Nick De Semlyen

Nick De Semlyen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine
Total Reviews:
77

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 80% 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 54% 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 30% 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 78% 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 32% 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 43% 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 (The Boat) (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 77% 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 85% 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 73% 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
3/5 76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " With flying pigs and magical nannying, this will charm children -- but it could have been a little more charming for adults." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2010
1/5 20% Legion (2010) " Could have been T2 with seraphs, or Assault On Precinct 13 crossed with Revelations. Instead, it's a lazy genre bore. Doesn't bode well for Priest, the next Stewart/Bettany film in the pipeline." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2010
4/5 92% Ponyo (2009) " Miyazaki's back, and still a force of nature. A weird, wonderful aquatic romp, Ponyo is also a meditation on the state of this blue planet. Catch it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2010
4/5 65% Bunny and the Bull (2011) " Heralds the launch of a new big-screen comedy axis to challenge Wright, Pegg and Frost - we can't wait to see what King and co. come up with next." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2009
3/5 42% Jennifer's Body (2009) " Fox is fun as a demonic harpy, but sadly the meeting of Hollywood's two rock'n'roll queens is closer to safe studio product than slash-and-burn envelope-pusher." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2009
2/5 29% The Final Destination (2009) " The novelty factor stops and starts at the 3-D specs: this is a horror movie on tracks, not going anyplace new. Still, there's some inventive grue-splashing as always." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2009
3/5 20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " A super-sized second helping, but the novelty factor and some of the charm's gone. Hey, at least there's more Megatron / Starscream squabbling this time round." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2009
2/5 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) " While not a disaster, this isn't the claws-out, rampaging adventure we hoped for. No-one cares where Wolverine found his jacket - a spin-off with him kicking ass in Japan would have been way more fun." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 87% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008) " As you'd imagine this is not exactly a laugh a minute, but whilst a little shapeless in places, it manages to engage and inform on many levels." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2009
4/5 85% Rachel Getting Married (2008) " One of Hollywood's forgotten masters and one of its brightest new actresses team for what could well be an Oscar wild card." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2009
4/5 72% Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) " A satisfying mix of puerile humour and genuine satire, believe it or not." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2008
1/5 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) " Believe the bad buzz on this houseflies-become-astronauts CG animation, which is lousy with lazy jokes and irritating characters." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2008
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