Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 67% AK Vs AK (2020) A mock-doc thriller that skewers India's showbiz scene... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Coolie No. 1 (2020) Dhawan casts his son Varun in the role made famous in 1995 by Govinda, but little effort has been made to acknowledge the quarter-century since... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Durgamati: The Myth (2020) Pared down or sent up, it might have held the interest. As it is, Ashok plays it deadeningly straight, generating some very ripe, sub-sub-Hammer scenes as our heroine is possessed by the restless queen's spirit. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 100% No Hard Feelings (Futur Drei) (2020) Shariat's debut is quietly shrewd about checking its characters' privilege. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
3/5 70% Chhalaang (2020) Handled carelessly, fluff like this often unravels into nonsense, but Chhalaang feels faintly precious for landing intact near the end of a heavy year. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 100% Say Your Prayers (2021) Simmons and Michell, blessed with good ideas and the craft to do them justice, are building a notable filmography on the margins: let's hope the industry's moneymen are watching. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Hard Kill (2020) Anyone hoping Bruce Willis might enjoy a career renaissance after his rediscovery in M Night Shyamalan's Split and Glass: lower those expectations now. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet The Lady in the Portrait (Le Portrait interdit) (2016) Undeniably artful - but a lot of that beauty is on the inert side. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Truth Makes Free (Zieja) (2020) Handsomely austere, this is the kind of production national film institutes typically finance so as to enter awards races. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2/5 33% One Night In Bangkok (2020) We're left with all the lowish-octane thrills that follow from watching a man ticking items off his to-do list, and Kaosayananda makes such a deathly plod of it that vast stretches appear to be proceeding in real time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 33% The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié) (2020) The film is a little well-behaved - success has apparently deprived Hazanavicius of the mischief that made the OSS films such a riot - but there's imagination, heart and empathy here. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Love You Forever (Wo Zai Shi Jian Jin Tou Deng Ni) (2019) Heart-on-sleeve hooey, it can't fail to slap a smile on your face at some point, although that smile runs increasingly thin as the film nears the two-hour mark. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
C- 70% Tenet (2020) What's really there to untangle, beyond loops of string and a whole lot of smoke rings? - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 100% Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) Sharma adds his own achievement to those of his heroine: he's overseen that rare Netflix Original not to feel at least a half-hour too long. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 80% Shakuntala Devi (2020) What results is a biopic with genuine character. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
2/5 60% Dreambuilders (2020) If you just wanted to plonk everyone down in front of pretty shapes and colours for 80 minutes, then Dreambuilders will serve you on the same level as the loop-the-loops of last year's equally middling Wonder Park... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
2/5 73% Gulabo Sitabo (2020) You watch puzzled as - like the ageing pile at the story's centre - the film flakes, moulders and crumbles before you. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 20% The Jesus Rolls (2020) Choppiness is the real issue. There are baffling shunts from town to country, while the middle stretch tosses up scenes with no real function or punchline. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
2/5 48% My Spy (2020) Bautista is amiable company, although he seems bemused at having to take dodgeballs to the face this early in his movie career, and perhaps by the mixed messaging. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
2/5 90% The Rescue (2020) It's just you might reasonably want your films a little more stirring and challenging, and not quite so obviously rubber-stamped. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
C- 75% The Gentlemen (2020) "The Gentlemen" is the film Britain deserves as it staggers backwards into the New Year under the questionable influence of an unabashedly populist leader. America: save yourselves. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 62% The Last Right (2021) Gently heartwarming, mildly amusing, only vaguely related to real life. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 13% The Whistleblower (2019) The Whistleblower starts to feel needlessly woolly by the end, and British viewers may find one particular script quirk impassable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Amber Light (2019) Extremely good company, this is a film made for nippy late-November afternoons. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 93% Blue Story (2020) An assured and capably performed morality play. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 94% Klaus (2019) An old-school, PG-rated animation, encompassing some digital wizardry, but generally clinging to a nostalgic, hand-drawn look, with a late-blooming Christmas theme. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 56% Saand Ki Aankh (2019) This feels like a waste of rich narrative possibilities, as mechanically feelgood as those two dozen Britflicks that have cast Dames Dench, Smith et al as old dears who shoot from the lip. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Lost Lives (2019) Few films released in 2019 have seemed as timely or as urgent as Lost Lives. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 94% The Dead Center (2019) [An] effective low-key chiller... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 33% The Climbers (2019) Lee balances vertiginous, windswept set-pieces with satisfying character beats. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Art born of outrage has to be more rigorous - and we might also contemplate what merit there is in guaranteeing prospective terrorists a filmed account of their misdeeds. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet To Tokyo (2018) Here's one of those rare lowish-budget, entirely off-radar British debuts that feels like a discovery. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) Profoundly moving and unignorable, whether as proof of Assad's barbarism, or the unfailing ability of this world - and its most engaged cinema - to break your heart and sear your soul. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 94% Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) It's one of those docs that wins you over with its spirit: the collected histories reframe the music as one of resistance, resilience, survival, and the tried-and-tested beats pulsing through the cinema sound-system can't help but back them up. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 65% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) The equivalent of the last comic on the shelf at the campsite supermarket: it may provide some distraction, but don't expect much. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) As with many of [Butler's] recent projects, it's been compiled with minimal quality control, insistently cancelling out its better ideas with turns for the derivative. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 85% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) An appreciably peppy entertainment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Van Orman approaches this expanded universe with something of the visual ambition of Pixar's Brad Bird and a restless, playful spirit reminiscent of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 100% The Edge (2019) Some intriguing turn in this narrative elevates the film a notch or two over standard sports-doc fodder. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Kesteloot and Stassen are too busy scrabbling for content - basically fine, largely indifferent, sometimes misjudged - to fill the gaps between the frenetic set pieces. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Arifa (2019) Here's a homegrown debut that appears hellbent on snuffing out its own flickers of promise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 60% HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (2018) The film gets episodic late on, yet remains stimulating and provocative - filmed history that means to prompt debate, rather than light matinee snoozing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 67% Mari (2018) An engrossing close study of a thirtysomething woman caught between two worlds, and two states of being. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It's the kind of verbose corporate parable David Mamet would sit down to write after a heavy night on the sauce. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 91% I Am Mother (2019) Think of it as a movie-length episode of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 58% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Gallagher remains a showman; what the directors reveal is the musician having to work doubly hard to win back those fans he mugged off a decade ago. Odds are this story has a third act. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 32% Bharat (2019) Bharat needs rewrites, or at least some kind of breath test. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet I Love My Mum (2019) The writing rarely rises above bizarro sketchiness, and if you think the deployment of mute migrants as a plot device is glib, wait until you see the punchline. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 90% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) McEnroe makes a fascinating focal point. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 63% Breakthrough (2019) Here is another illustration of how the faith-based drama has pushed into cinemas material indistinguishable from vast swathes of the afternoon TV schedule. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019