Cath Clarke

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% Beats (2019) It's a film with pills, thrills and belly laughs - nostalgic and sentimental in all the right places, with some grittily effective social realism and fine examples of the artistry of Scottish swearing... - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 92% Tucked (2018) [A] touching, unexpectedly funny end-of-life drama set in Brighton, with a terrific performance by 83-year-old Derren Nesbitt. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) The best you can say about PAW Patrol is that it has a nice message about helping people. But the film, like the TV version, feels like an advertising machine for branded toys. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 88% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) As per the two previous films, Stahelski cranks up the body count with a string of fight sequences so balletic you might forget you're watching violence - until Reeves sinks a knife into a man's eye. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 52% Destination Wedding (2018) A couple of scenes in Destination Wedding fall so calamitously flat I had the disconcerting sensation I was watching the film dubbed in a foreign language or for a spoofed internet meme. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Strike (Mango) (2019) A modestly entertaining stop-motion family film with a fuzzily retro homemade aesthetic and a warming gentle Englishness: decent enough, but stretched perilously thin. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 86% Diamantino (2019) The film is fun, but, for all its inventiveness, it's a bit tame, with its nice-but-dim hero. But Diamantino is never dull. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 100% Irene's Ghost (2018) It's a slight film, yet profound. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) The film has a bone-dry sense of humour, though the quirk level is turned up just a fraction too high. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) This is a film that gets under the skin of Generation X with humour and heartfelt emotion that makes it a genuinely great coming-of-age movie that hooks you by the heart. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Spy Cat (Marnie's World) (2018) There are some decent gags and funny scenes, although I'm not sure the film-makers bothered studying cats before creating their bland feline heroine. Where's the disdain? The attention seeking? The torture of smaller animals for fun? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) It's overripe and improbable, but you'd need a flinty heart to resist the message of solidarity, that if you spend time with someone, anyone, you'll find common ground. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 75% Pond Life (2018) A bit of an uneventful slog. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Wheely (2019) They might as well have called it Carz. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 30% Let There Be Light (2017) Everyone here emotes like they're acting in an electric toothbrush ad. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Sky and Ground (2018) It works because more than anything it's portrait of a family who are funny, full of warmth and possess a miraculous ability to rustle up a cheese and pitta feast on the side of a hill. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 95% Yuli (2018) What's perhaps surprising given the insider involvement from Acosta is the film's insight and emotional generosity that extends even to overbearing Pedro. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) This pleasingly talky movie rides roughshod over the Clint Eastwood model of the taciturn gunslinger. Eli and Charlie are total chatterboxes; they don't shut up - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) It's a feast of a movie with dazzling visuals and terrifically acted by the voice cast. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) It's powerful stuff, in places. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 78% The Crossing (Guo chun tian) (2019) With this elegantly elliptical arthouse movie, Bai Xue announces herself as a cool, confident observer of a new generation of Chinese youth. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 82% 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 54% 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 87% What They Had (2018) The script, inspired by Chomko's grandparents' marriage, throws up plenty of authentic-looking observations of life with Alzheimer's. - 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 40% 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 95% 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 81% 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