Charlotte Harrison

Charlotte Harrison
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Teacher by day, film critic by night and all-round superhero 24/7.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 87% Emma. (2020) Much like the film overall, it's a perfect match - of sumptuous sets, intimate cinematography, perfect scoring, stunning costumes, charming performances and witty screenplay. Just superb. - Charlotte Sometimes Goes to the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi yet again finds the heart in amongst the darkness, the sweet within the bitter: reminding us of the need to listen, pay attention and look out for each other. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 81% Abominable (2019) It's truly beautiful to look at, even if the premise is rather light. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 68% Joker (2019) For just over two hours we are forced into alignment with a monster. And, not only that, it wants us to unrepentantly side with him. It feels hyperbolic to say that this results in a terrible sense of inescapable unease when watching, but it's the truth. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Courtesy of Almodóvar's masterful direction and a career-finest performance from Banderas, we feel every moment with Salvador. The pain, the glory, and everything in-between. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) As gloriously euphoric as the finest of Bruce's anthems. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A delightful throwback to 80s family-adventure movies -- camp, funny, slapstick and just the right amount of silly. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This kind of feels like a sorbet, a palate cleanser after action flicks that try so hard to be serious that end up being dull, or confuse dark with bland murkiness. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A long plod through Tarantino's reflections on Hollywood in 1969 that are summed up pretty well by the shrug emoji. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) This is a very sweet and very funny animation that will charm audiences of all ages. A huge surprise, but a joyous one. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 90% Freedom Fields (2018) Empowering, vibrant, and vital. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Will Smith puts a fun spin on proceedings. He brings his "A" game, which we haven't seen in some of his recent outings. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) The story, the players, and the two leads are all endearing in the very best of ways -- warm, funny, charming and bloody lovely. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) This is a film rooted in a ludicrous concept that doesn't just work, but excels because of the amount of heart that has gone into making it. It's earnest, endearing, and well worth a Pika. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 50% Tolkien (2019) It's a biopic that somehow glosses over things whilst also simultaneously spending too long on them, too. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot may not be the return of the romcom, but it's certainly a real return to form. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Whilst the visuals are big, bold and bright -- they're also synthetic and bizarrely joyless. As are the characters. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) There's real joy to be had by watching Shazam, a contagious feeling of childish glee and enthusiasm. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Solidly good and very enjoyable. But the film has flickers of greatness, most of which are when the film takes on the form of buddy comedy with Larson paired with Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury. Jackson and Brie have a hilarious rapport. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 100% Two for Joy (2018) Writer-director Tom Beard, making his feature film director debut, has created characters who are presented honestly but humanely. They're openly flawed but treated sympathetically, we cannot help but care for them. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Grab the kids and go see it. Go laugh, maybe get a bit weepy and get fully engaged in a cracking story. Are you not entertained? - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 60% The Front Runner (2018) The drama itself plays out in a rather compelling manner... A prevailing sense of inevitability resides, akin to the feeling of watching a car crash happening and being unable to look away. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) It desperately wants to be a film about resilience, recovery, and redemption. Instead, it ends up being a serious absurdity of epic proportions, that is as plastic and hollow as the dolls who reside within it. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) I left the screen with a face that ached from smiling and a body that felt dehydrated from all the sobbing that had occured. This is simultaneously movie magic and movie medicine that doesn't need a spoonful of sugar to go down. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) There's a perfect balance between humor and pathos, a regular stream of jokes occasionally intersected with moments of real heart. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
65% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) If you like ridiculousness, holiday spirit, festive puns of the highest order -- then get your Netflix ready. Grinches need not apply. - cultbox EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/5 16% Little Italy (2018) To say this movie is as cheesy as the pizza that appears in practically every frame of it is something of a compliment. That's because cheese is awesome and cheesy pizza is doubly awesome. This film is not. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 41% Hell Fest (2018) It's not really a trick or a treat. Think throwaway instead. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This is a film made with the intent for profiting off the fans without actually caring for them. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 59% The Grinch (2018) A festive treat that is a sort-of delight. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
1/5 29% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) The entire thing is so misjudged, with a plot that is cloying, saccharine and poorly sketched out. It's like a Frankenstein's Monster of a Christmas animation, picking and mixing the various parts of much loved, and much better, movies. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 27% Night School (2018) In front of the camera the performances seem laboured and fully phoned in. Behind the camera there seems to be minimal direction or structure. And in front of the screen? You'll have given up too. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 68% The Seagull (2018) Essentially a solid sunday night drama. Enjoyable yet rather disposable. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 33% An Actor Prepares (2018) The film feels like it's trying to satirise by saying it is a satire without actually doing any satire. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2/5 54% Yardie (2019) Tonally uneven, too slow at some points and too speedy at others; it makes for an okay, if rather forgettable watch. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 77% The King (2018) A lament for something that everyone thought they knew but never actually existed, not as we wanted it to be anyway. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet One Note at a Time (2016) A rich watch that also serves as a warning; if you love hearing this music, what exactly are you doing to keep it alive? - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
4/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Bigger, brighter, bonkers-er. In short -- it's exactly what we need right now. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) With a running time of 83 minutes, Cold War is the epitome of economic storytelling at its greatest. In that space of time Pawlikowski manages to tell a passionate epic of grandiose scale. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2.5/5 36% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) An example of when a good concept with good actors and good performances doesn't ignite for some reason. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3.5/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) A film that feels rather brave, slightly fresh, and all-manner of fun. If I could, I'd sign the guestbook promising to make a return visit! - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2.5/5 55% The First Purge (2018) Ascribing it with the status of B-movie would be far too generous as it's so po-faced as it continuously delivers unrelenting over-the-top violence. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 63% Dean (2017) A film that lightly handles some very heavy and very important themes. Love, loss and longing all make an appearance -- never weighting the film but elevating it even further as they're all such universal experiences. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) For a film that has as many flaws as claws, there may just be enough flair to hold back the fatigue. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet A Love That Never Dies (2017) The documentary doesn't answer the questions about the nature of grief, it would be impossible for it to do so. Instead it muses upon them, offering personal accounts to help us draw our own conclusions. We grieve because we love. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 56% That Good Night (2017) It's heartfelt, sensitively told, and stays more realistic than melodramatic. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2/5 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) There'll be gnome complaints from the kids, at least, but the adults might start to think these are tales told by an idiot, full of sound and sort of funny, signifying nothing... - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
63% Every Day (2018) It's not a perfect film, it's slightly overlong and stumbles into being too saccharine... What it is, however, is a very well made teen movie that deserves some attention and acknowledgment. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
85% Game Night (2018) It's a team effort with everyone working together in harmony to get the job done to surprisingly great effect. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
11% Basmati Blues (2018) I love Brie Larson. I love Donald Sutherland. I love musicals. I quite like rice. I don't like Basmati Blues. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020