Olly Richards

Olly Richards

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Empire Magazine Australasia
Total Reviews:
109

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 109
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 91% Arthur Christmas (2011) " A great, big joy. Even if you're a bit bah humbug, just delight in the supremely clever Aardman comedy." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2011
3/5 71% African Cats (2011) " It's beautiful to behold, but too fluffy to broaden younger minds." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2011
4/5 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) " The kind of film that makes you want to call someone the minute it's over, even if just to tell them to go see this movie." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2011
3/5 72% Rio (2011) " Okay, so it's not exactly a groundbreaking advance from the team behind Ice Age, but with its kaleidoscope of colour and heaps of humour, you'll be charmed." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/5 33% I Am Number Four (2011) " This could be the start of something great." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2011
3/5 49% Love and Other Drugs (2010) " Well above the standards of your average romantic comedy, it's funny, sexy and smart. It's just not smart enough to stick to its guns to the end." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 27, 2010
3/5 12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) " Neither good nor bad. Scales dizzying new heights of okay. Aims for mediocrity... and nails it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2010
4/5 64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) " There are thrilling flashes of Gilliam getting back to top form here. A scrappy movie with more ideas than it can control, but one born out of a passion and determination that are wholly infectious." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2009
2/5 11% Couples Retreat (2009) " A rom-com short on romance and even shorter on laughs." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 67% Away We Go (2009) " While cynics may find it twee, Mendes fans should greatly enjoy this (gently) surprising change of direction. Go in with the right frame of mind and you'll leave with a big, goofy grin on your face." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2009
4/5 64% Baby Mama (2008) " Fey and Poehler are better than 95 per cent of the innumerable male comedy double acts around at the moment. May they never part, because their work here is an utter joy." — Empire Magazine Australasia
Posted Aug 18, 2008
4/5 64% Baby Mama (2008) " Good comedy knows no gender, and be you woman, man or any sentient being with a funny bone, you will find boundless delight in two people doing what they do best: being very, very funny." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2008
5/5 96% WALL-E (2008) " Absolute heaven." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3/5 34% The Edge of Love (2008) " The cast is strong and the first act has an intriguingly dreamy quality, but it gives way to a soggy ending." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2008
3/5 36% 21 (2008) " The Ocean's Eleven: The College Years mood makes for a breezy good time, even if there is, like Vegas, precious little substance beneath the glitz." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2008
4/5 86% El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007) " A good old-fashioned horror in the best possible way, this is a beautifully told, terrifying ghost story that lingers with you long after the shivers have stopped." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2008
3/5 16% Jumper (2008) " t's Liman's least charismatic action movie and the least developed, but it still packs some cracking action into its brief running time and lays foundations on which a great franchise could be built." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 15, 2008
5/5 77% Cloverfield (2008) " A dazzling experiment that paid off immensely, this is cinematic pleasure at its purest." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2008
3/5 37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " Structurally it's a bit ragtag, but, as your mum would say, it has its heart in the right place. For all its wilful oddness it's enchanting, imaginative and genuinely moving." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2007
2/5 42% The Golden Compass (2007) " A crushing disappointment for fans and a scuppered opportunity for a cinematic event. That the first book has been so mishandled doesn't bode well for the (already greenlit) more complicated ones to come." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/5 93% Enchanted (2007) " The dedicated fairy tale fan will have tons of fun spotting all the references. Adams, meanwhile, gives one of the comedy performances of the year." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2007
4/5 85% Air Guitar Nation (2006) " A delightfully surreal look at a bizarre performance art." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2007
4/5 88% Superbad (2007) " Equally hilarious and heartfelt, this is the best teen movie since American Pie and should make stars of the fantastic Cera and Hill." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2007
4/5 54% Eagle vs. Shark (2007) " So quirky that it's almost in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own antic whimsy at times, but a comic delight destined for cult adoration." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2007
4/5 89% Waitress (2007) " An unassuming treat amid the noisy blockbuster season. It'll melt your heart and any dietary resolve equally." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2/5 35% The Chumscrubber (2005) " A tragic waste of acting talent, with nothing new to say. Can we please now politely close the door on middle-class repression before we get really angry?" — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/5 29% Magicians (2007) " The bumbling charms of the stars just about pull this through, but there'll be few calls for an encore come the final curtain." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2007
3/5 94% Away from Her (2007) " It's Sarah Polley through and through: slightly too glum for its own good, but reeking of quality and feeling." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/5 55% Alpha Dog (2007) " It suffers from ADD, but there's some terrific stuff in here. Leaving 15 minutes from the end and saving yourself a lumbering coda may improve enjoyment." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2007
4/5 75% Sunshine (2007) " Aside from a last-act blip when everything goes a little bit "what the hell?", this is a knuckle-gnawingly tense, glorious action thriller and marks yet another genre nailed by Danny Boyle." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2007
1/5 21% Outlaw (2007) " The kind of film the tabloids will call to ban. Don't take that as a reason to see it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2007
3/5 74% The Illusionist (2006) " It's not on a gasp-inducing making-the-Statue-Of-Liberty-disappear level, but with its opulent presentation and confident storytelling, The Illusionist has the power to keep an audience rapt like a good old-fashioned card trick." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2007
4/5 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) " It suffers occasionally from self-consciousness and over-indulgence in its own oddity, but Gondry's grasp of emotion and visuals is enchanting. Even if he seems several sandwiches short of a picnic." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2007
4/5 91% Hot Fuzz (2007) " Even without the inspired idea of Shaun Of The Dead it's an easy match for laughs, and marks Nick Frost as a vital part of this team's appeal. The boys (now in blue) have done it again." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2007
3/5 39% Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) " Filmically it's more of a pleasantly diverting kick about in the park than a 90th minute back-of-the-net at the world cup final." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2007
4/5 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) " Intelligent, classy and skin-crawling. You won't see a better acting masterclass this year." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2007
3/5 29% Smokin' Aces (2007) " Full respect to Carnahan for making the tired crime genre feel fresh, but it would have been more fun without a last-minute attempt to make it mean something." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2007
4/5 77% Changing Lanes (2002) " One of the most impressive movies of the year; taut and compelling." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
2/5 80% Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) " Despite Paxton's whooping every time a new artefact comes on screen, it's hard to be constantly excited about watching a bunch of rusty, decayed junk -- historic and three-dimensional though it may be." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 72% Flushed Away (2006) " The best animated movie of the year and only a whisker shy of the brilliance of Wallace and Gromit." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2006
4/5 46% The Last Kiss (2006) " Crediting its audience with emotional intelligence, this rises well above your usual rom-com-dram." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2006
3/5 48% Idlewild (2006) " Fans happy to luxuriate in its artistic indulgence, however, will be swept up in the weird, random, fantastic OutKastness of it all." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2006
2/5 46% Hoodwinked (2005) " The idea is so great that it's a crying shame that the end product is such a sheep in wolf's clothing." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2/5 63% The Ant Bully (2006) " As kiddie entertainment it works well, with simple humour and lots of action. But there's not a lot to appeal to any accompanying adults." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2006
3/5 56% The Notorious Bettie Page (2006) " A small, strangely sweet tale well told. But this is all about Mol, who puts in a performance that gives her a very early lead on next year's Oscar race." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2006
3/5 74% Cars (2006) " Judged against previous form, this is not Pixar firing on all cylinders, lacking the sophisticated comedy we've come to expect. Judged against fare from other studios, however, it's a triumph." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2006
4/5 82% Serenity (2005) " If you're a novice, this is a plucky introduction to Whedon's world and the most fun sci-fi of the year. If you're a devotee, this is the magnificent return you've been praying for." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
3/5 36% Chicken Little (2005) " Beyond a cheeky, twisty bit of genre-tinkering, there's more here for the under-tens than over-, but it's still charming, amusing and energetic enough to win you over." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
3/5 40% The Island (2005) " Like its slack-jawed clones, The Island is full of energy and incredibly pretty but burdened with only the minimum of smarts." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2006
3/5 85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) " Overlong and slightly muddled, this is nevertheless an enjoyable showcase for the superb Steve Carell." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2005
2/5 27% Fantastic Four (2005) " A fantastic bore." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2005
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