Cath Clarke

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 13% Buddy Games (2019) There's a lot to be repulsed by here: it's hard to know where to start. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Skyfire (2019) Mostly this isn't the thrill-ride you might be hoping for. There's plenty of fire but, oddly, not much heat. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Cemetery (2019) A slow sensory film with a magnetic pull of strangeness... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 92% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) It's a film that may be a bit sugary for some tastes, but it's made with real care and craft... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
2/5 44% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) This really is an uneventful film, edited into two time frames to disguise how under-plotted and underwritten it is. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 88% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) This is a lively and sensitively acted YA drama about a teenager with schizophrenia... but it feels like a semi-copout. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 75% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) It's an undemanding, telly-ish film, with as many surprises as the Queen's speech. But like I say, a hot water bottle of a story. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 100% Love Child (2020) I'm not sure I've seen another film that has so movingly put the audience in the shoes of a refugee: the emptiness of leaving everything behind, belonging to nowhere, having nothing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
4/5 97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) What an engrossing film - and the gender reversal of a male muse inspiring a female painter has got to be one small step for art-world equality. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/5 86% Dead (2020) It doesn't quite pull it off as a spoofy send-up - there are too few laughs and no scares. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Live Fast Live Free (South of the River) (2020) This feels like one of those low-budget British films that was presumably aimed as a TV issue drama but wouldn't make the cut. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 72% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) A fascinating film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 89% Pixie (2020) There's a legion of influences here, and what's on screen is perhaps never quite enough its own thing. But still, there are some genuinely funny moments... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 90% The Climb (2020) Co-writers Covino and Rankin are friends and observe their characters beautifully. They don't ignore the female roles, either. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 71% Carmilla (2020) [This] creepily atmospheric film is let down by some awkward dialogue and a weirdly bloodless lack of intimacy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 79% Over the Moon (2020) For a while, I was absorbed in this dazzling K-poppy lunar universe with its biker chickens and floating frogs. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
1/5 58% Crown Vic (2019) This is mediocre, mostly forgettable drama, but it leaves a nasty taste. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/5 96% Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint (2020) This documentary makes a pretty convincing case for the admission of the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint into the boys' club of abstract art, alongside Kandinsky, Mondrian et al. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet 7 Hours On Earth (2020) The film is a seriously impressive achievement by the inspiring teachers and kids at Graveney. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 56% 2/1 (2020) It's a beautifully composed, enigmatic movie with a high-concept plot about two men on either side of the planet who are mysteriously connected by midlife despair and existential emptiness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 67% A Perfectly Normal Family (En helt almindelig familie) (2020) The directness and honesty of the storytelling is really affecting in places; and Loholt is so natural and touching as Emma. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/5 100% Rialto (2019) Peter Mackie Burns's painful, unhappy drama packs a hard punch; you must steel yourself for the emotional blows. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet South Terminal (Terminal sud) (2019) The approach isn't entirely convincing, and the unfocused sense of time and place is a bit distracting and frustrating at times. But there is real power to many of the scenes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
4/5 95% David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) You could rename it The Dying Planet, a short, sharp, shocking 80-minute lesson on global heating. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 52% The Bay of Silence (2020) You search for emotion in the faces of the actors: howling grief, rage, confusion, mild irritation with the preposterous plot. Nothing. Not even a twitch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/5 72% Becky (2020) The lesson here is don't mess with the inner rage of a teenage girl. But Becky's crazed kills get more and more gimmicky, and there's nothing in the script to indicate what has turned her into a pint-sized death-dealer. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 86% The Eight Hundred (2020) Guan goes hammer and tongs with the special effects, delivering stupendously, joint-rattlingly-loud battle scenes and combat sequences edited to the lightning pace of a superhero movie. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) A funny but conventional glossy romcom. But there is no messing with Viswanathan, who is undoubtedly the main attraction. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/5 100% Real (2020) It's an optimistic, tender film with more authenticity in its little finger than plenty of films by more experienced directors. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
2/5 55% The Lost Husband (2020) The Lost Husband is the kind of film that has "heartwarming" plastered across the promotional materials from script stage. But any actual feeling here is protected by a "keep out" sign. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 80% Anbessa (2019) In front of the camera Asalif is a natural; it's as if he is unaware that he's being filmed at all. Of course, that can't be true. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Love is Blind: The Movie (2020) It's a blunt earnest movie, energetic and modern; in fact, it might as well come with a new age rating - U25, unsuitable for those over 25. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Burning Man: Art on Fire (2020) The art itself is pleasingly unslick and unironical - the kind that would be sniffed and sneered at by the art world. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
2/5 58% Random Acts of Violence (2020) An exasperating serial killer-slasher. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2/5 64% Spree (2020) Spree is meant to comment on the shallowness of social media culture; the trouble is, it's a film with the depth of a puddle. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 89% Sputnik (2020) A supremely confident 1980s-set sci-fi refrigerated with elements of a Soviet-era thriller and scares straight out of Alien. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
4/5 100% Perfect 10 (2019) What an emotional, satisfying film this is - and a whopping oversized calling card for everyone involved. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal (2019) Unimaginatively scripted with dull characters and second-rate animation - the wolves' plasticky manes are as realistic as a Primark fur coat. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/5 67% 100% Wolf (2020) More like 92% generic. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/5 78% Again Once Again (De nuevo otra vez) (2019) Some might find her style, leaving no thought unexamined, a bit rambling, but Paula is doing something interesting here. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/5 41% Love Sarah (2020) There's nothing to fault in the performances, but the characters are filo pastry thin and slightly bland-tasting - like less complicated, less interesting versions of actual people. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 83% Begin Again (2014) What makes it special is that it's not another romance about finding a man. It's about finding your people, about being a bit lost in your twenties. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3/5 100% Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle) (2020) Beauvais lived to tell the tale - often in engrossing detail. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/5 94% Dads (2020) Snippets may make you feel a bit sick - but beyond them are six genuinely moving stories. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/5 50% The Wishmas Tree (2020) The trouble is that, as Kerry sets out to save the city, there isn't much in the way of adventure, and the animation is pretty cheap-looking. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Steven Berkoff's Tell Tale Heart (2020) This had a shrill hammy, am-drammy feel. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 100% This Is Not a Movie (2020) After a lifetime reporting on conflict, Fisk reflects on the capacity of human beings to cause chaos on such a scale. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 26% Hooking Up (2020) This movie is as vanilla as they come. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/5 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) Here's a true story about a young soldier's exceptional bravery and sacrifice made into a pretty average war movie, insubstantial and TV-ish despite the appearance of some decorated Hollywood veterans. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
3/5 79% Screened Out (2020) If you're a parent whose screen-time rules have crumbled in lockdown, under no circumstances watch this film until normal service resumes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020