For 192 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ian Nathan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Raging Bull
Lowest review score: 20 Orca
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 192
  2. Negative: 3 out of 192
192 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    A flawed work held together by Alwyn’s tender presence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Despite moody flashbacks to the Nazi takeover, Hirschbiegel draws a blank. Elser remains an enigma, a great what-if whose German torturers cannot comprehend acted alone.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Vallée’s post-traumatic stress comedy is more scientific than genuinely moving. Nevertheless, Gyllenhaal continues his post-Nightcrawler upgrade with another vivid performance in the key of strange.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    For all the special effects and half-starved A-listers, this is a sodden beast. Perhaps there’s a reason that Melville only told half the story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    Charming in that neurotically adorable way Charles Schulz established over many years, this is a fond continuation of the Snoopyverse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    By smuggling canvasses out of Nazi Paris, she was “midwife” to Pollock and Rothko. “Art,” the doc claims, “was a mirror of her own strangeness.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    So godlike is Spielberg’s status that we often take his talents for granted. The strange, riveting mix of Bridge Of Spies is another sterling reminder that we shouldn’t.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ian Nathan
    Really smart people on a really smart person: Fassbender, Winslet, Sorkin and Boyle await Oscar nominations. But for all its relevance and grandeur, Steve Jobs is ridiculously entertaining. You might say, user-friendly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Unshowy to a fault, Hytner delivers a fine, moving comedy of English manners between a writer and his eccentric tenant, which slowly deepens into an exploration of human bonds.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Less vibrant than the original, but equally thoughtful and funny.
    • 90 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ian Nathan
    An uneven debut from John Slattery that nonetheless shows flashes of flair and a jet-black sense of humour.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ian Nathan
    For all it boasts in ingenious style, this genial American yarn lacks the delicious bile of Jenuet’s early days.
    • 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
    Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ian Nathan
    Her
    Jonze has made a sweet, smart, silly, serious film for our times, only set in the future.

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