Fiction Machine

Fiction Machine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Grant Watson
Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Grant Watson Rainy Day is not great, but it is good, and the cast do a lot of work to lift it beyond Allen's moribund and derivative screenplay. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
8/10 Frailty (2002) Grant Watson Frailty is an absolute gem. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
7/10 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Grant Watson Sonic's fan will broadly approve. Family audiences will enjoy it and forget it. Anyone with a specific interest in cinema already know what they are likely to think. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
7/10 I Stand Alone (1998) Grant Watson This is attention-grabbing, repulsive, vital cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
8/10 The Olive Tree (2016) Grant Watson A clean, original storyline, good acting, a strong visual sense of the Spanish countryside all combine to make The Olive Tree a superb experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
7/10 Hocus Pocus (1993) Grant Watson For its target audience of children and young teenagers, this Halloween blend of comedy, fantasy, and mild horror is wonderfully effective. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
7/10 Clear and Present Danger (1994) Grant Watson Plot suffocates the film. Simply too much happens. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
9/10 Drug War (2012) Grant Watson The action is regularly punctuated by moments of messy, inconvenient realism. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
7/10 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Grant Watson Some films simply exist to give their audience a good time - The Hitman's Bodyguard gives its audience a great time. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
9/10 Prisoners (2013) Grant Watson There is a level of bleakness to Villeneuve's film that one usually only sees in the film cultures of Japan and South Korea - a willingness to take a narrative one step further than its audience might be comfortable taking. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
7/10 Blame! (2017) Grant Watson Blame! will not be to every viewer's taste, given its favouring ideas and environments over heart and character, but it tells an interesting science fiction story. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
4/10 Out of Inferno (2013) Grant Watson It's a shame to see so much talent and time spent on such an ordinary film. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
5/10 Loving You (1995) Grant Watson It wants to be a gripping police thriller and a tragic melodrama at the same time, and ultimately fails to convince as either. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
7/10 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Grant Watson Despite the grim goings-on there is still a sense of humour and fun scattered thoughout. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
5/10 Sun Valley (1995) Grant Watson There is a lot of promise to Sun Valley, but it's simply not sufficiently explored or expressed to make it worth the viewer's time. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/10 The Equalizer (2014) Grant Watson A lazy and overly padded bore. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
9/10 Enola Holmes (2020) Grant Watson The characters, humour, and the hugely enjoyable take on a familiar mythos make Enola Holmes a genuine delight. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
7/10 The Andromeda Strain (1971) Grant Watson It remains well worth watching, but the magical 'classic' status afforded to Wise's other famous films is not quite earned. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
7/10 The Swordsman in Double-Flag Town (1991) Grant Watson As a stripped-back, 90-minute genre piece, it is enormously watchable and effective. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
10/10 Residue (2020) Grant Watson This is an effective, distinctive, and highly mature work of cinema. For a film in its own right it is hugely impressive. As a directorial debut, it really is a marvel. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
7/10 Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) Grant Watson Fans of Hollywood's action excess have a lot to like here, however more discriminating audiences will likely find it a very middle-of-the-road work. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 Full Strike (2015) Grant Watson The cast are great, the jokes are great, and despite being a fairly stereotypical 'misfits win the championship against the odds' story it still manages to find plenty of places for originality and unexpected angles on the material. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
5/10 Black Is King (2020) Grant Watson It is literally a visual companion to the spin-off album of a computer-generated remake of a 1994 cartoon. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
8/10 It Follows (2014) Grant Watson A really worthwhile and atmospheric independent horror film. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
9/10 Song of the Sea (2014) Grant Watson This is an outstanding work: well animated, well designed, well told. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
10/10 Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (1957) Grant Watson A great film: warm, funny, inventive and wonderful. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
9/10 Sparrow (2008) Grant Watson Short, sharp, and wonderfully charming. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/10 Underworld: Evolution (2006) Grant Watson The plot remains a rambling nonsense of ancient evil, clan rivalries, and hidden history. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
5/10 Seven Years of Night (2018) Grant Watson While a passable diversion for the Korean thriller aficionado, for the general viewer it is more likely a crushing disappointment. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
5/10 Demonlover (2002) Grant Watson It is two-thirds of a good film stapled to one-third of a bad one. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
8/10 The Lost City of Z (2016) Grant Watson In the case of James Gray's visually sumptuous and richly melodic film The Lost City of Z, it turns that actually sometime they do make them like they used to. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
6/10 Knife + Heart (2018) Grant Watson It is rich in potential and when it works it sings. When it stumbles, it can oftentimes wind up actively unlikable. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
8/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Grant Watson Doctor Sleep is a film with a near-impossible brief and crushing audience expectations. It delivers on those conditions marvellously, and presents one of the smartest, most effective supernatural thrillers of its type in recent years. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2020
10/10 Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) Grant Watson Olivier Assayas has created a marvellous film here. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
5/10 The Bodyguard (1992) Grant Watson If you have never seen The Bodyguard, it is not exactly begging to be seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
5/10 Vox Lux (2018) Grant Watson It should be great, and indeed from promotional art and trailers it looks great, but the final production is a crushing disappointment. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
8/10 Deerskin (2019) Grant Watson It is the kind of wonderful gem one finds late at night at some film festival: never to be seen again, always to be fondly remembered, and met with incredulity when explained to other film enthusiasts year down the track. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
4/10 Side Effects (2013) Grant Watson A medically-centred thriller that promises to be one kind of film before taking a sharp turn into being a second - and much less interesting - kind. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
6/10 Blood Vessel (2019) Grant Watson Enthusiastically joins that specific sub-genre of 'the Nazis mucked about with the occult and paid for it' films. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
8/10 The Navigator (1988) Grant Watson Those who favour good stories told well may be unsatisfied. Those who luxuriate in tone and aesthetic will feel more rewarded. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
8/10 The Boxtrolls (2014) Grant Watson The Boxtrolls is smart, absurd, wonderfully ugly, and brilliantly put together. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
8/10 The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) Grant Watson Tony Scott was a transformative figure for American popular cinema, and this film was one of his most effective: smart plotting, strong performances, and an enormous amount of style. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
8/10 Lost Highway (1997) Grant Watson Senses of unease and menace are soaked into every scene. It is genuinely disturbing in places, adding up to an overall frightening experience that tops close to every horror work of its decade. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
10/10 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Grant Watson It is in essence a flawless film: you could improve bits and pieces perhaps, but there is nothing in the film that doesn't work. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
10/10 The Battle of Culloden (1969) Grant Watson The years may age Culloden, but this is a canny and vital documentary that refuses to date. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
9/10 Margin Call (2011) Grant Watson You can tell a story out of anything, and you can tell a story about anybody, but the more technical the story gets and the more unsympathetic the characters become make telling that story harder. Margin Call is very well told. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
8/10 Night Crossing (1981) Grant Watson It manages to extract an enormous amount of suspense from the final half hour. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2020
8/10 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Grant Watson It is honestly one of the finest comedy performances of 1980s cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
6/10 Happy Death Day (2017) Grant Watson Good, not great, but some times good is enough. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
7/10 The Dead (2010) Grant Watson A slickly shot traditional horror movie given fresh life via a new setting and a new angle. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020