The Herald (Scotland)

The Herald (Scotland) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alison Rowat, Julie McDowall
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Together (2021) Alison Rowat It brilliantly captures the fear, claustrophobia, and borderline madness of the past year, with both McAvoy --even with a man bun -- and Horgan outstanding. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
Killing Escobar (2021) Alison Rowat At first it is hard to get a handle on both McAleese and the film in general... The longer the piece goes on, however, more layers of the story are peeled back and a more complex and nuanced film emerges. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
Ian Wright: Home Truths (2021) Alison Rowat Although a tough watch at times, Home Truths is ultimately a positive film showing how far society has come in dealing with domestic abuse. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
4/5 Return to Dunblane with Lorraine Kelly (2021) Alison Rowat Kelly had clearly had done more than her job all those years ago and since; she had, in a small but important way, helped. With this film she did the community, herself, and her profession proud. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
Whirlybird (2020) Alison Rowat It makes for a thrilling 90 minutes, even if the film does rush the ending and leaves several questions spinning through the air. Fellow news junkies queue here. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Katie Price: Harvey and Me (2021) Alison Rowat Lowe's film did not shy away from the difficulties in Harvey's life, or the struggle that lies ahead of him, but there was joy here and a lot of love. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Alison Rowat The clips, particularly of concert footage, are terrific, the photographs are groovy, the politics of the times are examined seriously, and Carter has a lot of stories to tell. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Red Penguins (2019) Alison Rowat Gabe Polsky's film took an age to get going, which made it run far longer than the story merited. As for that story, there was too much of everything, from strippers on the ice at half-time to bears serving drinks. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Fight: The Jim Murray Story (2020) Alison Rowat As an investigation of boxing, Fight had its flaws. But as a portrait of a fighter, and a family, its compassion will stay long in the mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
() Alison Rowat Like its subject, this retrospective was a touch hand-knitted and worthy at times. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 Tenet (2020) Alison Rowat This is Nolan on typically spectacular form... All terrific, but then we come to the story. A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma is just the start of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
() Alison Rowat The Trial Of Alex Salmond had to appear far and above the fray on which it was reporting. From where this viewer sat, it did not pass that test. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 Everything: The Real Thing Story (2019) Alison Rowat All told it was a fascinating story, albeit one that could have easily been captured in an hour rather than 90 minutes (too many talking heads, too little editing). EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Alison Rowat Terrific use of archive, a dream cast of talking heads, and a solid, clear narrative made Scandalous this week's must see documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 Run (2019) Alison Rowat Run is essentially a sombre story, and at first glance you fear it could be another doom-laden misery fest. But terrific performances, particularly from Stanley and Marli Sui... and some wonderful writing make it shine. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 Radioactive (2019) Alison Rowat After seeing this, one not only has a greater sense of Curie the scientist and the woman, one admires her even more. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 Misbehaviour (2020) Alison Rowat Even if you are familiar with the story the women's sheer daring still takes the breath away. As does the scene when contestants are asked to turn en masse to show their backsides. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
3/5 The Shadow of Violence (2019) Alison Rowat Inspired use of location and strong performances all round, from Jarvis and Algar especially, but the relentlessly bleak tone and sense of hopelessness make for a dispiriting watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
4/5 Our Ladies (2019) Alison Rowat What Derry Girls and Our Ladies share is a big, beating generous heart and a genuine affection, make that love, for young women at the point in their lives when they are at their most brave. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
1/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Alison Rowat For Cage completists only. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Alison Rowat What raises the picture above a by-the-numbers legal procedural is Haynes's styling and Ruffalo's performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
2/5 Like a Boss (2020) Alison Rowat It's a measure of how little there is in the film that even at just 83 minutes it feels stretched. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 Greed (2019) Alison Rowat [A] picture that wants to say a lot but is not sure exactly what. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 EMMA. (2020) Alison Rowat A dandy enough choice for Valentine's week, but not a picture to fall head over heels for. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
3/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Alison Rowat The Man Who... is fun for an hour, then messy, baffling and finally infuriating, but kudos to Gilliam for getting there eventually. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Alison Rowat It is a strong story, but in telling it the picture leaves a sour taste. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Alison Rowat I did warm to the picture eventually, though I felt like another Dickens character in wanting more: more observation, more laughs, more oomph, just more. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Alison Rowat Out of the melee, the regal Theron and the always surprising Robbie emerge strongest. It is just a pity the movie does not bring them and Kidman together more. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
5/5 1917 (2019) Alison Rowat [T]he result is magnificent. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Alison Rowat This is a white-knuckle ride of a film that never lets up in pace and plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019) Alison Rowat Kerr, having overseen the project, had ensured everything knitted together into the cosiest of Christmas jumpers. I'll wager we will be seeing the tea-taking tiger again. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 Citizen K (2019) Alison Rowat The film is a touch long, but this is as much a history of modern Russia as it is a cautionary tale about Putin. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 Little Women (2019) Alison Rowat Little Women is lovingly done and handsomely staged, but there is nothing here to frighten the horses. While that might disappoint some, Alcott, with her understanding of the need for jolly tales in troubled times, would surely have approved. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Alison Rowat This is documentary as horror story, all the more powerful for its understated nature. Unmissable. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Elizabeth is Missing (2019) Alison Rowat Superb, if harrowing. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
() Alison Rowat Although it sounded like it was going to be a sort of Who Do You Think Your Grandad Was?, the program was more nuanced than that. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 The Report (2019) Alison Rowat It could have been near impenetrable, but everything comes across loud and clear. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 Non-Fiction (2018) Alison Rowat A nicely executed farce with, as an added bonus, the sight of Juliette Binoche's actress character starring in a TV cop drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Alison Rowat Spread the word - this is an ace political thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Farming (2018) Alison Rowat Farming makes for a harrowing watch, but Idris is a star in the making, and Beckinsale is terrific as a Tilbury mommie dearest. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Alison Rowat While I'm all for movies that come in around the 90 minute mark, this simply felt unfinished. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 Abominable (2019) Alison Rowat The humor is delightfully rude and the abominable snowman is a big cuddly charmer. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
() Alison Rowat The Private Eye editor...showed that fake news is as old as newsprint. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 () Alison Rowat Just goes to show what bigger things from short films can grow. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Alison Rowat In this stirring biopic, Renée Zellweger channels Garland with uncanny exactness, but above all with love and sympathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Alison Rowat For all the film's faults and manipulations, I was not bored for a second, and that is due to Phoenix, who gives his all as only he can. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Alison Rowat Overall, this bird fails to fly. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Alison Rowat Ad Astra aims for the stars but proves more of a firework than a rocket blast. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Alison Rowat Funny, surprising, and poignant in all the right places, The Farewell is the kind of film you will be glad to say hello to. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Alison Rowat A rocky horror show indeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019