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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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 94% Shithouse (2020) A funny, tender treat. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2021
4/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) This is Bond film that dutifully ticks all the boxes - but brilliantly, often doesn't feel like a Bond film at all. For a 007 who strived to bring humanity to larger-than-life hero, it's a fitting end to the Craig era. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
5/5 88% The Green Knight (2021) A rivetingly weird and exceptionally beautiful fantasy film that offers no easy answers but ponders the biggest questions - through myths, mysticism, and men in crisis. This is major stuff from David Lowery. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
3/5 86% Vivo (2021) More family-friendly than for-all-ages-friendly - but lively work from the thriving Sony Animation makes this energetic Lin-Manuel Miranda musical mostly worth your time. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Despite some dazzling animation, this is a mess of celebrity and corporate cameos that fails to capture the weird spirit of the '90s original, or the '40s heyday - more 'suffering' than 'succotash'. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 89% Deerskin (2020) The most terrifying fashion film since The Devil Wears Prada, Deerskin is a deliciously ridiculous farce played largely straight. This is a jacket you will feel the benefit of. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
2/5 52% The Tomorrow War (2021) Despite its wild premise - Chris Pratt goes to the future to fight aliens! - and considerable talent, The Tomorrow War is mostly just bloated blockbuster business as usual. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/5 30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) It's clearly aimed to appeal to kids more than grown-ups, but there is just the right amount of spark to hold everyone's attention. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
3/5 71% My Salinger Year (2021) If you're an aspiring literary type, this is the film for you: a sweet - if slight - entry in the coming-of-age canon, buoyed by strong turns from Qualley and Weaver. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
2/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral makes an admirable stab at defibrillating an old franchise - but ultimately wastes its stars, caught in the same bear-trap of a formula that befell earlier sequels. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 67% Army Of The Dead (2021) It's refreshing to see Snyder reignite his first love with this romp of a genre mash-up that lets Snyder loose with his most gleeful indulgences, almost as much as his worst excesses. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
2/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla Vs. Kong mostly delivers on its promise of a big monster fighting another big monster. It just depends whether you're willing to sit through the toe-curlingly bad set-up that surrounds it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
2/5 21% Chaos Walking (2021) A disappointment. A premise with much promise has been turned into a bland retread through YA's most familiar faults - despite some bold efforts from Holland, Ridley and Mikkelsen. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 37% Cherry (2021) There's much to chew on in Cherry, and not all of it works. But a never-better performance from Tom Holland, and some bold directorial choices, make it a mostly compelling watch. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/5 20% Stardust (2020) A by-the-numbers biopic that does a disservice to its star and subject, and sorely missing a killer soundtrack. Watch The Man Who Fell To Earth instead. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
4/5 67% Falling (2020) A bold, brave first effort behind the camera for Viggo Mortensen, elegantly distilling some painful truths for anyone who has ever had a complicated relationship with a parent. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/5 54% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) While it doesn't quite boast the bullet-train speed or slickness of the original, it's not a cheap replacement bus imitator, either. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) A treat. With astonishing craft and visual storytelling that howls from the screen, Cartoon Saloon have surely secured their place in the animation hall of fame. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 75% Pixie (2021) Uneven, immature and a little derivative - but entertaining performances from Olivia Cooke and Alec Baldwin keeps Pixie watchable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) As shocking as it is hilarious, as ridiculous as it is insightful, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is the comedy we both need and deserve right now. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 39% Rebecca (2020) This is Ben Wheatley on a different register: a bigger scale, a more mainstream approach. There's much to like - but the shadow of Alfred Hitchcock looms large. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Bleak, bewildering, and a bit bonkers. Kaufman's uncompromising originality is always welcome - but you'll need time to let this one percolate. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 83% Proxima (2019) Another Glum Space Mum, but one who feels complex and real. While the film depicts extraordinary circumstances, it always keeps the hearts (and heads) of its mother and daughter in focus. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Unbearably tense and thematically rich, this feels like an entirely fresh take on a 123-year-old story. Which is not something we saw coming. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A miracle of a film. It feels like Bong Joon-ho's already extraordinary career has been building to this: a riotous social satire that's as gloriously entertaining as it is deeply sardonic. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Conjuring menace and mystery from solitude and seagulls, The Lighthouse is a folk tale, a black comedy, a horror, a mystery, a (platonic?) romance - and something more still, something unspeakable. Something like a masterpiece, perhaps. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A breezy, brilliant treat. Iannucci may have softened the bite of his comedy but replaces it with something remarkably optimistic and buoyant, telling a story as joyously relevant as it was a century-and-a-half ago. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
2/5 20% Cats (2019) The intended humour mostly falls flat (lame jokes like "cat got your tongue" are neither funny nor logical), but there's something in the garish, glorious failure of it that can absolutely be enjoyed. It is unbelievable that it even exists. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Not for the faint-hearted - and even the tough-hearted might struggle in a few places. But this uncompromising, unflinching meditation on violence should be seen as widely as possible. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) If it's slightly hampered by a generic love story and pie-in-the-sky teenage pontificating, I Lost My Body should still rank among the year's most original and peculiar films. Hands down. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) The Battle Of Agincourt has never looked better. But despite valiant efforts from an underused cast, this is not quite the definitive take on Shakespeare's Henriad. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) Existential but also intimate, Ad Astra is a stunning, sensitive exploration of the space left by an absent parent - and the infinite void of actual space. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Falls slightly short of being the definitive Alien doc, but Memory is slick and thoughtful, and will deepen your love of a classic. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A big, lumbering bastard of an action movie sequel. It achieves more-or-less exactly what it promises - which, given this franchise's track record, is a low bar to clear. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 72% Gwen (2019) The story might feel a little one-note at times, but Gwen is an atmospherically rich - and starkly beautiful - tale of anguish. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) But in spite of itself, The Dead Don't Die remains a Jarmusch joint, to the end. It's still a disarming world to hang out in; you just wish it could have been a little less indulgent. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 91% In Fabric (2019) Sensual, surreal and seriously funny, In Fabric won't be the right fit for all - but slip it on and you might be surprised. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 89% 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 18% 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 88% 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 97% 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 44% 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 77% 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 84% 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 58% 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