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 Ben Is Back (2018) Alison Rowat Holly might be a suburban mother but experience has made her a streetfighter in spirit. Never mind Ben, Roberts is back. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Alison Rowat Amstell has written a genuinely funny script that oozes self-deprecating charm. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Alison Rowat It struggles as a film because you can see every twist coming a mile off, each character is two-dimensional at best and not enough is made of the fabulous seaside location. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Alison Rowat All three [actors] are on outstanding form, with Cruz in particular putting her character through the wringer. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Beats (2019) Alison Rowat Macdonald, a Royal Conservatoire graduate, is terrific from start to finish. Remember the name. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 What They Had (2018) Alison Rowat Inevitable heartache is deftly balanced with humour to dissipate tension. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 The Aftermath (2019) Alison Rowat Solid performances all round though, particularly from Clarke, the soldier nursing a epic grief the best he can. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Alison Rowat A difficult balance to strike, but Cummings pulls it off. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Alison Rowat Extremely violent, punishingly long, and barely worth the effort save for a stand out turn from Tory Kittles as an ex-con. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 The Vanishing (2018) Alison Rowat Creaks in parts but atmospheric and gripping. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Alison Rowat Phoenix and Reilly make a dream double act. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Alison Rowat [Merchant] has an ending to put together, and throws himself into it as if to the sporting entertainment manor born. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Alison Rowat Cold Pursuit is just, well, cold. It is meant to be funny, you can see what the gags are supposed to be a mile off, but the comedy takes forever to warm up. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 Instant Family (2018) Alison Rowat But that's Instant Family, a film that comes with all its flaws easy to see and just as easy to forgive. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 RBG (2018) Alison Rowat As this elegantly assembled film shows, the "Notorious RBG" as young Americans affectionately call the 85-year-old, has changed millions of women's lives for the better through her hard work and brilliant legal mind. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Jellyfish (2018) Alison Rowat As for Hill, she has genuinely funny bones and her outstanding talent once again shines through. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 A Private War (2018) Alison Rowat Pike certainly looks and acts the part, even if the depiction of the journalist's trade tends towards the cliched. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Vice (2018) Alison Rowat What might be dry fare in another director's hands fizzes in McKay's. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Alison Rowat Dean DeBlois's animated adventure takes a while to get going, but the action sequences are as thrilling as ever. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 Green Book (2018) Alison Rowat Ali's performance certainly merits his Oscar nomination. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Alison Rowat McCarthy, let loose on a dramatic role, is astonishingly good. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Alison Rowat Far more satisfying are the scenes of everyday life, as it is lived by these young lovers. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alison Rowat Robert Rodriguez delivers a by the numbers story. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 Boy Erased (2018) Alison Rowat Kidman is terrific, though, as a mom finding her inner steel magnolia. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/4 All Is True (2018) Alison Rowat Mostly enjoyable, but not without the odd toe-curling moment when the joke is too obvious. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Alison Rowat [Director Josie Rourke] puts her eye for staging and design to sumptuous use in recreating the 16th century courts of Mary at Holyrood and Elizabeth in London. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
4/5 Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Alison Rowat If you ever doubted the campaign to take the UK out of Europe was run by sociopaths, cowboys, shysters, and cyclists, Brexit: The Uncivil War, did not just confirm those fears, it multiplied them. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Life Itself (2018) Alison Rowat A starry cast that also includes Mandy Patinkin as Will's father keeps things watchable even when the whirl of competing stories makes it hard to keep track of what is happening. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
2/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Alison Rowat Though Carell gives a fine performance, the part needed someone more complex, less obvious. A Jim Carrey, maybe, someone to give it an edge. What we get instead is a mushy, softly rounded retelling of a jagged tale best told straight. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Care (2016) Alison Rowat Care was harrowing, depressing viewing, and for some it would have been rather too close to reality for comfort. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Alison Rowat For those who have lived through the many ages of Redford...it is hard to think this will be his last acting hurrah. Great to see him going out, once more, with all guns blazing. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 Mug (2018) Alison Rowat The subtly comic Mug is a film of few words, which relies heavily on Kosciukiewicz for its success. Job done. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Alison Rowat Riley, here making his feature debut as a writer-director, has some clever ideas, but as satire Sorry to Bother You is too obvious to succeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Alison Rowat The story takes forever to get going, but this animated caper is fizzing with bright ideas, the best of which is a skit featuring all of Disney's princesses. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 Disobedience (2017) Alison Rowat For once, Weisz does not steal the picture, with that honour going to Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) taking a career leap and landing beautifully. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Creed II (2018) Alison Rowat The fact that Creed II is so predictable takes nothing away from the excitement. The scenes in the ring are superbly shot and slickly edited, the thud of each blow enough to send you reeling back into the cinema seat. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 Assassination Nation (2018) Alison Rowat Assassination Nation has the seed of a good idea at its core, but as a satire on social media and Donald Trump's intolerant America it is about as subtle as a laptop falling on your head from a great height. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 Robin Hood (2018) Alison Rowat Unlike its dashing hero, Bathurst's film doesn't hit all of its intended targets but it comes close enough to entertain. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Alison Rowat Folk in Hollywood, and elsewhere, need to accept that there are some things old Europe really does do better. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Alison Rowat The scenes with the band in the studio are among the film's finest. There are some gloriously Spinal Tap moments, particularly during the recording of the title song. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 1945 (2017) Alison Rowat Handsomely shot in black and white and just 91 minutes, Torok's picture does not linger long, yet it manages to say so much that matters. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Alison Rowat It's overstuffed, as if Goddard is trying to cram in every idea he ever had in film school, but for long stretches it's a blast. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 First Man (2018) Alison Rowat This is a story that demands a big picture view of life, and Chazelle delivers. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Alison Rowat [Cooper's] talent for writing and directing has been hiding in plain sight. After this five-star treat of a picture, consider the secret out. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 Columbus (2017) Alison Rowat Gentle, quietly knowing and with lovely performances from the two leads, plus Parker Posey as a friend of Jin's father, Kogonada has found a new filmmaking home. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Alison Rowat The best thing in the picture is Emma Thompson playing an exasperated Prime Minister who finds Mr English about as funny as food poisoning. Join the queue, love. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) Alison Rowat Where the programme came into its own was in finding former cult members and showing them the tapes. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 The Wife (2017) Alison Rowat Close...is uniformly superb, her white hair and regal bearing giving her the air of an aging queen denied her throne. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Mother's Day (2018) Alison Rowat Leather was able to explore several ideas sensitively and in depth, including the different ways people grieve, and why one child's death receives a lot of attention while another's might pass by almost unnoticed outwith the family. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 Hamish (2016) Alison Rowat A man once met, never forgotten. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018