Vicky Roach

Vicky Roach
Vicky Roach's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Courier Mail (Australia) Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Biography:
Vicky Roach has been The Daily Telegraph's film critic for more than a decade - but who's counting? Prior to landing what many consider to be the best job on the paper, she paid her dues as an entertainment writer and arts editor. A long-time member of the Film Critics' Circle of Australia, she majored in film theory at UTS. It was there, she learned the valuable lesson that those who can't do ...critique.
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Did the world need another Bill & Ted movie? That's debatable. But the film's message - that if this is as good as it gets, well, it could have been a whole lot worse - feels kind of appropriate. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/5 72% Mulan (2020) Mulan certainly enriches Disney's cultural canon. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/5 68% I Am Woman (2020) It's an (over) familiar rock 'n' roll story. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3/5 70% Tenet (2020) Christopher Nolan has pulled out all the stops for Tenet. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 94% Boys State (2020) Boys State is as compelling as a political thriller. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
2/5 61% Project Power (2020) The effort of coming up with such an open-ended plot device appears to have short-circuited the filmmakers' internal wiring. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
3/5 75% Little White Lies 2 (Nous finirons ensemble) (2019) A slick, Gallic defrosting of Lawrence Kasdan's 1983 classic (however, the retro soundtrack fails to elicit the same goosebumps). - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
2/5 44% Made in Italy (2020) [A] clumsy, clichéd rom-com. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
2.5/5 70% 23 Walks (2020) While 23 Walks makes a commendable attempt to inject a bit of social realism into the romcom tradition, it stumbles along the way. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
2.5/5 48% Unhinged (2020) Despite strong performances from its two leads, Unhinged has very little to say about - well anything. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, The Burnt Orange Heresy is a creditable reproduction in the Patricia Highsmith tradition. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
2.5/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) It's easy to see why Cate Blanchett was drawn to such a project - especially with Richard Linklater... But his film adaptation of Maria Semple's satirical novel about motherhood and ambition is uncharacteristically ham-fisted. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
4/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Emotionally arrested man-boys are Judd Apatow's speciality... But this semi-autobiographical collaboration with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson introduces a note of poignancy to the mix. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
4/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) Brave, funny, heart-wrenching ... Babyteeth is an utterly committed piece of filmmaking. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
3/5 79% Greyhound (2020) Hanks is an actor of great subtlety; capable of expressing emotional depth with the most minimal of facial gestures. But this screenplay avoids any moral complexities. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3.5/5 84% Waves (2019) The success of this unpredictable melodrama... hinges upon the breakout performances of its two young leads. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
2/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) For a film dealing with supernatural phenomena, The Old Guard is unusually dull and prosaic. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3.5/5 96% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) A White, White Day cleverly uses the signposts of a conventional revenge drama to explore the inner workings of a man in crisis. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
3/5 87% Shirley (2020) Worth seeing for Moss's performance alone. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 100% Bellbird (2019) Bellbird is an assured debut from a filmmaker with a lot of empathy for the human condition. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
3.5/5 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) A hugely entertaining popcorn movie that remains true to the spirit of Eurovision even while it pokes fun at the musical institution. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 45% Endings, Beginnings (2020) While Endings, Beginnings teeters on the edge of singular self-absorption, the intimacy of the Insurgent star's performance grounds it in something more universal. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
2.5/5 65% The Lovebirds (2020) Michael Showalter, who also directed Nanjiani in his Oscar-nominated screenplay The Big Sick, sets a lively pace. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
3.5/5 92% The Assistant (2020) How did men like Weinstein get away with it for so long? The Assistant counts the ways, while making it clear that many still do. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) While the one-time Gossip Girl commits herself utterly to her role as a dead-eyed avenger, the film lacks the necessary backbone to support her. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
4/5 97% Midnight Family (2019) Compelling, sobering and deeply humane. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
3/5 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Diamond and Horovitz tell the Beastie Boys' extraordinary story with just the right amount of self-deprecating humour. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
65% Astronaut (2019) While Astronaut charts an overfamiliar route, this unaffected inter-generational relationship feels unexpectedly fresh. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
79% The Banker (2020) Property investment isn't a conventional career path for a civil rights activist, which is one of the reasons why this slick historical drama is so fascinating. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
81% Tigertail (2020) It's what expatriate Taiwanese businessman Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) doesn't say that's makes this semi-autobiographical drama so powerful. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
34% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Although Love Wedding Repeat's committed cast find haphazard humour in their character's plight, they are hampered by a torpid storyline and a string of threadbare gags. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
4/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A fresh-yet-faithful take on Dickens' semi-autobiographical 19th classic. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 88% Onward (2020) Onward isn't as fully realised as the best Pixar films but because the animation studio has set the bar so very high, even its second-tier product is strong. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
2.5/5 37% Spenser Confidential (2020) Ex-cop, ex-con Spenser - a Christian name would be superfluous for Mark Wahlberg's archetypal hard man - isn't very smart. Or subtle. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/5 77% Military Wives (2020) Even though we know exactly where we are headed, Military Wives' final number - compiled from fragments of the women's letters - strikes just the right emotional chord. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
4/5 83% The Way Back (2020) The film's resolution is more conventionally rousing than what has preceded it. But by that point, it feels as though the characters have earned it. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters was a passion project for Ruffalo. His energy and focus drive the narrative. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) While the desperate intensity of Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson's performances complements The Lighthouse's increasingly unhinged register, it's not enough to save the film. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2/5 21% The Grudge (2020) If the devil is in the detail, then that's exactly what this half-hearted horror reboot is missing. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2.5/5 41% Midway (2019) The vividly choreographed aerial fight sequences, in particular, stand out. But judged alongside other contemporary war dramas, the film feels like an expensive throwback. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
1/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) A calculated attempt to cash in on the female dollar. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 47% Underwater (2020) There is nothing in Underwater that we haven't seen done before. But the action is tense, the atmosphere suitably claustrophobic, and as a star vehicle for Stewart, the film is remarkably sturdy. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Bad Boys For Life sticks to the commercially successful formula of the first two films - was there every any other option? - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) The fact that the irrepressible mischief-maker is non-verbal only adds to his ovine charm... he channels the universal appeal of the silent Buster Keaton comedies of the 1920s. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 48% My Spy (2020) A light and breezy reworking of a familiar set-up. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) A fresh perspective on a familiar horror story. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Loosening Little Women's corset just enough to let her film adaptation breathe, the darling of independent cinema consolidates her place on the main stage. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Cleverly convoluted. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
3.5/5 19% Cats (2019) Whether or not you ultimately warm to the out-there story about a tribe of cats who hold an annual sing-off to decide which of them will ascend to a new life in the heavens, Hooper's CGI-live action hybrid is oddly bewitching. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Kasdan delivers exactly what he promises in Jumanji: The Next Level, with the help of some well-judged visual effects and great casting. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019