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Ian Nathan

Ian Nathan
Ian Nathan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 52% Demolition (2016) Gyllenhaal continues his post-Nightcrawler upgrade with another vivid performance in the key of strange. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) The acting troupe are great fun: Lee looks fit, Headey is sweet enough in a narrow role, Cleese fine-tunes his predictable Fawlty bit and Elwes stiff-upper lips to excess. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2016
5/5 96% Ran (1985) Perfectly paced and beautifully directed with some simply superb acting. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2016
5/5 96% Schindler's List (1993) It was (and remains) irreducibly [Spielberg's] masterpiece. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2016
3/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) It's slight, but sweet. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2015
2/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) For all the special effects and half-starved A-listers, this is a sodden beast. Perhaps there's a reason that Melville only told half the story. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2015
4/5 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "Black sheep" of the American dynasty, Guggenheim was vital to 20th century art and, aided by Vreeland's lively montages and la-de-dah experts, she is astonishingly forthcoming. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 89% When Harry Met Sally (1989) Ephron's tart, grown-up script examines the inevitably of love finding a way despite the fight put up by this famous pair of snappy New Yorkers. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) So godlike is Spielberg's status that we often take his talents for granted. The strange, riveting mix of Bridge Of Spies is another sterling reminder that we shouldn't. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2015
4/5 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) Unshowy to a fault, Hytner delivers a fine, moving comedy of English manners between a writer and his eccentric tenant, which slowly deepens into an exploration of human bonds. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
5/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) For all its relevance and grandeur, Steve Jobs is ridiculously entertaining. You might say, user-friendly. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/5 89% The Lobster (2016) Inordinately strange and tiresomely glum, but in spots hideously funny. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) At times it feels as if five different films are going on at once, but Schumer's whip-smart delivery and no-holds perkiness keeps it all in place. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Easily, almost nonchalantly, best in franchise, Rogue Nation dispenses with the dead weight of realism or relevance for state-of-the-art thrill-making in a classical mould. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 65% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Could be an oblique prequel to Downfall. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/5 72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) If director Chuck Workman maps a familiar rise and fall of rule-breaking brilliance it is vindicated by the great raconteur and in-depth praise from an impressive roster. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 79% Queen and Country (2015) Less vibrant than the original, but equally thoughtful and funny. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Imagine a movie where Tom Hardy is the point of calm. Max's re-enfranchisement is a triumph of barking-mad imagination, jaw-dropping action, crackpot humour, and acting in the face of a hurricane. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2015
3/5 38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) On one level a fascinating refraction of the Amanda Knox trial into an examination of perception, on another an increasingly trying hall of mirrors. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 73% The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) Swords and silly special effects in this enjoyable adventure. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4/5 84% Casualties of War (1989) Michael J. Fox is a revelation as the mouse that roared, whilst the score, the direction, and the rest of the cast turn a risky film into a solid addition to the Nam canon. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2015
4/5 74% Inherent Vice (2015) The less you try to figure out Anderson's rambling, mesmerising mystery, the better. Just relax and let this beautiful, haunting, hilarious, chaotic, irritating and possibly profound tragicomedy wash over you. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 72% American Sniper (2015) A thrilling Iraq war story that manages to both honour the necessities of heroism and ruminate on what heroism might cost a man. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) Jolie is working in broad strokes, which isn't a sin. There are worse inspirations than the majesty and imperilled masculinity of David Lean. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2014
5/5 97% The Princess Bride (1987) A unqualified success that blends New York wit with timeless storytelling; a risky piece of filmaking that never feels so. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2014
5/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Shimmering with awards potential, Leigh's glorious picture is a hilarious, confounding, wholehearted and dazzlingly performed portrait of an artist as an ageing man. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) A persuasive, warts-and-bolts depiction of warfare from the guts of a tank yoked to an overwrought, sub-Private Ryan account of innocence under fire - so a hit and a miss. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
3/5 60% Draft Day (2014) The drama holds the attention throughout, even if the script never quite crackles as it might. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) The Canadian horror maestro scrapes away the surface of Hollywood to discover a magnificently Cronenbergian outbreak of tortured families, reprehensible behaviour and extreme violence. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Weightless, but not without its enchantments, this is Woody Allen coasting. But where better to coast than the loveliest coast of all? ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) For all its chilled intelligence and topical ambition this is a bloodless adaptation, but worth seeing for Hoffman's deft and ghostly presence. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 67% Lucy (2014) What begins as a thrilling pastiche of comic-book formula gets bogged down in its own scientific prattle - not that you ever stop adoring Johansson's magnificent heroine. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 86% Altered States (1980) It's got Russell's trademark eccentricity (read: slight bonkers-ness) all over it, which you may take as a warning or a recommendation. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2014
2/5 37% God's Pocket (2014) An uneven debut from John Slattery that nonetheless shows flashes of flair and a jet-black sense of humour. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/5 2% Getaway (2013) While the seemingly endless car chase has many literal gear changes, Getaway as a film is a monotone experience. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) A superbly mounted, powerfully performed, if slightly underfed Apes sequel. That Reeves is set to direct Untitled Of The Planet Of The Apes next is cause for much celebration. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/5 8% Milk Money (1994) What results is, at best, only a sparingly funny series of mistaken identities and some really distasteful hooker gags delivered by the shocked townsfolk. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2014
3/5 80% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet's early days. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) It's a nice, pleasant celebration of friendship, but without much meat to chew on. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 81% Tracks (2014) However familiar the terrain, this is a vivid, heartbreaking and captivating character piece and travel movie in one, guided by an outstanding Wasikowska. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 76% Robin and Marian (1976) The atmosphere is one of melancholy as Lester penetrates through the gauze of fantasy to find the human heart, and softly finds it beating. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 81% Oliver! (1968) Even if you're not a fan of the musicals, Oliver is so witty, so bright and so endearing that even the iciest viewer should start melting in its corona. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch's vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he's in fine voice nonetheless. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 95% Her (2013) Jonze has made a sweet, smart, silly, serious film for our times, only set in the future. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Get this - Matthew McConaughey is currently the most exciting acting talent at work in movies. Next up, the simple business of a Christopher Nolan. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2014
2/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) Tamely shot, thematically scattershot and uncertainly told - not even Colin Firth can talk this biopic to life. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2014
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Whatever the flaws, many from the books, this second grittier, more confident round of Hunger Games thrills us into submission. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
5/5 96% Gravity (2013) The film of the year. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) A terrific human drama about two boys about to be consigned to the scrapheap, with standout performances from its young leads. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 43% Closed Circuit (2013) With Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, screenwriter Steven Knight has proved his ear for London's darker rhythms. Here, though, there's little to raise the pulse. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013