Nick Allen

Nick Allen
Nick Allen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture The Film Stage Movie Mezzanine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 66% Rent-A-Pal (2020) Wil Wheaton plays one of the scariest villains of the year in Jon Stevenson's brilliant Rent-A-Pal. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
2.5/4 89% #Alive (2020) #Alive hardly tries to do something new, and leaves its few surprises to a loud jump scare here, or a nifty zombie kill there. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
100% The Swerve (2020) Skye gives an excellent performance in a role that spends a lot of time with her in contemplation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
73% Unearth (2020) Eventually Unearth turns into a gnarly soap opera, and moments of shocking violence are met with an eye-roll instead of the shock that comes from winding up an audience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
95% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) An unsettling movie that is more admirably brutal than it is outright scary, though it's certainly the work of a horror filmmaker who is ripping out their heart so that we can relate. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
83% Come True (2020) Come True wants to be the kind of sci-fi movie that warrants multiple viewings, and gain a cult following. It deserves them. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/4 94% The Mole Agent (2020) The documentary succeeds with its tenderness, while vividly reminding us how easily society can forget its elders. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
2.5/4 86% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) Even for a movie about a theatrical sport, focused around an actor who wants to learn what it's like to wrestle for real, You Cannot Kill David Arquette rings far too much like a vanity project. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3.5/4 96% Class Action Park (2020) A sharp, funny, and bizarrely responsible documentary. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
93% The Oak Room (2020) The original script by Peter Genoway is a trip in its own right. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
2/4 70% The Sleepover (2020) It's the spark of an idea, given an execution that's strictly mild. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet The Dark End of the Street (2020) This is not a movie about big moments, and the sooner you roll with its atmosphere, the more Tran's assured directorial debut has to reward you. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
2/4 54% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Despite the sincerity that's in every scene with Rylance's performance, the movie's good intentions remain wistful, and thoroughly frustrating. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
2.5/4 94% The Shadow of Violence (Calm with Horses) (2020) While Jarvis puts a memorable mug to the script's meditations, you have to squint too much to see director Rowland's signature on this broad idea of machismo. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
2/4 66% Fisherman's Friends (2020) The film wants to be as amiable as a drunken singalong, but it's too pushy to make you want to join in. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/4 38% Ghosts of War (2020) Even if certain supernatural elements can hold it back, they're not what you'll be thinking about after the film is over. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
2/4 18% Fatal Affair (2020) If a thriller is only about as good as its villain, Fatal Affair is in sad shape. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/4 63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) The script, based on a revered novel from Robert Seethaler, concerns more serious themes than Freud's off-hand advice, though its shallow storytelling gives little to contemplate. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
1.5/4 88% David Foster: Off the Record (2019) While the doc might prove that [Foster's] approach worked, it's progressively tedious to revisit these hits through such a thick air of self-affirmation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
.5/4 No Score Yet Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash (2020) Feels like viewing only the dramatic reenactment parts of a far more interesting documentary, and being left with a movie that could easily be categorized as plane crash-sploitation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
.5/4 73% Yummy (2020) As it struggles to be even mildly significant in the sprawling history of zombie stories, it eventually leaves viewers with a movie that's just plainly ugly. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.5/4 98% Disclosure (2020) Disclosure makes clear that the conversation about transgender representation is only just beginning, but it offers an incredibly thoughtful opportunity to make more people aware. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
2.5/4 93% A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) (2020) The cute factor in Netflix's anime film A Whisker Away is bountiful enough, even if its love story of naive obsession is a little more than worrisome. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/4 21% Infamous (2020) [Thorne] is the perfect person to take viewers through the looking glass of Instagram infamy, and that's what makes the clumsiness and shallow nature of Infamous all the more frustrating. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
1.5/4 65% Mighty Oak (2020) This premise would excel far better, and go much deeper with its targeted themes, in something like a dark comedy; that Mighty Oak embraces this delusion with no sarcasm and a lot of wish fulfillment is at the very least worrisome. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2.5/4 91% Spelling the Dream (2020) You want to root for these kids, and cherish the way they advocate for intellect at such a young age. It's just that the whole project has the unabashed tact of a glorified infomercial. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
1.5/4 15% Survive the Night (2020) Watching Willis in Survive the Night, you'd think he was already dead. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet Ovid and the Art of Love (2020) Sometimes it's too corny for its own good, but it believes deeply in its own take on the historical figure, and effectively layers 31 BC Rome on top of contemporary Detroit. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2/4 98% Fourteen (2020) You're supposed to see a slice of life, but all you can see are the rehearsals. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
3.5/4 100% Driveways (2020) A movie that's impressively, if not stubbornly understated, where life stories come from select bits of precise dialogue, with lovingly rendered characters put into a collection of scenes that simply allow us to live with them. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
2.5/4 25% Dangerous Lies (Windfall) (2020) It might be kind of tedious, kind of sloppy, and mostly silly, but you could never accuse Dangerous Lies of false advertising. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
1/4 7% Behind You (2020) Throughout its 86 minutes, it's too easy to tell whenever Behind You has given up at being truly surprising. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
1.5/4 26% The Main Event (2020) It's not about the hard work that's intrinsic with all of wrestling, so much as the WWE's open willingness to sacrifice its core values for lazy family-friendly amusement. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
1.5/4 20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) There just isn't much of a movie here, or even much of an homage movie when you compare it to its clear influences like 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
2.5/4 85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Even when Big Time Adolescence starts to become ordinary, it always has a freshness from its on-screen talent, and from the promise of Orley's directorial eye. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2/4 73% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) Pulpy Canadian whodunit Disappearance at Clifton Hill is never as fun as it should be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
2/4 35% Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020) Impractical Jokers: The Movie never provides any good reason for its pranks to be packaged in a movie, but it does speak to the fruitfulness of its concept. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/4 86% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Yes, you've seen this type of story before, but Standing Up, Falling Down shows that there can still be a little magic -- and charisma -- when the material is genuinely funny. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2.5/4 75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) It's hard to get past the hope that Lara Jean will someday soon get something better -- a better boyfriend, and a better movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/4 100% Cane River (2020) Cane River offers American indie cinema a hero worth remembering, and a romantic with a vision beyond his years. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) The questions and concerns that The Social Dilemma raises ensure that it's never boring, even if the filmmaking's way of communicating only works roughly half the time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) A Thousand Cuts provides an expansive, revealing look at the current Filipino political situation, and it doesn't feel like it's warning viewers about what will happen in America, so much as telling us what's coming next. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) Boys State constantly and vividly shows the blurred lines of decorum that come with age and power, and that's certainly the case when masculinity takes the forefront. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
60% Tesla (2020) Tesla proves to be a completely liberated biopic, so much so that it's out of reach. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
100% Dream Horse (2020) The kind of unabashed crowd-pleaser that was made with care. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
61% The Last Shift (2020) Richard Jenkins gives one of his most soulful performances in years. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
71% Run Sweetheart Run (2020) Run Sweetheart Run is broadly successful in trying to have genre thrills with a feminist premise that becomes more and more obvious. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
75% The Nowhere Inn (2020) St. Vincent and Brownstein prove to be an incredible pair to study at the center of this movie's kaleidoscope, and the film is befitting their boundless and generous creativity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
100% Sylvie's Love (2020) Thompson and Asomugha do strong work in filling the emotional core in Sylvie's Love a film that's best taken as a welcome corrective, with the kind of grandiose emotional scenes that will always make for movie magic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
100% Farewell Amor (2020) Msangi's film casts a spell with her lived-in script. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020