For 49 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ian Nathan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 40 The Bourne Legacy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
49 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ian Nathan
    Max’s re-enfranchisement is a triumph of barking-mad imagination, jaw-dropping action, crackpot humour, and acting in the face of a hurricane.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ian Nathan
    As unexpected as it is intelligent, thanks to virtuoso work from Spielberg and Kushner, Lincoln is landmark filmmaking, while Day-Lewis is so authentic he pulls off that stovepipe.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ian Nathan
    Shimmering with awards potential, Leigh’s glorious picture is a hilarious, confounding, wholehearted and dazzlingly performed portrait of an artist as an ageing man.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ian Nathan
    There is simply nothing like it out there: profound, idiosyncratic, complex, sincere and magical; a confirmation that cinema can aspire to art.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Ian Nathan
    Rarely has a film bared itself to simple majesty...it feels epic yet runs barely over and hour and a half. [22 Oct. 1997]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ian Nathan
    Pop quiz, hotshot: you’re cut loose 375 miles above the Earth, oxygen is running out, communication is lost, catastrophic satellite debris is heading your way and you have no hope of rescue. What do you do? What do you do? The answer is the film of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Her
    Jonze has made a sweet, smart, silly, serious film for our times, only set in the future.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    The Canadian horror maestro scrapes away the surface of Hollywood to discover a magnificently Cronenbergian outbreak of tortured families, reprehensible behaviour and extreme violence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    If director Chuck Workman maps a familiar rise and fall of rule-breaking brilliance it is vindicated by the great raconteur and in-depth praise from an impressive roster.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    No less lovely than former films, in many ways lovelier, but Brave is boutique Pixar: less ambitious, more succinct, excellence at a lower ebb.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical: Hergé thought Spielberg the only director capable of filming Tintin. He was onto something.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Defying rote heroics and sidestepping those solemn Frodoisms lurking in the role, Lawrence seeks out the complex, human and earthy in Katniss, still the beating heart and total triumph of these movies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    A sequel confident in what it's about - bigger, better, funnier, without stretching the joke.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Take it from us — ignorance is bliss. The less you try to figure out Anderson’s rambling, mesmerising mystery, the better. Just relax and let this beautiful, haunting, hilarious, chaotic, irritating and possibly profound tragicomedy wash over you. There is nothing else out there like it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    A superbly mounted, powerfully performed, if slightly underfed Apes sequel. That Reeves is set to direct Untitled Of The Planet Of The Apes next is cause for much celebration. This guy’s fur real. No pun intended.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    It's nowhere close to "E. T." - what is? - but amongst the hullabaloo of summer, Super 8 is something to cherish: a beautifully made homage to better times, and better movies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    However familiar the terrain, this is a vivid, heartbreaking and captivating character piece and travel movie in one, guided by an outstanding Wasikowska.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Easily, almost nonchalantly, best in franchise, Rogue Nation dispenses with the dead weight of realism or relevance for state-of-the-art thrill-making in a classical mould. The series has finally found its voice.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    The sustained furore of humour, visual panache and headlong momentum makes for dazzling cinema.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Get this — Matthew McConaughey is currently the most exciting acting talent at work in movies. Next up, the simple business of a Christopher Nolan.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Superb performances, exquisite direction and that Ennio Morricone score create an authentic 1920s Chicago feel and a hugely entertaining crime drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Less vibrant than the original, but equally thoughtful and funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Oscar heralds will no doubt dub it "The Hurt Locker" for snipers, but the fitting combo of Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper have created a thrilling Iraq war story that manages to both honour the necessities of heroism and ruminate on what heroism might cost a man.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Don’t let its commercial nosedive in the US tell the whole story. Cloud Atlas is a tough sell, but a rewarding journey all the same. It’s an adventure into the very concept of storytelling: magical, enthralling and thrilling as much as bewildering, pompous and potty. In other words, up in the clouds.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    42
    Already a hit in America, 42 is a well-told but square biopic doing justice to Jackie Robinson rather than exploring him.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    What begins as a thrilling pastiche of comic-book formula gets bogged down in its own scientific prattle — not that you ever stop adoring Johansson’s magnificent heroine.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    On one level a fascinating refraction of the Amanda Knox trial into an examination of perception, on another an increasingly trying hall of mirrors.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Family dysfunction to make Jeremy Kyle blush, but thanks to McConaughey's oily power and Friedkin's unflinching purpose it's a compelling beast.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet’s early days.

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