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John Nugent

John Nugent
John Nugent's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Sky Movies, The Skinny

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) It's hard to begrudge such an earnest endeavour, but this is missing the wit, nuance, and insight of a book thought by many - correctly, maybe - to be unadaptable. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 60% War Dogs (2016) There's plenty of darkly funny moments, but this is a largely serious movie about an entirely serious subject. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) A strong cast can't rescue the repetitively crude and recklessly derivative material. Mike and Dave need a lot more help than in merely finding wedding dates. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) ...About as entertaining as avian flu. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2016
1/5 30% Criminal (2016) We can but pray that scientists invent a procedure to remove the memory of ever watching this film in the first place. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 11, 2016
3/5 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) It rarely makes sense - the script vastly overestimates the power of the hashtag as a weapon of mass destruction - but you're never bored. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) The fictional universe it presents - a human-free world where mammals have evolved into a bustling, civilised society - is vividly realised, richly detailed and very funny. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 65% Spectre (2015) After 53 years and 24 films, is it too much to, ahem, exSpectre bit more? ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 23, 2015
4/5 94% Sicario (2015) Denis Villeneuve knows how to create tension with devastating precision and stunning visual swagger. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 5, 2015
4/5 61% Legend (2015) As a historical account, it's problematic; as a vibrant slice of period fiction, it's boisterously, bruisingly great. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 8, 2015
2/5 13% Sinister 2 (2015) Much like the unstoppable power of supernatural forces, there's a grim inevitability to this horror sequel. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/5 15% Absolutely Anything (2015) Forgive the obvious wordplay... but truly, you'll wish you were watching absolutely anything else. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) It's hardly breaking bold new ground but Cruise is utterly reliable, his commitment to the role - and what must have been a brutal workout regime - never in doubt. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/5 61% Southpaw (2015) You can't help wondering what it's trying to say, and whether it's even worth saying. Does the boxing-as-redemption cliché really need regurgitating? ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) Ant-Man's unlikely charm is just enough to stop it from being squished at the cinematic picnic. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 17, 2015
5/5 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) Folkloric storytelling on a lavish canvas, it boasts some of the most astonishing animation in recent memory - every frame could be framed. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 48% San Andreas (2015) The Rock, you could say, is caught in a hard place here: lumbered with a powerfully stupid script and drainingly repetitive special effects. But as so often in his career, he makes the best of it. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) Peter Strickland follows up his chilly giallo-horror Berberian Sound Studio with something altogether warmer and sweeter - though no less strange. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 17, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) This is a film as confident and assured in its moral fortitude, and as soaringly powerful in its oratory, as the great man himself. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 2, 2015
3/5 74% Inherent Vice (2015) A noble failure, perhaps, but whatever you make of its unwieldy plot machinations, Inherent Vice's smoky Californian atmosphere is guaranteed to rouse your senses. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) Its thought-provoking themes will gnaw at your own humanity long after the shocking finale has bowed. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 22, 2015
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) Just as modern cinema seems resigned to cape-fluttering repetition, along comes something truly original. How often can you say that now? ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) When it works, it's often down to Carrey and Bridges: they have a knack for wringing a laugh out of anything, though not exactly with much subtlety. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 19, 2014
4/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Turner, you'd hope, would be proud. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 65% The Maze Runner (2014) It may not quite a-Maze you, but for its fanbase, it will no doubt be a Runner-way hit. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/5 51% The Calling (2014) It's handsomely shot, filmed with a crisp, chilly edge and plenty of natural light. But the visual realism locks horns with a ruinously predictable - and increasingly silly - narrative. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/5 69% They Came Together (2014) Solidly funny and blisteringly smart, this is not your average Date Movie. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) "I've never seen anything like this!" gravely intones weather expert Dr Allison Stone midway through Into The Storm - but alas, we have seen many, many things like this. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1/5 19% Let's Be Cops (2014) Let's Be Cops, in three depressingly simple words, at least gives value for money: a title, a studio pitch, a high-concept plot summary, and an apt example of the astonishingly low bar this film aspires to. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/5 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) It's shot with style and verve, all extreme close-ups and moody saturated colours. But the visual prowess fails to mollify a feeling that this is all rather silly. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 49% Earth to Echo (2014) The cast do a fine job carrying the movie on their young shoulders, and navigate the rather unnecessary soapy story strands - one character has some tedious abandonment issues - with aplomb. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 24, 2014
5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) A unique and quite wonderful cinematic experiment which somehow manages to capture the intangible essence of life, in all its sound and fury, perhaps better than any film in recent memory. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 91% Locke (2014) Lean, engrossing, and entirely unique - you'll never look at junction 5 of the M1 in the same way again. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) It boasts the best of Marvel's knowing wit and and one-liners, the grandest flex of its big-dollar action muscle, and crucially, some of the boldest plot developments yet seen in its cinematic canon. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2/5 51% The Zero Theorem (2014) There's a confused mess of a plot which goes unresolved and lacks clarity in the extreme. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 49% RoboCop (2014) The sci-fi action is surprisingly satirical - and surprisingly entertaining. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) Luttrell's remarkable story of survival is worth telling. Inevitably, the temptation to depict US military as consummate heroes creeps through. Yet it's a more balanced account than you might expect. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 30, 2014
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) DiCaprio's a marvellous fit for the role, and his slimy charisma could charm even the steeliest of souls. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/5 14% 47 Ronin (2013) Ultimately, this vision of feudal Japan seems to fall somewhere between a graphic novel and computer game. But even comics and games are less witless and tedious than this. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 94% All Is Lost (2013) At a time when filmmakers are desperately throwing everything at the screen and seeing what sticks, it's refreshing to see a film like All Is Lost come along and turn the more-is-more formula on its head. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Anchorman 2 is bloated, overlong, and sometimes just downright odd. But as both a hymn to the original, and a bruising comic contender in in its own right, this is sequel that manages, against the odds, to stay classy. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) Disney are riding a new, confident wave at the moment, and Frozen is a new height. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Dec 5, 2013
5/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) A beautifully crafted romantic drama, and greater than the sum of its parts. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) Besson strikes a jarring tone between crime and comedy; a soundtrack of irritatingly 'wacky' accordion music prescribes a comic mood rarely met by laughter. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/5 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Daniels' depiction of this era is well-balanced, gripping, and often electrifying. Occasional snippets of real-life media solidify the significance of the movement. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Nov 14, 2013
5/5 92% Philomena (2013) Stephen Frears' unfussy direction - and Coogan's splendid script - maintains a confident balance across many potential conflicts: between humour and pathos, religion and atheism, revenge and forgiveness. ‐ Sky Movies
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/5 64% Filth (2014) For the most part, Filth is savagely entertaining: a cathartic, darkly funny portrait of self-destruction. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Ikarie XB1 (Icarus XB 1) (1964) A classic of Eastern Bloc filmmaking, it vividly summons that early thrill of discovery - and dread of the unknown - that the space programme once invoked. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 48% Spike Island (2015) Christopher Ross's bold cinematography, in particular, helps capture the potent exuberance of the era. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 19, 2013
4/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) It remains as engaging, illuminating, honest and funny as its predecessor; here's hoping we revisit Jesse and Céline in another decade or so. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 19, 2013