to impress with their strong collaboration here. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
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