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
Publications: Empire Magazine, Time Out

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% The Irishman (2019) Of course, Scorsese delivers a stunning, gangster flick but The Irishman is so much more, a melancholy eulogy for growing old and losing your humanity. Savour every one of its 209 minutes, you won't regret it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is a timely, ambitious if broad take on a complex subject, but remains engaging and entertaining. anchored by Keira Knightley on great form. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) It comes on like an Unsolved Disappearance Movie but American Woman morphs into something more interesting, a portrait of a woman gradually finding her place in the world. And Sienna Miller is stellar. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) An entertaining look at a musical institution, what Hitsville: The Making Of Motown lacks in penetrating insight and a nose for controversy, it makes up for in great archival footage and tunes that - even 50 years on - remain heaven sent. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 95% Good Posture (2019) It's a small, lightweight picture but Good Posture is alive to the messy realities of becoming a grown-assed adult, becoming more charming and involving as it goes on. It also suggests a bright future for writer-director Dolly Wells. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) On paper, Don't Let Go's premise - a supernaturally flecked crime story with a hint of time travel - should be exciting but it is let down down by workaday writing and routine filmmaking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai benefits from strong filmmaking and an unflinching gaze, yet it lacks dimensions, both in its characters and take on its subject matter. Still, it's a punchy, promising debut. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) As a last hurrah for a once great action icon, Rambo: Last Blood is a damp squib. Put your headbands at half mast and remember him from his glory days. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) Anchored by a dazzling turn by Samara Weaving, Ready Or Not brilliantly fuses thrills, satire, laughs and horror. Don't count to 100 - just go and see. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 100% For Sama (2019) For Sama powerfully mixes the personal and the political to thought-provoking, emotional ends. The result is one of the best documentaries of 2019. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 67% The Shock of the Future (Le choc du futur) (2019) Driven by a great turn from Alma Jodorowsky, it celebrates the creation and possibilities of music through a distinctly female filter. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) The Shiny Shrimps is a warm, inclusive hug of a movie. The filmmaking is prosaic but wins you over with infectious exuberance and huge heart. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Judy is an enjoyable, sincere attempt to present a multi-faceted portrait of a Hollywood legend, bolstered by a strong Renée Zellweger. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain & Glory might see Almodóvar working in a minor key but it is a major work, graced with career-best work from Antonio Banderas. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) This paean to body positivity and living your own truth is more than welcome, but you just wish UglyDolls' message could be more charmingly argued, adroitly assembled and just plain funny. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) JT LeRoy is a decent telling of a fascinating, resonant true story. If it never really fulfils its promise, it's worth it to see two major talents - Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern - in full flow. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) It might be built on the notion that dogs are the wisest of us all, but the end result winds up stupid. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Combining both the universality and specificity of Springsteen's music, Blinded By The Light is an exuberant anthem to the importance of music, the need to be seen and the hope of new possibilities. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 79% Photograph (2019) Photograph is decidedly old-fashioned and the outcome is never in doubt but the craft is impeccable, the performances low-key and likeable plus there is something persuasive about Batra's gentle worldview, his faith in people and love restorative. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Moving beyond the confines of the app's premises, The Angry Birds Movie 2 starts slow but flourishes into breezy, colourful fun. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 25% Charming (2018) It has the odd fun conceit but the set-up is tortured, the storytelling is episodic, the gags scattershot, the songs forgettable and the animation rudimentary. You'll live happily ever after without it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) If it's not top-drawer QT, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is at once an engaging buddy comedy, an intoxicating fact and fiction mash-up, gorgeous filmmaking and a valentine to the movies that delivers geek nirvana. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
70% Making Noise Quietly (2019) Dromgoole never finds a way to make the film earn its place on the big screen. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) Despite good performances and an interesting milieu, The Wedding Guest doesn't deliver as an exciting genre piece or thought-provoking drama. Michael Winterbottom is a master in many areas but the thriller seems beyond him this time. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Funny, moving and insightful, all filmmakers should lay out their art and art like this. But not all filmmakers can be Agnès Varda. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 100% Only You (2018) Only You, the feature debut of TV screenwriter Harry Wootliff, is that rare effort that could go toe-to-toe with its American counterpart, a passionate, moving love story told with nuance and heart. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) The ever watchable Ethan Hawke is the best thing in this crime caper. It's uneven and lacks the power of its premise but always manages to keep your attention hostage. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 isn't a film about the facts and stats of the mission to reach the moon. Instead, it's about how it feels to be in space and on the ground as history is made. Stunning, stirring stuff. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Although sometimes it gets bogged down in the details of drilling, The Hummingbird Project extracts enough entertainment value from an unpromising premise, greatly helped by Jesse Eisenberg finding the humanity in his hustler. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Scorsese is the Bob Dylan of cinema - poetic, truthful, idiosyncratic - and Rolling Thunder, despite some longueurs, is an important document of a major artist - by a major artist. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 62% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Liam Gallagher: As It Was lacks the narrative shape and drama of previous Oasis doc Supersonic, but provides an interesting snapshot of an artist in transition, both professionally and personally. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Better than Last Stand or Apocalypse but never hitting the heights of X2, Dark Phoenix thrives when its heroes are front and centre. If this is the end, it's a solid rather than spectacular goodbye. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 54% Ma (2019) An ersatz, misjudged exercise in psycho-horror that lacks the courage of its B movie convictions. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) If for no other reason, see it now to be on the ground floor at the unveiling of a new star: Helena Howard. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 83% High Life (2019) High Life is the filmmaker at her most dark, a mesmerising, patience-testing, violent exploration in the darkest reaches of outer and inner space. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Without an original or fresh bone in its body, The Curse Of La Llorona smacks of unelevated horror for the very easily scared, not to mention pleased. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Even if it doesn't quite go beyond the bubblegum, Corbet's fusion of A Star Is Born melodramatics with art-house stylings is cold, raw, dark filmmaking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Finding laughs in the current global political quagmire is a tough ask. But Long Shot manages to spin a winning mixture of warm-hearted fantasy and comedic edge. And Rogen and Theron shine. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Engrossing, surprising and affecting, held together by a towering performance from Tao - her gaze alone should carry a licence to kill. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) Styx is a gripping sea adventure that mixes thrills and spills with thoughtfulness and compassion. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 78% Loro (2019) Like Berlusconi himself, Loro is bloated and overstuffed, but Sorrentino's film is a compelling mixture of the whimsical and the sleazy, the hedonistic and the sad. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a strange but enjoyable mishmash of genres and ideas held together by the gravitas and class of Sam Elliott. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) mid90s is funny, observant and true. If the Wu Tang Clan and Ren & Stimpy references don't resonate, the portrait of finding your people and them schooling you in the world will. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) It aspires to be Inside Out but falls way short. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Happy As Lazzaro is s-l-o-w and its narrative twist will alienate some. But this is deliberate, singular filmmaking, at once poetic and down-to-earth, from an unsung talent. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Leisurely and light on excitement, The Highwaymen is enjoyable, getting by on the chemistry of its two stars and strong filmmaking. But strangely, it feels more old-school than its 50-year-old predecessor. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Vibrant and intoxicating, At Eternity's Gate is a terrific study of both an artist at work and the fragile nature of genius. And Willem Dafoe gives one of the performances of his career, inhabiting and illuminating a complex, crumbling soul. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) An interesting, challenging mess. The White Crow offers lots that's impressive - Ivenko as Nureyev, the dance sequences, a knuckle-whitening last 20 minutes - but can't render it in a dramatically engaging way. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 90% Benjamin (2018) Part film industry satire, part winning love story, Benjamin is low-key and shambling but emerges funny, bittersweet and affecting. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 53% Fisherman's Friends (2019) Bolting together a fish-out-of-water story and a victory-of-the-underdog yarn, Fisherman's Friends delivers on neither front. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019