Kate Muir

Kate Muir
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Daily Mail (UK), Times (UK)

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The combination of a cute creaturefest and the terrifying rise of magical fascism is a peculiar cocktail, but the sheer inventiveness of Rowling's world will be as seductive as ever for her fans. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson uses film and sound archive to their greatest imaginable effect, marrying incredible moving pictures with more than 150 personal testimonies recorded decades after the carnage, played one after another for 100 enthralling minutes. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) The film's final battle scene is hardcore but if you've got the stomach for it this is a compelling drama. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Mulligan is brilliant at showing her internal conflict, the swings between doubt and determination, and the need to be loved as a woman, as she tries to find a better place for herself and her son in an unequal world. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 57% The Grinch (2018) The film is a sweetly funny tale with less edge than Jim Carrey's green-faced, psychotic mayhem in the 2000 live action comedy How The Grinch Stole Christmas. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 52% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) As a comedy, it's just saggy. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2/5 76% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) An uncomfortable watch, without a clear moral compass. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Taut abduction thriller The Guilty pares drama to its bare bones and fires up the audience's imagination in the process. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The volatile stream of Mercury running through it holds our interest. His otherworldliness, his peacock preening and his cocky sexuality all come from tangled roots. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 89% Pin Cushion (2018) A coming-of-age story which slides between fairytale hopes and the nightmare of daily life. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/5 45% Marrowbone (2018) Will satisfy neither horror fans, nor a young adult audience. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) An eccentric and peculiarly gripping film from veteran director Paul Schrader. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) The action is gravity (and sanity) defying, but The Rock is such a warm, convincing presence you forgive the silliness. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
5/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) A film which is as delightful as the original. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
1/5 21% Terminal (2018) The main mystery here is how so many smart actors ended up in this stinker. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/5 63% Ideal Home (2018) There are some laughs, but Ideal Home feels embarrassingly outdated with its homosexual jokes and assumption that it's a big deal for men to be parents. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 54% The First Purge (2018) This new take makes an old story freshly resonant. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 88% Whitney (2018) A disturbing picture of the isolation of celebrity. The film makes you deeply aware of just how much was lost. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 46% Swimming with Men (2018) Comedian Brydon gains our sympathy as Eric, a bored accountant with a sagging marriage and a growing and inexplicable feeling of panic about his life in suburbia. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) It's Jane Austen with sex and drugs and poetry. What's not to like? - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
82% The Armstrong Lie (2013) The tale is fascinating, not just for cycling enthusiasts, but connoisseurs of the human condition. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) Imagine the television series Friends with a lobotomy, and you are near to comprehending the crassness of That Awkward Moment. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
64% The Patrol (2013) Unfortunately, the cast is wooden, the script crunchy with cliché and the budget too tiny for even an appearance of the enemy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
81% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) This is as fresh as it is self-indulgent, an intelligent piece of navel-gazing. The film loses momentum in the last third, but if this is his calling card, Nance is a young film-maker worth watching. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Sometimes a character punches through the screen, beyond the film containing him. Matthew McConaughey's performance as an HIV-positive cowboy in Dallas Buyers Club is one of those moments. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
30% The Monuments Men (2014) George Clooney's simplistic wartime art heist movie staggers between parody and sincerity, failing at both. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
51% Stalingrad (2014) The director's enthusiasm for the medium cannot be underestimated: warplanes loom from the screen, machineguns splatter in your face, and spectacular flaming flyovers over the Volga abound. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) This is Nordic-noir sex, enveloped in a film as complex as it is unforgettable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
88% Funny Face (1957) The great photographer Richard Avedon curated the titles and exquisitely coloured stills of Hepburn in the latest collection from Givenchy, and each one is poster-perfect. The plot, such as it is, is full of lighthearted fun. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
80% Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014) As the Palaces Burn is a documentary on the heavy metal band Lamb of God, and obviously a must for their fans. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
93% Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) (2014) While Eastwood provided agonised, end-of-era minimalism as an ageing shooter forced to reload one final time to feed his children, the Japanese version leaps off into wild tangents and indulges in seeping wounds and spurting gore. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
47% The Book Thief (2013) The film is hamstrung by the novel's structure, unsure whether to be a 12A-certificate family outing, or to luxuriate in morbid irony. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
100% Open City (1946) The neo-realist film's genius lies in a slow undertow, inexorably dragging the audience from laughter to tears. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Discerning travellers and Wes Anderson fans will luxuriate in the glorious Mittel-European kitsch of one of the director's funniest and most exquisitely designed movies in years. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
73% Plot for Peace (2014) A surprising reassessment of troubled times. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
79% The Bachelor's Weekend (2014) The Stag tries to play on its Irish comic charm and falls flat. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
83% Suzanne (2013) Suzanne's youthful lightness and hope is constantly crushed by events, and her attraction to the wrong men. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
79% Veronica Mars (2014) Perhaps you need to be a lover of the original series to fully appreciate this latest effort. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
82% Salvo (2014) With Salvo, the first-time Italian writer-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza have created a Mafia thriller that takes a surprising turn from business into salvation and miracle. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
40% Peter Gabriel: Back To Front (2014) The film was a run-for-the-door screaming wrist-slitter for me, but I sat through it on behalf of hardcore Gabriel and Genesis lovers, just in case anything interesting happened. Nada. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
77% The Machine (2014) The result is a tad predictable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Directed by Jalil Lespert, the film has a peculiar voiceover from Bergé, and eventually peters out in a mess of petty jealousies, drugs and illness. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
71% Romeo And Juliet (Broadway Hd) (2014) Directed by David Leveaux, this film of the stage show is clunky, with sudden close-ups that seem out of place. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
81% The Borderlands (2014) The words "low-budget found-footage horror film" usually signal disaster... Not so for The Borderlands, which turns out to be a smart, funny and genuinely spooky movie, and British to boot. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Artists including Mick Jagger talk about their backing singers -- and the soundtrack is, of course, heavenly. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
92% Le passé (The Past) (2013) No one wins in this ambiguous, accomplished film, which ends by burdening the audience with a secret that none of the characters will ever know. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
79% Tom at the Farm (2015) It's all a bit improbable, but Dolan -- who claimed never to have watched any Hitchcock before filming -- pulls off a Master-of-Suspense Psycho-drama, down to the scraping, disturbed violins. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
68% The Motel Life (2013) The film is more downbeat than tense, interweaves animation sequences, and perhaps worked better in the original novel. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
44% Honour (2014) The subject is important and timely, but gets an over the top, melodramatic, thriller treatment. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
76% Noah (2014) Perhaps one of the Ten Commandments should be "Thou shalt not make an Old Testament epic". - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017