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
3.5/5 75% Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2021) Olaizola threads between fantasy and naturalism to recreate a forgotten realm of history. By doing so, Selva Trágica transcends the boundaries of period pieces in search of a complex physical and conceptual experience. [Full review in Spanish] - Noticieros Televisa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/5 65% Crisis (2021) Crisis is an entertaining, albeit superficial and sometimes clumsy thriller, that portrays, with real courage, an urgent and complicated subject. [Full review in Spanish] - Noticieros Televisa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
3.5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Even if Zhao can be a little bit obvious in her emotional intentions, this character study is an interesting critique of the american dream. [Full review in Spanish] - Noticieros Televisa EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
8.8/10 92% Relic (2020) An intimate film that manages to blend, with subtlety, j-horror influences in a psychological and allegorical portrait of loss and grief. A true class act from Natalie Erika James. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
3.5/5 87% Undine (2020) Christian Petzold reflects on the architectural development of Berlin to summon mythical nostalgia and construct a modern vision of love and sacrifice. [Full review in Spanish] - Noticieros Televisa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
7/10 76% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Adam Wingard understands the tone needed for a movie like this. And he understands the characters. With a keen visual eye, Godzilla vs Kong manages to create a fun new mythology based on the vast Toho lore. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
6.8/10 70% 499 (2020) 499 wants to subvert the usual narrative of violence in Mexico. In this effort, it's an ambitious and brave -but finally disappointing- attempt at docufiction. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
7.5/10 74% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) This is not an innovative documentary, formally speaking. But it is sincere and human. More than a story about Adam Neumann, it's about the people who trusted him and the remaining hopes of an empathetic future. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
7.5/10 83% Console Wars (2020) Console Wars is a vivid representation of marketing and audiovisual culture in the nineties. A concise, precise and joyful documentary about a mediatic war that shaped the imagination of millions around the globe. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
6.9/10 97% Z (2019) There are a lot of pointless clichés and easy jumpscares in Z, but at the end Brandon Christensen manages to make an intelligent little horror film about trauma and normality. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
1/10 48% The Witches (2020) The Witches is an empty and joyless spectacle; a perfectly staged and horribly realized CGI banality. Zemeckis at an all time low. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
4/10 67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) New Order is a movie about fear. Fear of change, fear of social unrest, fear of political convictions. A conservative and manipulative dystopian film. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
8.7/10 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A passionate essay about love, approval and death. Kaufman conjures a powerful sense of impending doom in a critique of modern romantic expectations and the most insidious forms of masculine ego. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
8.2/10 70% Tenet (2020) Tenet is an obnoxious, cold and unpleasant movie. Nevertheless, Nolan achieved a rare formal experiment never seen before in summer blockbusters. Hollow, cynic and revolutionary at the same time. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
8/10 100% Host (2020) Rob Savage capitalizes on the fear of quarantine with a surprising elegance. Host is a fun, purposeful and intelligent movie that combines, unseemingly, the thrill of jump scares and the intense consciousness of a collective, underlying, anguish. - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit isn't nearly as funny or smart as it thinks it is. Despite of all it's good intentions this is an unpleasant, manipulative and downright dangerous satyre. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
6.9/10 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Bad Boys: For Life is a silly and entertaining movie that recreates the lost spirit of what action films used to be in the nineties. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
8/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Marielle Heller did a charming and heartwarming movie that truly understands the complexity of its characters and tackles them with ambitious form. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
9.5/10 95% The Irishman (2019) This movie is a monument. A beautiful essay on old age, filmmaking and fiction by a grand american master. Mesmerizing and deeply moving. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
6/10 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) In my opinion, this is the first patronizing and culturally insensitive Jarmusch film. A smart formal comedy that quickly turns into a banal and empty rambling. Disappointing at best. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
5/10 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This is a disappointing, pointless and joyless film. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
8.9/10 93% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) This clever western remixes genres in a playful manner to achieve a surprising statement about comunitary love as a act of resistance. A necessary and beautiful film [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
9.1/10 68% Joker (2019) This movie isn't as intelligent or irreverent as Todd Phillips might think. But it does challenge the conventional structures of the genre and the ideological implications of superhero movies. Flawed and riveting. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
9/10 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster did it again. Midsommar is a symmetric representation of fears around individualism and community life. A truly visionary and creative take on contemporary social horror. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
9.3/10 82% High Life (2019) High Life is a captivating cinematic achievement, a movie that portrays with sensual delight the compassion and horror of human emotions. A impressive film from an impressive filmmaker. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
8.5/10 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Sokolov made a horrific and amusing tale about contemporary cynicism and romantic hope wrapped around a dark action comedy with clear influences from Ritchie, Tarantino and Park Chan-wook. This movie is a blast. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
8/10 100% Feral (2018) Feral is an intelligent and idiosyncratic horror movie. A false documentary that digs deep in Mexico's religious beliefs and dangerous superstitions. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
5.9 52% The Lion King (2019) In trying to make a naturalistic movie, Jon Favreau forgot that myths dwell on magic and symbolism. As a result, The Lion King is a soulless fiasco. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
8.5/10 100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) Huachicolero is a beautiful and thoughtful film that portrays, with acumen and sensibility, the culture of violence and misery in Mexico. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
100% Kabul, City in the Wind (2018) An intimate journey into the everyday life of a city destroyed by war, invasions and fanaticism. A truly compassionate, honest and beautiful film. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
100% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) A heartfelt roadtrip of personal discovery. Sexy, slick, well paced and wonderfully filmed, Take Me Somewhere is a promising debut. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
7/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home has some great moments... but it finally doesn't manage to balance the solemnity of its premise with the comical intentions of its director. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
5.5/10 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is an interesting take on PG-13 horror. Nevertheless, Dauberman's film ends up being as tiresome and empty as any of the previous installments in Wan's universe. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
9.2/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is an intelligent film about transcending nostalgia and moving on. The perfect ending for a saga that has accompanied the dreams of a entire generation. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
8.7/10 59% Under the Silver Lake (2019) With Under the Silver Lake, David Robert Mitchell created a deceptive movie that works as a semantic essay on millennial boredom. A cult classic in the making. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/10 44% 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. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
5.8/10 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix is a disappointing and disrespectful finale for fans of the franchise and source material. A grey and joyless film. [Full review in Spanish] - 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. [Full review in Spanish] - Código espagueti EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
6.8/10 42% 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 58% 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 93% 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 28% 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 97% 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 44% 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 71% 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 79% 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 95% 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