Cath Clarke

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) This is one of those rare Hollywood movies that keeps you guessing, where you don't see the ending coming 20 minutes in. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) ...phoney emotions and baloney contrivances... - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Harvie and the Magic Museum (Hurvinek a kouzelne muzeum) (2019) It would leave no trace at all but for the irritating gender stereotypes: another wet-blanket girl character hammering home the cliche that boys are the risk-takers, while girls waggle their fingers and frown. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Children of the Snow Land (2018) With enormous sensitivity the film observes the distance these bright, confident city kids have travelled from poverty. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet H is for Harry (2018) You can imagine this being made into a warm-hearted Britflick with a punch-the-air ending as Harry aces GCSE English. The reality is tougher. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Tigers (2013) It's an earnest movie made with the best intentions, but rather flatly directed by the Oscar-winning Bosnian film-maker Danis Tanovic - and blandly acted by Emraan Hashmi... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Burning Men (2019) You desperately want Burning Men to take the piss out of charmless Roy and Don as the crap rockers they seem to be. But the solemn script is fully signed up to notion that they have rich inner lives - despite all the available evidence. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 86% What They Had (2018) I could never quite believe in this family. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 100% Female Human Animal (2018) You've got to admire Appignanesi's intellectual curiosity and total disregard for marketability in making such an unslick movie. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Lancaster Skies (2019) Doggedly uncinematic and thinly stretched. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's a decent, well-acted drama, if a little blandly dull in its approach. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) A calling card for everyone involved, especially Hill, who always shows the flickers of Sarah's inner life, even as her character feigns blank, not bovvered. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) This movie is sentimental in all the right places, and impossible to dislike. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Pegasus (Feichi rensheng) (2019) [A] likable, unchallenging Chinese sports movie... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Israel is anti-social and aggressive but you do find yourself rooting for her. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 76% Love Sonia (2018) It is powerful filmmaking, but I found questionable the packaging of sexual violence with the uplifting notes of mainstream entertainment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet London Unplugged (2018) Inevitably, a good chunk of the shorts are underdeveloped or let down by amateur acting. But it is an impressive achievement on a next-to-nothing budget. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It feels almost treacherous to confess that Mary Queen of Scots left me as cold as the execution axe's blade -- and that's after watching twice to make sure I wasn't missing something. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 93% The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature (2019) After the operatic grandiosity of the live-action movies, this street-level crimefighting is a nostalgic treat. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 41% The Upside (2019) The suggestion -- even in a crowd-pleasing comedy -- that America's racial divides can be bridged by Pavarotti and a joint is downright Stone Age. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 94% 1985 (2018) It's a beautifully acted film. In the dark days of the epidemic it would surely have been impossible to make a drama so balanced, so compassionately attuned to everyone's feelings. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Like the Hobbit movies, Mortal Engines is a relentless assault of CGI and earsplitting noise. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 80% Await Further Instructions (2018) There's armrest-clutching brilliance in the way this sweatily tense low-budget British horror lays out a family Christmas from hell, and then cranks it up into something truly gruesome. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) It just about gets away with it, coasting on cheerfully gruesome zombie kills and some decent jokes... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Three Identical Strangers raises more questions than it answers... But perhaps that's a whole other documentary. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018) There's just too much manic farce. It's one of those films in which characters keep on bursting through doorways... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/5 11% Siberia (2018) It's a film with ambitions to do something more than the video-game shootouts of John Wick. But what that is, I don't think the film-makers ever discussed in detail... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Adrift in Soho (2018) At a time when Crossrail and high rents are threatening the soul of Soho again, a documentary might have served as a better tribute to the London's louchest neighbourhood. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 58% The Grinch (2018) Takes the book's message that you can't buy Christmas and tops it up with noisy, wacky capering, squishing and flattening Seuss's universe into yet another bland frenetic kids' movie. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) What makes a McQueen film so distinctive is that he does everything for real. There's nothing fake or polite about his style - he doesn't look away however ugly it gets. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Yukon Assignment (2018) A father-and-son team canoe 500 miles across the frozen Canadian wilderness in this modest, slightly frustrating documentary filmed by the son, Chris Lucas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) For dance fans, it's not Christmas without The Nutcracker. I suspect in years to come TV schedulers may feel the same about this movie. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 100% Nae Pasaran (2018) Sierra skilfully compiles archive footage of the coup and its aftermath, but doesn't fully explain how strategically important it was to ground the jets. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 100% Donkeyote (2017) What's so lovely here is Manuel's warmth and humanity - the way he lives with regrets and disappointment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Godard said that all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun. Well, with his smart and mercilessly gripping abduction thriller, the Danish director Gustav Möller has pulled it off with a middle-aged man and a hands-free phone. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Lost & Found (2019) [A] lightweight, cheaply made portmanteau comedy from Ireland. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Catch [Moore] on a good film - and this documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, is one of his best - and you walk out of the cinema fired up, steam hissing from your ears. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 100% Sink (2018) The characters feel a little underwritten, but there's a lot to enjoy here... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) The conceit is nicely done, and the film's unexpectedly heartfelt message about empathy and looking at the world through someone else's eyes just about makes up for its bland animation, smart-arsed script and generic clappy-blah songs. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 93% Private Life (2018) What an intelligent, emotionally grown-up film. More of this please. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet A Thousand Girls Like Me (2018) Where did Khatera find her voice, her grit? Why does she refuse to stay silent like the thousands of girls also - as she puts it - in her situation? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) Talley strikes you as a man of sincerity and depth behind all the air-kissing and lamé. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) Kendrick and Lively have never been funnier, snapping one-liners at each other like elastic bands; the script is hyper-alert to the undercurrent of competitiveness between stay-at-home and working mums. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) Perhaps there is just too much MIA for one film to handle. One thing's for sure, in an era of manufactured pop stars, she is resplendently unfiltered. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Weapon of Choice (2018) [An] absorbing investigative documentary... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Down to Earth (2015) I can't help feeling that with its awe of shamans and mother Earth, this film is looking in the wrong places for answers about the future of urban living. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 82% Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018) One of those films you can happily watch without having a jot of prior interest in its subject. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 77% The Man from Mo'Wax (2018) The problem is that Lavelle is unreflective about his journey to failure. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Ballymurphy Precedent (2018) What a desperately sad film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 24% Luis and The Aliens (2018) This really is all influences with nothing added. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018