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
1917 (2019) Cath Clarke It's tremendously moving. What a terrifically good film. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Cath Clarke Loach is fiercer, more uncompromising, than ever. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Cath Clarke It's the film's more serious moments that stayed with me. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Balance, Not Symmetry (2019) Graeme Virtue There are many moments to savour here, and not just for Biffy obsessives. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Cath Clarke In the end The Lion King left me longing for the emotional moments of the first film. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 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. 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 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 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