Nicholas Barber Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Nicholas Barber

Nicholas Barber
Nicholas Barber's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, Newsweek, Independent (UK), Independent on Sunday, Metro (UK), Daily Express (UK), TheWrap

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) However popular the film becomes, though, I doubt that anyone will adore it as much as it evidently adores itself.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
73% The Gentlemen (2020) There is no denying the nostalgic if somewhat guilty pleasure of experiencing Ritchie's madly tangled plots and colorful language once again.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/5 20% Cats (2019) Cats isn't the cat-astrophe that everyone either feared or hoped for back in July, but it isn't a triumphant vindication of Hooper's vision, either.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) All The Rise of Skywalker does is wrap up everything a second time, answering the same questions and revisiting the same themes.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Rather than having a story, the film has a string of rote action sequences, and each of these sequences goes the same way.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/5 77% Frozen II (2019) When your story relies on snow statues coming to life at convenient moments and acting out arguments that took place 30 years earlier, that's probably a sign that your screenplay could do with another two or three drafts.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
1/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) What did George Michael do to deserve this?‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Credible in its characterisation, rich in mythological detail, and touchingly sincere in its treatment of alcoholism and trauma, the film is impressive in all sorts of ways.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This franchise needs to be terminated.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi's riposte seems to be that, actually, it is vital that we laugh at Nazis - and Jojo Rabbit ensures that we do just that.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers balances its nightmarish grimness with humour in the bleak tradition of a British kitchen-sink sitcom, a Beckett play, and the aforementioned Withnail and I. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) It's difficult to care that one man is a carbon copy of the other when neither of them seems especially human, anyway.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) The topic deserves a more substantial, more searching film than this jeu d'esprit - and Oldman and Banderas definitely deserve to be in that film.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) Slightly too fond of its dour mood and its fey leading man, this diary of a wimpy king is recommended principally to people who want to watch Chalamet lounging around being sad, often while he's got off his top off.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 68% Joker (2019) However unusual its grungy 70s styling may be, Joker is ultimately nothing but a flimsy, two-hour supervillain origin movie...‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is enjoyable as a two-fisted action movie and as a hard sci-fi rumination. But, weighed down as it is by emotional baggage, it doesn't quite get to the stars.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Of course, he has baddies to fight and innocent bystanders to save, but this is the lightest and silliest of Marvel's films, which is what makes it so enjoyable, but also, ultimately, what makes it so forgettable.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It's a smaller, less moving, and mercifully, less traumatising entertainment than the last one, less satisfying in its plotting and less provocative in its themes.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It is essentially a goofy, good-natured hang-out comedy.‐
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Some bits definitely work better than others, but there is definitely no wilder film.‐
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) But unless you view Pain and Glory through a filter of deep affection for Almodóvar, you will see it as minor work: not painful, but not glorious, either.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 96% Atlantics (2019) Dreamy yet sensual, fantastical yet rooted in uncomfortable facts, Diop's beguiling film may even have reinvented a genre.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 83% Les Misérables (2020) Ly's debut is certainly impressive.‐
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Silly and arch as The Dead Don't Die may be, its vein of fatalism is touching and even profound.‐
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) There may even be something daring and anarchic about a film which stubbornly refuses to make any sense whatsoever.‐
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
50% A Dog's Journey (2019) There is apparently a sizable overlap between people who like films in which cute dogs scamper around happily, and people who like films in which cute dogs drop dead every half an hour.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) [I]t is slick and affectionate enough for its three-hour running time to pass quickly.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
49% The Holiday (2006) Isn't it reassuring to know in these troubled times that it's possible for gorgeous rich people to find love?‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
38% American Dreamz (2006) Still, if American Dreamz doesn't quite come together, it's more rewarding than lots of films that do. Like an episode of The Simpsons directed by Robert Altman, it's a smart, cynical sprawl.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
44% Jennifer's Body (2009) Instead of playing like a hip outsider's subversive new genre-mash, Jennifer's Body comes across as a tame, derivative vehicle for the girl from the Transformers franchise.‐ Independent on Sunday
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 47% Dumbo (2019) If Burton ever knew what kind of film he wanted to make, that's something else which was forgotten.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie seemed to be an outpouring of sublime genius. Its sequel seems to be the product of hard labour. It ends up feeling like the forced corporate cash-in that the original cartoon could well have been, but wasn't.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Her sunny disposition is refreshingly unusual in this type of sci-fi, but her lackadaisical attitude towards her past life does sap the narrative of its urgency. If she doesn't care who she used to be, then why should we?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 85% Girl (2019) One of the most agonisingly well-observed films about being an adolescent that I've ever seen.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 66% Vice (2018) You have to admit that this cynical and methodically researched film isn't pulling any punches.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer is still a pulpy crime movie rather than a profound tragedy... But the unsentimental yet sympathetic way it treats its heroine is oddly touching. And it leaves you with the question of who the destroyer of the title is.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A lively, colourful and big-hearted musical, it may lack a spark of originality, but it's better than most children's films.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It looks suspiciously like the producers didn't have the budget for crowd scenes, perhaps because they had spent so much on hairspray.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) An unfocused, overwhelming and ultimately numbing sprawl that seems to drag on forever.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film just about deserves the review that was given to the group's most memorable single, and which is quoted halfway through: it's "perfectly adequate".‐
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie is a film you watch with a lump in your throat, but with a smile on your face.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom is obviously the victim of some brutal editing, and the derivative, sketchily plotted B-movie that's left is as scrappy and hurried as a trailer.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/5 65% Suspiria (2018) I expected to be peering at the screen between splayed fingers, but instead I was peering at my watch.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Gaga is appealing, open and down-to-earth in her first major role.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is a filthy, violent and outrageous period comedy that drips with bad language and worse behaviour, and will appal anyone who is expecting a more conventional royal drama.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) And yet, as restrained as First Man is, this riveting, exhaustively researched and utterly believable film manages to shake you, take your breath away and even pull a few tears from your eyes.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) But it's the cheerful fun of the flashbacks which make it bearable to the rest of us.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) [Parker] does make it surprisingly watchable, and he manages to overcome some mountainous obstacles.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Can you enjoy his knockabout adventures? Definitely. But can you care about them? Impossible.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is good old-fashioned summer entertainment, and it does a cunning job of setting up the next instalment.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018