Nick Dent

Nick Dent

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Sunday Mail (Australia) , Time Out Sydney
Total Reviews:
47

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 47 of 47
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " When most cinema these days pedals nothing but the crushingly predictable, a movie like Holy Motors cannot be recommended highly enough. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 30, 2012
3.5/5 80% Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) " This sweet little tragicomedy about life's absurdities plays out as a buddy movie in which two damaged men from opposite sides of the world find unexpected common ground. " — ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 30, 2012
78% Brave (2012) " What is refreshing about Brave is the story's emphasis on the mother-daughter relationship. " — Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted Jun 21, 2012
73% Prometheus (2012) " Prometheus is anticlimactic and terribly uneven: superbly staged scenes give way to cliches and seemingly reasonable characters end up doing things that defy any kind of believable motivation." — Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Posted Jun 2, 2012
4/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Whedon keeps the whole thing aloft with pizzazz -- you expect it to crash to earth like Fury's flying aircraft carrier, but somehow it never does." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Apr 25, 2012
3.5/5 71% Never Let Me Go (2010) " While it's not exactly uplifting, this touching tale effectively tackles confronting questions for mankind with nothing but grace." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2011
3/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " What unfolds is your typical chase-and-rescue scenario, all just colour and movement, but with a rock-out score by Daft Punk and a genuinely bright patch in the high-camp form of Castor (Michael Sheen)." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Dec 13, 2010
3/5 98% The Loved Ones (2012) " The savagery here has no redeeming social value and the characters are not especially interesting, but who cares when the terror is this relentless?" — Time Out Sydney
Posted Oct 25, 2010
87% Buried (2010) " The hero of the hour is Reynolds, who gives a hugely compelling performance mostly lying on his back. His spine probably deserves its own Oscar for sheer endurance." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Oct 5, 2010
4/5 85% Easy A (2010) " Come in Lindsay Lohan: your time is up. Ever since you went off the rails we've been on the lookout for a feisty, freckled ranga with a straight-bourbon voice and killer comic timing, and we've found her in the form of Emma Stone." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Sep 15, 2010
64% Tomorrow, When the War Began (2012) " Beattie has made a rousing directorial debut that could and should become a monster international hit. Marsden has written a further nine books about Ellie's exploits: bring them on as films, I say." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Aug 30, 2010
86% Boy (2012) " Boy is one of the most successful films of all time in its home country and it's not hard to see why. It's about that moment every child experiences when they realise their dad or mum is not a hero but just a human being." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Aug 23, 2010
82% Four Lions (2010) " Be warned: this is the blackest comedy you'll see all year. Some may find it in bad taste. Then again, if there is one thing that fanaticism hates it's the sound of laughter." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Aug 17, 2010
2/5 62% Salt (2010) " Phillip Noyce directs Kurt Wimmer's script, which rockets along with chase sequences and confounds with double-crosses but it can't hide its essentially facile nature." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Aug 16, 2010
83% The Ghost Writer (2010) " In every respect, this is an exemplar of the art of the thriller. Directors like Polanski are a dying breed. We need more of them." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Aug 11, 2010
74% Splice (2010) " The dire consequences of meddling with nature haven't been explored quite so well for quite some time as in Vincenzo Natali's Splice." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Aug 11, 2010
86% The Special Relationship (2010) " The Special Relationship doesn't have the emotional impact of The Queen but it's a sharp examination of a brief time when the UK occupied a dynamic place on the world stage." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2010
67% South Solitary " This is a lovely film: droll, endearing and poignant, with an intoxicating sense of place that seeps into your pores" — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2010
85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " Me and Orson Welles has plenty to offer fans, be they of theatre, old movies, or High School Musical. If you can tick at least one of these boxes then you're in for a good time." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2010
75% Greenberg (2010) " Greenberg is the latest character comedy from writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding). For lovers of the genre, it's a real treat." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jul 19, 2010
53% Knight & Day (2010) " Cruise gets to do what he does best, namely flash a winning grin then leap from a moving vehicle, guns blazing. Diaz gets to play to her strength, which is goofball romantic comedy." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jul 15, 2010
75% The Waiting City (2010) " Cue the parade of local colour -- women in saris, decaying buildings, sunsets over the Ganges -- and the inevitable transcendental experience." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jul 15, 2010
88% The Hedgehog (2011) " This is an unusually cloistered piece of French filmmaking about learning to embrace life." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jul 7, 2010
3/5 64% Predators (2010) " It's a return to the suspenseful, high-velocity form of the original Predator. " — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) " Girl, just pick the werewolf now so we can all go home." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jul 1, 2010
85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) " The story unfolds with an amiable lack of pomposity. Viewers who prefer their spies battling supervillains and bedding supermodels may find it all a touch sedate." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jun 30, 2010
83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) " Mademoiselle Chambon is what they call an actors' film. It's full of lengthy shots of the stars wordlessly experiencing a series of emotions, usually ending in tears." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jun 9, 2010
81% City Island (2010) " Garcia gives a wonderful impression of a life-hardened non-actor finding his voice by drawing upon his own experiences." — Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted May 25, 2010
3/5 76% Kick-Ass (2010) " Kick-Ass seems to have cult hit written all over it, except that in this interactive age, cults have gone mainstream. The box office should be massive." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Apr 14, 2010
3/5 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " It's a shame Burton gets his Lewis Carroll mixed up with his Tolkien and CS Lewis. Still, the film's 3D visuals are fun to look at." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Mar 2, 2010
3/5 67% Daybreakers (2010) " The special effects look cheap; and while the premise, with its "we're drinking the blood of the earth!" subtext is interesting, the characters just aren't." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jan 31, 2010
4/5 91% Up in the Air (2009) " Performances are really fine -- especially from the casually seductive Farmiga -- and visually, it's a blast, with Eric Steelberg's camera capturing spectacular bird's-eye views of American cities." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jan 13, 2010
5/5 94% Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers) (2009) " French cinema has a new coming-of-age classic to go alongside Au Revoir les Enfants and The 400 Blows." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Dec 15, 2009
4/5 55% Mao's Last Dancer (2010) " Bruce Beresford delivers one of his best films in the story of Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Sep 29, 2009
2/5 83% Beautiful Kate (2009) " Rachel Ward's directorial debut is well acted and handsomely shot by Andrew Commis, but it goes nowhere." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Aug 7, 2009
3/5 50% Chéri (2009) " Remember Boyle and MacDonald's names: you'll be hearing them a lot when awards season comes around." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jul 24, 2009
5/6 91% Every Little Step (2009) " We're left with a deep sense of admiration for those who are prepared to face rejection routinely in pursuit of a dream." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jul 3, 2009
4/5 87% Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008) " While not apologising for his disgusting behaviour, the film puts Polanski's actions in the context of a turbulent life." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/5 91% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) " The result, while admirable, is curiously flat and unengaging." — Time Out Sydney
Posted May 22, 2009
4/6 93% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009) " A beautifully understated movie about family ties and the sadness and nostalgia that objects can evoke." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Apr 10, 2009
4/6 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) " [Williams] doesn't have to say much to convey the deep wells of hurt that Wendy's carrying around, and they're all the more poignant for remaining unspoken." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Mar 27, 2009
4/5 65% Watchmen (2009) " Although Zack Snyder's Watchmen is as lovingly detailed a facsimile as there's ever been of a graphic novel, there's still something lacking." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Mar 6, 2009
4/6 62% Valkyrie (2008) " X-Men fans may disagree, but this is Singer's best work since The Usual Suspects." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jan 22, 2009
3/6 68% Revolutionary Road (2008) " While the theme of 'what are you doing with your life?' resonates, it's not much fun to watch, in spite of splendid performances from all concerned." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jan 22, 2009
5/6 98% The Wrestler (2008) " Randy's climactic thank you to the fans who have stood by him sounds eerily like an Oscar speech; expect a reprise at the actual ceremony in February." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jan 8, 2009
3/6 49% Before the Rains (2008) " Has the moral overtones of an EM Forster story, but is curiously lacking in emotional force." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Jan 8, 2009
5/6 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " This is Boyle's best since Trainspotting." — Time Out Sydney
Posted Dec 19, 2008
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