Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/5 69%

About Time (2013)

"Curtis has managed to achieve the impossible. Specifically: he has gone back to 1993 and remade Groundhog Day with a ginger Hugh Grant." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 8, 2013
4/5 65%

The Heat (2013)

"The Heat is lean, mean and completely uninterested in anything that isn't funny." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 87%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"You'd expect an Alan Partridge movie to be funny. You wouldn't expect it to be a coup de cinema. And yet, in its own superficially low-brow, cheapo way, Alpha Papa is exactly that." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Now You See Me (2013)

"A fairly unmagical couple of hours at the cinema." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

The Bling Ring (2013)

"Coppola's dialogue is remorselessly authentic in its inanity, and this blankness runs deep in what finally feels a shallow film about shallow people." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

A Field in England (2014)

"Almost unbearable." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

Die Wand (The Wall) (2013)

"The sheer quantity of voiceover - or, more likely, subtitles - acts as a barrier to deep psychological immersion." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013
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Tropicália (2013)

"For beginners keen for a crash course, this hits every button with precision." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

Bula Quo! (2013)

"It's not often a brutal murder is soundtracked by a three-chord riff, but this amiable cobblers somehow gets away with it." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)

"Smart and modulated, with attention given to the broader cultural background, and a platform offered to the rioters' detractors." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

Paris Manhattan (2013)

"It's less affectionate homage than deeply freaky case study." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

Paradise: Faith (2013)

"For believers, it'll be an essential tract. Such is its commitment even the sceptical can't help but be impressed through the retching." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974)

"A compassionate, traumatic masterpiece, every frame amazing." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

"While the religious undertones are largely drowned out by the endless spumy slo-mo and board porn, there's only one way this current is flowing: towards church." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

Out in the Dark (2013)

"A tender gay romance conducted across the Gaza Strip that flips into thriller territory halfway through, to unsettling effect." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013

The Internship (2013)

"Getting explicit sponsorship from Google is one thing; acting as an extended ad for Silicon Valley's finest strip joint does seem a bit seedy." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2013
4/5 82%

Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)

"By the end, they are speaking with enormous precision and passion, an intellectual rigour miles superior to the work that landed them in trouble in the first place." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 13, 2013
1/5 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"Weddings can often be occasions of trauma, as well as joy, and so it proves with this ensemble comedy. Well - minus the joy, that is." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 23, 2013

Suzanne (2013)

"The second feature from 33-year-old Katell Quillévéré, it's the sort of woozily shot, remorselessly emotional, acutely observed socio-realist soap that both confounds and confirms chick-flick prejudice." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2013
3/5 86%

Borgman (2014)

"There's the frustrating sense of ideas bubbling too low beneath the surface, of mordant jokes serving as an end rather than a means." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 19, 2013
1/5 52%

Jimmy P. (2014)

""How much longer do I have to stay here?" he enquires of a nurse at one point. You ask her, Jim, ask for us all." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 18, 2013
4/5 61%

Heli (2014)

"Squint, and the title makes more sense. Shut your eyes entirely to its horrors and you'll really miss out." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 16, 2013
2/5 35%

The ABCs of Death (2013)

"It presents 26 disparate (read: in need of an editor) slices of dicing from 26 directors you've almost certainly never heard of (and indeed, the one you have - Ben Wheatley - feels tainted by association)." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/5 71%

Crawl (2011)

"A squeaky door steals the show." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 21, 2013
3/5 62%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"It is, in its way, a curious sort of auteurist cinema, in which a lone wolf (Cruise produces as well as stars) has taken an impeccably mainstream product and made it strange around him." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 14, 2012
1/5 27%

Life Just Is (2012)

"Gogglingly boring and appallingly acted: if this is east London's answer to mumblecore, god help us." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/5 69%

Les Misérables (2012)

"By the end, you feel like a piñata on the dancefloor: empty, in bits, the victim of prolonged assault by killer pipes." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/5 90%

Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)

"In the sober light of day, the flaws here seem to glare and screech; under the right conditions, this is cheery genre fun." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 4, 2012
4/5 96%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Almost every frame is astonishing." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 14, 2012
4/5 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Much Ado may be a bit of a B+ staple on the Shakespeare circuit, but Whedon - as well as improving student grades the world over - makes it feel second to none." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 72%

Everyday (2013)

"This is a strange and stirring film, which combines a Malick-ish concern with the emotional import of nature with a rare charm and levity. Everyday is a red letter treat." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Noah Baumbach, making his most compassionate movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, gives these lives the full French new wave/mid-period Woody Allen treatment, conferring charm and substance on even their most mundane interaction." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2012
3/5 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Hoffman has delivered a love letter to the elderly thesps of his adoptive country. We can forgive him its falsehoods." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/5 37%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"Linney is terrific, and Murray, too, but he doesn't shy in showing that, in some respects, Roosevelt was as much the product of an earlier age as his buttoned-up house guests." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2012
3/5 50%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"There's a generous pinch of very funny lines, mostly bestowed on Robbins." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2012
2/5 41%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"Director Deepa Mehta slathers proceedings in a haze of period whimsy - sometimes engaging, sometimes less so." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2012
4/5 82%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2012
4/5 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Potter proves as good on the wonky logic of parents as she does on the self-righteousness of youth." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2012
3/5 85%

Circumstance (2011)

"Keshavarz uses a trowel to feed us her ideas about living under a repressive regime when all you required was a teaspoon. But she has enough promise to keep you curious for her next offering - if she can just get a lighter grip on the ladle." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
1/5 17%

The Watch (2012)

"It's got a cast to kill for, a Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg script (they wrote Superbad) and a promisingly Ghostbusters-ish premise. And yet it's catastrophic." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/5 63%

Jackpot (2014)

"It lays on lashings of crim-bickering and jauntily scored arterial spurting when all you can stomach is some crispbread." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
2/5 0%

I Against I (2012)

"The script acts on the film as a rock does when strapped to a corpse, but there's a certain noirish sheen to the cinematography that means the whole thing slips down sweeter than it really ought." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3/5 63%

In The Dark Half (2012)

"As a calling card for director Alastair Siddons, it's polished and impressive. As an experience, it requires slightly more patience than it consistently rewards." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
2/5 22%

Truth or Die (2012)

"Robert Heath's horror is riddled with plot holes and atrocious dialogue, but has a couple of brilliantly bananas performances and the odd crunchy jump." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 2, 2012
3/5 86%

Electrick Children (2013)

"Rebecca Thomas's gauzy debut about a 15-year-old Mormon who believes she's had an immaculate conception is deftly done." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 12, 2012
4/5 84%

You've Been Trumped (2012)

"It treads lightly on the earth: an example, as well as an education." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
4/5 84%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

"An unshakeable tune, delivered by a director operating at rare pitch and purpose." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 29, 2012
3/5 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"Todd Graff's film sags badly in the middle and is clunky with social context (recession, Asperger's), but there's enough good heart to see you through." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 28, 2012
3/5 100%

Planet of Snail (2012)

"Neither the subject nor director ask for sympathy; what emerges is a nuanced hymn to the human spirit that still saddens, even when it inspires." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 22, 2012