Simon Crook

Simon Crook
Simon Crook's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Total Film Time Out
Biography:
Empire film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 75% Mom and Dad (2018) Granted, the delivery's as shrill as a banshee stepping on a Lego brick, but here's a film with something to say. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 84% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) That luminous monochrome cinematography is undoubtedly nostalgic, but the characters within it are full-colour, 21st century and utterly alive. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
2/5 50% Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017) Fans will get a brutal blood rush from the fight footage, but this brand hagiography is mercilessly one-sided. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 46% Bushwick (2017) Delivering knockout action and political punch, this blazing siren of a B movie imagines America at civil war with vicious force. Sequel, please. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) A gruelling, nightmarish, ferociously vivid riot epic that recreates one of the darkest chapters in American history. Unflinching, unmissable and terrifyingly pertinent. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 88% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Serra's sad, stately, haunting addition to the slow-cinema genre doubles up as both an intimate study of the Sun King's death and a requiem for Europe's fading arthouse scene. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
3/5 48% Wilson (2017) Gifted a bulldozing comic creation, Woody Harrelson's stomping Grumpzilla performance powers this fitfully funny git-com that, after a bracingly acidic opening, dilutes into sugary feelgood. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
2/5 40% Office Christmas Party (2016) In a year of Bad Moms, Bad Santas and Bad Neighbours, this is, essentially, Bad Employees: another irresponsible-adults comedy, another great cast, and another erratic script. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 76% Lights Out (2016) A lean, mean scare-machine, and a surprise contender for horror of the year. Seek it out. Then, for God's sake, buy a bedside lamp. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 89% Meru (2015) As a spectacle, it offers a vertiginous, first person view of events, but it's equally immersive as candid psycho-drama of survival. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/5 31% Daddy's Home (2015) If it all ends in cornball reconciliation, the dumb, fuzzy smile it leaves suggests it's well earned. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2015
3/5 93% Hector (2015) Mullan's exceptional, the film warm, unfussy and moving. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/5 100% Mr Calzaghe (2015) The fight footage is belting, but it's the unique, deep father-son connection that really makes the heart pound. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 44% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) A likable horror-comedy with a satisfyingly high splatter count. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
4/5 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) Silver remains exceptionally clear-eyed. The result is a powerful, gripping and deeply shocking film, and a contemptuous critique of Florida's stand-your-ground law. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
2/5 46% No Escape (2015) At times the tone becomes so apocalyptic you swear you're watching a zombie movie in flip-flops, as if the mob's been infected by an anti-American rage virus. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 27% Vacation (2015) Less a reboot, more a hit-and-miss cover-version. The cast are game, Applegate especially, but the laughs flatten like a deflated tyre. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 83% The Seven Five (2015) Told in a rush of talking heads and archive footage, this is a siren-flash of a film, charged up in the edit like a true-crime GoodFellas. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 62% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016) Merrily gruesome black comedy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 67% Everyone's Going To Die (2013) Deadpan Indie with terrific lead performances. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2015
2/5 29% Shooting for Socrates (2015) The story's crying out for underdog grit. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2015
3/5 76% Second Coming (2014) A soulful drama that heralds the arrival of a new voice in British cinema. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 77% We Are Many (2015) A work of beautiful rage. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
4/5 89% Lambert & Stamp (2015) At two hours, things get flabby around the rock-opera era, but the film fizzes and clatters with anecdotes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2015
2/5 54% Still (2015) Why Simon Blake turns to credibility-killing melodrama is baffling enough, but the effect is one of cheek-puffing frustration and emotional disconnect. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) Top of the pack and Chris Rock's best movie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
1/5 25% Anti-Social (2015) A painful slog through geezer-thriller terrain. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
3/5 72% The Falling (2015) Sensuous coming-of-age drama that feels like a distant British cousin of Picnic At Hanging Rock. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) A vivid, quietly powerful recreation of a truly extraordinary moment in history: just not an overwhelmingly moving one. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) Murray's finest, funniest, meatiest performance since Lost In Translation - just a shame it's contained in such a lightweight dramedy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 92% Stations of the Cross (2015) Ascetic and unwavering, the film's gaze on the ultimate form of religious devotion offers the viewer few comforts but plenty to chew over. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2014
4/5 96% Citizenfour (2014) Bold, unblinking filmmaking - no less than a living document of a global scandal straight from the whistleblower. Alarming and essential - anyone with a phone should see it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/5 11% United We Fall (2014) It may not exactly be a Swiftian satire but this send-up of modern football is frequently funny and as full of raw commitment as a two-footed lunge. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 79% Attila Marcel (2014) In a 2014 kook-off, Sylvain Chomet's imaginative confection would take a narrow second place to Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 38% The Guvnors (2014) Not as bad as Nick Love but still a largely knuckle-headed early-'90s throwback that stretches credibility with its punch-first, think-later ethos. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) The Expendables 3 has its cake and shoots it: armed to the nipples with vast action and bulging A-listers, but over-over-blown and overcrowded. See it for Gibson's big-bad. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 100% All This Mayhem (2014) Candid and clear-eyed, this doc will wow boarding fans but has something to offer to the unconverted too. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) [A] slothful, indulgent sequel that sees a once-great screen comedian hit self-inflicted Sandlergeddon. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2014
4/5 81% Miss Violence (2013) A commanding, troubling domestic horror that should launch a long career for Avranas. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 82% Road (2014) Following in the tyre tracks of TT3D, this petrolhead doc is packed with thrills, spills and personalities. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 33% The Hooligan Factory (2014) Does for football hooligans what Cockneys Vs. Zombies did for cockneys (and zombies). Very silly, occasionally very funny. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 85% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) The witty, loquacious Cocker is watchable as ever and the gig scenes will thrill Pulpers. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/5 69% Beyond the Edge (2014) Considering the danger, spectacular setting and sheer derring-do of its subject matter, this is pretty leaden stuff. Disappointing. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2014
4/5 94% A Touch of Sin (2013) There's more than a nod to King Hu's Touch Of Zen as Zhangke unleashes a four-fisted chunk of ultraviolent fury. Tarantino would approve. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 84% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) Stylishly constructed but hollow and ultimately lacking in insights. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2014
3/5 75% Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) (2010) A Fellini-esque silent fable with tackles the horrors of war with a refreshing sense of the absurd. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 21% Sabotage (2014) A bloody, scuzzy, progressively preposterous whodunnit, blending old school and new wave to neutering effect. One chunky plus: the all-new Antihero Arnie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 46% Honour (2014) An interesting premise but stodgy, suspense-free execution. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 69% Visitors (2014) Strange and surreal but with moments of real beauty. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 75% Plot for Peace (2014) An engrossing slice of modern history. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2014