Catherine Bray

Catherine Bray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , HitFix , Time Out , Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
239

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A 33% The Boxtrolls (2014) " It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like Frozen, but I think it is as enjoyable." — HitFix
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/5 72% God Help the Girl (2014) " The whole phantasmagorical enterprise is so sweetly confident that it just about gets away with its entirely casual approach to believability." — Time Out
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3/5 64% WolfCop " So sweetly confident that it just about gets away with its entirely casual approach to believability." — Time Out
Posted Aug 19, 2014
1/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Displaying a weird lack of memorable or endearing characters, this animated effort feels like a direct-to-video job from the 1990s." — Time Out
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 57% Here & Now (Here and Now) " Destined to be appreciated most of all by the filmmakers' friends and family, Here and Now is a modest film with a gentle heart." — Time Out
Posted Jul 1, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Darkly comic and frequently gripping, revenger's tragedy Blue Ruin proves Jeremy Saulnier is a director to watch." — Film4
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 50% We Are The Freaks " The strength of We Are the Freaks is that it never feels like a cookie-cutter teen movie. It is, as the title suggests, an oddity " — Time Out
Posted Apr 22, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Utterly charming, fresh and funny, We Are The Best perfectly captures what it feels like to be young and misunderstood." — Film4
Posted Apr 18, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Despite some risible moments (often involving computers), this is overall a fresh and funny addition to the Marvel canon." — Film4
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 0% Almost Married " Too many gags are ill-considered and it's ultimately hard to care whether the engaged couple will make it down the aisle." — Time Out
Posted Mar 25, 2014
77% Teenage (2014) " An intelligent and artful approach to an underexposed aspect of 20th century culture, the aesthetic successes of Matt Wolf's youth movement doc make you wish more documentaries were made this way." — Film4
Posted Jan 23, 2014
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Frozen' has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo." — Time Out
Posted Dec 2, 2013
49% Carrie (2013) " Effective teen horror with bags of character - think Mean Girls with buckets of blood, only maybe not quite as much of a masterpiece as that would suggest." — Film4
Posted Nov 29, 2013
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " An enjoyable, occasionally laughable, and sometimes moving drama, with Emma Thompson on fine brittle form as the quintessentially English Australian who gave the world its most famous nanny." — Film4
Posted Nov 29, 2013
3/5 62% Day of the Flowers (2014) " It's refreshing to see a film about two women that doesn't focus entirely on their love lives, but that's the limit of the cliché-busting; elsewhere, archetypes abound. " — Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars." — Time Out
Posted Nov 12, 2013
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " Sly, subtle and pitch-perfect ..." — Film4
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " The film's quartet of post-slackers are captured as they feel their way around the edges of what they want (and are afraid to ask for) with painful accuracy." — Time Out
Posted Oct 29, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " Whatever you make of the book's widely derided author, Ender's Game is one of 2013's more thematically original stories, with a compellingly icy lead performance from Asa Butterfield." — Film4
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Imagine a Jurassic Park constructed entirely out of whatever foodstuff best satisfies your appetite for a pun." — Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) " Faulkner fans... need not be up in arms about this version of his Nobel Prize winner." — Time Out
Posted Oct 9, 2013
30% Austenland (2013) " Enough to make you burn all your Jane Austen." — Film4
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment." — Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
88% Alan Partridge (2014) " A hilarious addition to the ever-expanding canvas of the versatile Norwich DJ, Alpha Papa provides solid proof that the bouncebackability of Alan Partridge knows no bounds. Lovely stuff." — Film4
Posted Aug 8, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " A tense and exciting haunted house movie, The Conjuring relies on atmosphere rather than gore to serve up an entertaining slice of ghostie shenanigans with the simple ambition of scaring the bejesus out of viewers." — Film4
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it's not everything fans will be hoping for." — Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 49% Redemption (2013) " 'Hummingbird' doesn't always work but wins points for originality." — Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/5 77% Venus And Serena (2013) " An amiable enough overview, with the occasional 'say what?' moment." — Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013
84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " A short, sweet fondant fancy of a film that recognises when not to outstay its welcome." — Film4
Posted Jun 13, 2013
64% Epic (2013) " Dazzling visual effects and some lively voice work from the comic relief characters just about paper over a disappointingly conventional narrative." — Film4
Posted May 21, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " The sparkling highlights make it compulsive viewing, even as the lapses in judgment drive you up the wall." — Film4
Posted May 15, 2013
23% Vehicle 19 (2013) " An interesting idea paired with lacklustre execution makes for a passable rather than thrilling ride." — Film4
Posted May 15, 2013
98% Mud (2013) " Matthew McConaughey is as compelling as we've come to expect since The Lincoln Lawyer kicked off his 2010s hot streak, as Jeff Nichols ably combines elements of Terence Malick with an all-American rural yarn." — Film4
Posted May 9, 2013
62% Evil Dead (2013) " A decent, gory horror treat for those who've never watched an Evil Dead movie - while at the same time exhibiting discreet respect for the 1980s incarnations, with plenty of low-key nods to the original for fans." — Film4
Posted Apr 18, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " Oblivion's leading man is as dependable as ever. A shame that the film, while pretty, is somewhat ponderous, and ultimately fails to cohere into a narratively satisfying whole." — Film4
Posted Apr 11, 2013
19% Identity Thief (2013) " The hit rate isn't as high as you'd hope, gag-wise, but Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman remain highly likeable screen presences, even when behaving in unlikeable and unlikely ways." — Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Big silly fun in the Anchorman vein, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is packed with great gags, recognisable characters and performances from comedians at the top of their game." — Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
43% The Paperboy (2012) " You certainly couldn't accuse anyone involved in The Paperboy of playing it safe, and for this reason, Lee Daniels' film is one to file under misjudged must-sees." — Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/5 70% The Croods (2013) " It's all entertaining enough, and will surely sell plenty of stuffed toys. But it winds up a fair few rungs below the likes of 'Brave' on the evolutionary ladder." — Time Out
Posted Mar 19, 2013
30% Total Recall (2012) " More or less serviceable action thriller with some nice ideas for visual set pieces, but did it really have to be as long as it is?" — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
71% The Wedding Video (2014) " Supremely well-intentioned, low-budget British comedy which, with all the will in the world, a likeable cast can't quite power to greatness." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
29% The Vow (2012) " Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
46% The Sweeney (2013) " Let's not waste each other's time. You already know whether this sounds like the kind of top bloke you'd fancy having a pint with. If so, The Sweeney is your film." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
—— The Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists " A funny, thoroughly enjoyable and oddly subversive film." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
57% The Dictator (2012) " Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags. " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
64% The Campaign (2012) " Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time? " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
77% Take This Waltz (2012) " This is finely-judged filmmaking from a writing and directing talent to watch." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
68% Ted (2012) " Hit and miss humour with problematic undertones buoyed by an intriguing premise and appealing performances from the film's human cast." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
88% Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012) " A must for fans of LCD Soundsystem and about fifteen minutes too long for anyone else, this is an entertaining enough exploration of walking away from success and fear of failure. " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " A sensitive film that respects the conflict in which it is set rather than using it for cheap thrills." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
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