Sarah Cartland

Sarah Cartland
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I write for my own film website, cautionspoilers.com, which focuses on movie reviews, interviews and articles. My go-to films are John Wick, Reign Of Fire, Prometheus, and anything with bonnets.
Publications: Caution Spoilers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 50% The Witches (2020) The peril is mild in this gorgeous but soulless remake, even though the future of all the world's children is at stake. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/5 75% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) Treadaway is impressive once again but the film's cheesy festive do-goodery and pantomime villainy sit uneasily alongside its moving core messages about how society treats people like James. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
2.5/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) I was underwhelmed by The Secret Garden but not the secret garden. The film feels soulless, its magic and reality uneasy (flower)bedfellows; while the garden is a gorgeously tangled, artfully curated wilderness. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3.5/5 40% Rebecca (2020) Kristin Scott Thomas is the best thing at Manderley, though the film is not without other charms, Maxim de Winter's horrid mustard suit notwithstanding. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
4/5 91% Relic (2020) James builds up the tension using recognisable horror ideas and visuals before twisting them into something that we don't want to recognise, then bringing it so terrifyingly close we can't pretend it isn't real. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Say Your Prayers (2020) Lightly but determinedly skewering religious obsessives, professional atheists and literary festivals, this battle between the righteous and the self-righteous is funny and rather moving. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 100% Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (2020) Wright's fascinating and entertaining documentary about the unsung heroines of film and TV shows it's still sometimes two steps forward and one step back (probably in high heels and off a tall building). - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Campos creates a very definite sense of place, of oddballs and innocents infected by their environment. The area where everything happens, the big woods and small towns, comes across as a landlocked Bermuda Triangle. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2020
3/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Amiable, amusing, and approaching TENET levels of incomprehensibility regarding both time travel and Missy's current relationship status. Jillian Bell is fabulous; her counsellor a gently-raised eyebrow in human form. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) The kind of film that feels deeply personal in different ways to different people. It's a weirdly funny and unconventional watch, often gripping but eventually unsatisfying. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
4/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) A boisterous and clever delight, with an energetic and effervescent performance from Millie Bobby Brown. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Solitary (2020) Armstrong's accomplished feature debut weaves in pointed nods to our instant disaster-as-entertainment culture, goldfish bowl social media existence and populist politics. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
4/5 71% Tenet (2020) Gloriously mind-bending bunkum, done with such conviction you really will believe your eyes. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 47% Unhinged (2020) A grimy, nervy, back-to-basics thriller that will entertain you, scare you and quite possibly result in you allowing more people to merge in ahead of you in traffic queues. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
2.5/5 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) The One And Only Ivan is quietly affecting, with unexpected nuance around human frailties. Unfortunately while it admirably dodges over-earnestness, as a viewing experience it errs on the dull side. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
3.5/5 60% Project Power (2020) A standard thriller hiding underneath up-to-date trappings, Project Power is pacy and entertaining, though it could do with more crazy superpowers. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
3.5/5 86% 1BR (2020) By forcing us to confront the seductiveness of conformity as well as its dangers, writer-director David Marmor paints a fresh picture of old themes. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 81% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) A total joy. Bill and Ted are so cartoonish, when they have a bright idea I half-expect to see fizzing lightbulbs on their heads. But their relationship is touching and very human, and it turns out we were all pronouncing Socrates wrong. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Woman in Black (1989) Few locations are creepier than misty tidal islands, even without the ghosts. 30 years on this is still instantly gripping, and a richly intoxicating experience; the joy of sinking into a horror story so thoroughly frightening and so beautifully executed. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
4/5 73% An American Pickle (2020) At times its story is stretched thinner than the skin of the permanently affronted, but it's often hilarious and both Rogen and Rogen are a joy. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/5 77% Summerland (2020) I'm not a fan of stories where a child has to thaw out an older, cantankerous grouch. Luckily both Bond and Arterton are remarkable, she as a damaged woman deflecting her hurt, while trying to cope with the pull-push of resurfaced, painful memories. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3.5/5 95% Impetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam) (2020) Deliciously atmospheric and heady with supernatural intrigue, Impetigore highlights how roots can keep you trapped as much as anchored. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 83% The Way Back (2020) It's an agreeable formula - I quite enjoyed being manipulated as each predictable plot point popped up - made more engaging because the performances are so sweet and thoughtful. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
5/5 92% Clemency (2019) Woodard and Hodge are faultless as two people moulded by a relentless, cynical system. One of 2019's best films. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
3.5/5 95% Well Groomed (2019) A sympathetic, engaging and often eye-popping documentary, though it skirts the bigger questions. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
3.5/5 79% Greyhound (2020) It's almost old-fashioned in its sincerity though at only 90 minutes it's as far from a slow burn as you can get. Schneider delivers tension and sheer terror by the bucketload. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
4/5 73% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) A hugely enjoyable small town thriller which treats its neon tropes with loving care. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
3/5 70% Think Like a Dog (2020) Think Like A Dog won't set the world on fire (unless someone lights Henry's particularly noxious, house-clearing farts) but it's good-natured and engaging, bounding along like a puppy in a cornfield. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
3/5 48% Scoob! (2020) Nicely animated, though the plot is messy. The origins story, with lonely tween Shaggy meeting up with the then-unnamed Scooby, is actually rather moving. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
4/5 81% The Beach House (2020) Part squelch sci-fi, part eco-horror, The Beach House raises far more questions than it answers, but it's still an impressive and disorientating debut. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
4/5 81% The Old Guard (2020) An intelligent, action-filled thriller and a study of what true love means, especially when time is your enemy. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
2/5 41% Love Sarah (2020) A slight confection, though with an understanding of the emotional power of baking. Subplots are resolved with a particularly British briskness, so we can get back to the cakes, which are indeed stunning. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
3/5 78% Alive (2020) A deliciously unnerving, squelchy horror. The tension doesn't always hold, but the three leads are consistently compelling. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
4.5/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) The bloody, bubbly dynamism and humour stop it ever feeling contrived, even though the film's theatrical set-up is overt with every element choreographed to perfection. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4.5/5 100% Frankenstein (1931) A spare, unflinching film that still resonates today. Its sense of menace remains unnerving, its depictions of mob reprisals terrifying. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 100% The Epic Of Everest (1924) Even after nearly 100 years this is both awe-inspiring and mournful. The tension running through the film is as much between the scientific and the spiritual as between man and nature. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
4/5 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) A delightful and extremely good-natured film combining realism (Iceland's financial situation), folklore (elves) and fantasy (Pierce Brosnan in a zip-up cardigan). Ferrell and McAdams make an adorable pair of dimwits. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 80% Trick or Treat (2019) Trick or Treat is pacy and lean, an intriguing and entertaining British thriller that keeps to its remit and remains gripping almost to the end. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
4/5 94% Snowpiercer (2014) An electrifying, horrifying and witty study of society and class wrapped up in a sci-fi action movie. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
2/5 22% Like a Boss (2020) The cast - especially Haddish - do what they can with the thin material, but the pantomime villainy becomes wearing. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
4/5 81% Porno (2020) Funny, frantic, and often frightening, Porno is also sweetly sincere - with a deliberate, old-style indie feel that's less about its budget and more about its sensibilities. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
3.5/5 76% Una (2017) [Ben] Mendelsohn is terrific, imbuing Ray/Pete with a knowing, sly shiftiness. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3.5/5 90% Blood Quantum (2020) A deliciously blood-spattered slice of galloping entertainment, with a serious message that's cleverly delivered. I wasn't sure whether to be relieved or unnerved that I'm currently stuck indoors. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
4/5 66% Astronaut (2019) A delightful paean to age and experience despite its ungainly mix of the realistic and the implausible. Dreyfuss is compelling as a retired expert dismissed as old bones. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
3.5/5 67% Extraction (2020) Very Wick-like, and I'm not just talking about the fights. The terrific action sequences and believable friendship between battle-weary mercenary and drug lord's son help Extraction rise above its cliches. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
3.5/5 70% Butt Boy (2020) The colonic tonic we've been waiting for. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/5 84% Misbehaviour (2020) A film that's often funny, often fabulous, sometimes earnest and somewhat overfilled. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
2/5 21% Iron Mask (2019) This is mostly Carry On Up The Cartographer as an intrepid map-maker is pursued by his buxom fiancée, a man in an iron mask & bloomer jokes. Once they reach China it hugely improves, though the plot remains baffling. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
2/5 22% Playing with Fire (2019) Sounding like they started with a title and worked backwards, Playing With Fire is temporarily diverting but lacks real wit, with its topnotch cast always straining to find a joke. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
4/5 92% Blue Story (2020) A lyrical, moving and unflinching film that lays bare the terrifying, tightening pull of gang culture on teenage boys. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020