Simon Miraudo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Quickflix
Total Reviews:
662

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Showing 51 - 100 of 662
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " The inspired lunacy of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is downgraded to calculated silliness in its long-gestating sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but hey, that is barely cause for complaint." — Quickflix
Posted Dec 8, 2013
3.5/5 75% Pieta (2013) " A vicious, torture-happy debt collector with some severe sexual peccadilloes is, erm, softened by the return of his estranged mother in Kim Ki-duk's deeply unsettling Pieta." — Quickflix
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 —— Jappeloup " Perhaps the makers thought horses were innately fascinating, and we'd just feel fortunate to spend 130 minutes in the presence of this one. Never before have I felt so misunderstood by a movie." — Quickflix
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3.5/5 70% The Croods (2013) " Set four million years in the past, The Croods nonetheless feels like a step-forward for the usually pop-culture cribbing DreamWorks' studio. More like this, please." — Quickflix
Posted Dec 1, 2013
2.5/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " If this is indeed the time to ask hard questions of ourselves and our government, Closed Circuit shouldn't be the film we turn to for inspiration." — Quickflix
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3.5/5 100% Radio Unnameable (2012) " Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson's love letter to Bob and his legendary program, Radio Unnameable, rewrites the record and places the disc jockey in the pantheon beside his louder contemporaries." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4/5 94% A Band Called Death (2013) " A slice of music history forgotten for too long, and, thanks to A Band Called Death, forgotten no longer." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " The wine flows freely throughout the film, and likely, all through production too." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 24, 2013
2.5/5 49% Carrie (2013) " I never thought I'd say this about a high school massacre movie, but Kimberly Peirce's remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie has way too many survivors. " — Quickflix
Posted Nov 24, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " [This is] heart-in-your-throat stuff. I feel bad calling actual footage of a man almost dying as being 'thrilling,' and yet that's what it is. We need a new word for Blackfish's innately cinematic and all-too-real horror." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " In the arena where budding franchises battle to the death, only The Hunger Games still stands, the young, mangled corpses of non-starters such as The Mortal Instruments and The Host slain at its feet." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 19, 2013
1.5/5 31% Adore (2013) " The worst part of Adoration was when I returned to my car and had to pay for my parking, realising that the awfulness of the movie actually took a quantifiable toll on my life: 111 minutes, and $8.50. " — Quickflix
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/5 78% Filth (2014) " McAvoy is fearless in the part, jettisoning all his nice-guy cred to depict this gassy, coke-snorting, bondage-loving, manipulative movie monster." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 18, 2013
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " It's been about fifteen years since Julia Louis-Dreyfus last graced the big screen; an absence I hadn't even realised. That's on me. Having now witnessed her comeback effort, Enough Said, it's an absence I pray we never have to endure again." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 10, 2013
4.5/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " When it reaches that harrowing, inevitable finale, it inspires fury and confusion much like Spike Lee's signature work did two decades ago." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2.5/5 60% Mr. Pip " It will eventually find a home in classrooms, much like Great Expectations before it. However, I don't expect it to invigorate or inspire kids as Mr. Dickens' work regularly does." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 3, 2013
2.5/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " The only thing more shocking than The Counselor's frequent head-poppings and Diaz's acrobatic automobile display is how underwhelming this pedigreed crime thriller truly is." — Quickflix
Posted Nov 3, 2013
3.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Thor: The Dark World strives for Star Wars with its dense world-building , but its goofy sense of humour (and overall frivolousness) makes it feel more like the first season of Buffy... This is a good kind of problem." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 29, 2013
3.5/5 69% Child's Play (1988) " It's no surprise that this strange, unique, demented picture spawned a whole series of follow-ups; it's just a shame their increasing gaucheness mostly deters people - including myself - from going back to where it all began." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 29, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " This antagonistic yet somehow respectuful relationship between the two skippers gives Captain Phillips its twist: we knew to expect a white-knuckle cinematic experience from this director, but not such a uniquely challenging relationship drama too." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2.5/5 13% McCanick (2014) " Despite also employing a time-skipping narrative structure, [McCanick] neatly walks the thin blue line of previous dirty cop movies. The greatest crime committed here is being too familiar." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 20, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " The market has well and truly rejected the Machete franchise, as if it were salted toothpaste or phlegm-flavoured soda." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 20, 2013
3.5/5 85% Mystery Road " Cormac McCarthy is yet to set one of his sparse, existential tales in the Australian outback, and he may never need to now Ivan Sen has picked up the burden with Mystery Road. " — Quickflix
Posted Oct 14, 2013
2/5 65% Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) " Only one thing about Twilight Zone: The Movie still haunts us today, and it wasn't intentional." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 48% Maniac (2013) " Look, dating is tough." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 13, 2013
3.5/5 69% About Time (2013) " Richard Curtis lives to make you melt, and his latest, About Time, should just about do the trick. It's sad and sweet. And shapeless. But mostly sweet." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 13, 2013
2.5/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " There are actually 111 guns in 2 Guns, but that sum doesn't include concealed weapons, so we'll never really know the truth. " — Quickflix
Posted Oct 7, 2013
1.5/5 8% Diana (2013) " At least it's not quite as disastrous a political biopic as The Iron Lady, which is a horrendously awful portrait of an interesting, divisive individual. Dear reader, that is as faint as praise gets." — Quickflix
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " The old adage goes, 'They just don't make 'em like they used to.' Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity should inspire a rephrasing: 'They've never made anything like this before.' " — Quickflix
Posted Oct 1, 2013
2/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " When Blumberg's film heads into more melodramatic territory, and attempts to impart lessons about what it means to live and love, it feels - and apologies for the phrasing - masturbatory." — Quickflix
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2.5/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " One day, our kids will ask where we were when we first saw Runner Runner. That, or it'll get lost in the annals of time; caught between the metaphorical couch-cushions of The Firm and Boiler Room." — Quickflix
Posted Sep 25, 2013
3/5 89% Rush (2013) " Unpredictability, originality, ingenuity, and a little bit of personality elevates the great from the good. ... Without those elements, Rush feels more like a Walk. It's conventional. It's safe. It's the Ron Howard of movies." — Quickflix
Posted Sep 24, 2013
2/5 57% Cruising (1980) " What an odd relic of the 1980s Cruising is. Controversial enough at the time to derail director William Friedkin's career, thirty years later it's considered totally benign when a Disney star films a reconstruction of its X-rated scenes." — Quickflix
Posted Sep 23, 2013
1.5/5 82% Sharknado (2013) " Sharknado was born to suck, but I'm hesitant to accuse its enthusiastic viewers of being rubes. The prime reason: I'm an enthusiastic viewer of it too. " — Quickflix
Posted Sep 23, 2013
4/5 36% Southland Tales (2007) " Writer-director Richard Kelly throws a lot at the wall. The problem, if that's what we should call it, is that everything sticks. That's bad news for those who like some narrative clarity, and great news for those who enjoy bonkers wall art." — Quickflix
Posted Sep 16, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " What a relief it must be for an actor to realise they're in one of Woody Allen's good movies; a biennial event!The darkly comic class nightmare Blue Jasmine, is one of the good ones. The very good ones." — Quickflix
Posted Sep 13, 2013
4/5 92% The Turning " The magical thing about Tim Winton's The Turning is how consistently good it is. That it occasionally touches greatness makes it miraculous." — Quickflix
Posted Sep 11, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " What Maisie Knew runs its titular, newly-orphaned moppet through so many heartbreaking scenarios and encounters, I was stirred to start drawing up the adoption papers myself. " — Quickflix
Posted Aug 27, 2013
4/5 74% You're Next (2013) " You're Next [is] a damn good time at the pictures. If you're looking for filmmakers about to blow up, big time, they're next." — Quickflix
Posted Aug 26, 2013
2.5/5 27% Jobs (2013) " It's not at all flattering, yet it still adheres to the most tired elements of similar projects that have come before it. jOBS is the Apple III of biopics." — Quickflix
Posted Aug 25, 2013
3/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " So long as Chloë Grace Moretz's murderous Mindy Macready - aka Hit Girl - remains in the limelight, I'll take little umbrage with the bastardisation of the comics upon which these movies are based. " — Quickflix
Posted Aug 20, 2013
1/5 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) " Railing against Scary Movie V for diminishing the series' standards would be as effective as criticising Brooke Hogan for disgracing her proud family name. And yet, the fifth instalment of the Scary Movie franchise does do that. " — Quickflix
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 68% Elysium (2013) " Elysium has many of the ingredients one would think required to replicate [District 9's] artistic success. So perhaps the only lingering question worth answering is, 'Why isn't it quite as good?'" — Quickflix
Posted Aug 11, 2013
4/5 49% Pain & Gain (2013) " Michael Bay, burdened with glorious purpose, pours his everything into Pain & Gain; the closest thing to an indie-spirited passion project he will likely ever make... It works. I can't believe this thing actually works. " — Quickflix
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/5 70% Greetings From Tim Buckley (2013) " It's a fittingly understated turn [from Badgley], complemented by on-stage performances of Tim Buckley's music that feels - and sounds - like real emotional catharsis. No small feat." — Quickflix
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3.5 87% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " A highly amusing little horror movie, elevated by uncommonly layered performances, not to mention the voluminous amount of fake blood spewed, limbs torn apart, oddball sex scenes, and one particularly amusing drug trip." — Quickflix
Posted Jul 28, 2013
1.5/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " What do you call those guys who paint themselves silver and then stand still like statues? This has one of those. A threatening one. So, if that sounds up your alley..." — Quickflix
Posted Jul 28, 2013
2.5/5 35% Passion (2013) " It's not De Palma's over-the-top direction that undoes Passion; rather, the terminal miscasting of its two leads. " — Quickflix
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4.5/5 94% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) " Has any horror movie equalled it in the past 22 years? Perhaps. But if only one super-gory flick is ever considered worthy enough for the Academy's top prize, I'm fine with this being it." — Quickflix
Posted Jul 23, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) " Besides closing on a downbeat final note - as opposed to Shaun and Fuzz's ebullient endings - this is a good old time at the movies, the kind only a born filmmaker can provide. " — Quickflix
Posted Jul 21, 2013
3.5/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " The Wolverine is by far the best of the series; a compliment that comes with a massive caveat: I'm not a fan of what's come before. " — Quickflix
Posted Jul 21, 2013
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