For 42 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ian Nathan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 40 God's Pocket
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
42 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    A sequel confident in what it's about - bigger, better, funnier, without stretching the joke.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    The sustained furore of humour, visual panache and headlong momentum makes for dazzling cinema.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Her
    Jonze has made a sweet, smart, silly, serious film for our times, only set in the future.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The Canadian horror maestro scrapes away the surface of Hollywood to discover a magnificently Cronenbergian outbreak of tortured families, reprehensible behaviour and extreme violence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    An uneven mix of impressively executed, violent clichés about good ol' boys defending the American right to flout the law.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Hitchcock for dummies: brisk, jolly, well-played but oversimplified.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    The Net entertains but is unlikely to hang around on the cerebral hard disk for too long.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet’s early days.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Weightless, but not without its enchantments, this is Woody Allen coasting. But where better to coast than the loveliest coast of all?
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Lavish and sporadically powerful, Jolie's POW biopic may have just enough gravity to entice the Academy, but struggles to bring truth to an unbelievable truth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    As earnestly as they have tried to continue the formerly excellent spy series, everything Gilroy and crew concoct only serves to mock the excellence and passion with which Greengrass delivered his films.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    Despite DiCaprio’s prize performance, purists will fume, but even as lit-crashing razzle-dazzle entertainment Luhrmann’s adaptation is a candelabrum too far.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    The CG does its part of the bargain, but even more than the brighter, breezier original this is a pale imitation of Potter.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    However exotic the locations and starry the stars, there’s no escaping this is The Devil’s Advocate of online gambling. Fold.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    Good intentions, vivid setting and TLJ on top form do not make up for a lack of anything truly compelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    With Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, screenwriter Steven Knight has proved his ear for London's darker rhythms. Here, though, there's little to raise the pulse.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    An uneven debut from John Slattery that nonetheless shows flashes of flair and a jet-black sense of humour.

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