Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Fan The Fire
Total Reviews:
116

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " It's evocative, but beneath the stylised direction and the mesmerising soundtrack, perhaps a little cold, like a concept album without a fully formed idea to drive it." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " The new ensemble is underused, but the central duo of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl are still likable, even if Hit Girl runs away with the film. " — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " If this Ghibli creation is smaller in scale than many of the company's films, it certainly doesn't lack for heart or soul. I was swept away in it." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " This flight of fancy doesn't quite offer the feel good lift it seems to be aiming for, perhaps because its structure dictates that Walter spends too much time alone, but that's not to criticise Stiller's film too harshly." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
5/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Adèle and Emma have stayed with me since I left the cinema. Blue is the Warmest Colour is one of the year's best." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Disney's animation renaissance continues apace." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " The messages of the film are stark and genuine, much more so than one might expect having seen the promotional material." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " If Cuarón's long-gestating thriller is perhaps not quite the masterpiece we were hoping for, it is still a thrilling and visually striking work." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Thankfully, Taylor and his cast create enough laughs and just enough thrilling set pieces to save the project from being crushed under the weight of its own dreary backstory." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " The film is missing the originality and jokes that Phil Lord and Chris Miller brought to the first one, but it has one killer trick up its sleeve in the shape of the foodimals." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " Alvarez does show some directorial flair but this is not as frightening as it would like to believe it is, nor as interesting." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " That it can't match the classics it takes as inspiration shouldn't be used to condemn it too harshly." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
4/5 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " While it feels frustratingly disjointed, The Place Beyond The Pines also possesses moments of real power." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 63% Byzantium (2013) " There's good work in here but the climax sadly lacks the emotive punch it's looking for." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " There's really very little to complain about in this warp-speed sequel." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
4/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " The best entry in the franchise so far." — Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Bigelow tells the story very well, very efficiently, but doesn't really say much about it, which is ironic given the response to the film in some quarters." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/5 65% Mama (2013) " In the end the clichés and overly repetitive plot structure can't derail what is a well-played, well-shot horror flick." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/5 28% Broken City (2013) " It has ideas and, in places, verve, but it can't help but feel like a pretty standard thriller with some big names rather erroneously attached" — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
4/5 69% Stoker (2013) " A compelling, darkly humorous watch." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
1/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) " In the wake of the Oscars, we have an early contender for worst film of the year." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " This is a very different film to Audiard's most recent release - the impressive A Prophet - but it has a similar sense of maturity about it, and could well have acting awards aplenty heading its way in the coming months." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
3/5 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " This feels like a fairly disposable entry in Eastwood's filmography, and represents a confident if uninspiring start to Lorenz's directorial career." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
4/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " The sense that the different elements don't really add up to much may well leave some feeling cold; for others, the sharp dialogue and comic beats will produce a similar fondness for the characters that In Bruges' best scenes did." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
4/5 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " Is Pitch Perfect this year's Bridesmaids? If by that we mean a thoroughly likable and surprisingly funny comedy, then yes, I suppose it is." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
3/5 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Its misjudged villain and generic action film structure put it some way below the staples of the LA thriller sub-genre." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
2/5 17% The Watch (2012) " If the scenes between the four leads had been stronger, it might have been easier to overlook the film's structural and tonal weaknesses, but as it happens they only rescue it in dribs and drabs." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
3/5 51% Savages (2012) " Stone has put together a technically sound and sporadically thrilling thriller, but it drops the ball at the end, and tries to squeeze a bit too much into its runtime." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
1/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) " This is an expensive and lazy rehash that either doesn't understand what made its predecessor popular, or doesn't care." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/5 41% Rock of Ages (2012) " It's overlong, overblown and couldn't establish a convincing plot if its life depended on it, but it sings at the top of its lungs, and if you haven't gone deaf by the mid-point, you might just find yourself humming along." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 12, 2012
4/5 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) " You could make a case for shearing a little baggage from the run time, but it's hard to complain too much because the laughs keep coming." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 12, 2012
3/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " It's unfortunate that the set pieces feel a little derivative of Raimi's films, but that was always likely to be the case given the close proximity of this new film to its predecessors." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 12, 2012
4/5 100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) " The vast expanse of the world's driest place - captured here in all its arid intensity - makes for a fascinating and eerie backdrop." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 12, 2012
2/5 54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) " Illumination Entertainment has dispensed with almost all of Dr Seuss' endearing dialogue, which is a shame, because the film could do with more of a personality of its own." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 12, 2012
4/5 68% Ted (2012) " If you're fundamentally put off by MacFarlane's brand of comedy, Ted's cruder elements may well prove too irksome, but this film does have a sweetness at its heart that is pleasantly unexpected, even if it does follow an extremely predictable plot." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 12, 2012
4/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " If the deadpan sensibility of the film ultimately leaves it feeling a tad lightweight, that isn't to say that Moonrise Kingdom isn't a funny, witty and well-crafted film." — Fan The Fire
Posted May 26, 2012
3/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " Burton is supremely comfortable doing this sort of thing, but after Alice in Wonderland and this, one can't help but wish that he'd step outside his comfort zone just a little on the next project." — Fan The Fire
Posted May 11, 2012
3/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " This film was a relief to watch after Singh's bungled action spectacle last year, and while it isn't as good as The Fall, it does at least get him back on track." — Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 30, 2012
4/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " The majority of the film can't quite live up to this barnstorming first half hour, but it remains a delight throughout, even when the gags become a little more hit and miss." — Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 30, 2012
2/5 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " There are times when it manages to conjure a sense of epic mythological struggle, but these seem mostly accidental." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 31, 2012
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Comparisons have been made to Battle Royale - and they're not entirely undeserved - but this is a different film, and never feels like a watered down version of anything else." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 26, 2012
4/5 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Intelligent, witty and cine-literate in a charmingly self-referential way, The Cabin in the Woods sets out to do something different and does it with bravado." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 10, 2012
2/5 51% John Carter (2012) " The story veers between interesting, boring and borderline incomprehensible." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3/5 57% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) " It hardly needs to be said that the 3D conversion here is nothing more than proficient, that it adds nothing and actually takes away some of the clarity and vividness of the film's varied colour palette." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 1, 2012
3/5 53% Safe House (2012) " It's derivative of many thrillers we've seen in recent years, but the strength of its cast and the technical quality of the action do a lot to make us forget those similarities." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 1, 2012
3/5 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " I knew after I came out of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close that I had been manipulated, but I didn't feel it mattered because the film told a story about a grieving family which had weight." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 1, 2012
3/5 13% Day of the Falcon (2013) " While a plot contrivance late in the day ensures that an opportunity for a climactic battle sequence is not wasted, the film is not really an action epic, but a sweeping story about belief sets in the Arab world." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 1, 2012
2/5 28% Project X (2012) " This house party quickly gets to the stage where you're siding with the angry neighbours wanting to shut the thing down." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 1, 2012
3/5 66% The Woman in Black (2012) " There are plenty of effective jump scares, and it's nicely shot, but beneath the surface there isn't a great deal going on." — Fan The Fire
Posted Feb 2, 2012
3/5 77% War Horse (2011) " If it lags in the middle, it can be forgiven, because it has a warm heart despite its inconsistencies" — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 16, 2012
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