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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
3/5 72% Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012) A gleefully rude Danish wronging-of-age comedy.‐ Empire Magazine
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3/5 63% The Rise (Wasteland) (2013) It may not be immune to the odd Brit thriller cliché, but this is an assured, stylish heist thriller from the debut filmmaker.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) True to the Jackass formula, some gags come off better than others, but there's some doozies in its midst.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
4/5 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) Another quiet delight from Koreeda.‐ Empire Magazine
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4/5 85% Hawking (2013) A genuinely three-dimension life portrayal of an extraordinary mind.‐ Empire Magazine
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3/5 86% The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) Although the story feels stretched to feature length, it's a rollicking ride through the music biz in the company of two piss-taking Scots and their mics.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 91% Paradise: Hope (2013) Tying up his trilogy in style, Seidl's film unsettles and provokes with wit and composure.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2013
3/4 74% Paradise: Faith (2013) Seidl's trilogy of leaves the heat and moral torpor of Africa in Paradise: Love and heads for cooler but no less than bleak climes.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 40% Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012) A compelling dramatisation. If the key characterisation occasionally errs on the thin side, there impact of this piece of agit-drama is still stunning.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2013
4/5 47% No One Lives (2013) Loopy, film-literate and full-bore, it's a sadistic '70s thriller in modern-day garb.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 27, 2013
3/5 61% Evil Dead (2013) At its best, manages to recapture the original's hardcore nastiness. It could certainly do with laughing at itself a bit more, though.‐ Empire Magazine
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3/5 73% Simon Killer (2013) Black-veined and dark-hearted, this is another persuasive character study from Campos.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2013
4/5 67% Spring Breakers (2013) A lurid, luminous teen-bender movie, as ludicrous as it is stylish, and Harmony Korine's best film in years.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2013
3/5 80% Reality (2013) As a satire on the seduction by media and our infatuation with celebrity, it's hardly The Truman Show, but Garrone's Gomorrah follow-up is wry and witty. Plenty of fun.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2013
4/5 93% Sleep Tight (2012) A creepy, neo-Hitchcock stalker drama, infused with uneasy twists and a slow-burning intensity. Check it out. Then check under your bed...‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) A Who Framed Roger Rabbit for the joystick generation that, despite a mid-act dip into generic Disney territory, high-scores on laughs, invention and 8-bit affection.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2013
5/5 92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) It haunts and lingers long after the lights go up.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2013
4/5 99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) Treating his seafood substantially better than Oldboy, Jiro is a miracle of perfectionism married to expertise. The same can said for Gelb's loving documentary.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2013
4/5 100% McCullin (2013) A terrific and fitting tribute to one of modern history's greatest eyewitnesses.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2013
4/5 74% Alps (Alpeis) (2012) Lanthimos delivers another heady dose of weirdness. Loopier than a frog sandwich but rather wonderful.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2012
3/5 50% Tower Block (2012) An unusual, scuzzy setting for a thriller that delivers with brutal simplicity.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2012
3/5 22% When the Lights Went Out (2012) Aesthetically authentic and frightening in parts. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem all that different to what has come before it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2012
2/5 39% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) Paco Plaza's third REC film follows the same format as the rest, but the early franchise frights are missing.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2012
4/5 93% A Simple Life (2012) Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2012
3/5 100% Salute (2012) A powerful and poignant theme, but Salute would perhaps have worked better as a TV documentary.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2012
5/5 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) Remember your first time with Hard Boiled? Die Hard? This is how it's done - a clean, hard, constant hit of adrenalin.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2012
3/5 79% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2012) A surprisingly subdued affair, [but] aficionados will still find enough sword-based shenanigans to keep them engrossed.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2012
2/5 8% Acts of Godfrey (2012) An audacious experiment that misses the mark by some distance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
4/5 80% Haywire (2012) A fresh, muscular payback movie shot through with Soderbergh's mischievous indie-spirit.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2012
3/5 56% The Devil's Double (2011) A blistering, brutal Iraqi Scarface. You do wonder what the point of it all is, but Cooper is fantastic. Twice.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2011
3/5 86% Kill The Referee (les Arbitres) (2010) A lot more interesting than it sounds. The refs are wired for sound and the insults slung in their direction more than earn that 15 rating. One for football fans and fans of bald men with flags.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet Rättskiparen (The Referee) (2011) A lot more interesting than it sounds. The refs are wired for sound and the insults slung in their direction more than earn that 15 rating. One for football fans and fans of bald men with flags.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2011
4/5 92% Svet-Ake (The Light Thief) (2010) The slow and unusual narrative lacks real drama but provides a compelling and beautiful depiction of village life.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2011
2/5 38% Screwed (2011) D'Arcy and Harper excel and there's the odd punch packed, but otherwise it's an identity parade of prison clichés you've seen a thousand times.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 30, 2011
2/5 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) Squeaky clean fun for the youngsters in the family. Everyone else hide.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2011
2/5 9% Chatroom (2010) Definitely zeigeisty but short on thrills.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2010
4/5 80% Catfish (2010) Unbelievable filmmaking.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2010
3/5 75% The Be All and End All (2009) It could have been terrible, but director Bruce Webb's comedy is affecting, funny and really very moving.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2010
3/5 88% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) A gentle trance-out and the strangest Palme d'Or winner in a while.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2010
4/5 83% A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) (2009) One of the year's originals -- frantic, unpredictable and very, very funny. Remove brain. See loud.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2010
2/5 0% The Last Seven (2010) Despite some effective horror beats, the payoff doesn't live up to the highly promising premise.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2010
2/5 No Score Yet The Tournament (2009) High energy hokum that goes nowhere but does it at high speed.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2010
2/5 33% Wild Target (2010) A talented cast keep some low-key action and tired gags from derailing this disappointing farce.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2010
3/5 76% StreetDance 3D (2013) Cheesy high-energy fun.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
2/5 13% Blind Revenge (2012) Conti, an actor as sturdily reliable as a Volvo, delivers a brittle, curmudgeonly turn, but the story's stiff and the denouement as ordinary as a piece of A4.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 66% Carriers (2009) A moody, engaging end-of-the-world horror-drama, if a bit too apocalypse-lite.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2009
4/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) An Amityville for the YouTube age: potent, primal and genuinely frightening.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2009
3/5 48% Colin (2009) Falls down technically (unsurprisingly) and narratively (bit if shame) but with a certain British charm.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2009
3/5 48% Ong Bak 2 (2009) Jaa's period 'beatquel' is thick on action but thin on plot. Awesome final fight, though.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 89% Moon (2009) They do make 'em like they used to - a fresh blast of old-school sci-fi, bursting with ideas and a stellar turn from Rockwell.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2009