Roe McDermott

Roe McDermott
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Hot Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet An Engineer Imagines (2019) Fittingly, An Engineer Imagines is a beautiful piece of art. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Seána Kerslake shines in enjoyably creepy horror. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
82% Instant Family (2018) It's a sweet if stumbling film, though it hints at Anders' emotional intelligence. If he trusted himself to let that shine onscreen, it could be a game-changer. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 86% What They Had (2018) Though the final act becomes predictably sentimental, it's the smaller, more subtle observations that linger. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's forgivable - the directing and performances are accomplished, and the inspiring story is well-told. It just feels very familiar and rote for the story of a woman fighting to unmake tired rules. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
90% A Private War (2018) Heineman highlights the danger she endured, too, and the result is both a powerful psychological portrait and a fitting tribute. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Shot in drab browns and greys that evoke the mustiness of Lee's closed-off life, this dramedy is nevertheless textured and complex, thoughtfully addressing age, connection and legacy. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Cruelty of gay conversion therapy is necessarily - if predictably - highlighted in well-acted drama. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Though the rules and boundaries of the Lego-verse and the real world become muddled and messy, the movie is never less than brilliant fun. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
83% Cellar Door (2018) More an immersive experience than a film to passively watch, the deliberately splintered nature of Cellar Door may be off-putting to some. However, it does showcase Nikci's unique vision, and marks him out as a director to watch. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
37% Glass (2019) [E]ventually, Shyamalan will have to confront his delusion that he's so much smarter than his audience. It's been a while since he convinced anyone. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Whilst Mary Queen Of Scots is a spirited offering, Rourke's modern perspective may have shone brighter with a less conventional approach. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Peter Farrelly's Green Book offers an exploration of racism fatally undermined by white saviour syndrome. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Vice is a powerful skewering of the former Vice President of the US, Dick Cheney, the man who paved the way for 'alternative facts'. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
91% Widows (2018) McQueen's usual cinematic artistry is also missing, leading to a more generic looking film than expected, but the pulp factor is just right. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Overall, Juliet, Naked is light, charming and filled with characters you want to spend more time with. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) With few jokes and one-dimensional characters, The Nutcracker remains a tin soldier - pretty, empty, echoing, and indistinguishable from its peers. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Carey Mulligan is mesmerizing in poetic portrait of unraveling family. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4.5/5 64% Good Favour (2017) A unique and wonderfully unnerving beast that is ripe for interpretation. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
63% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo is a vital story about the powerless and the powerful, and we understand it due to Leighıs approach - but it could have been much more impactful had we understood the characters, too. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 56% Touch Me Not (2019) Touch Me Not proves that you can reveal a lot of the body while revealing very little of the self. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) A tremendously fun frightfest. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
100% Katie (2018) Accomplished doc provides insight into Ireland's most incredible - and private - athlete. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) This gospel may be joyous and uplifting, but it could have used more depth and soul. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) But there's undeniable passion, talent and naked humanity onscreen, and for much of its run-time, A Star Is Born is impressively rapturous and romantic. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) It's ludicrous, excessive and scuzzy. It rocks. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) After an hour, you'll forget Motown and instead be plagued by the taunts of a classic rock song: "You can check out any time you like / But you can never leave!" - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/5 100% Rosie (2018) Though never particularly cinematic, the experience is immersive, exhausting and breathtakingly empathetic, with Cathal Watters' intimate cinematography and the tragic soundtrack from Stephen Rennicks adding to the emotion. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Losing Alaska (2018) Losing Alaska highlights the very real and encroaching danger of climate change, and its layered impacts. Alarming and engaging viewing. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Meeting (2018) In The Meeting, Ailbhe Griffith recreates her mediated encounter with the man who sexually assaulted her, as she sought restorative justice. The result is one of the year's most powerful films. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A culturally complex, swoon-worthy rom-com. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) But as the men learn, violent crime isn't fun, or glamorous - it's terrifying and anxiety-laden and ultimately, doomed. But my god, is it fun to watch. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
88% I, Dolours (2018) Complex, deeply uncomfortable and endlessly compelling, this is a film about history seen from the perspective of a fascinating woman. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 78% The King (2018) Jarecki's road-trip never reaches answers or a destination, but it's a curiously diverting ride. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 78% Black '47 (2018) Daly made a bold choice by approaching Black 47 as a genre film. It just mightn't be the choice to do full justice to the theme. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
72% The Children Act (2018) The Children Act can feel sluggish and melodramatic, weighed down with the use of superfluous flashbacks, letter-reading voice-overs, and the repeated use of stodgy Bach passages. Intelligent, but airless. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee brings humor and a hard-hitting message to bizarre true story about the KKK. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
100% Older Than Ireland (2016) As the comforting stillness of the camera lends an intimately observant feel to the film, Older Than Ireland acts as an organically flowing oral history of Ireland. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) ... if anyone can make meaningless look meaningful, it's Denzel. That's a big energy. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
3/5 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) But when you've forgotten the hacky script, silly plotting and paper-thin characterisations, an uneasy sense of dread may well linger, causing you to adjust your privacy settings and cover up that webcam. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
2/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Dystopian young adult film fails to connect despite its relevant theme of youth resistance. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
4/5 100% The Image You Missed (2018) An intriguing generational bridge. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Every time the action seems almost comically exotic and death-defying, McQuarrie ups the ante, often filming over Cruise's shoulder so we experience every thrill up close. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Masterful. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) The plot is light and inconsequential, but for a slice of steampunk noir-lite, it's great fun. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) ...Sollima's film is dark and layered. It may not be as affecting as the original, but acts as a fascinating introduction to many other stories. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) Combined with Mary's love of the gothic and macabre, a biopic of her life should be provocative and moving. So why does Haifaa Al-Mansour's film feel so staid and polite? - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4.5/5 67% Dublin Oldschool (2018) Dublin Oldschool is consistently uproarious in its portrait of young Dubliners always looking for bants and raves, and the party-loving lads are what can only be described as a gas collection of characters. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Set before the sexual revolution of the '60s, this drama about how repression and lack of communication play out in relationships is beautifully observed and strikingly prescient. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is entertaining but never compelling. Given the troubled production history, though, that still counts as a win. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018