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Tom Shone

Tom Shone
Tom Shone's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Newsweek, Sunday Times (UK), Daily Telegraph (UK), Vogue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Self-referentiality, impeccable stunts and eye-popping cinematography: Keaton's grace and visual wit are unmatched even today.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
No Score Yet Le Voyage à travers l'impossible (The Impossible Voyage) (1904) Anyone who thinks the popcorn imperatives of franchise film-making started with Star Wars needs to do their homework.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3/5 72% Vivarium (2020) Gemma and Tom aren't the only ones who may feel they have been here before.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
2/5 56% The Hunt (2020) The violence is hyperbolic, the satire galumphing and Glow's Betty Gilpin, as a Southerner who outwits her captors and turns the tables on them, the sole redeeming feature.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) The gruesome events and Cage's varied performance (opposite Joely Richardson as his wife) make steady entertainment for fans of weird horror. Given its potential, though, Richard Stanley's film is a touch disappointing.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 92% The Invisible Man (2020) It's essentially silly stuff, and overextended, but Moss is great and there are several good flourishes. At his most devilish, the indiscernible psycho is worth seeing.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) A big improvement on Mick Jagger's dandyish Ned Kelly of 1970, and a slight improvement on Heath Ledger's from 2003, MacKay's is not some Aussie Robin Hood, but a volatile, pathological wolverine, spurring Kurzel to operatic flourishes...‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) "A man looks, he sees, he reacts," Hitchcock once said... What if the person doing the looking is a woman? Céline Sciamma's elegantly conceived and exquisitely executed Portrait of a Lady on Fire... supplies an answer.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
2/5 68% Little Joe (2019) Austere and insinuating rather than genuinely scary, Little Joe gets by on an air of fragrant rot when it ought to be sprinkling Miracle-Gro on our fears.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 81% Mr. Jones (2020) I could have done without the shots of Orwell clattering away at his typewriter, but Norton gives a deeply sympathetic performance as the young, idealistic Jones, trying to expose the original fake news.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Plugging into our universal disquiet about the inequality between the haves and have-nots, Bong has fashioned a darkly enjoyable class-war thriller in which the real monster is global capitalism itself, but there is nothing heady or didactic about it.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
2/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Gilliam didn't need to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
4/5 94% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It's simply a sublime pleasure. Dickens is funny again.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Yet despite the monotony this lends the film, it still turns up treasures... I haven't been able to get it out of my head since leaving the cinema.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
3/5 70% Bombshell (2019) In Roach's view, Fox News is run by cynics who peddle fear and vengeance to those too credulous to know better. A deeper, more alarming film might have resulted from the idea that it is run by people who believe wholly in what they are doing.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
4/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) It may not be for the faint of heart, but Uncut Gems is a hell of a way to kick-start the new year, like stepping onto a moving streetcar.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 89% 1917 (2020) If you've seen our corporal dashing down a battlefield perpendicular to an infantry charge, evading exploding mines and mortars as he goes, you've pretty much seen the extent of its climax.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Are you ready for this? At first glance, probably not. There are several dozen ways this movie could have gone wrong, but, incredibly, Waititi has threaded his way past most of them.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
1/5 21% Cats (2019) You feel like sitting Hooper down in front of a film musical - White Christmas, Singin' in the Rain, anything - and saying: "You see these bits in between the songs? That's called a 'movie'."‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's been 42 years since the original Star Wars, and something of a miracle that Abrams has been able to channel as much of its heart and humour, but he summons a lovely grace note on which to end.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Funny, fond, observant, this film is close to unimprovable.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
1/5 82% High Life (2019) If you put Ridley Scott's Alien into an airlock, sucked out all the action and excitement, and threw in wobbly sets and Ballardian dialogue enlarging on the "ideas", you might get something close to Claire Denis's High Life.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 90% Arctic (2019) What keeps you watching is Mikkelsen. The actor is at his best in the open air, and here he gives the tundra a run for its money in the competition to see who can seem the most rugged and elemental.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 97% The Cave (2019) [I]t has abundant power and value.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) I'm not sure we are ready for every Hollywood star to give us a filmed version of their childhood, but LaBeouf's is genuinely eye-opening.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It's an ambitious work of adaptation.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo has found just the right vein of showmanship and self-deprecation to bring the saga to a satisfying close.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) This is no teeming Third World panorama, though, but a frisky two-hander for two great British actors enjoying their chemistry together.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) The miracle is that the whole thing doesn't topple into camp - the design ethos might best be described as HP Lovecraft meets Vivienne Westwood - but Johnson knows how stay ahead of an audience.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 73% Harriet (2019) With its overlush Terence Blanchard score and bland cinematography, the film drifts upwards to hagiography, but Erivo keeps tugging the role back down to Earth.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 52% 21 Bridges (2019) I'll take it over Marvel any day.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) The title is correct: this is the story of a marriage. It is a love story, just one viewed upside down.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mangold has delivered a piece of state-of-the art Hollywood craft that is every bit the equal of the feat of engineering at its centre.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 88% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog captures a moment in history when, for a moment, it genuinely seemed as if the good guys had won.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) If Mean Streets was a firecracker tossed into the audience's lap and Goodfellas was a meteor burning up in its own heat, then The Irishman is a reminder that nothing is as dangerous as a fire you think has gone out.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The writing, by the playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo, is good, but the construction is loose - it was written about a friend of the playwright's, not its star, and it shows. Next time, Bell ought to try to write something for herself.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) I haven't felt so invigorated since the Rock airlifted his way off a collapsing skyscraper.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) If only Taylor had trusted his actors, the film might have had something of their stealth and sting.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The whole film feels like a retreat of sorts: soulfully earnest and tenderly intentioned, but also sleepy-headed and hermetic, a fairy tale in amber that seems to glow from afar, even as you're watching it.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) [LaBeouf's] harmonious connection with Gottsagen pretty much comprises the entire film, but such is the relaxed timbre established by Nilson and Schwartz, you're happy to hang out with them.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The climax here is the same overcrammed crush of castles, ramparts, tree monsters and trolls that has laid waste to every film since The Lord of the Rings.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 55% Farming (2019) The writer and director, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, is drawing on his life here, and his account of the hero's agonies is commendably intense, but its lack of subtlety blunts the film's force.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 81% Abominable (2019) [T]hough the plot sticks to trite contours, Jill Culton's film is a good bet for young children.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) With his puppyish, soulful eyes, newcomer Davis unlocks poignancy in his beleaguered sidewalk revolutionary, but the role needed an ebullient wild card, high on his own humbug - a Sacha Baron Cohen or a Tracy Morgan - to really make it fly.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) It isn't bad, especially, just spooky and weird: a perfect clone of a dumb American action movie.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 82% Judy (2019) Goold's film is entirely mediocre, so her Garland is, in every sense, the only show in town. You can't look away.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 68% Joker (2019) Phillips does everything except have someone holding up a placard reading "It's time to take the Joker seriously."‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 42% The Laundromat (2019) Streep's character is sidelined and the film wanders into aimless sketches vaguely concerned with the Panama Papers and rich people behaving badly.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Directed by Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the film does nothing fresh with its scenes of tension and violence, but they're pretty entertaining, and some of the added touches of black comedy are excellent.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The result is tasteless in the extreme, The Poseidon Adventure with jihadists, rearranging the randomness of real-life atrocity to suit the needs of a thriller, where the dabs of characterisation feel woefully beside the point.‐ Sunday Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019