Nick De Semlyen

Nick De Semlyen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Nick De Semlyen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% Dear White People (2014) "Do the right thing - take a break from summer spectacle to check out this assured and eloquent indie. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2015
2/5 29% Everly (2015) "Messy and unlikeable. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 33% Poltergeist (2015) "A disappointingly tame and unimaginative effort, which throws away much of what was best-loved about the original and fails to find worthy replacements. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 19, 2015
3/5 71% The Voices (2015) "Full-force performance form Ryan Reynolds but not as funny as it hopes it is. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) "This is maximum-gloss entertainment with its fair share of tricksy rug-pulls. But, like one of the neon-coloured cocktails Smith drinks in it, it's more of an immediate rush than something you'll remember in a year. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "Overlong and underpopulated with gags that really land, there's still moments of mirth for devotees of the original. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) "A clear-eyed celebration of a giant of film writing. We'll refrain from the thumb jokes, but consider this a hearty recommendation. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) "Here's 74 minutes well spent. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
3/5 77% Grand Piano (2014) "Some inspired grace notes elevate a thriller that's more De Palma than Hitchcock. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 18% Let's Be Cops (2014) "Some nice comic beats and a sinister Andy Garcia turn make this far more watchable that the fratty conceit might suggest. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) "The action's bigger, Ice Cube's angrier. Another silly treat. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "What we do get here is largely fantastic, not only re-energising old-favourite characters but introducing intriguing new ones. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) "A bulkier, slower beast than Evans' first film. But when it enters combat mode, it's more raucously bloodthirsty than anything you've ever seen. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
1/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) "This movie's title, translated from the director's native language, means "No, stop." Which is apt. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2014
3/5 51% Cuban Fury (2014) "Frost's solo movie lacks the inventive madness of his Cornetto team-ups, but it's still a heartfelt blast of fun. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) "An idea that must have sounded good on paper looks a lot less smart on the screen. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2014
5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) "Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous instalment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and delivers spectacle by the ton. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) "Another to airbrush out of the De Niro back catalogue. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
2/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) "Flat as day-old beer. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2/5 67% Turbo (2013) "If you want to see Paul Giamatti as a snail - and who doesn't - you've come to the right place. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 51% White House Down (2013) "Lincoln meets Sudden Death: a corny but raucous throwback to when Planet Hollywood was hip. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) "This nightmarish travelogue is coy about gore, but it's still an effective thrill-ride. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
4/5 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "Black proves the perfect blacksmith, forging smart new tech and scenarios for the swaggering super-genius. If this does turn out to be Downey Jr.'s final solo outing, it's a very strong exit. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2013
2/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) "A grippingly brutal first act and strong cast can't stop this turning into a Steven Seagal film well before the end. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2013
1/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) "Long-delayed. Arguably not long enough. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2013
3/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) "Get through the plot and you'll be rewarded with 30 minutes of whirligig mayhem. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 31% Gangster Squad (2013) "Sean Penn's not been this fun since Jeff Spicoli and there's plenty of rip-roaring action, but Gangster Squad proves a minor entry in the annals of LA noir. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2013
2/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) "The first one offered the novel sight of Oskar Schindler going Commando. Unfortunately, this half-hearted sequel is low on novelty and lower on fun. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2012
5/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) "An exhilarating, audacious, lunatic rocket-ride. Hop on board. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
2/5 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) "A huge, bulging disappointment. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
3/5 42% Casa de mi padre (2012) "Often inspired but patchy overall, Ferrell's horse opera could have benefited from a sharper, even more out-there script. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2012
3/5 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) "Massively throwaway, but funnier and more likable than the first entry. Mainly that's due to an A-list pairing that's as inspired as it is demented. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2012
4/5 79% The Grey (2012) "Carnahan's best work since Narc, with a powerhouse performance by Neeson and real emotional heft. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2012
3/5 68% Tower Heist (2011) "A welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy and an even-more-welcome turn by the ever-excellent Alan Alda. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2011
5/5 98% Das Boot (1981) "The execution is second to none; taut, claustrophobic and overwhelming. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2011
2/5 25% The Change-Up (2011) "Despite the promise of the title, this a fairly stale offering, plodding through the beats of a well-worn subgenre but failing to add much more than a foul mouth. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2011
2/5 14% Zookeeper (2011) "Some sparks of comedy and fun but largely a flat and unrewarding comedy. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2011
2/5 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) "According to Phillips, the 'Part II' in the title is a nod to the second Godfather, which matched the genius of its forerunner. Ironically, his own sequel offer is one you should refuse. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2011
3/5 78% Fast Five (2011) "This episode has the highest velocity and lowest IQ yet. See it on the biggest, loudest, dumbest screen you can find. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2011
4/5 86% Cedar Rapids (2011) "One of those sunny-natured indie comedies that comes out of nowhere to put a smile on your face. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2011
2/5 13% Yogi Bear (2010) "The wee'uns may enjoy the forest-based capers but for adults this is no pickernick. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2011
3/5 30% Sanctum (2011) "Workmanlike suspenser, with plenty of cold water but sparse chills. When it comes to James Cameron scuba thrillers, The Abyss still has the edge. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2011
1/5 0% Midgets vs. Mascots (2010) "A gross-out comedy to make the Jackass posse look like clergyman. If only it was actually funny. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) "A triumph of art direction, sound design and Gallic phat beats, but could do with a script upgrade and fun.exe patch. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2010
3/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) "The first and third acts are over-busy; the middle one moves like an arthritic house-elf. Still, a decent smattering of magic moments and tension's pumped up sky-high. Bring on Part 2. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2010
4/5 87% Buried (2010) "A brutally intense indie that commits to its bleak premise and doesn't back down. Tarantino will cackle as he watches. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2010
1/5 10% Grown Ups (2010) "Smug and lazy comedy that barely raises a chuckle. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2010
2/5 47% MacGruber (2010) "More Pistachio Disguisey than Austin Powers, this cheapjack comedy is nowhere near as ingenious as the man it sends up. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2010
3/5 72% Iron Man 2 (2010) "Rourke and Rockwell make satisfying, complementary villains, while Downey Jr. delivers again. Shame this sequel feels inessential. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2010
2/5 67% Date Night (2010) "Carell and Fey are good company and work hard, but this is still a formulaic tale that will look most at home on the back of an airplane seat. In other words, A Shawn Levy Film. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2010
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