Hot Press

Hot Press is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Roe McDermott, Stephen Porzio, Tara Brady
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Saint Maud (2019) Roe McDermott Though Saint Maud employs some well-worn tropes of religion-themed horror, her precise style, psychological exploration, and intense atmosphere make this an extremely promising debut. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
Tenet (2020) Roe McDermott The performances are all excellent, with Debicki elevating Nolan's rote depiction of abusive relationships and motherhood, and Pattinson providing louche charm galore, while Washington is an endlessly compelling presence... EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Roe McDermott Overall, The Pieces I Am is a celebratory, empowering and vivacious documentary, allowing audiences to bask in the company of the woman behind the legacy. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
The Photograph (2020) Roe McDermott It's a level of insight and emotion the film should have brought to all of its characters. But The Photograph remains (sorry) underdeveloped. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Roe McDermott Rewriting history may usually be more even, though it's rarely this evocative. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
The Shadow of Violence (2019) Roe McDermott Jarvis is a compelling presence onscreen, bringing a clumsy warmth and innocence to his role, so that even as he beats men to a pulp, you're rooting for him to escape his no-exit existence. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Dark Waters (2019) Roe McDermott They say nothing sticks to Teflon, and in Todd Haynes' corporate conspiracy drama Dark Waters, you'll realise that not much sticks to evil corporations either. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
3.5/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Roe McDermott Though some narrative and thematic threads fail to cohere, and Cage's performance and accent are mercurial mysteries, the visuals are beautiful and disturbing - and the wild, strange silliness never fails to entertain. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Roe McDermott The film is messy, with an occasionally strained script and meandering sequences. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Roe McDermott We need a different word for masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
5/5 Parasite (2019) Roe McDermott From his opening shots, Bong Joon-Ho establishes the upstairs/downstairs dynamic of his razorsharp, bleakly funny, unmistakably furious skewering of capitalism and class divides. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019) Roe McDermott It's surprising that Lena Waithe's writing is the most disappointing aspect of the film. While Kaluuya and Turner-Smith are impressive, their characters - Queen especially - remain hugely underdeveloped. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Mr. Jones (2019) Roe McDermott While the film never matches the emotional power of its Ukraine sequences, the final act harnesses that impact for a rousing, conspiracy-fuelled drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Richard Jewell (2019) Roe McDermott Like the story at its core, Richard Jewell is alternately fascinating and frustrating - revealing the entrenched flaws and biases of those entrusted to tell it. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Roe McDermott [T]he consistently entertaining, crowd-pleasing, madcap film finds the joy both in Dickens' words, and the wealth of British talent on display - in all its diversity. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Roe McDermott While the cinematography and costuming capture the absurd, Barbie-blonde sheen demanded at Fox, this horrifying, ugly and all too real story could have done with less of a filter. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
1917 (2019) Roe McDermott An emotional and artistic masterclass. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Roe McDermott A radiant, huge-hearted film that embraces the messy beauty of growing up. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Roe McDermott Griffin Davis is a wonderfully expressive young actor, and the film's Wes Anderson-like absurdity and great, Bowie-filled soundtrack are fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Roe McDermott The wickedly talented ensemble cast are clearly having an absolute blast - and you will too. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
The Report (2019) Roe McDermott In an era where important questions are being asked about transparency, accountability and how those who speak truth to power are treated, The Report is authentic, enraging and riveting thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Roe McDermott Still, the film is beautifully edited, moving from a violent portrait of tough men into a character study of loneliness and old age - but never quite remorse. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Luce (2019) Roe McDermott Watts and Spencer have some excellent scenes, crackling with energy and unarticulated tension, but the language can feel overburdened with significance. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Roe McDermott A sequence where a frostbitten Wren must climb the outside of the balloon is truly thrilling, but the slowly paced, drawn-out flashbacks and increasingly stilted script prove deflating. Still, it's a lovely journey to watch on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Roe McDermott Exquisite, scorching and utterly humane. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Roe McDermott The performances feel realistic and understated, and the weight of Loach's vision is always evident: the debasing cruelty of these economies, the devastating impact they have on good people. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Roe McDermott Overall, an underwhelming effort. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Roe McDermott Though it may prove too slow and opaque for some, The Last Black Man In San Francisco is a heartbreaking elegy elevated by specificity, but universal in its emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Joker (2019) Roe McDermott As a nightmarish portrait of urban isolation and a gritty comic book origin story, the movie is superbly acted and tensely paced. It also lacks nuance and plays into well-worn tropes. It's good. It's not great. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Roe McDermott It's both impressive and deeply conventional. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Roe McDermott It's silly subversive fun - it just could have sought out more smarts. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Roe McDermott The tension-filled score, use of claustrophobic spaces and the central performances make this a serviceable late night TV offering. Just leave your brain four days behind you. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Roe McDermott Zellweger's performance is more layered than the film, which remains superficial and conventional. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Roe McDermott The Farewell can feel careful and overscripted, indicating Wang's personal instinct to protect the characters and not delve too deeply into harsh truths. But this decision feels as loving as the film does. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Roe McDermott Matthias Schoenaerts is remarkable in soulful drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) Roe McDermott Yes, kids, strap in for Jaws-meets-Twister-meets-Snakes On A Plane. The chomping is coming from inside the house. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 Gaza (2019) Roe McDermott [Keane and McConnell's] documentary is personal, compassionate and beautifully shot; their treatment of the people of Gaza empathetic and humane. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Roe McDermott Pretty, potential-filled, and ultimately a let-down. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Roe McDermott Brilliantly acted, indulgent, predictable, and somehow still utterly convinced that being anti-progress and anti-counter-cultures makes you a rebel, not the status quo. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Roe McDermott The definition of fun, silly escapism. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Roe McDermott The effectiveness of these sequences varies, sometimes capturing the catharsis of a teenager finally feeling understood, sometimes feeling clumsy and mawkish... As for Viveik Kalra's career, this film is a spark that could start a fire. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Roe McDermott [Ritesh Batra] imbues Photograph with an impressive stillness and realism. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) Roe McDermott Hyde's poetic vision embodies the beautifully raw and transient experience of her characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/5 Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) Roe McDermott It might distract young kids handily enough, but for your own sanity, just introduce them to Monty Python instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Stuber (2019) Roe McDermott Stuber's comedic elements make for an enjoyable if forgettable Friday cinema trip, but the action sequences are surprisingly gritty. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Roe McDermott Made after their deaths, this film is a tribute to them, their enduring romance, and the culture that sparked it. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Gwen (2018) Roe McDermott Though playing with elements of horror, folklore and psychology, the narrative and character development remains undercooked and frustratingly opaque. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Roe McDermott Watching Ron Howard's celebratory, crowd-pleasing, hagiographic documentary Pavarotti, I wished I could see Kapadia's interpretation of the same facts, to get a glimpse into the real story. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Roe McDermott And through Favreau's dedication to realism - a realism that excludes animals smiling, crying, eyebrow-raising, or dancing - he eliminates what animation evoked so beautifully, and what we all connected to: the animals' humanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Roe McDermott Maybe the ambience and irony are enough for diehard Jarmusch fans. But for everyone else, life's too short. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019