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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
2/5 32% Emperor (2013) Good intentions, vivid setting and TLJ on top form do not make up for a lack of anything truly compelling. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
4/5 92% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) Occasionally bonkers but kinda brilliant with it, there's plenty here to thrill cineastes and fanboys alike. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
3/5 79% 42 (2013) A well-told but square biopic doing justice to Jackie Robinson rather than exploring him. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 56% Morrissey 25: Live (2013) Manna for Mozzer fans. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 86% Presumed Innocent (1990) A well-rigged whodunit. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that. Catch his Drift and you'll have a brawl. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
2/5 38% Young Einstein (1988) A rather lame, awkward and amateurish movie, only fitfully funny and made in such a remorselessly low-brow way that it makes Crocodile Dundee look like Citizen Kane. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 21, 2013
2/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) Despite DiCaprio's prize performance, purists will fume, but even as lit-crashing razzle-dazzle entertainment Luhrmann's adaptation is a candelabrum too far. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 96% On the Town (1949) Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 51% Promised Land (2013) Northern Exposure with Jason Bourne. Which is a backhanded way of saying this is far from the challenging movie it promised to be. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/5 89% Easy Rider (1969) This is a glorious widescreen vision of a hot and bothered America, at once beautiful and lost. Yes, it has dated, but its pessimistic last gasp ("We blew it...") still carries a prescient sting. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) It's an adventure into the very concept of storytelling: magical, enthralling and thrilling as much as bewildering, pompous and potty. In other words, up in the clouds. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2013
3/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) Hitchcock for dummies: brisk, jolly, well-played but oversimplified. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
5/5 90% Lincoln (2012) As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2013
4/5 93% Jason and the Argonauts (1963) For sheer old-fashioned, childhood rekindling adventure you really can't go past it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2012
5/5 98% Wings of Desire (1987) A beautiful, literate and romantic piece of cinema. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2012
2/5 82% The Neverending Story (1984) This was sweet and charming at the time but now it just lacks either the comedy or sophistication of kids' fantasy film that we've all become accustomed to. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
4/5 86% Dragonslayer (1981) An unknown treasure of a fantasy film and well worth a look for fans of the genre. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
4/5 100% The Witches (1990) Deliciously cruel to children, Roeg remains true to Dahl's underlying sense of real horror. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2012
3/5 63% The Big Blue (1988) This simple tale of love, friendship and the sea lingers in the mind long after the final credits. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2012
3/5 67% Lawless (2012) An uneven mix of impressively executed, violent clichés about good ol' boys defending the American right to flout the law. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2012
4/5 78% Brave (2012) No less lovely than former films, in many ways lovelier, but Brave is boutique Pixar: less ambitious, more succinct, excellence at a lower ebb. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
2/5 56% The Bourne Legacy (2012) Everything Gilroy and crew concoct only serves to mock the excellence and passion with which Greengrass delivered his films. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
3/5 78% Killer Joe (2012) Thanks to McConaughey's oily power and Friedkin's unflinching purpose it's a compelling beast. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2012
4/5 64% Cosmopolis (2012) A part hypnotic, part profound, part send-up meditation on our financially imploding time. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2012
4/5 91% Passport to Pimlico (1949) An entertaining effort from the Ealing studios that sadly hasn't proved as enduring as its peers. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2012
3/5 72% Prometheus (2012) Buffeted by a lack of suspense, threadbare characters, and a very poor script, the stunning visuals, gloopy madness, and sterling Fassbenderiness can't prevent Prometheus feeling like Alien's poor relation. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 30, 2012
4/5 75% Blackthorn (2011) Sam Shepard illuminated the old West - or at least the South American parts - with creaky charisma. He unleashes a growly old timer to rival Rooster Cogburn or Will Munny. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2012
3/5 57% Heaven's Gate (1980) Flawed but interesting piece of art in the form of an anti-Western. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2/5 15% Assassins (1995) The action is stilted and infrequent, reduced to indifferent gun play, car chases and one standout explosion when a gas main ignites. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2012
5/5 93% All the President's Men (1976) As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2012
4/5 100% Captain Blood (1935) Lavish pirate adventure that launched Errol Flynn onto 1930's screens and ensured that buckles would be swashed for a good few years to follow. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3/5 88% Patience (After Sebald) (2012) With so many films adapted from novels, it's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2012
4/5 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) A sequel confident in what it's about - bigger, better, funnier, without stretching the joke. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2011
4/5 92% Sound It Out (2011) Proof that, in the right hands, documentaries boast as much heart as any feature. This one got soul too. Wonderful. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2011
4/5 100% Carry On Spying (1964) More sprightly and less encumbered with the need to titillate that would ring-fence the Carry Ons in later life, there is a youthfulness about Spying that still remains fresher than the colour films. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2011
4/5 96% Island of Lost Souls (1933) This may have been made (and banned) in the 1930s, but it remains a neatly disturbing horror with a definitive ending. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2011
4/5 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical: Hergé thought Spielberg the only director capable of filming Tintin. He was onto something. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2011
4/5 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) Light, assured, and utterly charming: Woody Allen's sublime gifts are still intact. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2011
3/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) There's no question it's stunningly mounted, and Wasikowska makes a much stronger Jane than Alice, but the romance is overripe and the climax underdone. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2011
2/5 62% Final Destination 5 (2011) Time for death to call in sick? ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2011
3/5 55% Home Alone (1990) A hilarious comedy (although not a very believable one -- there can be no eight-year-olds this ingenious) that kids will love and adults won't mind sitting through either. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2011
3/5 57% Dune (1984) It's not for everyone, but if you don't mind the brain-bending confusion of the plot and occasional feeling of '80s high camp, this isn't as bad as its detractors would have it. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2011
5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) There is simply nothing like it out there: profound, idiosyncratic, complex, sincere and magical; a confirmation that cinema can aspire to art. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 4, 2011
5/5 91% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2011
4/5 71% Hanna (2011) An absurd-sounding concept rendered wholly believable and thrilling by a fearless young actress and a director at the top of his game. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 3, 2011
3/5 85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) Slightly underpowered as an espionage thriller, this is nonetheless a fascinating story told with real panache. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2011
3/5 84% Moby Dick (1956) The film takes flight as a grand chase movie, and leaves its ambition in its wake. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2011
4/5 93% Out of Sight (1998) There's a heist, a jail break, and a flawless melding of comedy and drama and Steven Soderbergh ties it together like a master. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2011
3/5 88% Quo Vadis? (1951) Enough large-scale spectacle scenes to outweigh the inevitable religiose sludge that creeps in between them. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2011