Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian
Total Reviews:
153
Total QuickRatings:
1

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 153
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 89% Some Guy Who Kills People (2012) " In the sober light of day, the flaws here seem to glare and screech; under the right conditions, this is cheery genre fun." — Guardian
Posted Oct 4, 2012
4/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Almost every frame is astonishing." — Guardian
Posted Sep 14, 2012
4/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " Much Ado may be a bit of a B+ staple on the Shakespeare circuit, but Whedon - as well as improving student grades the world over - makes it feel second to none." — Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 71% Everyday (2013) " This is a strange and stirring film, which combines a Malick-ish concern with the emotional import of nature with a rare charm and levity. Everyday is a red letter treat." — Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Noah Baumbach, making his most compassionate movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, gives these lives the full French new wave/mid-period Woody Allen treatment, conferring charm and substance on even their most mundane interaction." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2012
3/5 79% Quartet (2013) " Hoffman has delivered a love letter to the elderly thesps of his adoptive country. We can forgive him its falsehoods." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " Linney is terrific, and Murray, too, but he doesn't shy in showing that, in some respects, Roosevelt was as much the product of an earlier age as his buttoned-up house guests." — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2012
3/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " There's a generous pinch of very funny lines, mostly bestowed on Robbins." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2012
2/5 42% Midnight's Children (2013) " Director Deepa Mehta slathers proceedings in a haze of period whimsy - sometimes engaging, sometimes less so." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2012
4/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2012
4/5 80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " Potter proves as good on the wonky logic of parents as she does on the self-righteousness of youth." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2012
3/5 86% Circumstance (2011) " Keshavarz uses a trowel to feed us her ideas about living under a repressive regime when all you required was a teaspoon. But she has enough promise to keep you curious for her next offering - if she can just get a lighter grip on the ladle." — Guardian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
1/5 17% The Watch (2012) " It's got a cast to kill for, a Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg script (they wrote Superbad) and a promisingly Ghostbusters-ish premise. And yet it's catastrophic." — Guardian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/5 63% Jackpot (2014) " It lays on lashings of crim-bickering and jauntily scored arterial spurting when all you can stomach is some crispbread." — Guardian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
2/5 0% I Against I " The script acts on the film as a rock does when strapped to a corpse, but there's a certain noirish sheen to the cinematography that means the whole thing slips down sweeter than it really ought." — Guardian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3/5 63% In The Dark Half " As a calling card for director Alastair Siddons, it's polished and impressive. As an experience, it requires slightly more patience than it consistently rewards." — Guardian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
2/5 22% Truth or Die (2012) " Robert Heath's horror is riddled with plot holes and atrocious dialogue, but has a couple of brilliantly bananas performances and the odd crunchy jump." — Guardian
Posted Aug 2, 2012
3/5 86% Electrick Children (2013) " Rebecca Thomas's gauzy debut about a 15-year-old Mormon who believes she's had an immaculate conception is deftly done." — Guardian
Posted Jul 12, 2012
4/5 83% You've Been Trumped (2012) " It treads lightly on the earth: an example, as well as an education." — Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
4/5 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " An unshakeable tune, delivered by a director operating at rare pitch and purpose." — Guardian
Posted Jun 29, 2012
3/5 33% Joyful Noise (2012) " Todd Graff's film sags badly in the middle and is clunky with social context (recession, Asperger's), but there's enough good heart to see you through." — Guardian
Posted Jun 28, 2012
3/5 100% Planet of Snail (2012) " Neither the subject nor director ask for sympathy; what emerges is a nuanced hymn to the human spirit that still saddens, even when it inspires." — Guardian
Posted Jun 22, 2012
3/5 52% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) " It's machine-tooled to raise smiles, swell hearts, and tickle tear ducts, yet it does so with sufficient cross-cultural cred you don't feel too yanked." — Guardian
Posted Jun 21, 2012
33% The Harsh Light Of Day " Snappy editing helps sustain some pace, and Giles Alderson has charisma as the mysterious "Infurnari", but after a spell the interest sag is unstaunchable." — Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/5 93% Mission To Lars " The peripheral interviews with the extended Spicer family are as compelling as the central quest; this is a film with rare honesty and nuance in a field that frequently feels queasy." — Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
1/5 0% Confession of a Child of the Century " Doherty hints at his charisma. But for the time being, he'd be advised to stick to the strumming." — Guardian
Posted May 21, 2012
4/5 89% Buck (2011) " There's a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it's testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick." — Guardian
Posted Apr 27, 2012
2/5 43% Transit (2012) " Transit delivers little of value, and never with a smile." — Guardian
Posted Apr 19, 2012
4/5 100% A Night to Remember (1958) " A restrained, nearly austere ensemble drama that manages to intertwine a dozen different stories without tripping up on any of them, it relies on real-life survivor testimony for almost every line and incident, to immensely moving and dignified effect." — Guardian
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) " If you found Transformers just a touch too subtle, this is the film for you." — Guardian
Posted Apr 12, 2012
3/5 63% Delicacy (2012) " Despite some tonal wobbles, and a vague sense of deja vu, it's rather charming, and sometimes genuinely sad." — Guardian
Posted Apr 12, 2012
4/5 71% Natural Selection (2012) " Natural Selection ticks all the boxes with a firm grip. Its opening alone is a lovely cinematic coup." — Guardian
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2/5 89% The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2011) " Jools and Linda left my giggle chain unyanked and their backstory, for all its nuance and aspects of tragedy, failed to stir my soul." — Guardian
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/5 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " Even those allergic to Cruise would struggle to resist his magnetism grinning one-handed from the highest skyscraper in the world, cool as a cucumber, ripped as celery." — Guardian
Posted Dec 11, 2011
2/5 85% Romantics Anonymous (2011) " In order for the script to crackle and the heart to move, you need to suspend more disbelief that proves possible here." — Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2011
1/5 —— Revenge: A Love Story (Fuk sau che chi sei) (2010) " A genuinely grotesque horror film that lurches between gleeful sadism and tedious romance without apparent validation..." — Guardian
Posted Nov 25, 2011
2/5 0% Reuniting The Rubins (2012) " Rubins ultimately sinks beneath the weight of its own gubbins." — Guardian
Posted Oct 20, 2011
1/5 30% The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) " This is tension-free torture porn, whose perpetrator's actions aren't just banal and consequence-free, they're endlessly justified by an abusive back-story." — Guardian
Posted Oct 12, 2011
2/5 4% Abduction (2011) " Sigourney Weaver? After Avatar, surely she doesn't need the cash?" — Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/5 43% Broken Lines " There's a stonking cast - Paul Bettany as the waitress's disabled partner, Rita Tushingham as a knackered caff worker, Olivia Williams as the glossy fiancee - but they're saddled with dialogue sagging with thematic relevance or site-specific colour." — Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/5 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) " It ties its strands together a touch too tightly two-thirds of the way through - but still leaves enough hanging at the end to be credible." — Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
2/5 25% Killer Elite (2011) " Jason Statham is matched with Robert de Niro and Clive Owen in this headcracking hitman yarn, but it's a bit overcomplicated for its own good." — Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/5 33% Butter (2012) " There's a badly ill-judged cameo from Hugh Jackman, but also a good spoonful of laugh-out-loud gags, particularly those involving the red tape of local civic talent contests." — Guardian
Posted Sep 15, 2011
4/5 78% Killer Joe (2012) " William Freidkin's film is full-frontal in every sense, an unabashed pulp romp stuffed with ugly acts and primal screams." — Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2011
2/5 29% Twixt (2013) " People raised their hands in joy when Coppola announced he was returning to horror after his recent wobbly adventures in the arthouse. They'll be begging him to reconsider - or perhaps just simply to stop - after seeing this." — Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2011
3/5 29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) " No wonder Butler fancied taking this on: it's a terrific fit for his own brand of soulful aggression - half saint, half psychopath." — Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 56% Albert Nobbs (2012) " A gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2011
2/5 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " The Deep Blue Sea remains flat as a duck pond, the prisoner of a story whose relevance, even in metaphor, has lost much of its sting, and whose dialogue has more than a whiff of a French and Saunders sketch..." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2011
4/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) " Take this Waltz confirms Polley as a serious, intelligent talent." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2011
4/5 30% Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011) " It's the stuff of high school horror movies: can you stop the most popular girl in school from stabbing you in the back?" — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2011
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " A drama of unusual nuance. It lingers, spawns thoughts, connections, as a great film ought." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2011
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