Stuart McGurk

Stuart McGurk
Stuart McGurk's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK) thelondonpaper GQ Magazine [UK]

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 84% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) We learn about the years it took Hicks to find his voice, his battle with alcohol, his experiments with drugs, how we in the UK took him to our hearts more than America ever did. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
2.5/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe's prequel ditches all that was fun about the legend. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
2.5/5 48% The Losers (2010) Not awful by any means, but the ending suggests a sequel. The film, however, suggests otherwise. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
1/5 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) The latest offering from Carrie and the girls shows they're more cartoons now than women. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3/5 78% StreetDance 3D (2013) This advert for UK street dance may be a montage daisy-chain, but it's still fun. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
2/5 37% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) While it doesn't really work as a whole, the set-pieces are diverting enough along the way. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
4/5 86% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) Nicolas Cage burns up the screen in Herzog's hi-octane remake... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3/5 76% Greenberg (2010) Baumbach specialises in autobiographical films which are beautiful, tragic and often horribly uncomfortable, and any filmmaker who can squeeze that much emotion out of his audience deserves his due. It's just that it's not that much fun to actually watch. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
1/5 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) Freddy is back slicing and dicing in your sleep - but this is one remake you'll want to sleep through. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
4/5 83% Four Lions (2010) Chris Morris' terrorism comedy is a work of satirical brilliance. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3.5/5 81% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) J Blakeson's kidnap thriller is a textbook example of how to do a lot with a little. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
1/5 20% The Last Song (2010) Miley Cyrus moves into a "dramatic" role - but acts like she's been created using CGI. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
6/10 72% Iron Man 2 (2010) Rumours had been circulating around Iron Man 2 for some time - rumours of re-shoots and studio cuts. Is this what they wanted, you wonder? Or is this what they were trying to avoid? - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
5/10 62% The Joneses (2010) As far as products go, The Joneses is just shy of the real deal. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
6/10 66% Date Night (2010) It's still fun, just don't give up a date for it... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3/10 61% Centurion (2010) It makes it all look like a rather fun - if easy - game. But I think I'll wait for the console to play it on. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3/5 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Gross, silly, stupid - yet this 80s time-travel comedy is surprisingly funny... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
0.5/5 17% The Back-up Plan (2010) Imagine Knocked Up - only without any wit, charm, honesty, pathos or like-ability. It's almost impressive. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
5/10 27% Clash of the Titans (2010) ...you can't help feel that they spent so much time worrying how many dimensions the film should have, they forget how many the characters should. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
7/10 84% Whip It (2009) At a time when the above films make the character their selling point - there's something so refreshing in Barrymore simply saying: no, let the kid just be a kid. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
1/10 59% The Infidel (2010) It looks like corporate information video shot in a day with a loo roll, some cling film, and recorded onto tracing paper. Repent, my son. Repent. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
2/5 28% Dear John (2010) Dig beneath the surface of its fuzzy, emotional, tear-dripped exterior, and there's something quite terrifying about Dear John: a coldly efficient machine at work, ruthlessly hitting big emotional notes at regular intervals... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
2.5/5 22% Repo Men (2010) Standard mindless stuff then, which is shame - the set-up promised more. For a film all about a heart, it's shame it doesn't have any brain. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
4/5 84% The Ghost Writer (2010) It's the kind of film that comes along all too rarely, and you find yourself hoping it won't be his last. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/5 57% Cemetery Junction (2010) Gervais and Merchant's feel-good drama hits the spot... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/5 71% I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) A comedy that's all the funnier for the laughs carrying weight, a drama that's all the slicker for having a lighter side, a bit of a mess but a really fun mess... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
4/10 55% Perrier's Bounty (2010) In truth, it's not awful, just utterly obvious. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
6/10 9% Shank (2010) Diverting enough, but the makers clearly think they're making a statement about knife crime in London and the possibility of it spiralling out of control. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3.5/5 95% No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010) A rambling but powerful docu-style drama about underground Iranian indie... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3/5 55% The Scouting Book for Boys (2009) You can't help feel that, if you're going to make a film about the pains of entering adulthood, you should have a good grip on what it's like when you get there. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
0.5/5 12% The Bounty Hunter (2010) It says a lot about how much confidence a director has in his own material when every chase scene is accompanied by the kind of Euro-dance track they probably torture people with... - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) It's gloriously shameless in its silliness. It doesn't care one bit about your cynicism. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) While some films are not the sum of their parts -- and Cherry is also that -- Cherry is more specifically not the sum of its remarkable Tom Holland performances. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 doesn't just seem to be set in the 1980s, it gives every impression to have travelled from there. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) Tenet is by no means a disaster -- it's a solid three-starrer... Nolan's film have always demanded the largest canvas -- but safe to say this is one time reversal film you probably won't immediately want to watch again. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
61% Project Power (2020) It's a great setup, just a shame the rest of the film doesn't know what to do with it... - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
48% Unhinged (2020) It's sort of terrible, it's sort of obvious and I also sort of loved it. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
41% Irresistible (2020) Much like how some films are greater than the sum of their parts, Irresistible is nowhere near as bad as the sum of its failures. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) The King Of Staten Island isn't about to win any awards, but it's a warm comedy bath to luxuriate in, and that's no bad thing right now. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) To be clear up front: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is not a bad film. It's fun! Sort of. It's satisfying! Kind of. It's... a bit all over the place. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Gross isn't exactly a film-critic term. But then Joker isn't exactly a film. For one, it doesn't so much contain a plot as a series of brutal jolts to the senses. It doesn't so much contain characters as people who take and people who get taken. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
83% The Trip to Spain (2017) Set between the richness of their gleefully silly impressions and spiky chat, the overall feeling you get when watching The Trip [to Spain] is a kind of oddly contented melancholy. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) With Avengers: Endgame, it some ways they've made the most adult superhero film yet. Because there are consequences. And things matter. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
80% Brexit (2019) What's smart about the drama is how non-committal it is to the question of if [Dominic] Cummings is actually smart. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) It's fun, witty, never less than enjoyable, but also somewhat slight. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Just how joyous is it - just how life-affirming, even with satire as dark and urgent as this - when a lightning bolt of a film like this comes along? - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
30% Venom (2018) When a major fight scene resembles a pair of black pants caught in a white wash, it's fair to say you haven't taken the audience with you. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ... in Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve has not just lived up to lofty expectations, but surpassed them entirely. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
92% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is, in a way, the natural culmination of the non-singing musical in recent years. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
65% Alien: Covenant (2017) Let me first say this: Alien: Covenant... is actually, against all odds, a pretty great film. But let me also add this: the actual alien, when it does show up feels slightly pointless. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017