Katherine McLaughlin

Katherine McLaughlin
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
10/10 94% Dinner in America (2020) An indie film that strikes all the right notes as it blends the exhilarating thrill of the lovers-on-the-lam genre with hilarious black comedy. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
87% Violation (2021) Madeleine Sims-Fewer co-writes, co-directs and stars as Miriam in a daring and referential debut that questions the nature of revenge. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
89% Black Bear (2020) Aubrey Plaza is an unpredictable powerhouse in writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine's two-part negotiation of the untrustworthy power dynamics of a filmmaking couple. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
7.3/10 100% Sweetheart (2021) The combination of Barlow's terrific central performance and a screenplay packed with wit and sensitivity makes this an incredibly charming coming-of-age comedy. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
8.3/10 100% Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) A searing yet down-to-earth portrait of a woman ahead of her time. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
10/10 99% Saint Frances (2020) This funny, heart-wrenching and gorgeously shot tale of a 30-something woman finding herself exudes warmth, kindness and humour. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
9.3/10 84% Her Smell (2019) Elisabeth Moss is exquisite in Alex Ross Perry's surprising and genuinely moving portrait of a fictional 90s punk singer. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
8.3/10 92% The Vast of Night (2020) This captivating debut feature pays affectionate and mischievous homage to 1950s sci-fi. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
8.7/10 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Adam Sandler is sensational in this intense, nail-biting, adrenaline-fuelled thriller. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
8.3/10 92% The Assistant (2020) Like a suspenseful horror film, Green doesn't reveal the monster in the light of day, but his presence and influence are always felt. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
7/10 87% Emma. (2020) A funny cast and a witty script make this candy-coloured Jane Austen adaptation a bubbly, energetic watch. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
8/10 81% Greener Grass (2019) This future cult classic hilariously picks apart society's most excruciating habits. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
8/10 93% Lourdes (2010) Hausner's quietly provocative piece of arthouse cinema is a great example of her ever-expanding oeuvre as she continues her ingenious investigation into human behaviour. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
8.3/10 99% Le Havre (2011) With beautifully framed and eye-catching composition, Kaurismäki carves out an optimistic and empathetic tale about humanity doing the right thing. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
8.3/10 100% Agantuk (The Stranger) (2003) Satyajit Ray's bittersweet and spirited swansong finds complex meaning through passionate debate. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
9.3/10 92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) This impeccably performed drama explores the impact of war from a fresh perspective. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
7/10 82% The Report (2019) Just like the man at the centre of the film, it has good intentions and lofty ambitions. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
7.3/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Pixar's franchise heads into new territory with this funny, poignant, charming road trip about passing on the baton. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
4/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Viscerally channels a sense of dissatisfaction, numbness, despair and feeling like an intruder in your own life with impressive effects, striking visuals and disturbing violence. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Cummings has crafted an atmospheric, suspenseful and darkly amusing werewolf murder mystery featuring a transfixing central performance... - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 92% Relic (2020) Natalie Erika James has crafted an incredibly impressive first feature packed with striking visuals, powerful performances and a strong hold on an atmosphere of dread. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
5/5 100% His House (2020) What Weekes has achieved in his first feature film is a remarkable piece of British horror cinema full of deeply stirring beats and terrifying truths. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 67% The Secret Garden (2020) You don't already need to be acquainted with the text to enjoy the spirited pleasures of the film. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) Plays out as gloriously inventive, darkly funny and brutal payback. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 71% Carmilla (2020) Harris displays real promise with her first solo feature film; sinking her teeth deep into the original novella's themes of fear and persecution, and elegantly translating them for a modern audience. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
5/5 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) A playful, endlessly inventive and charming tribute to the magic of cinema and a deeply personal documentary. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 84% Scare Me (2020) Much of the film relies on the actors' ability to add oomph to their stories and Cash and Ruben are up to the task. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
4/5 75% Spiral (2019) There's so many clever ideas at play with allusions to cults and shallow niceties, that when it all comes together the ending really packs a punch. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Successfully delivers on the ominous potential of its suggestive title. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
85% Detention (2019) Director John Hsu adapts the Taiwanese horror video game of the same name with true compassion for its characters and an eye for eerie visuals. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
90% The Block Island Sound (2020) This clever horror has a strong grasp on its themes of climate change and family dysfunction and unsettles the viewer with menacing sound design and unforgettable images. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 84% Climate of the Hunter (2020) The level of craft involved in bringing this dreamy, glittering disco ball of a picture to screen is incredibly impressive. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 91% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) The film stares intently into the darkness and rightly reflects the fear, confusion and chaos of a family on the brink of self-destruction. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Seimetz has crafted a hypnotic voyage into the unknown and the uncertain, that blushes with an intense stream of vivid colours, vast landscapes and fascinating characters. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 92% Lucky (2020) Harrowing experiences are revealed through disorienting sequences heightened by sleek cinematography from Julia Swain and a powerful lead performance from Grant. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/5 82% Special Actors (2019) Watching it is like being given a tender embrace when you're feeling fragile and it works best as a charming tribute to the power of teamwork, kinship and supportive relationships. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 79% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) This hilarious Dutch black comedy takes aim at the subject of online etiquette from all angles by debating censorship and freedom of speech in the social media era in gloriously entertaining fashion. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 80% Fried Barry (2020) A greasy, grubby, tongue-in-cheek reflection of a chaotic world that's destined for cult status, and marks Kruger out as one to watch. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 94% Sleep (Schlaf) (2020) This tightly scripted German chiller uses folklore and fairy-tale imagery in deeply unsettling ways to confront the ghosts of the past. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 100% Host (2020) Captures the mood of lockdown and the present moment in time where everyone is trying to put on a brave face, but as things get increasingly worse it becomes difficult to hold it all together. - Through the Trees EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
2/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) There's always room for poetic licence but, by veering too far from the original texts, it loses some of the magic and seems destined to be chalked up as an opportunity missed. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 53% Reborn (2018) This Frankenstein's monster of a horror film may display genuine affection for the genre but, aside from the occasional giggle-inducing moment, exhibits all the energy of a limp corpse. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
2/5 44% Cuck (2019) Content to skim the surface, subtlety is forgotten in this portrait of an extremist loner... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
4/5 81% Tigertail (2020) Tigertail is a deeply sincere and stirring first film, that powerfully evokes painful and thrilling memories with a gorgeous, woozy ambience. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
4/5 57% The Hunt (2020) Lindelof and Cuse's loaded comedy takes aim at all kinds of Twitter archetypes, the hypocrisy of certain brands, and at showboating humanitarian work, as it peels back power dynamics. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Boundary pushing and barnstormingly performed, together, Glass, Clark and Ehle represent a holy trinity of talent, setting the screen ablaze with an intensity that rarely lets up. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 75% The Photograph (2020) The difficult decisions that people make when it comes to love, family and careers are languidly pondered over, pinning together the two timelines, as they play out to reveal secrets and heartache. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) 'A writer's life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity,' wrote Morrison, and this film acts as an essential record for both the initiated and those not already acquainted with her work. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) [Leigh] Whannell employs some nifty fight sequences, and also blends science fiction and horror to hint at how technology can be used by egotistical, business magnates for ill gotten gains. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/5 100% Our Ladies (2019) To his credit, Caton-Jones has created a coming-of-ager that feels like it could have actually existed in the 1990s, as it recalls the humour and chaotic group dynamics of films like The Commitments or Trainspotting. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020