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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2018) 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 59% 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 94% 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 65% 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)
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)
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)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 92% 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 90% Widows (2018) So deftly has McQueen cut this diamond in front of our eyes, I was practically levitating with pleasure.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) It's Byrne who keeps this tender, idiosyncratic movie humming along - quick-witted, sweet-natured, somewhat undone by her soft heart, she's exactly the kind of woman audiences want to matchmake for.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) For Van Sant, as ever, quirkiness is close to godliness, but thanks to the film's freewheeling structure, the first half pre-empts the second. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The movie is both flimsy and wholly enjoyable at the same time, in the strange manner of biopics, which follow in the jet stream of someone else's artistry while caring little for their own clunky, cuboid dimensions.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 77% Dogman (2019) For all the commitment and grit of the performances, the leads are playing archetypes, the bully and the wimp, in an allegory that has everything mapped out by a film maker who cannot relinquish control of his material.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) The violence is crunchier, with lots of snapped necks and pulped heads, although I liked the way the discovery of the bodies is the main event, not the killing itself.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3/5 94% Private Life (2018) Giamatti's face is a thing of pure comic beauty: staring off into the middle distance, frozen by the conflicting demands of etiquette and his stifled inner howl. He makes humiliation sing.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) There were a thousand and one scenarios in which the Apollo mission ended in disaster. They found the one where it didn't. Boy, does Chazelle make you feel the weight of that other thousand.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) With her magenta wig and absent, dissociated manner, [Kusama] is a slightly humourless but compelling subject.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born may not reinvent the wheel in terms of cinematic art, but it's a knockout in just about every other way that matters: it has heart and soul, great chemistry between its leads and some killer musical numbers.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/5 86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) The result is flintier than Holofcener usually is, but, for all her acerbity, she is big on forgiveness - not because she's a pushover, but because she isn't.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 84% The Wife (2018) [Close's] performance is a series of Russian dolls, nested within one another. Underneath the bland smiles, we find resentment and pain over her deferred ambition, but below that, something altogether steelier.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 97% Lucky (2017) The movie becomes the most lyrical, shrugging of swan songs.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) We want to see Rachel win [Eleanor] respect: Crouching Matriarch, Hidden Dragon. Hollywood, prepare to be beaten at more than mah jong.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War deserves to be a hit - one of the year's best singles, perhaps, if not an album.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 92% Searching (2018) The film's ingenuity would have tickled Hitchcock. It's a smart, confident debut.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
4/5 84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) It's a gentle, generous-spirited tribute to the 266th supreme pontiff that captures much of the warmth and magnetism that have allowed him to bring his message of mercy to migrants and misfits everywhere.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/5 81% Beirut (2018) Connoisseurs of le Carré-esque chicanery will go home as happy as connoisseurs of le Carré-esque chicanery get.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/5 92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A warm, unassuming film about hipster fathers and daughters bonding over their shared love of Wilco and Tom Waits, it has all the modest but catchy pleasures of a small summer hit.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
2/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's the rare Marvel movie you wish had a little more action.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) You couldn't escape if you wanted to.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) In today's willowy world of CGI effects, it means something incalculable to the human eye that [Cruise] does his own stunts. He's turned his body into its own special effect. Then someone tells you he's 56. Impossible.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/5 93% First Reformed (2018) The film can't quite summon the anguish to go full Taxi Driver - the conclusion balks right at the edge of the abyss - but Schrader's images have never been crisper, and Hawke is transfixing.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) Decked out in Regency clothes, rosy cheeks and an English accent, Fanning does her usual pale, elfin, just-pleased-to-be-invited act - but the author of Frankenstein?‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4/5 88% Whitney (2018) The revelation comes late in the doc, a sign of good showmanship, even if it lays blame for her death rather too pointedly at the feet of one person.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) I could have done with more electricity from Foster - ears pricked for danger, he seems to pose little himself - but the New Zealand-born McKenzie is superb. Her wary grey eyes seem to take in every leaf on every tree.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) One less female-fronted action franchise isn't the direction we should be moving in. And I got a cricked neck trying to keep track of the switchbacks in Sheridan's plot.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) What most impresses you in the days and weeks after the attack, as she cycles through grief, shock, despair and numbness, is Kruger's dedication to the long haul - to the way grief takes possession of a person, hollowing them out.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
3/5 69% The Happy Prince (2018) Wilde's self-destruction, so painfully obvious in retrospect, is made to shock anew. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
2/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The only reason to see this film is Hathaway...You'd say she steals the show, but there's nothing to steal.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) It's a skin-prickling slow-boiler that builds like a storm.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
2/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) But not even Pratt's powers of self-amusement last long in this halting sequel, which starts strong and seems to get smaller as it goes along.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
4/5 99% McQueen (2018) McQueen the designer delighted in showing us the skull beneath the skin. McQueen the documentary finds his beating pulse and broken heart.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/5 53% Book Club (2018) The actresses look as if they're enjoying themselves, and Fonda in particular, her comic timing at full match fitness after several seasons of Grace and Frankie, delivers nothing lines as if they were zingers. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3/5 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) [The film] is a modest, even honourable effort, driven not by lurid curiosity about Dahmer's crimes, but by the eerie view his high-school years afford us of a malformed psyche going through the usual growing pains...‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The only disappointment about Solo, in fact, is Solo. It's not Ehrenreich's fault...he's an actor, not a celebrity impersonator, and he cannot be blamed for our disappointment...‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
3/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Ronan brings to this role something of the radiance and tart intelligence she showed in Brooklyn and Lady Bird.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018