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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
3/5 32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2012
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
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2012
33% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2012
2/5 43% Transit (2012) Transit delivers little of value, and never with a smile.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/5 34% Battleship (2012) If you found Transformers just a touch too subtle, this is the film for you.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2012
3/5 64% La délicatesse (Delicacy) (2012) Despite some tonal wobbles, and a vague sense of deja vu, it's rather charming, and sometimes genuinely sad.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/5 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2011
2/5 0% Reuniting The Rubins (2012) Rubins ultimately sinks beneath the weight of its own gubbins.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2011
2/5 4% Abduction (2011) Sigourney Weaver? After Avatar, surely she doesn't need the cash?‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2011
3/5 28% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 57% Albert Nobbs (2012) A gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2011
4/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) Take this Waltz confirms Polley as a serious, intelligent talent.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2011
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) A drama of unusual nuance. It lingers, spawns thoughts, connections, as a great film ought.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2011
2/5 90% My Dog Tulip (2010) Smacks first of obfuscation, then of desperation.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
2/5 66% Great Directors (2010) You'd learn more just watching one of their films.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2011
4/5 91% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 90% Attack the Block (2011) It fizzes and sparks, but sputters too much to really catch light.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2011
2/5 37% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2011
2/5 67% Honeymooner (2011) Fantastically unambitious, cliched and snooze-inducing.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2010
2/5 75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2010