Simon Crook

Simon Crook

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Simon Crook's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Total Film

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91%

Paradise: Hope (2013)

"Tying up his trilogy in style, Seidl's film unsettles and provokes with wit and composure." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2013
3/4 73%

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
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
Posted Jun 9, 2013
4/5 49%

No One Lives (2013)

"Loopy, film-literate and full-bore, it's a sadistic '70s thriller in modern-day garb." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 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
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/5 73%

Simon Killer (2013)

"Black-veined and dark-hearted, this is another persuasive character study from Campos." ‐ Empire Magazine
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
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
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
Posted Feb 24, 2013
4/5 86%

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
Posted Feb 3, 2013
5/5 92%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"It haunts and lingers long after the lights go up." ‐ Little White Lies
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
Posted Jan 7, 2013
4/5 100%

McCullin (2013)

"A terrific and fitting tribute to one of modern history's greatest eyewitnesses." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2013
4/5 76%

Alps (2012)

"Lanthimos delivers another heady dose of weirdness. Loopier than a frog sandwich but rather wonderful." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2012
3/5 50%

Tower Block (2012)

"An unusual, scuzzy setting for a thriller that delivers with brutal simplicity." ‐ Empire Magazine
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
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
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4/5 92%

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
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
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
Posted May 13, 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
Posted Apr 15, 2012
2/5 8%

Acts of Godfrey (2012)

"An audacious experiment that misses the mark by some distance." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2012
4/5 80%

Haywire (2012)

"A fresh, muscular payback movie shot through with Soderbergh's mischievous indie-spirit." ‐ Empire Magazine
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
Posted Aug 7, 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
Posted Aug 3, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet

R├Ąttskiparen (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
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
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 clich├ęs you've seen a thousand times." ‐ Empire Magazine
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
Posted Feb 16, 2011
2/5 9%

Chatroom (2010)

"Definitely zeigeisty but short on thrills." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2010
4/5 80%

Catfish (2010)

"Unbelievable filmmaking." ‐ Empire Magazine
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
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
Posted Nov 15, 2010
4/5 82%

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
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
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
Posted Jul 22, 2010
2/5 32%

Wild Target (2010)

"A talented cast keep some low-key action and tired gags from derailing this disappointing farce." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2010
3/5 78%

StreetDance 3D (2013)

"Cheesy high-energy fun." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 21, 2010
2/5 14%

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
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 64%

Carriers (2009)

"A moody, engaging end-of-the-world horror-drama, if a bit too apocalypse-lite." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2009
4/5 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"An Amityville for the YouTube age: potent, primal and genuinely frightening." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2009
3/5 46%

Colin (2009)

"Falls down technically (unsurprisingly) and narratively (bit if shame) but with a certain British charm." ‐ Empire Magazine
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
Posted Oct 15, 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
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/5 60%

Viva (2007)

"The plywood acting's pretty funny, as is the coy sex; what amazes is the beautifully lurid, near-fetishistic set design. At two hours, it's an in-joke over-indulged, and it's so camp the camera's practically winking, but minor cultdom beckons." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 15, 2009
2/5 54%

Surveillance (2009)

"Trashy material, arty approach, Lynch's comeback is harsh, puzzling and mostly weird-bad." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2009
3/5 58%

Quarantine (2008)

"As a visceral, camera-shuddery ride into foamy-mouthed zombie hell, it's efficient enough - but if you've already seen [Rec], steer clear..." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2008
3/5 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"Crude, hilarious, if a little corny, Smith's latest hardcore comedy is right on the money shot." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2008
3/5 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

"Visually, Fear(s) is top drawer, but as a feature it's sketchier than Terry Gilliam's doodlepad. Those involved in the dark graphic arts should seek it out on the big screen, but this cult-in the-making is destined to find its true disciples on DVD." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2008
4/5 80%

Eden Lake (2008)

"You don't watch it, you survive it. A battering experience, and the hardest Brit horror in years." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2008