Clarisse Loughrey

Clarisse Loughrey
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 54% The Lion King (2019) If anything, The Lion King uses nostalgia as a springboard for experimentation, finding new ways to tell old stories, while reminding us what makes those stories feel truly timeless in the first place. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It feels comfortably like the end of a chapter, the beginning of a new one, an epilogue, and a palate cleanser all at once. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 96% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric feels like [Peter] Strickland at his most free and playful. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 92% Support the Girls (2018) A remarkably compassionate portrait of American womanhood that inspires hope without denying reality. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) It's a chocolate egg of a film: sweet and satisfying enough to distract you from the fact it's completely hollow inside. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) At the very least, it achieves the baseline desire of a horror reboot: it's fun, it's scary, and it doesn't trample all over a legacy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Despite its simplicity, Brightburn's premise is filled with potential, but it struggles to find anything meaningful to say. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 82% Midsommar (2019) It's strange and distressing at times, even a little punishing to audiences, but it's filled with ideas, images, and feelings that will stay with you long after the credits roll. And it's worth every second. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Something deeply unpleasant, and in no way suitable for children. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 69% The Flood (2019) A careful, studied portrait of one of the most incendiary topics of modern politics. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
97% Thunder Road (2018) It takes a few narrative risks that won't win everyone over, but it allowed itself to be complex and conflicted about itself. That kept you on the edge of your seat. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
55% Ma (2019) What pushes Ma past fun and trashy and into something genuinely interesting is the character work. Octavia Spencer gets to show off how great of an actor she is. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) I want to see so many more Booksmarts, all Booksmarts down the line. An incredibly confident directorial debut. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
91% A Vigilante (2019) The film doesn't work without this character's pain, and Wilde absolutely sells it, a spectacular performance. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) I felt uncomfortable during the conclusion. It's an odd film to try to pick apart, and a lot of odd decisions are made... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 45% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) The result feels a little empty. The humour relies almost entirely on the contrast between the film's dark themes and humdrum British life, as everyone negotiates life-and-death matters with steadfast politeness. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Extremely Wicked certainly doesn't glamourise [Ted] Bundy, but it does somewhat sanitise him. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) [Director Bo] Burnham may have crafted a simple story about the most ordinary of teenage girls, but it speaks with the emotions of a true cinematic epic. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 64% Unicorn Store (2019) [Brie] Larson approaches Unicorn Store with such earnest emotion - both in her performance and the film's direction - that the film quickly becomes something much more. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The film might be able to offer a few surprises... but it otherwise puts a dampener on what could have introduced a whole new generation to the chills of [Stephen] King's novel. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen should have taken note: sometimes a story simply has no heroes. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) This is a new take, from a different perspective, that's trying to find new things to say. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) There is an intelligence to how this film is constructed. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
94% Us (2019) Jordan Peele has shown us how much the horror genre can actually achieve. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier makes a decent stab at looking beyond the usual ambitions of the genre. There's thought behind all this gun-toting. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's the right film for now. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) I love when an actor just makes a choice... but so much of this is lost in translation outside of that one brilliant moment. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
75% Old Boys (2018) Although I don't think this film has anything new particularly to say, I think it still works and avoids all the obvious tropes. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki is so skilled at directing children here. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The LEGO Movie 2 is the doomed progeny of a celebrated genius -- brilliant, but slightly stunted by the knowledge they will never live up to their predecessor. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) [The film] inevitably does a disservice to its subjects -- Mary and Elizabeth were real women, not historical superheroes. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [Makes] a strong case that animation is the natural medium for the comic book movie. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) [Philip] Reeves's book is a dense one when it comes to worldbuilding, and Mortal Engines does little to streamline or simplify it for the big screen. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) Every point the film wants to make has to be roared via lengthy speeches and declarations made straight down the lens. Any deeper meaning becomes lost. When the fires finally subside, there's not that much to be found in the ashes. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The Nutcracker doesn't exist in our memories as a story, but as a feeling.... And despite its strict adherence to convention, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is successful in capturing that spirit. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
51% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) The awkwardness extends even into the production design... there's a magazine called Horse Fun... this film is just a complete act of world building. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) This is a film that speaks so directly and so intelligently to teens and I think that is a thing to treasure. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) What's arrived at the other side of this troubled production history is a work that's all spirit, no soul. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A shallow attempt to make another Amblin classic, by a director who can't help but let his grisly horror pedigree creep back into frame. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) It's Paul Feig vs. the airport novel. And whatever arises out of that: sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's tense, sometimes it's a little trashy. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) Horror is one of the safest genres in terms of taking risks. That's why it always feels frustrating when movies like The Nun play it so, so safe. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's like aliens took over the bodies of all these talented people and wreaked havoc. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Is there any future in the Jurassic Park franchise? They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn't stop to think if they should. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 works as a piece of pure, Old Hollywood-style entertainment; taking the basic structure of the heist movie and allowing it to be a playground for star power. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin is something of an oddity -- a kid's movie that plays stronger to adults. But sometimes, it's a risk worth taking. - That Darn Movie Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Toni Collette's work as Annie here is gut-wrenching in its own terms, as she's able to craft a horror that reaches beyond just what goes bump in the night, but that lies at the heart of a woman whose whole family seems to be crumbling before her eyes. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3/5 81% Early Man (2018) There's no single shot, movement, joke, or line of dialogue that seems wasted. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
4/5 75% Manifesto (2017) What Manifesto does achieve, seemingly, is to crash together the planes of art and life. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) We understand these characters, we understand so painfully their fears. That's the kind of horror that nestles deep inside your brain. It's the kind that follows you home. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2/5 86% American Made (2017) The problem is, American Made's Barry Seal was a real person. And real people aren't celluloid gods. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017