Rachael Mead

Rachael Mead
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Square Eyes, InDaily

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There's great dialogue, enthralling characters and plot digressions that sweep viewers along without question. The cultural layering is brilliant. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
48% Palm Beach (2019) This is a film guaranteed to resonate with people who understand the reality of maintaining long-standing relationships that at times can feel held together more by nostalgia and shared history than common ground. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
66% The Public (2019) It's a beautifully shot and directed film that openly wears its heart on its sleeve as an ode to one of the last surviving bastions of free information and public space - the public library. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) Kidman's total embodiment of this character is staggering. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
82% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) The pairing of the highly emotive plot with the delicacy of the structure and editing transforms a devastating series of calamities into an exquisite and poignant exploration of the limitations of love in the face of tragedy. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Even if your interest is not piqued by the story, the performances alone - especially that by McDormand as the flawed and furious protagonist - make it worth your time. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
85% The Turning (2015) While it demands substantial concentration from the audience, this elegant and suspenseful epic more than rewards the effort. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) The fact that a film with this depth of tragedy works, despite being billed as a comedy, is a tribute to the brilliant performances of the cast and one of the most polished pieces of direction by Allen in recent times. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
48% The Great Gatsby (2013) ...by the end I couldn't help feeling the film had missed the mark. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
43% Gold (2017) Even balding and paunchy, McConaughey's latest charming rogue is more than enough to keep audiences riveted through Gold's patchy rhythm. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Summer 1993 is such a delicately crafted and deeply moving memoir it is astonishing that this film is Simon Pipó's debut. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is pure action blockbuster, so if you enjoy jaw-dropping action scenes and hyper-cool design, all set to a great soundtrack, then you'll love it. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Ragnarok gives the genre a much-needed injection of humour and eccentric flair and I think it's not an exaggeration to say that Taika Waititi has saved a superhero. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Jonny Greenwood's score deserves special mention, its piano and strings perfectly pitched to the exquisite cinematography. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Zack Snyder has directed both films and has successfully delivered a rich and cohesive cinematic world in which to set his growing cast of superheroes and villains. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
85% Lion (2016) The film's final scenes might feel a little predictable, but overall Lion is an admirable example of the way a personal story can shed light on broader issues such as identity, poverty and global inequality. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) This is a beautiful and enchanting period drama, but lovers of the novel or 1967 film should prepare themselves for a Reader's Digest version of the plot. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
94% All Is Lost (2013) This is a brilliant film with an intense and engrossing plot and an actor who does justice to his extraordinarily demanding role. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
50% The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016) This is a beautiful and intelligent film but the show-stealer is unquestionably Benoît Debie's cinematography, particularly during Fuller's on-stage dance routines. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2 Trainspotting was a welcome reunion with much-loved characters delivered with a distinctly 21st-century edge. You won't be disappointed. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
77% Jasper Jones (2016) This is a classic Australian story told with both depth and charm, and I have no doubt that the brilliant young actors will soon become household names. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) This is a timely film addressing a critical global issue. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Lady Macbeth is a stark, gripping and entirely contemporary Victorian tragedy that you will be thinking about long after viewing. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
93% Neruda (2016) Neruda is a beautiful, complex and unconventional film, deftly weaving together elements of film-noir, historical biopic and catch-me-if-you-can thriller. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
46% The Dinner (2017) I challenge you to see this film and not still be thinking, days late... - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
47% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) There is much to appreciate and it is undeniable that Besson's vision and commitment to universe creation is unparalleled. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
44% Hampstead (2019) It's strange that two such individually loveable actors can so comprehensively fail to gel. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) There's a great deal going on in this film so it's fortunate that there's not as much tennis being played as you'd think in a movie about a tennis match. There's no time. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
88% Cargo (2018) In essence, Cargo is a film about what it means to be a good parent, yet it also tackles far more unusual and challenging themes such as Aboriginal perspectives, white guilt and the potential for reconciliation - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Thirty-five years was not too long to wait for a sequel of this calibre. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
No Score Yet Dolphin Man (2017) This is a fascinating exploration of a most intriguing life and fans of The Big Blue will find the fleshing out of Mayol's character in Dolphin Man to be compulsive viewing. - Square Eyes EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is visually stunning, drawing artistic inspiration from every part of the African continent. But perhaps what is most impressive about the film is the villain and the political dilemma catalysed by his claim to the throne. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
99% Lady Bird (2017) This subtle and perceptive coming-of-age film announces Gerwig as a fully-fledged director whose career, I suspect, will be well worth following. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
81% The Party (2018) With the action confined to three rooms and a courtyard, it's the razor-sharp dialogue that creates the momentum. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) DC's Wonder Woman has proved audiences are definitely hungry for superhero films with female protagonists, so while the Wasp is an enjoyable step in the right direction, this reviewer is more than ready for more. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee returns to form with an electrifying commentary on contemporary American racism... - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
21% Submergence (2018) This is a beautiful, poetic and intelligent film that may be too slow and romantic for those craving the adrenaline shot of the traditional thriller, but I think Wenders fans will find the pace and depth just right. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It's a gripping piece of cinema and highly recommended for those who desire more from a thriller than car chases and automatic weaponry. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Christian Bale and Amy Adams deliver virtuoso performances. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Glass's self-reflection about comic-book tropes, characterisation and narrative-arcs would've been far more powerful a decade ago, before cinema goers were over-exposed to the genre. Nonetheless, it is an insightful and highly engaging film. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) This is a timely and most welcome interpretation of an intriguing period. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A visually stunning and emotionally intense meditation on young love, family and social injustice in America. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) This is sweet and affectionate biopic. If you appreciate the comedy of a gentler time, its nostalgic re-creation of the final performances of two beloved comedy icons will definitely make you smile. - InDaily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019