Kim Newman

Kim Newman
Kim Newman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Jam! Movies Sunday Times (UK) Sight and Sound Screen International Empire Magazine Australasia Electric Sheep

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5 15% Hellboy (2019) A film this crowded has to have some pleasures, but they mostly come in incidental details of art direction, mythological footnote or British character acting. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Drawing from a wealth of material with more supporting Marvels and hangers-on than can be accommodated in one film, Shazam! picks and mixes with confidence. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 42% Zombi 2 (1980) A few memorable scenes but this doesn't keep up the pace or plausability sufficiently. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 51% The 'Burbs (1989) It fumbles at the last moment... but this is still mainly a pleasantly nasty delight that was strangely overlooked in the cinema. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) The hardest power to depict onscreen is the wisdom of Solomon, but Shazam! makes clever decisions, mixing middle school snark with disarming sweetness. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Given the unholy mess of Carol's continuity, the film's multi-authored script makes a fair fist of delivering fragments of backstory as recovered memory. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet Automata (2019) Director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly... explore a grand old horror tradition that's still relatively untapped on-screen. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) A soft-spoken yet chilling domestic horror film that tells its slightly overfamiliar tale effectively, with strong performances, quietly disturbing atmosphere, one or two friendly clichés, and good, old- fashioned scares. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 45% The Cutting Edge (1992) If there were a special Academy Award for Contrived Premise, this picture would be a hot favourite to scoop the statuette. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4 65% Aquaman (2018) An overstuffed B picture which stretches its fun too thin. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) Dark Skies is utterly generic, down to a meaningless title lifted from the 1996 X-Files knock-off TV series. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2/5 12% Renaissance Man (1994) This is a feel good movie which is too mechanically put together to make you feel anything. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 47% Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD, the sequel, is even better, but the two Who films still make an engaging kiddie matinee double bill. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 80% Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) [It] has a semi-sumptuous widescreen look, a nice sense of World War II reconfigured as sci-fi adventure, memorable theme music, a splendid flying saucer landed in Sloane Square and excellent action scenes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 66% Suspiria (2018) This isn't an atrocity on the level of, say, Rob Zombie's Halloween - but it is a horror designed to test your patience rather than your nerves. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 41% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Showing more enthusiasm than aptitude, this earns 'could do better if it tried' on its report card - but it's a strange enough genre mix to be vaguely worth a look. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 88% Possum (2018) A disturbing, curiously beautiful British horror exercise. Recommended, but with a warning: next time you wake up in the middle of the night, you'll find Possum at the end of the bed. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 52% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Some will find this impenetrable and irritating, but audiences willing to tune into Hosking's off-kilter style will be moved by the ridiculous love stories and relish the hilarious eccentricity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 63% Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical) (1996) It has its longeurs but there's an air of genial enthusiasm, tempered by sick humour, that is surprisingly engaging. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 56% The Exorcist III (1990) Too much of the movie takes place in dark rooms where people describe horrors that might more profitably have been on the screen, and the plot is a house of cards that constantly collapses. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 67% The Monster Squad (1987) Sharper than a stake in it's genre references, The Monster Squad appeals to cinephile as well as teen sensibilities. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 30% Redcon-1 (2018) Despite lashings of bright red gore and the obvious enthusiasm of its gibbering hordes, Redcon-1 is a hard slog. Nearly two hours of grunts vs zombies feels punitive. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 60% Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) A lively, spirited sequel to The Abominable Dr Phibes, which misses the Se7en-like rigour of a plot structured around the Plagues of Egypt but still manages to come up with a succession of gruesome, black comic death scenes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 26% The Nun (2018) It may be a familiar old dark castle runaround, but Corin Hardy delivers eerie images and nerve-scraping sound effects. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 83% Mission of Honor (2019) A niche film for World War II buffs, Polish patriots and air display patrons. Not exactly subtle, but few war films are - and it's hard not to get caught up in fighting these old battles. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
75% Mothra (1961) More like a paper dragon in a parade, Mothra is simply lovely. In none of its forms does it even try to look 'real', which sets it against a whole tradition of Western special effects. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
No Score Yet Corridor of Mirrors (1948) It embraces its ridiculousness completely and draws power from owning up to just how insane it is. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
77% Thor (2011) Chris Hemsworth makes an imposing, good-humoured Thor... but the motor of the film is Tom Hiddleston's complex, conflicted Loki. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) There ought to be a way to make a live-action film about giant shapeshifting robots that's either a) fun or b) awesome... It's blatantly evident that Bay can only just about manage b) long enough to provide the shots needed to cut into a trailer. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona brings a sense of gothic glee. It's a different look for the series, but also a welcome change. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Reynolds's underlying sweetness takes the edge off the comic's homicidal self-pity, though the endless shtick has a miss-to-hit ratio of about three to one. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 67% The Cured (2018) Suspenseful and thought-provoking, The Cured is a serious, engaged horror movie. More upsetting than scary, it ratchets up the tension unsettlingly. There's life in zombies yet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Given that the plot motor is Thanos's worry that the universe is overpopulated, sly self-awareness is shown as the filmmakers embrace drastic solutions to the problems of braiding multiple franchises into one. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) This is such a labour of love, drawing so much from its creator's enthusiasm for all manner of things - not least dogs - that it avoids disappearing inside its magnificent artifice. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
6 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) John Boyega manages to show more personality in one unambitious but efficient sequel than entire casts have managed in five Transformers movies. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 38% Beaches (1988) Beaches epitomises the sort of triple-strength, three-hankie work you can expect from American women with three names and gives the lie to those who thought they stopped making women's pic heartstring-tuggers. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A bravura monster movie which just doesn't let up, ratcheting tension with nary a word uttered on screen. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
3/5 83% Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967) An interesting and amusing documentary that captures the icons of the time in candid interviews and performances from the biggest bands around. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 50% Native (2016) A mix of intelligent fringe theatre and pulp science-fiction, this isn't going to work for everyone - but it's ambitious, unusual and thought-provoking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) This is a film made by a boy who loves monsters, who has grown up to understand what they might represent to an adult woman, other outsiders (a gay man, a communist sleeper, a black woman) and an unforgiving society. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
4/5 87% The Candidate (1972) With Redford giving one of his best comedic performances, helped by a Oscar winning script, The Candidate is witty and charming, while looking good and proving quite memorable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
75% The Mercy (2018) It's absorbing enough and benefits from fine performances ... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
No Score Yet OK Connery (Operation Kid Brother) (Secret Agent 00) (Operation Double 007) (1967) ... O.K. Connery is a hoot... - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
6 65% Amaurosis (2019) Like a lot of paranoid suspense films, The Unseen works best when its menace is indeed unseen. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson leavens political high seriousness and fan-service tear-jerking with enough charm and humour to prevent The Last Jedi becoming the biggest downer ever delivered at Christmas by the Walt Disney Company. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/5 65% Amaurosis (2019) A drama of upper-middle-class menace that can't quite bring itself to be a full-on slasher movie, this has a few too many clichés but offers some creepiness and decent performances. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It's an entertaining, engaging, colourful picture in its own right with decently-handled action-adventure set-pieces and sly comedy, detouring from the expected thrills and spills into body-hopping comedy drama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet Raging Sharks (2005) Abyss-type soap-opera scientists alternate shouting at each other with heartfelt character dollops about children or hobbies which are supposed to make us upset when they die. - Electric Sheep EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) It's an even messier saga than Dawn of Justice, with a tiresome and whiskery macguffin in which three magic boxes must be brought together for evil, then prised apart for good. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
3/5 94% 3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point) (1990) The overdone tough guy dialogue and the wry cynicism is irresistible, but this still finds a master stealing home between two out-of-the-park home runs. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017