Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Mike McCahill's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 No Score Yet Building Jerusalem (2015) "Wilkinson's dropkick against the Wallabies is the payoff, but Erskine sees there's something both instructive and inspiring in rewinding the play and detailing the foundations that permitted such elevation. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2/5 67% The Bad Education Movie "You sense Whitehall and co-writer Freddy Syborn egging one another on to see who can scrape the bottom of the barrel quickest and loudest. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 25, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet All Is Well (2015) "It passes relatively quickly, no more inane than, say, recent multiplex-filler Hot Pursuit - but you'd be foolhardy to take that as a recommendation, let alone drive the whole family to see it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2/5 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "Hutcherson - blandly conflicted, woodenly agonised - is just too blank for the screen time he sucks up. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/5 12% Sinister 2 (2015) "A Peeping Tom story rushed through as quiet-quiet-LOUD popcorn-spiller, with replacement players gabbling footnotes to the original legend, and a shoddily edited hide-and-seek finale. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/5 60% Brothers (2015) "Almost all the second-half drama feels sketchily conceived; that canvas of narrative and thematic groundwork O'Connor set down before his brothers in arms went head-to-head simply hasn't travelled. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 17, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Captain Webb "Sporadic handheld shots fail to lend a sexy modern edge, merely pointing up how unconvincing it all looks. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 100% Theeb (2015) "Nowar tells an intimate story of betrayal and survival in a wide-open space, while rewriting an especially contentious chapter of movie history. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/5 17% Pixels (2015) "Any planet where president Kevin James retains greater voice than eerily mute first lady Jane Krakowski surely isn't worth defending. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Bangistan (2015) "Critic-turned-director Karan Anshuman approaches his task with smarts and sensitivity. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 9, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet War Book "Harper's framing is always dynamic, and often pointed: each glimpse of life passing blithely by this room's only window provides a sobering reminder of the extent to which we're at the mercy of those who would govern us. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Death Of A Gentleman "The gathering clouds never quite obscure the filmmakers' evident love of the game. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 92% The Gift (2015) "The growing mismatch between polished exteriors and unravelling interiors provides a field day for the actors. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 36% Max (2015) "With every clunking homily to obedience in the script by Rambo III's Sheldon Lettich, Max starts to feel less like wholesome family entertainment and more like some ideological project. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Drishyam (2015) "Even on its third spin, this story still feels fresh, urgent and relevant to a moment when we're surrounded by screens. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 3, 2015
1/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) "Collapses amid its attempts to reshape a notionally sincere script to fit an A-list heel. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Bin Roye (2015) "Perhaps it's telling the source is a widely-read romance; still, on this evidence of this terminally sappy drama, the book must have made Nicholas Sparks read like James Ellroy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 26, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) "It remains the kind of package perhaps only Bollywood could now pull together: a movie that feels calculated in its grand design, and yet which plays as wholly sincere and heartfelt on a scene-by-scene basis. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 19, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) "At each turn, the money's right there on screen, yet what's most striking is how these resources have been marshalled - to enhance, rather than clutter up, the narrative throughline. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 12, 2015
2/5 83% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) "It's taken three years for this negligible Aussie splatterfest to get its one-weekend-only release; you wonder why anybody thought to rescue it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 63% Hinterland "If what's been captured here is no more than a tiny moment -- a small respite or deviation from the norm -- Hinterland commits entirely to inhabiting and describing it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 8, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Papanasam (2015) "Length gives Papanasam the air of a slowburn modern morality play, winding its way through to a slyly concealed final twist. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2015
2/5 20% Self/less (2015) "Self/Less is, by and large, shot like cheapo television. There's more panache in an episode of The Flash, and a better spin on far out sci-fi concepts, too. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2015
1/5 41% Comet (2014) "A sense of laborious, futile strain comes off this phoney-baloney indie, which looks and sounds very much like an attempt to fashion a more amenable (and thereby saleable) version of Shane Carruth's puzzle pictures. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 97% Housebound (2014) "Johnstone is one to watch. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) "Shamelessly resurrecting ancient horror standbys -- not just curses; seers and séances, too -- Raimi clearly enjoys being allowed to return to the unruly instincts of his Evil Dead trilog " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Sardarji (2015) "It's silly rather than especially funny, and its obvious budgetary limitations negate any claims to blockbuster entertainment. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 50% Knock Knock (2015) "If Knock Knock's no more than a sick joke, it's been very shrewdly constructed. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2015
2/5 74% Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015) "Despite characterful ensemble work in the vein of Maïwenn's Polisse, scenes of spinal taps and form-filling outnumber life-or-death resuscitations, and its dramatic pulse tails off alarmingly. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1/5 29% Everly (2015) "A gruelling gimmick thriller, pitched at dead-eyed graduates of the Matthew Vaughn school of cinematic sociopathy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet ABCD 2 (2015) "ABCD2 is the latest film to recognise that - however you gender your gaze - there is an abiding pleasure in watching bodies in motion, and choreographer-turned-director Remo d'Souza keeps nudging more of them on. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) "Chopra's face could well launch a thousand ships; her lilting close-ups here, as Ayesha's secret emerges, reveal the actress as an unusually sensitive and responsive beauty. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/5 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "More carefully constructed than most series' third chapters. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 71% Gascoigne "It's heartening to see those old crowdpleasing instincts return when discussing, say, that Vinnie Jones photo. For the first time in years, Gazza is allowed to express himself as only he could. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 0% Search Party "The bromance lingers on in Hollywood thinking, like a fart in a sex dungeon. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 74% The Connection (2015) "If its shape and trajectory are quickly mapped out, Jimenez hauls in punchy story and character beats ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
2/5 13% Sword Of Vengeance (2015) "As opportunistic Game of Thrones cash-ins go, this perversely watchable low-budget quickie at least improves upon its producers' risible Hammer of the Gods. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
2/5 66% The Dead Lands (2015) "This tale of a young warrior's blooding resembles Apocalypto in Maori instead of Mayan, although the comparison does it few favours. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
2/5 7% Return to Sender (2015) "Weaponising those dark-pool eyes, Pike remains a preternatural beauty, but she deserves a vehicle that doesn't encourage us to suspect or loathe her for it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
3/5 87% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) "Gradually, the simplicity yields an idiosyncratic charm. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
3/5 31% Poltergeist (2015) "The remake has been engineered in broadly the right carnival spirit. It should shift a lot of popcorn, if nothing else. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
4/5 89% Spring (2015) "It's a monster movie with a heart and soul to go alongside its tentacles. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Dino Time (2012) "Displays early flickers of wit in zapping squabbling kids back to their hometown as it was in the Cretaceous era, before a drab quest narrative kicks in, cueing more plodding than any 70-minute should. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 83% Piku (2015) "Given the bloated junk currently clogging both Hindi and American mainstreams, such human-sensitive fare provides its own restorative, oddly pleasurable form of release. It slips down nicely. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 18, 2015
2/5 81% A Royal Night Out "It's a thin, trickledown sort of fun, broadly comparable to spending the afternoon in a mocked-up Lyons Corner House: the barrel is dutifully rolled out, but its contents prove no more intoxicating than ginger beer. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 86% The Tribe (2015) "Some films are made to leave you speechless; for some experiences, there can be no words. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 14, 2015
2/5 79% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "Proceeds with more energy than inspiration, liberally splashing ketchup over genre cliches. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 82% The Canal (2014) "Writer-director Ivan Kavanagh and cinematographer Piers McGrail fashion something properly cinematic from their watery, nondescript locations: an overcast, portal-like towpath, and a dilapidated public loo ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 7, 2015
2/5 20% Ooops! Noah is Gone... (Two by Two) (2015) "Ready the bargain bins. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 64% We Are Monster "It plays like clumsily opened-out fringe theatre. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2015
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