Tom Shone

Tom Shone
Tom Shone's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Newsweek Sunday Times (UK) Daily Telegraph (UK) Vogue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 98% The Cave (2019) [I]t has abundant power and value. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) I'm not sure we are ready for every Hollywood star to give us a filmed version of their childhood, but LaBeouf's is genuinely eye-opening. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It's an ambitious work of adaptation. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo has found just the right vein of showmanship and self-deprecation to bring the saga to a satisfying close. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 87% The Two Popes (2019) This is no teeming Third World panorama, though, but a frisky two-hander for two great British actors enjoying their chemistry together. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) The miracle is that the whole thing doesn't topple into camp - the design ethos might best be described as HP Lovecraft meets Vivienne Westwood - but Johnson knows how stay ahead of an audience. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 73% Harriet (2019) With its overlush Terence Blanchard score and bland cinematography, the film drifts upwards to hagiography, but Erivo keeps tugging the role back down to Earth. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 50% 21 Bridges (2019) I'll take it over Marvel any day. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) The title is correct: this is the story of a marriage. It is a love story, just one viewed upside down. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mangold has delivered a piece of state-of-the art Hollywood craft that is every bit the equal of the feat of engineering at its centre. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog captures a moment in history when, for a moment, it genuinely seemed as if the good guys had won. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) If Mean Streets was a firecracker tossed into the audience's lap and Goodfellas was a meteor burning up in its own heat, then The Irishman is a reminder that nothing is as dangerous as a fire you think has gone out. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The writing, by the playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo, is good, but the construction is loose - it was written about a friend of the playwright's, not its star, and it shows. Next time, Bell ought to try to write something for herself. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) I haven't felt so invigorated since the Rock airlifted his way off a collapsing skyscraper. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) If only Taylor had trusted his actors, the film might have had something of their stealth and sting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The whole film feels like a retreat of sorts: soulfully earnest and tenderly intentioned, but also sleepy-headed and hermetic, a fairy tale in amber that seems to glow from afar, even as you're watching it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) [LaBeouf's] harmonious connection with Gottsagen pretty much comprises the entire film, but such is the relaxed timbre established by Nilson and Schwartz, you're happy to hang out with them. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The climax here is the same overcrammed crush of castles, ramparts, tree monsters and trolls that has laid waste to every film since The Lord of the Rings. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 53% Farming (2019) The writer and director, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, is drawing on his life here, and his account of the hero's agonies is commendably intense, but its lack of subtlety blunts the film's force. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 81% Abominable (2019) [T]hough the plot sticks to trite contours, Jill Culton's film is a good bet for young children. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) With his puppyish, soulful eyes, newcomer Davis unlocks poignancy in his beleaguered sidewalk revolutionary, but the role needed an ebullient wild card, high on his own humbug - a Sacha Baron Cohen or a Tracy Morgan - to really make it fly. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) It isn't bad, especially, just spooky and weird: a perfect clone of a dumb American action movie. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Goold's film is entirely mediocre, so her Garland is, in every sense, the only show in town. You can't look away. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 69% Joker (2019) Phillips does everything except have someone holding up a placard reading "It's time to take the Joker seriously." - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Streep's character is sidelined and the film wanders into aimless sketches vaguely concerned with the Panama Papers and rich people behaving badly. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Directed by Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the film does nothing fresh with its scenes of tension and violence, but they're pretty entertaining, and some of the added touches of black comedy are excellent. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The result is tasteless in the extreme, The Poseidon Adventure with jihadists, rearranging the randomness of real-life atrocity to suit the needs of a thriller, where the dabs of characterisation feel woefully beside the point. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Taking in Tartt's 784-page narrative via this 2 1/2-hour movie can feel at times like listening to someone tell you their entire life story while waiting for the bus - you may find yourself praying the B16 from Bexleyheath isn't later than usual... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) [A] softly observed comedy of familial errors that should appeal to anyone whose family ever sat on a lie, which is to say nearly everybody. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) The good news is that this rip in the plausibility continuum, like the rip in Roy's spacesuit, is not fatal. For that we can thank Pitt, whose magisterial, moody presence has always cried out for stellar accompaniment. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 99% For Sama (2019) Full of images of death - blood-smeared corridors, bodies limp as rag dolls - For Sama is nonetheless a film hungry for life. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/5 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) This feels awfully like Alien: The Mansplaining. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) [E]xquisite, unforgettable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) Scodelario emerges as a scrappy, valiant presence who keeps her wits about her and all her toes intact. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Atmospheric, beautifully designed, with a charming storybook quality, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the kind of horror you hope teenagers would be into, rather than the latest slasher flick or bit of torture porn. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys is pretty good fun if you have spent the past few years since Superbad hankering for a version of it set in junior school. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [I]n Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, [Brad Pitt] propels every scene he's in into another league. It's the best performance by a movie star you'll see in 2019. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 98% Notorious (1946) There are more obviously Hitchcockian films, like the big Technicolor masterpieces he made in the 1950s - Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo - but nothing quite matches the sense of danger Hitchcock found in his stars in Notorious. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light is a musical upstaged by its music. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 88% The Great Hack (2019) The Great Hack doesn't make it past the firewall. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) [A] quietly bewitching film about Cohen's lifelong on-off relationship with a Norwegian woman named Marianne Ihlen, who inspired his songs So Long, Marianne and Bird on the Wire. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
5/5 97% Don't Look Now (1973) To fall under the spell of this film is to fall under the spell of two screen actors in their prime, directed by one of the great screen formalists. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster's Midsommar spooks its audiences not with what they don't know is about to happen, but what they can clearly see is about to happen, and can do nothing to stop. It's like being in a locked car rolling slowly towards a cliff. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Curtis's comic instincts are still tiptop, and his casting is admirably up-to-date, but his idea of romance is something out of the Ark. Talk about yesterday. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) That future's failure to show up has lent the adventures of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins the feel of a time capsule, a one-shot wonder sealed off from the rub of history, a perfect evocation of a more heroic, ambitious time. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Tradition has turned out to be Pixar's heart-light. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) Budreau's film is fitfully entertaining, at its strongest on the similarity between Stockholm syndrome... and what most of us would simply call "a movie romance." - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) The result is playful yet wispy and over-finickity - the film appears to have found a director more OCD than its hero - but Nighy fans will be happy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Kapadia has a gift for unlocking these outsiders who attempt to outrun the system. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Her shifting reactions - laughter at first, but tears by the end - are a reminder of why we go to see Julianne Moore at the movies. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019