Catherine Bray

Catherine Bray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Time Out , Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
238

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 238
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " A certain generosity of spirit is required here, but the performances are excellent and the central premise ... is a solid and amusing one. " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " Rather like a persuasive pick-up artist, I'm not sure Rust & Bone is a film I'd want to spend a second night with, for fear of shattering the emotional illusion." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " It's doubtful this will win over any outright Anderson sceptics, but ... this is an exciting reaffirmation of talent." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
80% Magic Mike (2012) " Musings on the nature of capitalism wrapped in a very pretty package ... Magic Mike is a film for adventurous audiences of all persuasions." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
38% Lockout (Unrated) (2012) " They don't make 'em like this anymore, except when they do and you remember why they stopped. Daft, but broadly enjoyable if you're in a charitable mood." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
70% Liberal Arts (2012) " A diverting generational three-way dialogue between those barely out of their teens, those in their mid thirties and those well north of fifty." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
67% Lawless (2012) " A pumped-up, Hollywood-flavoured neo-Gothic Western delivering knockout performances and raw, corporeal thrills." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Complex and problematic in a rather wonderful way, Killing Them Softly has flaws more interesting than some film's perfections. " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
33% Joyful Noise (2012) " If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer clear. But then this film was never for you. It's for the spiritual year-round inhabitants of Dollywood." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
36% Iron Sky (2012) " It's Nazis from space. Cult movie fans will basically know what to expect. It's just a shame it couldn't have been a bit better." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
86% Electrick Children (2013) " Sweet but never sickly ... Electrick Children is real must-see from a bright new talent. " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
34% Battleship (2012) " An assault on reason, logic and complex characterisation, but in an enjoyable way, like a slightly less camp dramatisation of the Village People's finest ship-based sing-song. " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Tolstoy's novel rendered in exquisite Faberge egg form. " — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
92% Side by Side (2012) " Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
69% Stoker (2013) " Sexy, perverse and memorable, Stoker lingers in the imagination like an enjoyable hangover." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Gangster Squad verges on a parody of hard-boiled noir in the vein of the Scary Movie/Date Movie/Epic Movie films, only with real A-list star power; it's a funny old mixture." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Hyperactive day-glo fizzy-pop family animation with a heartfelt message about staying true to yourself lurking underneath all the visual fireworks." — Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Decent enough fantasy adventure, but it doesn't especially feel like Tolkien." — Film4
Posted Dec 12, 2012
88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " A thorny thicket redeemed by its willingness to at least highlight big problems. A film for our times, then." — Film4
Posted Jul 20, 2012
5/5 64% Cosmopolis (2012) " An extraordinary psychological and sensual immersion in the psychosis of capitalism with a brilliant performance from Robert Pattinson." — Film4
Posted Jun 3, 2012
4.5/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Marvel's finest heroes finally come together to set a comic book franchise gold standard that will take some beating." — Film4
Posted Apr 20, 2012
5/5 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " Set to emerge as the year's best horror movie." — Film4
Posted Apr 12, 2012
4/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " A funny, thoroughly enjoyable and oddly subversive film: at a time when CGI reigns in family films and Elizabeth Windsor celebrates a jubilee, here's a film where puppets battle a fiendish regal villain." — Film4
Posted Apr 2, 2012
4/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " A meaty, full-fat, marrow-rich, extra-pulp vision of the nightmare side of motherhood, given realism by a pair of all-too believable performances." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4/5 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " You don't need to be a fan of - or indeed have more than a passing acquaintance with - the original Tintin comics to enjoy this film." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4/5 95% Weekend (2011) " Weekend has romance to spare, but also takes a look at the cogs turning under the surface of any thoughtful encounter, however brief." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2.5/5 35% The Thing (2011) " Can't possibly compare to the film it's inspired by, but if you've not seen the 1982 version, you should find it reasonably harmless, albeit with an increasingly daft climax." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
1/5 7% New Year's Eve (2011) " Among the year's worst films. The tragedy is funny, the comedy is tragic, and about its only saving grace is that it makes 2010's Valentines Day look almost passable." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " It's ultimately David Fincher's perfectionist talent for creating a gripping aesthetic that raises this film above your average James Patterson adaptation." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
5/5 98% The Artist (2011) " Goofily gorgeous, heartfelt and endlessly rewatchable, this is the true meaning of escapism - a doorway to another world, a world created to entertain eyes, heart and brain." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/5 77% War Horse (2011) " If it doesn't quite manage to tap the well of emotion that this type of film aims to access, it's because of problems inherent to the basic pitch, rather than the execution." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2/5 43% J. Edgar (2011) " A failure, but an interesting failure when you step back and contemplate the project as a whole. Not really anybody's idea of a good time at the cinema that, though, is it?" — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4.5/5 80% Young Adult (2011) " It's so rare that women get to play fully rounded, three dimensional, flawed human beings, that's it's almost kind of unsettling to realise that's what's going on here." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/5 80% Haywire (2012) " If you want to see a female action star in the making convincingly kicking the crap out of a succession of photogenic boys, this is the ticket to buy." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
1/5 13% W.E. (2012) " Enough already with the famous-equals-feminist school of female icons - it's not enough to simply dress well." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Neither the thriller the trailer suggests, not the feminine, visual poem the poster suggests, this is a film about loss of self that is absolutely clear about its own identity" — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4.5/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " A good-natured must-see for fans of broad, silly comedies with a little something under the surface too. Bright, breezy and brilliant." — Film4
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) " Cars 2 won't win any new converts, but will sell an awful lot of car toys." — Film4
Posted Jul 22, 2011
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " It may not contain many of the series' most comic, surprising or quotable moments, but it does succeed in bidding adieu in fine fashion to some of this century's most popular fictional characters." — Film4
Posted Jul 12, 2011
2.5/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Possibly it reinforces our awareness that finding any sort of path through life is a pretty overwhelming business, but this is not a terribly radical conclusion." — Film4
Posted Jul 5, 2011
3/5 55% The Conspirator (2011) " Inoffensively didactic and probably of niche appeal in the UK, this is like watching a convincing re-enactment video in history class that's unexpectedly performed by a famous cast of genuine quality." — Film4
Posted Jun 29, 2011
1.5/5 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " A very long mess that's embarrassingly devoid of gut level thrills." — Film4
Posted Jun 27, 2011
2/5 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " I suspect it's supposed to be a heart-warming drama. It left my heart lukewarm, and there's precious little drama." — Film4
Posted Jun 27, 2011
90% Bridesmaids (2011) " A confident, self-assured comedy with nothing to prove. Fresh, occasionally foul-mouthed, and funny." — Film4
Posted Jun 21, 2011
2/5 60% The Beaver (2011) " Somewhat tedious once the initial novelty of seeing Mel Gibson talk using a beaver puppet has worn off." — Film4
Posted Jun 16, 2011
3/5 59% Kaboom (2011) " The soundtrack's the perfect mixtape, the visuals the perfect day-glo trashpop video - just don't expect too much in the way of boring old depth and meaning." — Film4
Posted Jun 10, 2011
3/5 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) " The odd amusing line doesn't stop this being pretty bland stuff, but it should keep younger viewers occupied." — Film4
Posted Jun 8, 2011
4/5 74% Heartbeats (2011) " Every frame is a joy to look at, and the three leads very appealing." — Film4
Posted May 26, 2011
3/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " There's nothing 'Stranger' about the tides of commercial appeal on which this entry in the franchise floats. Still, it looks nice." — Film4
Posted May 16, 2011
3/5 82% The Way (2011) " Thoughtful, well-intentioned and with the odd moment of true emotional resonance, but also overlong and with sometimes rather pat revelations." — Film4
Posted May 10, 2011
2.5/5 16% Priest (2011) " Not terrible." — Film4
Posted May 5, 2011
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