Sam Toy

Sam Toy
Sam Toy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine
Biography:
Empire film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 85% My Name Is Khan (2010) There's too much story (a later, Georgia-set act falters), but this mostly rides comfortably on Khan's superb performance, and his chemistry with leading lady Kajol. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
2/5 28% Your Highness (2011) A decent, affectionate, fitfully funny take on the fantasy genre, but this could have been so much more. For fans of this sort of comedy only. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2011
2/5 75% Men on the Bridge (2012) Despite one or two nice moments and the naturalistic tone, it's all a bit of a slog. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2011
3/5 79% Amer (2010) Not for everyone, but fans of Dario Argento will find plenty to like about this otherworldly study of sex and sensuality. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2011
3/5 100% Into Eternity (2011) A captivating, and sometimes alarming, exposé of the business end of nuclear power. Watch as part of a behind-the-sofa double bill with Countdown To Zero. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2010
2/5 No Score Yet Red & White (Merah Putih) (2009) Sub-standard battle scenes and ropey characterisation drain this powerful story of its impact. Less history than histrionic. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2010
4/5 93% Carlos (2010) Ramirez's outstanding performance and Assayes' superb skill in storytelling make this a mini-series not to be missed. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2010
2/5 42% 22 Bullets (2013) An uneven stew of character development, violence and sub-Top Gear car chases. Disappointing. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2010
4/5 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Robinson and Duke are terrific, and while it's fantastic to see Cusack back doing all-out comedy, truly outstanding is Daily Show veteran Rob Corddry, who has to make horrible jerk Lou likable and funny. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2010
5/5 97% Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country) (2008) Compelling and, for anyone who values truth, essential. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2009
1/5 25% Fired Up (2009) A charmless, witless, lumbering mess. Almost nothing could redeem this lame comedy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2009
3/5 65% Traitor (2008) More carefully measured than many of its American contemporaries, Traitor doesn't match the heights of Syriana, but sits comfortably above, say, The Kingdom for mapping out the complexities of its issues . - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2009
5/5 98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009) Anvil! is exactly what's needed to slap the recent rash of doomsayer documentaries in the face - preferably with a studded, fingerless leather glove. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2009
3/5 45% Sex Drive (2008) Okay, it doesn't have an original bone in its body, but forgetting the awful title, Sex Drive has its share of snappy lines and decent gags. It's also got Seth Green and James Marsden on cracking form, which should never be underestimated. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
3/5 78% Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009) Don't expect anything too profound from this middleweight fare - but it'll still be better than the inevitable remake. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 50% Before the Rains (2008) While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2008
3/5 57% Charlie Bartlett (2007) There are plenty of good qualities in Charlie; it just needed to apply itself a little more. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2008
5/5 79% I Served the King of England (2008) Funny, vivacious and profound without being earnest, this is an utter delight. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2008
2/5 38% Flashbacks of a Fool (2008) An array of small successes can't support the crushing weight of the malformed screenplay. Not a complete loss by any means, though, and Walsh is a talent to keep an eye on. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2008
1/5 17% Bunny Chow (2006) Over-filled and self-indulgent, this is an irritating little film. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2008
3/5 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) A late entry in a crowded field, Spiderwick works hard to set itself apart from the competition, and almost entirely succeeds - no mean feat these days. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2008
2/5 23% Semi-Pro (2008) Semi-Pro isn't painful, but it's a very minor credit for everyone involved. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2008
2/5 74% The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele) (2007) Von Trier's deconstructionist streak stymies this admirable attempt at a comedy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2008
2/5 31% St. Trinian's (2007) The target audience - pre-teen girls - aren't going to notice the many shortfalls behind the camera. What they'll enjoy, regardless of quality, is some naughtiness true to the spirit of the series, Russell Brand and Girls Aloud. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
3/5 50% Bee Movie (2007) The depth of talent in the cast and gag writing shines through, but it's only just enough to take your mind off of the flat animation. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
4/5 83% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) A little dated bit Nic Roeg is always good value and David Bowie is perfetly cast. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2007
4/5 98% Ten Canoes (2007) A rare and valuable movie, providing fascinating insight into another culture without pandering or being stuffy. Seek it out -- swim if you have to. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2007
3/5 65% Jindabyne (2006) A great idea is weighed down by an over-egged screenplay, but the setting and cast bring out its best. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2007
2/5 34% TMNT (2007) If more effort had been taken to smooth over TMNT's rough edges, this could have been a great movie. As it stands, there's just enough to keep littluns and hardcore fans of the 'phibian foursome amused. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/5 63% Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) You can rely on Goldthwaite to demolish sentimental notions with the power of a force ten gale, but clumsy filmmaking seriously hampers his idea's own effectiveness, resulting in a rather plodding black comedy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2007
2/5 25% School for Scoundrels (2006) A script that suffers the same problem as its characters - lack of confidence - is in dire need of a fire being lit under its arse. All involved could do with learning a thing or two from some scoundrels of the 'dirty, rotten' school. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2007
3/5 69% The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005) Full of good intentions and scattered with more than a few gob-smacking scenes, this could have really taken it to Hollywood if only it had a little more to say than "war is hell here too." - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2007
1/5 38% Lie with Me (2005) Another lame attempt to bring extreme eroticis to the big screeen. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2007
3/5 42% Gridiron Gang (2006) What begins as a series of pleasant revelations and a deft example of genre defiance is nearly crippled by cliche in its second half, but The Rock's surprising dramatic magnetism will hold you until the final whistle. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2007
1/5 6% Deck the Halls (2006) Got any kids who've been naughty this year? Here's their present. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
3/5 73% Twelve and Holding (2006) The kids help get the film past its messy, low-budget look, aided by a strong ensemble of familiar adult faces. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
2/5 69% Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006) Hit and miss tribute to the great melancholist. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
3/5 33% Click (2006) Another 'nice' Sandler comedy that works, thanks to some smart and genuinely moving ideas at its core. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/5 66% Severance (2006) Aiming for an admirably lofty target, it's a case of close but no cigar. It's a long way from bad, but the wildly uneven tone sees it fall equally far from greatness. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2006
3/5 89% Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) A story that deserves to be heard, but like the EV1, it's a quiet achievement that should have been much louder. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2006
2/5 33% The Libertine (2006) The story, like the cinematography, is overly foggy and under-illuminated. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 84% Beyond the Gates (2005) There's no way this story could ever have made a bad film, but a script that refuses sentimentality and fine acting elevate it just short of greatness. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 86% Inside Man (2006) It's certainly a Spike Lee film, but no Spike Lee Joint. Still, he's delivered a pacy, vigorous and frequently masterful take on a well-worn genre. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2006