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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 97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler has brought off something impressive here: he's made one of the few halfway watchable Marvel movies and returned the comic strip to the streets where it belongs.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Unusually perceptive when it comes to matters of class and money, Lady Bird finds its dramatic heart in their testy, affectionate relationship, the most indelibly drawn mother and daughter since Terms of Endearment.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It is made with the absolute, dead-centre sincerity of a child righting an ancient wrong, and the craft of a film-maker at the height of his powers. It is also unexpectedly kinky in ways that deepen it into something genuinely rich and strange.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/5 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) It's a forbidding but commanding film, ostensibly a missing-child procedural that plumes like ink in water into a corrosive critique on the beautiful monster that is Putin's Russia.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
3/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Not a major Eastwood film, but undeniably stirring.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
3/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) The movie is a romantic-baroque chamber piece about an unloving heart.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
2/5 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The film never quite recovers from its abrupt handbrake turn on Roman's moral character. It makes zero dramatic sense for an already marginalised character to justify the world's marginalisation of him. ‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
2/5 51% Downsizing (2017) It's not mankind that's been shrunk, it's Payne's conception.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
3/5 81% Early Man (2018) By his [Park's] sky-high standards Early Man represents something of a slip, but so what? Not every Leonardo was the Mona Lisa.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
3/5 97% Coco (2017) The director, Lee Unkrich, knows how to get an audience reaching for the Kleenex, and the climax here is a similar wipeout. You have been warned.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) Spielberg has finally found a way to make his civics-class movies as enjoyable as his adventures used to be.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
3/5 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may be McDonagh's most satisfying film to date, but the London-born playwright's bard-of-the-Ozarks ventriloquism isn't exact and his construction hasn't shed all traces of the stage.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
3/5 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman wins, with a bespoke version of his distinctive voodoo. The sight of Churchill scarfing down eggs, bacon and whisky for breakfast is, in its own way, as rock'n'roll as the sight of Sid Vicious windmilling his bass in Sid and Nancy.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
3/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) The film's emotional beats are strangely resonant, thanks to Stiller's subtle, attenuated performance. It's quite a mid-career renaissance he's having, playing grown-ups still consumed with the task of growing up.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
4/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The film finds Scott, at the age of 80, at the top of his game, with David Scarpa's script.... keeping the director away from the opiate lull of his historical epics and returning him to something like the form he showed at the beginning of his career.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin plays a great game -- the film is a running flush of great scenes and crackerjack dialogue.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) From the seemingly infinite number of universes in which The Last Jedi was a bad film, or even just an OK one, Johnson has found his way to the one universe in which it is a good, occasionally first-rate one.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
3/5 91% Stronger (2017) Green, here displaying some of the mettle he showed in his earlier work, avoids for the most part the standard three-act redemption parabola.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
3/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The film is still just an ironist freak show, albeit one now enacted by Franco and his celebrity friends.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
3/5 69% Happy End (2017) Happy End disappoints. Once again we are invited to pick with hawk-eyed dispassion through the secrets of a rich, cruel family.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/5 85% Wonder (2017) It's Roberts who dazzles. Putting her in scenes with a child who picks up on the slightest flicker of insincerity is the kind of challenge she was born for -- it's acting crack.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/5 99% Jane (2017) Based on recently discovered footage, thought to be lost, of Goodall as she observed, studied and befriended the chimps in the wild, the film is filled with romance: for her work, for the chimps and for Goodall herself.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) There's fun to be had watching Stone deliver comeuppance to this clown, although the film takes its sweet time getting there, mostly because King keeps turning him down.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3/5 92% Good Time (2017) The plot may be circular, but the rhythm of the film, edited down to a lean 101 minutes and driven by the surging synth riffs of Daniel Lopatin's score, is one of urgent forward momentum.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
3/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Everyone is fuel to Ingrid's hunger, and Plaza's gulping performance -- unnervingly and daringly blank, but suggesting deep rivers of desperation -- is almost enough to carry the film.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
3/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) It's all about the enchantments to be found in the margins of America's moribund entertainment empire -- which makes it sound heavy, but it's not.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 88% Only the Brave (2017) An object lesson in how effective Hollywood film-making can be when it downsizes.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) That a sequence depicting voyeurism should have drawn such myopic scrutiny is an irony not lost on the film-makers. The documentary's dedication reads: "To mother." Very droll.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
3/5 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It says something for Lanthimos's skill at pushing unthinkable premises to dizzying extremes that you are even less inclined to ask, "Why doesn't he just go to the police?" than in a traditional thriller.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
2/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) You may find yourself longing for the days when superheroes played it straight.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
5/5 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Guadagnino hasn't adapted Aciman's novel so much as interrogated its moods, going at it con brio.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
3/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) Framed as a kind of detective story, the film seems rather pedestrian, ambling from one talking head to the next, but the portrait of the driven, eccentric wastrel at its centre is indelibly drawn.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
3/5 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach is much fonder of his characters these days, and it shows in the layered performances he gets. Sandler and Stiller again show us what subtle comic actors they are once you prise them from the megabuck comic vehicles.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy - and beautiful - follow-up.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
3/5 63% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) We never find out what makes Manolo run. But, oh my, what plumage.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
2/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) An unappealing blend of the twee and the catty, its view of the Milnes is so crabby that it throws the big tear-jerking finale out of whack. It might as well have been written by Eeyore.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
2/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) My advice to Vaughn: stop now. While there's still time.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
3/5 79% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) Metz's film feels made of papier-mâché: a hollow wraparound of press cuttings that cannot get beyond the headlines for the simple reason that it is constructed from them.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
3/5 69% mother! (2017) If Polanski ever managed to make a movie of Sylvia Plath's journals, the ones burnt by Ted Hughes after she committed suicide, and filmed it while high as a kite, the results might feel a little like the gonzo, bugged-out finale of this film.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
4/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Dench reigns supreme. Her Victoria[,] in marked contrast to the po-faced spinster of popular legend, she is bored by the elites who surround her, hungry for human contact, lit by gusts of girlish enthusiasm. The old girl is young at heart.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
3/5 85% It (2017) Muschietti's movie feels proficient but purposeless -- an amiable enough mixture of 1980s nostalgia, adolescent empowerment and R-rated frights that, for all their crunch, never quite put the shiver into your bones.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 75% Una (2017) For all its rawness, one senses a timidity in the material.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 81% Patti Cake$ (2017) Directed by Geremy Jasper, a musician who grew up in the same area, the film is an exuberant mash-up of star-spangled uplift and hardscrabble New Joisey grit that recalls the early work of Baz Luhrmann: it's Strictly Boombox.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
3/5 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit [is] a film of great integrity, but hard to recommend to any but those hardy souls who can take their cinema like a punch to the gut.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
4/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky hums and purrs along like an Xfinity Ford Mustang, although, once the smoke clears, you may find yourself wondering if you've been watching a film about anything.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
75% 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
90% 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
84% 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