Nicholas Barber

Nicholas Barber

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Independent , Independent on Sunday , Metro [UK]
Total Reviews:
50

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 50
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 13% Bullet " Most of the acting is excruciating and, while 69-year-old Trejo still looks like the world's toughest tortoise, the average tortoise would be lighter on its feet." — Metro [UK]
Posted Mar 10, 2014
5/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " The Lego Movie may not have the most inspired of titles but Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have taken what could have been a 100-minute advert and turned it into a dizzyingly fast, continually surprising, deftly satirical delight." — Metro [UK]
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " It's a heartfelt tribute to the brave young American soldiers who sacrifice their lives for their country but it also makes that sacrifice seem like the most exciting extreme sport imaginable." — Metro [UK]
Posted Feb 6, 2014
77% Kick-Ass (2010) " Doing for superheroes what Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels did for gangsters, Kick-Ass is colourful, irreverent, Tarantino-ish fun, especially when the brilliantly oddball Cage is on screen." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Apr 14, 2010
61% Adoration (2008) " But when he turns from intellectual debate to the way human beings actually speak and behave, you might feel that he'd be better off writing essays himself." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 2, 2010
84% Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009) " Yang Ik-June, the film's star, writer, director and producer, slowly but surely lets glimmers of his humanity peep through. Expect imitations and remakes aplenty." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 2, 2010
56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " Perforated with plot holes, and disastrously unsure of its tone, it starts steadily and sombrely, before switching to a hysterical parody of a conspiracy thriller: a parade of irrelevant car chases and ridiculously public assassination attempts." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 2, 2010
84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " A bright, peppy, lushly animated musical. If Disney is ever going to recapture some of the old magic, then The Princess and the Frog is a hop in the right direction." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 2, 2010
100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) " A delicate, devastating Japanese tragicomedy." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 22, 2010
40% 44 Inch Chest (2010) " The problem isn't that it consists of five men sitting around and talking. The problem is that it consists of one man sitting down and having a think." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 22, 2010
0% Dogging: A Love Story (2009) " The cast members have enough charm to make you wish you were seeing them in a film that didn't seem like such a terrible, terrible idea." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
21% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) " This desperate sequel - sorry "squeakquel" - is such a blatant cash-in that the producers might as well have gone straight round to young viewers' houses and stolen their piggybanks." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
10% St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009) " This contrived sequel is an interminable, headache-inducing time-waster that never picks up any speed, weighed down as it is by far too many characters, and far too many slow-motion shots of the girls striding towards the camera." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
79% Humpday (2009) " The sort of film that Kevin Smith must dream of making. It's sweet, piquant, bold and intelligent, balancing its outrageous concept with relationships and conversations that are all too believable." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " The franchise has got itself two cracking characters and one enticing setting. Now all it needs is a half-decent story to go with them." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
79% Nowhere Boy (2010) " There's certainly the material there for a challenging coming-of-age drama, but Nowhere Boy is no more than a typical celebrity biopic, the kind you might see on BBC4, without any of the flair you might hope for from Taylor-Wood and Greenhalgh." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
37% Nine (2009) " Apart from a touching ballad performed by Cotillard, as Day-Lewis's wronged wife, you could cut out any of them without affecting the story, mainly because there isn't much of a story to affect." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
8% Post Grad (2009) " It's not a bad topic for a comedy, especially in the current economic climate, but the film-makers don't have the faintest idea what to do with it." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
21% Spread (2009) " As there's nothing to the central character except his supremely selfish lifestyle, when that's taken from him by the inevitable romance and redemption, it's hard to care what happens." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) " Grant and Parker... are so boringly civil that there must have been a marriage guidance counsellor standing just out of shot." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 5, 2010
81% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) " This heartfelt, unpretentious, slyly funny Japanese film is worth waiting for." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Dec 11, 2009
43% Cracks (2011) " Jordan Scott's debut film is essentially a picturesque, slow-motion montage of boarding school pastimes: diving practice, a midnight feast, parcels from home, low-level bitching. I kept hoping Dumbledore would pop in and liven things up." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Dec 11, 2009
45% The Box (2009) " The Box is by no means as indigestible as Southland Tales, and there's as much to relish as there is to groan at." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Dec 11, 2009
15% Mr. Right (2006) " It means well, but it's one of those shoddy, very-low-budget British films that don't merit even a tiny release." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Dec 4, 2009
89% Séraphine (2009) " It's like reading the introductory essay in an exhibition catalogue, except that it takes two hours. Personally, I couldn't stop thinking of Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Dec 4, 2009
48% Nativity! (2014) " Isitt's attitude seems to be that a coherent story and some half-decent jokes are surplus to requirements when you can point a camera at some perky children singing and dancing." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Dec 4, 2009
25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " Law Abiding Citizen tries to be two kinds of exploitation film at once, and it ends up as neither." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Dec 4, 2009
28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) " So tedious and stupid that it makes last year's Twilight seem like Nosferatu." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Nov 27, 2009
45% Glorious 39 (2009) " Prestigious and serious-minded, but it's still nonsense." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Nov 27, 2009
79% The Informant! (2009) " It's certainly a novel approach, but it stops the story engaging us either as an espionage thriller or as a comic caper." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Nov 27, 2009
69% Delta (2009) " Slow, laconic Hungarian art-house fare, featuring rape, pig slaughter, and a symbolic tortoise." — Independent on Sunday
Posted May 13, 2009
89% O' Horten (2007) " The awkward courtship of these two tongue-tied singletons makes for a winning tragicomic romance, with a dab of magic realism, but it's not recommended as a date movie." — Independent on Sunday
Posted May 13, 2009
91% Momma's Man (2008) " It's a quiet film, with its own measured pace, but it has more painfully astute observations than most comedies with 10 times the budget." — Independent on Sunday
Posted May 13, 2009
87% Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009) " Johnson never hits on a story that's worth telling, and his arch interjections about the contest marking the end of war in Europe hit all the wrong notes. Where's Terry Wogan when you need him?" — Independent on Sunday
Posted May 13, 2009
24% Little Ashes (2009) " It's an interesting scenario, but its workaday execution couldn't be further from the avant-garde aspirations of its protagonists." — Independent on Sunday
Posted May 13, 2009
50% Chéri (2009) " The film works best when it's being a comedy of bad manners. Hampton has honed some glittering, dartlike lines of dialogue, and they're tossed around with poised aplomb by the immaculately dressed cast." — Independent on Sunday
Posted May 13, 2009
90% Coraline (2009) " It's easy to admire the film's psychedelic surrealism and its marvellous design, but it's not a great deal of fun." — Independent on Sunday
Posted May 13, 2009
82% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) " By the time Cruz appears, Vicky Cristina Barcelona has delivered on those initial good omens: it's Allen's best film in at least a decade." — Independent
Posted Feb 10, 2009
8% The Number 23 (2007) " The answers to the story's questions are even sillier than the questions." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 26, 2007
85% Bamako (2006) " That the G8's policies have been disastrous for Africa won't come as news to anyone who goes to see African art-house films." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 26, 2007
91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) " Doesn't have much to say except that Japanese are human beings, too." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 26, 2007
53% Sheitan (Satan) (2006) " An eyecatching calling card for its first-time director." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 26, 2007
25% School for Scoundrels (2006) " It's funny at first, but then loses its way so badly that it somehow winds up as a high-tech espionage thriller." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 26, 2007
54% The Good Shepherd (2006) " It's a film for fans of John Le Carre, rather than Ian Fleming." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Feb 26, 2007
85% Old Joy (2006) " Like a Raymond Carver story, it seems nothing much at first sight, but its crystallised moment reveals further dimensions the more you muse on it." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 28, 2007
62% Blood Diamond (2006) " DiCaprio deserves his Oscar nomination for the breathtaking intensity of his performance." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 28, 2007
46% Bobby (2006) " It makes you wish you were watching a biopic of Robert Kennedy instead." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 28, 2007
51% The Fountain (2006) " The Fountain's message is that life is short, so we should make the most of it, and that's a message which should take one of two centuries, and one or two hairstyles, at most." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 28, 2007
42% Lives of the Saints (2007) " Comes across as an obscure Renaissance play which has been badly modernised." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 28, 2007
89% Venus (2006) " A threadbare comedy-drama, with an insubstantial story and the patronising, post-Pygmalion theme of a working-class slob being reformed by the power of art." — Independent on Sunday
Posted Jan 28, 2007
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