Catherine Shoard Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard
Catherine Shoard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) Almost every frame is astonishing.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2012
5/5 90% Philomena (2013) Why does it work quite so well? In part, it's the Dench effect.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
5/5 84% While We're Young (2015) [Baumbach's] best, and funniest, in a decade.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2014
5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) Life is lonely and cold, it says, leavened only briefly, if you're lucky. Happiness is transient. Love an anomaly. We're lucky such art as this is not.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2015
4/5 98% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1968) There's something irresistibly swinging, even promiscuous, about the whole affair.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
4/5 100% A Night to Remember (1958) A restrained, nearly austere ensemble drama that manages to intertwine a dozen different stories without tripping up on any of them, it relies on real-life survivor testimony for almost every line and incident, to immensely moving and dignified effect.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
4/5 88% Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (2009) Mid-August Lunch is a film of rare benevolence that treats its subjects with dignity and playfulness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
4/5 95% The Cove (2009) The great strength of this documentary about the covert killing of wild dolphins in Japan is its aesthetic: artful edits, zippy music, even a few jokes. Radical stuff for an eco-documentary.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2009
4/5 79% The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) (2010) The legacy of upset is at the heart of Llosa's brilliant film -- and it's a film that wears its heart firmly on its sleeve.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010
4/5 92% Source Code (2011) This is a tale of mistaken identities and mysterious dames, strange agencies and impromptu heroics - an unabashed entertainment, moving, amusing, difficult to resist.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2011
4/5 56% Albert Nobbs (2012) A gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2011
4/5 79% Killer Joe (2012) William Freidkin's film is full-frontal in every sense, an unabashed pulp romp stuffed with ugly acts and primal screams.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 89% Buck (2011) There's a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it's testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2012
4/5 88% The Descendants (2011) A drama of unusual nuance. It lingers, spawns thoughts, connections, as a great film ought.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2011
4/5 85% You've Been Trumped (2012) It treads lightly on the earth: an example, as well as an education.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2012
4/5 74% Natural Selection (2012) Natural Selection ticks all the boxes with a firm grip. Its opening alone is a lovely cinematic coup.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2012
4/5 79% Take This Waltz (2012) Take this Waltz confirms Polley as a serious, intelligent talent.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2011
4/5 32% Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011) It's the stuff of high school horror movies: can you stop the most popular girl in school from stabbing you in the back?‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2011
4/5 86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Much Ado may be a bit of a B+ staple on the Shakespeare circuit, but Whedon - as well as improving student grades the world over - makes it feel second to none.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 68% Life Of Crime (2014) This is an unexpectedly winning take from one of the less splashy directors to have attempted Leonard.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) [An] extremely affecting and accomplished drama ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) Turturro has given Allen his biggest and best on-screen turn in years: the part was written for him and it's full of scope for aimble kvetching and nimble slapstick.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2012
4/5 65% The Heat (2013) The Heat is lean, mean and completely uninterested in anything that isn't funny.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 85% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) An unshakeable tune, delivered by a director operating at rare pitch and purpose.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2012
4/5 78% Ginger & Rosa (2013) Potter proves as good on the wonky logic of parents as she does on the self-righteousness of youth.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2012
4/5 92% Frances Ha (2013) Noah Baumbach, making his most compassionate movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, gives these lives the full French new wave/mid-period Woody Allen treatment, conferring charm and substance on even their most mundane interaction.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2012
4/5 74% Everyday (2013) This is a strange and stirring film, which combines a Malick-ish concern with the emotional import of nature with a rare charm and levity. Everyday is a red letter treat.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
4/5 83% The Way Way Back (2013) For all the longueurs, there are still enough moments of near brilliance to sustain you through the trip.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/5 83% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) By the end, they are speaking with enormous precision and passion, an intellectual rigour miles superior to the work that landed them in trouble in the first place.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 86% Alan Partridge (2014) You'd expect an Alan Partridge movie to be funny. You wouldn't expect it to be a coup de cinema. And yet, in its own superficially low-brow, cheapo way, Alpha Papa is exactly that.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2013
4/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) There are emotional razors amid the wooziness.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 98% Short Term 12 (2013) The kids are sensitively drawn, if a little pick-and-mix in terms of their issues and ethnicities, and the whole movie breathes with kindness and intelligence.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 59% Heli (2014) Squint, and the title makes more sense. Shut your eyes entirely to its horrors and you'll really miss out.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 90% Sunshine on Leith (2013) A remorselessly rousing attempt to do for the Scottish pub rock twins what Mamma Mia! did for Abba or Tommy for The Who.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 75% The Invisible Woman (2013) Fiennes has done the right and proper thing here. He has, at 50, made a mature movie, prudent in the best possible sense.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) Such psychological candour gives Le Week-End gut punch. All three lead characters are brimful of insight.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) It's gloriously strange and slippery, impossible to pin down - at once funny, uplifting, moving and deeply disquieting.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 89% Eastern Boys (2015) Robin Campillo's drama is sweet and neat, as ambitious as it is gripping.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) Redmayne towers: this is an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance which bears comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 66% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) Conflicting our sympathies serves the work well. Both play and film button-push, but the substantial changes made in the transfer soften the grotesque and muddy the waters.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) Top Five is a film broad and filthy enough for multiplex appeal, but also sufficiently arch to satisfy those who fancy themselves a little more sophisticated.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 62% The Program (2016) A fluid and nippy telling of a tale that still seems strangely urgent.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Although it looks like a movie machine-tooled to ride the wave of #OscarsSoWhite backlash, its actual ambitions seem far more modest: to entertain a lot, to educate a bit and to cheerlead pretty much constantly.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
4/5 92% Fences (2016) This film is conceived as a showcase for its performers, and, as that, it is immaculate.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) For what is, in essence, a by-numbers Disney sports flick, there's endless freshness and vivacity to Mira Nair's picture - her best in years.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 81% Risk (2017) Listening to Assange explain how his missives can be intercepted through overhead power cables, even those allergic can't fail but be impressed.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
48% Doghouse (2009) The acting's just awful, the misogyny undeniable, but the odd flash of Shaun of the Dead-style inventiveness means you forgive it buckets.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/5 75% Grease (1978) There's a surprising strain of filth, too - this is much closer to Hairspray than High School Musical. The message is: burn rubber, have sex, strut about like a chicken. It's one that's hard to resist.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 No Score Yet Tantric Tourists (2011) There's much to admire in Alexander Snelling's documentary about a perspiring gang of sex-starved westerners on a tantric tour of India. He clocks some genuine emotional flashpoints and shoots India with adoring vivacity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2011