Nicholas Barber

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 47% 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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 75% 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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 76% Joker (2019) Well, OK. Phillips and Silver are entitled to imagine any version of the Joker they like. But their film is way too superficial to take seriously as a study of class conflict and mental illness. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 83% 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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 90% 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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 88% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Some bits definitely work better than others, but there is definitely no wilder film. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 95% 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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 91% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) Dreamy yet sensual, fantastical yet rooted in uncomfortable facts, Diop's beguiling film may even have reinvented a genre. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 76% Les Misérables (2019) Ly's debut is certainly impressive. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 54% 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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) There may even be something daring and anarchic about a film which stubbornly refuses to make any sense whatsoever. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
51% 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 EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
60% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 84% Girl (2019) One of the most agonisingly well-observed films about being an adolescent that I've ever seen. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 67% Vice (2018) You have to admit that this cynical and methodically researched film isn't pulling any punches. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 63% 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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) An unfocused, overwhelming and ultimately numbing sprawl that seems to drag on forever. - BBC.com EDIT
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". - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/5 66% Suspiria (2018) I expected to be peering at the screen between splayed fingers, but instead I was peering at my watch. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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 EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
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. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 89% Whitney (2018) But perhaps by shining some light into this intergenerational darkness, Macdonald's film will help other suffering children, even in the homes of the rich and extremely famous. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) But no one need worry about Solo: A Star Wars Story upsetting the apple cart, or indeed the landspeeder: it does exactly what you might predict a prequel featuring Harrison Ford's iconic space-scoundrel would do. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
94% Rafiki (2019) The story's simplicity and directness are a big part of its charm. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 57% The House That Jack Built (2018) Undoubtedly a bold and stimulating film which no one but Denmark's notorious provocateur-auteur could have made. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Few film-makers are as observant or as poetic as Jia is about the passing of time. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) A six-part TV series might have done the concept more justice. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Still, with its rich story, its weighty themes, and the beautiful acting of its charismatic stars (and real-life spouses), Cruz and Bardem, it's the classiest soap opera around. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) It's dazzling stuff. Recently, a generation of directors has been paying homage to Spielberg's popcorn films, but with Ready Player One he proves with stunning aplomb that no one does Spielberg quite like Spielberg. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) None of the digitally-assisted stunts will make you gasp, none of the dialogue will make you laugh, none of the twists will shock you, and none of the elaborate subterranean traps will seem as fiendish as they did when Indiana Jones faced them. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
95% The King's Speech (2010) Bonham Carter is a joy as the tender yet sardonic Elizabeth, and the Oscar-bound Firth is both heart-rending and remarkably funny in his best ever role. It's all done so expertly. - Independent on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
1/5 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Fifty Shades Freed is so unarousing that it could be used as therapy in a sex addiction clinic. The complete lack of intelligence and fun has got to be a factor. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Coogler has taken every genre in which black characters are traditionally sidelined, and then, with considerable flair and boldness, he's combined those genres and put black characters right at their heart. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018