Simon Braund

Simon Braund

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine
Total Reviews:
56

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Manipulative and preachy, The Butler is redeemed by a sensitive performance from Forest Whitaker and the undeniable power of the events it depicts." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2013
1/5 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2013
5/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Allen's best film in years, astute, humane and shot through with keen observations on the state of the world." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
2/5 31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " Writer/director team Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted deliver a surprisingly tepid tale that becomes cheesier and cheesier the closer it gets to its predictable payoff." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
1/5 7% All About Steve (2009) " On paper, a crazy romcom starring Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper could only be a good thing. Wrong." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 28, 2013
3/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " The Campaign gets by on its stars' comic compatibility and a relentless stream of jokes, many of which are laugh-out-loud funny." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2012
4/5 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) " Another solid hit from Planet Apatow - charming, funny and remarkably in tune with real life." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2012
5/5 100% Stagecoach (1939) " With this, Ford transformed the western from fading B-movie filler into genuine adult fare." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3/5 22% Country Strong (2011) " C&W lovers will lap it up - look out for some stellar Nashville cameos - and there's big-lunged uplift to see you through the cornball plot turns." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2011
2/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " Not a bad premise, but material demanding a light touch is weighed down by a desperate desire to fit in, like a little kid swearing to impress the big boys." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2011
2/5 32% How Do You Know (2010) " Not Brooks' best, but it has its moments." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2011
2/5 32% For Colored Girls (2010) " Tyler Perry's drama is beautifully acted but Ntozake Shange's multiple, interlocking narratives ultimately defy his efforts to bring them to the screen." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2010
3/5 72% Machete (2010) " The film has some outrageously enjoyable set-pieces, but overall, the convoluted plot and Rodriguez' agenda spoil the fun." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2010
2/5 16% Crossing Over (2009) " Being over-stuffed and heavy-handed are not even Crossing Over's biggest problems. That dubious honour goes to an absolute failure to address its nominal subject-matter in any meaningful way." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2009
4/5 79% The Hangover (2009) " A furiously paced, inventive and flat-out hilarious take on a tried-and-tested formula. An exemplary bromantic comedy that doesn't sacrifice heart in pursuit of laughs, maintaining plenty of the former and a superabundance of the latter." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2009
1/5 11% Fool's Gold (2008) " Absolute tosh. A ridiculous, unerringly tedious plot is weighed down by listless performances from a cast who clearly wished they were somewhere else, despite the sumptuous locations." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2008
2/5 52% Leatherheads (2008) " On paper it looks like a gem - roaring 20s setting, verbal fireworks and a silly sport in its rude infancy. In practice, it's way off the pace, far too slow for its screwball pretensions and the kind of film that confuses pastiche with period detail." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2008
5/5 93% The General (1927) " The birth of slapstick." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2008
1/5 2% Meet the Spartans (2008) " Obviously, it's rubbish." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2008
2/5 28% The Game Plan (2007) " Even The Rock's immense charisma cannot save this predicatable fare." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2008
2/5 19% The Invasion (2007) " If not a train-wreck, this is certainly more than a fender-bender. In a world overflowing with targets for a satirical pasting, we needed something a lot sharper than this." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2007
5/5 100% The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) " Whale's erudite genius brings it all together. He sculpts every nuance of self-parody, social satire, horror, humour, wit and whimsy into a dazzling whole, keeping every one of his fantastical plates spinning until the tragic, inevitable finale." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2007
5/5 96% A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) " What makes Freddy truly terrifying, and an inspired invention on Craven's part, is that he exists not in the real world but in the shadowy realm of dreams." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/5 4% Happily N'ever After (2006) " Shrek this ain't. A lacklustre effort hampered by limp dialogue and lazy plotting." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2007
2/5 26% Stomp the Yard (2007) " Decidely average teen drama but with a few decent dance numbers." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2007
1/5 6% Gigli (2003) " Torture. Impossible to imagine how it could've been worse." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
3/5 22% Barnyard (2006) " Good voice talent and some funny moments." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2006
2/5 31% Stick It (2006) " The script fights well against the cliche-ridden plot but this is very average all round." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2006
4/5 47% Miami Vice (2006) " Bearing all the Mann hallmarks, this is visually enthralling, relentlessly stylish crime drama. A little too languorous for its own good at times, but still vastly superior entertainment." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2006
3/5 72% Eight Below (2006) " Walker and co. might get a healthy burst of screentime in the middle, but its the team of dogs who steal the show." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 6, 2006
3/5 55% 16 Blocks (2006) " A solid, bare-knuckle action-thriller from Richard Lethal Weapon Donner that avoids most of the genre's clichés and boasts a commendably dishevelled performance from Willis, as a washed-up NYPD flatfoot dissolving in self-loathing." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 6, 2006
4/5 44% 50 First Dates (2004) " Gossamer thin, but lots of fun nevertheless." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
2/5 6% Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) " A movie that somehow manages to be both irritatingly familiar and instantly forgettable." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
3/5 65% Coach Carter (2005) " On paper a routine sports yarn. On screen, thanks to Jackson refusing to phone it in, far more satisfying than you might expect." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
3/5 29% Fun With Dick and Jane (2005) " A razor-sharp satire on class struggle and the evaporating America dream, which adroitly masquerades as a screwball star turn." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 28% Elizabethtown (2005) " Crowe is still a master navigator of swampy territory, and any movie that can warm the heart and tickle the funny bone without selling its soul is to be cherished, warts and all." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2006
5/5 98% Mean Streets (1973) " Terrific. Top shelf talent at the top of their game, working immediately before they would change Hollywood." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2005
2/5 25% Bewitched (2005) " A disappointing treatment of fabulous source material." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2005
4/5 75% Crash (2004) " A haunting, perceptive and uncompromising examination of controversial subject matter, expertly written and directed by Paul Haggis and characterised by excellent performances from its starry cast." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2005
4/5 87% The Aviator (2004) " Beneath the glossy surface there's a niggling lack of depth, but otherwise this is a grand, impressive Tinseltown drama." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2005
4/5 59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) " A full-on action flick, subversive rom-com and weapons-grade star vehicle that's drenched in Tinseltown glitz, from a director who knows how to put the money on the screen while his tongue's firmly in his cheek." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2005
3/5 16% The Big Bounce (2004) " It's sexy, offbeat fun for the most part, but it's way too laid-back for its own good and, in the end, obstinately refuses to be anything more than the sum of its highly promising parts." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 14, 2004
3/5 17% Laws of Attraction (2004) " Despite a few flickers of charm, the film seldom raises itself above the level of pleasant. And pleasant ain't sophisticated, and it certainly ain't sexy." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 14, 2004
2/5 2% Half Past Dead (2002) " It's quite slick, but Seagal's fans won't necessarily get what they paid for." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2003
3/5 48% Bruce Almighty (2003) " With Carrey on top form and some highly inventive sight gags, it's the proverbial laugh riot." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2003
4/5 62% Hulk (2003) " Equal parts silly and dark, as all good comic book adaptations should be, and refreshing to see a super-antihero movie for a change." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2003
2/5 23% Biker Boyz (2003) " A dull soap with a baffling paucity of thrills." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2003
5/5 98% His Girl Friday (1940) " Howard Hawks' finest moment." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2002
3/5 19% Lara Croft - Tomb Raider (2001) " Not disastrous, but somewhat disappointing nonetheless." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2001
3/5 32% Exit Wounds (2001) " Via a combination of undeniably smart action moves and a hitherto absent sense of stoic self-deprecation, Seagal is once again back on form." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2001
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