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      Ian Freer

      Ian Freer

      Ian Freer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Time Out
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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      4/5
      Subject (2022) The film is at its best exploring the knotty issues that infuse documentary practices. - Time Out
      Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2023
      2/5
      Cocaine Bear (2023) It’s a great premise but, over-populated by dull characters and a flat feel, Cocaine Bear is sadly a party animal that never gets started. Not quite a coke zero but close. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2023
      4/5
      Broker (2022) If it’s not God-tier level Kore-eda, Broker explores the toughest themes — emotional and physical abandonment — with the gentlest touch. Treat yourself. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2023
      5/5
      Tár (2022) Grappling with what it means to be an artist in the modern era has seemingly brought the best out of both Field and star Cate Blanchett, who has unquestionably delivered the performance of a lifetime. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2023
      4/5
      Till (2022) ... An absorbing, slow-burning study of a broken woman’s politicisation. She is superbly served by star Danielle Deadwyler, who transforms Till from a good film into a gripping one. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 04, 2023
      4/5
      Peter von Kant (2022) An entertaining French billet doux to a German titan. It’s a small-scale touching tribute, filled with equal amounts human tenderness and self-disgust, which is perhaps just what Fassbinder would have wanted. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2022
      2/5
      Amsterdam (2022) Amsterdam suffers from a surfeit of story detail without the vigour to whizz you through it. It has likable leads and the craft is on point, but the result, given all the talent involved, is a tonally uneasy disappointment — a romp that fails to romp. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 04, 2022
      4/5
      See How They Run (2022) See How They Run is the whodunnit as hoot, with lots of laughs, oodles of style and played with verve by a quality cast. It also reconfirms Saoirse Ronan as a comedy god. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 08, 2022
      3/5
      Laal Singh Chaddha (2022) If you have a passing knowledge of Gump, Laal Singh Chaddha is often a strange experience, in places a Gus Van Sant-esque facsimile rather than a remake. But it is not without its charms. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2022
      3/5
      Thirteen Lives (2022) For its first half, Thirteen Lives feels like it is treading water, waiting for its big final act. Thankfully, the second half is a riveting depiction of a daring, foolhardy, inspired rescue. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2022
      4/5
      Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (2021) A comical, compelling profile of a singular figure in 20th-century American letters. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2022
      4/5
      She Will (2021) It perhaps has too much on its mind, but Charlotte Colbert’s debut works as an imaginative and unsettling calling card. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2022
      3/5
      Railway Children (2022) Perhaps not as heart-warming or charming as the first film, The Railway Children Return is engaging and entertaining in different ways, winningly played by its fresh cast. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2022
      4/5
      Explorer (2022) If it adds little in the way of dissenting voices or a different viewpoint, Explorer tells the tale of a remarkable, stranger-than-fiction life and emerges as an affecting, entertaining portrait of a true eccentric. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2022
      3/5
      McEnroe (2022) The talking heads aren’t particularly revealing and there are some strange filmmaking choices. But McEnroe makes for incredibly likeable company and the tennis, as ever, remains sublime. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2022
      4/5
      RRR (2022) It may have a tenuous relationship with nuance, but RRR is a bombastic delight. Making the Fast And Furious series look restrained by comparison, it hits the parts Hollywood actioners just can’t reach. Rise! Roar! Revelation! - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jul 05, 2022
      3/5
      Jurassic World Dominion (2022) Jurassic World Dominion is scattershot but entertaining, delivering fun, familiar set pieces. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 08, 2022
      4/5
      Bergman Island (2021) Just missing out on top-tier Hansen-Løve, Bergman Island is beautifully played — especially by Krieps and Wasikowska — and retains all the hallmarks of her best work; an intelligent, personal, heartfelt treat. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jun 07, 2022
      5/5
      Top Gun: Maverick (2022) Kosinski and co deliver all the Top Gun feels and then some: slick visuals, crew camaraderie, thrilling aerial action, a surprising emotional wallop and, in Tom Cruise, a magnetic movie-star performance as comforting as an old leather jacket. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted May 12, 2022
      3/5
      True Things (2021) A flawed but admirable attempt to take the temperature of a dark, modern relationship. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2022
      2/5
      The Nan Movie (2022) A perfectly formed sketch character, there was never really any need for a Nan origin story, let alone one so haphazard, lacking in charm and good jokes. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2022
      3/5
      The Phantom of the Open (2021) Anchored by an impish Mark Rylance, it takes its cue from the story’s hero: a bit ramshackle, very amiable, always watchable. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2022
      3/5
      Cyrano (2021) Joe Wright brings fun and imagination to an oft-told tale, even if the story beats offer few surprises. Still worth seeing for a compelling Peter Dinklage turn. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2022
      3/5
      Petrov's Flu (2021) By turns impressive and oppressive, Petrov’s Flu combines technical razzle-dazzle with obtuse storytelling. Bravura and baffling in equal measure. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2022
      5/5
      The Souvenir Part II (2021) Joanna Hogg delivers an object lesson in how to deliver a follow-up: deeper, funnier, more imaginative than its predecessor, The Souvenir Part II is a filmmaker working at the peak of her powers. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Feb 05, 2022
      4/5
      Parallel Mothers (2021) Almodóvar juggles comedy and drama to terrifically entertaining ends, aided by a tip-top Penélope Cruz. It's hard to think of a more exciting actor-director partnership working today. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2022
      4/5
      Belfast (2021) Slight but winning. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2022
      3/5
      Munich: The Edge of War (2021) An enjoyable World War II spy flick, Munich: The Edge Of War scores with strong performances and filmmaking craft, but is let down by a lack of dramatic heft. A Father's Day watch in waiting. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Jan 06, 2022
      3/5
      The Tender Bar (2021) What The Tender Bar lacks in dramatic heft and originality, it makes up for in warmth, geniality and a clutch of great performances - chiefly Ben Affleck, who turns a stock uncle character into a memorable mentor. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2021
      3/5
      Lamb (2021) Centred by a committed, affecting performance by Noomi Rapace, Lamb gets over its longueurs and missteps with interesting ideas, filmmaking craft and a unique tone of voice. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 09, 2021
      4/5
      Don't Look Up (2021) Don't Look Up is essentially Deep Impact played for yuks, Armageddon if it had a brain. It might bite off more than it can chew, but it is frequently funny, highly ambitious brain-food. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 08, 2021
      3/5
      Silent Night (2021) After an unsatisfying start as a comedy, Silent Night finds its feet as an ambitious, thoughtful chamber piece about what it means to peer into the abyss. Merry Christmas, everyone! - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Dec 01, 2021
      3/5
      Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn is a scattershot satire, wrapping its hit-and-miss point-making in a raunchy comic romp. Despite its faults, Radu Jude's flick is one of the more audacious films of 2021. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2021
      3/5
      A Boy Called Christmas (2021) A Boy Called Christmas is by-the-numbers Yuletide storytelling buoyed by a strong Brit cast, inventive filmmaking and a heart in the right place. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2021
      4/5
      Dying to Divorce (2021) It presents a bleak, vividly painted picture. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2021
      2/5
      Bruised (2020) Not even Halle Berry's presence can enliven this stale sports film-family drama mash-up. By the end of it, the barrage of clichés leaves you black and blue. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2021
      4/5
      Drive My Car (2021) It's not for the impatient, but it's so precise and delicate, you won't notice the gear-changes. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2021
      3/5
      Mothering Sunday (2021) Mothering Sunday just falls short of a great movie; a radical attempt to shake up period-picture staidness, shot through with strong performances, impeccable craft and a strain of sadness, but it's never enough to tug vigorously at the heartstrings. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2021
      4/5
      Bull (2021) Paul Andrew Williams and Neil Maskell breathe new life into a familiar one-man-army scenario. Unrelenting, no-nonsense and hard-as-nails - just like its eponymous anti-hero. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 06, 2021
      4/5
      Spencer (2021) Though it doesn't ever make you really feel, Spencer is a bold, compassionate, poetic riposte to standard royal biopics. It
 also confirms Kristen Stewart as one of the most exciting actors working today. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Nov 01, 2021
      4/5
      The French Dispatch (2021) If it lacks a compelling story, only one filmmaker could have made this film. And, in these cookie-cutter-director days, it's a vision to be cherished. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
      4/5
      The Velvet Underground (2021) The Verdict Undergroundis hypnotic but clear-eyed, finding a different way to put a musical biographyon film. And for all its radical formalism, it never forgets to be entertaining. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2021
      2/5
      Halloween Kills (2021) Despite the odd fun bit of bloodshed, Halloween Kills is mostly tired, tedious and an insult to everything John Carpenter got right first time round. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
      2/5
      The Addams Family 2 (2021) Ironically, given the mantra for its main characters is about embracing the weird, The Addams Family 2 does little that is out-there or different, delivering a safe, stale 93 minutes. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Oct 07, 2021
      4/5
      The Story of Looking (2021) A persuasive argument that we see differently in different stages of our lives.The Story Of Looking isfascinating,thought-provoking stuff,told in Cousins' engaging, typically impish way. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
      3/5
      Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Prisoners OfTheGhostland is by turns brilliant andrubbish.Cage is in his element, it has visual invention to spare, and the fight scenes are fun,but it's a shame such imagination is tethered toequallyall-over-the-place storytelling. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
      3/5
      Copshop (2021) A simple, effective thriller, Copshop doubles down on pulpy, '70s-styled fun. It proffers little that is novel but has enough vim and vigour to compensate. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
      3/5
      Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Dear Evan Hansen gives enjoyable, tuneful voice to important modern-day concerns but lacks the dramatic and cinematic chops to really take flight. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
      4/5
      Enforcement (2020) For co-directors Ølholm and Hviid, it's a Hollywood calling card. For the rest of us, it's a tense actioner, anchored by powerful performances from its leads, who add layers to good cop/bad cop clichés. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 04, 2021
      5/5
      Annette (2021) The most original film of 2021, Annette is a ride like no other, a spellbinding waltz in a storm. - Empire Magazine
      Read More | Posted Sep 02, 2021
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