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      The Big Issue is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cath Clarke, Edward Lawrenson, Hanna Flint.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      Love (2015) Edward Lawrenson Love is bound to wind some people up, and it is overlong and a little clunky. But it is also a serious, honest, nakedly earnest piece of film-making.
      Posted Sep 21, 2023
      The Survivalist (2015) Edward Lawrenson The result is a hugely confident, mostly absorbing blend of psychodrama and apocalyptic Western. It's claustrophobic, bleakly astringent and not for all tastes -- but it marks Fingleton out as a promising new voice.
      Posted Sep 21, 2023
      The Daughter (2015) Edward Lawrenson Handling shifts in tone from acutely observed vignettes of small-town life to scenes of tragic ferocity with deft assurance, this is an impressive fully-formed debut from Stone. It's stunningly performed, too, with special mention to Odessa Young.
      Posted Sep 20, 2023
      Ali & Ava (2021) Hanna Flint I do love a regional romance, especially when it presents the realities of these areas with candour, empathy and affection.
      Posted Mar 05, 2022
      Flee (2021) Hanna Flint Animation is a stunning art form. Films like Flee prove just how essential it is as a filmmaking device to ensure that no story ever needs to go untold.
      Posted Feb 12, 2022
      Scream (2022) Hanna Flint For what it might be lacking in imaginative death scenes and intriguing new characters, this Scream makes up for with a solid meta commentary of the cinematic culture of today and enough esteem for the past.
      Posted Jan 21, 2022
      House of Gucci (2021) Hanna Flint House of Gucci is as absurdly entertaining as you might expect from a prestige drama about an iconic Italian fashion house and the romance that led to betrayal, revenge, murder and, ultimately, the downfall of the family who built it.
      Posted Dec 02, 2021
      Greed (2019) Cath Clarke Greed would feel a bit underdeveloped, were it not for a gear shift in the final 30 minutes as Winterbottom embarks on thoughtful exposé of the human cost of fast fashion.
      Posted Nov 13, 2021
      Spencer (2021) Hanna Flint If Spencer is supposed to be a sort of tribute to the memory of a tragic woman victimised by an archaic industry I'd truly hate to see what a condemnation would have looked like.
      Posted Nov 12, 2021
      Parasite (2019) Cath Clarke Using industrial-strength social satire, [Bong Joon Ho] strips the veneer off the myth of classlessness, giving an outrageously entertaining instant classic.
      Posted Feb 07, 2020
      The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Cath Clarke's a very funny film, and the casting is brilliant. The inclusivity doesn't feel at all odd or jarring.
      Posted Jan 24, 2020
      1917 (2019) Cath Clarke It's tremendously moving. What a terrifically good film.
      Posted Jan 10, 2020
      The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Cath Clarke As a device for a film it's interesting to a point -- but it didn't fully work its magic on me.
      Posted Nov 21, 2019
      Sorry We Missed You (2019) Cath Clarke Loach is fiercer, more uncompromising, than ever.
      Posted Nov 02, 2019
      The Day Shall Come (2019) Cath Clarke Chris Morris follow up to Four Lions mocks the conventions of the US War on Terror - The Day Shall Come shows just how much we've missed him.
      Posted Oct 17, 2019
      Ad Astra (2019) Cath Clarke McBride is a man living without feeling, and Pitt's performance is beautifully restrained, expressing whole continents of emotion with the furrow of an eyebrow.
      Posted Sep 23, 2019
      Blinded by the Light (2019) Cath Clarke It's the film's more serious moments that stayed with me.
      Posted Aug 12, 2019
      Balance, Not Symmetry (2019) Graeme Virtue There are many moments to savour here, and not just for Biffy obsessives.
      Posted Aug 01, 2019
      The Lion King (2019) Cath Clarke In the end The Lion King left me longing for the emotional moments of the first film.
      Posted Jul 18, 2019
      Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Simon Brew The film itself is hurt a little by being much busier than the last, and perhaps a notch below Homecoming as it tries to get through all of its business. But in a summer where many sequels have disappointed, the Marvel elixir still holds strong here.
      Posted Jul 03, 2019
      Yesterday (2019) Cath Clarke Feelgood has become a dirty word, but when it's pulled off with this much energy and actual feeling, it really is fab.
      Posted Jun 28, 2019
      Brightburn (2019) Graeme Virtue Despite cheekily piggybacking on existing mythologies, Brightburn still feels underwritten to a frustrating degree and is nowhere near as subversive as it thinks it is.
      Posted Jun 28, 2019
      Diego Maradona (2019) Simon Brew Behind the incredible football tale, there's still a sense that the human being is something of an enigma. Diego Maradona the movie doesn't fully redress that, but it certainly comes close.
      Posted Jun 13, 2019
      Gloria Bell (2018) Cath Clarke Moore appears in almost every scene of the film and in her performance Gloria's resilience shines.
      Posted Jun 07, 2019
      Booksmart (2019) Graeme Virtue The hilarious high-school movie invites comparisons to Superbad - but it's much better.
      Posted May 30, 2019
      John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018) Simon Brew Inevitably, when it starts playing straighter, some of that impact and insight is lost, but In the Realm of Perfection has long forged an individual identity by that point.
      Posted May 24, 2019
      Beats (2019) Cath Clarke It's a film with pills, thrills and belly laughs - nostalgic and sentimental in all the right places, with some grittily effective social realism and fine examples of the artistry of Scottish swearing...
      Posted May 21, 2019
      Eighth Grade (2018) Cath Clarke This is a film that gets under the skin of Generation X with humour and heartfelt emotion that makes it a genuinely great coming-of-age movie that hooks you by the heart.
      Posted Apr 26, 2019
      Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Graeme Virtue As well as an evocatively harsh name suitable for any disreputable grindhouse movie from the 1970s, Dragged Across Concrete could also accurately describe the feeling of watching this morally murky and painfully methodical crime thriller.
      Posted Apr 18, 2019
      Wild Rose (2018) Simon Brew It's a big British audience film, with one hell of a heart and one hell of a brain.
      Posted Apr 10, 2019
      The Sisters Brothers (2018) Cath Clarke This pleasingly talky movie rides roughshod over the Clint Eastwood model of the taciturn gunslinger. Eli and Charlie are total chatterboxes; they don't shut up
      Posted Apr 04, 2019
      At Eternity's Gate (2018) Graeme Virtue You emerge from the cinema looking at the world anew. What more could any artist ask of an account of their life?
      Posted Mar 29, 2019
      Minding the Gap (2018) Simon Brew Occasionally funny and profoundly moving, Minding The Gap feels all the more impactful because its roots look like they weren't in a film at all.
      Posted Mar 20, 2019
      Ben Is Back (2018) Cath Clarke This is one of those rare Hollywood movies that keeps you guessing, where you don't see the ending coming 20 minutes in.
      Posted Mar 15, 2019
      Border (2018) Graeme Virtue The result is an earthy, unpredictable fable interspersed with moments of bleak Nordic beauty and a movie well worth sniffing out.
      Posted Mar 06, 2019
      Fighting With My Family (2019) Simon Brew Merchant's witty film takes a few minutes to find its feet, and you'll quickly work out the formula it's following. Yet by injecting a familiar path with characters to really root can't help but get sucked into it, wrestling fan or not.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      On the Basis of Sex (2018) Cath Clarke It's a decent, well-acted drama, if a little blandly dull in its approach.
      Posted Feb 22, 2019
      Instant Family (2018) Graeme Virtue The version of Instant Family that exists is overblown, sometimes jarring and often corny but for all its weird cocktail of earnestness and crassness, its heart is undoubtedly in the right place.
      Posted Feb 14, 2019
      If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Simon Brew If there's a further hidden hero in the movie, it's casting director Cindy Tolan.
      Posted Feb 12, 2019
      Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Cath Clarke Israel is anti-social and aggressive but you do find yourself rooting for her.
      Posted Feb 01, 2019
      Vice (2018) Graeme Virtue The result is an enthusiastically disrespectful biopic, and while it might not fully succeed in revealing the psychology of Dick does at least illuminate some of the murkier chapters of his zigzag path to power.
      Posted Jan 23, 2019
      Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Cath Clarke It feels almost treacherous to confess that Mary Queen of Scots left me as cold as the execution axe's blade -- and that's after watching twice to make sure I wasn't missing something.
      Posted Jan 17, 2019
      Stan & Ollie (2018) Graeme Virtue By focusing on the last hurrah of a dazzling dual career, Stan & Ollie feels brisker than most cradle-to-grave biopics while still allowing director Jon S Baird ample time to linger on the stage performances.
      Posted Jan 11, 2019
      The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Graeme Virtue The result is a lovingly crafted swansong infused with a warmth that thankfully never descends into schmaltz.
      Posted Dec 05, 2018
      Three Identical Strangers (2018) Cath Clarke Three Identical Strangers raises more questions than it answers... But perhaps that's a whole other documentary.
      Posted Nov 30, 2018
      The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Graeme Virtue It is played as a sight gag but it also works as a metaphor: Lisbeth may be the perfect hero for our troubled times but with The Girl In The Spider's Web she has yet to find her ideal vehicle.
      Posted Nov 20, 2018
      They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Sam Delaney It harnessed technology and creative artistry to remind everyone just how real and recent the Great War was - and s--t the life out of us about ever having another one like it.
      Posted Nov 20, 2018
      Suspiria (2018) Simon Brew It's bold, arresting, difficult cinema. In the hands of Guadagnino, this is one revisiting of a story that very much has a reason for being, and given the high esteem in which the (still superior) original is rightly held, that's no small feat.
      Posted Nov 15, 2018
      Widows (2018) Cath Clarke What makes a McQueen film so distinctive is that he does everything for real. There's nothing fake or polite about his style - he doesn't look away however ugly it gets.
      Posted Nov 09, 2018
      Peterloo (2018) Simon Brew Difficult at times, sombre in tone and requiring full attention across its two-and-a-half-hour running time, Peterloo is relevant, worthwhile and almost guaranteed to make those who watch it rightly angry.
      Posted Oct 31, 2018
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