Alastair McKay

Alastair McKay
Alastair McKay's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard Scotsman Uncut Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
84% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Some optimism is required to allow for the possibility that the chaos of Woodstock offered a template for anything, but, if you inhale deeply, the film just about achieves this microcosmic ambition. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% 63 Up (2019) As much an examination of the prejudices and predispositions of Michael Apted as it is a reliable document of the lives in question, and the ways they have been lived. Still, it's a wonderful thing, this episodic reality, and it gets richer with time. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) The final moments of the drama are a worthy conclusion... If it feels abrupt, but that is the nature of farewells. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
100% Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me (2019) There is no panacea, but Campbell is generous with the revelatory honesty. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
No Score Yet The All New Monty Ladies Night: Who Bares Wins 2019 (2019) What is it that they're revealing? The power of resilience, mostly, and that is worth celebrating. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) In the end, Lears finds the hope that she is looking for. It's hard to resist a candidate who is so fresh, so new, so perfectly now. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Rock Island Line: The Song That Made Britain Rock (2019) At the very least, it's an excuse for Bragg to put on his best gorblimeys and follow the train tracks back to the source... Let's ride this train further. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
60% Road to Brexit (2019) The thing Berry and Mathews are selling is fake news... But there is a kernel of something. The absurdity goes both ways. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
No Score Yet Kissinger (2011) Ferguson does not do for his subject what David Frost did for Nixon, but it's fascinating in its way. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
5/5 96% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) This is a religious experience. But although the lasting influence of the singer's Catholicism is acknowledged, the creed here is the liberating promise of rock 'n' roll, of freedom and joy. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 100% Care (2018) It's an unrelenting piece of drama, a battle with bureaucracy in which there is no particularly cheerful outcome. But for anyone who has dealt with the health service and questions of care for the elderly, it will ring true. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson would surely concede that the act of slowing and colouring in the archive film is a means to an end. It is a way of bringing the story of the men who fought 100 years ago back to life, and it works brilliantly. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
No Score Yet The Fires that Foretold Grenfell (2018) So many questions, so many warnings. This is a polemical film in which almost nobody accepts any responsibility. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Bank That Almost Broke Britain (2018) Let's pick at the title of the programme...That "almost". What's it doing there? We're still paying for the banking crisis, financially and politically, so "almost" seems a bit tentative. A broken thing can be fixed--but that doesn't mean it didn't break. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
38% Queen of the World (2018) This is a film about the Queen that is not really about the Queen. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
No Score Yet Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2018) On first impressions - and these blousy exhibitionists from Birmingham are nothing if not first-impressionists - the most obvious thing is the way they have matured. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) Martin holds it in, Short lets it out. It works. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
96% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) The resulting film is culled from the Presley archive, and includes such unseen gems as a recording of Elvis's mother Gladys singing gospel music. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/10 69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) The screenplay does have ambitions to say something about brotherhood and spirituality, but Anderson's sense of style is so strong that sincerity and emotion struggle to be heard. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2014
91% The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010) Plot and character are slight, and the film has the manners of a silent picture. But this magical Edinburgh dream is a thing of beauty and some sadness. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2010
68% The Brothers Bloom (2009) The Brothers Bloom is inventive, but its relentless cleverness limits its emotional pull. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2010
84% The Ghost Writer (2010) It loses direction as Harris' rage is channelled through some clunky plot developments. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2010
76% Kick-Ass (2010) It is a film that is happy to mock audience expectations of a comic book adaptation, while also being faithful to the traditions of the genre. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2010
4/5 90% Crazy Heart (2009) What makes the film is its attention to detail: the locations are a picture book of Americana; the music, overseen by T-Bone Burnett, is a precise re-creation of 1980s New Country. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
4/5 43% The Limits of Control (2009) Plot isn't in it. This is an essay in style, in which a great American director is transplanted to Southern Spain. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2009
4/5 91% Fish Tank (2010) There are moments of athletic grace, as Mia dances in an abandoned flat to her Discman; and a closing image, of a floating heart balloon, which does little to dispel the sense of emotional agoraphobia which has spooled out over the previous two hours. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2009
2/5 90% District 9 (2009) This film has the enervating quality of a wet Tuesday in the arcade. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2009
4/5 85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) Comparisons with Woody Allen are misplaced - the lines don't punch the way Woody's used to - but the cinematography does a good job of making unfashionable corners of Los Angeles look like Allen's Manhattan. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2009
3/5 81% Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2009) Moran's film is not empty nostalgia. It is not The Boat That Rocked. It should be filed alongside Stephen Frears' Joe Orton biopic, Prick Up Your Ears, because its breezy exterior conceals a thoughtful consideration of a strange moment in British pop. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/5 87% Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009) The children dominate the film, and their openness and enthusiasm overwhelm any latent cynicism. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009