Ian Nathan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ian Nathan

Ian Nathan
Ian Nathan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Nothing in the Star Wars canon betters this.‐ Empire Magazine
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5/5 94% The Great Escape (1963) It's all based on the true escape plan from Stalag Luft North, and cinema, bank holidays and life in general would be vastly inferior without it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 98% Jaws (1975) An astonishingly effective thriller built on a very primal level: fear.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 94% Raging Bull (1980) It is certainly the greatest boxing film ever put to celluloid.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 73% You Only Live Twice (1967) Sean Connery may have been eying retirement, but he and Bond were by now moulded together, his sleek machismo indelibly imprinted on 007 forever.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 86% Heat (1995) Heat packs more into one cop movie than the entire genre output of the last five years.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 93% Fargo (1996) Written and directed with the verve, painstaking nuance and outrageously black humour that have become the mainstay of a Coen movie.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 95% Hamlet (1996) A true accomplishment.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 82% The Big Lebowski (1998) In a perfect world all movies would be made by the Coen brothers.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 88% The Matrix (1999) The deliciously inventive Wachowskis have delivered the syntax for a new kind of movie: technically mind-blowing, style merged perfectly with content and just so damn cool.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 89% Tarzan (1999) A film for Uncle Walt to be proud of -- with a strong story- line and superior animation.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 87% American Beauty (1999) An incisive, deliriously funny and profound vision of the American Dream hitting meltdown.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/5 97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) It's The Matrix spliced with David Lean‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2001
5/5 94% Manhunter (1986) A slick and glossy thriller that still stands out.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 2, 2003
5/5 93% The Killing Fields (1984) A mighty accomplishment, and possibly the bravest Britflick yet made.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2006
5/5 78% Munich (2005) Steven Spielberg's most difficult film.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
5/5 81% Friday Night Lights (2004) The best sports movie for years, as it's not about sport at all. Forget fears of jingoistic grandstanding, this is an un-American all-American tale that deserves attention.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2006
5/5 96% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) A relentless masterpiece, and a brilliant study of the cause and effect nature of brutality.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 6, 2006
5/5 95% Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) With an equally stunning soundtrack, this rollicking yarn is a must for all film lovers.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
5/5 98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) A 50s horror classic that remains a gem of allegorical paranoia.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 30, 2007
5/5 85% The Shining (1980) Ostensibly a haunted house story, it manages to traverse a complex world of incipient madness, spectral murder and supernatural visions... and also makes you jump.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2007
5/5 99% Aliens (1986) Truly great cinema.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2007
5/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) That feeling you have as you leave the cinema - that buzzing in the fingers and lightness in the heart - is called joy.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2007
5/5 98% All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Despite a little dating around the edges this is a truly superb example of its genre and a cinema classic.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2007
5/5 92% Days of Heaven (1978) This is the towering, unconventional power of a true artist.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2007
5/5 77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) An extraordinary and visionary study of a legendary murderer's famous fate, within touching distance of Oscars.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2007
5/5 94% Blood Simple (1984) As black, sinful and nasty as a weekful of Hitchcocks, this is as fresh and intoxicating now as it was back then. In a word: deadly.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2007
5/5 92% Witness (1985) A back-of-beyond thriller from Weir, who turns his sharp eye incisively on America's cosy heartland.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2007
5/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) Violent, poetic, gripping, thrilling and blackly funny: that'll be the Coens doing what they do best then. Now with added humanity.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2008
5/5 95% The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) A towering work.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2008
5/5 87% The Jungle Book (1967) It's a slight tale, of course, and incredibly short, but the characters and songs are pretty much perfect viewing time and again.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2008
5/5 89% After Hours (1985) Martin Scorsese's take on NYC puts a hip spin on Joe Minion's cleverly constructed nightmare.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2008
5/5 97% Goldfinger (1964) Perfection.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 6, 2008
5/5 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Danny Boyle's finest since Trainspotting. In fact, it's the best British/Indian gameshow-based romance of the millennium.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
5/5 96% Groundhog Day (1993) Comic perfection.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2009
5/5 68% Public Enemies (2009) Here is a film alive in a way we've not perceived before: a breathtakingly new visual experience, a precision-choreographed action thriller, and a classically minded piece of American art.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2009
5/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) The most literally exciting film you will see this year. Forget the off-putting banner of another Iraq movie - go, watch, marvel, endure and book in the palliative of a stiff drink afterwards.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2009
5/5 91% Up in the Air (2009) In Reitman's care, still channelling the breezy, matter-of-fact perkiness of Juno, it is an emphatic statement that Hollywood can still make great movies; a celebration that stardom can be as thrilling a concept as 3-D or CG or mooncalf vampires.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2010
5/5 95% Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) By turns fascinating and mysterious.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2010
5/5 95% The King's Speech (2010) Think the blazing joys of Chariots Of Fire where the race is to the end of a sentence. Can it be that the British are coming?‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2011
5/5 90% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2011
5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) There is simply nothing like it out there: profound, idiosyncratic, complex, sincere and magical; a confirmation that cinema can aspire to art.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2011
5/5 93% All the President's Men (1976) As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2012
5/5 98% Wings of Desire (1987) A beautiful, literate and romantic piece of cinema.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2012
5/5 89% Lincoln (2012) As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2013
5/5 96% Gravity (2013) The film of the year.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
5/5 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Shimmering with awards potential, Leigh's glorious picture is a hilarious, confounding, wholehearted and dazzlingly performed portrait of an artist as an ageing man.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
5/5 97% The Princess Bride (1987) A unqualified success that blends New York wit with timeless storytelling; a risky piece of filmaking that never feels so.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2014
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Imagine a movie where Tom Hardy is the point of calm. Max's re-enfranchisement is a triumph of barking-mad imagination, jaw-dropping action, crackpot humour, and acting in the face of a hurricane.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
5/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) For all its relevance and grandeur, Steve Jobs is ridiculously entertaining. You might say, user-friendly.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015