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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 Cinema, The Skinny

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 25% Mile 22 (2018) A tense and nasty thriller, Mile 22 is a frustrating experience that makes you wonder if Peter Berg should stick to depicting real-life tragedies instead.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
5/5 88% First Man (2018) Astonishing. The definitive take on a monumental moment in history - without ever losing sight of the man underneath the visor.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) There's some quibbles to be had in an over-familiar setup, and an under-served villain, but overall this is a gloriously fun family parable, and as entertaining as any superhero movie you'll see this year.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
4/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) We'd say it's the rare sequel that surpasses the original - but as Deadpool would put it: "That's just lazy writing."‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/5 79% Journeyman (2017) A boxing drama with a difference, Journeyman packs a powerful punch - and reminds us not to take Paddy Considine for granted.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
2/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) It's a different kind of Tomb Raider, certainly. But for an adventure film, it's disconcertingly dull.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2/5 0% Renegades (2017) If Danny Ocean and Barney Ross from The Expendables had a baby, it might look something like this - but should they?‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 92% Stronger (2017) A deeply human and often brutally honest depiction of trauma and recovery, anchored by three superb performances - though it often falls victim to formula.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Sincere and sporadically funny, The Disaster Artist is an endearing tribute to failing in Hollywood. Anyway, how is your sex life?‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
1/5 20% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Double the dads, but half the laughter.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
2/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) A salt-of-the-earth tale that'll play well in red states, but offers little spark.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/5 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Three films in, and the Lego franchise remains hugely entertaining - though it could do with being less of a chip off the old block.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
2/5 4% Flatliners (2017) The original Flatliners should have had a 'Do Not Resuscitate' order attached to it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) More successful as a coming-of-age movie than a horror, It still ranks among the better Stephen King adaptations - no small praise indeed.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 86% Okja (2017) A pot-bellied fable unlike anything else you'll see this year. Not since Babe has an adorable porker inspired such peculiar joy or unexpected heartache.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
2/5 77% McLaren (2016) An earnest but one-note portrait of a racing legend that never quite gets up to speed.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/5 32% The Secret Scripture (2017) A maudlin adaptation hampered by low energy and lapses of logic, The Secret Scripture does a disservice to the book it is based on, and the Irish history it plunders.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/5 47% Sand Castle (2017) Sand Castle does a respectable job of depicting a wretched conflict that none of its participants wanted, but its reason for being feels a little built on sand.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
3/5 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Thoughtful, emotional and often surprisingly funny, Terence Davies offers a rich if inconsistent portrait of a unique poet long deserving of a big-screen study.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 21% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 44% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) ...About as entertaining as avian flu.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 97% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 63% Spectre (2015) After 53 years and 24 films, is it too much to, ahem, exSpectre bit more?‐ The Skinny
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
4/5 92% Sicario (2015) Denis Villeneuve knows how to create tension with devastating precision and stunning visual swagger.‐ The Skinny
Read More | 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
2/5 12% Sinister 2 (2015) Much like the unstoppable power of supernatural forces, there's a grim inevitability to this horror sequel. ‐ Sky Cinema
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/5 19% Absolutely Anything (2017) Forgive the obvious wordplay... but truly, you'll wish you were watching absolutely anything else.‐ Sky Cinema
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/5 59% 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 82% Ant-Man (2015) Ant-Man's unlikely charm is just enough to stop it from being squished at the cinematic picnic.‐ Sky Cinema
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 50% 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2015
3/5 73% 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) Its thought-provoking themes will gnaw at your own humanity long after the shocking finale has bowed.‐ Sky Cinema
Read More | 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 Cinema
Read More | 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2014
4/5 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Turner, you'd hope, would be proud.‐ Sky Cinema
Read More | 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 Cinema
Read More | 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/5 70% They Came Together (2014) Solidly funny and blisteringly smart, this is not your average Date Movie.‐ Sky Cinema
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 22% 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2014
1/5 18% 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 Cinema
Read More | 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 50% 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 Cinema
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014