Katherine McLaughlin

Katherine McLaughlin
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 46% What Men Want (2019) For all its apparent progressive intentions, this revamp has a similar whiff of the 90s about it. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 100% Maiden (2019) The footage and interviews are edited together in a skilful manner that immerses you in the high-stakes and emotion of it all. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 44% Out of Blue (2019) Though Out of Blue has ambition, it's not strange enough to continually beguile and doesn't leave its protagonist's discoveries open to interpretation. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's a fun watch at points, with Rothe still a major charismatic draw but as is the problem with many sequels it just doesn't possess the same freshness or magic as the original. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The sequel is still as funny as the first from the outset and the jokes come thick and fast but a whole new sparkling dimension is added along with some fantastic new characters. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Deviously funny and deeply moving. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 48% Escape Room (2019) Each set-piece is pleasingly put together with its own specific soundtrack, and the film leans into the surreal with a slowed-down Petula Clark tune and a sped-up heavy metal number. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) Bombach clearly wants to shed light on the subject but takes it one step further by asking the audience to consider the morality of putting those seeking asylum through their paces. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) It starts an important discussion but doesn't dig deep enough. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The film may seem over the top but, given the current global political circus where female politicians are targeted for their dancing, its ridiculousness hits a raw nerve. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) This dramatised version isn't as compelling in its handling of trauma, relying on cliched romantic tropes to push the story forward and short-changing its subjects with cheesy dialogue. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) The character engagement is minimal and Wan doesn't make enough use of the charismatic Jason Momoa in the titular role, however there's a certain allure to the weird and wild places the film is willing to go on its bloated voyage. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 94% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) Sure, it's packed full of sorrow and several generations of people who have lost hope, but it captures the enduring sadness with such beauty and in such a skilful and imaginative manner it's difficult to write it off as pure miserabilism. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 84% Creed II (2018) This flashy sequel is an entertaining entry that fits into the Rocky franchise like it's a part of the family. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 100% Waru (2017) Waru tackles this serious subject matter head on with a poignant clarity that calls out destructive behaviour and pays tribute to the children who have passed. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A loud but disappointingly tame account that follows a generic by the numbers screenplay... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet All the Gods in the Sky (Tous les dieux du ciel) (2018) Genuinely bleak and upsetting in places, this is a horror intent on both shocking audiences and inspiring awe. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 87% Possum (2018) With Possum, Holness has constructed a dark and twisted contemporary fairytale, designed to confront the impact of neglect and abuse. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 72% Assassination Nation (2018) A bloody portrait of modern America that plays out like a terrifying horror film. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
83% VS. (2018) Vs. may set its stall as the British 8 Mile, with its hard-done-by protagonist transmuting his rage into lyrics, but it goes its own way and is refreshingly progressive when it comes to gender and sexuality. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
4/5 66% Suspiria (2018) A richly provocative piece of modern art. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 65% Jonathan (2018) It's a thinker that's both comforting and confronting. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The combination of committed performances and inspired magical realism lends the film a wild and frantic energy that explodes to unexpected ends in the final throes. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2/5 46% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) The plot of Goosebumps 2 is a strictly join-the-dots affair with external threats and family friction all resolved at the drop of a hat. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) [A] tantalising and layered character portrait that boasts memorable and game performances from a cast at the top of their game. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
5/5 73% Destroyer (2018) The combination of Kusama's ability to whip up a viciously intimidating pulpy ambience and Kidman's mesmerising performance effectively amplifies Bell's pain. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 88% Colette (2018) Once Colette takes flight it delivers a pleasurable rite of passage about a woman striving for independence. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 94% CAM (2018) The smartly written and layered script calls out prudish and toxic attitudes towards sex workers. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
1/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom mostly wastes its stellar cast with its jarring tonal clash - the wacky humour is badly timed, and the one-liners are ghastly. Its blend of puerile comedy and psychological horror just never really gels. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/5 28% Night School (2018) A regrettably formulaic entry that, despite a sweet denouement about honesty, integrity and hard work, fails to muster much merriment across its running time. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The novel's themes of grief and bravery propel the film towards a visually dark finale that makes the most of Roth's grisly approach to the material. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) Loveridge's debut feature is a fascinating and intimate portrait of his close friend Maya Arulpragasam, otherwise known as the rapper M.I.A. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) If the appealing, strictly for adults, premise runs out of steam, the film still delivers lots of silly wisecracks, absurd, potty-mouthed humour, bodily fluids and detailed world-building. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Dark Web hovers its cursor directly over the manipulation of people, identity and data in the internet age. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 45% Marrowbone (2018) Despite the film faltering somewhat in its final throes it is a promising debut. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) The film riffs on violent Korean cinema and Raymond Chandler and, though the similarities to John Wick are off-puttingly obvious, there's a charm to the detailed design... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/5 54% The First Purge (2018) While you can't accuse The First Purge of subtlety, the imagery used is charged and blisteringly effective and it makes great use of horror tropes and characters to bust racist myths. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/5 51% Freak Show (2018) The eclectic soundtrack works in its favour and should appeal to a young audience, some of whom may treasure its sincere message about embracing your individuality. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The cast do great work across the board, with Bullock leading her gang of crooks with extreme confidence. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Meyers marks the dawn of Dahmer's charismatic, highly manipulative and ultimately murderous persona to chilling effect. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Cosmatos has crafted a mind-melting genre orgy of cosmic proportions that's ridiculously fun. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 40% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) This chilling and surreal examination of fear and repression is not for the queasy or faint-hearted and some may find its perplexing nature way too puzzling. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) A haunting and elegantly handled portrait of blue-collar American family life in an era where gender inequality had major sway on income and decision-making. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
4/5 79% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) A rowdy denouement revels in horror and the anguish of losing something or someone in cruel circumstances. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 92% Mirai (2018) By melding impressively designed fantasy and reality together there's always something surprising around the corner in this Japanese anime. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 51% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under the Silver Lake lacks the calamitous hilarity of its predecessors, but Mitchell occasionally digs up gold as his protagonist delves around Hollywood. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) All it amounts to is narcissistic gesturing and it's difficult to get offended by such obvious provocation. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Watching a bromance that you're already super invested in blossom before your eyes is genuinely heart-warming. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) In these tumultuous days if you don't laugh you'll cry and, by referencing phrases like 'Make America Great Again', Lee shows he knows that only too well. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
No Score Yet Third Kind (2018) Director Yorgos Zois uses this vast, eerie real-life location, that was left like a ghost town, to unsettling ends as a reminder of global events and the shocking loss of human life. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018