Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Pure Grit (2020) A poignant study of the challenges and triumphs of lives lived on the fringes. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
No Score Yet Black Medicine (2021) Black Medicine is likely to attract modest attention for its performances and slick visual style. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
No Score Yet Softie (Petite Nature) (2021) Excellent performances and impressive cinematography give Softie its own identity... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
No Score Yet Coppelia (2021) Leans heavily into modern concerns of fabricated image and the corruption of beauty, while staying true to the original story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
47% False Positive (2021) A sharp screenplay and strong performances give this life as a watchable thriller, rather than just a mere pastiche. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
20% The Misfits (2021) Harlin attempts to buoy the by-the-numbers story with his trademark frenetic editing, rambunctious set pieces and bombastic score, to little success. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
67% Danny Boy (2021) As the deeply scarred Wood, Boyle carries the emotional weight of the character without ever becoming a mere cipher for the horrors of war. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
No Score Yet Gaucho Americano (2021) While its languid observational style may make for passive, often hypnotic, viewing, it nevertheless has plenty to say about the immigrant experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
19% The Virtuoso (2021) A taciturn assassin faces his most challenging job yet in a twisting thriller that, despite dealing in double-cross and betrayal, proves deathly dull both in story and, somewhat ironically, execution. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
No Score Yet Lost boys (2020) Yet, underneath all that wilful antagonism - and there is an argument that some footage has been included to provoke - is an unflinching portrayal of how easy it is for marginalised people to slip through the net. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
71% Jurassic World (2015) Stepping into the lead is man-of-the-moment Chris Pratt, fresh from his Guardians of the Galaxy success, and he is joined by the substantial talent of Bryce Dallas Howard... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
86% The Feast (2021) Draped in a hypnotic atmosphere, this slow-burn, small-scale horror is underpinned by a beguiling central performance from Annes Elwy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
4/5 100% Slalom (2021) With a restrained screenplay and incredible central performance from Noée Abita, filmmaker Charlène Favier presents a powerful, moving account of sexual abuse in professional skiing. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
88% Censor (2021) Stylish, effective horror that is both an homage to genre cinema... and a psychological dive into the combined traumas of grief and guilt. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 94% The Mole Agent (2020) A moving exploration of the realities of growing old, Maite Alberdi's documentary effectively blends documentary with dramatic elements to charming, if not always transparent, effect. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
No Score Yet Should the Wind Fall (Si le Vent Tombe) (2020) A nuanced central performance from Gregoire Colin and sensitive, accessible direction from Martirosyan should see it connect with discerning audiences... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
85% The Racer (2020) Talpe is excellent in the lead, his tightly-honed physique an increasingly transparent veneer for his troubled emotional state. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 100% Dark Place (2019) A solid, cohesive anthology horror, Dark Place works best as a showcase for a new generation of Australian horror talent, who all successfully distill generations of experience, tradition and oppression into short, sharp narratives that leave their mark. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
100% The Salt in Our Waters (2020) Still waters run deep in Rezwan Shahriar Sumit's thoughtful debut. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 92% Body of Water (2020) Sian Brooke puts in a moving performance as a 30-something anorexia sufferer struggling to reconnect with her mother and teenage daughter in this sensitive and authentic feature debut from Lucy Brydon. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
61% The Banishing (2020) The Banishing makes the most of a strong cast and sweeping country estate location even if it offers no surprises other than a handful of well-executed jump scares. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
82% Ultraviolence (2020) It may be a difficult watch, but, like its predecessor, it's a valuable took of education and protest... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
95% Stray (2021) Starts off as a fly-on-the-fur exploitation of Istanbul's stray dog epidemic and becomes a lament about the difficulties of finding somewhere to belong in an increasingly fractured, and fractious, world. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) With its single setting and theatrical roots, The Boys In The Band is unavoidably stagey, but acclaimed Broadway director Joe Mantello uses that to his advantage. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
No Score Yet Ghosts (Hayaletler) (2020) An impressive feature debut from Turkish writer/director Azra Deniz Okyay. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
94% Beans (2020) Beans vibrates with ferocious anger and righteous pride. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
No Score Yet The Book of Vision (2020) Straddling the past and the present, and weaving ideas of physiology, psychology and spiritualism, The Book Of Vision is a bold and uncompromising feature debut from Italian documentarian Carlo Hintermann. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
88% The Furnace (2020) Told through the experiences of a young Afghan camel driver who falls in with an Australian gold robber, The Furnace weaves this unusual viewpoint into a standard Western narrative to compelling effect. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
4/5 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Unnerving and compelling in equal measure, Amy Seimetz's film is an exploration of how fear and paranoia can spread like a disease, and how the acceptance of one's mortality remains the most terrifying thing of all. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 90% The Vigil (2021) Featuring strong performances and excellent effects work, The Vigil is a genuinely creepy debut which explores the ways in which our psychological demons can get their claws into our entire lives. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) Fresh, funny and frank, Saint Frances is a welcome shake-up of tired genre clichés; a messy, uplifting story about a woman who may not have everything figured out, but is fully in charge of her own fate. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/5 61% Stage Mother (2020) Jacki Weaver is excellent in this colourful culture-clash comedy which, despite an uneven tone, offers a welcome message about the power of love and acceptance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
75% The Other Lamb (2020) While Selah's journey to realization and empowerment may not hold many narrative surprises, it's nevertheless one that commands attention. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/5 94% The Delivered (Fanny Lye Deliver'd) (2019) While Maxine Peake shines in the lead role of a downtrodden woman finding her own voice, all aspects of Thomas Clay's gritty, immersive historical drama blaze with visceral authenticity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/5 89% Banana Split (2020) There is much satisfaction to be found in watching a female friendship painted in such detailed strokes, and seeing that deep emotional bond exist above and beyond any romantic entanglements. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
4/5 94% Dating Amber (2020) It all makes for a bittersweet coming-of-age tale which punches well above its weight. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
5/5 94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) An astonishing achievement, Mark Cousins' expertly assembled documentary provides both cracking entertainment and eye-opening education. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
4/5 93% Becoming (2020) The strength of this Netflix documentary about Mrs Obama is not only that it harnesses her unmatched energy, but also that it captures the quieter, more reflective moments of her story. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 75% The Wretched (2020) Successfully drawing on both ancient evils and modern teen angst, The Wretched is a neat, entertaining horror whose makers clearly know how to utilise genre tropes to their best advantage. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) A rip-roaring, bloody slice of Russian genre cinema that combines a tightly plotted narrative with a stylish command of craft to hugely entertaining, immersive effect. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
3/5 87% Sea Fever (2019) Sea Fever reverberates with a timely unease. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 100% The Whalebone Box (2020) An intriguing collage of image and ideas, Andrew Kotting's The Whalebone Box weaves a hypnotic tapestry of the mystical and the mundane, of the power of legend and the impact of man upon his environment. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
100% Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020) Dark City Beneath The Beat proves to be a vibrant tapestry of Baltimore; a reminder that the city that should no longer be defined only by its darkest elements. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) [A] spirited and moving documentary, which also serves as a timely reminder that the battle for equal rights rages on. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) An atmospheric small-town thriller, Blow the Man Down makes the most of its wind-blown Maine fishing village location and the strength of its mostly female cast. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 72% Lost Girls (2020) It's a difficult watch, but Garbus avoids melodrama or soapboxing to instead focus on the horrific truths about the issues of class, crime and the abuse of power that were exposed by this case. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) A celebratory portrait of author Toni Morrison painted by those who knew her, this compelling documentary also explores how her work gives such a powerful voice to the African American experience. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
86% Los conductos (2020) An arresting, committed performance from newcomer Luis Felipe Lozano, otherwise known as Pinky - on whose experiences the story is based - helps to steer a film which asks a great deal from its audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
100% The American Sector (2020) An assured, intelligent piece of filmmaking that should capture the attention of further festivals; particularly those with a focus on human or political history, as well as an appreciative audience on streaming or broadcast platforms. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 80% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) It's vibrant, arresting stuff. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020