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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, Time Out

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty is an intermittently funny vehicle for Schumer's talent that never really gets to grips with the ramifications of its high concept. Its heart is in the right place, but its head is somewhere else.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 88% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Claire Denis' most conventionally entertaining film is a delight. And it's yet another reminder Juliette Binoche is an international treasure who should be cherished.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Like Aliens retooled as a militant librarian's fantasy, John Krasinski's relentless shocker thrives on a nifty premise.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 83% Beetlejuice (1988) Amazingly, it all still feels fresh, even though Burton has since become something of his own franchise since.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2/5 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt is a lacklustre staging of a fascinating episode in recent US history. Despite Neeson's strong presence, this is a deep throat that never finds its voice.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
4/5 94% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is epic and personal, daring to tell a simple story in a challenging, arresting way.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsay is now four for four, one of our most exciting filmmakers. If she could not leave it so long next time, that's just fine with us.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/5 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) An end to a damp squib of a trilogy which sees Johnson as the only one to emerge unscathed.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Although the terrorist attack is effectively staged, The 15:17 To Paris fails to spin a remarkable film out of a remarkable act of heroism.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 51% Downsizing (2017) Payne's lm is full of invention, wit, great scenes and big - if not fully realised - intentions. Downsizing may be about a small world, but it is an audacious, out-sized peach of a picture.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's that rare thing: a sequel, albeit 44 years late, that is worth catching up with.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Time and again, [Rian] Johnson finds a cinematic grammar that feels new to Star Wars; big close-ups (tender touching hands), top shots, elegant camera tracks and pulling out in-world sound, leaving just music and image.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 67% Happy End (2017) It is perhaps not top-notch Haneke but Happy End is an intermittently gripping film about loveless people in a joyless world.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
2/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) A strong cast and talented director never make the whole add up.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/5 90% Marjorie Prime (2017) A high-concept idea with a low concept approach, Marjorie Prime is cerebral, talk-driven sci-fi lit up by a compelling exploration of big ideas and across-the-board strong performances from the small cast ...‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) A triumph of painstaking technical prowess and stunning visuals over storytelling and dialogue. See it for its nuanced take on a huge cultural figure and to applaud its astounding audacity.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
3/5 50% The Glass Castle (2017) A familiar tale of a quirky childhood is delivered with little in the way of freshness or truth. Still, the performances by Larson, Harrelson and Watts rescue it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
4/5 87% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) Zoology is a genuine oddity: bizarre, surprising and affecting. If it's meaning is muddled, Natasha Pavlenkova' s central turn makes the tale - and the tail - worthwhile.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Despite attacking the material with gusto, Reynolds and Jackson can't make substandard repartee ... and rote character arcs land.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Like many sequels, Truth To Power is bigger but messier than its predecessor. While it doesn't quite deliver the oomph of the original, it is still a timely, persuasive wake-up call.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 43% Song to Song (2017) It won't convert the unconvinced, but it is beautiful, melancholic, audacious and well-played, a refinement rather than reinvention of a singular filmmaker.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 59% Alone in Berlin (2017) A well-made Euro pudding, Alone In Berlin, like The Book Thief, can't find the depths, darkness or daring to stand out.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
2/5 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Bay's genuine determination to give you a good time still doesn't result in fun. Overlong, overstuffed and soulless, for fans who grew up with Optimus and Co, The Last Knight will sting like a bee.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/5 20% The Book of Henry (2017) After a gentle engaging start, The Book Of Henry makes an ill-judged move into thriller territory. But the performances, especially from Jaeden Lieberher, are strong and it delivers that rare cinematic treat: a real surprise.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4/5 73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) A thoughtful chamber piece and great white knuckle thriller, Berlin Syndrome confirms Cate Shortland as a distinctive, cherishable talent in her most accessible movie to date.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
3/5 83% Handsome Devil (2017) The story is programmatic and the indie stylings feel tired but Handsome Devil is a winning, enjoyable call for individuality.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 86% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) I Am Not Madame Bovary is built on a strong performance by Fan Bingbing and a caustic eye toward bureaucracy. But the good work is undone by a lack of focus and a counter-productive technical gimmick.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/5 67% Alien: Covenant (2017) An upgrade from Prometheus, Alien: Covenant amps up the thrills but doesn't deliver a memorable crew member or the full-on onslaught of the series at its height.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
4/5 90% Their Finest (2017) Anchored by a superb Gemma Arterton, Their Finest is a funny, winning, beautifully acted ode to working women and cinema.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
2/5 49% Going in Style (2017) Despite the all-star trio and the rare joke that lands, Going In Style never hits its stride as a warm-hearted crime caper.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/5 17% Man Down (2016) Featuring strong work from LaBeouf, Man Down is a fascinating example of how a powerful performance and good intentions can be derailed by a misguided concept and flawed execution.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
2/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby has interesting visual textures, a few good jokes and Baldwin has fun. But these elements never transcend an odd premise that fails to deliver big laughs or emotional heft.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 94% Prevenge (2017) Alice Lowe's directorial debut may falter in its grip, especially in story and tone, but it's a daringly evocative film that marks a filmmaker of imagination and promise.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
5/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) A weird, thoughtful, affecting treat.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) It's inventive and full of surprises.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Despite its quality cast and slick visuals, the result is sombre and saccharine rather than uplifting.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
5/5 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
3/5 93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 76% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 94% Swallows and Amazons (2017) No amount of espionage exploits can supercharge the japes and scrapes with excitement that warrant its place on the big screen.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 98% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 0% Precious Cargo (2016) Bruce Willis should really know better.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/5 58% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
2/5 10% Despite The Falling Snow (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
5/5 91% Anomalisa (2015) Anomalisa has more heart, soul and pathos than 99.9 per cent of live-action movies.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 96% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 64% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016