Nicolás Ruiz

Nicolás Ruiz
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film critic and editor for different media outlets in Mexico. He writes about movies, popular culture, comic books, television, and literature. For the last four years, he has been an editor for the technology and geek culture blog Código Espagueti. He has a masters degree in comparative literature and enjoys random investigative work.
Location: Mexico City

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/10 45% Murder Mystery (2019) Murder Mystery is an algorithm based comedy specifically created for distracted viewers and a clear symptom of Adam Sandler's catatonic and derivative comedy. - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
5.8/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix is a disappointing and disrespectful finale for fans of the franchise and source material. A grey and joyless film. - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
5/10 56% Ma (2019) Another utterly banal Tate Taylor movie, Ma doesn't entertain as a teenager slasher nor does it dig deep into social criticism. - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
6.8/10 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla II has deep respect for Toho's design and origin stories... and it's visually stunning. But the poorly written script only delivers a clumsy and disappointing family drama. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
6/10 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn had it all: an intriguing premise, great producers and a solid cast. But the final result is just a dull and soulless homage to classic slasher movies. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
9/10 94% Us (2019) Us is an impressive allegorical film that demonstrates the power of independent horror cinema and its underlying social commentary. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
9/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a fun, crafty and ultimately gratifying conclusion to one of the biggest sagas in pop culture history. A wonderful achievement. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/10 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of la Llorona is the most formulaic, dull and predictable movie in The Conjuring saga. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
8.6 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is masterful essay on both suspense and dostoevskian characters. A truly remarkable achievement. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
8.4/10 90% Shazam! (2019) Billy Batson has the power to become a grown up superhero in Shazam!. By doing so, he gives us the power to become children again. A truly heartfelt and sincere origin story. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
6.9/10 46% Captive State (2019) Captive State is a frustrating movie: it could have been one of the great sci fi surprises of the year, unfortunately it didn't live up to its own ambition. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/10 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) In Happy Death 2U all of the spontaneity of the first movie is lost and all we have left is a dumb argument, a poor script and a forgettable film. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
7/10 67% Belzebuth (2018) Belzebuth is a fun and charming horror take on Mexico's religious traumas. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
5/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Hardcore fans of Peter David's take on the character may enjoy this movie... for the rest of the world, James Wan's adaptation is cringy and barely watchable. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
9.3/10 96% Roma (2018) Roma is an impressive cinematic achievement: a revolutionary movie for contemporary mexican cinema and an intimate reflection on Mexico City's history, sounds, divisions and feelings. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
7.8/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is a fun take on our current technological obsession with ego and individualism. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
8.6/10 87% First Man (2018) First Man is one of the most delicate, intimate and complexe space exploration movies ever made. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
5.5/10 29% Venom (2018) Venom is a profoundly disappointing and frustrating take on the popular comic book antihero. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
7.5/10 71% Summer of '84 (2018) Summer of '84 is an unexpected wonder. A nostalgic movie that, paradoxically, advocates with passion about the dangers of nostalgia. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
6/10 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The Happytimes Murders is sometimes funny... The rest of the time, it's a bad copy of previous achievements in buddy cop comedy. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
6.5/10 50% Cold Skin (2018) Cold Skin is a diluted adaptation of Sánchez Piñol's tragic novel with a timid lovecraftian conception. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
7/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission: Impossible - Fallout is an unapologetic, choreographic and effective action movie. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
8/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) This movie is to much... too much metafiction, too much eighties jokes, to much camp fun. And that's a perfect amount of craziness for a character like Deadpool. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/10 51% Rampage (2018) Rampage is a dull, uninspired and boring action film. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
7.5/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is, without a doubt, one of the most surprising, fun and effective thrillers of the year. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
8/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is a visual spectacle and Spielberg's most fun film in decades. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
7/10 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona's take on the Jurassic Park franchise is an over the top mixture of gothic horror, nostalgia and Crichton's genetic preoccupations. It's undoubtedly interesting, but it fails short to accomplish all of its ambitions. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
6.5/10 52% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider is a interesting video game adaptation despite its considerable flaws and shortcomings. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
8.5/10 88% Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland's Annihilation is an excepcional and surreal science fiction film that reflects deeply about life, death and facing otherness with paranoid dread. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/10 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is a joyless mess that confirms Tim Burton's creative decline. - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
6.5/10 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Christopher Robin is a well crafted movie that dabbles too often with a self-congratulating nostalgia. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
6/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo: A Star Wars Story is a spiritless movie for a brave character. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
6/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun sequel that doesn't match the wit and originality of the first movie. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
6/10 19% Mute (2018) Duncan Jones tried to make something compelling with Mute... but his movie is just a disappointing mess. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/10 20% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The Cloverfield Paradox is a clumsy, derivative and painfull film to watch. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
6/10 48% Downsizing (2017) Alexander Payne's Downsizing is visually stunning, but it doesn't live up to all of its pretentious ambitions. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
7.5/10 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) With The Disaster Artist James Franco has directed his most fun and honest movie. A real tragicomical achievement. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
7/10 26% Bright (2017) Bright is an absurd and dump movie. But it's also a fun attempt to modernize fantasy tropes with buddy cop comedy. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
8.4/10 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a complete shift for the Star Wars saga and a brave reinvention of the jedi mythos. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
8/10 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is a captivating, violent, fun and sexy adaptation of Anthony Johnson's graphic novel. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
7/10 67% Life (2017) Life is a well crafted homage to science fiction horror movies. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2.5/10 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) A Cure for Wellness is a utterly banal and ridiculous visual spectacle. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
7/10 67% Lucy (2014) Lucy is not a game-changing science fiction movie. Still, it represents the return of Luc Besson to his baroque and risky approach to genre filmmaking. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
7.3/10 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) This movie had the potential to be a great renovation for the alien invasion genre, instead it chose to be an incoherent love story. Edge of Tomorrow is entertaining but still, it's a waste of a good idea. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
7/10 84% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) Skjelvet is not a completely original or surprising film but, by focusing on characters rather than CGI, it manages to create interesting suspense and compelling action with a very limited budget. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
7/10 44% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) 300: Rise of an Empire is a fun expansion to the universe created by Zack Snyder. Nevertheless, its apologetic plot may be another symptom of Frank Miller's creative decline. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) The Untamed is a masterpiece in science fiction cinema that transcends the boundaries of social comment and its admitted admiration for Zulawski's Possession. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
8/10 75% Godzilla (2014) Godzilla doesn't always work, but when it does it's an effective and visually stunning take of a contemporary myth that will surely please fans of kaiju culture. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
6.8/10 49% RoboCop (2014) RoboCop is a respectful remake. Nevertheless, it fails to captivate the violence and social satyre of Paul Verhoeven's cult classic. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
9.5/10 100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) The Square is a shrewd application of cinéma vérité in the midst of mass communication and a sensible and thorough approach to the events that gave birth to the Arab Spring. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019