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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Indivisible (Indivisibili) (2016)

"Audiences who can be persuaded to look past the perceived barrier of subtitles would likely be charmed by Dasy and Viola, who raise intriguing and timely questions about female bodily autonomy and the question of what is normal." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2016

Raw (Grave) (2016)

"Raw is realized to a high standard that should break it out beyond specialist distributors and exhibitors, and genre fests that can get in there before release should book it and watch audiences delight in its stylish sense of body horror." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2016

City of Tiny Lights (2016)

"Though pleasant enough to watch, there's something not fully realized about the final product here." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Brotherhood (2016)

"One-man film industry Noel Clarke concludes his 'Hood trilogy with an uneven but respectable final outing for anti-hero Sam Peel." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

""Bridget Jones's Baby" is not a comedy for the ages, but it's interesting to see a rom-com starring a middle-aged woman grappling with irrelevance in the workplace." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 5, 2016

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

"Ricky Gervais' most enduring creation hits the road for one last attempt at cracking showbiz, in a funny if meandering big-screen adventure." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 10, 2016

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

"It's heartening to see Ransome's fiction taking on a new and more independent form, suggesting an ongoing relevance for a series of books that could easily be viewed as too dated for modern children." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2016

Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

"Steve Oram's deeply British feature debut is the kind of mesmerizing cult oddity whose fan base will be limited but passionate." ‐ Variety
Posted May 30, 2016

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"Practically every surface in the film screams fetish, and, as in his underrated Stoker, Chan-Wook locates eroticism in some unusual places." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 23, 2016
4/5 91%

Elle (2016)

"Takes constant delight in venturing where the vast majority of filmmakers would fear to tread." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 23, 2016

The Neon Demon (2016)

"The Neon Demon might get the blood pumping temporarily, but it doesn't have staying power." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 20, 2016
2/5 45%

It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016)

"A wonderful cast are sadly wasted on this screeching melodrama." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 19, 2016

Divines (2016)

"Houda Benyamina bursts onto the scene with a punchy, pacy directorial debut, playing as gangster thriller and female buddy movie." ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016
No Score Yet

Chouf (2016)

"Tunisian-French director Karim Dridi delivers a modest but pacy gangster drama set in the Marseilles projects." ‐ Variety
Posted May 16, 2016
No Score Yet


""Suspiria" meets "Ginger Snaps" in a muscular yet elegant campus cannibal horror from bright new talent Julia Ducournau." ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016

The Transfiguration (2016)

"Michael O'Shea wears his influences on his sleeve in this downbeat, sporadically engaging slow-burn modern vampire fable." ‐ Variety
Posted May 14, 2016
No Score Yet

Diamond Island (2016)

"Cambodian-French helmer Davy Chou's intermittently stylish teen movie lacks narrative momentum but has heart to spare." ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016

Innocence Of Memories (2015)

"Depth is perhaps the stumbling point for "Innocence of Memories." Its ideas are plentiful, but their treatment at times seems to skim the surface." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 31, 2016

Dad's Army (2016)

"It's a time-honored style of comedy, accessible to a broad audience, and it works on its own terms, without too many ill-advised attempts at modernization." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2016

Under Milk Wood (2015)

"Thomas fans with an appetite for endless scenes of hearty romping featuring regrettably song-prone villagers will have little cause for complaint, but commercial potential will be otherwise restricted beyond the film's home turf." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 14, 2015

The Incident (El Incidente) (2014)

"It's all proof that a head-turning first feature can be made for not much more money than a meaty short film nowadays, and, if well done, will act as a far more effective marketing tool for the nascent career of its director." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 15, 2015
B 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"Yes, there are probably more complex and nuanced ways of tackling this topic, but it's hugely important that a mainstream drama on this subject exists." ‐ HitFix
Posted Jul 27, 2015
C 62%

Jackie & Ryan (2015)

"The best thing about it is is that it shies away from formula, and the worst is either the finger tattoos, or the fact that it hasn't really come up with much to replace the formula it so carefully and laudably avoids." ‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 29, 2015

The Babadook (2014)

"Jennifer Kent's tremendously atmospheric and creepy horror comes highly recommended for those who like complex characterisation and ambiguity with their thrills and chills." ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 3, 2015
A- 91%

Birdman (2014)

"Riggan is a gift of a meaty, unflattering role for any middle-aged actor, but feels absolutely tailored to Keaton's strengths, and highly attuned to his career trajectory." ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 2, 2015

Leviathan (2014)

"A modern classic weaving together rich characters, witty satire, thriller elements and political bite. Among the finest films of 2014, look for it to show up on several best-of-the-year lists." ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 13, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"Thrilling in its own right, but not as thrilling as what we sense is to come, this is a tasty appetizer for the main event with a nice line in sardonic satire and, as ever, a belting lead performance from Jennifer Lawrence." ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 13, 2014

Nightcrawler (2014)

"Nightcrawler would be worth seeing for Jake Gyllenhaal's performance alone, but it's also a gripping and entertaining deep-dive into a nocturnal world of ruthless opportunism as well as a deliciously caustic satire on moral responsibility." ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 31, 2014
A 75%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like Frozen, but I think it is as enjoyable." ‐ HitFix
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/5 68%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"The whole phantasmagorical enterprise is so sweetly confident that it just about gets away with its entirely casual approach to believability." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3/5 68%

WolfCop (2014)

"So sweetly confident that it just about gets away with its entirely casual approach to believability." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 19, 2014
1/5 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Displaying a weird lack of memorable or endearing characters, this animated effort feels like a direct-to-video job from the 1990s." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 57%

Here & Now (Here and Now) (2014)

"Destined to be appreciated most of all by the filmmakers' friends and family, Here and Now is a modest film with a gentle heart." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 1, 2014

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Darkly comic and frequently gripping, revenger's tragedy Blue Ruin proves Jeremy Saulnier is a director to watch." ‐ Film4
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 50%

We Are The Freaks (2013)

"The strength of We Are the Freaks is that it never feels like a cookie-cutter teen movie. It is, as the title suggests, an oddity " ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 21, 2014

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Utterly charming, fresh and funny, We Are The Best perfectly captures what it feels like to be young and misunderstood." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 18, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Despite some risible moments (often involving computers), this is overall a fresh and funny addition to the Marvel canon." ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 14%

Almost Married (2015)

"Too many gags are ill-considered and it's ultimately hard to care whether the engaged couple will make it down the aisle." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 25, 2014

Teenage (2014)

"An intelligent and artful approach to an underexposed aspect of 20th century culture, the aesthetic successes of Matt Wolf's youth movement doc make you wish more documentaries were made this way." ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Frozen' has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 1, 2013

Carrie (2013)

"Effective teen horror with bags of character - think Mean Girls with buckets of blood, only maybe not quite as much of a masterpiece as that would suggest." ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 28, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"An enjoyable, occasionally laughable, and sometimes moving drama, with Emma Thompson on fine brittle form as the quintessentially English Australian who gave the world its most famous nanny." ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3/5 58%

Day of the Flowers (2013)

"It's refreshing to see a film about two women that doesn't focus entirely on their love lives, but that's the limit of the cliché-busting; elsewhere, archetypes abound. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 11, 2013

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"Sly, subtle and pitch-perfect ..." ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"The film's quartet of post-slackers are captured as they feel their way around the edges of what they want (and are afraid to ask for) with painful accuracy." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 28, 2013

Ender's Game (2013)

"Whatever you make of the book's widely derided author, Ender's Game is one of 2013's more thematically original stories, with a compellingly icy lead performance from Asa Butterfield." ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"Imagine a Jurassic Park constructed entirely out of whatever foodstuff best satisfies your appetite for a pun." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/5 41%

As I Lay Dying (2013)

"Faulkner fans... need not be up in arms about this version of his Nobel Prize winner." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 9, 2013

Austenland (2013)

"Enough to make you burn all your Jane Austen." ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 27, 2013
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