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) Time Out Empire Magazine Australasia

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) A sharp-witted and wide-reaching account of a bright political hope's fall from grace, with an impressive ensemble cast and a great performance from Jackman. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Coogan and Reilly's performances are among the best either has ever given. This film, which pays wonderfully funny tribute to two comic legends, richly deserves them. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Against all the odds, this is a very worthy follow-up to the original movie. Blunt is pitch-perfect, as ever, in a film that all but insists you leave with a smile slapped on your face. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) One of von Trier's most confrontingly horrible films is also one of his weakest. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) For all his ambition, Serkis can't find the right tone for Mowgli and it becomes a very confused beast, neither fun enough for all ages to enjoy nor complex enough to be the visceral, grown-up thriller he nudges at. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) You could very well argue that this film's version of Salander is a bastardisation of the one in the novel...the plot is enormously silly. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) With its callbacks to the Potter universe and a lovely eye for detail, The Crimes of Grindelwald has bags of intermittent charm and a warm familiarity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 86% Possum (2018) Holness firmly captures the feel of '70s British horror -- the oppressively close atmosphere is so powerful, you can almost smell the damp. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 86% Possum (2018) It's a bleak but absorbing trip as we creep into the depths of Philip's sad, broken mind. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 76% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) It's so superbly done, you're unlikely ever to want to watch it again. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film has a secret weapon: Rami Malek. As Mercury he is spectacular. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) What makes Cooper so good is that he directs in a way that encourages you not to see what he is doing, but what is happening. Character above all. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 88% Under the Wire (2018) This is both a study of a great journalist and a great piece of journalism itself. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 91% Searching (2018) The smart visual trickery lifts what might otherwise have been a fairly conventional thriller, but it also lets Chaganty say some interesting things about our online lives. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's crazy good. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 79% Alpha (2018) It's a family movie but one unafraid to show some very sharp teeth. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It's a promising idea that starts well, and although it starts to flounder by the end, Kunis and McKinnon do sterling work making sure it never completely runs out of energy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) The Meg gives its audience exactly what it expects and what it wants: B-movie thrills on an A-movie scale. You'll see many better movies this year but you're unlikely to see many that are more purely entertaining. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) A sequel nobody needed, and very few demanded, but one that is nice to have anyway. Very daft and very childish and mostly very funny. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 89% Studio 54 (2018) A fascinating documentary that captures all the glamour and grubbiness of the 20th century's most famous nightclub. All the thrill of being there with none of the hangover. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 64% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Zosia Mamet is the major selling point here. In a film that's lovely but unlikely to prove memorable, she shows she can carry a film with immense charm. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) An absolute treat of an interview with a man who has told other people's stories wonderfully for decades and tells his own just as well. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) If you think of it as an isolated action movie, however, it's a lot of fun. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/5 16% Show Dogs (2018) If you came for cute canines you'll get them, but you'd get more entertainment from an hour of dog videos on YouTube. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is Marvel doing the absolute best version of the formula it's been criticised for overusing. They've blown it right up and now need to throw out that formula for good. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/5 82% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) A well told, beautifully acted drama that offers nothing new but a comforting level of familiarity and cosiness. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
3/5 51% Rampage (2018) Ridiculous, of course, but not as ridiculous as it might have been. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) As both teen comedy and mid-life crisis comedy it's terrific. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) The animals are cute and Gleeson is extremely game. What keeps Peter from *Paddington*-style delight is a self-conscious need to distance itself from its source material. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
4/5 90% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) A story with all the qualities of a classic LA noir is given a very effective spin by transposing it to politically charged Cairo. It's angry, frustrated and thrilling. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's the biggest risk of del Toro's career and it could not have paid off more. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) A very smart take on the stalker movie, which resists easy laughs for harder truths, and might make you think twice the next time you're lining up a photo for social media. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
4/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) It's a classy weepy with some killer dialogue, but Bening is the big sell here. Given one of the juiciest roles of her career, she makes every moment count. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
3/5 67% Breathe (2017) Serkis is clearly sincere in his love for the story, and he draws exceptional performances from Garfield and Claire Foy, but its tone is upbeat to the point of oddness. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington 2 should be prescribed as an antidote to anyone who finds the madness of the modern world a bit wearing. It's probably possible to not absolutely love it, but it's hard to see how. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A film that's at once light, joyful and emotionally devastating, with deeply affecting central performances. A full-hearted romantic masterpiece. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
3/5 75% Una (2017) It's a film to see for the performances, which are faultless, but while it's sometimes riveting this play has been awkwardly translated to screen. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2/5 18% Monster Island (2017) It's a film to possibly employ to distract your kids for a few minutes if they've already seen absolutely every other option. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
4/5 97% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) The imagery in this gorgeous Japanese animation is delicate and whimsical, but its plot is increasingly hard and cruel. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 96% Jawbone (2017) As a writing debut for Harris and a feature-directing debut for Napper, this is extremely promising. As a role for Harris, it's a sign that a great British actor may have just hit his moment. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2/5 35% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Innately sweet, due to the high number of fluffy animals, but it has the gloopy emotion and silly plotting of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Nicholas Barks, if you will. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 98% Get Out (2017) To call it the most important movie of the year so far makes it sound possibly rather worthy. That's not true at all. Get Out is a comment on a highly complex situation that's also a total blast. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart shows she's now one of the most interesting actresses of her generation. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
1/5 25% Fist Fight (2017) All the amusement value of a smack in the mouth. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 12% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) It's glossy and at times goofily funny, mostly thanks to Johnson's subtle comic skills, but the novelty of this messy relationship is really beginning to wear off. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
3/5 83% Denial (2016) A sturdy by-the-numbers legal drama that really belongs on the small screen. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 87% Jackie (2016) Jackie does what the very best biopics should: it makes you view someone you've seen countless times as if you were seeing them anew. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
3/5 82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Robert Greene's film follows the actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares to play Chubbuck in a project that's part documentary, part fiction and a bit too much navel-gazing. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
5/5 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) The animation, every frame exquisitely composed, is as stunning as the storytelling. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
4/5 94% Barry Lyndon (1975) It's gorgeous to look at, with its reverse zooms that slowly widen to stunning rural panoramas, its beautiful framing, its delight in decorative detail. You feel you are watching a masterclass in how to recreate the look and feel of the late 18th century. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016