Olly Richards

Olly Richards
Olly Richards's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Sunday Times (UK) Time Out Empire Magazine Australasia GQ Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) At no point does Doctor Sleep shame the legacy of The Shining. It's an interesting, if mostly conventional, continuation of the story. It only feels distantly related, though. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) It's all a lot of effort for very little output, sadly. The Current War has lots of flashy lights and whizzy features, but it remains fatally underpowered. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/5 50% The Informer (2020) A talented cast, including Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen and Common, can't do much with ludicrous plotting that repeatedly stretches both credibility and patience, and dialogue so hard-boiled, it has turned chewy and flavourless. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 94% The Mustang (2019) For all the drugs and violence, at heart it's a straightforward yarn about a boy and his horse. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 93% Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) Peter Webber's film doesn't dig as deep as it might, but its welcoming, loose mood fits its subject. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 59% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) With quieter work from Spall and a simplicity of direction that works in its favour, Adrian Noble's film is a sweet and funny tale about enjoying what you have, not resenting what you don't. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
2/5 19% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Maybe it's fitting Playmobil: The Movie is old-fashioned, stiff and only suitable for those between the ages of four and ten, but it sure isn't much fun. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Fun and jumpy as it is, that idea has more potential than is mined here. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 69% The Flood (2019) The film's heart is in the right place, but it might have packed a bigger punch had it not been so neat in tying up a messy situation. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) The best thing about this remake of a pretty shonky 1980s horror is that it knows exactly what it is - it's unapologetic trash. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) A sequel that feels less necessary than willed into being, but that doesn't mean it's not pleasantly entertaining. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) It's a vital, highly intelligent movie that is both a first-class thriller and a biting commentary on our current world. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's impossible to overstate how much this film owes to Ryan Reynolds. Even if you don't understand Pikachu's world, everyone can understand a great joke superbly delivered. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron gambles with his image, but he knows when to up the star power. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) This is a starchy, dreary slog that never injects any real danger into a mission that could destroy the world. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) It's trash, reliant on coincidence and character stupidity, but it's really good trash. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler takes his time with long scenes, letting you steep uncomfortably in the nihilism and anger of these two men. His dialogue has a harsh zing to it and the precision of his film making is impossible to fault. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer make the tone just a little cheesy, as the premise deserves, but not overripe. The scares are easy -- sometimes literally a cat jumping from the shadows -- but cleanly done. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) A sharp-witted and wide-reaching account of a bright political hope's fall from grace, with an impressive ensemble cast and a great performance from Jackman. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Coogan and Reilly's performances are among the best either has ever given. This film, which pays wonderfully funny tribute to two comic legends, richly deserves them. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Against all the odds, this is a very worthy follow-up to the original movie. Blunt is pitch-perfect, as ever, in a film that all but insists you leave with a smile slapped on your face. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) One of von Trier's most confrontingly horrible films is also one of his weakest. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) For all his ambition, Serkis can't find the right tone for Mowgli and it becomes a very confused beast, neither fun enough for all ages to enjoy nor complex enough to be the visceral, grown-up thriller he nudges at. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) You could very well argue that this film's version of Salander is a bastardisation of the one in the novel...the plot is enormously silly. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) With its callbacks to the Potter universe and a lovely eye for detail, The Crimes of Grindelwald has bags of intermittent charm and a warm familiarity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 89% Possum (2018) Holness firmly captures the feel of '70s British horror -- the oppressively close atmosphere is so powerful, you can almost smell the damp. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 89% Possum (2018) It's a bleak but absorbing trip as we creep into the depths of Philip's sad, broken mind. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 83% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) It's so superbly done, you're unlikely ever to want to watch it again. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The film has a secret weapon: Rami Malek. As Mercury he is spectacular. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) What makes Cooper so good is that he directs in a way that encourages you not to see what he is doing, but what is happening. Character above all. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 86% Under the Wire (2018) This is both a study of a great journalist and a great piece of journalism itself. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) The smart visual trickery lifts what might otherwise have been a fairly conventional thriller, but it also lets Chaganty say some interesting things about our online lives. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's crazy good. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 80% Alpha (2018) It's a family movie but one unafraid to show some very sharp teeth. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It's a promising idea that starts well, and although it starts to flounder by the end, Kunis and McKinnon do sterling work making sure it never completely runs out of energy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg gives its audience exactly what it expects and what it wants: B-movie thrills on an A-movie scale. You'll see many better movies this year but you're unlikely to see many that are more purely entertaining. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 33% Super Troopers 2 (2018) A sequel nobody needed, and very few demanded, but one that is nice to have anyway. Very daft and very childish and mostly very funny. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 90% Studio 54 (2018) A fascinating documentary that captures all the glamour and grubbiness of the 20th century's most famous nightclub. All the thrill of being there with none of the hangover. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/5 63% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Zosia Mamet is the major selling point here. In a film that's lovely but unlikely to prove memorable, she shows she can carry a film with immense charm. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) An absolute treat of an interview with a man who has told other people's stories wonderfully for decades and tells his own just as well. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) If you think of it as an isolated action movie, however, it's a lot of fun. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/5 16% Show Dogs (2018) If you came for cute canines you'll get them, but you'd get more entertainment from an hour of dog videos on YouTube. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is Marvel doing the absolute best version of the formula it's been criticised for overusing. They've blown it right up and now need to throw out that formula for good. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/5 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) A well told, beautifully acted drama that offers nothing new but a comforting level of familiarity and cosiness. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
3/5 51% Rampage (2018) Ridiculous, of course, but not as ridiculous as it might have been. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 83% Blockers (2018) As both teen comedy and mid-life crisis comedy it's terrific. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) The animals are cute and Gleeson is extremely game. What keeps Peter from *Paddington*-style delight is a self-conscious need to distance itself from its source material. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
4/5 91% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) A story with all the qualities of a classic LA noir is given a very effective spin by transposing it to politically charged Cairo. It's angry, frustrated and thrilling. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's the biggest risk of del Toro's career and it could not have paid off more. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) A very smart take on the stalker movie, which resists easy laughs for harder truths, and might make you think twice the next time you're lining up a photo for social media. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017