Clarisse Loughrey

Clarisse Loughrey
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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
56% 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
40% 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 43% 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
47% 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
73% 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
3/5 75% Old Boys (2018) Although Old Boys finds nothing new to say in revamping a classic, it at least swerves the most obvious pitfalls of the genre to deliver a romcom that's both sweet and satisfying. - Independent (UK) 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 72% 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
47% 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
73% 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
86% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) What Shin Godzilla does offer is one major counter: Godzilla's real home is Japan, and anything else feels like a glitzy vacation. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
4/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Without a doubt one of the greatest action stars of today, Atomic Blonde offers a spectacular platform for Charlize Theron's skills. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
87% Okja (2017) This is a film that deserves to stand proudly on its own as one of this year's cinematic gems, and another stellar entry into Bong Joon-Ho's unique catalogue of work. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
5/5 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Every second here is tinged with dark foreboding, with the relentless tension that marked the 1979 original. And, for good measure, there's plenty of shooting aliens in the face, too. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/5 45% The Discovery (2017) The Discovery is a film which poses far too many questions, but with no heart to search for the answers. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 49% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Power Rangers' saviour is its own knowingness, its own touch of self-reflective cynicism; though the key here is that it never launches itself into the full meta-attack we've come to expect in a post-Deadpool era. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
2/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's a film that, somehow, takes the fun out of watching a giant monkey slam-dunk a helicopter into the ground. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) This is a film that's entirely satisfied with making no sense at all. It's hard not to feel a little endeared by that kind of scrappy energy, especially when the real meat of this film lies in its atmosphere-building. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The LEGO Batman Movie delivers a deliriously fun ride that likely to stand up surprisingly well amongst the rest of this year's superhero films. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017