Simon Crook

Simon Crook

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Simon Crook's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 58% The Legend of Barney Thomson "Merrily gruesome black comedy. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 71% Everyone's Going To Die "Deadpan Indie with terrific lead performances. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2015
2/5 33% Shooting for Socrates "The story's crying out for underdog grit. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2015
3/5 81% Second Coming "A soulful drama that heralds the arrival of a new voice in British cinema. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 80% We Are Many "A work of beautiful rage. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
4/5 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "At two hours, things get flabby around the rock-opera era, but the film fizzes and clatters with anecdotes. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
2/5 44% Still "Why Simon Blake turns to credibility-killing melodrama is baffling enough, but the effect is one of cheek-puffing frustration and emotional disconnect. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) "Top of the pack and Chris Rock's best movie. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
1/5 20% Anti-Social "A painful slog through geezer-thriller terrain. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2015
3/5 80% The Falling (2015) "Sensuous coming-of-age drama that feels like a distant British cousin of Picnic At Hanging Rock. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) "A vivid, quietly powerful recreation of a truly extraordinary moment in history: just not an overwhelmingly moving one. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "Murray's finest, funniest, meatiest performance since Lost In Translation - just a shame it's contained in such a lightweight dramedy. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 91% Stations of the Cross (2015) "Ascetic and unwavering, the film's gaze on the ultimate form of religious devotion offers the viewer few comforts but plenty to chew over. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2014
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Bold, unblinking filmmaking - no less than a living document of a global scandal straight from the whistleblower. Alarming and essential - anyone with a phone should see it. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/5 11% United We Fall "It may not exactly be a Swiftian satire but this send-up of modern football is frequently funny and as full of raw commitment as a two-footed lunge. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 79% 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 83% Miss Violence "A commanding, troubling domestic horror that should launch a long career for Avranas. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 80% 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 84% 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 68% 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 83% 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 (2014) "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 67% Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) (2014) "A punchy, well-acted and devastating coming-out drama. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3/5 71% Klovn: The Movie (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 72% Simon Killer (2013) "Black-veined and dark-hearted, this is another persuasive character study from Campos. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 66% 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
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