Catherine Bray

Catherine Bray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Catherine Bray's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety, Sight and Sound, Times (UK), Film4, Time Out, HitFix

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 76%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"Coming on like Stand by Me meets Son of Rambow, the boys' adventure is essentially dreamy indie-teen wish-fulfilment." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 20, 2013

Alan Partridge (2014)

"A hilarious addition to the ever-expanding canvas of the versatile Norwich DJ, Alpha Papa provides solid proof that the bouncebackability of Alan Partridge knows no bounds. Lovely stuff." ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 8, 2013

The Conjuring (2013)

"A tense and exciting haunted house movie, The Conjuring relies on atmosphere rather than gore to serve up an entertaining slice of ghostie shenanigans with the simple ambition of scaring the bejesus out of viewers." ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it's not everything fans will be hoping for." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 49%

Redemption (2013)

"'Hummingbird' doesn't always work but wins points for originality." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/5 77%

Venus And Serena (2013)

"An amiable enough overview, with the occasional 'say what?' moment." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"A short, sweet fondant fancy of a film that recognises when not to outstay its welcome." ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 13, 2013

Epic (2013)

"Dazzling visual effects and some lively voice work from the comic relief characters just about paper over a disappointingly conventional narrative." ‐ Film4
Posted May 20, 2013

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"The sparkling highlights make it compulsive viewing, even as the lapses in judgment drive you up the wall." ‐ Film4
Posted May 15, 2013

Vehicle 19 (2013)

"An interesting idea paired with lacklustre execution makes for a passable rather than thrilling ride." ‐ Film4
Posted May 15, 2013

Mud (2013)

"Matthew McConaughey is as compelling as we've come to expect since The Lincoln Lawyer kicked off his 2010s hot streak, as Jeff Nichols ably combines elements of Terence Malick with an all-American rural yarn." ‐ Film4
Posted May 9, 2013

Evil Dead (2013)

"A decent, gory horror treat for those who've never watched an Evil Dead movie - while at the same time exhibiting discreet respect for the 1980s incarnations, with plenty of low-key nods to the original for fans." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 18, 2013

Oblivion (2013)

"Oblivion's leading man is as dependable as ever. A shame that the film, while pretty, is somewhat ponderous, and ultimately fails to cohere into a narratively satisfying whole." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 11, 2013

Identity Thief (2013)

"The hit rate isn't as high as you'd hope, gag-wise, but Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman remain highly likeable screen presences, even when behaving in unlikeable and unlikely ways." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"Big silly fun in the Anchorman vein, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is packed with great gags, recognisable characters and performances from comedians at the top of their game." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013

The Paperboy (2012)

"You certainly couldn't accuse anyone involved in The Paperboy of playing it safe, and for this reason, Lee Daniels' film is one to file under misjudged must-sees." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 20, 2013
3/5 70%

The Croods (2013)

"It's all entertaining enough, and will surely sell plenty of stuffed toys. But it winds up a fair few rungs below the likes of 'Brave' on the evolutionary ladder." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 19, 2013

Total Recall (2012)

"More or less serviceable action thriller with some nice ideas for visual set pieces, but did it really have to be as long as it is?" ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

The Wedding Video (2014)

"Supremely well-intentioned, low-budget British comedy which, with all the will in the world, a likeable cast can't quite power to greatness." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

The Vow (2012)

"Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

The Sweeney (2013)

"Let's not waste each other's time. You already know whether this sounds like the kind of top bloke you'd fancy having a pint with. If so, The Sweeney is your film." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013
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The Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists (2012)

"A funny, thoroughly enjoyable and oddly subversive film." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

The Dictator (2012)

"Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

The Campaign (2012)

"Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time? " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Take This Waltz (2012)

"This is finely-judged filmmaking from a writing and directing talent to watch." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Ted (2012)

"Hit and miss humour with problematic undertones buoyed by an intriguing premise and appealing performances from the film's human cast." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

"A must for fans of LCD Soundsystem and about fifteen minutes too long for anyone else, this is an entertaining enough exploration of walking away from success and fear of failure. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"A sensitive film that respects the conflict in which it is set rather than using it for cheap thrills." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"A certain generosity of spirit is required here, but the performances are excellent and the central premise ... is a solid and amusing one. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Rather like a persuasive pick-up artist, I'm not sure Rust & Bone is a film I'd want to spend a second night with, for fear of shattering the emotional illusion." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"It's doubtful this will win over any outright Anderson sceptics, but ... this is an exciting reaffirmation of talent." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 4, 2013

Magic Mike (2012)

"Musings on the nature of capitalism wrapped in a very pretty package ... Magic Mike is a film for adventurous audiences of all persuasions." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Lockout (2012)

"They don't make 'em like this anymore, except when they do and you remember why they stopped. Daft, but broadly enjoyable if you're in a charitable mood." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Liberal Arts (2012)

"A diverting generational three-way dialogue between those barely out of their teens, those in their mid thirties and those well north of fifty." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Lawless (2012)

"A pumped-up, Hollywood-flavoured neo-Gothic Western delivering knockout performances and raw, corporeal thrills." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"Complex and problematic in a rather wonderful way, Killing Them Softly has flaws more interesting than some film's perfections. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Joyful Noise (2012)

"If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer clear. But then this film was never for you. It's for the spiritual year-round inhabitants of Dollywood." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Iron Sky (2012)

"It's Nazis from space. Cult movie fans will basically know what to expect. It's just a shame it couldn't have been a bit better." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Electrick Children (2013)

"Sweet but never sickly ... Electrick Children is real must-see from a bright new talent. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Battleship (2012)

"An assault on reason, logic and complex characterisation, but in an enjoyable way, like a slightly less camp dramatisation of the Village People's finest ship-based sing-song. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Tolstoy's novel rendered in exquisite Faberge egg form. " ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Side by Side (2012)

"Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Stoker (2013)

"Sexy, perverse and memorable, Stoker lingers in the imagination like an enjoyable hangover." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Gangster Squad verges on a parody of hard-boiled noir in the vein of the Scary Movie/Date Movie/Epic Movie films, only with real A-list star power; it's a funny old mixture." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Hyperactive day-glo fizzy-pop family animation with a heartfelt message about staying true to yourself lurking underneath all the visual fireworks." ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 3, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Decent enough fantasy adventure, but it doesn't especially feel like Tolkien." ‐ Film4
Posted Dec 11, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"A thorny thicket redeemed by its willingness to at least highlight big problems. A film for our times, then." ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 19, 2012
5/5 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"An extraordinary psychological and sensual immersion in the psychosis of capitalism with a brilliant performance from Robert Pattinson." ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 2, 2012
4.5/5 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Marvel's finest heroes finally come together to set a comic book franchise gold standard that will take some beating." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 19, 2012
5/5 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"Set to emerge as the year's best horror movie." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 12, 2012