Olly Richards

Olly Richards

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Olly Richards's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Empire Magazine Australasia

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Its plot isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but Nair tells the story with immense warmth and cheer. You can see just about every move coming, but it's making all the right ones." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2016
2/5 64%

Storks (2016)

"Perhaps it's fitting that this story about babies has the attention span and grasp of logic of a newborn." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"Even if you didn't know what comes next, this story of the first days of the Obamas would still seduce as a sweet, smart romance." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/5 76%

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"This is a gentler, less confrontational Solondz. It makes you laugh, but probably won't leave you reeling after." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/5 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Strong performances and direction make the most of a lightweight tale." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"There's not a lot of consequence to this bizarre meeting, or really the film, but as a character study of two men alone at the top, it's both very funny and quietly astute." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2016
1/5 16%

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"Summer 2016 has had a high number of shonky blockbusters, but Gods Of Egypt is the worst of them." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"At once empty and impenetrable, this brings to mind a mix of John Carter and Dungeons And Dragons, regrettably in both themes and level of enjoyment." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
4/5 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"Just as with Once and Begin Again, Sing Street will make you laugh, cry and leave you humming its songs for days." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"It's a tight thriller played out smoothly but tying the viewer in moral knots. A film to think about for days, with little hope of finding a comfortable answer." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"Rather than the cynical 'one last grab' of the series, Kung Fu Panda 3 might actually be the best." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 48%

Freeheld (2015)

"Strong subject matter and a superb cast are treated disappointingly with sledgehammer subtlety." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"It's a likable mess, although it lacks the memorable lines of the first, making it liable to be enjoyed once and forgotten, rather than revisited for years to come." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2016
4/5 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"Eddie The Eagle turns a long-running joke of British sport into a crowd-pleasing story of inspiration. It's a solid gold winner." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/5 11%

Dirty Grandpa (2016)

"There's something dated about the script, graspingly keen to be edgy but often wearyingly outmoded - are we honestly still treating gay euphemisms as a bottomless well of hilarity?" ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2016
2/5 16%

The 5th Wave (2016)

"Everything that comes after the confident, dangerous first half-hour just makes you pine for what could have been as this devolves into ten-a-penny teen-lit sludge." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/5 91%

A War (Krigen) (2016)

"It's a riveting, complex film that asks one simple question: what do you do when there's no right answer?" ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 94%

Room (2015)

"It's a story so abhorrent and seemingly hopeless that there may be times you don't want it to go on, but within its tight confines Lenny Abrahamson, with a script by Emma Donoghue, finds warmth and hope." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"If a lot of The Good Dinosaur shows the marks of a rushed production - though not the landscape and environment design, which is gorgeous - its central pair have enough heart to make the film's shortcomings fade away." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/5 100%

Being AP (2015)

"Wonke has the access to make a great documentary, but can't quite find the perfect story focus to put this among the best sporting films." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2015
3/5 84%

The Walk (2015)

"It's extremely antic for the most part, covering a lack of real story with a lot of distracting quirk. Yet when Petit's foot slips out onto a wire thousands of metres from the ground, it's quietly mesmerising." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 87%

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

"Potent and visceral in its depiction of street life and blinged-up excess alike, Straight Outta Compton delivers big beats of both kinds." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 56%

Minions (2015)

"Farty, burpy, fall-y over fun tied to a pretty inconsequential plot. Your kids will explode with joy." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4/5 93%

Slow West (2015)

"Maclean has made a Western of such confident ease that it's hard to believe this is the director's first feature film." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4/5 94%

Spy (2015)

"The rule that a spy movie is only as good as its villain doesn't really apply here. This one is only as good as the gags, and they are world-beaters." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 31, 2015
4/5 50%

Tomorrowland (2015)

"Bird and Lindelof have thrown everything they have at this film and, aside from a pause for breath at the end, they've made something funny, surprising and packed full of wonder." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 17, 2015
3/5 75%

A Royal Night Out (2015)

"This cheerful farce often feels scaled down for Sunday-night TV." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
3/5 83%

Cinderella (2015)

"A retrograde fantasy with the depth of a dressing-up box, but it's spirited, genuinely funny and played to the hilt by an excellent cast. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 21%

The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015)

"A much bolder, braver horror sequel than most." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2014
2/5 41%

Horns (2014)

"Never lives up to the promise of its contemporary-Grimm-brothers conceit." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/5 82%

The Book of Life (2014)

"The gleefully Gothic fingerprints of Guillermo del Toro are all over this zippy excursion into Mexico's myths and legends, although the gag-count falls quite a lot short of Pixar greatness." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3/5 41%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"A dream cast are on good form in a film that makes you want to call your siblings, but very glad you don't live with them." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2014
2/5 22%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Heroes in a half-arsed shell." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 44%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Since the adorable, simple Garden State, Braff's ambitions as a filmmaker have grown. He's reaching for answers to really big questions, but they are, just slightly, beyond his grasp." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/5 72%

What We Did on Our Holiday (2015)

"Despite a second act lull, Connolly convinces in this cute and charming comedy." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 80%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"It may share a narrator with March Of The Penguins but this short doc is happily more sturdily scientific." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 17%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Like cinematic contraception, this mirthless nonsense may put you off movies AND sex." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 89%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Sharp, funny and feeling, this isn't just Juno-meets-Girls but a smart film that tackles real-life issues with rare frankness." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2/5 36%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Despite the gusto its star brings to the role, it's hard to ride shotgun on Hector's voyage of discovery." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2014
2/5 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"A solid voice cast (Harris, Holbrook et al) doesn't add much more than cosmetic touches to this bland animation." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 62%

L'├ęcume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014)

"If you enjoy Gondry's brand of homemade art direction then there's plenty to delight early on, but it's all wallpaper." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"Endless wordplay and dumb slapstick do not a rewarding animation make. Pun-ishing." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 50%

Maleficent (2014)

"If this tiresome yarn is the 'true' story of one of Disney's most popular villains then, please, give us colourful lies and happy ignorance." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 28, 2014
3/5 89%

Downhill (2014)

"Often witty and provocative, if occasionally a little heavy on its feet, this will have men of a certain age nodding sagely." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
3/5 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"A few big laughs but weakly drawn characters mean a film that is enjoyable enough in the moment but then quickly forgotten." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"The idea has potential but the execution is shrill and flabby and Cassavetes can't land a laugh." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
2/5 17%

Plastic (2014)

"Unthrilling stuff elevated by a capable cast." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
4/5 91%

Locke (2014)

"There are films to see on huge screens, but this is one that almost cries out for a small cinema, surrounded by total blackness. It's a daring experiment brilliantly executed, with Tom Hardy giving one of the performances of his career." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2014
2/5 44%

Khumba (2013)

"A flavourless concoction that tries to tap into the storytelling of a Madagascar or Lion King but falls well short of the humour and pathos of either." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 27%

Svengali (2013)

"Its writer/star has the charm and warmth to keep this muso fairy tale on the tracks and there are entertaining spot-the-rocker cameos galore." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
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