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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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Zhao digs up something fierce, a little sad, spurred on by a lovely sense of longing and belonging that could be the perfect palate-cleanser after the year we've all just had. Frankly, the open road never looked better. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 98% Time (2020) The sense of time lapsed takes your breath away. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
3/5 90% Black Bear (2020) Think of it as a kind of French Lieutenant's Woman for the artisanal crowd. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
1/5 21% The Reckoning (2021) The Reckoning is the kind of film where the line "Did somebody say [long pause] witch?" is followed by a lightning strike and orchestral smash. You half-expect to see Marty Feldman hobble into view. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Stylised to the point of styrofoam flatness, the film doesn't stand up as a psychological portrait. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 74% The Mauritanian (2021) Unlike many Gitmo movies, this one has been sturdily crafted and made, thanks in part to the wealth of detail in Slahi's book, and features little of the eloquently outraged lawyering that usually tempts screenwriters into grandstanding. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
2/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs Kong does what it says on the tin, even if you know the result has to be a draw, or else one or other of the franchise fanbases will go off in a huff. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 98% Minari (2020) And just like that, I was hooked. I simply had to find out if this family was going to make it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) It's not decisively anything else either, although it barrels along to pounding timpanis like a thriller. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
4/5 69% Ammonite (2020) [Winslet] seems to break each sentence in half, never using two words when one will do, doing her bit to minimise the duration of each encounter with another human being. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Here's what Snyder seems to be trying to tell us: superheroes give you the sads. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/5 88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) I won't tell you the twist, but the film casts a spell, and holds it to the end. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
2/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) There's nothing for Murphy's naive-princeling act to spark off here - the comic motor of the first film is gone. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
3/5 98% The Dissident (2020) The best thing about the documentary is that it restores Khashoggi to life... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/5 55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) If Daniels's purpose was to recreate the cruelty and ingratitude of Holiday's treatment, he has succeeded: this film doesn't deserve her. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
2/5 80% I Care a Lot (2021) The cynicism draws a snicker, but why not allow us first to be drawn in and ensnared by sympathy for Marla, as we were by Nicole Kidman in To Die For, then twist the knife? - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 100% Slalom (2021) The film, like the sport, is downhill all the way, beautifully shot against the impassive aqua-blue backdrop of the Alps by Yann Maritaud. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
5/5 88% News of the World (2020) The film, which is superb, reunites Hanks with his Captain Phillips director, Paul Greengrass, and the reunion is a thrilling one, for the two seem to be learning from one another as they go along... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
3/5 75% The Rental (2020) The plot mechanism is simple enough - half the characters are too busy covering up for the crimes they have committed to defend themselves adequately against the crimes of which they are the victim - but it shreds your nerves nicely. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 92% The White Tiger (2020) Bahrani's film isn't a patch on the svelte mischief of Joon-ho's Oscar-winner, but it taps into the same simmering rage of the have-nots, gazing up from car-park basements at the penthouse eyries of their bosses. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Kirby acts with her entire body, as fierce as a tiger missing her cub. Good news to kick off 2021: Britain has a superb screen actress on its hands. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) If the first film was nimble and funny and rather glorious in the best camp tradition, the sequel is - yawn - an allegory of human greed... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Wilson's full-throated, ruby-red writing comes loaded with valediction. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
5/5 96% Soul (2020) What truly deepens the film is the unexpected pivotit takes away from the "follow-your-dreams" message of a thousand Hollywood features into the less charted territory that lies beyond. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) Clooney's direction needs to take a lesson from the minimalism and simplicity of his acting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) It could well be my favourite shot of any movie this year. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Tripping with Nils Frahm (2020) You'll be drawn in for the finale: beating out a rhythm on piano wires with furry drumsticks, Frahm starts a piano loop that builds and builds, layer on layer. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/5 83% Mank (2020) Like Kane, Mank is a dark, sharp-angled gemstone of a film, viewing its subject through a prism of flashbacks. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
2/5 77% Uncle Frank (2020) The funeral scenes, though, move so quickly from high anguish to feelgood hugs that it's hard to go along without sniggering. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
3/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) Happiest Season wins big points for trying something new: a queer Christmas rom-com. The surprise is that it doesn't stand out more. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 95% Asia (2020) Its account of the women's growing bond - a bond shaped by increasingly honest conversations - is believable and superbly acted. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 87% Patrick (2019) We can assume that displaced grief plays a part in his behaviour, but Tim Mielants's film also seems to know that a lost possession can be a disproportionate bugbear for anyone. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Shot over 14 months and edited for another 18, Collective is fast-paced and tightly edited, the story unfurling and getting bigger seemingly with every scene... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) There's something different about Middletown, all right. Kinda like something was missing. Maybe subtlety. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 97% Billie (2020) Drawing on tapes of interviews with musicians, lovers, pimps and friends, it paints a raw, unvarnished, at times painfully intimate portrait of a singer who sang every note as if it would crack her wide open. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 92% The Life Ahead (2020) Loren is not playing a character so much as Italy itself, and only the fact that few would dispute her right to do so - she has always played Mamma Italia, sultry and vital, earthy and imperious - allows the film to work at all. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 92% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) It's probably as close to a philosophy as Andersson has ever come... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) The Painter and the Thief has more human interest, more narrative urgency, than most feature films. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Now there's a quality we haven't seen in movies much in 2020: sexy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 48% The Witches (2020) The Witches makes a sprightly companion piece to Spielberg's film, whisked along by Zemeckis's gifts of suspenseful mischief and dynamic framing... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 67% The Secret Garden (2020) Nothing turns into anything - some ferns changed colour, and some roses mysteriously bloomed - but my daughter sat there happily entranced by swaying laburnums. I credit her father. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat Subsequent Moviefilm may not quite deliver the lightning bolt of the original, but it makes for a nice cinematic October surprise as America heads to the polls. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 100% Being a Human Person (2020) That's it for drama from Scott's gentle, curious film, which delicately probes the reasons for Andersson's withdrawal from the outside world. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/5 39% Rebecca (2020) Scott Thomas is easily the best reason to see this new Rebecca, which is handsome and faithful to a fault, even as that fidelity reveals the hokeyness of some of the book's gothic trimmings... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
2/5 43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) It's all very pretty to look at and shallow as a puddle: distrust any film-maker who name-drops Homer just because they filmed on a Greek beach. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) It's a forlorn, poetic, infuriatingly solipsistic thing, although nobody is better than Kaufman at suggesting our unruly, unfakeable thought life - the truth blurts and thought farts that make up our disobedient interiors. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) It's intense, politically engaged film-making that is, at its core, driven by great curiosity and moral clarity. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/5 100% Coup 53 (2020) [An] engrossing documentary... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 87% Get Duked! (2020) I could have done without the bumbling police officers, intent on a plot involving paedophiles, terrorists and zombies that feels surplus to requirements, but the film is so unpretentiously made that it barrels along on its low-fi, lowbrow charm. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/5 64% Hope Gap (2020) Hope Gap is the occasion for a volcanically bitter performance from Bening. But it is otherwise prey to all the errors of pseudo-taste to which stage adaptations are prone... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020