Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Catherine Shoard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Everything about F&F 7 is supersized, from the actors to the running time to the scope of urban destruction. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/5 91% Eastern Boys (2015) "Robin Campillo's drama is sweet and neat, as ambitious as it is gripping. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 17% Hello Carter "The script persistently lets things down, and there's something irredeemably dreary about both palette and scope. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "This should be affecting stuff, but it's consistently undercut by the massively naff aesthetic. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 29, 2014
3/5 61% Draft Day (2014) "Quarterback scrambles forever muscle centre stage, leaving the human element scrimmaging on the sidelines. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 2, 2014
89% Still Alice (2015) "This is an effortlessly excellent film, about a horribly hard subject. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) "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 39% A Little Chaos (2015) "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 49% Cake (2015) "Despite its sour centre, Cake's conceits quickly crumble, leaving just a half-baked pity. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/5 89% 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 39% Madame Bovary (2015) "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 65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "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 84% While We're Young (2015) "[Baumbach's] best, and funniest, in a decade. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 77% 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 79% 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 41% 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 47% The Judge (2014) "Sadly there's no denying the charge: first-degree cheese, with intent. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 86% 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 88% 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 64% 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 23% 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 22% 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 34% 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 87% 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
76% 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
No Score Yet Tropic├ília "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
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