Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Mike McCahill'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
1/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) "Collapses amid its attempts to reshape a notionally sincere script to fit an A-list heel. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Bin Roye (2015) "Perhaps it's telling the source is a widely-read romance; still, on this evidence of this terminally sappy drama, the book must have made Nicholas Sparks read like James Ellroy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 26, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) "It remains the kind of package perhaps only Bollywood could now pull together: a movie that feels calculated in its grand design, and yet which plays as wholly sincere and heartfelt on a scene-by-scene basis. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 19, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) "At each turn, the money's right there on screen, yet what's most striking is how these resources have been marshalled - to enhance, rather than clutter up, the narrative throughline. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 12, 2015
2/5 82% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) "It's taken three years for this negligible Aussie splatterfest to get its one-weekend-only release; you wonder why anybody thought to rescue it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 63% Hinterland "If what's been captured here is no more than a tiny moment -- a small respite or deviation from the norm -- Hinterland commits entirely to inhabiting and describing it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 8, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Papanasam (2015) "Length gives Papanasam the air of a slowburn modern morality play, winding its way through to a slyly concealed final twist. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2015
2/5 21% Self/less (2015) "Self/Less is, by and large, shot like cheapo television. There's more panache in an episode of The Flash, and a better spin on far out sci-fi concepts, too. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2015
1/5 41% Comet (2014) "A sense of laborious, futile strain comes off this phoney-baloney indie, which looks and sounds very much like an attempt to fashion a more amenable (and thereby saleable) version of Shane Carruth's puzzle pictures. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 97% Housebound (2014) "Johnstone is one to watch. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) "Shamelessly resurrecting ancient horror standbys -- not just curses; seers and séances, too -- Raimi clearly enjoys being allowed to return to the unruly instincts of his Evil Dead trilog " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Sardarji (2015) "It's silly rather than especially funny, and its obvious budgetary limitations negate any claims to blockbuster entertainment. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 50% Knock Knock "If Knock Knock's no more than a sick joke, it's been very shrewdly constructed. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2015
2/5 72% Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015) "Despite characterful ensemble work in the vein of Maïwenn's Polisse, scenes of spinal taps and form-filling outnumber life-or-death resuscitations, and its dramatic pulse tails off alarmingly. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1/5 29% Everly (2015) "A gruelling gimmick thriller, pitched at dead-eyed graduates of the Matthew Vaughn school of cinematic sociopathy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet ABCD 2 "ABCD2 is the latest film to recognise that - however you gender your gaze - there is an abiding pleasure in watching bodies in motion, and choreographer-turned-director Remo d'Souza keeps nudging more of them on. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Dil Dhadakne Do "Chopra's face could well launch a thousand ships; her lilting close-ups here, as Ayesha's secret emerges, reveal the actress as an unusually sensitive and responsive beauty. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/5 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "More carefully constructed than most series' third chapters. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 71% Gascoigne "It's heartening to see those old crowdpleasing instincts return when discussing, say, that Vinnie Jones photo. For the first time in years, Gazza is allowed to express himself as only he could. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 0% Search Party "The bromance lingers on in Hollywood thinking, like a fart in a sex dungeon. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 74% The Connection (2015) "If its shape and trajectory are quickly mapped out, Jimenez hauls in punchy story and character beats ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
2/5 13% Sword Of Vengeance (2015) "As opportunistic Game of Thrones cash-ins go, this perversely watchable low-budget quickie at least improves upon its producers' risible Hammer of the Gods. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
2/5 66% The Dead Lands (2015) "This tale of a young warrior's blooding resembles Apocalypto in Maori instead of Mayan, although the comparison does it few favours. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
2/5 10% Return to Sender (2015) "Weaponising those dark-pool eyes, Pike remains a preternatural beauty, but she deserves a vehicle that doesn't encourage us to suspect or loathe her for it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
3/5 87% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) "Gradually, the simplicity yields an idiosyncratic charm. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
3/5 33% Poltergeist (2015) "The remake has been engineered in broadly the right carnival spirit. It should shift a lot of popcorn, if nothing else. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
4/5 89% Spring (2015) "It's a monster movie with a heart and soul to go alongside its tentacles. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Dino Time (2012) "Displays early flickers of wit in zapping squabbling kids back to their hometown as it was in the Cretaceous era, before a drab quest narrative kicks in, cueing more plodding than any 70-minute should. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 83% Piku (2015) "Given the bloated junk currently clogging both Hindi and American mainstreams, such human-sensitive fare provides its own restorative, oddly pleasurable form of release. It slips down nicely. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 18, 2015
2/5 81% A Royal Night Out "It's a thin, trickledown sort of fun, broadly comparable to spending the afternoon in a mocked-up Lyons Corner House: the barrel is dutifully rolled out, but its contents prove no more intoxicating than ginger beer. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 85% The Tribe (2015) "Some films are made to leave you speechless; for some experiences, there can be no words. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 14, 2015
2/5 77% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "Proceeds with more energy than inspiration, liberally splashing ketchup over genre cliches. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 81% The Canal (2014) "Writer-director Ivan Kavanagh and cinematographer Piers McGrail fashion something properly cinematic from their watery, nondescript locations: an overcast, portal-like towpath, and a dilapidated public loo ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 7, 2015
2/5 20% Ooops! Noah is Gone... (Two by Two) (2015) "Ready the bargain bins. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 64% We Are Monster "It plays like clumsily opened-out fringe theatre. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 41% In the Blood (2014) "Fine actors (Alison Steadman, Phil Davis) nudge our boy forward, yet the rehabilitation and race-against-time narratives prove fundamentally at odds: we're left watching two films cancelling each other out. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 61% Samba (2015) "It hasn't its predecessor's razzle-dazzle, but Samba is the surer-footed endeavour: for once in popular cinema, the problems of the First World come in second behind those of the Third. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 33% The Informant (Gibraltar) "This tale of shady dealings in late-80s Gibraltar seems underpowered. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2015
4/5 80% The Falling (2015) "Carol Morley's potently suggestive follow-up to 2011's Dreams of a Life ... " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "You'll watch this supremely entertaining danse macabre with the broadest of connoisseurial smiles. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) "The rougher edges of the likes of In This World or The Golden Dream were perhaps beyond its multiplex-oriented remit, but Falardeau works in surprising levels of funny, winning, stirring detail. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/5 6% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) "This isn't much more than a fly's fart of a film, the most microscopically tiny of afterthoughts. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Amar Akbar & Tony "Sunny location work helps west London's dual carriageways appear more appealing; elsewhere, the relentless bants and tail-chasing suggest Malhotra is none too ambitiously pursuing the post-pub Dapper Laughs crowd. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurôni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen) "Handsome choreography, but it's mostly been a demonstration of the modern movie business's absurd gigantism: seven hours of set-trashing for a story that needed two tops. They'll probably reboot it in a decade, too. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "LaGravenese's direction remains appreciably intimate, ensuring this project ends up close to where it began: not one for the ages, perhaps, but a pretty good night out nevertheless. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 89% Glassland "In its rage and its pain, in the wire-brush scrub it gives to the movies' woozily romantic notions of alcoholism, Glassland feels wholly honest and true. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 76% Good Kill (2015) "This smart and serious thinkpiece never loses sight of the overheads: the steep personal price paid by Egan, and the collateral damage incurred. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "The relentless spitballing yields sporadic snorts, but with women reduced to walk-on titparts between stale knob gags, it absolutely feels like the bromance's final, desperate throbs ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Superior set pieces continue to sustain this most dumbly enjoyable of franchises ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Katherine of Alexandria "A foolhardy attempt to revive the Roman epic in Cyprus on a budget that Xena: Warrior Princess might have snarled at. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 2, 2015
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