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Nick De Semlyen

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 95% Moana (2016) A crowd-pleasing oceanic musical with big tunes and beguiling characters, Moana is likely to thwack a big smile on your face. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) 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 29, 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 32% 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 30% 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 43% 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 13, 2015
5/5 81% 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 6, 2015
2/5 29% Everly (2015) Messy and unlikeable. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 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 10, 2014
4/5 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) Here's 74 minutes well spent. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 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 6, 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 20, 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 17, 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 22, 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 Oct 1, 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 27, 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 21, 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