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
Publications: Empire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 50% 21 Bridges (2019) A refreshing break from VFX-laden spectaculars and a throwback to the pulpy cop thrillers of yesteryear, if not quite strong enough to ensure that Boseman's righteous cop gets his own franchise. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A mid-1960s corporate rivalry may not seem like the stuff of fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing cinema, yet the battle is sketched with such élan, all high-gloss surfaces, scotch-swilling intrigue and rat-a-tat dialogue, that it's impossible not to be drawn in. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 79% Get Santa (2014) With farting reindeer and frugal budgets, Christopher Smith, the man behind Triangle and Severance, has forged something almost as terrifying. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 80% Abominable (2019) If you like E.T. and Bumblebee, chance are you'll have a good time with this slightly homogenous but sweet-natured kids' adventure. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Frankly, you might have more fun watching a pigeon for 149 minutes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Both a vehicle for Awkwafina's formidable talents and an incredibly charming ensemble piece. If there's any justice, it'll be remembered when it comes to award-scattering season. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is the horror movie to beat in 2019. Caution: contains distressing amounts of folk music. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Combat-heavy pulp of the highest order, this is the most enjoyably over-the-top entry so far. Where else can you get samurai dogs and a Tarkovsky reference? - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Impossible to dismiss, but hard to warm to. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) An eccentric, funny yarn filled with eccentric, funny characters, Audiard's oater deftly twists Western tropes, sending its charming, ramshackle heroes scurrying from one bizarre incident to the next. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) More proof that Cornish is a wizard at re-energising tired tropes. The characters are a delight, the action sequences thrum with invention, and when it's funny, it's very funny indeed. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Essentially a Split sequel with an Unbreakable topping, this is weaker than either of those films but still has a decent amount of entertaining and creepy sequences, most of them due to McAvoy's high-commitment performance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
2/5 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) You'll need a magnifying glass to find the jokes in this send-up of other, better Holmes screen adaptations. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) A beautifully observed study of an American family coming apart at the seams, it not only establishes Dano as a director to watch, but features an extraordinary performance by Mulligan. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) An old-school film about an old-school crime that brings together an impressive array of British legends. Solid, but sadly the results don't exactly blow the bloody doors off. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 83% Beirut (2018) Kudos to Anderson and Gilroy for making a low-action, dialogue-heavy geopolitical thriller in this day and age. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/5 20% Terminal (2018) Even with Margot Robbie in full scheming-vixen mode, Terminal feels interminable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 75% Mom and Dad (2018) As satire, it's hit and miss; as a Nicolas Cage mayhem delivery system, it's highly effective. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) If you're playing Wes Anderson bingo, you can tick off 'droll whimsy', 'visual pizzazz' and 'Bill Murray'. Yet, thanks to the Far East setting and a rollicking story, this is a fun and fresh-feeling experience. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Lies We Tell (2018) A well-meaning look at the issue of arranged marriage, garnished with some Hollywood star power, but it's too meandering and sluggish to grip. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
3/5 79% Brad's Status (2017) A droll and vigorous psychological study of an everyday egomaniac, but we've seen Stiller do this sort of thing before, and better. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 79% All the Money in the World (2017) Two men in their 80s power the month's most pulse-pounding thriller. Who could have seen that coming? - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) A film about a cult that might well attract a cult following itself. But it's only moderately successful, with the early scenes hinting at a bolder, more satisfying tale that could have been. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/5 85% Beach Rats (2017) Powered by a taciturn, soulful performance by its young star, this meditation on fear, shame and sexual repression packs a wallop. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) The lesser of 2017's two Wonder Woman movies, this attempt to explore a complex three-sided relationship is let down by bland storytelling. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
3/5 70% The Merciless (Bulhandang) (2017) An ultraviolent Korean crime film with plenty of swagger and visual brio, but still too generic to really stand out from the pack. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
2/5 22% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) Given the story is based on reality, it's understandable why the makers of 6 Below didn't want to throw in embellishments, but a bear attack really wouldn't have gone amiss. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Iannucci's brand of political satire is applied to one of the darkest chapters in modern history, with sensational results. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Effectively one enormous, stunningly rendered and thunderously intense set-piece stretched to feature-length, Dunkirk thrusts you into a pressure cooker and slams the lid on. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The characters and scenarios are familiar, but this is a loose, cool, funny remix that makes them feel fresh again. Plus, it's mercifully short on life lessons from Aunt May. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
1/5 18% Baywatch (2017) The mark Baywatch should be aiming for is 21 Jump Street. Bad news: it's ended up more like 21 Chump Street. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
4/5 80% Colossal (2017) Made on a budget that would just about cover Kong's left bicep, Colossal is cool, smart filmmaking, with plot developments that will be talked about for a long time to come. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2/5 27% Unlocked (2017) Spies, terrorists, remote-controlled bombs... Unlocked's components are all too familiar, and it doesn't put nearly enough effort into making them feel fresh. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 40% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Even if this wasn't the third Smurfs movie from Sony in seven years, it would feel uninspired, with a first-base plot and nondescript animation. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Those who predicted this wouldn't hold a talking candle to the animated original will be pleasantly surprised. The tale may be as old as time, but it's retold with freshness, brio and flair. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Essentially Parabolas & Prejudice, it isn't the most nuanced piece of work out this month. But nuance be damned - an uplifting plea for equality, this is a story calibrated for maximum effect. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
4/5 96% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 78% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 33% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 28% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
2/5 32% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/5 45% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Stream at your peril. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2015
5/5 79% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
3/5 67% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
2/5 30% Everly (2015) Messy and unlikeable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015