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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, Daily Telegraph (UK), Vogue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) You'd say [Reilly] was the comic relief, except Kong: Skull Island can't seem to manage seriousness in the first place. Quit monkeying around.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
89% Loving (2016) What is radical about Nichols's film is the extent to which he focuses not on the legal fight and ensuing national attention but on the Lovings themselves.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
43% Gold (2017) If a single performance could make a film, Gold would be, well, solid. McConaughey whoops and hollers and canters, delivering gimlet-eyed eulogies to the precious metal that has long bewitched him, but the film doesn't hold half the heat of his obsession.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
92% La La Land (2016) A toasty splash of sound and color .‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
85% Silence (2017) The film demands to be seen. Ready yourself, choose your moment and don't make plans for afterward: This film will not leave you alone just because you've left the cinema.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
80% Barry (2016) "At the time of his death," Obama would later write, "my father remained a myth to me both more or less than a man." The same is true of the man we see in Barry.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) Lane is a find -- bruised, soft, dreamy, hopeful -- and the film is at its strongest exploring the erotic chemistry between her and LaBeouf.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan found the right man in Affleck, standing stony-faced while others weep, his performance a master class in submerged feeling... But it's Williams who stuns, in the course of a single, astonishing dialogue toward the end of the film.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
60% Allied (2016) It all ends on an airfield in the rain with everyone shouting to be heard over the propellers, à la Casablanca. Except that afterward, you won't recall a thing.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) For a movie about the aftershocks of battle, Billy Lynn feels curiously tranquil.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is grand, technically marvelous, solemn, spooky, somewhat unbelievable and sometimes unfathomable. Who is to say alien visitation will be any different?‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Like many compulsive stylists, [Ford] doesn't trust the meaning of his movie to spring up of its own accord or in defiance of his own meticulous plan for it.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) This is a quiet, modestly scaled film -- a character study made by a filmmaker blessed with unusual amounts of curiosity about his characters that demands an equal commitment of patience from its audience -- but the payoff is beautiful.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) [Howard seems] as if he were intent on making a film for anyone who tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, fell in love with the four adorable mop tops and regrets all the long-haired plonking about with sitars that came later.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) I suspect a doomed romance of another sort has unfurled: Acclaimed indie director falls for slush bucket best-seller and thinks he can "redeem" it with great cinematography and Oscar-winning actors.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) As Snowden, Gordon-Levitt is so muted, so cloistered, that it can be easy to miss that it's a very good performance.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 19% Aloha (2015) Inspiration has become Cameron Crowe's crack. His films are all-you-can-eat pixie-dust buffet from which all unnecessary excitement has been expunged.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
87% Still Alice (2015) When it's not fending off an attack of the glums, Still Alice comes down with a big case of the prims.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
78% St. Vincent (2014) There's too much lovability and not enough roguishness to St. Vincent.‐ The Spectator
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Young love! Old recipes! With cardamoms on top! Sounds like a Lasse Hallström movie.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 80% Get On Up (2014) It's one of the year's truly outstanding performances, even if the movie never quite penetrates Brown's rhino-rough hide.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Charming without being laugh-out-loud funny, Magic in the Moonlight seems more intent on casting its own spell than going for the jugular.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
1/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Why are we here? What is the purpose of life on earth? And why are alien robots so hellbent on impersonating our automobiles?‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2014
2/5 66% The Rover (2014) The idea that there are moral laws at work in the universe exceeding our man-made attempts at justice is a great one, worthy of a great film. One day, hopefully, Michod will make it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
4/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Make no mistake: the film is crud, but the higher kind of crud that leaves you feeling OK with yourself in the morning.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) Exclamation points seem entirely apropos: it's the best!‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014
2/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) It's a mystery why James Gray's The Immigrant isn't a great movie.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 16, 2014
3/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) It's about the blank spaces in teenage heads and lives, and what they do to fill them.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
2/5 61% In Your Eyes (2014) Think of it as a rom-com version of The Shining, or Nicholas Sparks on a macro-budget.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 20% Transcendence (2014) It's the old story, I'm afraid: the essential boringness of omnipotence as a plot device.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/5 41% Divergent (2014) The bulk of this 160-minute film is taken up with an endless slog of evaluations and physical aptitude tests in smoky, diffusely lit interiors that resemble a Bill Fitzgibbons art installation.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 59% Non-Stop (2014) The flimsiest of black box recorders ... that never threatens to make even intermittent sense, but it hangs together on the bulky shoulders of its star.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) It's probably the sweetest animated feature about an armaments designer you'll ever see.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
1/5 30% The Monuments Men (2014) This amiably ancient film is all too stiff - as if Clooney feared that any sudden noise or action would wake his performers up.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/5 34% Labor Day (2014) A subtly acted and directed film about a woman's mid-life renaissance, with lots of sluggish emoting, poeticized sunlight and an air of droopy co-dependency.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 57% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) The filmmakers need to think a little more clearly about the essence of the Jack Ryan character - the brilliant analyst, a little dusty, whose analyses just happen to propel him to the frontline.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
4/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The plot, for all its pointlessness, has an elegant nautilus structure that spirals back to the beginning with one tug.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) [Its] humming industry and multi-pixelated craft come lit by a spark of something close to genuine enchantment.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2013
3/5 41% Oldboy (2013) Oldboy is lively but numb - checked out, as if Lee were directing it following a period of intense convalescence.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2013
3/5 51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) It's too airless, too perfect, a dream of connection with humanity that flees contact with actual people.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2013
4/5 95% Her (2013) Phoenix is as sweet and soulful as we always suspected he might be.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 36% Salinger (2013) Salinger fans will see it through a frown of disdain, emitting occasional whimpers of protest, but see it they will for its revelations, dropped at cunningly dispersed at intervals throughout an otherwise wearying 2-hour-and-15-minute running time.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 78% Flight (2012) Next to Gump, the film has the moral force of a George Steiner essay, but what lends it that force are not the carefully calibrated moral ambiguities of the script, but the bruised, defiant soul that appears to us in the form of Denzel Washington.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2012
4/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) Hollywood has been waiting for this movie. Get ready for the year of the Tiger.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2012
3/5 82% Super 8 (2011) Abrams is a loving synthesist of Spielberg's themes and techniques, a worthy inheritor of his beagle-like narrative instincts ... but when it comes to the plucking of heartstrings, he lacks the true Stradivarian shamelessness of his mentor.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2011
88% Let Me In (2010) What more could you want? Great reviews, awards-season glory, lousy ticket sales. Maybe Reeves made an art movie after all.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2010
42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) Roach may be the least organic director of comedy currently working in Hollywood.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2010
3/5 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) It's easy to knock the Twilightfilms, with their taste for cheesy special effects and teenage hyper-ventilation, but the feelings that course through them are honest enough -- just your average old-fashioned romantic-masochistic teen-dream rapture.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2010