The Big Issue
The Big Issue is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cath Clarke, Edward Lawrenson, Hanna Flint
For what it might be lacking in imaginative death scenes and intriguing new characters, this Scream makes up for with a solid meta commentary of the cinematic culture of today and enough esteem for the past.
Posted Jan 21, 2022
House of Gucci (2021)
House of Gucci is as absurdly entertaining as you might expect from a prestige drama about an iconic Italian fashion house and the romance that led to betrayal, revenge, murder and, ultimately, the downfall of the family who built it.
Posted Dec 2, 2021
Greed would feel a bit underdeveloped, were it not for a gear shift in the final 30 minutes as Winterbottom embarks on thoughtful exposé of the human cost of fast fashion.
Posted Nov 12, 2021
If Spencer is supposed to be a sort of tribute to the memory of a tragic woman victimised by an archaic industry I'd truly hate to see what a condemnation would have looked like.
Posted Nov 12, 2021
Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019)
Using industrial-strength social satire, [Bong Joon Ho] strips the veneer off the myth of classlessness, giving an outrageously entertaining instant classic.
Posted Feb 7, 2020
...it's a very funny film, and the casting is brilliant. The inclusivity doesn't feel at all odd or jarring.
Posted Jan 24, 2020
It's tremendously moving. What a terrifically good film.
Posted Jan 10, 2020
As a device for a film it's interesting to a point -- but it didn't fully work its magic on me.
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Sorry We Missed You (2020)
Loach is fiercer, more uncompromising, than ever.
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Day Shall Come (2019)
Chris Morris follow up to Four Lions mocks the conventions of the US War on Terror - The Day Shall Come shows just how much we've missed him.
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Ad Astra (2019)
McBride is a man living without feeling, and Pitt's performance is beautifully restrained, expressing whole continents of emotion with the furrow of an eyebrow.
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019)
It's the film's more serious moments that stayed with me.
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Balance, Not Symmetry (2019)
There are many moments to savour here, and not just for Biffy obsessives.
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Lion King (2019)
In the end The Lion King left me longing for the emotional moments of the first film.
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
The film itself is hurt a little by being much busier than the last, and perhaps a notch below Homecoming as it tries to get through all of its business. But in a summer where many sequels have disappointed, the Marvel elixir still holds strong here.
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Feelgood has become a dirty word, but when it's pulled off with this much energy and actual feeling, it really is fab.
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Despite cheekily piggybacking on existing mythologies, Brightburn still feels underwritten to a frustrating degree and is nowhere near as subversive as it thinks it is.
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019)
Behind the incredible football tale, there's still a sense that the human being is something of an enigma. Diego Maradona the movie doesn't fully redress that, but it certainly comes close.
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Gloria Bell (2019)
Moore appears in almost every scene of the film and in her performance Gloria's resilience shines.
Posted Jun 7, 2019
The hilarious high-school movie invites comparisons to Superbad - but it's much better.
Posted May 30, 2019
Inevitably, when it starts playing straighter, some of that impact and insight is lost, but In the Realm of Perfection has long forged an individual identity by that point.
Posted May 24, 2019
It's a film with pills, thrills and belly laughs - nostalgic and sentimental in all the right places, with some grittily effective social realism and fine examples of the artistry of Scottish swearing...
Posted May 21, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018)
This is a film that gets under the skin of Generation X with humour and heartfelt emotion that makes it a genuinely great coming-of-age movie that hooks you by the heart.
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2019)
As well as an evocatively harsh name suitable for any disreputable grindhouse movie from the 1970s, Dragged Across Concrete could also accurately describe the feeling of watching this morally murky and painfully methodical crime thriller.
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Wild Rose (2019)
It's a big British audience film, with one hell of a heart and one hell of a brain.
Posted Apr 10, 2019
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
This pleasingly talky movie rides roughshod over the Clint Eastwood model of the taciturn gunslinger. Eli and Charlie are total chatterboxes; they don't shut up
Posted Apr 4, 2019
At Eternity's Gate (2018)
You emerge from the cinema looking at the world anew. What more could any artist ask of an account of their life?
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Minding the Gap (2018)
Occasionally funny and profoundly moving, Minding The Gap feels all the more impactful because its roots look like they weren't in a film at all.
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Ben is Back (2018)
This is one of those rare Hollywood movies that keeps you guessing, where you don't see the ending coming 20 minutes in.
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Border (Gräns) (2018)
The result is an earthy, unpredictable fable interspersed with moments of bleak Nordic beauty and a movie well worth sniffing out.
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Fighting with My Family (2019)
Merchant's witty film takes a few minutes to find its feet, and you'll quickly work out the formula it's following. Yet by injecting a familiar path with characters to really root for...you can't help but get sucked into it, wrestling fan or not.
Posted Feb 28, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2019)
It's a decent, well-acted drama, if a little blandly dull in its approach.
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Instant Family (2018)
The version of Instant Family that exists is overblown, sometimes jarring and often corny but for all its weird cocktail of earnestness and crassness, its heart is undoubtedly in the right place.
Posted Feb 14, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)
If there's a further hidden hero in the movie, it's casting director Cindy Tolan.
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
The result is an enthusiastically disrespectful biopic, and while it might not fully succeed in revealing the psychology of Dick Cheney...it does at least illuminate some of the murkier chapters of his zigzag path to power.
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
It feels almost treacherous to confess that Mary Queen of Scots left me as cold as the execution axe's blade -- and that's after watching twice to make sure I wasn't missing something.
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2019)
By focusing on the last hurrah of a dazzling dual career, Stan & Ollie feels brisker than most cradle-to-grave biopics while still allowing director Jon S Baird ample time to linger on the stage performances.
Posted Jan 11, 2019
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
The result is a lovingly crafted swansong infused with a warmth that thankfully never descends into schmaltz.
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Three Identical Strangers raises more questions than it answers... But perhaps that's a whole other documentary.
Posted Nov 30, 2018
They Shall Not Grow Old (2019)
It harnessed technology and creative artistry to remind everyone just how real and recent the Great War was - and s--t the life out of us about ever having another one like it.
Posted Nov 20, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
It is played as a sight gag but it also works as a metaphor: Lisbeth may be the perfect hero for our troubled times but with The Girl In The Spider's Web she has yet to find her ideal vehicle.
Posted Nov 20, 2018
It's bold, arresting, difficult cinema. In the hands of Guadagnino, this is one revisiting of a story that very much has a reason for being, and given the high esteem in which the (still superior) original is rightly held, that's no small feat.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
What makes a McQueen film so distinctive is that he does everything for real. There's nothing fake or polite about his style - he doesn't look away however ugly it gets.
Posted Nov 7, 2018
Difficult at times, sombre in tone and requiring full attention across its two-and-a-half-hour running time, Peterloo is relevant, worthwhile and almost guaranteed to make those who watch it rightly angry.
Posted Oct 31, 2018
They Live (1988)
As paranoid invasion movies go, They Live is a clamorous, mob-handed, unashamed riot, even if Carpenter - a canny hustler who knows a thing or two about street fighting - keeps a sly stiletto of an ending in reserve.
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)
Catch [Moore] on a good film - and this documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, is one of his best - and you walk out of the cinema fired up, steam hissing from your ears.
Posted Oct 18, 2018
First Man (2018)
Running at over two hours and 20 minutes, this earnest, dour, Oscar-needy film left me earthbound.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
This is a quiet but tremendously accomplished debut that owes a lot to the magisterial subtlety of Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu.
Posted Oct 4, 2018