Impulse Gamer

Impulse Gamer is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Damien Straker, Debbie Zhou, Harris Dang
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Damien Straker Gemini Man should have been stronger. It is undermined by a weak script and inconsistent visuals. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Harris Dang Hustlers is a great crime drama that deftly blends female friendships and social class commentary into an entertainingly pulpy crime story. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) Damien Straker In Joker, a suitably creepy lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix is undermined by heavy-handed direction and a clunky screenplay. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Damien Straker The content feels too meek and derivative of other shows and movies and doesn't justify the criticism of the books. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Damien Straker The film is dizzying but also rewarding because we are immersed in a unique culture that mirrors and enhances stories once only visible in the mainstream. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Damien Straker Ad Astra's narrow story fails to match the sharp production values and Pitt's incredible performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 The Brink (2019) Damien Straker A solid but unremarkable documentary that could have pushed back harder with some commentary from the director, Klayman. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
2.5/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Harris Dang Rambo: Last Blood is an incredibly boneheaded amalgamate of the third and fourth installment. It combines the comic-book fantasy of the former with the serio-comical splatter of the latter. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Harris Dang Sweet, comforting, heartfelt, and funny, The Farewell is a fantastic piece of work that is an ample showcase for director Wang's filmmaking chops and Awkwafina's acting skills. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
1.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Harris Dang The Kitchen is a flawed project with thin characters, sloppy direction, jumbled storytelling, a confused message, and horrific editing. Considering the talent involved, it is a major disappointment. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Damien Straker The Nightingale should not be dismissed because of its tough content. Rather, its most difficult scenes should be understood and analysed to amplify the depth of its message. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
2.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Damien Straker Quentin Tarantino's inability to separate fiction and reality climaxes in Once Upon a Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 Australian Dream (1987) Damien Straker The Australian Dream is brutal, affecting, and insightful. Rather than recalling one terrible event, the trauma is expanded into an intense personal journey that confronts challenges of the past and present. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Damien Straker Late Night's message is curiously belated and the direction and screenplay lack distinction from similar comedies. It is good fun before the clichés mount. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Harris Dang Hobbs & Shaw forgoes the franchise's soggy drag racing premise and strives for an action comedy beef patty with juicy sci-fi trimmings. It is a jam-packed burger blockbuster that is willfully silly and insanely fun in a sesame seed bun. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Damien Straker Booksmart is sometimes fun and enjoyable but it could have been much sharper. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Damien Straker The documentary Apollo 11 is a major advancement for restoring archival footage. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 An Unexpected Love (2003) Damien Straker Since he is strong with directing actors, Juan Vera is likely to make more challenging and less predictable films in the future. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Harris Dang Annabelle Comes Home remains a very entertaining diversion from the dour tone of the prequels, thanks to its spirited performances, plentiful horror hijinks, and a surprising amount of heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Harris Dang John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is an action extravaganza that improves on the first two films with more ambitious action, a deeper understanding of the titular character, and an illuminating look into the world of assassins. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Harris Dang Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a vibrant bundle of joy that manages to be both a good Pokémon movie and a great film based on a videogame. The latter might not mean much, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Harris Dang Long Shot is a success in the polls thanks to Jonathan Levine's assured directorial hand, committed performances by Rogen and Theron, a stronger than expected script, and a romance that is genuinely romantic and affectionately heartfelt. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 () Harris Dang Back of the Net is an entertaining, if unremarkable piece of pre-teen fluff enlivened by entertaining performances, moments of likable charm and a refreshing message. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Parasite (2019) Damien Straker It is surprising, humorous, completely disturbing, and a thoroughly entertaining addition to this golden age of Asian cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
2/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Harris Dang The lack of creativity and innovation kills the film stone dead. It is clear that the filmmakers need to reinvent the formula and fast, before it dries out like an exhumed corpse. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 Little (2019) Harris Dang Little charm, little mirth, little else. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Harris Dang You will believe Dumbo can fly, but you'll forget about it as soon as the act is over. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) Damien Straker A unique dramatic premise and a harsh, brutal ending form the bookends of French director Julie Bertuccelli's new drama Claire Darling. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Damien Straker It is an adequately made action film, but the grisly violence is numbing rather than emotionally rewarding, and the supposedly apolitical stance dilutes the depth of the story and characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Damien Straker There are flaws in Marathon, but they fail to detract from Jillian Bell's engagement and star power. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Her Smell (2018) Damien Straker It is an exhausting experience, peppered with moments of humour and talent, but not enough meaningful redemption. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Damien Straker At least half of Happy as Lazzaro is an interesting allegory and extremely well photographed. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/5 Red Joan (2018) Damien Straker It is a strangely bland film that does not effectively use its cast or the cinematic medium in exciting ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Damien Straker This is not a film but a loud, dumb tech demo that only exists to house images haphazardly sketched on a computer. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
3.5/5 2040 (2019) Damien Straker 2040 is an accomplished documentary for smart audiences who are willing to be informed. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/5 Little Woods (2018) Damien Straker It is a slow burning but effective film that shows great technique at times, particularly in its storytelling and performances. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 Peterloo (2018) Damien Straker Peterloo is impeccably made but lacking a deep emotional centre. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 Top End Wedding (2019) Damien Straker While a predictably clumsy Australian film with strong visuals and a wobbly script, it is sometimes more poignant than expected. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Damien Straker It is an escalator to nowhere rather than a definitive endgame. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 1985 (2018) Harris Dang A fantastic little gem of a film that succeeds due to its wonderfully nuanced performances, stellar filmmaking and the honest and genuine approach of its storytelling. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 Breaking Habits (2018) Damien Straker Despite the intriguing and potentially hilarious premise, the documentary Breaking Habits is undone by poor technical elements and a lack of objectivity. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
4/5 Burning (2018) Damien Straker It is an ambiguous story but in terms of character building and suspense it sears itself into our minds and refuses to let go. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3.5/5 Us (2019) Damien Straker Us is both enjoyable and slightly disappointing when seeing the clever aspects of Peele's filmmaking draw tantalisingly close together before drifting apart. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Damien Straker It lacks originality and inspiration. It is a story about the past that is also constrained by history. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Damien Straker The conflicted emotions associated with grief are expressed through visual and observational humour. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 Destroyer (2018) Damien Straker If the director, Karyn Kusama, exchanged the clever but convoluted story form for a simpler approach it may have achieved a deeper emotional resonance. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Damien Straker Hotel Mumbai is an outstanding technical achievement in search of a deeper purpose. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Harris Dang A little subtlety would have worked wonders for A Dog's Way Home. Unfortunately, it is all bark and no bite. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Damien Straker The film's most enjoyable facet is the comic timing provided by the lead actors. John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan have excellent comedic and dramatic chemistry. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Debbie Zhou The wholehearted embrace of cultures is not the only reason why the film works. It succeeds just as much as a celebration of that as it does in returning the romantic-comedy back to its rightful crowning place, as a genre that can surprise and delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019