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David Hughes
David Hughes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The Wailing takes its time to burrow under your skin, but by the time it weaves its dark, potent spell, it leaves you with a lingering, unshakeable sense of dread that Hollywood horror films can rarely muster. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 60% The Trust (2016) Tune into its offbeat frequency ... and there is much to enjoy. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 51% Boulevard (2015) The late, great Robin Williams brings great nuance to the anguished Nolan's inner struggle in a slight but sensitive story about a man facing a life-changing choice. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Crackling with energy and fizzing with ideas, this fresh take on Frankenstein is a thrilling adaptation that reinvigorates a well-worn tale. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/5 25% Kill Your Friends (2016) Nicholas Hoult does his best to bring Niven's weapons-grade scumbag to life, in a film hobbled by amateurish acting and absence of production value. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 71% The Nightmare (2015) While Ascher brings the experiences to life in a way that could conceivably induce nightmares in casual viewers, the potency of these scenes is ultimately diminished by repetition. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/5 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) A bold portrayal of a boy soldier in a brutal, bloody conflict, anchored by commanding performances from Idris Elba and 14 year-old newcomer Abraham Attah. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
4/5 88% Horse Money (2015) Visually striking, intellectually challenging and emotionally harrowing. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/5 33% Infini (2015) An exposition-heavy opening gives way to a modestly effective Australian mash-up of sci-fi/horror hybrids. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 36% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) If only he had probed a bit deeper, and widened his scope beyond the predominantly white, male subjects (including our own Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Stephen Merchant), this could have been a fascinating film as well as a funny one. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 40% We Are Your Friends (2015) [A] flawed but fitfully entertaining film, even if it all goes a bit Pete Tong at the end. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 22% Pressure (2015) Fails to realise the potential of a potent premise. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/5 10% Good People (2014) Tom and Anna are so thinly sketched that by the time the painfully slow set-up starts to pay off, we no longer care who does what to whom, or why. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 87% 52 Tuesdays (2015) A flawed yet fascinating Aussie indie. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 44% True Story (2015) The former comedy co-stars are superbly cast in this fascinating, fact-based story. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
5/5 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) Some of his Salgado's depictions of human suffering are not for the faint-hearted but, like this fine film, demand to be seen. Unmissable. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 81% Love at First Fight (2015) A sensitive, slight French romance that marks a promising debut from French filmmaker Cailley. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2015
5/5 96% The Look of Silence (2015) As bleak, unflinching and utterly unmissable as its predecessor, while the number of people credited as 'Anonymous' in the end credits is as bone-chilling as what has gone before. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2015
4/5 83% Lagerfeuer (West) (2014) Triebel is an outstanding presence in this slow-burning thriller, which continues to smoulder long after the credits roll. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2015
2/5 84% Listen Up Philip (2014) Ultimately, this has the feel of a lazy literary adaptation of a half-remembered novel. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) If Chris Morris had grown up in Sweden watching Jacques Tati and Ingmar Bergman films, he might be making films like this. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 93% Force Majeure (2014) A brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 97% The Dark Horse (2016) The heartfelt telling of a truly extraordinary true story with a mesmerising central performance. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
3/5 67% Altman (2014) A laudable introduction for anyone yet to experience the joys of Nashville, M*A*S*H, Short Cuts or The Player. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
5/5 88% Still Alice (2015) Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career (no mean feat, given the strength of her previous work) in this heartbreaking yet life-affirming tale of a woman determined to hold onto her identity while under attack from a debilitating mental disease. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 96% Ida (2014) Pawlikowski has a photographer's eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland's tragic, turbulent past. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Your opinion of this unasked-for but likable comedy sequel depends entirely on whether your reaction to the statement "It's better than the first one" is 1) "Dear God, it could hardly be worse" or 2) "Awesome!" ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2014
3/5 51% The Calling (2014) This engaging -- but, crucially, never quite gripping -- thriller is a gloomy yet classy affair. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2014
5/5 85% Tony Benn: Will and Testament (2014) A fitting memoir to a memorable political life. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 96% Ida (2014) Pawlikowski has a photographer's eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland's tragic, turbulent past. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 25, 2014
4/5 90% The Guest (2014) Mainstream audiences may find this too oddball to appreciate as a straight thriller. But tune into its strange frequency and there is much to enjoy - perhaps even adore. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 69% They Came Together (2014) Reinforcing the very rom-com tropes it's sending up, this is a little too postmodern for its own good. Happily, Poehler and Rudd are as irresistible as ever. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 78% Moebius (2014) Even Oedipus would be left scratching his head by this bonkers but drily funny tale of one family's forlorn search for normality. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) It may be ageing provocateur Abel Ferrara's best film since King Of New York, but the film belongs to Depardieu. Like that painting of Kramer in Seinfeld, he is a loathsome, offensive brute, yet you can't look away. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/5 13% A Promise (2014) If you only watch one Stefan Zweig-inspired film this year, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you watch two, see The Grand Budapest Hotel twice. Awful. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 87% Joe (2014) An understated Nicolas Cage - there's a phrase you don't get to write too often these days - anchors a superbly realised film, which, like its eponymous hero, has a brittle outer shell concealing a surprisingly warm heart. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) Got 2 hours to kill? Spend them elsewhere. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 100% When I Saw You (2012) Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 89% Venus in Fur (2014) Polanski's unavoidably stagy adaptation of David Ives' celebrated Broadway play is an enjoyably witty two-hander, confined to its theatre setting, yet with much to say about gender roles in the world beyond. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
2/5 36% Touchy Feely (2013) Intermittently funny but erratically structured, it's a rare disappointment from Shelton. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 27% Brick Mansions (2014) Too much muscle-headed action, too little parkour (Belle is getting on a bit) - this property is condemned. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 71% The Motel Life (2013) Powerful, moving and melancholy. A low-key treat. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 82% The Double (2014) It could have felt like a facsimile of other films. Instead, it has enough individuality, imagination and idiosyncratic invention to identify it as a true original. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
2/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) A clunky, clumsy handling of a book with (here untapped) depth. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
2/5 13% Bullet (2014) Mediocre at best, this is a big Trej-no. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3/5 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) A documentary of two halves, Gibney's character study of Armstrong is tough and forensic. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 42% Homefront (2013) Another shake-and-bake Stath special, boasting the requisite punchy-fighty action and some pleasing sleaziness from Franco and Bosworth, but it's ponderously handled by director Fleder. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 75% You're Next (2013) Wingard is on his way to becoming the next Sam Raimi, and You're Next may well be your next favourite horror film. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) Anchored by a charming performance from Greta Gerwig, it's as light and breezy as a walk in Central Park, and just as refreshing. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2013
3/5 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) An unshakeable tolerance for high camp and lowbrow humour may be required to fully appreciate Almodóvar's broad, bawdy comedy - even for fans of his early, funny films. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2013