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
Blinded by the Light (2019) Alison Rowat The awkward, gangly nature of the piece is a large part of its charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/5 The Realm (El reino) (2018) Alison Rowat From the producers of The Secret in Their Eyes, this fast-paced, twisty political thriller has deservedly won many awards in its native Spain, and further afield. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 Animals (2019) Alison Rowat A fine idea, best friends growing apart, but my goodness this is painfully dreary. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Pavarotti (2019) Alison Rowat It is done respectfully and lovingly, with the occasional criticism that he could be demanding. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2017) Alison Rowat There is no getting away from the fact that large stretches of dialogue are taken up with explaining what each inventor was trying to achieve. It takes a particular talent to make electricity generation interesting and such skill is not in evidence here. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 () Alison Rowat Tense, provocative but impressively balanced, Of Fish and Foe shows green issues are not always black and white. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
8 Days: To the Moon and Back (2015) Alison Rowat Much of it contains footage never seen before, and it is a story that will never grow old. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 Only You (2018) Alison Rowat Two terrific performances from O'Connor (God's Own Country, The Durrells) and Spanish actor Costa (Victoria) and the occasional drag can be forgiven. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Alison Rowat Memorable, certainly. Enjoyable? Hardly. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 Brightburn (2019) Alison Rowat Brightburn takes a more, er, creative approach to the genre, though you may be left thinking it should not have bothered. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Alison Rowat The big laughs are slow to arrive but they do make an appearance, and the joke spread spans all the ages, with lots of Easter eggs for the most dedicated fans. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Alison Rowat It is not just the music and performances that are worth a celebratory jig in the aisle. What also refreshes in this look at the wilder days of Elton John is the way it unapologetically settles scores. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Alison Rowat The movie slowly conforms to type as the end draws near, with the usual lessons being learned, hugs dispensed, all the stuff you really have seen so often before. But at its best, Booksmart is a delight. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Arctic (2018) Alison Rowat Arctic is a tightly scripted, surprisingly moving picture that knows when to be quiet, and when to scare the snowballs out of an audience. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Alison Rowat The former Matrix star has charisma to burn. By the time two hours are up, Wick is once again living up to the Latin in the title, desiring peace but preparing for war. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Alison Rowat Boy, do directors Joe and Anthony Russo ensure the tale of space good and evil goes out with a hugely entertaining bang. Queries are answered, plot points tied up, justice is done. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Alison Rowat Buckley is terrific, giving her character layers upon layers, and the music by Jack Arnold is toe-tappingly good, even if you are normally allergic to C&W. All in all, you'd be Patsy Cline crazy to miss this one. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 Mid90s (2018) Alison Rowat This is a very impressive piece by Hill, well paced, gorgeously shot, with an eye for detail and an ear for authentic speech. Above all, he has chosen well in a young cast who give it their all, Suljic and Na-kel Smith in particular. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Alison Rowat A brisk, slick if unsubtle take on King that should please a new generation of horror fans who enjoyed the last adaptation of the master's work, It. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Alison Rowat The Easter holidays approach and first of the family blockbusters to show face is this cheeky, refreshingly enjoyable if overlong take on superhero movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Alison Rowat While Peele's script is laboriously specific about the back stories of the lead characters, he is frustratingly ambiguous when it comes to burnishing the nuts and bolts of the social commentary underpinning the slaughter. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Alison Rowat Fiennes and Adele Exarchopoulos, playing Nureyev's French girlfriend, turn in fine performances, but roses and raptures, please, for Ivenko, who is not only as beautiful as Nureyev, and dances sublimely, he can act, besides. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Minding the Gap (2018) Alison Rowat Poignant, beautifully shot (as you would expect), and brutally honest in parts, Minding the Gap has surprises in store, becoming genuinely gripping the deeper Liu digs. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
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 Todos lo saben (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 () 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