Cath Clarke

Cath Clarke
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Guardian, Time Out, The Big Issue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet The Bikes of Wrath (2019) Despite the superior production values, sometimes The Bikes of Wrath feels a bit like watching a home video by someone you've never met on their holiday of a lifetime. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 98% The Cave (2019) Like Ballour, it has a purpose: to focus the world's attention on the suffering of Syrian people. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2/5 33% StarDog and TurboCat (2019) StarDog may work its slight charms on young children, but older kids will feel they've seen smarter, funnier and cleverer before. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 77% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) I can't help thinking Gillan's superpower as a writer and performer might actually be comedy. Still, always a compelling screen presence, she's now a film-maker to watch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/5 100% The Street (2019) An unmissable portrait of modern London. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) As a device for a film it's interesting to a point -- but it didn't fully work its magic on me. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/5 67% Into the Mirror (2019) It's unsure whether to be a sturdy naturalistic coming-out drama about a twentysomething man forging his LGBTQ identity, or a weirded-out Kenneth Anger-style dive into queer subculture. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) Hands down, this is the best animation of 2019. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 78% Judy & Punch (2019) What a killer debut this is; that's the way to do it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi) (2019) Much like the process of psychotherapy itself, patience is required for results while watching this modestly entertaining slow-burn Parisian romance from Cédric Klapisch, who pulls off a neat trick by bumping the meet-cute to the end of the film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Gabriel (2019) Regalla's soulful performance is the main reason to watch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/5 42% A Dog Called Money (2019) Here's a disappointingly uninsightful documentary about the making of PJ Harvey's reportage-style 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 43% Midway (2019) A big, long, loud, boring history lesson, it's a movie that opens a distance between yesterday's fights and today's. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Loach is fiercer, more uncompromising, than ever. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) It's a film with charm and sweetness but a twinge of anxiety, a little gravitational pull to darker places. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) This uncreepy and decidedly unkooky film is a letdown. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 94% Western Stars (2019) I have to admit to not being 100% sold on the cowboy-inflected songs, which feature quite a bit of dime-store sentimentality. But Springsteen is undoubtedly magnetic, his voice a honeyed growl. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Pilgrim's Progress (2019) The film's animation is reminiscent of an aircraft safety video, with characters moving stiffly while delivering the dialogue in awkward, am-dram style. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Aardman's Shaun the Sheep - a silent film star with the chops of Keaton and Chaplin - returns for another dottily daft big-screen family adventure. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
65% 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. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) This desperately upsetting Netflix documentary, a portrait of a troubled family, is best watched knowing as little possible. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 72% The Sky Is Pink (2019) The ending is unforgivably mawkish... and the running time of two-and-a-quarter hours is simply too long. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 89% American Woman (2019) American Woman is a film with a lived-in authentic feel. And Miller plays it beautifully with psychological depth and not a jot of actorly condescension. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Tehran: City of Love (2019) There are echoes here of Abbas Kiarostami and Asghar Farhadi, and something, too, of the bittersweet air of an American indie pic hangs over it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Elvis Unleashed (2019) I couldn't help feeling underwhelmed, vaguely repelled even by his preening, smirky stage presence. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) The movie hangs on the good-natured charm of Gordy and Robinson fondly reminiscing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) There's not much excitement here, and the whodunnit, when it comes, feels pretty irrelevant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
84% 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. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) Honeyland really is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by invisible camera - not a single furtive glance is directed towards the film-makers. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) I found the seductively Scandinavian Instagramable interiors and freakishly good-looking blond leads increasingly distracting. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 80% Minuscule - Mandibles from Far Away (2018) Giraud and Szabo have nailed the formula with lovely buzzy bug vocals and a wonderfully inventive soundscape. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 87% Ne Zha (2019) I enjoyed the jolt of strangeness delivered by this world of demons stalking the Earth. But the action is hit-and-miss. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 80% Sprinter (2019) Sprinter is a movie that leaves virtually no sporting cliche unbothered, yet it's rooted in a naturalistic, emotional family drama reflecting the specific pleasures and perils of life in Jamaica. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 28% A Million Little Pieces (2019) The result is disappointingly dull, the equivalent of buying sham weed. You wait for something to happen, but ... nothing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) Manages to be inspirational without going Disney. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) This pair of female adventurers aren't even really characters, so much as fantasies. It's a shame because Garrel directs with frothy light-touch flair. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Princess Emmy (Prinzessin Emmy) (2019) This is pretty bland stuff. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) [A] funny, light-hearted documentary... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) The songs are horrifically soppy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's the film's more serious moments that stayed with me. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 100% Stones Have Laws (2018) It is a rarefied work intended for a specialised audience - but on those terms Stones Have Laws is highly compelling. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 42% Opus Zero (2017) Dafoe is a fine actor, and his willingness to leave his comfort zone is admirable, but this feels like a misstep. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 25% Charming (2018) Mothers, lock up your daughters - the under 10s. Whatever you do, keep them away from this animated fairytale adventure running on 13% girl power. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Birds of a Feather (Manou the Swift) (2019) Virtually laugh-free, so-so looking with a seriously drippy musical number, it feels like a film slipped into cinemas over summer to sucker parents desperate to do something, anything, to fill a couple of hours. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) In the end The Lion King left me longing for the emotional moments of the first film. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 71% Gwen (2019) This is not social realism in the style of Ken Loach, but it is a film with a strong sense of outrage. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 75% Armstrong (2019) This retelling of the Neil Armstrong story has been eclipsed by superior studies of his historic lunar mission. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Feelgood has become a dirty word, but when it's pulled off with this much energy and actual feeling, it really is fab. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 93% We the Animals (2018) It is a thing of beauty: too beautiful perhaps, running a real danger of prettifying poverty. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore appears in almost every scene of the film and in her performance Gloria's resilience shines. - The Big Issue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019