Ian Sandwell

Ian Sandwell
Ian Sandwell 's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Digital Spy SciFiNow
Publications: Digital Spy, SciFiNow

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 46% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral: From the Book of Saw tries to blend the old and the new, but only ends up feeling like a sub-par Saw copycat. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3/5 76% Army Of The Dead (2021) Will Army of the Dead change the minds of Snyder critics? Probably not. But for Snyder fans and anybody in the mood for bloodthirsty zombie action, the movie hits the jackpot. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
3/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) It's not quite a flawless victory, but neither is it a fatality for the series either. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
2/5 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) As Things Heard & Seen plays its final cards, the overwhelming feeling will be one of disappointment as you realise it didn't really have anything new to say. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) While the plot is a dud, Without Remorse absolutely delivers on the action front with a charismatic Michael B Jordan in the lead. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3/5 77% Stowaway (2021) You're left with a sci-fi that's well-acted, original and thought-provoking, but one that also squanders the strong premise it had. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
5/5 97% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) The Mitchells vs the Machines is creative, hilarious and endearing - and one of the best movies of the year. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
3/5 81% The Power (2021) It might fall short of the greats of the genre, but you'll definitely switch on every light after you watch it. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) It isn't without its issues, but in terms of delivering on the carnage promised, you'd be hard-pressed to find a fan that won't be satisfied. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2/5 75% Bad Trip (2020) You don't necessarily watch a prank comedy for nuance, but Bad Trip is badly lacking in variety. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 97% Slaxx (2020) Given that Slaxx lasts for little over 75 minutes, you're not given the time to get bored with its high-concept premise. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
4/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Sure, it is very long and yes, it is peak Snyder with all the visual overload you'd expect, but there's no denying it's a more cohesive and engaging version of the movie. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
2/5 48% Yes Day (2021) Yes Day is inoffensive and you'll have seen worse, but when there's better family options out there, you're better off saying no. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
2/5 67% Sentinelle (2021) The execution doesn't even come close to living up to the promise, leading to a dull and uninspired thriller - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 73% Boss Level (2021) Boss Level isn't quite the consistent high-octane action movie you'd be expecting and wishing for based on the concept. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
2/5 64% Wrong Turn (2021) Wrong Turn ends up being connected to the franchise in name only and you're left wondering what the point of it all was. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 37% Cherry (2021) Tom Holland really pushes himself in a wide-ranging and committed performance, holding together a movie that is overambitious and narratively muddled - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 63% The Owners (2020) The Owners is fairly relentless in its grim tone which will likely limit its audience, despite the draw of the lead cast and the effectiveness of the shocks. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
4/5 62% Willy's Wonderland (2021) But even by Nicolas Cage's standards, Willy's Wonderland is another level of weirdness that you won't be ready for. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 88% News of the World (2020) Fans of Tom Hanks, especially, will be in their element and might even be calling for a sequel where he literally just reads the news. We'd watch it. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
5/5 98% Assassins (2020) White's documentary is forensic in its coverage of the trial, but the biggest strength of Assassins is that the director never forgets about the two women involved. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 88% The Dig (2021) You'll be left wishing that The Dig uncovered more, but it's still a well-performed and beautifully shot drama for a comforting weekend watch. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) You're left in no doubt that you're already watching two of the best performances of the year in the first great movie of 2021. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Pieces of a Woman just can't live up to its unforgettable and powerful opening, despite the best efforts of Vanessa Kirby. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
1/5 9% Songbird (2020) Songbird isn't just bad because of the ill-judged plot - it's a plain bad movie, full stop. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) A visually striking, emotional and bold sci-fi, telling a bleak, yet oddly hopeful, post-apocalyptic tale. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 84% Mosul (2020) It's a shame that Mosul's storytelling can't match up to the action or the power of the real-life story, because then Netflix might have had another Russo Brothers hit. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/5 70% Godmothered (2020) As with that Enchanted, the film gives a cynical, real-world twist to a classic Disney trope - this time, fairy godmothers - and offers well-observed laughs and tons of heart. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/5 55% The Prom (2020) The Prom will leave you thoroughly entertained and feeling positive, but however strongly it ends, the miscasting of James Corden remains a frustrating major flaw. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
67% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) Fans of the first movie will be pleased to find it delivers more of the same - for better and for worse. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 89% Run (2020) An old-school thriller told expertly that refuses to let you settle, elevated by two excellent performances from Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
4/5 67% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) We never thought that SpongeBob SquarePants could be the saviour of 2020, but like the character himself, it (kind of) makes total sense in this year. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
44% Holidate (2020) It's about as formulaic as you'd expect. That's not a problem in itself, but the problem is that Holidate takes so long to accept it's a generic romcom. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
67% Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (W Lesie Dzis nie Zasnie Nikt) (2020) It might not be up there with the classics, but Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight knows exactly what it is, delivering gory deaths, meta gags and likeable characters. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
2/5 48% The Witches (2020) It's hard to imagine any children being shaken by this surprisingly bland take on The Witches, despite Anne Hathaway's camp turn. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is an offensive, frequently shocking and often breathtaking comedy sequel. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 39% Rebecca (2020) You might expect Wheatley to lean heavily on the darker aspects of the tale, but instead he's delivered an unashamedly romantic throwback to the classic Hollywood era. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 95% Soul (2020) Soul doesn't hit the high benchmark that Pete Docter set with his previous Pixar movies, but it's still a profound, inventive and hilarious look at what it means to be alive. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
5/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud might not be an all-out scarefest, but it's the kind of horror that seeps into your consciousness and remains there, whether you want it to or not. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 84% Scare Me (2020) Scare Me is an often fun and inventive spin on a 'isolated cabin in the woods' horror tale. It's just one that perhaps should have ended one tale earlier. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Bill & Ted Face the Music feels firmly like a movie made for the fans - and why shouldn't it be? It's a loving retread of everything that made the previous movies work. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
3/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Millie Bobby Brown is terrific as Enola Holmes, charismatic & endearing in a role that could have been irritating. It's a shame the mystery itself just isn't that interesting. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 70% Tenet (2020) An original and mind-bending take on a spy movie... Solely in terms of technical aspects, it's an incredible feat of filmmaking. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 66% Spree (2020) Joe Keery is sensational in the role and when Spree works, it's thanks to him. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 95% Palm Springs (2020) Palm Springs is hilarious, affecting and weird, and features two brilliant performances from Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti. Don't read any more until you've seen the movie. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) With the always-brilliant Charlize Theron in the lead, The Old Guard proves to be the comic-book movie to beat in 2020 - and it could even teach Marvel and DC a thing or two. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
5/5 92% Relic (2020) Relic is not just one of the most terrifying horrors of the year, it's also one of 2020's best movies. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) It doesn't exactly earn douze points, but there's plenty here to enjoy if you're a Eurovision fan. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/5 71% 7500 (2020) 7500 isn't just your typical hijacking thriller and brings an innovative and fresh take to the genre - or at least it does until it's grounded by its second half. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
2/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Artemis Fowl will likely annoy fans of the book series with its changes, while newcomers will struggle to see what the fuss is all about. - Digital Spy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020