Ian Freer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
2/5 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Bouquets to the cast and production values; a quickie divorce from everything else.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
2/5 20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) One's a cop who can't shoot straight! One's a kid with a nose for trouble! Together... they lack the wit, thrills and rapport to deliver fun genre times.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3/5 60% The Occupant (Hogar) (2020) It's not without some pleasures but never really grips the way it should.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/5 77% Disneynature: Elephant (2020) A fun diversion for the kids, but you feel Attenborough could have packaged these often beautifully produced images with more rigour and insight in under an hour.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3/5 91% Togo (2019) Togo is in a slightly more sombre register than Call Of The Wild but delivers similar sturdy pleasures; exciting dog-in-peril action and striking landscapes, all anchored by Dafoe's grounded performance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
2/5 66% Astronaut (2019) Astronaut doesn't have the budget or cinematic ambition to deliver on its premise. Despite the best efforts of Richard Dreyfuss, it reaches for the stars and misses by a mile.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 88% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) Dogs Don't Wear Pants makes 50 Shades Of Grey look like kindergarten. A funny, provocative and strangely moving treat. The safe word is excellent.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3/5 85% Run (2019) Well played and well shot, Run's idea of relocating Springsteen's America to a rain-swept Scottish fishing town is interesting, but sadly it runs out of gas and road before it hits the horizon.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 92% And Then We Danced (2020) And Then We Danced is a well-made love story, anchored by a mesmerizing Levan Gelbakhiani and enlivened by electrifying dance numbers.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 95% Calm With Horses (2019) Calm With Horses never finds a successful balance between character and genre tropes but creates an effective mood and a strong showcase for rising stars Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar and in particular Cosmo Jarvis.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) A bizarrely strait-laced project for Todd Haynes, Dark Waters lacks dramatic oomph but compensates via a well-mounted telling of a terrifying story, driven by still contemporary concerns and a convincing central turn by Mark Ruffalo.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) A sentimental but solid dependable retelling of an oft-told tale, it doesn't do anything radical with the material but gets by on well mounted set-pieces and Ford's grizzled gravitas.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 70% A Paris Education (Mes provinciales) (2018) Strongly performed by a fresh-faced cast, A Paris Education is familiar and doesn't completely grip, but is an enjoyable celebration all the good things in life; films, arguing about films, friendship, love, politics and Paris.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 86% Emma. (2020) It should be a delicious chocolate gateau but Emma. makes heavy weather of Austen's charmer, delivering a tonally uneven, mostly airless affair.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Harley and Joker are dead. Long live Harley Quinn.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 14% Dolittle (2020) An uncynical but mostly lacklustre kids' flick that doesn't find its voice, animal or otherwise.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Solid, dependable, very late period Eastwood.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It could easily be twee twaddle, but A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is a nuanced, formally playful delight, a perfectly pitched and played ode to goodness. All hail Marielle Heller.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Neither a splendid phoenix from the ashes nor a complete failure, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is erratic, occasionally inspired, occasionally dull, but shot through with a grandiose sense of ambition.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) If you don't like Malick's movies, A Hidden Life won't convert you. But this is the filmmaker on sublime form, putting his artistry and obsessions at the service of something frighteningly relevant.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
2/5 48% Underwater (2020) Joining the ranks of Sphere, DeepStar Six and Leviathan as soggy Alien do-overs, Underwater finds a few tweaks to the monster play book, but not enough to make it live.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) What it lacks in freshness and depth, The Gentlemen certainly makes up for in cartoon-y bluster and fun details. Welcome home, Mr. Ritchie.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) The result is entertaining while it lasts, but won't lodge itself permanently in your memory bank.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
2/5 38% Black Christmas (2019) A feminist horror flick that lacks nuance in its feminism and thrills in its horror. But it should be applauded for reinterpreting rather than just retreading the original.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) Anchored by great performances from Liam Neeson and especially Lesley Manville, Ordinary Love is alive to the feelings and moments other hospital dramas overlook.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Beautifully played - especially by Wang Jingchun - So Long, My Son is sprawling, audacious, sometimes bewildering, ultimately moving. It tests your patience but it's worth it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 73% Shooting the Mafia (2019) An affectionate portrait of a remarkable woman that loses its grip when it bites off more than it can chew.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) With great writing, smart direction and late career-high performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, it's a high-end treat.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 60% Ophelia (2019) An interesting, well played and well made attempt to reframe Shakespeare's most famous play through a feminist lens, Ophelia ultimately doesn't have the boldness to deliver on its resonant idea.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) The Amazing Johnathan Documentary starts as a blast but as the journey progresses, becomes ever more slippery: Is Szeles tricking Berman? Is Berman bamboozling us? The answer is entertaining and frustrating in equal measures.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 82% The Report (2019) A challenging watch driven by intelligent writing that corrals mountains of information into compelling drama.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 42% Midway (2019) In a post Saving Private Ryan-Dunkirk landscape, it feels astonishing anyone is still making war movies like this.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The title might sound like something from Marvel Phase Six, but The Aeronauts is an exhilarating period flight of fancy, occasionally weighed down by backstory, but buoyed by Redmayne and especially Jones.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) By The Grace Of God lives in the present, a fast-paced, exciting, beautifully played film that matches Spotlight as a searing portrait of modern heroes who stood up.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) Not even the considerable talents of the ever watchable Naomie Harris can elevate Black And Blue above the broad and generic. The result is sadly aggressively formulaic.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 92% Monos (2019) If it's a hard film to like, Monos is ridiculously impressive filmmaking, savage and surreal, immediate but timeless. If Hollywood wanted to do a darker, grittier take on The Goonies, Landes is their man.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 94% Western Stars (2019) Western Stars is not only a concert film presenting 13 Springsteen bangers, plus one great cover. Showcasing his charisma, wit, thoughtfulness and vulnerability, it emerges as a telling portrait of one of music's modern greats.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Of course, Scorsese delivers a stunning, gangster flick but The Irishman is so much more, a melancholy eulogy for growing old and losing your humanity. Savour every one of its 209 minutes, you won't regret it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is a timely, ambitious if broad take on a complex subject, but remains engaging and entertaining. anchored by Keira Knightley on great form.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) It comes on like an Unsolved Disappearance Movie but American Woman morphs into something more interesting, a portrait of a woman gradually finding her place in the world. And Sienna Miller is stellar.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) An entertaining look at a musical institution, what Hitsville: The Making Of Motown lacks in penetrating insight and a nose for controversy, it makes up for in great archival footage and tunes that - even 50 years on - remain heaven sent.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 95% Good Posture (2019) It's a small, lightweight picture but Good Posture is alive to the messy realities of becoming a grown-assed adult, becoming more charming and involving as it goes on. It also suggests a bright future for writer-director Dolly Wells.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 42% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) On paper, Don't Let Go's premise - a supernaturally flecked crime story with a hint of time travel - should be exciting but it is let down down by workaday writing and routine filmmaking.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai benefits from strong filmmaking and an unflinching gaze, yet it lacks dimensions, both in its characters and take on its subject matter. Still, it's a punchy, promising debut.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) As a last hurrah for a once great action icon, Rambo: Last Blood is a damp squib. Put your headbands at half mast and remember him from his glory days.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Anchored by a dazzling turn by Samara Weaving, Ready Or Not brilliantly fuses thrills, satire, laughs and horror. Don't count to 100 - just go and see.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 99% For Sama (2019) For Sama powerfully mixes the personal and the political to thought-provoking, emotional ends. The result is one of the best documentaries of 2019.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 63% The Shock of the Future (Le choc du futur) (2019) Driven by a great turn from Alma Jodorowsky, it celebrates the creation and possibilities of music through a distinctly female filter.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 73% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) The Shiny Shrimps is a warm, inclusive hug of a movie. The filmmaking is prosaic but wins you over with infectious exuberance and huge heart.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 82% Judy (2019) Judy is an enjoyable, sincere attempt to present a multi-faceted portrait of a Hollywood legend, bolstered by a strong Renée Zellweger.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019