Kate Muir

Kate Muir

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
74

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The tale, which would be unwatchable in unexpurgated reality, is told instead with carved clay figurines, doll's house-sized stage sets and archive footage of Pol Pot's bloody and brutal takeover in 1975." — Times [UK]
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " Call Me Kuchu leaves you flabbergasted by its portrait of the persecution of gay men and lesbians in Uganda." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 31, 2013
4/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " Jawdropping and jawbreaking stunts performed by professional snowboarders open Lucy Walker's latest documentary, but it is the aftermath of accidents that form the powerfully disturbing core of the film." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The second instalment of The Hunger Games plays out in a bizarre zone where Simon Cowell meets Leni Riefenstahl." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 12, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " With this powerful, almost classical drama, British director Steve McQueen has made the seminal film about slavery that Hollywood feared to tackle." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 78% Filth (2014) " James McAvoy gives his best performance to date as a morally and physically decaying detective in this hallucinogenic adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 10, 2013
1/5 8% Diana (2013) " Hirschbiegel shows no signs of a cinematic heart beating in his portrayal of the self-anointed "Queen of Hearts", and rarely goes beyond made-for-television territory." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 30, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " This is seat-chewingly tense, virtuoso cinema that explores and exploits space as never before, with 3-D so convincing the audience lurches and gasps as though on a fairground ride." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 30, 2013
93% Our Children (2013) " The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children." — Times [UK]
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/5 96% The Deep (2013) " [An] eerie, sad, unflinching film." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " More an action blockbuster than a horror squelcher, it contains spectacular crowd scenes that have a Hieronymus Bosch quality, but the film lacks strong meat - of the emotional and bloody zombie-cannibal sort." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 2, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " This latest Star Trek wavers entertainingly between the silly and the Shakespearean. After a shaky, old-school start, the comedy comes at warp speed. " — Times [UK]
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " In the annals of superhero movies, this is not the most thrilling, but it does contain two Downton Abbey jokes, and a stonking performance from Downey." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 22, 2013
4/5 81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " Like Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, which also starred Gosling, this film deepens with a second viewing, the repeats, coincidences and echoes in scenes creating almost a genetic memory of a previous life." — Times [UK]
Posted Apr 16, 2013
2/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " The Incredible Burt Wonderstone makes the classic mistake of thinking a comedy about magicians will be magical." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/5 70% The Spirit of '45 " The veteran director Ken Loach hoists the red flag with The Spirit of '45, a polemical documentary filled with hope and heroism, which takes a look at the resurrection of Britain after the war." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/5 43% The Paperboy (2012) " The Paperboy is flawed, more deserving of a rubbernecking than a viewing. But it's hard to tear your eyes away." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 20, 2013
4/5 68% Trance (2013) " A film that takes a psychedelic ride into the blackest pits of the subconscious." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/5 68% Stoker (2013) " A strange hybrid, which dips into spurty horror and Lynchian parody, with added sexual awakening and shoe fetishism." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 2, 2013
3/5 58% I, Anna " It's atmospherically photographed by Ben Smithard. But the plot is too thin for the big screen; it may have suited TV more." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 12, 2012
4/5 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " And we're back! Slam bang in Middle-earth as though the Lord of the Rings trilogy never went away, which it didn't." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 10, 2012
3/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " You cannot help but applaud Hooper for this brave attempt, which will probably please fans of Glee and Susan Boyle everywhere." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 10, 2012
4/5 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " This is a date movie that caters to the needs of both men and women: American football and comedy, ballroom dancing and romance. Silver Linings Playbook covers all those bases -- and rises above them too." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 23, 2012
4/5 94% The House I Live In (2012) " One of the best documentaries out this year, and a must-see for Senate and Congress in America. " — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 23, 2012
2/5 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " Heads roll, sparks fly, wolves howl and the cinema audience collapses, weak with laughter." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 14, 2012
3/5 44% On the Road (2012) " The notoriously "unfilmable" On the Road merely slides from hedonism into mild disillusionment." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 12, 2012
4/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Tim Burton is back on old-fashioned Stygian form with Frankenweenie. It's an animated children's film sufficiently dark and twisted to provide adult amusement too." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 12, 2012
5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Skyfall is a resurrection, and will go down as one of 007's best. " — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " Perhaps one in ten of the jokes hits the mark; the rest are damp, childish squibs" — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 28, 2012
5/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " It's a perfect storm of bonkersness." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 28, 2012
5/5 85% The Master (2012) " In terms of Oscar promise, The Master is the one to watch for this year, with two unparalleled performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 5, 2012
3/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " There's much to love, and much to loathe about Joe Wright's new adaptation of Anna Karenina." — Times [UK]
Posted Sep 5, 2012
4/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " The most anticipated movie of the summer is as ambitious and bombastic as they get, with widescreen mayhem, thousands of extras, hyper-kinetic effects, and a roiling, twisting plot. " — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 16, 2012
4/4 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Yet another generation will bear the Spiderman emblem on their lunchboxes and pencilcases, and there's no harm in that. With great power comes great responsibility -- and an endless franchise." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 19, 2012
4/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " In the end, the Prometheus plot is slightly bonkers, but forgivably so, because the characters are so well drawn. And there are enough slime bursts to make Ghostbusters look timid." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 1, 2012
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Rarely does a blockbuster live up to its overheated hype, but The Hunger Games proved to be an exception. Lawrence and this franchise will go far." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2/5 28% Bel Ami (2012) " A cornucopia of cleavages and lingering close-ups of Robert Pattinson's trouser department. For some readers, that may be a strong recommendation. Others may find this version of Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel unintentionally hilarious." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 9, 2012
3/5 65% Trishna (2012) " By the end, the heavy-handed soundtrack turns Trishna into a musical about room service, as Frieda Pinto trots in and out with a tray and other offerings." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 9, 2012
3/5 51% John Carter (2012) " There's a delightfully unfashionable cheesiness about John Carter, a film for all the family, but in particular sci-fi fantasy geeks and older gentlemen who have never been able to relinquish the spiffing derring-do of Burroughs." — Times [UK]
Posted Mar 9, 2012
1/5 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " This latest Twilight is a freakish hybrid: part medical horror, part cheesy Victoria's Secret catalogue shoot." — Times [UK]
Posted Nov 18, 2011
51% Tron Legacy (2010) " Despite dazzling man-meets-machine design and similar themes, this film does not have the complexity of Avatar and for some it may feel rather like being trapped in a long video game." — Times [UK]
Posted Dec 8, 2010
2/5 53% Agora (2010) " Agora feels like an overlong school trip to the planetarium, followed by a Romans-in-togas play in the gym." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 7, 2010
46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) " Allen has assembled a cast of incredible ability, but the result is hampered by his script." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 54% The Killer Inside Me (2010) " This is a work of stylish, existentialist brutality, filled with beautiful women and damaged men." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
1/5 67% Black Death (2011) " Black Death is a nasty, brutish film that is far too long." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) " Beneath the information overload there are some great performances, and Douglas is still terrific, though increasingly raddled." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
2/5 40% Letters to Juliet (2010) " A gloriously tacky Italian romance." — Times [UK]
Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 75% Greenberg (2010) " Lurching between comedy and agony, Noah Baumbach's new film appears to be the simple tale of a man recovering from a nervous breakdown. Yet Greenberg resonates for days afterwards, like a hangover after a peculiar and fascinating party." — Times [UK]
Posted Jun 11, 2010
4/5 91% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) " The depiction of the grieving producer's wife and children is agonising in its truth." — Times [UK]
Posted May 28, 2010
3/5 100% Fish Story (Fisshu sutori) (2011) " A cool, surreal film, and not a little fishy." — Times [UK]
Posted May 27, 2010
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