Ali Catterall

Ali Catterall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Ali Catterall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Film4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 60% High Tide "This Swansea-set drama barely puts a foot wrong -- featuring naturalistic dialogue and excellent lead performances, it's a sad, wise and even quietly hopeful affair. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 4, 2015
88% Naked (1993) "There are also moments of tenderness, necessary chinks of compassion spearing the murk. It's also bitingly, appallingly funny. And it's a masterpiece. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2015
5/5 96% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973) "Memorable for its lurid set-pieces (notably Robert Morley being forced to eat his own poodles), it also remains a favourite among critics; suggesting, perhaps, a certain guilty conscience. Punish us! " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 13, 2014
3/5 84% Northern Soul "Sporadically engrossing, its highlight is a brilliant recreation of an all-night dance-a-thon at that northern soul mecca, the legendary Wigan Casino. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 13, 2014
2/5 27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) "A laudable attempt, but 'Hmmm...' will likely be the most common response. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 13, 2014
4/5 96% Dead of Night (1945) "There's some genuinely skin-crawling stuff tucked away: some ghastly business with a ventriloquist's dummy, and one of the creepiest invitations from a bus conductor ever. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 12, 2014
4/5 100% Night Will Fall "The footage - discoveries made by the Allies in the liberated Nazi camps during 1945 - is graphic, terrible, unforgettable. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/5 80% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) "The gorgeous 3D certainly brings us nose to tail with these heavily anthropomorphised cuties, even if the actual wildlife lesson's a bit thin on the ground, owing to a very reduced running time. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2014
3/5 58% Finding Fela! (2014) "It's a decent enough beginner's guide, though never quite gets a grip on its complex subject. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2014
4/5 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) "Of its time, sure, but eternally entertaining. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 33% Secret Sharer "A Vaseline-lenses romance plonked rudely into what looks like an infinitely more interesting and gritty study of Chinese sailors. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 43% Common People "There's some incredibly good (and very funny) dialogue here, and an innate sweetness and charm that offsets its air of post-recessional malaise one anti-bankers rant, in particular, will have you cheering. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 9, 2014
4/5 93% An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) "Played out with agonising matter-of-factness against a wintry backdrop of chimneys and tips, it's a grim, if quietly compelling affair. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 80% You & Me Forever "This blisteringly realistic Danish coming-of-age drama is smarter than most and superbly performed - parental bust-ups, excruciating seductions and all. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 90% Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus "Vivid and vital. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Betsy & Leonard "Some nicely dry comic touches aside, this mostly half-baked romcom would probably have worked better as a half-hour TV skit. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) "A highly entertaining musical history lesson that could (and should) just boost a few careers into the bargain. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 71% Plot for Peace (2014) "Quietly heroic in every way. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 100% Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) "Not as redundant as it sounds ... " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Bette Bourne: It Goes With The Shoes "Actor, (legendary) drag queen and gay rights activist, Bette Bourne is the deserving subject of this docu-portrait, which is part history lesson, part stand-up set. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 12, 2014
4/5 75% Teenage (2014) "Mesmerising. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 20, 2014
1/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) "The Devil may have all the best tunes, but this really is the worst sort of cinematic karaoke. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 19, 2014
1/5 54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) "One final course of Europudding that may leave audiences feeling less satisfied than simply tired and bloated. " ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 29, 2010
1.5/5 9% Saw 3D (2010) "One Jigsaw that should never be put back together. " ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 3, 2010
4/5 88% Let Me In (2010) "A remake that in no way soils its source and stands on its own two bare feet as a classy, nerve-jangling slice of horror. " ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 3, 2010
4/5 68% Black Death (2011) "Released into an era of poverty, pestilence and bad religion, Christopher Smiths historical horror-thriller Black Death fits the new Dark Ages like an bloodied iron gauntlet. " ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 9, 2010
1.5/5 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) "The real problem with A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 is: it's really unbelievably dull. " ‐ Film4
Posted May 6, 2010
5/5 76% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a truly life-affirming and brilliantly unsentimental celebration of the Mockney and his music. Serkis was born to play this role. " ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 8, 2010
3/5 79% Nowhere Boy (2010) "Hardly a cold turkey, but not a (Number 9) Dream of a biopic either. " ‐ Film4
Posted Dec 18, 2009
3/5 55% The Descent 2 (2009) "It delivers the goods as they say. A third film is surely on the cards, no doubt in 3D. But in order to retain any good will, this series is going to have to do the one thing our Crawler friends have demonstrably failed to do. Evolve. " ‐ Film4
Posted Dec 4, 2009
4/5 65% Bunny and the Bull (2011) "A wildly inventive debut. " ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 27, 2009
4/5 50% 1 Day (2009) "You could call this a 'hip-hopera', a mix of filmmaking and social work, or a shot in the arm for British independent cinema. Just don't call it Bugsy Malone with real bullets. " ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 6, 2009
2.5/5 61% The Horseman (2008) "Despite some good performances and technical flair, The Horseman remains stuck in the paddock. " ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 30, 2009
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) "Honestly, this really isn't some kind of Transatlantic stand-off on our part. But how much longer are we expected to stand impotently by while Hollywood arrogantly Americanises our every British children's icon? " ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4/5 86% Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) "Jaw-bustingly funny stuff, uproarious, delightful and unexpectedly touching, containing more laugh-out-loud moments than most Hollywood comedies twice the length. " ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 9, 2009
2/5 0% Spell "It almost demands a debate about whether critics should even be allowed to pass judgement on films unless they (films and critics both) have attained a certain rudimentary benchmark of professionalism to begin with. " ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 4, 2009
1.5/5 67% The Firm (2009) "This shallow and pointless remake settles for rehashing Love's single idea, familiar from his previous three pictures, in which a young, weedy, working-class guy gets sucked into a violently glamorous world. " ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 11, 2009
1.5/5 22% Sorority Row (2009) "A tooled-up Fisher always adds instant value to any movie. If only she could be arsed to script-doctor them all too. " ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 11, 2009
4/5 100% Sztuczki (Tricks) (2009) "A film whose well-crafted side-attractions could divert attention from the finely-tuned engine of the story, ticking away softly in the background as it carries us quietly to our destination. " ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/5 64% Greek Pete (2009) "The overriding image we're left with is that of a rather shallow young man, operating in a depressingly dreary, soulless and risky environment about which we glean no real insights. And that probably wasn't what Haigh was trying to achieve. " ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/5 61% A Perfect Getaway (2009) "This is a blast of a B Movie, featuring cool chase sequences, Peter Jackson-style gross-outs, and generally just good-old over-the-top, by-the-skin-of-the-fingernails fun. Good title pun too. And those Hawaiian vistas, of course, are sheer eye-pudding. " ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 14, 2009
1/5 13% The Ugly Truth (2009) "If one were to take a buzzsaw to The Ugly Truth, its arterial spray would drip down the wall to form the coagulated word 'generic'. " ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 7, 2009
3.5/5 72% Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007) "A fast, furious and fun homage to film noir with heart to spare. " ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 24, 2009
2/5 37% Gigantic (2009) "The kind of mumbling, lank-haired, achingly self-conscious indie rom-com that gives mumbling, lank-haired, achingly self-conscious indie rom-coms a bad name. " ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 19, 2009
1/5 84% Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2009) "Telstar is an embarrassing farrago, an amateurish, incoherent pantomime of a piece, stuffed with interchangeable characters, a sketchy, largely unsympathetic leading role, and - betraying its stage play origins - unspeakably stilted dialogue. " ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 19, 2009
2/5 41% The Last House on the Left (2009) "This year's model, lacking any meaningful context of its own, is reactionary, conservative - existing purely as a slick commercial venture, more grisly grist to the multiplex mill. " ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 12, 2009
1/5 19% Obsessed (2009) "If Obsessed were a perfume, it would ming like happy hour at a squids' brothel. This atrocious, and atrociously derivative affair is not only an early contender for worst film of 2009. " ‐ Film4
Posted May 29, 2009
1/5 24% Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009) "This personality vacuum is a real problem in a film that purports to depict a day in the life of young pop stars whom audiences can actually relate to. " ‐ Film4
Posted May 29, 2009
2/5 20% Fireflies in the Garden (2011) "This is a slog of a melodrama. And with at least four sob stories competing for space, characters are left dangling like untied shoelaces, as backstories remain unfertilised. " ‐ Film4
Posted May 29, 2009
1.5/5 36% Awaydays (2009) "A pretentious, grubbily voyeuristic paean to football hooliganism, kitted out with ubiquitous slo-mo violence, tactical post-punk hits and retro fashions. " ‐ Film4
Posted May 22, 2009
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