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
3/5 51%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

"It's machine-tooled to raise smiles, swell hearts, and tickle tear ducts, yet it does so with sufficient cross-cultural cred you don't feel too yanked." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 21, 2012

The Harsh Light Of Day (2012)

"Snappy editing helps sustain some pace, and Giles Alderson has charisma as the mysterious "Infurnari", but after a spell the interest sag is unstaunchable." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/5 81%

Mission To Lars (2015)

"The peripheral interviews with the extended Spicer family are as compelling as the central quest; this is a film with rare honesty and nuance in a field that frequently feels queasy." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2012
1/5 0%

Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)

"Doherty hints at his charisma. But for the time being, he'd be advised to stick to the strumming." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2012
4/5 89%

Buck (2011)

"There's a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it's testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2/5 43%

Transit (2012)

"Transit delivers little of value, and never with a smile." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 19, 2012
4/5 100%

A Night to Remember (1958)

"A restrained, nearly austere ensemble drama that manages to intertwine a dozen different stories without tripping up on any of them, it relies on real-life survivor testimony for almost every line and incident, to immensely moving and dignified effect." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 12, 2012
2/5 34%

Battleship (2012)

"If you found Transformers just a touch too subtle, this is the film for you." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 12, 2012
3/5 63%

La délicatesse (Delicacy) (2012)

"Despite some tonal wobbles, and a vague sense of deja vu, it's rather charming, and sometimes genuinely sad." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 12, 2012
4/5 71%

Natural Selection (2012)

"Natural Selection ticks all the boxes with a firm grip. Its opening alone is a lovely cinematic coup." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2/5 89%

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2011)

"Jools and Linda left my giggle chain unyanked and their backstory, for all its nuance and aspects of tragedy, failed to stir my soul." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/5 94%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Even those allergic to Cruise would struggle to resist his magnetism grinning one-handed from the highest skyscraper in the world, cool as a cucumber, ripped as celery." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 11, 2011
2/5 85%

Romantics Anonymous (2011)

"In order for the script to crackle and the heart to move, you need to suspend more disbelief that proves possible here." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2011
1/5 No Score Yet

Revenge: A Love Story (Fuk sau che chi sei) (2010)

"A genuinely grotesque horror film that lurches between gleeful sadism and tedious romance without apparent validation..." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2/5 0%

Reuniting The Rubins (2012)

"Rubins ultimately sinks beneath the weight of its own gubbins." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 20, 2011
1/5 30%

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

"This is tension-free torture porn, whose perpetrator's actions aren't just banal and consequence-free, they're endlessly justified by an abusive back-story." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 12, 2011
2/5 4%

Abduction (2011)

"Sigourney Weaver? After Avatar, surely she doesn't need the cash?" ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/5 43%

Broken Lines (2008)

"There's a stonking cast - Paul Bettany as the waitress's disabled partner, Rita Tushingham as a knackered caff worker, Olivia Williams as the glossy fiancee - but they're saddled with dialogue sagging with thematic relevance or site-specific colour." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/5 78%

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

"It ties its strands together a touch too tightly two-thirds of the way through - but still leaves enough hanging at the end to be credible." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
2/5 25%

Killer Elite (2011)

"Jason Statham is matched with Robert de Niro and Clive Owen in this headcracking hitman yarn, but it's a bit overcomplicated for its own good." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/5 33%

Butter (2012)

"There's a badly ill-judged cameo from Hugh Jackman, but also a good spoonful of laugh-out-loud gags, particularly those involving the red tape of local civic talent contests." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 14, 2011
4/5 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"William Freidkin's film is full-frontal in every sense, an unabashed pulp romp stuffed with ugly acts and primal screams." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2011
2/5 29%

Twixt (2012)

"People raised their hands in joy when Coppola announced he was returning to horror after his recent wobbly adventures in the arthouse. They'll be begging him to reconsider - or perhaps just simply to stop - after seeing this." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2011
3/5 29%

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

"No wonder Butler fancied taking this on: it's a terrific fit for his own brand of soulful aggression - half saint, half psychopath." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 57%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"A gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2011
2/5 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"The Deep Blue Sea remains flat as a duck pond, the prisoner of a story whose relevance, even in metaphor, has lost much of its sting, and whose dialogue has more than a whiff of a French and Saunders sketch..." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2011
4/5 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"Take this Waltz confirms Polley as a serious, intelligent talent." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2011
4/5 32%

Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)

"It's the stuff of high school horror movies: can you stop the most popular girl in school from stabbing you in the back?" ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2011
4/5 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"A drama of unusual nuance. It lingers, spawns thoughts, connections, as a great film ought." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2011
2/5 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Those who enter the cinema unstirred by either the sport or by the joys of stats are unlikely to come out converts." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2011
2/5 22%

The Smurfs (2011)

"Its sole claim to fame may turn out to be as the most slyly foul-mouthed children's film yet made." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 24, 2011
2/5 57%

Kawa no soko kara konnichi wa (Sawako Decides) (2010)

"A film that aims for quirk-cachet yet somehow winds up in that hinterland between actually funny and simply irritating." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 7, 2011
2/5 90%

My Dog Tulip (2010)

"Smacks first of obfuscation, then of desperation." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 61%

Jig (2011)

"To kick Sue Bourne's documentary about the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships feels both mean and ill-advised - these people sure know how to use their tootsies." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 77%

Fast Five (2011)

"For all its absurdity and the family friendly bloodlessness (despite the copious violence), it spins along very smoothly and efficiently." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 21, 2011
2/5 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"It's the seriousness with which Hardwicke treats the tale that proves its undoing." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/5 65%

Great Directors (2010)

"You'd learn more just watching one of their films." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 31, 2011
4/5 92%

Source Code (2011)

"This is a tale of mistaken identities and mysterious dames, strange agencies and impromptu heroics - an unabashed entertainment, moving, amusing, difficult to resist." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 90%

Attack the Block (2011)

"It fizzes and sparks, but sputters too much to really catch light." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet

Tantric Tourists (2011)

"There's much to admire in Alexander Snelling's documentary about a perspiring gang of sex-starved westerners on a tantric tour of India. He clocks some genuine emotional flashpoints and shoots India with adoring vivacity." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 10, 2011
2/5 36%

New York, I Love You (2009)

"If you've got a heart of treacle, an attention span of 15 minutes and can't afford the air fare then there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 3, 2011
2/5 67%

Honeymooner (2011)

"Fantastically unambitious, cliched and snooze-inducing." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/5 64%

Outcast (2010)

"If Andrea Arnold met Eli Roth you might get something like this lyrically shot, energetically acted, medium grisly and totally bonkers Scottish social realism supernatural horror film." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 9, 2010
2/5 No Score Yet

Road To Las Vegas (1940)

"A touch more outside perspective on such a grimy soapy saga might have both added context and leavened the watch." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 2, 2010
2/5 74%

Dream Home (2010)

"Pang's film may be heavy-fisted with the satire and foggily plotted, too, despite the lengthy flashbacks, but no one could doubt his commitment to the death rattle." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 18, 2010
2/5 42%

22 Bullets (2013)

"When the chief baddie both stutters and slaughters puppies, you know you're in trouble." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/5 62%

Beyond the Pole (2009)

"This is gummy (if welcome) eco-film satire, then, but mostly just a vehicle for tent and crampon gags, and for Mangan to perfect his grating-dolt shtick." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"It won't win Allen new converts, but for those of faith, it offers consolation." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 25, 2010
3/5 100%

Fish Story (Fisshu sutori) (2013)

"You can't fault it for narrative ambition, nor, in fact, for curious -- one might say fishy -- watchability." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2010
3/5 78%

StreetDance 3D (2013)

"StreetDance 3D comes alive in the showcase showdowns: all stomp and backflips, so fun and infectious even the most sceptical might find themselves considering classes." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2010