Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian
Total Reviews:
165
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
83% Still Alice " This is an effortlessly excellent film, about a horribly hard subject." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 100% Top Five " Top Five is a film broad and filthy enough for multiplex appeal, but also sufficiently arch to satisfy those who fancy themselves a little more sophisticated." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 80% A Little Chaos " It has to be said, the performances are excellent. Winslet manages emotional honesty within anachronistic confines, and Schoenaerts escapes with dignity." — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2014
2/5 33% Cake " Despite its sour centre, Cake's conceits quickly crumble, leaving just a half-baked pity." — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/5 85% The Imitation Game (2014) " It's too formulaic, too efficient at simply whisking you through and making sure you've clocked the diversity message.: without square pegs - like those played by Cumberbatch and Knightley - the world would be by far the poorer." — Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 67% Madame Bovary " The first half is shot almost like a horror, all oppressive rumbling clouds and lashing of mist and shot of her back, suffocating corset laced up like a spine." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 75% The Riot Club (Posh) " Conflicting our sympathies serves the work well. Both play and film button-push, but the substantial changes made in the transfer soften the grotesque and muddy the waters." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
5/5 93% While We're Young " [Baumbach's] best, and funniest, in a decade." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 64% St. Vincent (2014) " It plays out like a best-of album: safe, fun, but inessential if you're already familiar with the back catalogue." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 78% The Theory of Everything (2014) " Redmayne towers: this is an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance which bears comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
2/5 44% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " This is Where I Leave You is totally amiable, utterly unmoving filler given a major shot in the arm by its cast, people it's simply a pleasure to watch, even with the creeping feeling they're better than this." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
2/5 50% The Judge (2014) " Sadly there's no denying the charge: first-degree cheese, with intent." — Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 88% Chef (2014) " There's nourishment to be had, if you lower your expectations. But be warned: a lot of it is just watching Jon Favreau make toasties in a van." — Guardian
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/5 29% The Family (2013) " The collateral damage involving innocent bystanders is staggering. Just mind you don't get caught in the crossfire." — Guardian
Posted Nov 21, 2013
5/5 92% Philomena (2013) " Why does it work quite so well? In part, it's the Dench effect." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " This works best as a portrait of a marriage, as Ushio and nimble wife Noriko rattle around their dank flat trying to keep the love strong as the water drips and the bailiffs thump." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " The kids are sensitively drawn, if a little pick-and-mix in terms of their issues and ethnicities, and the whole movie breathes with kindness and intelligence." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The whole thing cost about $200m. But the best thing about it is still an old Swede in his pants." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " There are emotional razors amid the wooziness." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) " It's gloriously strange and slippery, impossible to pin down - at once funny, uplifting, moving and deeply disquieting." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/5 94% Milius " The whole thing reeks of cigars, machismo and hubris, its rhythm a relentless percussion of hairy chest pumping and big fat back slapping." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/5 75% La religieuse (The Nun) " It's an affecting and frank take on the loneliness of faith as well as faithlessness, whose horrors come in odd contrast to the plush production values." — Observer [UK]
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Such psychological candour gives Le Week-End gut punch. All three lead characters are brimful of insight." — Guardian
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 63% Life Of Crime (2014) " This is an unexpectedly winning take from one of the less splashy directors to have attempted Leonard." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 92% Sunshine on Leith " A remorselessly rousing attempt to do for the Scottish pub rock twins what Mamma Mia! did for Abba or Tommy for The Who." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/5 24% Third Person (2014) " Third Person is a work of staggering trash; an ensemble drama with the aesthetic of an in-flight magazine, but less classy writing." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2013
1/5 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " It reduces a complex and extraordinary case to soap. It makes you care less, for all its heavy-breathing and cheapo coaxing." — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Wells sacrifices flair to fidelity. Letts is one of the most formidable talents around today, but in handling his screenplay with such kid gloves, Wells puts a passenger in the driver's seat." — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2013
4/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Turturro has given Allen his biggest and best on-screen turn in years: the part was written for him and it's full of scope for aimble kvetching and nimble slapstick." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " [An] extremely affecting and accomplished drama ..." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Reitman must be aware of the potential for innuendo, and the leap of faith such earnestness asks of its audience. He dares us to care." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Fiennes has done the right and proper thing here. He has, at 50, made a mature movie, prudent in the best possible sense." — Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " This is highly competent catnip for the watercooler crowd." — Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip." — Guardian
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/5 69% About Time (2013) " Curtis has managed to achieve the impossible. Specifically: he has gone back to 1993 and remade Groundhog Day with a ginger Hugh Grant." — Guardian
Posted Aug 8, 2013
4/5 65% The Heat (2013) " The Heat is lean, mean and completely uninterested in anything that isn't funny." — Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " You'd expect an Alan Partridge movie to be funny. You wouldn't expect it to be a coup de cinema. And yet, in its own superficially low-brow, cheapo way, Alpha Papa is exactly that." — Guardian
Posted Jul 24, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) " A fairly unmagical couple of hours at the cinema." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " Coppola's dialogue is remorselessly authentic in its inanity, and this blankness runs deep in what finally feels a shallow film about shallow people." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
87% A Field in England (2014) " Almost unbearable." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
74% The Wall (2013) " The sheer quantity of voiceover - or, more likely, subtitles - acts as a barrier to deep psychological immersion." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
—— Tropicália " For beginners keen for a crash course, this hits every button with precision." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
27% Bula Quo! " It's not often a brutal murder is soundtracked by a three-chord riff, but this amiable cobblers somehow gets away with it." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " Smart and modulated, with attention given to the broader cultural background, and a platform offered to the rioters' detractors." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
38% Paris Manhattan (2013) " It's less affectionate homage than deeply freaky case study." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " For believers, it'll be an essential tract. Such is its commitment even the sceptical can't help but be impressed through the retching." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
95% The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974) " A compassionate, traumatic masterpiece, every frame amazing." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " While the religious undertones are largely drowned out by the endless spumy slo-mo and board porn, there's only one way this current is flowing: towards church." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
75% Out in the Dark (2013) " A tender gay romance conducted across the Gaza Strip that flips into thriller territory halfway through, to unsettling effect." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " Getting explicit sponsorship from Google is one thing; acting as an extended ad for Silicon Valley's finest strip joint does seem a bit seedy." — Observer [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2013
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