Nick de Semlyen

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For 75 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick de Semlyen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Father
Lowest review score: 20 Baywatch
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 75
  2. Negative: 2 out of 75
75 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    More proof that Cornish is a wizard at re-energising tired tropes.The characters are a delight, the action sequences thrum with invention, and when it’s funny, it’s very funny indeed.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    Essentially a Split sequel with an Unbreakable topping, this is weaker than either of those films but still has a decent amount of entertaining and creepy sequences, most of them due to McAvoy’s high-commitment performance.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Nick de Semlyen
    You’ll need a magnifying glass to find the jokes in this send-up of other, better Holmes screen adaptations. With stars this funny, there are inevitably some moments of mirth (several of them onion-based), but it falls well short of their previous team-ups.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    A beautifully observed study of an American family coming apart at the seams, it not only establishes Dano as a director to watch, but features an extraordinary performance by Mulligan.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Nick de Semlyen
    An old-school film about an old-school crime that brings together an impressive array of British legends. Solid, but sadly the results don’t exactly blow the bloody doors off.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Nick de Semlyen
    Some outrageous, if hardly original, twists eventually enliven a dreary plot. But even with Margot Robbie in full scheming-vixen mode, Terminal feels interminable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    If you’re playing Wes Anderson bingo, you can tick off ‘droll whimsy’, ‘visual pizzazz’ and ‘Bill Murray’. Yet, thanks to the Far East setting and a rollicking story, this is a fun and fresh-feeling experience.

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