Simon Crook

Simon Crook

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Biography:
Empire film critic.
Publications:
Empire Magazine , Empire Movies , Total Film
Total Reviews:
99

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 77% Attila Marcel " In a 2014 kook-off, Sylvain Chomet's imaginative confection would take a narrow second place to Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 43% The Guvnors " Not as bad as Nick Love but still a largely knuckle-headed early-'90s throwback that stretches credibility with its punch-first, think-later ethos." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The Expendables 3 has its cake and shoots it: armed to the nipples with vast action and bulging A-listers, but over-over-blown and overcrowded. See it for Gibson's big-bad." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 100% All This Mayhem " Candid and clear-eyed, this doc will wow boarding fans but has something to offer to the unconverted too." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " [A] slothful, indulgent sequel that sees a once-great screen comedian hit self-inflicted Sandlergeddon." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2014
4/5 82% Miss Violence " A commanding, troubling domestic horror that should launch a long career for Avranas." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 89% Road " Following in the tyre tracks of TT3D, this petrolhead doc is packed with thrills, spills and personalities." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 33% The Hooligan Factory " Does for football hooligans what Cockneys Vs. Zombies did for cockneys (and zombies). Very silly, occasionally very funny." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 85% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) " The witty, loquacious Cocker is watchable as ever and the gig scenes will thrill Pulpers." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/5 65% Beyond the Edge (2014) " Considering the danger, spectacular setting and sheer derring-do of its subject matter, this is pretty leaden stuff. Disappointing." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2014
4/5 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " There's more than a nod to King Hu's Touch Of Zen as Zhangke unleashes a four-fisted chunk of ultraviolent fury. Tarantino would approve." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 81% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) " Stylishly constructed but hollow and ultimately lacking in insights." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2014
3/5 80% Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) " A Fellini-esque silent fable with tackles the horrors of war with a refreshing sense of the absurd." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 19% Sabotage (2014) " A bloody, scuzzy, progressively preposterous whodunnit, blending old school and new wave to neutering effect. One chunky plus: the all-new Antihero Arnie." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 43% Honour (2014) " An interesting premise but stodgy, suspense-free execution." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 69% Visitors (2014) " Strange and surreal but with moments of real beauty." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 71% Plot for Peace " An engrossing slice of modern history." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 33% Back to the Garden " Much better than the am-dram washout it could so easily have been, there's nuggets of truth and wisdom in this lo-fi drama." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 57% Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) " A punchy, well-acted and devastating coming-out drama." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3/5 72% Klown (2012) " A gleefully rude Danish wronging-of-age comedy." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3/5 63% The Rise (Wasteland) (2013) " It may not be immune to the odd Brit thriller cliché, but this is an assured, stylish heist thriller from the debut filmmaker." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " True to the Jackass formula, some gags come off better than others, but there's some doozies in its midst." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
4/5 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Another quiet delight from Koreeda." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
4/5 85% Hawking (2013) " A genuinely three-dimension life portrayal of an extraordinary mind." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/5 86% The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) " Although the story feels stretched to feature length, it's a rollicking ride through the music biz in the company of two piss-taking Scots and their mics." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " Tying up his trilogy in style, Seidl's film unsettles and provokes with wit and composure." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2013
3/4 71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " Seidl's trilogy of leaves the heat and moral torpor of Africa in Paradise: Love and heads for cooler but no less than bleak climes." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 40% Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood " A compelling dramatisation. If the key characterisation occasionally errs on the thin side, there impact of this piece of agit-drama is still stunning." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2013
4/5 49% No One Lives (2013) " Loopy, film-literate and full-bore, it's a sadistic '70s thriller in modern-day garb." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 27, 2013
3/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " At its best, manages to recapture the original's hardcore nastiness. It could certainly do with laughing at itself a bit more, though." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/5 73% Simon Killer (2013) " Black-veined and dark-hearted, this is another persuasive character study from Campos." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " A lurid, luminous teen-bender movie, as ludicrous as it is stylish, and Harmony Korine's best film in years." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2013
3/5 80% Reality (2013) " As a satire on the seduction by media and our infatuation with celebrity, it's hardly The Truman Show, but Garrone's Gomorrah follow-up is wry and witty. Plenty of fun." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2013
4/5 93% Sleep Tight (2012) " A creepy, neo-Hitchcock stalker drama, infused with uneasy twists and a slow-burning intensity. Check it out. Then check under your bed..." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " A Who Framed Roger Rabbit for the joystick generation that, despite a mid-act dip into generic Disney territory, high-scores on laughs, invention and 8-bit affection." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " It haunts and lingers long after the lights go up." — Little White Lies
Posted Jan 24, 2013
4/5 99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) " Treating his seafood substantially better than Oldboy, Jiro is a miracle of perfectionism married to expertise. The same can said for Gelb's loving documentary." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2013
4/5 100% McCullin " A terrific and fitting tribute to one of modern history's greatest eyewitnesses." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2013
4/5 76% Alps (2012) " Lanthimos delivers another heady dose of weirdness. Loopier than a frog sandwich but rather wonderful." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2012
3/5 50% Tower Block (2013) " An unusual, scuzzy setting for a thriller that delivers with brutal simplicity." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
3/5 22% When the Lights Went Out " Aesthetically authentic and frightening in parts. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem all that different to what has come before it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2012
2/5 39% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) " Paco Plaza's third REC film follows the same format as the rest, but the early franchise frights are missing." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2012
4/5 92% A Simple Life (2012) " Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2012
3/5 100% Salute (2012) " A powerful and poignant theme, but Salute would perhaps have worked better as a TV documentary." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2012
5/5 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " Remember your first time with Hard Boiled? Die Hard? This is how it's done - a clean, hard, constant hit of adrenalin." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 14, 2012
3/5 79% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2012) " A surprisingly subdued affair, [but] aficionados will still find enough sword-based shenanigans to keep them engrossed." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2012
2/5 8% Acts of Godfrey " An audacious experiment that misses the mark by some distance." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2012
4/5 80% Haywire (2012) " A fresh, muscular payback movie shot through with Soderbergh's mischievous indie-spirit." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2012
3/5 52% The Devil's Double (2011) " A blistering, brutal Iraqi Scarface. You do wonder what the point of it all is, but Cooper is fantastic. Twice." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2011
3/5 86% Kill The Referee (les Arbitres) " A lot more interesting than it sounds. The refs are wired for sound and the insults slung in their direction more than earn that 15 rating. One for football fans and fans of bald men with flags." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2011
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