Alison Rowat

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Fight: The Jim Murray Story (2020) As an investigation of boxing, Fight had its flaws. But as a portrait of a fighter, and a family, its compassion will stay long in the mind. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
No Score Yet Drama out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play for Today (2020) Like its subject, this retrospective was a touch hand-knitted and worthy at times. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 71% Tenet (2020) This is Nolan on typically spectacular form... All terrific, but then we come to the story. A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma is just the start of it. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
40% The Trial of Alex Salmond (2020) The Trial Of Alex Salmond had to appear far and above the fray on which it was reporting. From where this viewer sat, it did not pass that test. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 100% Everything: The Real Thing Story (2019) All told it was a fascinating story, albeit one that could have easily been captured in an hour rather than 90 minutes (too many talking heads, too little editing). - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 83% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Terrific use of archive, a dream cast of talking heads, and a solid, clear narrative made Scandalous this week's must see documentary. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 86% Run (2019) Run is essentially a sombre story, and at first glance you fear it could be another doom-laden misery fest. But terrific performances, particularly from Stanley and Marli Sui... and some wonderful writing make it shine. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 61% Radioactive (2020) After seeing this, one not only has a greater sense of Curie the scientist and the woman, one admires her even more. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 84% Misbehaviour (2020) Even if you are familiar with the story the women's sheer daring still takes the breath away. As does the scene when contestants are asked to turn en masse to show their backsides. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3/5 94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) Inspired use of location and strong performances all round, from Jarvis and Algar especially, but the relentlessly bleak tone and sense of hopelessness make for a dispiriting watch. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
4/5 100% Our Ladies (2019) What Derry Girls and Our Ladies share is a big, beating generous heart and a genuine affection, make that love, for young women at the point in their lives when they are at their most brave. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
1/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) For Cage completists only. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) What raises the picture above a by-the-numbers legal procedural is Haynes's styling and Ruffalo's performance. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2/5 22% Like a Boss (2020) It's a measure of how little there is in the film that even at just 83 minutes it feels stretched. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 47% Greed (2020) [A] picture that wants to say a lot but is not sure exactly what. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 87% Emma. (2020) A dandy enough choice for Valentine's week, but not a picture to fall head over heels for. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
3/5 64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The Man Who... is fun for an hour, then messy, baffling and finally infuriating, but kudos to Gilliam for getting there eventually. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) It is a strong story, but in telling it the picture leaves a sour taste. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) I did warm to the picture eventually, though I felt like another Dickens character in wanting more: more observation, more laughs, more oomph, just more. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 68% Bombshell (2019) Out of the melee, the regal Theron and the always surprising Robbie emerge strongest. It is just a pity the movie does not bring them and Kidman together more. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) [T]he result is magnificent. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) This is a white-knuckle ride of a film that never lets up in pace and plot. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
100% The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019) Kerr, having overseen the project, had ensured everything knitted together into the cosiest of Christmas jumpers. I'll wager we will be seeing the tea-taking tiger again. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 95% Citizen K (2019) The film is a touch long, but this is as much a history of modern Russia as it is a cautionary tale about Putin. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Little Women is lovingly done and handsomely staged, but there is nothing here to frighten the horses. While that might disappoint some, Alcott, with her understanding of the need for jolly tales in troubled times, would surely have approved. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
97% The Kingmaker (2019) This is documentary as horror story, all the more powerful for its understated nature. Unmissable. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
85% Elizabeth is Missing (2019) Superb, if harrowing. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
No Score Yet Gary Lineker: My Grandad's War (2019) Although it sounded like it was going to be a sort of Who Do You Think Your Grandad Was?, the program was more nuanced than that. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 82% The Report (2019) It could have been near impenetrable, but everything comes across loud and clear. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A nicely executed farce with, as an added bonus, the sight of Juliette Binoche's actress character starring in a TV cop drama. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Spread the word - this is an ace political thriller. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 56% Farming (2019) Farming makes for a harrowing watch, but Idris is a star in the making, and Beckinsale is terrific as a Tilbury mommie dearest. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 64% The Day Shall Come (2019) While I'm all for movies that come in around the 90 minute mark, this simply felt unfinished. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 81% Abominable (2019) The humor is delightfully rude and the abominable snowman is a big cuddly charmer. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
No Score Yet Ian Hislop's Fake News: A True Story (2019) The Private Eye editor...showed that fake news is as old as newsprint. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Disclosure: The Seduction Game (2019) Just goes to show what bigger things from short films can grow. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 82% Judy (2019) In this stirring biopic, Renée Zellweger channels Garland with uncanny exactness, but above all with love and sympathy. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) For all the film's faults and manipulations, I was not bored for a second, and that is due to Phoenix, who gives his all as only he can. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Overall, this bird fails to fly. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra aims for the stars but proves more of a firework than a rocket blast. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 98% The Farewell (2019) Funny, surprising, and poignant in all the right places, The Farewell is the kind of film you will be glad to say hello to. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) A rocky horror show indeed. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 96% Rojo (2019) A slow burn piece but peppered with moments of rich humor and real tension, and what a treat to see Alfredo Castro turn up as a private detective. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) Swinton Byrne is astonishingly good...Burke's performance as the hard to like, easy to love Anthony makes the central relationship seem all too believable...Hogg, with her genius for showing rather than telling, does the rest. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 62% The Informer (2020) The convoluted story takes an age to get going and we are never quite sure whether to root for the hero or hope he gets caught. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) A quiet, quirky delight that treads softly, often beautifully, between melancholy and joy. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
No Score Yet Train Your Baby Like a Dog (2019) Everyone had been Tango'd, and peace had broken out, at least for now. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The awkward, gangly nature of the piece is a large part of its charm. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/5 92% The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino) (2018) From the producers of The Secret in Their Eyes, this fast-paced, twisty political thriller has deservedly won many awards in its native Spain, and further afield. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 87% Animals (2019) A fine idea, best friends growing apart, but my goodness this is painfully dreary. - The Herald (Scotland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019