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
3/5 92% 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 40% 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 57% 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 89% 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 89% 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 80% 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 86% 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 47% 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 73% 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 89% 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 68% 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 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) 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
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 61% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 81% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 87% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018