Nev Pierce

Nev Pierce
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
Fight Club, It's A Wonderful Life, Rio Bravo, The Searchers, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Mean Streets, Sweet Smell Of Success
Official Websites: nevpierce.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A delightful folk story from one of the best filmmakers working today - and a fitting final turn from Redford, all easy charm and grace. It takes a lifetime of effort to look this effortless. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 97% Apostasy (2017) With a trio of fine performances and remarkable poise and control, this intimate and compelling drama manages to explore and expose authoritarian religion without, ironically, being judgemental. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 60% High-Rise (2016) Don't expect a thriller in the seat-edge sense, but you will be thrilled - and repulsed - by this bold, faithful adaptation of Ballard's ever-prescient picture of First World strife. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 94% Carol (2015) Mara and Blanchett make for an unforgettable couple in a beautiful film about longing, loss and the confusion and wonder of love. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2015
4/5 90% What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015) My Nazi Legacy becomes horribly gripping. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 46% Closer To The Moon (2015) Caranfil's unlikely, odd little film is quietly moving - all the more so because it is true. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 62% The Program (2016) This powers on, visually dynamic and, like its compelling antihero, doesn't have an inch of fat on it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 80% Convenience (2013) A lo-fi Brit com with all the pleasures of an American indie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/5 65% Life (2015) Doesn't register emotionally in the way it strives for, but is diverting as a portrait of the nascent celebrity industry, with fine performances from Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
2/5 55% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) Surprisingly forgettable considering its mesmering villain, although Del Toro sparks the movie into life with what screentime he does get. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 56% We Are Monster (2015) Contains a stark beauty and a poignant, nagging sense of sorrow. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 92% Catch Me Daddy (2015) A bold and uncompromising debut feature from a bright new directing team. There's a question over whether it justifies its own misery, but if you care about homegrown cinema then you have to see it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 89% Wild (2014) A quietly moving coming of age story that resists formula or easy redemption, driven by a strong, unvarnished performance from Witherspoon, who deserves huge credit as both star and producer. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/5 31% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) As spectacular and surprising as you would expect from Scott. Its spiritual uncertainty - and lack of triumphalism - perhaps robs it of a truly satisfying, cathartic conclusion, but also makes for a truly modern, thoughtful biblical blockbuster. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2014
4/5 80% Black Sea (2015) Though it perhaps inevitably lives in the shadow of some subgenre masterpieces, Black Sea is a superbly shot men-on-a-mission thriller with chest-tightening tension and a striking contemporary resonance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) Tense, blackly comic and troubling because it's so recent and so real. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2014
4/5 96% '71 (2015) The villainy is, perhaps unavoidably, somewhat signposted, but this is a tense, gripping thriller that combines real-world relevance with high-concept entertainment. In a superb ensemble, O'Connell is outstanding. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
2/5 30% Believe (2014) A well-meaning but corny football fable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) Odd and sexy, troubling and touching, frustrating and mesmerising, dull and haunting. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 100% The Class Of '92 (2014) An absorbing documentary about a football fairy tale - engrossing for any admirer of the beautiful game, but for United fans, it's unmissable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2013
2/5 56% All Stars (2013) Derivative but occasionally fun. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2013
5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) A fitting epitaph for the hero Gotham deserves. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2012
4/5 93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) As funny, bittersweet and as distinct as you'd expect from Wes Anderson, a director who helps you know you are not alone. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2012
4/5 65% Resistance (2011) A beautiful, elliptical war film with the haunting qualities of a ghost story. Riseborough is terrific and Gupta proves that he's a talent to watch. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2011
4/5 88% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) A compelling look at the tragic and bizarre life of an enigmatic champion. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2011
3/5 22% Blooded (2010) A compelling look at extremism in all its guises, Blooded boasts some genuine scares despite a narrative structure that allows little room for surprises. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2011
4/5 94% Passenger Side (2010) A joy from start to finish. Bissonnette has crafted a unique, funny indie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2011
4/5 49% Stone (2010) Great performances from the cast in this engrossing drama. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2011
4/5 75% The Insatiable Moon (2010) Real and rewarding. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2011
4/5 100% Waste Land (2010) Compelling and vivid, it's another fine piece of work from an up-and-coming talent. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2011
4/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) A raw but beautiful picture of love uniting and dividing: tender, real and heartfelt. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2011
3/5 65% The American (2010) A muted thriller, weighed a little too obviously with existential angst. Still, sexy and tense, with a brave, bare performance from Clooney. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2010
2/5 65% Dog Pound (2010) Offers a punchy insight to prison life. Unfortunately, it is a familiar and tepid storyline. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2010
3/5 49% The A-Team (2010) An energetic escape from Development Hell: suitably OTT, often fun and always loud. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2010
5/5 87% Inception (2010) With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original: welcome to an undiscovered country. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2010
4/5 90% Crazy Heart (2009) A phenomenal, heart-breaking performance from Jeff Bridges powers this simple but affecting redemption story. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
3/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) An uneven, somewhat meandering thriller is given emotional pull by Mel Gibson's excellent comeback performance. The lethal weapon hasn't lost it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2010
4/5 63% Exam (2008) A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2010
2/5 57% The Descent 2 (2009) An uninspired retread of a horror classic, this tries hard to justify its existence... and fails. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2009
1/5 27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009) Sometimes this kind of comedy just goes too far into rubbishness to make it back. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2009
4/5 87% Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) A monumental mockumentary from Brit cinema's premier director/actor double act. True, daft, emotional, hilarious. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 85% Looking for Eric (2010) Play It Again, Eric... Ken Loach perfectly captures the feeling of football and the need for hope. Touching and hilarious - a blinder. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 94% In the Loop (2009) Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A satirical demolition of Whitehall and Washington: politically astute, hilarious and terrifyingly real. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2009
3/5 57% Defiance (2009) An amazing true tale is somewhat diminished by second-hand storytelling: entirely admirable, largely entertaining, and yet curiously hollow. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
4/5 80% Johnny Mad Dog (2011) Grubby and yet vital, it stays with you. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2008
4/5 61% The Fall (2006) Beguiling, befuddling, brilliant. It's sure to divide audiences but, for all its ocular opulence and wild fantasy, at heart The Fall is a tender, touching tale about childhood, hope and the power of story. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2008
3/5 81% Tropic Thunder (2008) Apparently actors are narcissistic and Hollywood is ruthless... Stiller doesn't say anything we don't know, but stand-out turns from Downey Jr and Cruise make Tropic Thunder very funny for all its flaws. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2008
4/5 60% RocknRolla (2008) Forget the tabloids - this cocksure caper shows Ritchie is much more than Mr Madonna, while Butler and Kebbell have talent to burn. Punchy, funny, criminal entertainment. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
2/5 15% Made of Honor (2008) An inoffensive but bland romantic comedy. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2008
4/5 60% Lonesome Jim (2006) The world would be a better place if Steve Buscemi made more movies. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2008