Katherine Monk

Katherine Monk

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Katherine Monk's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 94% Iron Man (2008) "Neither the message nor the sparingly used special effects get in the way of entertainment, proving Iron Man really is a throwback to a kinder, gentler and decidedly more fun era of subversive filmmaking. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jun 15, 2015
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) "As far as performance goes, Pine and Karl Urban -- Kirk and Bones, respectively -- do offer up moments of tongue-in-cheek allusion, but they sell it straight-up, and save the movie from becoming a list of inside jokes. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3.5/5 92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) "A compelling piece of entertainment that poses bigger questions than it answers, Slumdog Millionaire is a modern version of the Cinderella story with some spicy food for thought, and an undeniably sweet core. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Feb 22, 2015
3.5/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "We know the stakes, and thanks to the Godfather movies, we have a feel for the seedy urban landscape, but what makes A Most Violent Year feel slightly different is the minimal approach. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "Thanks to some intuitive direction from the filmmakers and a truly inspired performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice articulates the very specific type of loss that Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders represent. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/5 49% Cake (2015) "All the action grows organically out of character and a surprisingly stubborn life force that urges us to get out of our premix boxes, and start from scratch. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 23, 2015
4/5 88% Winter Sleep (2014) "In many ways, Ceylan turns Aydin's hotel into a model ant colony where we can watch pockets of activity in isolation, and with its earthen cavities and clay cubbyholes, it's an image that fits, right down to the struggle for power. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "[Cotillard] She oozes sadness from the seams, and lets us feel the deep hole that is depression without great swaths of self-pity or melodrama. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 98% Paddington (2015) "What's so magical about this setup is the perfectly British attitude: No one is fazed by Paddington's ability to speak, stand on two legs and discuss the moral consequences of one's actions. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2.5/5 34% Blackhat (2015) "It's a timely topic, and one Mann could have surfed to the very edge of accessibility had he found the right line, but he nosedives in the first act. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "The whole movie depends on our acceptance of Kyle as a true American hero and Eastwood sells it with a dollop of ice cream on the apple pie thanks to Cooper's natural charisma. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Instead of melting into the holes of the story like so much warm butter, the audience gets scraped across Anderson's room-temperature toast. There's no chemical reaction, which has the effect of leaving the audience cold. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) "The skilfully re-created look of the era in the actual locations lets the viewer drop right into one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history, a time when blind hatred and bigotry set public policy. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3.5/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "The movie survives its own cliché because Hazel articulates our skepticism and keeps it real. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "For those who don't mind taking an extended look at a masterpiece and the human hand behind it, Mr. Turner may well reframe your relationship to light itself. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Into the Woods is still worth the trip: It's comfort food cooked by a master chef. Nothing fancy, but it will leave you full. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "For all the endless detours and special effects traffic jams, this is still a trip you want to take, if only to say you survived the journey. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 18, 2014
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Many actors are too cowardly, or too egotistical, to play an unsympathetic character. So Cumberbatch's performance deserves more consideration than many of his peers'. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2.5/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "The movie starts off strong thanks to its star's sheer charisma and our desire to see the parting of the Red Sea in digital high-def, but it can't keep our interest for the near-three-hour running time. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/5 86% Top Five (2014) "Rock is brilliant at finding common ground while mapping the boundaries between black and white realities, which is why Top Five is a truly interesting -- and frequently very funny -- film. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3.5/5 98% The Babadook (2014) "We can't help but follow because we empathize with every character -- even the big black sharp-fingered monster that pops up from the dark depths of the subconscious to wreak havoc in the supposed safety of daylight. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/5 93% Enchanted (2007) "In the hands of Adams, the evolution elicits as much sympathy as it does laughter, largely because she grounds every pivotal moment in wide-eyed kindness and generosity, pushing us to care about her fate. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 10, 2014
90% Tangled (2010) "A tight little package that sings and dances, Tangled is a well-conditioned and rather shiny little piece of entertainment. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) "The styles are varied, but always in tune with the narrative content, ensuring there's never an unwelcome eyeful of colour and motion. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 7, 2014
2.5/5 18% Serena (2015) "By the end, we barely like anyone in this smoky landscape, let alone care about what happens to them. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Heartbeat "Much like the film itself, the actress wears her heart on her sleeve then wipes her runny nose on it, offering the viewer all the human poetry of heartache, and all the goofy comedy of getting over it. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/5 57% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Thanks to actor Fabrice Luchini's befuddled sweetness in every moment, Fontaine and her entire cast create more comic moments than tragic ones, which make the exercise feel surprisingly fun. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 90% Wild (2014) "Wild is a simmering pot on the back burner of the viewer's mind, slowly pulling out the flavours of personal experience to create a hearty, and highly personal, rustic potage of sweet forgiveness. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "Ostlund not only rides that wave of crushing power by unleashing all those inner demons, his efforts leave us emotionally chilled but giddy at having survived the experience. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Mockingjay is by far the bleakest of the movies so far. Yet this first part of the last book in the Suzanne Collins series may also be the most potent. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Homesman (2014) "The Homesman is a story of faith versus the void, civilization versus the frontier, life versus death. It's dark matter, but Jones and Swank bring some sparkle to the dust with their perfectly balanced performances. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 20, 2014
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "It's probably the most opaque operation ever conducted on a global stage, which is why Laura Poitras's clarity is such an asset: She simply records Edward Snowden as he drops the bomb. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2/5 77% Rosewater (2014) " Rosewater, Stewart's first feature, is a sentimental mess that registers as a consistent flat line, but we can still respect him and star Gael García Bernal because it's obvious they had their hearts, minds and money in the right place. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3.5/5 51% Low Down (2014) "It's not at all pretty. But it dazzles in the darkness in its dizzying bid to find the light. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "There are no significant revelations, but maybe that's the beauty of James Marsh's biopic about Stephen Hawking: The Theory of Everything isn't looking for answers to the universe. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "It's a tale that floats, but only after sinking to the depths of a young psyche, as well as lowest-common-denominator action sequences, before popping up to the surface of a happy ending. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 7, 2014
4/5 72% Interstellar (2014) "The movie sucks you into its orbit and promptly shuttles you to the event horizon of the unknown, where the only thing you can really do is appreciate the scenery and hang on for the bumpy ride. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "Setting up his characters like so many whirling dervishes in an open square, Cronenberg lets his humans spin in circles, where every so often, they bump into each other and make a bruise, or worse. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 31, 2014
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Perhaps the only thing more disturbing than Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as a borderline personality with a camcorder is the nauseating sensation that we almost like Louis Bloom. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/5 95% Whiplash (2014) "Chazelle may have given us a convenient bad guy with a cold heart, but he still leaves room for debate through the portrait of a protagonist who feels the weight of potential on his shoulders, but needs help lifting it heavenward. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet Citizen Marc "It's a good toothy edge that makes Citizen Marc an interesting film because it chips away at the concept of personal identity versus the unrelenting demands of a dollar store ego. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "It accomplishes everything it sets out to do, and thanks to Watts wiggling with Cyrillic curves and comic empathy, we can forgive the complete waste of McCarthy's presence. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 23, 2014
4.5/5 92% Birdman (2014) "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a running jump off the cliff of cinema into a dream-state free fall, where you wait for that dreaded moment of impact, only to wake in a chilly sweat. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/5 93% Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) "[Maddin] taps a rich vein in this highly memorable and frequently disturbing homage to lost innocence and German expressionism. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 68% God Help the Girl (2014) "It's trying to go for the rainbow, the big magic, a thunderbolt of release, but never quite hits the mark. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 90% Mommy (2015) "Thrust into the icy blond landscape of Steve's violent mind, these two women create the internal tension that winds the movie. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 77% Fury (2014) "Ayer seems to have a knack for these kinds of characters. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) "We like Allan because he's self-confident without being self-absorbed. He's empathetic without being maudlin, and he's entirely unconcerned with what anyone thinks about him. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 98% Let the Right One In (2008) "A smart and beautifully realized feature from Sweden. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/5 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "The message is bleak, depressing and all too true, but killing the messenger -- in this case -- only reaffirms the underlying disease. " ‐ Canada.com
Posted Oct 10, 2014
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