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Stuart McGurk

Stuart McGurk
Stuart McGurk's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK), thelondonpaper, GQ Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
41% Irresistible (2020) Much like how some films are greater than the sum of their parts, Irresistible is nowhere near as bad as the sum of its failures.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
72% The King of Staten Island (2020) The King Of Staten Island isn't about to win any awards, but it's a warm comedy bath to luxuriate in, and that's no bad thing right now. ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) To be clear up front: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is not a bad film. It's fun! Sort of. It's satisfying! Kind of. It's... a bit all over the place.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Gross isn't exactly a film-critic term. But then Joker isn't exactly a film. For one, it doesn't so much contain a plot as a series of brutal jolts to the senses. It doesn't so much contain characters as people who take and people who get taken.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
83% The Trip to Spain (2017) Set between the richness of their gleefully silly impressions and spiky chat, the overall feeling you get when watching The Trip [to Spain] is a kind of oddly contented melancholy. ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) With Avengers: Endgame, it some ways they've made the most adult superhero film yet. Because there are consequences. And things matter.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
79% Brexit (2019) What's smart about the drama is how non-committal it is to the question of if [Dominic] Cummings is actually smart.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's fun, witty, never less than enjoyable, but also somewhat slight.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Just how joyous is it - just how life-affirming, even with satire as dark and urgent as this - when a lightning bolt of a film like this comes along?‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
30% Venom (2018) When a major fight scene resembles a pair of black pants caught in a white wash, it's fair to say you haven't taken the audience with you.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ... in Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve has not just lived up to lofty expectations, but surpassed them entirely.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
92% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is, in a way, the natural culmination of the non-singing musical in recent years.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
65% Alien: Covenant (2017) Let me first say this: Alien: Covenant... is actually, against all odds, a pretty great film. But let me also add this: the actual alien, when it does show up feels slightly pointless.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) hat is this sequel about? It's truly hard to say. There are many spinning plates of plot, but no meal to eat. You leave the cinema impressed but unsatisfied.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
91% La La Land (2016) It's preposterous, ludicrous - and it's exactly the film we need right now.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
44% The Girl on the Train (2016) It's hardly the first British novel to shift continent -- notably, Nick Hornby's High Fidelity moved its north London record shop to Chicago, but then that shift felt right.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
72% Interstellar (2014) Let's be plain. Christopher Nolan has made a lopsided soufflé of a film, but one with such fine ingredients you can hardly complain about the shape when you're enjoying the taste.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/5 48% Ong Bak 2 (2009) Like watching a computer game with cheat mode on. For hardcore fans only.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2009
2/5 63% Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009) The equivalent of being trapped in the lift of an east London style magazine while the entire staff simultaneously shout their theories of civilisation at you, this documentary is that tragic thing.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 95% Katalin Varga (2009) Impressive as it is, though, you can't help feeling it's essentially a festival favourite that will be more admired than enjoyed.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 58% The Vanishing of the Bees (2011) Well intentioned and urgent - but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 94% Goodbye Solo (2009) Goodbye Solo asks far more questions than it answers, yet there's something in the tender humanity of the journey that seems to matter much more.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 92% The Damned United (2009) It romps along with an effortless bounce and charm. How much will stay with you, though, is another matter.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 28, 2009
4/5 65% Watchmen (2009) It's not crash-bang enough for those who love superhero films, not complex enough for those who hate them. It's flawed, then, but a flawed work of brilliance.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Mar 7, 2009
4/5 95% The Class (2008) A satisfying prime antidote to surface-level cinema.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2/5 25% Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Slick and polished, the rest is by-the-numbers schmaltz, offset only by the adorable presence of Ms Fisher.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 20, 2009
5/5 98% Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009) The best film about the world of rock since This Is Spinal Tap.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 20, 2009
4/5 81% Gran Torino (2009) The film, about ageing and mortality, racism and redemption, is one of Eastwood's finest: tender, tragic and funny in equal measures.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Feb 20, 2009
2/5 62% Valkyrie (2008) In the end, despite him playing someone with a missing eye, it's a vanity project for Cruise - a heavyweight historical drama to put him back on the map, but one that only sees him more lost.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 23, 2009
4/5 93% Frost/Nixon (2008) It may climax like a Rocky film, but doesn't end like one. There are more words to be said, and you're glad for every one.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 93% Milk (2008) Milk, film and man, demands our attention, yet never stoops to beg for it.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) It's Rourke's display - crushed, hopeful, almost unbearably poignant - that'll stay with you after the ring lights fade. His light hasn't died just yet.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jan 16, 2009
4/5 89% Eastern Promises (2007) An orgy of slit throats, lopped digits and a naked fight scene that will tattoo itself on to your brain.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 26, 2007
47% Rendition (2007) A pacy, twisting thriller.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 19, 2007
93% Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006) A wry and observant film with plenty of understated humour.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 19, 2007
76% Stardust (2007) Great family fun.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4.5/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) Sure, you may not love rats. You may hate them. But you really do have to love Pixar.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3/5 88% Control (2007) The grim black-and-white grain that director Anton Corbijn shoots in is both beautiful and intimate. And the performances are spot-on - none of the cast put a naturalistic foot wrong.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/5 51% The Kingdom (2007) And that's the problem. The Kingdom isn't awful - the relentless pace, thumping soundtrack, twisting plot and shaky camera-work all see to that.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Oct 5, 2007
4/5 80% 1408 (2007) "No one lasts more than an hour," goes the saying about the room. It's probably how long your attention lasts too. But it's one hell of an hour.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/5 29% Sugarhouse (2007) Directed by Gary Love, early shots promise much but it never delivers. Essentially a Play For Today, with more crack and a syrupy ending you can see coming.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 24, 2007
4/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) This is a rare thing - a comedy for both him and her.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 24, 2007
5/5 92% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Is there a better action lead than Matt Damon as Jason Bourne? Not on this evidence.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 17, 2007
2/5 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) Look, it's so dumb, I could easily give this one star - but I'm giving it two. It was entertaining, so sue me.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/5 38% Firehouse Dog (2007) Breezy, silly and energetic, this canine frolic won't win top prize at Crufts, but it should offer an alternative to Pottered-out parents with young pups to please.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
5/5 93% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957) A cinematic masterpiece no film fan should miss.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 78% Coeurs (2007) While there's a quirky humour at work, the overall mood is of sadness, eloquently, if repetitively, expressed.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 77% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) Intimate and terrifying, at points almost expressionistic and surreal, this is never less than a nerve-shredding experience. It even includes an (improbable) love story.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 20, 2007
4/5 78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) It's magic, Harry, but not as we know it.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 13, 2007
2/5 47% Edmond (2005) Is this about the nihilistic plight of the alienated, or just nihilistic? A coal-dark satire, or just needlessly dark? The uncomfortable Edmond asks more questions than it answers.‐ thelondonpaper
Posted Jul 6, 2007