Nerd Reactor

Nerd Reactor is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): John Nguyen
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) John Nguyen Wonder Woman 1984 is hopeful, heartbreaking, heartwarming and heroic. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
4.5/5 Soul (2020) John Nguyen Soul touches on life and death, heavy subject matter for a family film, and it's an emotional adventure that will inspire many to stop and smell the roses. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) John Nguyen Even with its simplistic story, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane absolutely captivate in Let Him Go. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
3.5/5 Over the Moon (2020) John Nguyen Over the Moon is Netflix's answer to Disney movies... Although it doesn't reach the height of certain Disney movies, it's still enjoyable and I teared up. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/5 Tenet (2020) John Nguyen Tenet shines with its action sequences and the time inversion premise, but it quickly wears out its welcome. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/5 Mulan (2020) John Nguyen Mulan was not as swift as the coursing river and did not have the strength of a raging fire. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/5 SCOOB! (2020) John Nguyen With some of the jokes falling flat and the Mystery gang sharing screen time with other characters, Scoob! still was an amusing experience. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
2/5 Robert the Bruce (2019) John Nguyen In the final act, I started to get flashbacks from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi where the Ewoks are fighting the stormtroopers. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
3.5/5 Onward (2020) John Nguyen Onward is another sentimental film from Pixar, and I was tearing up in the third act. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
Downhill (2020) John Nguyen Downhill isn't as dramatic as it can be, and as a comedy, it's not laugh-out-loud funny, but there's a certain charm in seeing the two comedy actors together in something a bit more serious. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) John Nguyen The filmmakers have done a good job of making newcomers to the franchise enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog while also having something to cater to the fans. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 The Lodge (2019) John Nguyen [The Lodge] isn't the type of horror movie that will scare you, but there are disturbing imagery and a sense of uneasiness. The interactions between the kids and Grace are what keeps you glued to your seats, especially with Riley Keough's performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) John Nguyen Birds of Prey is a lot of fun, brutal and kickass. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/5 The Last Full Measure (2020) John Nguyen It's an emotional tale about sacrificing yourself to do something better. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) John Nguyen Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are hilarious together, and it has that Michael Bay feel even though it's not directed by him. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) John Nguyen Just Mercy is a very human drama and powerful film with moving performances by Jamie Foxx, Michael B Jordan, and its supporting cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) John Nguyen Rian Johnson did a 180 with [The Last Jedi], and J.J. Abrams did another 180 with [The Rise of Skywalker]. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 Code 8 (2019) John Nguyen Code 8 is an electrifying film featuring ordinary people with powers in a tough world. It's a gritty and realistic take that's a nice change of pace in the superhero genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
5/5 1917 (2019) John Nguyen What Steven Spielberg has done with Saving Private Ryan and WWII films, Sam Mendes has done for WWI films. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) John Nguyen [The Terminator franchise] keeps doing this over and over again, and I'm tired of it. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) John Nguyen Emilia Clarke is a darling and Henry Golding is as charming as ever, but Last Christmas does play out like a traditional romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) John Nguyen [Stephen King's Doctor Sleep] takes the story into new directions while also paying homage to The Shining. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) John Nguyen [Jojo Rabbit] is a type of movie that's hard to pull off if you're the wrong director or writer for it. But luckily, Taika is behind it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) John Nguyen Angelina Jolie as Maleficent is a joy to watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) John Nguyen [Little Monsters] doesn't really break a lot of ground, but it does poke a lot of fun in the zombie genre. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Parasite (2019) John Nguyen [Parasite] is a crazy, intense, twisted, and dark movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) John Nguyen There are parts where it's unbelievable. Wow, they really captured young Will Smith. But then there are other parts where you're thinking, "This is really weird and off-putting." EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) John Nguyen I appreciated what [Noah Hawley] was trying to do with changing the aspect ratio of the film. And for me, it was a kind of a fun game. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Abominable (2019) John Nguyen Abominable is a cute, fun movie to take your family out. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) John Nguyen I felt detached throughout the whole movie, just like the supporting characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) John Nguyen He's one of the few comedians who can really touch on a lot of different sensitive topics and still make it funny. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) John Nguyen It Chapter Two loses its charm and mystery from the first film, and what we're left with is a horror film that feels more like a comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) John Nguyen Joker is wild, crazy, and intense, and I was left speechless by the end of the film. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a spine-chilling performance. Todd Phillips has done to the Joker what Nolan has done to Batman with an origin story that feels very real. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) John Nguyen Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a creepy film that's able to adapt some of the stories from the source material into a cohesive [whole]. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) John Nguyen [The Lion King] is the best remake of the Disney animated classics ... You can't top the animated movie, but this is a good alternative for a new generation and fans that want to see a 'realistic' take on what that would look like. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) John Nguyen [Avengers: Endgame] is a very fitting conclusion to Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bring a box of tissues, because it's an emotional roller coaster ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) John Nguyen [Dark Phoenix] is a terrible movie. It doesn't have a lot to offer with the story, characters and dialogue. It's like watching X-Men: The Last Stand all over again. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) John Nguyen [Spider-Man: Far From Home] is a fun movie. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is great, even if it's a very different but familiar take on the Marvel character. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Aquaman (2018) John Nguyen Aquaman is a stunning spectacle and Jason Momoa is a blast to watch from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) John Nguyen Alita: Battle Angel is an action-packed ride that had me in tears. It's definitely one of my favorite live-action films based on the manga and anime, and Rosa Salazar as Alita brings a lot of heart to the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) John Nguyen Although it can't match the awesomeness of the first film, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is all kinds of fun with a warm message about sharing. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) John Nguyen Shazam! is a total blast and Zachary Levi is charming and a treat to watch as he has fun being a superhero. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Aladdin (2019) John Nguyen Aladdin is heartwarming and hilarious, and even though it's a remake of the animated classic, it still feels very refreshing. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) John Nguyen Godzilla: King of the Monsters doesn't hold back on the big monster fights, and it's definitely the best Godzilla film to date from Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019