Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
BBC film critic.
Publications:
BBC.com , Daily Telegraph , Scotsman
Total Reviews:
209

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 55% 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 89% 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
9% 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 54% 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 63% 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
63% 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 50% 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
2/5 62% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) " Pineda's humility is a rare rockumentary commodity, but the film around him is riven with underarticulated tensions: any suspicion that the management might have employed third-world labour to enable the show to go on is simply shrugged off." — Guardian
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 41% In Secret (2014) " The poison slips down easily enough, but it's diet cola when set against 2009's Korean vampire movie Thirst, still this book's most potent screen translation." — Guardian
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 76% Concussion (2013) " Passon's film arcs into view as a beguilingly flighted curveball - and, as its protagonist's progress attests, the occasional one of those keeps everybody on their toes." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 15, 2014
3/5 81% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) " The tragedy of a premature death persists, and Erskine puts in enough legwork to keep the rest competitive." — Guardian
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 100% American Interior " More evidence of Rhys's status as among the daftest, most engaging performers out there." — Guardian
Posted May 8, 2014
4/5 100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " As an antidote to Premier League cynicism, it couldn't be bettered." — Guardian
Posted May 8, 2014
26% Brick Mansions (2014) " The Raid 2 got most of its kicks in situ; this deploys a lot of edit-suite trickery to generate only moderate dynamism." — Guardian
Posted May 1, 2014
4/5 95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " Unpredictable, never forced, and forever compelling." — Guardian
Posted May 1, 2014
2/5 74% Informant (2013) " This tale of shady dealings in late-80s Gibraltar seems underpowered." — Guardian
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1/5 17% God's Not Dead (2014) " Ban this sick filth." — Guardian
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/5 50% The Sea " John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms." — Guardian
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " The arrestingly fierce Cooke, in particular, is surely a star in the making." — Guardian
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
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/5 41% 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 51% 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 47% 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
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
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
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
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
Posted Mar 20, 2014
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