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Ian Freer

Ian Freer
Ian Freer'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
2/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Despite its quality cast and slick visuals, the result is sombre and saccharine rather than uplifting. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2017
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) Audacious, retro, funny and heartfelt, La La Land is the latest great musical for people who don't like musicals - and will slap a mile-wide smile across the most miserable of faces. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 84% Silence (2017) Less showy than The Last Temptation Of Christ, more gripping than Kundun, the third part of Scorsese's unofficial 'religious' trilogy is beautifully made, staggeringly ambitious and utterly compelling. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2016
3/5 100% The Pass (2016) Russell Tovey gives a layered, career-best performance in an intense interior drama that never quite shakes its theatrical origins. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) A Street Cat Named Bob has its heart in the right place but doesn't quite land on a tone to unite hard hitting drama and a cat-based comedy. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) Notable for a superb Kristen Stewart performance, this entertaining lament to old Hollywood and lost love sits between major and minor Woody. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 93% Swallows and Amazons (2016) No amount of espionage exploits can supercharge the japes and scrapes with excitement that warrant its place on the big screen. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) An intimate, if unanalytical, portrait of one of movies greatest talents, told in her own words and through an adroitly assembled use of fantastic home movie footage. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 0% Precious Cargo (2016) Bruce Willis should really know better. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) The Neon Demon pulls off the unique feat of being both boring and bravura all at once. Like the world it depicts, it's a feast for the eyes but little else. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2016
2/5 13% Despite The Falling Snow (2016) An old school romantic thriller that lacks the subtleties and sophistication of recent spy storytelling, be it on the big screen (Bridge Of Spies) or small (The Night Manager). ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
5/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa has more heart, soul and pathos than 99.9 per cent of live-action movies. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) A landmark film book gets its just deserts. The cleverly curated clips are stunning and the analysis thought-provoking in this richly rewarding piece. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) There is a lot to like: a great opening, searing action and strong cast (Winslet is a stand out). ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) A strong cast and impressive action sequences can't find subtleties or surprises to enliven a rote period disaster movie. It hits the right points, but mechanically. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 45% The 33 (2015) The astonishing true life story of The 33 deserves a better than movie than this. Trite above and below ground, it is not suitable for miners. Or anyone else really. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 69% The Danish Girl (2015) Redmayne's fine bone-china features are prime movers in all of this being convincing but so is his performance, reticent, vulnerable and acutely observed. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) As the pieces slot quickly into place, the investment you made in these people and their predicaments begins to pay off, big time. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 80% Bolshoi Babylon (2015) Although it's good on the drive and neuroses that come with such a potentially short career, you yearn for more dancing. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 81% Sunset Song (2016) Deyn is a revelation in a difficult but rewarding take on Scottish rural life. The most English of directors has done a Scottish classic proud. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 66% The Night Before (2015) It doesn't all land, but The Night Before is largely a salty, sweet jingle ball. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/5 28% Fathers And Daughters (2016) Muddled, overwrought ... ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 97% Tangerine (2015) It may be known as The Movie Shot On An iPhone 5, but Sean Baker's hymn to the spirit of the streets has so much more going for it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) Anchored by another great turn from Matt Damon, The Martian mixes smarts, laughs, weird character bits and tension on a huge canvas. The result is Scott's most purely enjoyable film for ages. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/5 80% McFarland USA (2015) The kids are a likeable bunch and Costner, as ever, imbues the hooey with enough gravitas to make you care. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
3/5 70% Miss You Already (2015) It has good moments, and it doesn't leave its male characters completely hanging, but the central friendship fails to convince. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3/5 44% Irrational Man (2015) A thriller in the key of Woody. The "same old, same old" but still entertaining. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
4/5 89% Dope (2015) A smart riposte to the 'hood drama stereotype. Dope is funny, stylish and mostly exuberant fun. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2015
4/5 85% The Wolfpack (2015) A compelling glimpse into a bizarre, hermetically sealed life. The brothers are easy to warm to, and the family's slow introduction into the outside world is quietly moving. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 56% Paper Towns (2015) An engaging, if familiar, mix of teen rites of passage, the fun of friendship and mooning over a cool girl. Still, Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne make for a watchable duo. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) Noah Baumbach's great run continues. Sharp, fast and witty, it's old school screwball comedy with a cool modern twist. And Greta Gerwig is a bona fide genius. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/5 13% Return to Sender (2015) Mikati fumbles the changes in tone, and all the patient character work doesn't make you care any deeper come the tricksy ending. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet The Last Sparks of Sundown (2014) Gets by on verve, invention and a good heart. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2015
5/5 97% Man With a Movie Camera (1929) Silent stunner. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out is audacious as it is silly, as funny as it is imaginative. It's hard to think of a lovelier way to spend 102 minutes this summer. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 91% Love & Mercy (2015) This is the film Brian Wilson's talent deserves: original, smart and affecting. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 46% Boychoir (2015) It's obvious and mechanical but nicely played by all. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2015
2/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Shorn of the first film's inner tensions, this Soderbergh-less sequel has the obvious whiff of cash-in about it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 89% The First Film (2016) A sincere, fascinating look at the birth of cinema. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 82% The Overnight (2015) Excruciatingly hilarious and hilariously excruciating. The merkin scene will live with you forever. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) An entertaining and compelling story about music's unsung heroes. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) Peter Bogdanovich's attempt to update the screwball of the Golden Age lacks the requisite elegance, wit and charm. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 75% Gascoigne (2015) An entertaining 90 minutes for the football-inclined, but it doesn't transcend its subject matter à la Senna. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) The filmmaking is exemplary but most impressive of all is the tone that mixes comedy, melodrama and darkness. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 88% A Fuller Life (2014) Great on his early life, but doesn't really illuminate his genius as a filmmaker. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) It gives artistic types an easy ride but it's a feast of rich writing and great acting. And if you've only ever seen Kristen Stewart in Twilight movies, she is in a different class here. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 96% Girlhood (2015) Overall this is a gripping, non-judgmental look at a young girl finding herself in the toughest circumstances. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
3/5 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) An affectionate portrait of a big-hearted man and a fitting testament to the enduring appeal of Sesame Street. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 75% Good Kill (2015) It's Top Gun with gamer's thumb. Ethan Hawke shines in a complex, satisfying character study turned combat thriller. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 89% Nånting måste gå sönder (Something Must Break) (2015) Director Bergsmark's romance has intense moments and dream-like interludes but it lacks consistency to be truly powerful. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015