Clarisse Loughrey

Clarisse Loughrey
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 82% The Aeronauts (2019) Jones, however, is The Aeronauts' secret weapon. From Rogue One to On the Basis of Sex, she's developed a knack for delivering mildly silly dialogue with complete sincerity. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/5 42% Midway (2019) The film may be packed with recognisable faces, but these are hollow characters, all placed on some arbitrary scale of machismo. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 95% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese's signature camerawork goes down like a glass of fine whisky, as smooth and as elegant as you'd expect. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/5 43% After the Wedding (2019) For all of After the Wedding's narrative twists and turns, there's nothing here that feels close to earth-shaking. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The strength of Brittany Runs a Marathon is that it doesn't claim to capture a universal experience. It tells one woman's story -- and it tells it well. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is too busy being tossed between the triadic worlds of Kubrick, King, and Flanagan. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's less of a rallying cry against gentrification than a rumination on the kind of pained acceptance those who suffer its effects must face. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Sure, The Addams Family may not reach the ghoulish heights of its predecessors, but the key ingredients are still thankfully there. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) [Knightley's] smart not to play Gun as the noble martyr, but merely as an ordinary, frustrated citizen who makes a split-second decision. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is an utter delight -- proof that good storytelling and strong craft are what matters, however familiar the packaging. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Perfectly fine. At times, it's even quite good. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 41% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent may have offered a sharp, original take on a well-worn story, but its sequel just feels like more fantasy fluff. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Real love may be fleeting, but as Portrait of a Lady on Fire explains, art and memory are immortal. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) The Day Shall Come may draw from reality, but it fails to reflect it back to us with enough force to make us stop in our tracks. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 81% Abominable (2019) Abominable strives for originality and, often, achieves it. But it's also never quite daring enough to veer off the beaten path. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 71% The King (2019) The King doesn't give itself an easy task, certainly, but it also doesn't need to spend so much of its time convincing us of its own seriousness. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) [Ang] Lee may not be short on tricks up his sleeve, but Gemini Man is far from an ideal home for them. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) It's an ingeniously constructed film, which is thoroughly modern in its language and filled with so many twists it will make your head spin. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) You can almost smell the salt and grime. This is sensory, claustrophobic filmmaking. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 95% Good Posture (2019) [Dolly] Wells's strength is in her characters. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Judy ... is happy to let [Renée] Zellweger take centre stage. Thank god, because it's the performance of a lifetime. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai is thoughtful and considered in its approach - more so, at least, than we usually expect from glossy adaptations of international tragedy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's all poeticism without a sense of humanity, since the characters themselves aren't written as people, but as broad statements. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 50% The Informer (2020) The Informer features an unnecessarily complicated web of conflicted loyalties and loose motivations. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it's one of the best films of the year. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) There's little nuance in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's horror-comedy take on class warfare, but it's Weaving's touch of pure anger that makes it feel like more than just your average shlocky gorefest. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) For Sama is one of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict ever put to film. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) A lean, fierce take on the nature of female empowerment in an inherently corrupted world. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 67% Rapid Response (2019) Rapid Response helps, in a small way, to deglamourise the dangerous thrill of the racetrack. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
4/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) Although this is an entirely fictional story, it's still laced with the small snippets of experience that elevate it beyond a simple, feel-good fantasy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey is so suffocatingly in love with the royal family that it borders on monarchist propaganda. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It's an admirable attempt, and there's a lot of artistry on show here, but there's no escaping how truly unwieldy the final product is. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 52% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Under the direction of theatre veteran Adrian Noble, it's an often stiff and unadventurous affair. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) The director's take is straight, and earnest in tone, but the film is inevitably undone by [James] Frey's own fabrications. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 83% Crawl (2019) Crawl could really do with some sense and structure to go along with all these earnest emotions. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The film... is a loving and faithful adaptation, even if it gets lost in its attempt to wrap the whole thing up in a neat metaphor. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Angel Has Fallen is a film in search of a soul. It doesn't find it, but the effort is appreciated. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Considering a live-action Dora the Explorer had been, for years, thought of only as a joke concept, it's impressive how much this film gets right. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 79% Good Boys (2019) While it obviously won't win everybody over, those who are more open to its charms will be rewarded several times over. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's an unharmonious clash between two separate ideas: the director's personal anxieties and the real story of the end of the 1960s. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) [It's] arguably just a feature-length interpretation of the joke everyone says when a dog jumps up onto a couch: 'Aw, look, he thinks he's people!' - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 24% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) This is a film that exists because it has to exist -- it has no interest in justifying itself any further. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light strikes right to the heart of why [Bruce] Springsteen's work has had such an impact on culture. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw might be complete nonsense, but it also consistently fires up the brain's pleasure centres in a way that feels disarming. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The Angry Birds Movie 2 knows that it's doomed to come and go in a flash but, to its credit, it's at least a welcome presence while it's here. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 86% Animals (2019) Animals treats its subjects with patience and generosity. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Never do we learn how it felt to be the woman to whom [Leonard] Cohen would say "so long" every night on stage. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 31% The Current War (2019) The Current War seems to have suffered from its tumultuous production history. Or, just maybe, it was always destined to be this ungainly. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) As light and silly as Horrible Histories can be, there's a subversive quality to it, too. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
66% Reality Bites (1993) A lot has changed between the generations, but Reality Bites asks a question that anyone, of any age, will find familiar: what happens when the life you were promised isn't the life you got? - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019