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
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 82% 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 98% 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 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) 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 85% 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
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) Conceived as a valentine to Emma Thompson, the film works primarily as a valentine to Emma Thompson. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) You'd probably get the most out of this film with your eyes shut. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Unless you are desperate to get out of the house, I'd wait for the new Pixar. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 90% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman's flamboyant superficiality may be its saving grace. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) The film's emotional depth may catch you by surprise somewhat, given how gently and unassumingly its drama is drawn - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 83% Loro (2019) As a character portrait, this film works: Servillo judges the amount of charm, bluster and oiliness just right. His Silvio slithers and fascinates, like a snake. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) The film needed more complication, more plot, and more of a sense of why this character in particular finds himself at the centre of it. As it is, you wish him out of harm's way more than you hope he will solve the case. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 94% Wild Rose (2019) Jessie Buckley puts on the kind of show in Wild Rose that makes everyone want a piece of her - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Jonah Hill's directorial debut, Mid90s, is a scrappy little thing, but it gets to you -- much like its hero, Stevie. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) True magic realism: the magic lifts the realism and the realism makes the magic sing. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film's picaresque jumble of tones...could have done with a little tightening around its middle. But we do at least finally know How The West Was Won. With indoor plumbing. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) There have been many films about Van Gogh... but none has come as close as Schnabel's to capturing a working portrait of the artist. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 46% Dumbo (2019) [Eva] Green, who is always the best reason to see a Burton film...She brings the delirious spirit of a young Anouk Aimée or Anna Karina to bear on a movie that barely deserves it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier is not a waste of your time exactly -- it's a good film to curl up with on Netflix -- but Chandor surely has better movies ahead of him. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is a much more slippery character than you think...but Roberts is at her best in the movie's first hour, when everything is still up in the air, as her megawatt smile flickers with uncertainty and little prickles of dread over what Ben might do next. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The miscasting of Jones actually ends up working in her favour: if you find yourself dismissing her as too pretty or too lightweight for the role, then her victory at the end is all the sweeter. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Talk about perfect casting. Neeson always looks great against snow. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 88% A Private War (2018) A better encapsulation of the dangers of speaking up, and the equally pressing need to, could not be imagined. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) With her wobbly-Weeble build and air of surly defiance, Wilson mines her self-hatred for genuine flashes of gold. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) [Hedges] suggests great confusion and great intelligence at the same time, his most minute flickers of scepticism, shame and alarm riveting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins knows how to seduce the ear and eye. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Whippet thin, cigarette holder clamped between his teeth, fedora pulled down over his eyes, [Grant] steals the movie the same way Hock filches dollars from Lee's haul of cash. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) The performances strengthen each other as the film progresses, Ali drily amused and withheld, Mortensen earthy and expansive. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice may not ultimately land Cheney, but it makes great sport of him wriggling free. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 74% Destroyer (2018) That's why Kidman holds our attention so: she's like the film's collective conscience. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The note of fragile hope struck at the end is hard-won and sincere. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Ronan...takes on Mary as if Katharine Hepburn didn't exist -- no easy feat. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) One of the things that makes Stan & Ollie so satisfying is the way it clasps the two strands together. Playing his fellow Lancashire man Stan Laurel, Coogan is gentle and funny and sad, all at the same time. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 60% The Front Runner (2018) Jason Reitman's The Front Runner is so expertly made, it may take a while to realise how misconceived it is - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 93% The Favourite (2018) It's Colman, however, who rules this roost. Her Queen Anne is a monster, a big baby and a soul in torment, and frequently all three at once. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 66% Lizzie (2018) No one could watch the climax, complete with axe swishes, nudity and arterial spurts, and call the film bloodless exactly, but it is curiously wan. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) After years of Marvel movies that feel well-nigh identical in terms of tone, craft and quality...it's a pleasure to take in something as formally inventive and quick-witted as the animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) It's almost too much, like sitting in a Marxist theory class after a night of hallucinogens, but Riley's wide-awake writing slots everything together around a beautifully twitchy performance from Stanfield. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) [The film] has the crackle and warmth of a fireside ballad, with a touch of poetry to it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) I can tell, Cuaron has directed a masterpiece, not just an intimate epic - an epic about intimacy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The very idea is staggering, and your first reaction is wonder, sharing in the puppyish delight the brothers take in each other. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) There is something distinctly Dickensian about the generosity of the director's vision, from that Fagin-like father to the warm miscellaneous clutter of their apartment, which Kore-eda shoots as snugly as if it were a child's playhouse. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) She's great in this one, too, bringing to the role of this ferocious, feral, pansexual goth-vigilante much the same talent for telegraphing vulnerability and fury in reserve that she brought to her portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Crown. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) What is remarkable is how far [Mr. Rogers'] message of emotional literacy carried, and still does. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Mulligan finally emerges from the shadow of An Education, giving us a seemingly grown woman, in all her charm and selfishness, who still has some growing to do - an education, just of a different sort. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) So deftly has McQueen cut this diamond in front of our eyes, I was practically levitating with pleasure. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018