The National (Scotland)

The National (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): Julie McDowall, Ross Miller
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Molly's Game (2017) Ross Miller Sorkin steps behind the camera for the first time with an entertaining, relentlessly loquacious look at one woman's outrageous true story that feels tailor made for cinema. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 The Favourite (2018) Ross Miller Once you settle into the tone of the piece, it's one of the finest recent examples of directorial mannerisms propping up the strengths of words and vice versa. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Ross Miller Blunt is a terrific bit of casting, finding the essence of the character while putting down her own enjoyably mannered stamp. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
3/5 Bumblebee (2018) Ross Miller We now have a Transformers film that remembers to have fun and, most importantly, realises that even a little heart goes a long way. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
3/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Ross Miller It has flaws to spare... but fairly rewarding in its sense of immersion in a well-designed world of towering scale that reminds us why the big screen is referred to as such. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Ross Miller A visually stunning, innovative incarnation of the character. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Ross Miller The film is a treat to behold whenever it dives into the ocean as Wan embraces the absurdity at every turn, wearing the inherent goofiness as a badge of honour. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Ross Miller Rarely has a film about stealing been so nice. In its own unassuming way, it's an affecting and strangely comforting experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Ross Miller Its swagger and sheer brazen weirdness is to be admired, commended and revelled in because we just don't get films like this very often. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Ross Miller [Has] bite and grit to spare, sometimes at the expense of making it all hang together, but it's refreshing to see a version of the story stare meaningfully into the void. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Ross Miller It has swagger, personality and confidence but also a heartfelt sincerity that's as refreshing as it is endearing. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
4/5 Creed II (2018) Ross Miller Director Steven Caple Jr. takes over from Ryan Coogler to deliver a worthy follow-up that lands heavy blows where it counts and in a few places that are unexpected. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ross Miller Manages to integrate the [internet's] simultaneous vastness & intricacy in a way that's both inventive in pushing the narrative forward & just fun to behold for its own sake. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
2/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Ross Miller Gets too tangled up in its own pedestrian yet needlessly convoluted narrative web. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
4/5 Assassination Nation (2018) Ross Miller This incendiary, no-holds-barred film feels like it has been birthed, blood-covered and screaming, from the era in which we live. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
1/5 Robin Hood (2018) Ross Miller Rarely has there been so much stuff happening on-screen at the one time that amounts to so little. It's just noise you wish could be turned down. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
4/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Ross Miller A minor Coen effort in the grand scheme, but this whimsical, offbeat, surprising, beautifully self-aware and strangely affecting chronicle is a treat for fans of their work. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 Suspiria (2018) Ross Miller Difficult and self-indulgent but also fascinatingly probing and endlessly ambitious in structure, themes and the out-there places it's willing to take the audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Ross Miller Conjures enough wistful enchantment in the little moments or wow-factor visual spectacle in ostentatious set-pieces.. But it doesn't half tie itself up in knots getting there. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
4/5 Overlord (2018) Ross Miller Satisfyingly commits with gnashed, quasi-zombified teeth to its B-horror movie sensibilities. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 Widows (2018) Ross Miller Those performances and McQueen's deft directorial handling of thrills mixed with larger themes makes sure this superior crime saga stands out from the crowd. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
4/5 Outlaw King (2018) Ross Miller What's important here is that the film evokes the essence of the man as much as it gives a firm portrayal of what his outlaw rebellion stood for and meant to the people. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
2/5 The Jungle Bunch (2017) Ross Miller The narrative somehow manages to feel both restless and painfully slow at times. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
4/5 Mirai no Mirai (2018) Ross Miller This is a beautiful film, dazzling and bold yet gentle-hearted in the ways it goes about presenting its world. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
1/5 Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Ross Miller The script simply isn't sharp enough here to sell as proper reverence, instead coming off as a cheap wannabe with a dislodged funny bone and very little bite. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 Peterloo (2018) Ross Miller [There's] a sense of a collective voice speaking through individuals, each brought to colourful life by a dense script and stellar performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 Coco (2017) Ross Miller The film brilliantly races along to the melody of several ear-worm musical numbers that will have you humming along as they touch your soul. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 The Commuter (2018) Ross Miller The film fits a familiar mould but at least it attempts to visually stand out from the crowd. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 The Post (2017) Ross Miller Makes sure its unashamedly idealised points about freedom of the press and political culpability stand loud, proud and are as timely now as they were back then. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 Early Man (2018) Ross Miller This is another likeable, affectionate family [Aardman] animation that benefits from the human touch. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Ross Miller And yet, for all its faults, there's enough going on in Bohemian Rhapsody that grabs the attention. This mostly falls at the feet of Rami Malek, who goes above and beyond. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2018
4/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Ross Miller A powerful and essential film for today, fuelled with passion and anger but also courage and the sincere hope to see things change for the good and for always. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2018
4/5 Possum (2018) Ross Miller Propelled by a limitless feeling of dread, Holness' film blurs the lines between nightmare and reality to conjure what is a deeply unsettling experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2018
4/5 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Ross Miller Tackles a big, messy subject and while that gets the better of it at times there's nevertheless a determined, angry fire raging underneath which makes for compelling viewing. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Ross Miller For all but absolute newcomers to that sort of thing, it leaves many tricks and treats to be desired. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 Halloween (2018) Ross Miller In shrewdly wiping the slate clean from the bloody mess of the franchise's diminishing returns, it provides an efficient and effective pay-off after a long wait. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 Mandy (2018) Ross Miller We have a one-of-a-kind actor on delightfully unhinged form... the film delights in letting Nicolas out of the Cage. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Ross Miller A bold, playful film that feels bathed in the very essence of noir cinema and all the delicious unravelling of mysteries it has to offer. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 First Man (2018) Ross Miller Importantly, the domestic drama rings true, lending the intricacies and careful calculations of the training and the eventual mission itself a crucial emotional backbone. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Ross Miller You come away with the feeling it's time to retire this character for good. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 Venom (2018) Ross Miller The shapeless, headache-inducing inevitable final showdown ironically feels like the appropriate culmination of an action approach that lacks all impact. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Ross Miller Soulful, honest and heart-breaking. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 Black '47 (2018) Ross Miller A lean, mean historical actioner which doesn't hold back on brutal realities, mostly succeeding in mixing genres and grappling with weighty themes. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2018
4/5 The Wife (2017) Ross Miller It transcends into utterly electrifying territory whenever the central couple lob venomous bombs of truth at one another. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2018
3/5 The Little Stranger (2018) Ross Miller Even when the convoluted machinations of the plot get the better of it, there's an intriguing off-kilter flavour that carries you through its murky narrative waters. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Ross Miller It's a supremely fun ride to unpack its Russian doll-like narrative. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Ross Miller There's something joyfully old-fashioned about its wide-eyed, nostalgic sense of wonderment. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
1/5 Mile 22 (2018) Ross Miller A heavy-footed, relentlessly and morosely violent action film smothered by perhaps the genre's worst affront: it's hard to tell just what the hell is going on. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 The Rider (2017) Ross Miller A meticulous and thoughtful, beautifully realised and visually resplendent film that really gets under the skin of its central character and makes him a relatable figure. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
5/5 Lucky (2017) Ross Miller A wonderful and fitting goodbye for an incomparable actor. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018