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Derek Adams

Derek Adams
Derek Adams's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Time Out, Time Out Sydney

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 53% The Mechanic (2011) With its unrelenting violence and obligatory bonking sessions, this is one for avid 'Stath' fans only. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 25, 2011
2/5 20% Gulliver's Travels (2010) Mostly it veers between the very mildly chucklesome and plain not funny. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 21, 2010
5/5 100% Enemies of the People (2010) This is patient, persistent, probing and fearless journalism of the highest order and it shocks to the core. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 9, 2010
3/5 63% Secretariat (2010) This horsey, 1970s-set Disney film doesn't boast the most imaginative script and is too long and businesslike for youngsters -- yet it still produces a lump in the throat. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 1, 2010
3/5 64% Jackass 3 (2010) It's fabulously funny in small doses, but these unrelenting pranks and farcical set-ups become too monotonous to endure for a full 94 minutes. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 3, 2010
3/5 62% Frozen (2010) Adam Green's taut, toe-curling survival thriller is better than it should be: the concept and the characters' behaviour are mostly plausible, the script is dark and funny, the acting is adequate, and the wildlife scenes are convincing. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 22, 2010
1/5 14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) The script suggests it was developed on the hoof; the CGI is low grade stuff; and the human performances are loathsome. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 5, 2010
2/5 8% Furry Vengeance (2010) Did they have to pad it out with so many repeated pratfalls and inconsequential guff? It should play well enough with the under tens, mind. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 6, 2010
3/5 62% Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) Sensitively directed and rarely over-sentimental, this touching parable will likely ravish the emotions of dog lovers. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 15, 2010
3/5 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) The film might have benefited from a trim and a more linear approach, but mostly it fulfils its role as an illuminating homage to both the protagonists involved and, above all, the guitar as popular music's most timeless icon. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 8, 2010
1/5 21% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) What we're offered is a succession of lifeless scenes punctuated by pratfalls that only a handful of kids in the audience found funny. Next. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2009
2/5 10% Dead Man Running (2009) This budget-conscious, simplistically plotted and often cringingly performed crime caper is not quite as inauspicious a producing debut as one might have expected. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 30, 2009
2/5 59% The Vanishing of the Bees (2011) There's little form to the structure, the editing is amateurish and the narration is puerile. It's a worthwhile subject - but the film is too poor to justify a release. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 9, 2009
3/5 84% Ip Man (2010) Yip's film benefits from crisp cinematography and an engaging 'Seven Samurai'-style storyline, but it's Sammo Hung's superbly choreographed kick-ass fight scenes that dazzle. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 4, 2009
5/5 100% Toy Story (1995) So ingenious in concept, design and execution that you could watch it on a postage stamp-sized screen and still be engulfed by its charm. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 82% The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008) This one's a corker: the cinematography is exquisite; it's admirably devoid of any overt anthropomorphism; the narration, while a little too mythical in context, is informative. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 25, 2009
3/5 50% Jetsam (2007) Apparently made for 3,000, Welsford's well-mounted debut delivers ambiguity in spades - perhaps too many spades. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 29, 2009
3/5 81% Bandslam (2009) 'Bandslam' is far from exceptional, but is saved by decent character development, a cluster of engaging performances and several amusing deadpan moments. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 14, 2009
2/5 73% The Meerkats (2008) Despite the involvement of a producer from the BBC's Natural History Unit and the late Paul Newman on voiceover duty, 'The Meerkats' is just another run-of-the-mill wildlife foray. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 7, 2009
2/5 22% G-Force (2009) Though the film as a whole delivers ample thrills, it does lag occasionally and is encumbered by bland voiceovers and a lack of laughs ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 31, 2009
3/5 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) As with the two earlier films, it's all a mite disorderly in tempo but often highly amusing and great fun in the main. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 3, 2009
3/5 78% The End of the Line (2009) The poignant facts and figures are offered by a host of likeable marine scientists, local fishermen and activists. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 12, 2009
1/6 24% Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009) The songs wash over in waves of such turgid mediocrity that by the end you're praying for it to stop. Thankfully, after 76 minutes, it does - and all is well again. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 29, 2009
4/6 81% Objectified (2009) That's what's great about his approach: he focuses on the most mundane of subjects and makes us think about them. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 22, 2009
3/6 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) This is a funnier and more coherent slice of kids' entertainment. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 22, 2009
3/5 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) The Toy Story-esque plot could be written on the femur of dormouse and some scenes still lean towards inanity. But, in the main, this is a funnier and more coherent slice of kids' entertainment. ‐ Time Out Sydney
Posted May 22, 2009
4/6 62% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) This writer can't remember witnessing a harder-hitting kids' movie denouement than the one that closes this microcosm of middle-class German family life in WWII. ‐ Time Out Sydney
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/5 96% From Russia With Love (1964) The film lacks the exotic, colourful flamboyance of the best of its successors. So shoot me. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/6 63% Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) The whole film is a series of frenetically-edited action sequences and bizarre set-pieces roughly stitched together to form some kind of whole. It's been made with tongue firmly in cheek and is often funny for it. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 17, 2009
3/6 28% Fast & Furious (2009) Turn off your mind, though, and there's some fun to be had from some of the better whizz-bang sequences. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/6 72% Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Monsters vs Aliens is skilfully animated and spasmodically funny, but you get the impression the film's seven (!) writers ran out of ideas two-thirds of the way through. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 3, 2009
3% Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) It's a toss up which aspect of this drivel is worst. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 27, 2009
4/6 94% Under the Sea 3D (2009) It's that kind of detail that makes a the film such an immersive experience. An educational one, too. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 12, 2009
1/6 12% Pink Panther 2 (2009) Martin fumbles it from the off. And that, in a nutshell, is reason enough to avoid this as one might any other calamity. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 12, 2009
3/6 56% Stone of Destiny (2008) Written and directed by an American, the film nevertheless feels closer to the 'British' spirit of the old Ealing comedies, something emphasised by its old-fashioned ambience and its charming evocation of the period. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 19, 2008
4/6 37% Transporter 3 (2008) The flashy editing gets on one's wick and no one's going to win an Oscar - but, really, who's complaining? This is straight-up fisticuff fun. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 5, 2008
3/6 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original - but only by a whisker. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 5, 2008
3/6 71% The Girl in the Park (2008) Essentially about loss, guilt and regret, Auburn's film also examines Julia's increasingly unhealthy obsession with her surrogate daughter, which gives it an air of uneasy tension that never amounts to much. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 5, 2008
3/6 36% Igor (2008) But there's not much form to the plot which develops in fits and starts. Nevertheless, those kids that weren't confused appeared to enjoy it, so there you go. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/6 10% Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) (2006) This adult-orientated, computer-generated animation isn't an especially successful outing but still serves as an impressive antidote to the Disney-Pixar norm. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/6 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) And while it may not teach sprogs anything about insects - these ones have human eyes and four limbs - director Ben Stassen has made a fair fist of portraying the Apollo mission with some accuracy. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/6 54% The Foot Fist Way (2006) While most of the deadpan remarks hit the spot, the erratic sketch-like editing and overall slapdash structure give it an air of incompleteness. Fun in parts, slipshod in others. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 26, 2008
4/6 62% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) Ultimately, though, it's the kids' movie; both Butterfield and Scanlon deliver strong, poignant performances. Just prepare to leave the screening feeling somewhat depressed. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 12, 2008
1/5 1% Disaster Movie (2008) The result is a series of extraneous, deplorably unfunny scenes and sketches stitched together in completely haphazard fashion. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 5, 2008
1/6 13% College Road Trip (2008) Even with a brief running time, 'College Road Trip' is an ordeal that even its target audience will find dispiritingly lame. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 22, 2008
3/6 50% The Fox & the Child (2007) Jacquet's golden-hued cautionary tale is beautiful to look at. It's also accurate in the way the time frame of friendship unfolds, and is spot on in illustrating our tendency to anthropomorphise cute animals. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 8, 2008
4/6 50% CJ7 (2008) Chow's film is a charming, funny illustration of family life that explores the notion of being given a second chance. A kids' comedy with a heart. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 8, 2008
3/6 11% Fool's Gold (2008) I succumbed to the very occasional charms of this fair, good-natured romcom adventure and left the screening in quite a good mood. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/6 79% The Bank Job (2008) Tautly mounted, it all looks authentically old fashioned, and there are a few nuggets of amusing dialogue amid the occasional violence, sexual debauchery, political corruption and overall hedonistic atmosphere. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 28, 2008