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 & Sound Screen International Empire Magazine Australasia Electric Sheep

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 53% Lassiter (1984) Hutton affords some entertainment, but otherwise this mid-Atlantic production is best summed up by its view of the British climate as stereotypically dull and wet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
4/5 81% Slacker (1991) This unconventional film will offend anyone looking for a plot, but Linklater's smart observations speak volumes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
78% Wayne's World (1992) In the end, the film holds together because of the leads' adroit performances. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
3/5 92% The Defiant Ones (1958) This Stanley Kramer messageathon plays better as a high-concept thriller than a statement about race relations or the human condition. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 95% Foreign Correspondent (1940) Heavy-handed but still poignant patriotism in this Hitchcock thriller. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
4/5 100% Bad Boy Bubby (2005) It's a one‑off weirdie, offputting for whole stretches but unforgettable, not for everyone but highly recommended to the discerning. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/5 50% Crimewave (1986) Bizarre and entertaining little film that deserves a look. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
80% Perfect Blue (1999) Strange, stylish and intelligent, this is a rare anime film that delivers on its Eastern promise. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/5 77% Freeway (1996) Not for the faint hearted but should have been much bigger than it was. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
1/5 6% Mr. Nanny (1993) Hogan proved himself a better actor when pretending that American wrestling is a real sport, and the production team that brought you the Mannequin movies can add another excruciating dud to their CV. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
5/5 93% The Long Goodbye (1973) A subtle criqiue of the main character that contains some astonishing set pieces. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
4/5 93% Cabaret (1972) Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey are electrifying; director Bob Fosse's choreography and the camera work are scintillating. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
2/5 67% Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) ...the big action is set in a hi-tech office building where anime-look babes and floppy-haired guys blast away at a huge-eyeballed mutant while the décor collapses... - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
4/5 67% Villain (1971) Burton is truly creepy in a fascinating in-depth performance... - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
22% Color of Night (1994) This wholly terrible movie is far more enjoyable and astonishing than many halfway good ones. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 92% Matador (1986) Screamingly funny, intriguing meditation on sex and violence, delving sacrilegiosuly into the Almodovarish underpinnings of that arch Spanish ritual, the bullfight. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
90% The Rescue (2020) It's a predestined blockbuster in Asian markets and offers enough incredible action/mayhem to pique the interest of connoisseurs of big-screen spectacle elsewhere. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 64% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) There's quite a bit to admire in Motherless Brooklyn, but mostly in detail work - the hats, the cars, the join-the-dots conspiracy theory - but it doesn't really catch fire as either a private-eye mystery or a study in Tourette syndrome savantry. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs a Marathon gives Bell a lot of smart comic business, but her character's humour is signalled from the first as a way of deflecting pain - and is often funny because it's so mistimed that the people around her don't get the joke. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
79% Little Monsters (2019) The trick of a zombie gross-out comedy is to balance extreme splatter, suspense and broad-strokes satire with a sweet nature and whimsy to take the edge off potential misanthropy. It's not an easy mix, but Little Monsters works like a charm. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
78% Doctor Sleep (2019) With Kubrick-like attention to detail, Flanagan plays with images and themes we remember, but always with different outcomes. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
92% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2020) This spare, intense, Northern Ireland-set crime movie showcases an excellent star turn from Sarah Bolger as a widowed young mum driven to extremes when the violent gangland that took her husband's life spills into her house. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
95% The Flower (La flor) (2019) In the end, as was said in the beginning, if La Flor is endurable it's not because of its genre games, M.C. Escher structure or even the occasional well-tailored anecdote, but because of its star quartet. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) While the film stumbles and meanders... there's no denying that it delivers enough set-pieces for three regular horror films. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Middle-school horror in its near-perfect form. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Moon 44 (1990) The plot unravels in unwieldy dollops, and, despite some adequate special effects (for the time), the whole thing is really a bit of a bore. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 80% Alligator (1980) Enjoyable, but this croc-fest is no Lake Placid. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Massoud's parkour-practising Aladdin and Naomi Scott's glass-ceiling-smashing Princess Jasmine aren't really allowed space to develop readings of the roles when Smith is due to pop out of a lamp at any moment to murder a song or flog a comedy routine - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's typical of the film to set up a major sequence in which flying monsters Mothra and Rodan dog-fight, only to cut that short and follow Mark as he struggles to open some airplane doors. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) King of the Monsters delivers what its genre requires. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 73% It's Alive (1973) Larry Cohen's horror thriller is at once a great suspense/monster film and a darkly comic soap opera about strained parent-child relationships. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 81% The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) Both are perfect in their duel roles. Adapted elliptically by Harold Pinter from John Fowles' daring novel and directed with his usual deep frozen reserve by Karel Reisz - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The last-reel battle pretty much has to be the most satisfying superhero movie set piece of all time, delivering the multiple closures this long-in-the-telling saga needs. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
5 18% 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 & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
90% 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 & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 42% Zombie (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 53% 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 90% 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
79% 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 & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Devil's Machine (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 83% 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 57% 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 & 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 42% 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 67% 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 65% 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 38% 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 90% 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