Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% Rocks (2019) Ideas of emancipation, identity and pushing one's own limits reverberate in this richly-textured story of a modern London teenager forced to grow up before her time. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 84% Little Monsters (2019) Nyong'o completely steals the show - and stops the premise running out of steam... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet Make Up (2019) Framing a coming-of-age narrative within the claustrophobic confines of its windswept coastal locale, and playing with both genre convention and audience expectation, Make Up is a visceral piece of regional filmmaking. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
86% Rose Plays Julie (2019) Layering its fairly straightforward story of an adopted Irish girl who tracks down her birth mother with immersive visual and aural motifs, it plays more like modern operatic tragedy than run-of-the-mill social drama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 100% A Bump Along the Way (2019) Love has crafted a well-observed film which sensitively explores the middle-aged female experience, something that's rarely portrayed with such authenticity on the big screen. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 88% Bad Education (2019) It's a superb piece of storytelling. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 90% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) This is a story of David versus Goliath corruption, of class warfare at its most extreme; it's a damning indictment of the injustices that run rife in modern Brazil, and the world at large. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
5/5 97% Clemency (2019) While performances are strong across the board, Woodard is nothing short of mesmerising. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 96% The Last Tree (2019) Amoo presents a far more sensitive representation of the black British experience than is often seen on screen, challenging his audience to confront their own prejudices along the way. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 93% Sea of Shadows (2019) Sea of Shadows makes clear the devastating impact of man's desire to ride roughshod over nature, and the strength and bravery of those determined to redress the balance, for the sake of us all. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
No Score Yet Atlantis (2019) Sensitively observed and meticulously crafted... proves to be both intimate character study and powerful exploration of the ravages of war on mankind and his environment. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
100% Black Conflux (2019) With strong performances and an arresting tone, Black Conflux doesn't offer anything groundbreaking in terms of its narrative, but is nevertheless a striking calling card for its talented maker. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 42% Opus Zero (2017) Underneath all that deliberate opaqueness, it is simply another film about a damaged man embarking on a quest for a supposedly universal truth that, ultimately, benefits nobody but himself. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 75% Armstrong (2019) Combining contemporary interviews with family members, friends and colleagues with archive footage and... Armstrong home movies... David Fairhead presents a fascinating, moving portrait of the unassuming man who changed the way we look at the stars. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Make no bones about it; this Queen's Corgi is a dog's dinner. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Rescue the Fire (2019) Ostensibly a portrait of late German photographer and artist Jürgen Baldiga, it's also a poignant snapshot of Berlin's LGBTQ+ scene during the 1980s and 90s; a time when the AIDS epidemic appeared to be an unstoppable force. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Bujalski is not only a white male storyteller who seems to genuinely understand women, but a filmmaker able to highlight the inherent sexism and racism knitted throughout society without resorting to soapbox or lecture. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
No Score Yet About Love (2019) While it may be intimate in scale, Archana's frank approach and eye for detail make for an absorbing, eye-opening and moving family portrait. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 69% The Flood (2019) The Flood is a powerful reminder that, underneath the headlines, millions of individual stories are waiting to be told, and millions of humans are simply fighting to survive. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) A quirky, intriguing drama which largely rests on the strength of its leads. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
97% Dirty God (2019) Both a sharply observed character study and a damning indictment of our skin-deep Instagram culture. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 92% A Vigilante (2019) While it plays more like genre thriller than deep-dive drama, there's plenty to admire in the way in which director and star have chosen to tell this sadly familiar story. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Performances are strong across the board, particularly from the stoic Martínez, and cinematography from David Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent, I Am Not a Witch) is exquisite and evocative. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) There can be no doubt that Halla is one of the year's strongest, most inspirational heroes. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Successfully harnessing the power of both music and message, documentary Gay Chorus Deep South draws its strength not only from its subject, but also the effective way in which it it presents its arguments. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) It is no sombre lecture; with Buckley giving a breathtaking, force-of-nature performance, it becomes an uplifting tale about the benefits of reshaping your dreams to fit your circumstances. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
100% Aurora (2019) Spiky, funny and desperately sad, Aurora is the tempestuous core around which this intriguing feature debut from Mila Tervo rotates; powerful and singular enough to overcome the romantic comedy trappings of the narrative. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Just another run-of-the-mill horror remake. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 82% The Fight (2018) A body blow of a film which is less about sporting glory, and more about healing emotional scars. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 88% What They Had (2018) It's a film that reminds us that the ties which bind can easily suffocate unless we find the strength to push back. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) A down-to-earth, knowing performance from Rebel Wilson, together with a welcome twist on a Hollywood happy ending, is enough to make this film from Todd Strauss-Schulson (The Final Girls) work. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
1/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit revels in its aimless, bigoted dumbness, and gleefully encourages its audience to do the same. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
No Score Yet Cleo - If I Could Turn Back Time (2019) [It] may be a familiar journey, but Schmitt's keen command of idiosyncratic detail and a charming central performance from Lohse ensure the route taken is both surprising and memorable. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% A Colony (Une Colonie) (2018) While this coming-of-age narrative hits all the familiar beats... A Colony also showcases an emotional sensitivity and cultural specificity that gives it a strong individual identity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A vibrant, visceral experience. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) It is certainly a heartfelt, possibly an accurate portrayal of a wonderful, life-affirming friendship. It absolutely suggests that we are all capable of change. But, as social commentary, it's far too gentle... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) A keenly-observed adult fairy tale in which grief, guilt and blame bite harder than any big bad wolf. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet London Unplugged (2018) As with most anthology films, it's something of an uneven experience, but linking themes of alienation, opportunity and change, together with its admirable creative and cultural ambitions are strong enough to make it a diverting whole. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) By posing... difficult questions, and by giving as much focus to the essential peripheries of life as its big events, Hale County has a powerful impact resonating far beyond the lives it depicts. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 95% RBG (2018) A lively celebration of a woman who can legitimately claim to have changed the world. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 84% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) Polina is a film determined to move to its own narrative beats. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 97% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo is as insightful as it is exhilarating. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) The Rider reshapes the traditional cowboy narrative in a way that both embraces and challenges western tropes. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/5 75% Tides (2017) While Tides may not make for the most obviously dramatic of films, its portrayal of the realities of long-term friendship is charmingly authentic. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
5/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) That old adage of truth being stranger than fiction has never been more apt, nor so artfully explored, as in Tim Wardle's fascinating documentary. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
78% The Boat (2018) As the only man on screen, and with minimal dialogue, Joe Azzopardi commands attention from the off. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Alexandre Desplat's energetic, wistful score reverberates, like the film itself, with both hopeful optimism and resigned melancholy. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Underneath the pomp and powdered wigs it makes scathing commentary about the devastating nature of power struggles that remains blisteringly relevant in this Brexit/Trump age. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 95% In Fabric (2019) While this ethereal, giallo-esque approach makes for unique cinematic expression, this wilful, frustratingly elusive style fails to mask the limitations of the narrative. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
1/5 36% Hunter Killer (2018) It's lumbering, predictable and sinks without trace. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018