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, Sight and Sound, Sunday Times (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 88% 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 96% 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 59% Spooks: The Greater Good "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 50% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "A spirited gothic tale, played with welcome black humour. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 19% 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 58% 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
86% 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 76% 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
96% It Follows (2015) "Mitchell is sensitive to the complicated nuances of teenage friendship, rooting the horror in relationships that are believable and affecting. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 96% It Follows (2015) "A first-rate horror movie, It Follows adds a new monster to the pantheon. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
5/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "Of course, this is a film you have to meet half-way. If you're willing to enter its world, it's an immensely rewarding, amusing, wise, melancholy and involving experience. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/5 84% Predestination (2015) "A funny, affecting, twisted tale, which demands you pay close attention to every throwaway detail. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
81% [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2015) "It's a less distinctive film than the oddly sweet, ultra-gory [●REC]3 Génesis - which didn't find favour with some [●REC] purists - but it keeps its pot boiling decently. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 18, 2015
50% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "Poe is not often remembered as a comic writer, but he was among the first to use black humour for satiric purposes - and this perfectly matches his tone ... " ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 15, 2015
2/5 14% Hangar 10 "It has a few okay chills but treads a too familiar path. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 88% Coherence (2014) "An ambitious physics and time-bending, relationship drama with solid performances from the two main characters. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "This is wonderfully imaginative when it comes to costume, art direction, special effects, spaceships and incidental alien creatures but stuck with old-hat character types and a resolutely unspecial storyline. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2015
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) "Son Of A Gun has the gritty, rough feel of 1970s heist/hit picture. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 78% The Grandmaster (2013) "It may not be much more than six of the most imaginatively staged and filmed fight scenes in the cinema, but that's almost certainly enough to recommend it. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 60% La Bête (The Beast) (2005) "More charming than arousing, and solemnly silly. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2014
8% The Pyramid (2014) "The few scares are rote jumps copied from a dozen other films, with one moment that echoes both Alien and Deep Blue Sea. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 2, 2014
3/5 56% The Remaining (2014) "Like Paranormal Activity at a wedding - Paranuptial Activity? - this low-budget horror has its moments. Much, much better than Legion, although not as scary as the actual Book of Revelation. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2014
3/5 32% Extraterrestrial (2014) "The exact midway point between Steven Spielberg and Ed Wood, this a cheerily obvious schlocker that will please B-movie purists. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2014
5/5 98% The Babadook (2014) "One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
4/5 90% The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) "Vincent Price starts his scary-reign in colourful gothic horror style. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2014
2/5 29% Annabelle (2014) "A couple of good jumps but this Conjuring spin-off is led down by poor writing, anodyne leads and and overwhelming sense of familiarity. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) "Armour-clanging, cloak-swishing tosh with okay battles, terrible dialogue and sadly little horror or heroism. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 87% 28 Days Later (2003) "The best purely British horror/science-fiction film in decades. And the first great apocalypse movie of the new millennium. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2014
23% Dracula Untold (2014) "There have been rumbles of the creation of a Universal Monsters universe on the model of Disney-Marvel's cinematic universe, but Dracula Untold would not seem to be a solid ground to start this project. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 30, 2014
3/5 70% Honeymoon (2014) "A tense horror two-hander with serious kick. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 61% The Equalizer (2014) "Though overstretched and a trifle ponderous, this is a solidly acceptable star vehicle with more than enough righteous vengeance for an evening of classy thrills. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) "The fuzzy thinking allows for gorgeous outdoor photography and a few too many dead spots, but Seagal the director shows real muscle by staging one of the screen's best-ever exploding helicopters. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) "You'll be jolted a couple of times, but these aren't scares that will stay with you. How about retiring "based on a true story" in favour of "based on a good story"? " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "It's a rare film of unforced simplicity that will stick with you for a long time. And it's honest right to its perfectly judged ending. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) "Like The Cover and Man On Wire, this doc comes clad in the garb of a thriller. And a heck of a good one at that. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 82% Bad Turn Worse (2014) "The unfamiliar young cast all show a lot of potential in a well-thought-through, sting- in-the-tail plot. It's a well-assembled genre movie rather than a great statement, but none the worse for it. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "The script resembles a spaghetti tangle of individual character arcs. Luckily, they're all engaging and reasonably fresh. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) "This series combines smarts and shocks in a disarming manner. From small beginnings, it could be a lasting franchise - this entry is a satisfying, hardboiled genre picture. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) "Bernal does his best to bring the film's detective work alive, but the presence of a big star somewhat overbalances this tragic story. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 19% Navy Seals (1990) "A very pompous version of the kind of nonsense Chuck Norris has been doing in far less embarrassing fashion for so many years. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 5% The Avengers (1998) "Fiennes and Thurman look fine in the familiar outfits, but aren't very good at banter, adventure or romance. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2014
4/5 67% El Año y la Viña "Delightfully-framed and delicately-shot fantasy, this Spanish fantasy-romance is a joy. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 0% The Anomaly "Big sci-fi ideas done on a budget doesn't quite translate into a compelling thriller. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2014
4/5 85% Cold in July (2014) "Mickle and Damici officially segue from 'promising' to 'delivering'. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2014
1/5 19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) "Sounds good in practice but with a plot where very little happens and songs that really shouldn't have been included, sticking the kids in front of David Attenborough sounds much more appealing. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2014
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