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Nicholas Barber

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) If it's difficult to watch T2 without remembering how much better Trainspotting was, the film's saving grace is its own willingness to comment on this decline. ‐
Posted Jan 23, 2017
1/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) There's a treat in store for anyone who takes a perverse pleasure in seeing truly terrible films, because Hollywood's latest video-game adaptation, Assassin's Creed, is a Christmas turkey with all the trimmings. ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Almost every scene has something ingenious and beautifully designed for you to gasp at, and the supernatural hijinks are all underpinned by Rowling's sincere pro-tolerance message. But it's all at the expense of the supposed protagonists. ‐
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) An effective disaster movie ... ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) By covering so many events in one go, Ross's episodic and exhausting history lesson wastes the remarkable story of Knight's wartime escapades. ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The plotting of his new film is so convoluted that cinema-goers will need flow charts to stop them being utterly baffled. ‐ Daily Express (UK)
Posted Nov 9, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Despite focusing on one of the company's less famous and more bizarre characters, it is all too familiar for a film with 'Strange' in the title. Still, none of that stops it being thoroughly enjoyable. ‐
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) What's frustrating is that if you stare at The Girl on the Train hard enough, you can just about make out what the writer and director were trying to do. ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) As clichéd as it is, Hacksaw Ridge passes muster because it is so uncynical about the man it memorialises. Gibson's reverence, for soldiers and for hardline Christians alike, is disarming. ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) Most cinema-goers are already madly in love with at least one of them, and that love will hit stratospheric new heights when they see how skilfully Gosling and Stone balance their absurd attractiveness with goofy self-deprecation in La La Land. ‐
Posted Sep 2, 2016
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 70% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) (2014) 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 66% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) 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 56% 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. ‐
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/5 66% 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 86% 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 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Thanks to Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Zoolander 2 is no longer 2016's most disappointing fashion-industry comedy comeback. ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
Posted May 25, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) If Loving can be accused of being too muted, its central performances speak volumes. ‐
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 79% American Honey (2016) American Honey is an exhilaratingly unconventional, unjudgemental ride. ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
Posted Mar 23, 2016
4/5 91% 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. ‐
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 51% 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. ‐
Posted Feb 23, 2016
3/5 83% 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. ‐
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! is that rare beast: a feel-good Coen brothers film. It feels very good indeed. ‐
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 81% 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. ‐
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 ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
Posted Sep 7, 2015
3/5 74% 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. ‐
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. ‐
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? ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
Posted May 17, 2015
3/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) As much as you admire the polished, expertly choreographed feel as if they're putting on a gymnastics display or an extremely high-tech tap-dance routine. ‐
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." ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/5 59% 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. ‐
Posted Dec 16, 2014