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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
3/5 87% The Children Act (2018) Another reminder, if one were needed, of the subtlety and skill of Emma Thompson's stratospheric talent.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 94% Sicilian Ghost Story (2017) Bewildering in all the right ways, this is a poetic, sublime interpretation of a sorry story. An evocative, emotional experience, it pits humanity against inhumanity, resulting in something refreshingly new.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4/5 81% The Escape (2018) The Escape is not a comfortable watch. But it is a rewarding one, thanks to Dominic Savage's forensic investigation of a disintegrating marriage and career-best work by Gemma Arterton.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
4/5 94% First Reformed (2018) Schrader's best in yonks, a powerful meditation on faith's place in the modern world. Hawke, as a kind of Travis Bickle in a dog collar, gives one of the performances of the year.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 88% Pin Cushion (2018) Uneven in places, Pin Cushion nonetheless offers a moving meditation on what it feels like to be different, elevated by great work from Joanna Scanlan and newcomer Lily Newmark.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
70% Animal World (2018) It's overstuffed, disjointed and suffers from storytelling longueurs but there is so much filmmaking invention and spurts of nutty energy it adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable romp.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) It is small and, story-wise, slight, but quietly powerful in its detail and compassion.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's flawed but powerful, mostly down to a revelatory performance from Diane Kruger.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) It lacks the jazzy swagger of Soderbergh's trio but delivers a fun, likeable romp built on the charm and charisma of its cast.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4/5 94% The Breadwinner (2017) A rare animated film without a shred of sentimentality but bucket-loads of heart and soul.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 95% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker is an absorbing, important portrait of both a genius at work and the man behind the scenes who made the magic possible, whatever the cost to himself.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
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 85% 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 95% 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 24% 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 50% 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 77% 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 69% 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 29% Suburbicon (2017) A strong cast and talented director never make the whole add up.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/5 89% 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 66% 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 53% 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