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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 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
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) This is highly competent catnip for the watercooler crowd.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 84% The Way Way Back (2013) For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/5 68% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) A fairly unmagical couple of hours at the cinema.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
60% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
88% A Field in England (2014) Almost unbearable.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
76% Die Wand (The Wall) (2013) The sheer quantity of voiceover - or, more likely, subtitles - acts as a barrier to deep psychological immersion.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
No Score Yet Tropicália (2013) For beginners keen for a crash course, this hits every button with precision.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
27% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
82% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
43% Paris Manhattan (2013) It's less affectionate homage than deeply freaky case study.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
74% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
95% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
31% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
75% 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)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
35% 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)
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2013
1/5 8% 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
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/5 71% Crawl (2011) A squeaky door steals the show.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2012
4/5 96% The Act Of Killing (2013) Almost every frame is astonishing.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2012
4/5 85% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 73% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 92% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2012
3/5 80% Quartet (2013) Hoffman has delivered a love letter to the elderly thesps of his adoptive country. We can forgive him its falsehoods.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2012
2/5 42% Midnight's Children (2013) Director Deepa Mehta slathers proceedings in a haze of period whimsy - sometimes engaging, sometimes less so.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2012
4/5 81% Ginger & Rosa (2013) Potter proves as good on the wonky logic of parents as she does on the self-righteousness of youth.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2012