Clarisse Loughrey

Clarisse Loughrey
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% 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 87% 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 64% 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 79% 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 62% 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 50% 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 33% 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 82% 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 79% 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 38% 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 43% 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 18% 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 88% 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 72% 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 85% Animals (2019) Animals treats its subjects with patience and generosity. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 80% 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 No Score Yet 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
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's interesting because a lot of the bigger action set-pieces are done in a traditional manner, but I liked that the characters weren't being swallowed up by all the noise... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
25% Charming (2018) You get a Sia song in the middle, which is quite nice, but not really worth an entire watch...it feels like you're watching echoes of other movies. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
83% Of Fish and Foe (2019) The documentary holds back. There's no real narrative, not much text on screen...it's a very nuanced, inflammatory subject, so you lose a lot in just showing it without explanation or context... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) It never really goes beyond the idea of her being a muse, which doesn't constitute an entire personality. You know that there's more to the story there, and it's disheartening to see that. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
No Score Yet The Current War (2019) It's so busily shot, and the camera is always trying to do something...the score can feel intrusive...all of that at once was so distracting, and I was struggling to focus on the dialogue. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) It's a bit disjointed, and the musical numbers kind of just pop out of nowhere, but overall I enjoyed the humor and the history. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) Tell it to the Bees... is a period drama with no sting. There's no urgency to its message, no passion at its centre. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) A parting gift from one of the greatest directors who ever lived. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 53% The Lion King (2019) If anything, The Lion King uses nostalgia as a springboard for experimentation, finding new ways to tell old stories, while reminding us what makes those stories feel truly timeless in the first place. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It feels comfortably like the end of a chapter, the beginning of a new one, an epilogue, and a palate cleanser all at once. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 96% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric feels like [Peter] Strickland at his most free and playful. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) A remarkably compassionate portrait of American womanhood that inspires hope without denying reality. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) It's a chocolate egg of a film: sweet and satisfying enough to distract you from the fact it's completely hollow inside. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) At the very least, it achieves the baseline desire of a horror reboot: it's fun, it's scary, and it doesn't trample all over a legacy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Despite its simplicity, Brightburn's premise is filled with potential, but it struggles to find anything meaningful to say. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) It's strange and distressing at times, even a little punishing to audiences, but it's filled with ideas, images, and feelings that will stay with you long after the credits roll. And it's worth every second. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Something deeply unpleasant, and in no way suitable for children. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 69% The Flood (2019) A careful, studied portrait of one of the most incendiary topics of modern politics. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
97% Thunder Road (2018) It takes a few narrative risks that won't win everyone over, but it allowed itself to be complex and conflicted about itself. That kept you on the edge of your seat. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
54% Ma (2019) What pushes Ma past fun and trashy and into something genuinely interesting is the character work. Octavia Spencer gets to show off how great of an actor she is. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) I want to see so many more Booksmarts, all Booksmarts down the line. An incredibly confident directorial debut. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
91% A Vigilante (2019) The film doesn't work without this character's pain, and Wilde absolutely sells it, a spectacular performance. - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) I felt uncomfortable during the conclusion. It's an odd film to try to pick apart, and a lot of odd decisions are made... - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 45% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) The result feels a little empty. The humour relies almost entirely on the contrast between the film's dark themes and humdrum British life, as everyone negotiates life-and-death matters with steadfast politeness. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Extremely Wicked certainly doesn't glamourise [Ted] Bundy, but it does somewhat sanitise him. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) [Director Bo] Burnham may have crafted a simple story about the most ordinary of teenage girls, but it speaks with the emotions of a true cinematic epic. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019