Cath Clarke

Cath Clarke
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Guardian, Time Out, The Big Issue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 100% Quant (2021) An entertaining, uncontroversial film... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2021
3/5 96% The Rescue (2021) Not only is the story compelling, but thanks to how much the event captured the interest of the world's media, there is a lot of archive footage to splice in among the generous wodges of talking-heads narration from the main participants. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
3/5 91% Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires (2018) It's a silly, fun storyline, but Mort hasn't whittled his satire to a sharp enough tip. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
3/5 80% Playlist (2021) This is not a perfect film but it is an interesting one. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
1/5 11% After We Fell (2021) Should come with a warning to viewers: contains extremely boring sex. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2021
3/5 100% Arracht (Monster) (2019) [A] tough atmospheric drama... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Corporate Accountability (Responsabilidad empresarial) (2020) Perel's surveillance footage becomes increasingly sinister, and the repetition is gripping in its way. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
4/5 94% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The movie is saturated with emotion and colour, though its novelistic depth brings with it the slightly effortful running time of two hours and 20 minutes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
2/5 30% The Addams Family 2 (2021) Really, it's just kind of ghastly - and not in the intended way. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/5 81% Ride the Eagle (2021) It's a bit indulgent but, still, a gentle watch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Romantic Road (2017) It's a film of limited interest perhaps, but something for the Grey family to treasure. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021
2/5 18% Zone 414 (2021) What a waste of Pearce this movie is, requiring him to chase after baddies in underground car parks and run the gamut of facial expressions from glower to grimace. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
4/5 100% Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2020) What a man. Just writing this makes me want to watch the documentary all over again. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
3/5 100% Even Mice Belong in Heaven (2021) It has [a] deeply pleasing homemade aesthetic, as if you could reach in and touch every tuft of scruffy fur or knobbly twig. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet True Calling (2021) I have admit to watching a lot of the movie imagining a The Thick of It version, with Malcom Tucker's running commentary of a wet minister off the leash and the hairdryer bollocking coming his way. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
4/5 100% Gagarine (2020) The film is very good at showing the community of the Gagarine without downplaying its problems. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Tape (2021) Tilston's performance gives it a level of watchability and her modern folk songs about love and payday loans are brilliant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet La Cha Cha (2021) The whole thing has a decidedly sitcom feel, though if it was made for TV the script would have had a thorough going over. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 55% Schumacher (2021) The film is a collaboration with the Schumachers and massively benefits from their archive of photos and home movies. The downside is that it has the blandness of authorised biography. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 89% A Brixton Tale (2021) It's a film with some strong moments and impressive performances, especially from Orebiyi. But in the end it feels like social commentary overtakes the drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
4/5 100% Ninjababy (2021) On paper, some of this sounds irritatingly quirky, but it's a film that really offers an honest look at a woman's life... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
2/5 79% The Collini Case (2020) This world of moral greys and justifications feels undeveloped and fails to come to life successfully. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
1/5 74% From the Vine (2020) It's Eat Pray Love for wealthy male boomers: embarrassingly sincere and iffily patronising to its Italian characters. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
3/5 83% Misha and the Wolves (2021) It's propulsively watchable if a tad light on reflection. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Plan A (2021) For a film about people who have suffered so much, this really fails to make us care about the characters. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
3/5 83% Enforcement (Shorta) (2021) A classic and supremely effective behind-enemy-lines movie... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
3/5 93% Our Ladies (2019) There is a lot to like here - but there's no escaping how dated some of the material is. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 88% The Toll (2021) [An] entertaining black comedy... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon (2021) A family animation from Peru that spins a magical tale in the Amazon with a cast of mythological creatures from rainforest legend - and importantly, it's told from the perspective of indigenous characters. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Underground (Souterrain) (2020) Depuis is brilliant on the dynamics in men's relationships. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
3/5 100% Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2021) Heartfelt, unthreatening and rather lovely. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
3/5 90% The Cloud in Her Room (2020) Zheng Lu has distilled the quarter-life crisis feelings of in-betweenness and loneliness into some exquisite cinematic images with a voice distinctively her own. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
3/5 77% Teddy (2020) The film is in fact a supremely confident genre dice and splice from the Boukhermas: a social realist body-horror black comedy with elements of coming-of-age drama. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
3/5 49% Spirit Untamed (2021) The girl-power message works fine, but the original movie's lesson about wildness being the true nature of animals is gone. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 91% The Garden Left Behind (2020) First-time actor Guevara's performance as Tina has a radiant quality, soulful and touchingly gentle, though her line readings are a little stilted at times. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Reset (2021) Reset combines some astonishingly beautiful images with guts-in-your-mouth thrilling sequences - though a bit more explanation would be helpful for viewers unfamiliar with the four sports featured. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2/5 93% Luz: The Flower of Evil (2019) The movie is oddly lacking in heat or intensity. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
2/5 21% Every Breath You Take (2021) It's gloomy and dull, and a little bit up itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) A new age? Not really, but this sequel does feel like a rung up on the evolutionary ladder from 2013's The Croods. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
3/5 100% Nowhere Special (2020) In spite of myself I invested totally in Norton's spine-tingling, intimate performance; and, in spite of myself, the end had me in floods of tears. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
4/5 98% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) In one sense, Two of Us is as much a conventional romance as anything else, but it's directed with a shiver of suspense by first-time feature maker Filippo Meneghetti. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
2/5 31% The Superdeep (2020) Exasperatingly, the missing ingredient is a well-developed storyline; nothing in the muddled script hangs together. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3/5 80% Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets (2021) The family dysfunction stuff is sensitively handled with some originality... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet Me, Myself and Di (2021) There's nothing quite so naff and depressing as a British comedy misfire, and Me, Myself and Di is the real deal: a miserably unfunny romcom about Bolton's answer to Bridget Jones. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
3/5 82% Parallel (2018) It's watchable, but don't expect your mind to be blown - more gently prodded. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Life in a Year (2018) I was genuinely seething at being manipulated by such mawkish baloney. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Felix and the Hidden Treasure (2021) It's a neat idea, but the script doesn't take it anywhere interesting. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
2/5 30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Genuinely disappointing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3/5 100% Bank Job (2021) A likable documentary with a big heart and some punch-the-air moments from husband and wife team Hilary Powell and Daniel Edelstyn. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
2/5 60% Zebra Girl (2021) Zebra Girl's quirky comedy is not quite distinctive enough, and the script lurches iffily into serious issues of child abuse and mental illness in the second half. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021