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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
3/5 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) In Levy's own words, he's assembled a comedy-drama cast to rival The Avengers, so it's a shame that they don't quite have a movie that matches their considerable talents. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 21, 2014
2/5 18% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) Green apes the kinetic visual style of Kathryn Bigelow and Paul Greengrass when the bullets start to spray, but when those involved are cliché-spouting obnoxious "ooh-rah!" grunts you're never going to care when they get ripped to shreds. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) As the drama unfolds the ludicrousness of J Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters's script intensifies and the dramatic punches are more liable to provoke howls of laughter than tears of sadness. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) ...a tough, testosterone-fuelled throwback to the men-on-a-mission yarns of yesteryear. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 64% The Rewrite (2015) Despite an engaging and watchable lead turn from Grant, The Rewrite is as boilerplate as inspirational teacher movies come. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 71% What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) This is a strange and unexpected comedy that turns its clichéd premise on its head and emerges with something worthwhile. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 25, 2014
5/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) There are moments in this film that will make your jaw drop in shock and horror. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3/5 35% The Giver (2014) It takes a while to get going, but as The Giver marches towards its ending, it begins to tie together the weightier themes it's exploring. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 17, 2014
4/5 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "... a wonderfully eccentric blend of Monty Python, Roald Dahl and Tim Burton's sensibilities." ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 65% The Maze Runner (2014) The dark, concrete corridors of the maze provide the venue for one exciting action sequence, but beyond these superficial thrills, there's little emotional weight to the film. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Even through Bachmann's exasperated sighs, surreptitious swigs of booze and shuffles through clouds of cigarette smoke, Hoffman manages to be utterly magnetic. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Sep 9, 2014
1/5 19% Let's Be Cops (2014) Let's Be Cops is a stinker on just about every conceivable level. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) Everything whizzes by at a brisk 89 minutes and thanks to some well-marshalled tornado sequences and air-ringing Dolby Atmos sound it'll send you out of the cinema feeling appropriately windswept. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) Perhaps these rock-bottom expectations are a good thing, because Planes 2 feels like a significant upgrade on its distinctly run-of-the-mill predecessor... ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) As a CG-rendered Psy launches into a rendition of 'Gangnam Style' you'll be rushing straight for the exit. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) On pure entertainment value, you'd be hard-pressed to find a movie this summer as good as Marvel's latest. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 60% Hercules (2014) Print the legend? With The Rock on board, that could've been a lot more fun. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 23, 2014
5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) There's a universal appeal here that'll resonate whether you're a son, daughter, father, mother or sibling. Simply put, Boyhood is a masterpiece. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) his franchise has swiftly proven itself to be one that has heart to match its dazzling visuals - it exists in a world that feels tactile, for once the 3D isn't crushingly disappointing. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2/5 33% Walking on Sunshine (2015) Walking on Sunshine is so bafflingly odd, so transcendently bizarre, at times I felt like I'd slipped into another plane of reality - one where the sun always shines, the '80s never end and everyone is a complete and utter d**k. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) n the end it's Costner who's the film's saving grace, his chemistry with Steinfeld lends the movie enough emotional weight to make it tolerable in between the car chases and gunfire. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) A Million Ways to Die in the West is a giant tumbleweed of a comedy drifting aimlessly through a laugh-free desert. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 28, 2014
2/5 14% Blended (2014) Are we meant to be laughing, crying or doing a bit of both? In the end Blended succeeds with neither and the whole thing feels like a bit of a chore. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 23, 2014
2/5 48% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) Postman Pat's name may be on the marquee, but ultimately this doesn't feel very much like him at all. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) A powerful cocktail of nostalgia and new frontier - quite simply it's the grandest, most ambitious X-Men movie yet. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 100% Next Goal Wins (2014) This is the beautiful game living up to its name. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 6, 2014
5/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) The brilliant Wind Rises is another Miyazaki masterpiece - evidently his last. He couldn't have picked a more perfect way to sign off. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 20% Sabotage (2014) The story spins off into a pseudo whodunit as the group fall victim to apparent revenge killings, but it's sweet relief because most of them have all the charm and appeal of root canal treatment. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/5 19% Tarzan (2014) This is more-than-passable family entertainment that's mercifully free of Phil Collins. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 28, 2014
4/5 81% Tracks (2014) Wasikowska brilliantly anchors it all, playing Robyn as a young woman of sharp intelligence and steely determination. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems more like an exercise in calculated franchise architecture than its does a cohesive stand-alone blockbuster. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3/5 41% Divergent (2014) Though always an entertaining watch, Divergent is nevertheless a somewhat rickety start to a franchise. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Gleefully entertaining from start to finish, the kind of film that'll quickly put a grin on your face that won't subside until long after the credits roll. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 19, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) The kind of film that feels like it's been entirely directed by a second unit with the script a mere afterthought. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 9, 2014
2/5 43% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Rise of an Empire isn't without its highlights. Most notable is Eva Green's bat-s**t mad Artemisia, a villainess who chews the scenery so emphatically that there'd be teeth marks on the sets if they weren't all digital. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Mar 3, 2014
2/5 19% Ride Along (2014) ... the gags and one-liners just aren't as funny as they need to be. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 95% Her (2013) Set in the not-too-distant future, this is a poignant, moving love story for the Apple age. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 51% Cuban Fury (2014) Cuban Fury is a comedy that's fleet of foot and warm of heart, and in Frost it has an engaging and likeable leading man who's able to pull you along for the ride. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) A wildly inventive rollercoaster ride you won't forget in a hurry. Awesome indeed. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Feb 3, 2014
2/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) Grudge Match is like a lumbering old heavyweight, it's every body jab parried, every right hook deflected. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Jan 25, 2014
4/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Jordan Belfort makes Gordon Gekko look like Cliff Richard. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) This is Anchorman turned up to 11. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 42% Homefront (2013) Much like Stallone's Expendables entries, Homefront's premise is more appetising on paper than it is in execution. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 78% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) In the best tradition of Disney, it is a film to make you laugh and cry. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) Hood's film is thankfully more successful than his last Hollywood outing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but for all its lofty ambitions it never quite fulfils its potential. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) New directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have hatched a sequel that, while never matching the inventiveness and originality of the first movie, still has plenty to offer in terms of aesthetic delight. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) It's Jackass, but not quite as we know it. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 21, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) Ultimately, this is a warm-hearted crowd-pleaser. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 16, 2013
4/5 81% Don Jon (2013) Don Jon is a terrific directorial debut from Gordon-Levitt - funny, moving and with something to say about family and relationships. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 16, 2013
3/5 82% Prince Avalanche (2013) It isn't until Rudd's character dispenses with his rigidly straight-arrow outlook that the film really begins to come together. ‐ Digital Spy
Posted Oct 15, 2013