Kim Newman

Kim Newman
Kim Newman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Jam! Movies Sunday Times (UK) Sight and Sound Screen International Empire Magazine Australasia Electric Sheep

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) There's quite a bit to admire in Motherless Brooklyn, but mostly in detail work - the hats, the cars, the join-the-dots conspiracy theory - but it doesn't really catch fire as either a private-eye mystery or a study in Tourette syndrome savantry. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs a Marathon gives Bell a lot of smart comic business, but her character's humour is signalled from the first as a way of deflecting pain - and is often funny because it's so mistimed that the people around her don't get the joke. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
80% Little Monsters (2019) The trick of a zombie gross-out comedy is to balance extreme splatter, suspense and broad-strokes satire with a sweet nature and whimsy to take the edge off potential misanthropy. It's not an easy mix, but Little Monsters works like a charm. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) With Kubrick-like attention to detail, Flanagan plays with images and themes we remember, but always with different outcomes. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) This spare, intense, Northern Ireland-set crime movie showcases an excellent star turn from Sarah Bolger as a widowed young mum driven to extremes when the violent gangland that took her husband's life spills into her house. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) In the end, as was said in the beginning, if La Flor is endurable it's not because of its genre games, M.C. Escher structure or even the occasional well-tailored anecdote, but because of its star quartet. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) While the film stumbles and meanders... there's no denying that it delivers enough set-pieces for three regular horror films. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Middle-school horror in its near-perfect form. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Moon 44 (1990) The plot unravels in unwieldy dollops, and, despite some adequate special effects (for the time), the whole thing is really a bit of a bore. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 84% Alligator (1980) Enjoyable, but this croc-fest is no Lake Placid. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Massoud's parkour-practising Aladdin and Naomi Scott's glass-ceiling-smashing Princess Jasmine aren't really allowed space to develop readings of the roles when Smith is due to pop out of a lamp at any moment to murder a song or flog a comedy routine - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's typical of the film to set up a major sequence in which flying monsters Mothra and Rodan dog-fight, only to cut that short and follow Mark as he struggles to open some airplane doors. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) King of the Monsters delivers what its genre requires. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 75% It's Alive (1973) Larry Cohen's horror thriller is at once a great suspense/monster film and a darkly comic soap opera about strained parent-child relationships. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 78% The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) Both are perfect in their duel roles. Adapted elliptically by Harold Pinter from John Fowles' daring novel and directed with his usual deep frozen reserve by Karel Reisz - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The last-reel battle pretty much has to be the most satisfying superhero movie set piece of all time, delivering the multiple closures this long-in-the-telling saga needs. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
5 17% Hellboy (2019) A film this crowded has to have some pleasures, but they mostly come in incidental details of art direction, mythological footnote or British character acting. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Drawing from a wealth of material with more supporting Marvels and hangers-on than can be accommodated in one film, Shazam! picks and mixes with confidence. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 40% Zombi 2 (1980) A few memorable scenes but this doesn't keep up the pace or plausability sufficiently. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 53% The 'Burbs (1989) It fumbles at the last moment... but this is still mainly a pleasantly nasty delight that was strangely overlooked in the cinema. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) The hardest power to depict onscreen is the wisdom of Solomon, but Shazam! makes clever decisions, mixing middle school snark with disarming sweetness. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Given the unholy mess of Carol's continuity, the film's multi-authored script makes a fair fist of delivering fragments of backstory as recovered memory. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet Automata (2019) Director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly... explore a grand old horror tradition that's still relatively untapped on-screen. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) A soft-spoken yet chilling domestic horror film that tells its slightly overfamiliar tale effectively, with strong performances, quietly disturbing atmosphere, one or two friendly clichés, and good, old- fashioned scares. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 56% The Cutting Edge (1992) If there were a special Academy Award for Contrived Premise, this picture would be a hot favourite to scoop the statuette. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4 65% Aquaman (2018) An overstuffed B picture which stretches its fun too thin. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) Dark Skies is utterly generic, down to a meaningless title lifted from the 1996 X-Files knock-off TV series. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2/5 12% Renaissance Man (1994) This is a feel good movie which is too mechanically put together to make you feel anything. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 47% Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD, the sequel, is even better, but the two Who films still make an engaging kiddie matinee double bill. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 80% Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) [It] has a semi-sumptuous widescreen look, a nice sense of World War II reconfigured as sci-fi adventure, memorable theme music, a splendid flying saucer landed in Sloane Square and excellent action scenes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 66% Suspiria (2018) This isn't an atrocity on the level of, say, Rob Zombie's Halloween - but it is a horror designed to test your patience rather than your nerves. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 41% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Showing more enthusiasm than aptitude, this earns 'could do better if it tried' on its report card - but it's a strange enough genre mix to be vaguely worth a look. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 89% Possum (2018) A disturbing, curiously beautiful British horror exercise. Recommended, but with a warning: next time you wake up in the middle of the night, you'll find Possum at the end of the bed. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 51% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Some will find this impenetrable and irritating, but audiences willing to tune into Hosking's off-kilter style will be moved by the ridiculous love stories and relish the hilarious eccentricity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 63% Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical) (1996) It has its longeurs but there's an air of genial enthusiasm, tempered by sick humour, that is surprisingly engaging. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 56% The Exorcist III (1990) Too much of the movie takes place in dark rooms where people describe horrors that might more profitably have been on the screen, and the plot is a house of cards that constantly collapses. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 67% The Monster Squad (1987) Sharper than a stake in it's genre references, The Monster Squad appeals to cinephile as well as teen sensibilities. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 36% Redcon-1 (2019) Despite lashings of bright red gore and the obvious enthusiasm of its gibbering hordes, Redcon-1 is a hard slog. Nearly two hours of grunts vs zombies feels punitive. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 60% Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) A lively, spirited sequel to The Abominable Dr Phibes, which misses the Se7en-like rigour of a plot structured around the Plagues of Egypt but still manages to come up with a succession of gruesome, black comic death scenes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 26% The Nun (2018) It may be a familiar old dark castle runaround, but Corin Hardy delivers eerie images and nerve-scraping sound effects. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 83% Mission of Honor (2019) A niche film for World War II buffs, Polish patriots and air display patrons. Not exactly subtle, but few war films are - and it's hard not to get caught up in fighting these old battles. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
75% Mothra (1961) More like a paper dragon in a parade, Mothra is simply lovely. In none of its forms does it even try to look 'real', which sets it against a whole tradition of Western special effects. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
No Score Yet Corridor of Mirrors (1948) It embraces its ridiculousness completely and draws power from owning up to just how insane it is. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
78% Thor (2011) Chris Hemsworth makes an imposing, good-humoured Thor... but the motor of the film is Tom Hiddleston's complex, conflicted Loki. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) There ought to be a way to make a live-action film about giant shapeshifting robots that's either a) fun or b) awesome... It's blatantly evident that Bay can only just about manage b) long enough to provide the shots needed to cut into a trailer. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona brings a sense of gothic glee. It's a different look for the series, but also a welcome change. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Reynolds's underlying sweetness takes the edge off the comic's homicidal self-pity, though the endless shtick has a miss-to-hit ratio of about three to one. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 68% The Cured (2018) Suspenseful and thought-provoking, The Cured is a serious, engaged horror movie. More upsetting than scary, it ratchets up the tension unsettlingly. There's life in zombies yet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Given that the plot motor is Thanos's worry that the universe is overpopulated, sly self-awareness is shown as the filmmakers embrace drastic solutions to the problems of braiding multiple franchises into one. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) This is such a labour of love, drawing so much from its creator's enthusiasm for all manner of things - not least dogs - that it avoids disappearing inside its magnificent artifice. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018