Nick de Semlyen

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For 76 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick de Semlyen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Dunkirk
Lowest review score: 20 Baywatch
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 76
  2. Negative: 2 out of 76
76 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Two men in their 80s power the month’s most pulse-pounding thriller. Who could have seen that coming?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Powered by a taciturn, soulful performance by its young star, this meditation on fear, shame and sexual repression packs a wallop.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Nick de Semlyen
    A spare, propulsive, ever-intensifying combat thriller, Nolan's history lesson is both a rousing celebration of solidarity and the tensest beach-set film since Jaws.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    The characters and scenarios are familiar, but this is a loose, cool, funny remix that makes them feel fresh again.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Made on a budget that would just about cover Kong’s left bicep, Colossal is cool, smart filmmaking, with plot developments that will be talked about for a long time to come.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Those who predicted this wouldn’t hold a talking candle to the animated original will be pleasantly surprised. The tale may be as old as time, but it’s retold with freshness, brio and flair.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Essentially Parabolas & Prejudice, it isn’t the most nuanced piece of work out this month. But nuance be damned — an uplifting plea for equality, this is a story calibrated for maximum effect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    A crowd-pleasing oceanic musical with big tunes and beguiling characters, Moana is likely to thwack a big smile on your face. And did we mention the idiotic chicken?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    A thinking person’s Bad Boys, this off-kilter indie crime comedy introduces two deliriously warped lawmen to the screen. Here’s to a Cuba-invading sequel.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    It sounded like the dumbest movie of all time, but it’s actually smart, subversive and packed with famous voices saying wonderfully unspeakable things. In fact, it’s a banger.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    An absolute blast, with a frenetic strike-rate and songs that will worm their way into your ears for days. Like Conner, this comedy’s for real.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Nick de Semlyen
    DiCaprio's raw performance helps elevate what could have been just another man-versus-nature drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Do the right thing — take a break from summer spectacle to check out this assured and eloquent indie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    A clear-eyed celebration of a giant of film writing. We’ll refrain from the thumb jokes, but consider this a hearty recommendation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    Rare is the film that understands the pleasures of letting an enraged Ice Cube take out his wrath on an all-you-can-eat buffet. And which other blockbuster in 2014 would interrupt its climactic car chase to lob in a gag about Benny Hill?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nick de Semlyen
    With so much going on, and such a ferocious pace, several parts of the story feel undernourished... But what we do get here is largely fantastic.

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