Stuart McGurk

Stuart McGurk

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
thelondonpaper , Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
65

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 48% Ong Bak 2 (2009) " Like watching a computer game with cheat mode on. For hardcore fans only." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Oct 20, 2009
2/5 61% Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009) " The equivalent of being trapped in the lift of an east London style magazine while the entire staff simultaneously shout their theories of civilisation at you, this documentary is that tragic thing." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 95% Katalin Varga (2009) " Impressive as it is, though, you can't help feeling it's essentially a festival favourite that will be more admired than enjoyed." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 59% The Vanishing of the Bees (2011) " Well intentioned and urgent - but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op." — Sunday Times (UK)
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 95% Goodbye Solo (2009) " Goodbye Solo asks far more questions than it answers, yet there's something in the tender humanity of the journey that seems to matter much more." — Times [UK]
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 94% The Damned United (2009) " It romps along with an effortless bounce and charm. How much will stay with you, though, is another matter." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 28, 2009
4/5 65% Watchmen (2009) " It's not crash-bang enough for those who love superhero films, not complex enough for those who hate them. It's flawed, then, but a flawed work of brilliance." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 7, 2009
4/5 96% The Class (2008) " A satisfying prime antidote to surface-level cinema." — thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2/5 25% Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) " Slick and polished, the rest is by-the-numbers schmaltz, offset only by the adorable presence of Ms Fisher." — thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 20, 2009
5/5 98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009) " The best film about the world of rock since This Is Spinal Tap." — thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 20, 2009
4/5 79% Gran Torino (2009) " The film, about ageing and mortality, racism and redemption, is one of Eastwood's finest: tender, tragic and funny in equal measures." — thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 20, 2009
2/5 62% Valkyrie (2008) " In the end, despite him playing someone with a missing eye, it's a vanity project for Cruise - a heavyweight historical drama to put him back on the map, but one that only sees him more lost." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 23, 2009
4/5 92% Frost/Nixon (2008) " It may climax like a Rocky film, but doesn't end like one. There are more words to be said, and you're glad for every one." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 94% Milk (2008) " Milk, film and man, demands our attention, yet never stoops to beg for it." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) " It's Rourke's display - crushed, hopeful, almost unbearably poignant - that'll stay with you after the ring lights fade. His light hasn't died just yet." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 16, 2009
4/5 89% Eastern Promises (2007) " An orgy of slit throats, lopped digits and a naked fight scene that will tattoo itself on to your brain." — thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 26, 2007
47% Rendition (2007) " A pacy, twisting thriller." — thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 19, 2007
93% Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006) " A wry and observant film with plenty of understated humour." — thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 19, 2007
76% Stardust (2007) " Great family fun." — thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4.5/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) " Sure, you may not love rats. You may hate them. But you really do have to love Pixar." — thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3/5 86% Control (2007) " The grim black-and-white grain that director Anton Corbijn shoots in is both beautiful and intimate. And the performances are spot-on - none of the cast put a naturalistic foot wrong." — thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/5 51% The Kingdom (2007) " And that's the problem. The Kingdom isn't awful - the relentless pace, thumping soundtrack, twisting plot and shaky camera-work all see to that." — thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 5, 2007
4/5 78% 1408 (2007) " "No one lasts more than an hour," goes the saying about the room. It's probably how long your attention lasts too. But it's one hell of an hour." — thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/5 29% Sugarhouse (2007) " Directed by Gary Love, early shots promise much but it never delivers. Essentially a Play For Today, with more crack and a syrupy ending you can see coming." — thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 24, 2007
4/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) " This is a rare thing - a comedy for both him and her." — thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 24, 2007
5/5 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " Is there a better action lead than Matt Damon as Jason Bourne? Not on this evidence." — thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 17, 2007
2/5 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) " Look, it's so dumb, I could easily give this one star - but I'm giving it two. It was entertaining, so sue me." — thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/5 38% Firehouse Dog (2007) " Breezy, silly and energetic, this canine frolic won't win top prize at Crufts, but it should offer an alternative to Pottered-out parents with young pups to please." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
5/5 94% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957) " A cinematic masterpiece no film fan should miss." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 79% Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007) " While there's a quirky humour at work, the overall mood is of sadness, eloquently, if repetitively, expressed." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 79% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) " Intimate and terrifying, at points almost expressionistic and surreal, this is never less than a nerve-shredding experience. It even includes an (improbable) love story." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
4/5 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " It's magic, Harry, but not as we know it." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 13, 2007
2/5 46% Edmond (2005) " Is this about the nihilistic plight of the alienated, or just nihilistic? A coal-dark satire, or just needlessly dark? The uncomfortable Edmond asks more questions than it answers." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 6, 2007
4/5 40% Shrek the Third (2007) " From beginning to end, it's very, very funny. Watch it. It's great." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jun 29, 2007
4/5 88% Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006) " They do make a comeback of course - almost stronger than ever - in this, the best documentary of the year so far. Intelligent, honest, heartfelt and fascinating." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/5 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " Shot-through with emotional intensity, a muscular, brooding direction, and a plot that (just) stays on the right side of ludicrous." — thelondonpaper
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/5 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) " 28 Weeks Later takes up where Danny Boyle left off, then continues where the weak-hearted pass out." — thelondonpaper
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/5 50% Fast Food Nation (2006) " Certainly food for thought then, just a shame the characters aren't as fully-fleshed." — thelondonpaper
Posted May 4, 2007
3/5 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) " Not an awful film by any means. But you don't need spidey sense to know this isn't a patch on its prequel." — thelondonpaper
Posted May 4, 2007
4/5 82% Days of Glory (Indigenes) (2007) " It occasionally does drop into wartime cliches of love lost and friends fallen. But the chest-thwack poinancy of those who shed blood and were shamefully shunned drags you through." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
1/5 50% Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) " Taking on a more European sensibility, Bean seems to have gone back to the drawing board, and come up with gags that were last funny when we were a couple of steps back in the Evolution of Man wallchart." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/5 60% 300 (2007) " The hyper-real blue screen and the moral complexity of root veg remains faithful to Miller. But you can't help feeling this could have had more to say about war than "come join the party!"." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/5 —— Namastey London (2007) " Namastey London doesn't really have anything new to say on an over-worked issue. But it does (mostly) manage to keep away from cringe territory, and even explores some subtle immigration quandaries." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/5 19% Factory Girl (2007) " Spoilt, rich, posh, vacuous and fame-obsessed - who better to play Edie Sedgwick? If she's acting or not, Miller is brilliant. Just a shame the film is so shallow too." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/5 72% Inland Empire (2006) " It's very possibly a work of genius. It could also be the most pretentious pile of garbage ever to make the big screen. But one thing it isn't is unoriginal. If nothing else, the man should be applauded for that." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
2.5/5 26% Ghost Rider (2007) " Cage has to collect Satan's unpaid debts, meaning that he becomes a demon biker with a flaming skull for a head - and that's about it for this one-note film." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
2/5 74% The Illusionist (2006) " Just as two Truman Capote biopics came in subsequent Oscar seasons, so two period films about stage magicians appear with only winter to separate them. And, frankly, The Illusionist has missed a trick." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
4/5 76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) " The real star is Channing Tatum as the alpha-chimp leader of Dito's pack. The camera doesn't just love him, it wants to marry him, settle down, and have his babies." — thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/5 53% Sheitan (Satan) (2006) " Totally bonkers - but all the more gripping for it." — thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 23, 2007
3/5 85% Bamako (2006) " You can't help thinking that the only people who'd sit through this movie are those already aware of the issues involved." — thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 23, 2007
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