Catherine Shoard Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard
Catherine Shoard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87%

Fences (2016)

"This film is conceived as a showcase for its performers, and, as that, it is immaculate." ‐Guardian
Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"For what is, in essence, a by-numbers Disney sports flick, there's endless freshness and vivacity to Mira Nair's picture - her best in years." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 100%

Risk (2016)

"Listening to Assange explain how his missives can be intercepted through overhead power cables, even those allergic can't fail but be impressed." ‐Guardian
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 30%

Golden Years (2016)

"There are the seeds of something interesting here, but premise and talent are ill-served by crude and cliched characterisation and thudding execution ..." ‐Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 80%

The Family Fang (2016)

"Ultimately Bateman's latest adds little to a debate leant pithier insight by Larkin 44 years ago." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3/5 73%

Suffragette (2015)

"Director Sarah Gavron does well to galvanize her story with a degree of urgency: the result of swift, assured camerawork and a brilliantly understated performance by Carey Mulligan." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3/5 62%

Truth (2015)

"As high-class cheese goes, Truth slips down fine." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 14, 2015
4/5 59%

The Program (2016)

"A fluid and nippy telling of a tale that still seems strangely urgent." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 14, 2015
2/5 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"The framing is erratic, logic shonky and for every cliche Abraham confounds (the call not to use any music other than that which Hank performs is admirable), there's three he clings to (barely a letter goes by without being read aloud)." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2015
3/5 91%

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"No better, no worse - the synopsis serves. If you like the sound of it, you will likely like the film. And, for what it's worth, I did." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2015
5/5 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"Life is lonely and cold, it says, leavened only briefly, if you're lucky. Happiness is transient. Love an anomaly. We're lucky such art as this is not." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2015
3/5 73%

He Named Me Malala (2015)

"It is worth the price of admission alone to watch this young woman tour the world, ticking off the Nigerian president over Boko Haram, holding forth with Obama and Oprah and the rest." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 81%

Ant-Man (2015)

"Watching it is like channel-surfing between Hot Fuzz, a duff early 90s Michael Douglas drama and the very schlockiest bits of Interstellar." ‐Guardian
Posted Jul 8, 2015
3/5 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

"Everything about F&F 7 is supersized, from the actors to the running time to the scope of urban destruction." ‐Guardian
Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/5 91%

Eastern Boys (2015)

"Robin Campillo's drama is sweet and neat, as ambitious as it is gripping." ‐Guardian
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 17%

Hello Carter (2014)

"The script persistently lets things down, and there's something irredeemably dreary about both palette and scope." ‐Guardian
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 27%

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

"This should be affecting stuff, but it's consistently undercut by the massively naff aesthetic." ‐Guardian
Posted Nov 29, 2014
3/5 60%

Draft Day (2014)

"Quarterback scrambles forever muscle centre stage, leaving the human element scrimmaging on the sidelines." ‐Guardian
Posted Oct 2, 2014
88%

Still Alice (2015)

"This is an effortlessly excellent film, about a horribly hard subject." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 86%

Top Five (2014)

"Top Five is a film broad and filthy enough for multiplex appeal, but also sufficiently arch to satisfy those who fancy themselves a little more sophisticated." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 45%

A Little Chaos (2015)

"It has to be said, the performances are excellent. Winslet manages emotional honesty within anachronistic confines, and Schoenaerts escapes with dignity." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2014
2/5 48%

Cake (2015)

"Despite its sour centre, Cake's conceits quickly crumble, leaving just a half-baked pity." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/5 90%

The Imitation Game (2014)

"It's too formulaic, too efficient at simply whisking you through and making sure you've clocked the diversity message.: without square pegs - like those played by Cumberbatch and Knightley - the world would be by far the poorer." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 43%

Madame Bovary (2015)

"The first half is shot almost like a horror, all oppressive rumbling clouds and lashing of mist and shot of her back, suffocating corset laced up like a spine." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 65%

The Riot Club (Posh) (2015)

"Conflicting our sympathies serves the work well. Both play and film button-push, but the substantial changes made in the transfer soften the grotesque and muddy the waters." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
5/5 84%

While We're Young (2015)

"[Baumbach's] best, and funniest, in a decade." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 78%

St. Vincent (2014)

"It plays out like a best-of album: safe, fun, but inessential if you're already familiar with the back catalogue." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"Redmayne towers: this is an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance which bears comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
2/5 41%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"This is Where I Leave You is totally amiable, utterly unmoving filler given a major shot in the arm by its cast, people it's simply a pleasure to watch, even with the creeping feeling they're better than this." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
2/5 48%

The Judge (2014)

"Sadly there's no denying the charge: first-degree cheese, with intent." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/5 86%

Chef (2014)

"There's nourishment to be had, if you lower your expectations. But be warned: a lot of it is just watching Jon Favreau make toasties in a van." ‐Guardian
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/5 29%

The Family (2013)

"The collateral damage involving innocent bystanders is staggering. Just mind you don't get caught in the crossfire." ‐Guardian
Posted Nov 21, 2013
5/5 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Why does it work quite so well? In part, it's the Dench effect." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/5 96%

Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

"This works best as a portrait of a marriage, as Ushio and nimble wife Noriko rattle around their dank flat trying to keep the love strong as the water drips and the bailiffs thump." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"The kids are sensitively drawn, if a little pick-and-mix in terms of their issues and ethnicities, and the whole movie breathes with kindness and intelligence." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/5 66%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"The whole thing cost about $200m. But the best thing about it is still an old Swede in his pants." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"There are emotional razors amid the wooziness." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 99%

Gloria (2014)

"It's gloriously strange and slippery, impossible to pin down - at once funny, uplifting, moving and deeply disquieting." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/5 94%

Milius (2013)

"The whole thing reeks of cigars, machismo and hubris, its rhythm a relentless percussion of hairy chest pumping and big fat back slapping." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/5 75%

La religieuse (The Nun) (2013)

"It's an affecting and frank take on the loneliness of faith as well as faithlessness, whose horrors come in odd contrast to the plush production values." Observer (UK)
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Such psychological candour gives Le Week-End gut punch. All three lead characters are brimful of insight." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 65%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"This is an unexpectedly winning take from one of the less splashy directors to have attempted Leonard." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 92%

Sunshine on Leith (2013)

"A remorselessly rousing attempt to do for the Scottish pub rock twins what Mamma Mia! did for Abba or Tommy for The Who." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/5 24%

Third Person (2014)

"Third Person is a work of staggering trash; an ensemble drama with the aesthetic of an in-flight magazine, but less classy writing." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2013
1/5 24%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"It reduces a complex and extraordinary case to soap. It makes you care less, for all its heavy-breathing and cheapo coaxing." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/5 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Wells sacrifices flair to fidelity. Letts is one of the most formidable talents around today, but in handling his screenplay with such kid gloves, Wells puts a passenger in the driver's seat." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2013
4/5 55%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Turturro has given Allen his biggest and best on-screen turn in years: the part was written for him and it's full of scope for aimble kvetching and nimble slapstick." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 67%

The Railway Man (2014)

"[An] extremely affecting and accomplished drama ..." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 34%

Labor Day (2014)

"Reitman must be aware of the potential for innuendo, and the leap of faith such earnestness asks of its audience. He dares us to care." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Fiennes has done the right and proper thing here. He has, at 50, made a mature movie, prudent in the best possible sense." ‐Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2013
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