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Nicholas Barber

Nicholas Barber

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Nicholas Barber's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Daily Express (UK), Independent (UK), Independent on Sunday

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 76% Lights Out (2016) "Lights Out has the best horror gimmick since Paranormal Activity. " ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Aug 21, 2016
4/5 88% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) "Forget Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool. This is the comic-book adaptation of the year. " ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 69% David Brent: Life on the Road "It feels like a Christmas TV special that could have been broadcast 10 years ago. But as Christmas TV specials go, it's a very funny one. " ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 57% Jason Bourne (2016) "It's just like old times. Once again, Bourne hurtles from one grey and gritty European metropolis to another at breathtaking speed... And once again, Greengrass stages the action with bone-jarring immediacy. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/5 61% Nerve (2016) "You go along with the charismatic cast and atmospheric shots until, ultimately, it gets on your nerves. " ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Aug 14, 2016
4/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) "It's possibly a little too gentle and a few jokes might have made it even better but, these days, Hollywood films as quietly humane as this one are almost as rare as dragons. " ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Aug 14, 2016
1/5 62% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) "Thanks to Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Zoolander 2 is no longer 2016's most disappointing fashion-industry comedy comeback. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "It is daringly progressive, and it is a landmark in mainstream entertainment. It's just a shame that it isn't a bit funnier. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Jul 15, 2016
1/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "In this senseless and uninvolving new sequel, the series' former wit, resonance and internal logic seem to have been lost in all the swirling clouds of computer-generated dust. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted May 25, 2016
4/5 91% Loving (2016) "If Loving can be accused of being too muted, its central performances speak volumes. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 64% American Honey (2016) "American Honey is an exhilaratingly unconventional, unjudgemental ride. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) "While it never fails to look gorgeous, it doesn't stop drifting long enough to show us anyone or anything in detail. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "It's this levity that makes the much-touted battle royale between Team Cap and Team Iron Man so much fun. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted May 12, 2016
2/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "There were times during The Jungle Book when I was rooting for the tiger. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Apr 13, 2016
4/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "In Ben Affleck's Batman, here at last is the sadistic, fascistic, half-crazed vigilante that comics fans have been waiting for. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Mar 23, 2016
4/5 88% Zero Days (2016) "It is still chilling to hear that computer viruses can now cause "real-world physical damage" on a scale that experts would have laughed off as 'Hollywood-esque' just a decade ago. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 49% Genius (2016) "It coasts to a standstill when they part company in the final act. Still, that only underlines the film's point. Neither of the men is a genius without the other man there beside him. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 23, 2016
3/5 84% Midnight Special (2016) "The film's nocturnal eeriness is compelling enough to pull you past several plot holes, and the sudden demonstrations of Alton's powers are spine-tingling, in spite of the substandard CGI. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Hail, Caesar! is that rare beast: a feel-good Coen brothers film. It feels very good indeed. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 82% The Revenant (2015) "As it is, you're bound to be impressed by what the actors went through, but you won't be so bothered about the characters they play. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "When The Force Awakens gets going, you couldn't ask for a more propulsive, joyous or witty Star Wars film " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Dec 16, 2015
4/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "In the first half of the film, I was being piloted by Confusion and Dissatisfaction. But by the end, Joy was very much in charge. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Dec 8, 2015
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) "The pity is that Lucas and his team couldn't have just manufactured the toys and the "Making Of" coffee table books and given the films a miss. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 16, 2015
58% Die Another Day (2002) "In a year when Austin Powers has scoffed at 007 as a joke and xXx has scoffed at him as an anachronism, Die Another Day is a fluffed opportunity to assert that nobody does it better. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/5 65% Spectre (2015) "From its vodka martinis to its exploding buildings, the whole film is like a YouTube mash-up of sequences drawn from earlier entries in the series: it's Déjà Vu to a Kill. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/5 69% The Danish Girl (2015) "The Danish Girl ends by sandblasting away every last trace of ambiguity. [Redmayne's character] deserves to have been portrayed as an actual person rather than a shiny monument to a cause. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Sep 7, 2015
3/5 75% Black Mass (2015) "It's a handsome post-Scorsese gangster biopic with flavourful supporting performances and a strong sense of place, but it never takes off with the velocity of the film it most resembles, American Hustle. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 73% Everest (2015) "As appalling as the events it depicts may have been, the plodding narrative and weak characterisation mean that, as a piece of cinema, it never gets beyond the foothills. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "It's certainly brave of Cavill to opt for such an obnoxious characterisation but [how can we] be tense about a potential World War Three when he's more concerned about spilling focaccia crumbs on his tailored three-piece suit? " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Aug 12, 2015
80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "As formulaic as it is, it's one of the more joyful examples of the genre, largely because it's a period piece. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Jul 14, 2015
94% Iron Man (2008) "Iron Man is enjoyable, snappily scripted, unpatronising entertainment, but it can't dispel a niggling sense that it's not quite as good as you want it to be. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Jun 15, 2015
4/5 94% Spy (2015) "Quite apart from being a raucously funny comedy, it could be the most significant feminist film of the year. This Miss Moneypenny could be worth billions. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Jun 3, 2015
4/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Fury Road is a defiantly individual riposte to those committee-led blockbusters which are built on CGI and designed to sell toys. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted May 17, 2015
3/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "As much as you admire the polished, expertly choreographed entertainment...you feel as if they're putting on a gymnastics display or an extremely high-tech tap-dance routine. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 79% Furious 7 (2015) ""The logic-free, consequence-free property damage is never very involving. Furious 7 is sure to be the most lucrative entry of the series. But if you give it any thought at all, it will leave you feeling carsick." " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Mar 25, 2015
27% Seven Pounds (2008) "I've rarely seen a film so sure of its own seriousness and profundity. " ‐ Independent on Sunday
Posted Mar 13, 2015
1/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "There's undoubtedly more nudity than in a standard 21st Century Hollywood movie, but it's less explicit and less passionate than what Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone got up to in Basic Instinct more than 20 years ago. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 11, 2015
1/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) "The result is ludicrous self-parody - somewhere between a Calvin Klein aftershave advertisement and a coffee-table book about the modernist mansions of the rich and famous. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 10, 2015
4/5 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Mr Holmes is refreshing ... what sets it apart from most contemporary takes on [Conan Doyle's] material is its undercurrent of warmth and humanity. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/5 60% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "So lacking in story that it feels like what it is: the third act of a film, rather than a film in its own right... as an adaptation of Tolkien's charming book, it's a travesty. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Dec 16, 2014
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) "It's a bracingly eccentric, waspishly intelligent blast of flashbacks, freeze frames, split screens, and bizarre music choices. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 10, 2014
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) "It's less of a labyrinth than a forest path, one that takes you through wonderful scenery but doesn't lead anywhere. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 71% Interstellar (2014) "Interstellar is sufficiently grand and challenging to bear comparison with those two touchstones of mind-bending epic sci-fi: Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky's Solaris. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 74% Margaret (2011) "Margaret is less about plot mechanics than about the virtuosity of the dialogue, the complexity of the characters, and the detail and depth of their untidy world. " ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 29, 2014
4/5 92% 99 Homes (2015) "99 Homes proves that [Ramin Bahrani] can make thrillingly urgent mainstream entertainment without turning his back on the harsh realities of life on the breadline. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/5 51% The Humbling (2015) "It's a boldly unconventional film from Barry Levinson ... But ultimately he takes its cloudy vagueness too far. The Humbling could also be called The Bewildering. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Sep 2, 2014
4/5 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "Roy Andersson's films are more distinctive than those of any other writer-director working today. Each scene is somewhere between a Far Side cartoon and a contemporary art installation. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Sep 2, 2014
4/5 91% Birdman (2014) "But even when [Birdman's] pinballing chaos threatens to alienate the audience, Keaton's fearless, manic but tender performance draws us back in. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) "Apart from reminding us of his well-documented affection for Ernst Lubitsch and the Hollywood comedies of the 1940s, [Bogdanovich] doesn't have anything to tell us - even after all this time away from the big screen. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "Roland Joffé has constructed a briskly paced, devilishly clever cat-and-mouse game, with a shivery atmosphere and an impressively tight focus. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Aug 21, 2014
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