Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
BBC film critic.
Publications:
BBC.com , Daily Telegraph , Scotsman
Total Reviews:
229

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 70% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Set it against the shiny blandishments that have passed for family fun this season, and it starts to look vaguely radical." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " If The Hundred-Foot Journey ultimately proves no spicier than chicken tikka masala for the soul, that's Chef Lasse for you. At his comforting best - and this is close to it - nobody does it milder." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 —— Hermitage Revealed " A superbly illustrated, if slightly dutiful, history ..." — Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 77% Attila Marcel " Somewhere in here, there's an affecting treatise on what we take from our fathers, and give back to our children." — Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 77% Watermark (2014) " It's not as focused as its predecessor, but its best sequences rehydrate the mind." — Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 63% Life Of Crime (2014) " If you're in the market for a workaday crime story, Schechter's film fulfils some of its obligations. You might just wish it had more life." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 88% Obvious Child (2014) " Robespierre and Slate deserve credit for nudging the abortion narrative away from scaremongering horror, and back towards, if not an entirely happy ending, then at least something a girl might get a joke or two out of." — Guardian
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " The great Young Adult Allowance Grab continues." — Guardian
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/5 43% The Guvnors " Every other scene veers towards the usual rucking, and Sylvester does so much aggressive sniffing you want to hand him a hankie." — Guardian
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " A cold, hard business story, reshaped by Disney into a warm, fuzzy hug." — Guardian
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/5 28% As Above/So Below (2014) " Throughout, there are flickers of a scarier movie: one prepared to map this boneyard, with its wrong turns and false floors, altogether more rigorously." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The vision remains uncompromising and it dazzles far more than any sequel should." — Guardian
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " My faith, tested by use of the Doors as a Satanic conduit, vanished for ever the instant a possessed piano bashed out Pop Goes the Weasel." — Guardian
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 20% Into The Storm (2014) " Stick with Twister." — Guardian
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Its sputtering eccentricity is at least preferable to the flat chauvinism of so many shoot-'em-ups - and it's certainly Besson's most enjoyable bad movie in ages." — Guardian
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " If it all feels too anomalous to seal its case against today's big legal and corporate predators, it never lacks for diverting turns and quirks." — Guardian
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 58% Underdogs (2015) " Decidedly midtable." — Guardian
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " Morris and Beesley have taken these characters far beyond their origins, yet a large swath of the population will doubtless be reassured to learn they are, still, incorrigible." — Guardian
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Not much magic, but an appreciable level of polish." — Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) " DreamWorks' 2006 film Over the Hedge scampered through similar terrain with far slyer gags in its cheeks." — Guardian
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 33% Believe " The attempt to evoke the trauma of the Munich air disaster is rendered wholly insupportable by the trifling hooey around it." — Guardian
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Flickers of dread materialise - care of those one-percenters co-opting the event for entertainment - though again we're mostly in second gear." — Guardian
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/5 90% Nordvest (Northwest) " The latest item carried over on the Scandi crime wave forsakes chunky-knit sweaters for a notional harder edge, offering a naturalistic study of a teenage cat burglar caught between rival factions on the Copenhagen periphery." — Guardian
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) " Schwarz offsets the camp with a sincere appreciation of both the obvious, larger-than-life personality and this performer's oft-overlooked skills ..." — Guardian
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 67% El Año y la Viña " Reminded me of Hal Hartley's The Book of Life - which had Jesus and the devil show up in pre-millennial Manhattan - while translating that film's cool anomie into a fresh, playful, increasingly affecting bonhomie." — Guardian
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3/5 —— Love Eternal " There's an emotionally intelligent approach to bereavement throughout that makes a weird kind of sense ..." — Guardian
Posted Jul 3, 2014
8% Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie " Poking through the thin stew served up here in vain search of the one belly laugh or handful of chuckles that might justify handing over that hard-earned tenner this weekend, one is led to the conclusion comedy has never been quite as subjective as this." — Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 25% Secret Sharer " Dramatically, alas, it remains rather flat." — Guardian
Posted Jun 26, 2014
29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Seeks to reposition Kevin Costner as a Neesony badass dad, casting him as a growly CIA type using a Parisian layover to juggle terrorist-offing with teaching daughter Hailee Steinfeld how to ride a bike." — Guardian
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 100% Leave To Remain " Goodison displays a sure, Shane Meadows-like touch with his lively unknown leads, and finds eloquent, cinematic ways of describing their hopes, dreams and fears." — Guardian
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 100% The Man Whose Mind Exploded " The laying bare of one man's fetishes proves pungently compelling ... but so much else about this story, about this life, also lingers." — Guardian
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " [Takes] the perfunctory shape of an afternoon TV movie." — Guardian
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 33% The Hooligan Factory " I snickered from sheer recognition at the first overpopulated ruckus on a tiny footbridge, and there's a Reg Hollis cameo, but that probably isn't enough to merit rescuing it from the 24-hour garage bargain bin." — Guardian
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 52% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " As if screening filmed plays in cinemas wasn't perverse enough, here's a making-of for a long-gone theatrical event: the production of Richard III by Sam Mendes's Bridge Project that toured worldwide." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 100% 36 " Succumb to its peaceable rhythms, and it adds up to a distinctive if slight experience - an object lesson in what can be achieved without recourse to frenetic cutting or camera-twirling." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
1/5 43% Common People " It wears its heart as a toddler does ice cream on a hot day: on its sleeve, down its front and all over its trousers." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 77% The Dirties (2013) " It may wind up as the year's most significant horror film; it's certainly among the most original." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
5/5 —— How We Used To Live " The final movement is as lovely as anything Kelly and his band of dreamers have ever signed their names to." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 62% The Sacrament (2014) " A marked disappointment." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
57% Pluto " Mostly academic: the work of a directorial new kid stammering over her own best ideas." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " This latest spot of cinevangelism at least sports a theatrical heft ..." — Guardian
Posted May 29, 2014
2/5 43% Mariachi Gringo (2013) " Sunny, good-natured yet inescapably middling ..." — Guardian
Posted May 29, 2014
2/5 89% Downhill " A grey, farty plod, with increasingly little to sustain it bar the scenery." — Guardian
Posted May 29, 2014
64% For No Good Reason (2014) " Paul struggles to contain Steadman's profligate energies in 90 minutes, and the waning presence of Johnny Depp, loitering between poor career choices to pull on a cigarillo and point at pictures, can't give it shape." — Guardian
Posted May 29, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Too enamoured of genre convention to reach for the comic dynamite." — Guardian
Posted May 29, 2014
1/5 —— Top Dog " DVD surely beckons, yet the content is so leaden as to make that Spandau reunion seem creatively worthwhile." — Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Even by the standards of allowance-snatching half-term filler, this is pretty indifferent ..." — Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
1/5 14% Blended (2014) " It proves very much un film de Sandler: so lazy you feel unconscionably guilty for snorting at the three jokes in its two hours that merit any response." — Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 52% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) " Disa can't really satirise society's homogenised speed-freakery when his songs feature Ronan Keating and his animation looks scarcely finished." — Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 86% Run & Jump (2014) " Honest, and within touching distance of real poignancy." — Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
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