Alison Rowat

Alison Rowat
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Herald (Scotland)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) Holly might be a suburban mother but experience has made her a streetfighter in spirit. Never mind Ben, Roberts is back. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 92% Benjamin (2018) Amstell has written a genuinely funny script that oozes self-deprecating charm. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 50% Fisherman's Friends (2018) It struggles as a film because you can see every twist coming a mile off, each character is two-dimensional at best and not enough is made of the fabulous seaside location. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) All three [actors] are on outstanding form, with Cruz in particular putting her character through the wringer. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 100% Beats (2019) Macdonald, a Royal Conservatoire graduate, is terrific from start to finish. Remember the name. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 87% What They Had (2018) Inevitable heartache is deftly balanced with humour to dissipate tension. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 25% The Aftermath (2019) Solid performances all round though, particularly from Clarke, the soldier nursing a epic grief the best he can. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 98% Thunder Road (2018) A difficult balance to strike, but Cummings pulls it off. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 82% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Extremely violent, punishingly long, and barely worth the effort save for a stand out turn from Tory Kittles as an ex-con. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 89% The Vanishing (2019) Creaks in parts but atmospheric and gripping. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Phoenix and Reilly make a dream double act. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) [Merchant] has an ending to put together, and throws himself into it as if to the sporting entertainment manor born. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is just, well, cold. It is meant to be funny, you can see what the gags are supposed to be a mile off, but the comedy takes forever to warm up. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) But that's Instant Family, a film that comes with all its flaws easy to see and just as easy to forgive. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 94% RBG (2018) As this elegantly assembled film shows, the "Notorious RBG" as young Americans affectionately call the 85-year-old, has changed millions of women's lives for the better through her hard work and brilliant legal mind. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) As for Hill, she has genuinely funny bones and her outstanding talent once again shines through. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) Pike certainly looks and acts the part, even if the depiction of the journalist's trade tends towards the cliched. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
66% Vice (2018) What might be dry fare in another director's hands fizzes in McKay's. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Dean DeBlois's animated adventure takes a while to get going, but the action sequences are as thrilling as ever. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 78% Green Book (2018) Ali's performance certainly merits his Oscar nomination. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy, let loose on a dramatic role, is astonishingly good. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Far more satisfying are the scenes of everyday life, as it is lived by these young lovers. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Robert Rodriguez delivers a by the numbers story. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Kidman is terrific, though, as a mom finding her inner steel magnolia. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 74% All Is True (2019) Mostly enjoyable, but not without the odd toe-curling moment when the joke is too obvious. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) [Director Josie Rourke] puts her eye for staging and design to sumptuous use in recreating the 16th century courts of Mary at Holyrood and Elizabeth in London. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
4/5 81% Brexit (2019) If you ever doubted the campaign to take the UK out of Europe was run by sociopaths, cowboys, shysters, and cyclists, Brexit: The Uncivil War, did not just confirm those fears, it multiplied them. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 13% Life Itself (2018) A starry cast that also includes Mandy Patinkin as Will's father keeps things watchable even when the whirl of competing stories makes it hard to keep track of what is happening. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
2/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Though Carell gives a fine performance, the part needed someone more complex, less obvious. A Jim Carrey, maybe, someone to give it an edge. What we get instead is a mushy, softly rounded retelling of a jagged tale best told straight. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
100% Care (2018) Care was harrowing, depressing viewing, and for some it would have been rather too close to reality for comfort. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) For those who have lived through the many ages of Redford...it is hard to think this will be his last acting hurrah. Great to see him going out, once more, with all guns blazing. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 100% Mug (2018) The subtly comic Mug is a film of few words, which relies heavily on Kosciukiewicz for its success. Job done. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Riley, here making his feature debut as a writer-director, has some clever ideas, but as satire Sorry to Bother You is too obvious to succeed. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The story takes forever to get going, but this animated caper is fizzing with bright ideas, the best of which is a skit featuring all of Disney's princesses. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 84% Disobedience (2018) For once, Weisz does not steal the picture, with that honour going to Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) taking a career leap and landing beautifully. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) The fact that Creed II is so predictable takes nothing away from the excitement. The scenes in the ring are superbly shot and slickly edited, the thud of each blow enough to send you reeling back into the cinema seat. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 72% Assassination Nation (2018) Assassination Nation has the seed of a good idea at its core, but as a satire on social media and Donald Trump's intolerant America it is about as subtle as a laptop falling on your head from a great height. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Unlike its dashing hero, Bathurst's film doesn't hit all of its intended targets but it comes close enough to entertain. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Folk in Hollywood, and elsewhere, need to accept that there are some things old Europe really does do better. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The scenes with the band in the studio are among the film's finest. There are some gloriously Spinal Tap moments, particularly during the recording of the title song. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 97% 1945 (2017) Handsomely shot in black and white and just 91 minutes, Torok's picture does not linger long, yet it manages to say so much that matters. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's overstuffed, as if Goddard is trying to cram in every idea he ever had in film school, but for long stretches it's a blast. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) This is a story that demands a big picture view of life, and Chazelle delivers. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) [Cooper's] talent for writing and directing has been hiding in plain sight. After this five-star treat of a picture, consider the secret out. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 97% Columbus (2017) Gentle, quietly knowing and with lovely performances from the two leads, plus Parker Posey as a friend of Jin's father, Kogonada has found a new filmmaking home. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The best thing in the picture is Emma Thompson playing an exasperated Prime Minister who finds Mr English about as funny as food poisoning. Join the queue, love. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
83% Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) Where the programme came into its own was in finding former cult members and showing them the tapes. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 85% The Wife (2018) Close...is uniformly superb, her white hair and regal bearing giving her the air of an aging queen denied her throne. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
100% Mother's Day (2018) Leather was able to explore several ideas sensitively and in depth, including the different ways people grieve, and why one child's death receives a lot of attention while another's might pass by almost unnoticed outwith the family. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Hamish (2016) A man once met, never forgotten. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018