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
3.5/5 53% Five Feet Apart (2019) The film successfully sucks its audience into the insular hothouse of a long-term hospital ward and the drama and tension inherent in the characters' plight is sustained by a strong and empathetic performance from Richardson. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Like the characters it celebrates, this knockabout British comedy is a little rough around the edges, but its heart is in the right place. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 94% Us (2019) Nyong'o's dual performance is nothing short of mesmerising. And she is well supported by Moss's self-involved rich bitch. Sensationally spooky. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) But in the end, director Mike Mitchell...would appear to be missing a few key pieces. He's clearly playing with a hand-me-down set. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) A butterfly-kicking, bilingual crowd-pleaser. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/5 73% Destroyer (2018) While the merciless avenger is operating under a scorched earth policy, the film still has a twist or two up its sleeve. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 56% Swimming with Men (2018) A gentle, feel-good tonic to a hellish week at the office. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) If the animation and visual effects are state of the art, the dialogue predates the industrial age. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Mortensen, rarely seen in comic roles, plays the buffoon like a virtuoso. And Ali...finds dignity in the most unlikely of places. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3.5/5 78% Loro (2019) A colourful and compelling account of the fall of a contemporary Roman Empire. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The filmmakers have gotten so caught up in their world building, their characters are often left with very little to do, except stand there in slack-jawed wonder - presumably mirrored by their audience. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4.5/5 91% Widows (2018) Raw, brutal, compelling, and heart-achingly sad. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Foy's Salander has less sharp edges than her predecessors, but the actress brings a winning combination of toughness and vulnerability to the role. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) By treating all of his characters with respect - and even, dare I say it, compassion - the writer-actor-director offers up a thoughtful study of faith, courage and prejudice. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) [Malek creates] a soulful impression of the late great rock star, successfully channelling Mercury's sinuous stage persona in a series of charismatic concert performances underpinned by Queen's rousing back catalogue. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Michael Moore might have been beating the same drum for the best part of 30 years, but the rumpled rabblerouser's insistent rhythm is hard to resist. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) An achingly tender film about letting go. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The film feels more like a sugar rush. Even before the credits roll, you can feel your blood glucose levels starting to plummet. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2/5 83% Ladies in Black (2018) The characters behave as though they are stuck in some kind of handsome display case. The filmmakers fail to bring them to life. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
1/5 32% The Predator (2018) Audiences might [have] reasonably expected more from the seasoned action screenwriter. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/5 92% Searching (2018) Perhaps Searching's biggest achievement is the way it so eloquently illustrates the gulf that can exist between a loving-if-flawed father and his struggling adolescent daughter. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Pooh's innocent philosophy hits the sweet spot - even McGregor's earnest plodder benefits from his proximity to the film's real star. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
22% Mile 22 (2018) Perhaps Berg is hoping all that sound and fury will camouflage the holes in the plot. Instead, Mile 22 implodes under the weight of its own heavy weaponry. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
89% Wayne (2018) Directed by Jeremy Sims, Wayne is snapshot of '80s male culture; a tall-but-true story of a life lived at full tilt by a bloke with a singular vision and the audacity to deliver on it. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The strengths of The Miseducation Of Cameron Post is director Desiree Akhavan's understated treatment of this potentially heavy-handed, message-driven material. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Such uniformly strong performances from so many little-seen or unknown actors is a stark reminder of the wealth of talent that is there for a slowly diversifying Hollywood to tap into. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2.5/5 56% Tag (2018) But while there's something appealing about Tag's aggressive physical comedy, the film's premise is thin to the point of undernourishment. This is reflected in a forced and unconvincing resolution. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is a solid enough sequel, but it doesn't have the original film's light, playful touch. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom ups the ante with a new, genetically enhanced super predator. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's fun to be scammed so seductively. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
2.5/5 71% Kodachrome (2018) Sudeikis has perhaps the most challenging role. He struggles to find the right pitch. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) [Director Aster] manipulates his audience with as much skill and dexterity as Annie displays in creating her everyday dolls houses, an original, contemporary, evocative twist on the classic Victorian horror trope. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/5 55% The Bookshop (2018) Although it celebrates an essentially antiquated art form, The Bookshop is rigorously unsentimental in tone. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
2.5/5 77% I Kill Giants (2018) Wolfe successfully conveys the high-stakes intensity of Barbara's experience. But while the character is credibly immersed in the dark, strange, paranoid, animistic world she has created for herself, the filmmakers never really get inside her head. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
2/5 41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) Despite Cassell's committed performance, Gauguin doesn't really add much to (or subtract much from) an already threadbare myth. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
2.5/5 39% Gringo (2018) Not even Gringo's impressive ensemble cast can breathe much life into these overblown but underwritten characters. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
2.5/5 88% Midnight Oil 1984 (2018) It delivers. And there are a few candid offstage moments fans can't miss. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/5 85% Tully (2018) But the chemistry between the two actresses is so strong, and the story is so affecting, the unresolved elements of their relationship don't matter nearly as much as one might expect. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) A one-of-a-kind, sweet-and-salty bitser. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 81% Early Man (2018) In a cinematic landscape that favours wisecracking motormouths and polished but increasingly generic CGI, Early Man's sweet-natured slapstick and endearingly "primitive" look feel like a welcome counterbalance. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Bedazzling visual effects notwithstanding, the finished product is disconcertingly bland. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) [John] Krasinski directs with the precision of a master craftsman - there are flaws in the logic of the world he and co-writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods have created, but they barely register. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is a love letter to '80s pop culture, jam packed with references... Beneath its retro glad rags, however, the story is deceptively layered. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
3/5 83% Blockers (2018) While the film's narrative template is conventional, its gender relationships are refreshingly robust. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
1/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Shame on you, Bruce Willis. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
3/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) The physical comedy between the small, quick-footed rabbit and [Domhnall] Gleeson's tall gangly adversary is nicely calibrated - even if the CGI-live action blend sometimes strains. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
3.5/5 75% The Mercy (2018) A compassionate and deeply moving account of a dream that ran aground. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 84% Game Night (2018) Game Night pulls off more narrative twists than an Olympic freestyle skier. And like those gravity-defying champions, the filmmakers' timing, preparation, and technical precision makes it all look deceptively easy. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
3/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) As a tribute, the film is very tender. As a biography, it might have benefited from a more objective point of view. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird... feels like a watershed moment for female audiences in general, offering mothers a working, warts-and-all screen version of themselves that they actually recognise. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018