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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
5/5 95% The Death of Stalin (2017) Iannucci's brand of political satire is applied to one of the darkest chapters in modern history, with sensational results.‐ Empire Magazine
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2/5 24% 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
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 38% 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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 92% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 57% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 82% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 31% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
2/5 29% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
1/5 0% The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Stream at your peril.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
3/5 65% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
2/5 29% Everly (2015) Messy and unlikeable.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 100% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) Here's 74 minutes well spent.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) The action's bigger, Ice Cube's angrier. Another silly treat.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 90% 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
Read More | Posted May 16, 2014
4/5 80% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
1/5 59% Non-Stop (2014) This movie's title, translated from the director's native language, means "No, stop." Which is apt.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2014
3/5 52% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2014
5/5 75% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) Another to airbrush out of the De Niro back catalogue.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
2/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) Flat as day-old beer.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 66% World War Z (2013) This nightmarish travelogue is coy about gore, but it's still an effective thrill-ride.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2013
1/5 13% Red Dawn (2012) Long-delayed. Arguably not long enough.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2012
5/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) An exhilarating, audacious, lunatic rocket-ride. Hop on board.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2012