Katherine McLaughlin

Katherine McLaughlin
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) A beautifully crafted tale of sisterhood, memory and the importance of authorship, featuring an outstanding cast. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) In the end, it feels like a film that has completely lost its nerve. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 40% Black Christmas (2019) Some traditions and rituals need to die and Black Christmas shoots the harmful ones through the heart with a direct and occasionally excruciatingly blunt arrow. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Bing's Christmas (2019) It captures the seasonal spirit beautifully, with the characters learning valuable lessons about sharing and forgiveness. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Giving major props to the Angels' legacy with loving nods to the women involved works in its favour, as it strikes a spirited and knowing tone that acknowledges the perils and pitfalls of the business. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) The well-directed chase sequences mean it is intermittently exhilarating, while close attention to the aftermath of gun violence suggests hidden depths that nevertheless struggle to make much of an impact in a predictable, cliche-ridden screenplay. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) Exquisitely crafted and confronting on multiple levels, I Lost My Body... powerfully laments lost potential and dislocation from the warm hearth of home. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 42% A Dog Called Money (2019) A Dog Called Money captures turbulent moments in time through creative reportage but it can feel a little arm's-length; as a portrait of global catastrophe and oppressive capitalism, it really needed to dig deeper. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) There is ample beauty and terror in this faithful and epic adaptation of Stephen King's 2013 follow-up... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 27% Countdown (2019) Countdown teases the most out of its 90-minute run time, blending deadly serious and enjoyable horror in equal measure. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) It conveys empathy without providing easy answers, pokes fun at beauty standards, and even targets critics making points about the value of people telling their own stories. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) The title asks a pertinent and provocative question, which the film answers with intimate footage that acts as compelling testament to the power of the human spirit. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Gottsagen is endearingly funny and LaBeouf once again nails it as an appealing scruffbag. Together, they're a cockle-warming delight. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) It distils the crucial elements of the book and interrogates the gangster flick with a wistful eye. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 75% Judy & Punch (2019) [Mia] Wasikowska is electrifying as she leads the charge against oppression in an impressively mounted debut with real fire in its belly that marks Foulkes out as one to watch. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 83% Ema (2019) Larraín cultivates an explosive and bewildering atmosphere, aided by an intense performance from Di Girolamo in the gleefully perverse lead role, and by creative choreography from Jose Luís Vidal. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 63% Greed (2020) The material is undoubtedly blood-boiling but, in its imperfect execution, Greed ends up feeling like an opportunity missed. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 84% Waves (2019) The whole structure of the film relies on placing the viewer in its protagonists' shoes to feel their elation, rage and vulnerability, which makes Waves both a captivating and hard-hitting experience. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 100% Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) (2019) It's an impressive if repetitive yarn that marks [Shahad] Ameen out as a filmmaker with a potent visual style as she sets sail through restless waters and offers hope through rebellion. She is definitely one to watch. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 80% The Lodge (2020) [Riley] Keough's intense and affecting performance pins the whole production together. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 100% La Llorona (2019) On only his third outing as a director [Jayro] Bustamante delivers one of the most powerful depictions of the legend of La Llorona in film as he fearlessly wades through distressing recent history. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
3/5 92% Adoration (2019) [Fabrice] Du Welz uses traditional fairy-tale imagery to weave together another upsetting story about love gone wrong and it is intermittently effective. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) The superbly directed mud-and-guts battle at Agincourt speaks volumes on the savagery of conflict, even if the overall film strikes a disappointingly uneven tone. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 95% Good Posture (2019) Van Patten is a dream as she delivers spiteful and self-centred lines with aplomb. It's her performance that elevates the material... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) [James] Gray has crafted an ambitious outing that propels its chisel-jawed hero through an asteroid belt of melancholy and menace as it traverses grand themes of love, loss and masculinity. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 87% Hustlers (2019) A hugely entertaining cavort that's by turns gorgeous, funny and surprisingly moving. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) An intermittently horrifying experience. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The film runs out of steam as it progresses with atmosphere replaced by a reliance on CG monsters to fuel the fear. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) Cheesy dialogue apart, the result is surprisingly touching. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/5 17% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) A film predominantly geared towards a very young audience, with insufficient humour to keep accompanying adults entertained. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) The 90-year-old director delivers a masterclass on her unique approach to cinema, art and photography. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) It's part filler, part killer, occasionally surprising and enjoyably silly. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 93% We the Animals (2018) Working with writer Daniel Kitrosser, Zagar achieves something magical with an adaptation that's akin to films like Moonlight, Mustang and The Florida Project. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Every facet of the film ignites an appealing flame or an interesting idea, which it soon stomps it out with inane spectacle. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 41% Hell Fest (2018) What sets this slasher apart is the detailed production design from Michael Perry with each set piece invoking a different style of horror film tradition and Tobe Hooper's body of work an obvious influence. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell really resonates when it comes to the overwhelming experience of returning to the motherland, with lingering shots of changing neighbourhoods, and childhood memories floating to the surface. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 91% The Lighthouse (2019) With The Lighthouse [Robert] Eggers delivers another formally exciting and evocative feature, it's an immersive cinematic experience that luxuriates in filthy masculinity as tyrannical power struggle. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Despite dabbling in dark material, in its humour and inspiring activism Hail Satan? acts as a beacon of hope for our troubled times. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 50% Sick, Sick, Sick (Sem seu sangue) (2019) Furtado shows a great deal of promise as she delves through horror to deliver a new twist on the zombie flick. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) There's always room to breathe new life into a concept when updating a film but at points, the tone deafness of certain choices is hard to fathom... - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 96% Thunder Road (2018) Cummings locates the humour and humanity in a calamitous and desperately lonely person who, even at his lowest ebb, never loses sight of the promised land. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
74% Lords of Chaos (2019) As someone who had carved out a persona as a misanthrope, the film has a semblance of sympathy for a person who didn't really know how to deal with his feelings when it came to the suicide of his best friend. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 51% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) Reliance on clichés, an absurd shank-whittling scene and the brothers revisiting a moment from one of their earlier films in the denouement removes much of the tension as the story draws to a close. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 86% Vivarium (2019) The viewer is plonked straight into this young couple's Sisyphean nightmare, with the two stars turning in individually memorable performances. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 86% Zombi Child (2020) Bonello's deep love for genre, his detailed research into the Haitian culture and his handle on the deft art of making you care for his characters results in a poetic and incredibly moving film. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Mendonca Filho and Dornelles whip up a heady ambience with their references to Cangaco cinema and gun toting baddies. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) To say much more would be to give away too many delicious surprises, but the film unfolds like a warped blend of Jordan's Peele's Us and Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters in its blazingly brutal, smart and heartfelt messaging. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 64% Little Joe (2019) It's a confrontational and chilling brainteaser that covers a multitude of thorny themes, concerning familial bonds, companionship, the impact of mood-altering drugs and toxic attitudes towards mental health. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 95% Atlantics (2019) Atlantique is a damning supernatural horror about the refugee crisis, patriarchy and the way greedy capitalism sucks the life out of disenfranchised workers. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jarmusch bites down hard on capitalism, consumerism and race relations in a film that's akin to Joe Dante's Matinee in its satire of wilfully destructive human behaviour. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019