Nick de Semlyen

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For 82 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick de Semlyen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Midsommar
Lowest review score: 20 The Ridiculous 6
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 82
  2. Negative: 2 out of 82
82 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    Some summer anti-programming arrives in the form of a highly talky, at times upsetting prison drama — think Fortress meets Limitless. You can feel the strain of its expansion from novella form, but it’s just about worth a visit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Reminiscent of The Happytime Murders but actually watchable, this zippy, highly amiable rodent noir turns out to be 
a delightful surprise. It flings a lot of ideas at the screen — and most of them stick.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick de Semlyen
    A film based on a game inspired by films that are much better than this one, Uncharted is watchable enough but could have been so much better.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    A fast-paced and hectic kitchen thriller that, though it tries to spin a few too many plates, pulls you deep into a fascinating, detailed world most of us know little about.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    Guy Ritchie delivers a nice surprise: an LA neo-noir with high-voltage action and an ice-cube-cool Statham. If it gets a bit tangled up in its time-hopping reveals, it’s largely 
an enjoyable, rattlesnake-mean thriller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Nick de Semlyen
    Not quite ‘Ready Player One Star’, but this is an odd duck: a Black Mirror-ish concept played for laughs, which ends up getting tangled up in its own code.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    It shouldn’t really have taken 11 years for the Widow to get her own standalone adventure. But thanks to some zesty new character dynamics and smart twists, Marvel have finally done her right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    A strange hybrid of Italian neorealism and fish-based fantasy, Luca is beautiful to behold but plays it too safe to make a real impact. Still, great CG linguine.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Nick de Semlyen
    Hopkins is extraordinary as a man flailing against a condition that’s taking everything from him. And Zeller proves he’s a natural filmmaker, orchestrating a Wagnerian opera of emotion based entirely around an old man in a flat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    The action is sharp and imaginative, and Jordan strongly establishes his action-flick credentials. But story-wise it’s all very familiar and more than a little dour.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Nick de Semlyen
    It’s taken a long time getting here from across the Pond, but some things are worth waiting for. A wonderful, witty and weird spin on an old favourite, which seems destined to become a classic itself.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    Come for Nic Cage fighting a robot alligator with a mop. Stay for some inventive licks on the dead-by-dawn horror-movie template, though the other characters are nothing to shriek about.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    Swinging between ice and space, Clooney has upped his directorial ambition and delivered a big-scale, big-hearted story, even if it struggles to match the films it riffs on.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Lord knows how it all connects, but there's a strange power in how About Endlessness flows, jumping around the whole spectrum of human experience and the ridiculous places to which our emotions push us. Andersson's pigeon is at flight once more, and cinema is a richer place for it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    A supernatural, effects-laden yarn like this is right in Robert Zemeckis' wheelhouse. Which makes it a little disheartening that it’s merely good, rather than great. Dahl's story still sings, but like a potion missing eye of newt, this new take is slightly undercooked.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nick de Semlyen
    The concept of combining Adam Sandler and horror is not a bad one. But this is no Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. Instead, Hubie Halloween inspires mild dread for all the wrong reasons..
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Nick de Semlyen
    It’s not hard to tell that this Big Lebowski spin-off involved neither Coen Brother. Fair play to Turturro for going in such a strange direction, and assembling a pretty killer cast, but it’s unlikely to satisfy even the most ardent Quintana enthusiast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    It’s not as effective as Mandy or The Mist, both of which it evokes at points. But Color Out Of Space is still an audacious and admirably out-there attempt at cosmic horror.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    Like Maximus, the hero who inspires the theme of its pivotal party, Greed will keep you entertained. But patchiness and occasional preachiness mar a clearly heartfelt message movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Nick de Semlyen
    A monumental thriller, which vividly captures its world’s specifics and calibrates its snaky plot for maximum nail-bitability. Also easily the best film to ever extensively feature Adam Sandler yelling at a TV.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Rian Johnson put his own spin on Dashiell Hammett with 2005’s Brick. Now he’s Johnsonised the work of Agatha Christie, with equally enjoyable results. Knives Out is snappy, meta and, yes, sharp.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    With hard-boiled dialogue, sleek God’s-eye views of the city and serious talent in supporting roles, you’re not given a chance to get bored. Even so, an air of overfamiliarity hangs over proceedings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Even if you’re not a motorhead, chances are you’ll be thrilled by this high-velocity bromance, powered by zesty acting and Mangold’s meticulous direction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    If you like E.T. and Bumblebee, chance are you’ll have a good time with this slightly homogenous but sweet-natured kids’ adventure.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick de Semlyen
    An earnest stab at crunching a brilliant breezeblock of a novel down to film-size, but one that fails to pay off. Frankly, you might have more fun watching a pigeon for 149 minutes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Both a vehicle for Awkwafina’s formidable talents and an incredibly charming ensemble piece. If there’s any justice, it’ll be remembered when it comes to award-scattering season.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Nick de Semlyen
    A visceral, unique, utterly f**ked-up experience that demands to be seen on the big screen, Midsommar is the horror movie to beat in 2019. Caution: contains distressing amounts of folk music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Combat-heavy pulp of the highest order, this is the most enjoyably over-the-top entry so far. Where else can you get samurai dogs and a Tarkovsky reference?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    As well-constructed, unique, hardboiled and brutal as Zahler’s prior films, but this one leaves a less welcome bad taste in your mouth, thanks to its repugnant heroes and racial stereotypes. Impossible to dismiss, but hard to warm to.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    An eccentric, funny yarn filled with eccentric, funny characters, Audiard’s oater deftly twists Western tropes, sending its charming, ramshackle heroes scurrying from one bizarre incident to the next.

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