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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 54% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 83% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 85% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
2/5 41% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/5 90% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2015
3/5 92% Hector (2015) Mullan's exceptional, the film warm, unfussy and moving.‐ Empire Magazine
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
2/5 45% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 26% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 85% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 63% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016) Merrily gruesome black comedy.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 71% Everyone's Going To Die (2013) Deadpan Indie with terrific lead performances.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2015
2/5 33% Shooting for Socrates (2015) The story's crying out for underdog grit.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2015
3/5 82% Second Coming (2014) A soulful drama that heralds the arrival of a new voice in British cinema.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 75% We Are Many (2015) A work of beautiful rage.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
4/5 88% Lambert & Stamp (2015) At two hours, things get flabby around the rock-opera era, but the film fizzes and clatters with anecdotes.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2015
2/5 58% 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
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) Top of the pack and Chris Rock's best movie.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
1/5 14% Anti-Social (2015) A painful slog through geezer-thriller terrain.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
3/5 74% The Falling (2015) Sensuous coming-of-age drama that feels like a distant British cousin of Picnic At Hanging Rock.‐ Empire Magazine
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 43% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2014
4/5 83% Miss Violence (2013) A commanding, troubling domestic horror that should launch a long career for Avranas.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 80% Road (2014) Following in the tyre tracks of TT3D, this petrolhead doc is packed with thrills, spills and personalities.‐ Empire Magazine
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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2014
4/5 93% 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
Read More | Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 81% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) Stylishly constructed but hollow and ultimately lacking in insights.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2014
3/5 83% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 46% Honour (2014) An interesting premise but stodgy, suspense-free execution.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 68% Visitors (2014) Strange and surreal but with moments of real beauty.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 71% Plot for Peace (2014) An engrossing slice of modern history.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 33% Back to the Garden (2014) Much better than the am-dram washout it could so easily have been, there's nuggets of truth and wisdom in this lo-fi drama.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 67% Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) (2013) A punchy, well-acted and devastating coming-out drama.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2013