Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
BBC film critic.
Publications:
BBC , Daily Telegraph , Scotsman
Total Reviews:
168

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 52% The Quiet Ones (2014) " The arrestingly fierce Cooke, in particular, is surely a star in the making." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " By its final act, pressing home the most un-Bollywood message that life's often more complicated than the movies,it's assumed the feel and weight of a well-observed short story." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/5 44% Pioneer " Hennie's quiet, hangdog tenacity alone might have kept Pioneer afloat, but the more tangled the plot becomes, the more hackneyed Skjoldbaerg's tactics get." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/5 58% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Where the book was expansive in its reach, Bandele's film makes for a rather cramped two hours. Worse, it sometimes appears naggingly detached from the upheavals it is attempting to portray." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/5 49% Rio 2 (2014) " It's hard to ascribe much art or wit to a franchise that retains the services of will.i.am as comic relief ..." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " No one seems to have high hopes for it - though it might well help to pass a wet afternoon when it shows up on Netflix 15 minutes from now." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 38% The Fold " McCormack's intelligence has been too long from our screens, but it's wasted on a film that gets sillier and less sympathetic by the minute." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/5 30% Svengali " Hard to dislike entirely, but that initial pep wears off - and it's sad that any project should now be wasting Vicky McClure in the tagalong girlfriend role." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 —— Peter Gabriel: Back To Front (2014) " For most of its duration, we're watching baldy men dressed in black against a black backdrop, being stalked by revolving light rigs that resemble crap Transformers." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " The fan-funded revival of Rob Thomas's much-loved teen-PI series proves more footnote than fresh start." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 78% The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014) " The process by which Andrew Scott's lovelorn best man is undermined by alpha-ish interloper Peter McDonald is well-observed, while the inclusion of two gay travellers rather smartly sidesteps one of this subgenre's signature panics." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 32% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) " Its secret weapon is a satirically inclined script, reworked by Stephen Fry among others, that disrupts the general factory-line vibe with regular funny lines." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 100% Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) " It's an enduring yarn, well told: a rare remake that functions independently, even as it reminds you - vividly, in places - of the original's elegiac pleasures." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " Those few scenes not choked with self-importance instead succumb to a greyly macho fug of war." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/5 73% The Pirate Fairy (2014) " The girl-power swashbuckling that follows might be cheering if it went beyond 60 minutes, or could offer anything more than smoothly indifferent animation and a new Natasha Bedingfield song." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " A work of unbridled imagination, apt to delight sociologists, stoners and six-year-olds alike." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " A glossy, Nicholas Sparksish wallow." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " One more run around that boringly realised, CGI-reliant, blue-grey netherverse that takes enduring fantasy creations as the basis for barely functioning multiplex-filler." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) " It's as substantial as seeing The Exorcist redone on Snapchat - and let's not even consider the implication of casting black and Latino performers as Satan's minions, because clearly its makers haven't." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Stretches of improv with passers-by means the film can resemble one of those What the Director Did on His Holidays doodles, yet its breeziness is oddly warming: Silva's open to the elements in ways his blinkered protagonist only claims to be." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " As on-screen noses are wrinkled at the one bikini-clad partygoer approaching the leads' advanced years, one starts to feel the toes curl, or possibly empathetic rigor mortis setting in." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2/5 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " Hollywood's latest play for the growing Asian market revisits the ancient Japanese legend of self-sacrifice, hoping to offset its garbled narrative and grinding humourlessness with 3D and Keanu Reeves as a samurai Jesus." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2/5 69% Powder Room " Oh, here we go: the semi-inevitable cackhanded British attempt to summon up one-gazillionth of the interest generated by Bridesmaids or Girls." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/5 49% Black Nativity (2013) " Points for dogged credulity: whether trying to pass off Times Square as Judea or Tyrese "Fast & Furious" Gibson as the Angel Gabriel, it sincerely believes it. You, of course, are at liberty not to." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 42% Homefront (2013) " Fleder - a dab hand with knotty, workable pulp - proves admirably patient in revealing character and place, and it helps that those laying siege to our hero's self-timbered abode never quite react in the way expected of goons in a Jason Statham movie." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/5 2% Getaway (2013) " You watch the resultant, wholly bloodless carnage with brain in neutral and eyes glazing over, as you would a re-run of Police, Camera, Action! at two in the morning." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " One senses the sniggering film-makers playing variably funny games with our phobia of paedophiles, rather than having anything lasting to say about it." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " It's a genially soapy time-killer, though Lee's as shameless in invoking cancer as he is about the catfights and smacktalk." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3/5 60% N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode) " NFA has the air of a compellingly ordinary nightmare, and its modulated conclusion brings us closer than expected to the pain and confusion of a life lived on the streets." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 28, 2013
1/5 20% Who Needs Enemies (2013) " Another week, another set of mouthy geezers in suits mugging one another off." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 28, 2013
2/5 —— Fanny " Not just cinéma de papa, but cinema de grand-papa." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 28, 2013
2/5 80% Marius " Not just cinéma de papa, but cinema de grand-papa." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 28, 2013
2/5 62% Day of the Flowers (2014) " Lame gags and supporting turns ensure it concludes closer to Mamma Mia! than Marx." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 28, 2013
2/5 40% FLU (2013) " Frequent spluttering montages provide silly fun, but this sort of doomsday projection surely ought to be terrifying." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 21, 2013
100% Vivan las Antipodas! (2013) " You emerge wondering what (and who) might lie beneath your own feet." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/5 —— Killing Oswald " Proves generally prosaic and unimaginative, reliant on authors rehashing arguments already proposed elsewhere and stiff reconstructions that only bury Oswald as an ongoing person of interest." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/5 67% Future My Love " In searching for solutions, both for her own unhappiness and everybody else's, Borg transforms the personal into the unmistakably political." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Obligation rivals inspiration in this passable sequel to 2009's zappy, gastro-themed digimation." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 100% Last Passenger (2014) " If you've wondered what goes on inside a driver's cab, or glimpsed something indecipherable through a rain-spattered carriage window, it should just work." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 67% Lebanese Rocket Society " The flat-footed investigative approach, shuffling between archives, hardly helps." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " I'm afraid I couldn't quite see past the oddness of its conceit: to redo Blue Valentine with songs." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " Decidedly grey pulp, never quite distinctive enough to merit anything more than a tardy, generally unmemorable DVD viewing." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " The odd vivid shot reminds you of Rodriguez's dynamic visual imagination, but also what it's wasted on here: a project as indifferent as some of the trash that inspired it." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 10, 2013
1/5 36% Not Another Happy Ending " That convention-flouting title misleads: this winsome affair lags lamentably close to the modern romcom average." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 80% Folie à Deux - madness made of two " Though it bears the unmistakable look of daytime-telly property porn, Kim Hopkins' documentary offers an eccentric and thoroughly English rejoinder to last year's The Queen of Versailles." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/5 85% Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013) " The casefile remains open, but this considered investigation matches the Panthers' bravura with an organisational flair of its own." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/5 73% In the Name Of... (2013) " This quiet provocation from the Polish arm of Lars von Trier's Zentropa Entertainments falls into that conflicted-cleric subgenre encompassing everything from The Thorn Birds to Antonia Bird's Priest." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " The rustle of producers' notes and test-screening cards gradually drowns out anything amusing." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " In the absence of much dramatic heft, its complacent beauty soon wears off; set it against Rivette's La Belle Noiseuse, a far more rigorous interrogation of this dynamic, and it's but a lightly shimmering afterthought." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/5 73% Borrowed Time " It exudes a certain low-key, pootling charm, but often gets sloppy: who casts Perry Benson as a middle-class snob?." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 12, 2013
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