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Olly Richards

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 14, 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
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) A film that's insane, witty, uneven and almost certain to delight anyone who's ever laid hands on Lego. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) In stripping Jack Ryan back to basics it's lost some sophistication, but reinvigorated an action hero who's unlike any other on offer and who absolutely earns his second - or rather fourth - shot. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2014
4/5 51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) As a director, this feels like Stiller's moment. Mitty is a film that bravely rejects cynicism. In many ways, it's the new Forrest Gump. Go with it and it is, in all senses, wonderful. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2013
2/5 17% Free Birds (2013) Not bootiful. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) Macdonald's film is a noble stab at bringing Meg Rosoff's YA novel to the screen, which sees Ronan in typically watchable form. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
2/5 52% The To Do List (2013) A muddle. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
2/5 22% Girl Most Likely (2013) A thin soup of weak jokes and contrived drama. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
2/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) Confusing and uninspired rather than completely inept, it's still likely to be swiftly struck from the résumés of all involved. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/5 50% Mademoiselle C (2013) High in gloss if not necessary insight, this is manna for fashion fans but a marginally slighter piece of work than The September Issue. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) A film for every age, whether you're an awkward kid, former awkward kid or awkward kid-adjacent. Funny, real and uplifting. A film that reaffirms your belief in the human spirit. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2013
3/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) A likeable comedy that uses its greatest asset, its talented, funny cast, to good effect. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2013
5/5 93% Jurassic Park (1993) The effects have barely aged and the joy is timeless. Take a child who's never seen it and watch their imagination expand before your eyes. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2013
1/5 15% Top Cat:The Movie (UK) (2011) If you're feeling nostalgic, dig out some copies of the original cartoon instead. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4/5 78% Monsters University (2013) Dazzlingly clever and hugely funny, it succeeds both as a broadening of the Monsters universe and as a film in its own right. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
3/5 49% Now You See Me (2013) Magicians as criminals is a marvellous conceit and Louis Leterrier gets a great deal of entertainment out of it, but it can't disguise a weak end with smoke and mirrors. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/5 27% Bula Quo! (2013) A oddball piece of no thrills (or conspicuous talent) filmmaking that's rescued by the charm of those rock survivors, the 'Quo. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 83% This Is the End (2013) It could use a brutal edit to remove some weak material, but mostly this is a hell of a lot of fun. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/5 20% The Hangover Part III (2013) Tonally a complete departure from the rest of the series, which is at once laudably brave and disappointingly unfunny. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 20, 2013
3/5 74% Chimpanzee (2012) Gives us a hero to root for, but it's not coy on the tougher side of the natural world either. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2013
3/5 53% Oblivion (2013) Kosinski has again built a fantasy world that feels real to its core, but once more put most effort into the scenery and too little into the people. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2013
4/5 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) In trying to tell an enormous amount of story it can spread itself too thin and leave some strands feeling unfinished, but when it's at its best, this is beautiful and bold filmmaking. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2013
2/5 29% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) The first film you could at least laugh at. This takes all its silly ingredients and smushes them down flat. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2013
1/5 7% Fire With Fire (2012) Avoid like the plague. The nasty Bubonic kind. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2013
5/5 69% Stoker (2013) An intense mix of horror, thriller and domestic drama, this is exquisite filmmaking. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) It may look like a documentary but Gibney's film is a horror film in every sense. Essential, uncomfortable viewing. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2013
3/5 54% I Give It a Year (2013) The jokes are strong and delivered by a very talented cast, but the heart isn't there. It's easy to laugh, but hard to care. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
5/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) To produce a coherent film from Martel's tricky novel would be achievement enough, but Ang Lee has extracted something beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2012
4/5 80% Pitch Perfect (2012) It's the kind of silly you can only get away with when your writing is very smart. A little bit odd and very, very funny. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2012
4/5 73% Rise of the Guardians (2012) It's gorgeously designed, deftly written and frequently laugh-out-loud funny. For child or adult, this is a fantasy to get lost in. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2012
4/5 85% End of Watch (2012) It's a collection of cop-movie clichés but presented with sufficient flair and strong performances that the ride is enough, even if it's on rails. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2012
2/5 50% Hit & Run (2012) There's the suggestion of a good comedy filmmaker here, but in trying out too many genres in one film Shepard winds up with something that never settles or fully engages. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2012
3/5 75% Premium Rush (2012) A movie that while thin and silly, moves with such joyous speed that you almost want to throw your arms in the air and scream. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2012
3/5 53% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) Lovely to look at and with some fun material not of Seuss' invention, but it's too hectoring, like reading an environmental textbook with jolly pictures. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2012
3/5 41% Rock of Ages (2012) Like every one of its songs, it makes a lot of noise about nothing much and cockily straddles awfulness and greatness. It's enormously entertaining nonsense. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2012
3/5 33% A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014) It's always trying to do something unusual. It has a great lead in Pegg. What it doesn't have is an ending or a clear reason what it wants to be. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2012
3/5 65% All In Good Time (2012) For all its gentle drama and nicely-judged performances, this has some work to do... ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 6, 2012
2/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) Superlative performances from Roberts and Hammer almost cover the shortcomings. Like most Tarsem films it's a muddle, but this time not one with enough distracting dazzle. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Another Aardman triumph. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2012
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) As thrilling and smart as it is terrifying. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This slays them all. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2012
4/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) It's completely lunatic and sort of a mess. It's also the funniest high-school comedy to come out of Hollywood in ages. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2012
2/5 28% Bel Ami (2012) Even with a strong cast to gild its endless chambers and salons, there's barely a spark of soul to fuel its story. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2012