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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% Rocketman (2019) A sequin-encrusted delight. On paper it reads like a by-the-book biopic; on screen it explodes with the kind of colour and energy that only Elton John himself could invoke. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 16% Hellboy (2019) Plenty of shock and gore, and David Harbour is more than worthy to wear the horns. But this is a reboot in need of a reboot. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) A charming family-friendly story about adventure and friendship - told with bar-raising artistic craft and technical skill. We'd expect nothing less from Laika. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Telling an age-old story in a singularly original way, Border is a compelling, sometimes excruciating fairy tale for our times... - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 47% Beautiful Creatures (2013) For the most part, it's business as usual, as Beautiful Creatures obediently follows the young-adult fiction blueprint. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 43% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) Fosters a messy, colourful memory in your mind: surreal, psychedelic, sometimes funny, but frustratingly empty beneath the surface, a disappointingly inadequate tribute to a great comedian. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) A supremely likeable film. Its message might seem obvious and its template overcooked, but it boasts a warm heart, with two astoundingly good lead performances to guide it home. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Fuelled by adrenaline, sugar and plastic, The Lego Movie's Second Part does not entirely reinvent the brick from the First Part. But when the formula is this clever and fun, should we even care? - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
4/5 93% Headhunters (2012) Unexpectedly and frequently hilarious, a heaped spoonful of black humour dolloped throughout. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 56% Perfect Sense (2012) Manages what all great sci-fis achieve: making an imaginative idea worm its way into your head, until you start seeing the world in a strange new light. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Fresh, funny and frequently bonkers, Into The Spider-Verse is an astonishing shot of cinematic superhero adrenaline. For such an over-familiar character, somehow, this feels original and entirely new. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Pairing thrilling technical prowess with profound artistic vision, Alfonso Cuarón has made a masterpiece, at once understated and otherworldly. We need more filmmakers like him. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 84% Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life) (2012) Gianni is the perfect guide to walk through this slight world of late bloomage. His kind but worn face is the ideal personification of a late middle-ager clinging on to the last vestiges of youth, and his reactions are often priceless. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) With the help of a staggering ensemble cast, Steve McQueen has made an intelligent, emotional thriller... - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 22% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
5/5 87% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2018
4/5 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/5 82% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
2/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) It's a different kind of Tomb Raider, certainly. But for an adventure film, it's disconcertingly dull. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2/5 6% American Renegades (2018) If Danny Ocean and Barney Ross from The Expendables had a baby, it might look something like this - but should they? - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
1/5 20% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Double the dads, but half the laughter. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
2/5 88% Only the Brave (2017) A salt-of-the-earth tale that'll play well in red states, but offers little spark. - Empire Magazine EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/5 36% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/5 44% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
3/5 92% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/5 36% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) ...About as entertaining as avian flu. - Empire Magazine EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
3/5 48% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 64% Spectre (2015) After 53 years and 24 films, is it too much to, ahem, exSpectre bit more? - The Skinny EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
2/5 14% Sinister 2 (2015) Much like the unstoppable power of supernatural forces, there's a grim inevitability to this horror sequel. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/5 18% Absolutely Anything (2017) Forgive the obvious wordplay... but truly, you'll wish you were watching absolutely anything else. - Sky Cinema EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 51% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015