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Simon Reynolds
Simon Reynolds's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, Digital Spy

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) An emotional gut-punch of a film that's a fitting send-off for one of modern-day cinema's great heroines. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/5 65% Spectre (2015) Spectre will go down as Craig's stab at going full-blown BOND - big, bold and a bit more like Roger Moore. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 21, 2015
4/5 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) Those with a strong stomach will be rewarded with a powerful film about the grim realities of war. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 27% Pan (2015) If Barrie inspired JK Rowling, then here the favour is returned wholesale as screenwriter Jason Fuchs's take is pure Potter. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 20, 2015
2/5 44% Irrational Man (2015) Irrational Man is strictly one for Allen die-hards only. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 43% American Ultra (2015) Blood flows freely and bones snap with audible cracks in the kinetic action scenes, the highlight of the movie by far. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 2, 2015
2/5 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) The wait for a great video game movie goes on... over to you, Warcraft. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 26, 2015
1/5 15% Absolutely Anything (2015) Based off a script that's been knocking around for some years, Absolutely Anything feels like a half-baked Python sketch strung out and bludgeoned into anti-laugh oblivion. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 14, 2015
4/5 93% The Gift (2015) The Gift comes across like a naff slasher movie from its trailer, but in reality it's a nifty little psychological thriller that asks if it's possible to run away from buried secrets in your past. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Now on his fifth go-around as Ethan Hunt, Cruise has steered the Mission movies away from distinct authorial voices and into showreels for his own daredevil stunt work. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) Free of the bloated running time we've come to expect from summer movies, it's a hugely entertaining superhero comedy that's a refreshing break from Marvel formula. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2/5 29% Everly (2015) Even slobbering Salma fans might come away feeling frustrated at the lack of an x-rated payoff. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 23, 2015
2/5 32% Entourage (2015) Mercifully this isn't as bad as the brain-meltingly awful Sex and the City 2, but expanded to the big screen Entourage feels more featherlight and throwaway than ever. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/5 29% The Longest Ride (2015) It's not called The Longest Ride for nothing. At 2 hours plus it's the lengthiest Sparks movie yet - after about an hour of snooze-inducing predictability you're just desperate for it to end. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) No spoilers here, but the finale delivers one of the most satisfying, punch-the-air-brilliant blockbuster pay-offs in recent memory. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/5 94% Spy (2015) The most surprising thing of all? Jason Statham is Spy's secret weapon. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 1, 2015
2/5 48% San Andreas (2015) ... a classic case of spectacle over story that'll largely slip from the memory the second Sia's 'California Dreamin' kicks in over the end credits. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 27, 2015
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) ... as Hollywood's biggest movies become ever more reliant on being "dark and gritty", brownie points should go to Bird for countering all that by coming up with something that's buoyantly optimistic. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 17, 2015
4/5 77% Big Game (2015) This is a cheap and charming throwback to action movies of the '80s and '90s, an era before spandex-clad superheroes dominated the multiplexes. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 6, 2015
3/5 62% MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015) For fans after a nostalgic hit from a beloved TV show of yesteryear this will hit the mark, for the rest it could be a case of spy movie burnout. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 29, 2015
3/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Sprawling romantic novels such as Hardy's are often best suited to serial television, because bringing heart and mind into sync takes time, so it's just as well that - apart from the brutal tailoring - Mulligan is seamless. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 29, 2015
2/5 58% The Last 5 Years (2015) A musical lives or dies based on the quality of its songs, and though The Last Five Years delivers some solid tunes none of them are earworms that'll stay with you beyond the closing credits. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 72% The Salvation (2015) There are no surprises in this story, only the anticipation of justice being done one bad guy at a time until the final showdown. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 14, 2015
3/5 30% Lost River (2015) If you're willing to go with it, it'll sweep you away. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 9, 2015
4/5 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) Cobain is painted as a man who could be difficult and unpleasant, but here we see him as doting father, loving husband and someone with genuine empathy. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 9, 2015
1/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) Boring, predictable and lacking inspiration, Seventh Son is bog-standard boilerplate fantasy and will probably reach the upper echelons of countless 'worst of' lists come the end of the year. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/5 80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) There's a streak of madness running through The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, elevating it above the usual run-of-the-mill animated fare into something that, at its best, is inspired lunacy. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 79% Furious 7 (2015) The final shot could not be more perfect. Tears will be shed. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 24, 2015
2/5 17% The Gunman (2015) Is it a serious political film tackling the plight of central Africa or a silly blast 'em up that's all about cheap thrills? ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 18, 2015
4/5 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) Every frame truly is a painting with a simple and elegant watercolour look bringing to life Takahata's world in some style. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 15, 2015
2/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) The True Detective-inspired Vaughnaissance can't get here fast enough. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 32% Chappie (2015) Chappie may not scale the heights of Blomkamp's Oscar-nominated debut District 9, but it's still an enjoyable blockbuster that's stylishly-made and doesn't scrimp on entertainment value. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1/5 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) Playing out like a gender-flipped Fatal Attraction with a dwindling IQ, it's comfortably one of the worst films of 2015 to-date, functioning more as an accidental comedy than the steamy erotic thriller it's billed as. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) Fizzles out faster than a flux capacitor without 1.21 gigawatts. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 18, 2015
2/5 51% The Interview (2014) The Interview will be looked back on as a Hollywood comedy of huge significance, it's just a shame it isn't really any good. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 6, 2015
4/5 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Shaun might be a slimline affair and geared predominantly towards the very young, but its heart and warmth elevate it above animations with bigger budgets and ambition. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/5 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Jupiter Ascending might be a bad movie, but at least it's an entertaining load of old cobblers. This is a hot mess space opera from start to finish. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 3, 2015
4/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Disney mines the Marvel Comics back catalogue for its latest animation Big Hero 6, a delightfully entertaining East/West genre blend that's a neat addition to the ever-expanding superhero genre. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3/5 64% Trash (2015) Under Daldry's direction, Trash moves along at a fair pace, sweeping through the slums and sewers of Rio in a whirl of vivid sound and colour. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 77% Beyond Clueless (2014) Lyne's film feels like one giant movie high school in which every big screen jock, nerd and cheerleader is housed. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 24, 2015
5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) Whiplash is razor-sharp filmmaking about personal sacrifice and how far you're willing to go in pursuit of a dream. It's absolutely essential viewing. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/5 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Testament of Youth is refreshingly old school in its approach, shunning frantic editing and acting histrionics to keep things strictly British and stiff upper lip. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 13, 2015
2/5 75% Enemy (2014) Enemy asks questions of its viewer, but by the time it's all over - closing with one of the most infuriating final scenes in recent memory - the will to answer them may not be present. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) Big Eyes is a real gem. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 29, 2014
2/5 48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) On the evidence of this outing, it's probably best to put the franchise in permanent storage. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 16, 2014
4/5 51% Unbroken (2014) Unbroken looks poised to break into the Best Picture Oscar race. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 1, 2014
4/5 80% Get On Up (2014) Chadwick Boseman is absolutely electric as the centrepiece of Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 17, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) A deeply moving and hugely informative film about a man who left a considerable mark. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The Empire Strikes Back of the Hunger Games series. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 29% Love, Rosie (2015) The destination may never be in doubt, but thanks to likeable performances from stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin this predictable film has a heart and soul that keeps it watchable for the duration. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 22, 2014