John Ferguson

John Ferguson
John Ferguson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times
Publications: Radio Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 28% Hook (1991) Although the sentimentality gets a little sticky at times, this remains rousing entertainment. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2/5 20% Mannequin (1987) It's a premise that requires a light, frothy touch, but director Michael Gottlieb instead takes it as a cue for some helpless mugging and crude slapstick. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/5 54% Police Academy (1984) While the follow-ups became increasingly puerile as the series went on, the original film produced its fair share of belly laughs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 47% Three Amigos! (1986) It's nowhere near as funny as it should have been given the talent on show, but the chemistry between the stars and the gentle digs at the western genre make for a diverting enough entertainment. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/5 18% Invasion U.S.A. (1985) Even for its Reaganite times, this is complete trash. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 50% Dream for an Insomniac (1996) Filmed in a mixture of black and white and colour, this has enough good lines to keep you smiling and the young cast members deliver attractive performances. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 27% Event Horizon (1997) Fishburne, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson and Sean Pertwee bring some class to the determinedly B-movie dialogue, and Anderson delivers some eye-poppingly nasty sequences that will please horror fans. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 64% The Addams Family (1991) A witty family comedy that has enough sly humour to keep adults chuckling throughout. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 40% Kickboxer (1989) The fight sequences are staged with such élan that it is easy to ignore the hackneyed script - Van Damme had a hand in that as well - and rather wooden performances. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/5 82% Major League (1989) Amiable but predictable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
2/5 78% Rudy (1993) At times it is both overly sentimental and unintentionally funny. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
4/5 82% Total Recall (1990) This rip-roaring slice of sci-fi excess remains Arnold Schwarzenegger's most satisfying film since his breakthrough hit, The Terminator. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
4/5 98% Hairspray (1988) Waters tones down his usual excesses, but his mischievous black sense of humour is still very much to the fore in this affectionate salute to Z-grade teen movies. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
2/5 7% Captain America (1990) Albert Pyun is a competent director of sci-fi and martial arts action movies, but this tough, brooding comic-book fantasy suffers in comparison to other big-budget superhero adventures, and Salinger lacks charisma as the hero. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
3/5 91% Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007) While director Darren Ashton doesn't bring anything particularly new to the genre, his direction is suitably deadpan and he is rewarded with superb performances from his leads. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
2/5 19% Graffiti Bridge (1990) As a film director, Prince remains a brilliant musician. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/5 67% Purple Rain (1984) The less said about the lead performances the better, although Morris Day eclipses the star with a charismatic turn, but Prince and the Revolution were at the height of their powers. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 42% Strangerland (2015) While director Kim Farrant superbly captures the haunting, parched beauty of the Aussie interior in her debut feature, she stumbles when it comes to the emotional landscape, with the movie flickering uncertainly in tone. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 57% Partisan (2015) Cassel's subtle and quietly menacing performance helps compensate for a story that drifts along rather aimlessly at times, while Kleiman's dreamy visuals mark him out as a talent to watch. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 73% For Your Eyes Only (1981) This 12th entry in the 007 series provides no real surprises, with the exception perhaps of Roger Moore, who gets the chance to show a little more grit than usual. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
1/5 70% Revenge of the Nerds (1984) There is a theory that every Hollywood star has a turkey or two in their closet, so today, step forward Anthony Edwards, star of the hit TV series ER. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
3/5 28% Hocus Pocus (1993) This comedy is unusually dark for a Disney production and it makes for patchy entertainment. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2015
3/5 18% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) This bid by the National Lampoon team to cash in with some Naked Gun-style spoofery lacks the brainless invention of the latter films, but still manages to score quite a few laughs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/5 82% Photographing Fairies (1998) It's imaginatively shot and features some nifty special effects. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/5 64% Back to the Future Part II (1989) The effects are even better than in the first film, and the actors certainly enjoy themselves in a baffling array of roles. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 18% Another 48 Hrs. (1990) Although original stars Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte are reunited with director Walter Hill, all three seem to be going through the motions here. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
2/5 7% Teen Wolf Too (1987) Despite the presence of comic veterans such as John Astin, juvenile slapstick is the order of the day and Bateman shows little early sign of his now-proven comic timing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) It's ironic that this sequel to the blockbuster that initiated the disaster movie cycle should effectively finish off the genre and the career of its king, Irwin Allen. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2015
3/5 80% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) The third in Mel Gibson's sci-fi series is the weakest, but it remains a hugely entertaining futuristic spectacular. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982) Miller doesn't take his foot off the accelerator for a second, and the ingeniously designed and staged road action is stunning. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
3/5 81% Jungle Fever (1991) Lee's direction is wonderfully fluid and, as in most of his movies, he is superbly served by the striking cinematography of Ernest Dickerson and strong lead performances. However, there is a glibness to his script. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 68% Die Hard 2 (1990) Bruce Willis wonders aloud how it could happen to him again, but dons the white singlet anyway for this second hugely entertaining slice of action hokum. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2015
4/5 97% The Dark Horse (2016) Kiwi star Cliff Curtis makes a triumphant return to his homeland with this multi-award-winning true story after Whale Rider propelled him to a career in Hollywood in 2002. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/5 11% Seventh Son (2015) A muddled mish-mash. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 94% The Crying Game (1992) It's a beguiling, eccentric blend of romantic drama and political thriller, and at its centre is a charismatic performance from Stephen Rea. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2015
2/5 40% Two Night Stand (2014) While there is plenty of rude banter and are a few good laughs, Mark Hammer's script is neither witty nor insightful enough to carry the load. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 88% The Hunt for Red October (1990) The talented supporting cast gives a pleasing sheen to the material, while John McTiernan's no-frills direction ensures that the tension rarely slips below pressure-cooker level. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2015
5/5 94% Blue Velvet (1986) Once experienced here, listening to Roy Orbison's In Dreams will never be the same again. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
5/5 86% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) McNaughton's rough, non-judgemental direction gives the film a stylishly chilling documentary feel, while the killer's use of a camcorder asks some challengingly uncomfortable questions about voyeurism and the nature of screen violence. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2014
2/5 3% Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) There's only slightly more plot than appeared in the original computer game, and the result is undemanding fun. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/5 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) Seagal the director shows that he has picked up the odd trick or two from the action specialists who made his name, but his impassioned green speeches will have viewers reaching for the remote control. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/5 23% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) Writer/director Stuart Gillard tries to inject some life into the project by including some tongue-in-cheek scenes in 17th-century Japan, but it quickly degenerates into half-hearted cartoonish action. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/5 4% Material Girls (2006) Even Anjelica Huston as a rival cosmetics magnate struggles to inject any venom into the proceedings. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2014
2/5 11% Club Paradise (1986) Even Williams's quick-fire routines fail to raise many laughs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/5 10% House Arrest (1996) The performances of both adults and youngsters are uniformly strong and, despite the occasional invasion of sentimentality, this makes for thoughtful entertainment. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Staying Alive (1983) Not quite a career low for John Travolta -- Two of a Kind was still to come -- but one he nevertheless would probably love to forget. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 6% Kazaam (1996) Ultimately this is a kids-only affair. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/5 8% Almost Heroes (1998) Farley is as energetically crude as ever, but both Perry and director Christopher Guest, who was behind the classic This Is Spinal Tap, seem uncomfortable with the material. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 15% Dead Man on Campus (1998) It's amiably played, but Alan Cohn's direction lacks bite. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 19% Navy Seals (1990) Director Lewis Teague lets off the requisite number of explosions, but the script is riddled with clichés and Sheen is hardly a charismatic lead. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2014