Nick De Semlyen

Nick De Semlyen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Nick De Semlyen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 65%

War on Everyone (2016)

"A thinking person's Bad Boys, this off-kilter indie crime comedy introduces two deliriously warped lawmen to the screen. Here's to a Cuba-invading sequel." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2016
4/5 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"It sounded like the dumbest movie of all time, but it's actually smart, subversive and packed with famous voices saying wonderfully unspeakable things. In fact, it's a banger." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"An absolute blast, with a frenetic strike-rate and songs that will worm their way into your ears for days. Like Conner, this comedy's for real." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 30%

Desert Dancer (2015)

"It strives to be a rousing tale of rebellion, but the over-earnest result is more slow shuffle than kicky capoeira." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"There are moments that make the whole enterprise worthwhile, and introduces an intriguing new Batman. But it's also cluttered and narratively wonky; a few jokes wouldn't have gone amiss, either." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2016
2/5 31%

Dad's Army (2016)

"It has a strong, game cast but this is karaoke filmmaking, trading on nostalgia rather than breaking new territory. Affable but forgettable." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/5 42%

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

"This is a misshapen venture, a horror-comedy without much in the way of laughs or scares." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2016
1/5 0%

The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

"Stream at your peril." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2015
5/5 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"DiCaprio's raw performance helps elevate what could have been just another man-versus-nature drama, The Edge with furry hats, into a powerful ode to resilience. But this is Iñárritu's show." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2015
3/5 64%

The Visit (2015)

"Shyamalan finds freshness in familiar horror tropes. After some big budget misfires, it's great to see him go back to his smaller, scarier roots." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2/5 16%

Pixels (2015)

"There's a certain thrill to seeing humans face off against Frogger. If only as much care had been put into the living characters as the pixelated ones." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 91%

Dear White People (2014)

"Do the right thing - take a break from summer spectacle to check out this assured and eloquent indie." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2015
2/5 29%

Everly (2015)

"Messy and unlikeable." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2/5 31%

Poltergeist (2015)

"A disappointingly tame and unimaginative effort, which throws away much of what was best-loved about the original and fails to find worthy replacements." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 19, 2015
3/5 73%

The Voices (2015)

"Full-force performance form Ryan Reynolds but not as funny as it hopes it is." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 56%

Focus (2015)

"This is maximum-gloss entertainment with its fair share of tricksy rug-pulls. But, like one of the neon-coloured cocktails Smith drinks in it, it's more of an immediate rush than something you'll remember in a year." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 29%

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

"Overlong and underpopulated with gags that really land, there's still moments of mirth for devotees of the original." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014
4/5 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"A clear-eyed celebration of a giant of film writing. We'll refrain from the thumb jokes, but consider this a hearty recommendation." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2014
4/5 100%

Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

"Here's 74 minutes well spent." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3/5 78%

Grand Piano (2014)

"Some inspired grace notes elevate a thriller that's more De Palma than Hitchcock." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/5 19%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"Some nice comic beats and a sinister Andy Garcia turn make this far more watchable that the fratty conceit might suggest." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"The action's bigger, Ice Cube's angrier. Another silly treat." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"What we do get here is largely fantastic, not only re-energising old-favourite characters but introducing intriguing new ones." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"A bulkier, slower beast than Evans' first film. But when it enters combat mode, it's more raucously bloodthirsty than anything you've ever seen." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
1/5 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"This movie's title, translated from the director's native language, means "No, stop." Which is apt." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2014
3/5 51%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Frost's solo movie lacks the inventive madness of his Cornetto team-ups, but it's still a heartfelt blast of fun." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/5 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"An idea that must have sounded good on paper looks a lot less smart on the screen." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2014
5/5 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

"Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous instalment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and delivers spectacle by the ton." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 29%

The Family (2013)

"Another to airbrush out of the De Niro back catalogue." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
2/5 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"Flat as day-old beer." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2/5 67%

Turbo (2013)

"If you want to see Paul Giamatti as a snail - and who doesn't - you've come to the right place." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Lincoln meets Sudden Death: a corny but raucous throwback to when Planet Hollywood was hip." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 67%

World War Z (2013)

"This nightmarish travelogue is coy about gore, but it's still an effective thrill-ride." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2013
4/5 79%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Black proves the perfect blacksmith, forging smart new tech and scenarios for the swaggering super-genius. If this does turn out to be Downey Jr.'s final solo outing, it's a very strong exit." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2013
2/5 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"A grippingly brutal first act and strong cast can't stop this turning into a Steven Seagal film well before the end." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2013
1/5 13%

Red Dawn (2012)

"Long-delayed. Arguably not long enough." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2013
3/5 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"Get through the plot and you'll be rewarded with 30 minutes of whirligig mayhem." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2013
3/5 31%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Sean Penn's not been this fun since Jeff Spicoli and there's plenty of rip-roaring action, but Gangster Squad proves a minor entry in the annals of LA noir." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2013
2/5 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"The first one offered the novel sight of Oskar Schindler going Commando. Unfortunately, this half-hearted sequel is low on novelty and lower on fun." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2012
5/5 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"An exhilarating, audacious, lunatic rocket-ride. Hop on board." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
2/5 66%

The Expendables 2 (2012)

"A huge, bulging disappointment." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
3/5 41%

Casa de mi padre (2012)

"Often inspired but patchy overall, Ferrell's horse opera could have benefited from a sharper, even more out-there script." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2012
3/5 43%

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

"Massively throwaway, but funnier and more likable than the first entry. Mainly that's due to an A-list pairing that's as inspired as it is demented." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2012
4/5 78%

The Grey (2012)

"Carnahan's best work since Narc, with a powerhouse performance by Neeson and real emotional heft." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3/5 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"A welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy and an even-more-welcome turn by the ever-excellent Alan Alda." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2011
5/5 98%

Das Boot (1981)

"The execution is second to none; taut, claustrophobic and overwhelming." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2011
2/5 25%

The Change-Up (2011)

"Despite the promise of the title, this a fairly stale offering, plodding through the beats of a well-worn subgenre but failing to add much more than a foul mouth." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2011
2/5 14%

Zookeeper (2011)

"Some sparks of comedy and fun but largely a flat and unrewarding comedy." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2011
2/5 33%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"According to Phillips, the 'Part II' in the title is a nod to the second Godfather, which matched the genius of its forerunner. Ironically, his own sequel offer is one you should refuse." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2011
3/5 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"This episode has the highest velocity and lowest IQ yet. See it on the biggest, loudest, dumbest screen you can find." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2011
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