The Big Issue

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
Rating Title/Year Author
() 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Graeme Virtue The hilarious high-school movie invites comparisons to Superbad - but it's much better. EDIT
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. EDIT
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... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Simon Brew It's a big British audience film, with one hell of a heart and one hell of a brain. EDIT
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 EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 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? EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 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 for...you can't help but get sucked into it, wrestling fan or not. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Cath Clarke Israel is anti-social and aggressive but you do find yourself rooting for her. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 Vice (2018) Graeme Virtue The result is an enthusiastically disrespectful biopic, and while it might not fully succeed in revealing the psychology of Dick Cheney...it does at least illuminate some of the murkier chapters of his zigzag path to power. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Cath Clarke Three Identical Strangers raises more questions than it answers... But perhaps that's a whole other documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/5 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
They Live (1988) Graeme Virtue As paranoid invasion movies go, They Live is a clamorous, mob-handed, unashamed riot, even if Carpenter - a canny hustler who knows a thing or two about street fighting - keeps a sly stiletto of an ending in reserve. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Cath Clarke Catch [Moore] on a good film - and this documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, is one of his best - and you walk out of the cinema fired up, steam hissing from your ears. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
First Man (2018) Edward Lawrenson Running at over two hours and 20 minutes, this earnest, dour, Oscar-needy film left me earthbound. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Columbus (2017) Edward Lawrenson This is a quiet but tremendously accomplished debut that owes a lot to the magisterial subtlety of Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
The Gospel According to André (2017) Edward Lawrenson What gives the film its more lasting poignancy is Talley's discussion of growing up in an African-American community in North Carolina. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Rider (2017) Edward Lawrenson This is a film of subtle, unspoken grace notes, an intimate and deeply moving portrait of both Blackburn and the community of which he is part. It is an understated gem of a film, and marks Zhao as a major talent. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Edward Lawrenson This is a lovely, richly shaded portrait of adolescence in all its shifting moods, shot through with a melancholy sweetness and sly, intoxicating humour. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
Cold War (2018) Edward Lawrenson This is a remarkable achievement - sumptuous, ambitious, intelligent and with a knockout soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Edward Lawrenson It is galvanising cinema, made with an urgency and anger that leaps from the screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Edward Lawrenson The Eyes of Orson Welles is terrific, a rich, intelligent, adoring embrace of its subject. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
Heathers (1989) Edward Lawrenson Mostly this is gleeful nastiness crafted with jagged irony and with a captivating performance by Winona Ryder at its centre. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
The Apparition (2018) Edward Lawrenson There's a sense of intrigue here, but Giannoli struggles to sustain our interest. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Generation Wealth (2018) Edward Lawrenson This is a poignant, insightful and worrying dispatch of the state things today. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Aus dem Nichts (2017) Edward Lawrenson It's not a perfect movie... still there is an unanswerable force to this angry, unblinking depiction of the consequences of far-right violence in Europe today. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
First Reformed (2017) Edward Lawrenson Hawke responds to the demands of the role fearlessly: his is a sombre, powerfully restrained performance, and throughout he wears an expression of clenched gravitas that seems to hold at bay the pain and unrest roiling inside. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Mary Shelley (2017) Edward Lawrenson Mary Shelley the person was a formidable, inspiring genius. Mary Shelley the film disappoints. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2018
Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) Edward Lawrenson You have to applaud the steadiness of purpose in Tyrnauer's approach: from the mayhem of the dancefloor he has extracted a...poignant thesis about its significance to the wider culture of the day. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
McQueen (2018) Edward Lawrenson "McQueen" is ultimately a poignant and stirring tribute to the designer. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Zama (2017) Edward Lawrenson It's a thrillingly layered film, and is perhaps best experienced by surrendering to its intoxicating strangeness. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2018
Double Lover (2017) Edward Lawrenson Filmed with silky elegance L'Amant Double is outwardly a model of arthouse refinement, but it lurches from one improbable set-up to another like a potboiler written to a midnight deadline. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2018
On Chesil Beach (2017) Edward Lawrenson On Chesil Beach is an ambitious film, and it largely works thanks to the exquisitely pitched performances of Ronan and Howle. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Le Redoutable (2017) Edward Lawrenson [Jean Luc] Godard himself called the film "stupid" and I have a hard time disagreeing. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2018