Kate Stables

Kate Stables

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Total Film
Total Reviews:
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 23% Tammy (2014) " Even Melissa McCarthy's exuberant comic capers can't get this road-trip clunker out of first gear." — Total Film
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/5 88% Chef (2014) " Chef isn't in Swingers' league, but it's a funny, charming and personal film." — Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " It's Duris' engaging breakneck performance, bolstered by energetic turns from Kelly Reilly, Cecile de France and Audrey Tatou, that keeps the motor running." — Total Film
Posted Jun 20, 2014
1/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " More high camp than High Society, Dahan's hilariously ham-fisted biopic seeks high-stakes operatic thrills, but provides shrill melodramatic spills." — Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 —— Tirez La Langue, Mademoiselle " Echoes of Eric Rohmer are pleasing rather than irksome, but Ropert has developed a quirky style that's very much her own." — Total Film
Posted May 26, 2014
3/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " The swooping 3D musical numbers pop with colour - but it's hard to see where this feathered-family franchise could fly next." — Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2014
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Consciously avoiding a Dreamgirls vibe that suggests their failure was a showbiz tragedy, Neville lets his subjects unabashedly strut their stuff." — Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 48% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Hardcore fashionistas will doubtless flock to drool over the endless catwalk shows, packed with genuine YSL archive pieces." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Smartly spoofy rather than sweetly nostalgic, this distractingly star-studded jaunt is fast and funny, but short on emotional punch. But a good time awaits for kids and long-time Muppet-lovers." — Total Film
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind." — Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Despite top-notch visuals and versatile voice-work from Ty Burrell's doting doggy dad and Alison Janney's monstrous social worker, it lacks the Up-style warmth to be best in show." — Total Film
Posted Feb 9, 2014
4/5 92% Moonstruck (1987) " This charming comedy show [Cher] at her warm and supple best." — Total Film
Posted Feb 7, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) " Like the Abscam con, the film is a convincing confection, so well played that we don't care if it's the real deal or not." — Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Ambitious in its span and powerful in its recreation of tumultuous times, this is a skilful dramatisation and a worthy celebration." — Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2/5 49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " Once-upon-a-time tales about Elizabeth Taylor ordering 200 pairs of mink earmuffs, or Yoko Ono's Christmas Eve $400,000 furs-splurge, can't compensate for a lacklustre storyline about the famously intricate Chrimbo shop windows." — Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 48% Parkland (2013) " Despite some affecting moments, the lumbering Parkland feels more like a well-researched magazine feature than an involving drama." — Total Film
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 57% Walesa " Undeniably hard-going for non-history buffs, but well worth the sweat." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
1/5 8% Diana (2013) " A tasteless, breathless Hello-tastic romance that plays fast and loose with the facts. Any more creepily reverential, and it would be curtseying." — Total Film
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/5 92% In a World... (2013) " Witty, wry, and just a little bit scattershot, this good-natured satire takes on cinema's last taboo with small-screen plotting, but big-screen gusto." — Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " What keeps the show on the road are the three male lead performances, which are commendably stripped-down and honest." — Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 79% Any Day Now (2012) " The actors excel, particularly Levya, whose turn will knock you sideways." — Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " As well as the film's almost documentary realism (it's required viewing for shipping personnel), here the brief but telling extras show off Lindholm's dedication to accuracy." — Total Film
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " Seyfried and Sarsgaard excel in a biopic that focuses on the hard times rather than the hardcore, and leaves you feeling that there's a lot more to say." — Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
5/5 88% When Harry Met Sally (1989) " What knocks it out of the park is the combination of Ephron's insights and Reiner's matchless comic chops." — Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 96% The Deep (2013) " It's all a pretty obvious metaphor for the icy plunge that the Icelandic economy took recently, but is none the worse for it." — Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " A sly true-crime drama." — Total Film
Posted Jul 8, 2013
3/5 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " Well-crafted, wellintentioned and well, just a tad dull, Redford's radical-chic-road-trip will appeal to the Senior Railcard crowd." — Total Film
Posted May 17, 2013
3/5 82% Something in the Air (2013) " A pitch-perfect period setting can't compensate for the presence of the lithe but terminally listless leads." — Total Film
Posted May 15, 2013
3/5 81% De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) " The images of North Chile's lunar landscapes sing - if you can stand the mercilessly long takes." — Total Film
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " Steven Spielberg's masterly, high-minded recreation of Abraham Lincoln's long-shot battle to get the 13th amendment outlawing slavery through a hostile Congress." — Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2013
3/5 65% Great Expectations (2013) " Its glossy looks, first-rate playing and famous pedigree will be cat-nip to book-groupies." — Total Film
Posted Oct 22, 2012
2/5 0% The Knot (2014) " Nothing if not predictable." — Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2012
4/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " An ambitious love letter to a Louisiana way of life that's being literally washed away." — Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/5 60% El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (2011) " Legendary chef Ferran Adrià's philosophising about pushing new food frontiers is fascinating, but barely glimpsed, so keen is the film on recording the appliance of science to innocent ingredients." — Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 83% Cloclo " Dardenne brothers favourite Jérémie Renier is uncannily good as the tightly wound star, as well as a dead ringer for him." — Total Film
Posted Jun 21, 2012
19% Lay the Favorite (2012) " Frears seems to be in something of a slump, and his giddy, surface-skimming adaptation of Beth Raymer's memoir about her trajectory from stripper to bookie isn't reversing the trend." — Total Film
Posted Jun 13, 2012
3/5 82% Fast Girls (2013) " Noel Clarke, who co-scripted and co-stars, doesn't get any Kidulthood-style grit going, though Crichlow's gutsy performance has you rooting for her." — Total Film
Posted Jun 13, 2012
5/5 93% The Apartment (1960) " No one does the pitchblack flipside of funny like Wilder, and 1960's The Apartment is the darkest he ever made." — Total Film
Posted Jun 13, 2012
3/5 65% All In Good Time " Its stagey mix of East Is East-style father/ son conflict and bouncy bedroom farce is endearing, though a tad stereotyped." — Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
71% Carnage (2011) " The characters' all-round unpleasantness, and the film's merciless mirth-making with their failings, keeps things buoyantly, bleakly funny." — Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 7, 2012
3/5 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " Moving, if heavy-handed, it's an emotional walkabout with real heart." — Total Film
Posted Jan 23, 2012
68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " Andrea Arnold's stark, defiantly naturalistic new version succeeds brilliantly in injecting the shock of the new into this well-thumbed English classic." — Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 15, 2011
77% The Debt (2011) " The result is a sturdy, often suspenseful piece, but one that delivers less than it promises." — Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 4, 2011
3/5 10% Horrid Henry: The Movie (2013) " Kids will enjoy the gobby tween attitude and energy, but the paper-thin plot and extraneous 3D antics don't provide the solid laughs of, say, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid." — Total Film
Posted Jul 29, 2011
84% Beginners (2011) " One can only regret this writer-director's decision to cram so much material into the mix that some fine understated performances, and much of the film's emotional impact, are obscured along the way." — Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 26, 2011
2/5 36% Prom (2011) " Inhabits Glee and High School Musical territory without mustering their wit or creativity." — Total Film
Posted Jun 1, 2011
44% Third Star (2010) " Underneath Third Star's classy cladding, which camouflages its maudlin streak and conventional melodramatic underpinnings, there lies a TV movie first and last." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 24, 2011
3/5 59% Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2011) " The breathless account of Sassoon's '80s stint as hair-product mogul would have benefited from some September Issue-style detachment, and ironically, the whole film could do with a good trim." — Total Film
Posted May 16, 2011
3/5 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " A swoony, enjoyable, old-time romance whose best acts are a period-perfect Pattinson and a playful pachyderm." — Total Film
Posted Apr 26, 2011
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