For 50 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ian Nathan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Mad Max: Fury Road
Lowest review score: 40 The Bourne Legacy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
50 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Her
    Jonze has made a sweet, smart, silly, serious film for our times, only set in the future.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    There's no question it's stunningly mounted, and Wasikowska makes a much stronger Jane than Alice, but the romance is overripe and the climax underdone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    With so many films adapted from novels, it's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald. While this one often struggles to do justice to his sense of grandeur and poetry, it'll be manna for fans of the German's work.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    At times it feels as if five different films are going on at once, but Schumer’s whip-smart delivery and no-holds perkiness keeps it all in place. Just as her director wilfully mines his own life for laughs, there is a whole lot of Amy in Amy.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    For all its chilled intelligence and topical ambition this is a bloodless adaptation, but worth seeing for Hoffman’s deft and ghostly presence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Less vibrant than the original, but equally thoughtful and funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Buffeted by a lack of suspense, threadbare characters, and a very poor script, the stunning visuals, gloopy madness, and sterling Fassbenderiness can't prevent Prometheus feeling like Alien's poor relation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    Certainly not Raimi at his best, but some knowing genre nods and an array of great effects make up much of the deficit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    A persuasive, warts-and-bolts depiction of warfare from the guts of a tank yoked to an overwrought, sub-Private Ryan account of innocence under fire — so a hit and a miss.

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