Fiona Underhill

Fiona Underhill
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Brit now living near Los Angeles, California. A former teacher of English, Media and Film Studies. Currently writing about pop culture and entertainment (mainly film) for CC2K ONLINE, JUMPCUT ONLINE, MOVIEJAWN and other publications.
Publications: Moviejawn, CC2K, JumpCut Online

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 81% Abominable (2019) Dazzlingly radiant to look at, with family and friendships at the centre of the story feel which real and relatable - as fantastical elements only work if they swirl around something grounded in humanity. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 85% Color Out of Space (2020) Definitely worth seeing on a big screen with a big crowd. Funny, entertaining, grotesque and both looks and sounds beautiful. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
84% Villains (2019) A welcome addition to the beloved genre hybrid of comedy-horror and offers a refreshing twist on the home-invasion plot. Featuring a fantastic quartet of performances, who all play off one another extremely entertainingly. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) A slight misfire, squandering a strong idea and strong cast. Some baffling and unsubtle directorial choices are made. Elizabeth Debicki once again proves she is a star, however. Worth seeing for the costumes and unusual score only. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
1/5 14% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) There is such little meat for any of the actors to sink their teeth into, they are hampered in their attempts at characterization from the start. Audiences may expect a mediocre thriller, but unfortunately this is even worse than that. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Funny and charming, with a central trio of appealing performances. A pleasant distraction from present-day tensions. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Shelton's portrayal of human relationships is always dipped in pathos. Here she has gathered an ensemble of expert improvisers, who have collaborated to fulfill her vision and succeeded in making a very, very funny film. Definitely worth seeking out. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 83% Crawl (2019) Absolutely everything you could want from a Summer movie - akin to experiencing a theme park ride, UNDER 90 minutes (praise be!) and refreshingly, it is not a sequel, a reboot or franchise fare - in fact it's actually a pretty taut two-hander. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
4/5 87% Diamantino (2019) Diamantino is a gorgeous, kind-hearted fable about acceptance of who people are, rather than who we want them to be. A brightly coloured modern-day fairy tale with an innocent at the centre. It is funny, outrageous and incredible to look at. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) This film is absolutely a showcase for Jessie Buckley's singing and acting talents and should be a star-making turn. Worth seeking out for having three great roles for women and the performances of Buckley, Walters and Okonedo. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) It kind of beggars belief that you could take the ingredients of Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth and make something so thuddingly dull, but somehow it has happened. A huge disappointment. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 91% Starfish (2019) An unusual little independent film which looks and sounds great. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) It does do a good job of prompting the viewer to want to find out more about this Moe Berg, but doesn't completely succeed as a self-contained entity. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) A well-made, entertaining documentary, which is frequently funny and frequently anger-inducing. Very much captures a snapshot of contemporary America. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
4/5 60% Charlie Says (2019) Offers a different perspective on what has become a well-worn topic from a fascinating filmmaker. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 67% The Isle (2019) An atmospheric and intriguing story, with stunning visuals and music. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
1.5/5 64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) If you're going to write a film in which the audience is alone with the protagonist for the majority of the run-time, you have give us a reason to invest that time and unfortunately, it's just not here. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/5 93% If the Dancer Dances (2019) A rare privilege - to have this level of access to the creation of new work which is attempting to honor the legacy of such a legendary choreographer. An important document of an artistic process. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 82% Fast Color (2019) The portrayal of a super-power being inherited down the maternal line of a family of black women is extremely potent and will resonate with many. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 94% Rafiki (2019) Demonstrates the vibrancy and joy of the youth in overcoming an oppressive society. Kahiu has shown this through a jubilant explosion of colour and music - this film feels like a celebration and a triumph over adversity. A must-see. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Absurdly funny and well-acted (particularly by Driver), with sumptuous costumes and production design. The stunning cinematography deserves to be seen on a big screen. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 89% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) An interesting biopic which doesn't skate over what it takes to power your way to the top and should have you swanning to the cinema. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 78% Judy & Punch (2019) Judy and Punch deserves to find an audience, as it a well written and directed story. It juggles tone skillfully - managing to be funny and entertaining whilst also making serious points which are relevant to the society we are living in now. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) An important film, saying something vital about the past which needs to be heeded today. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
5/5 86% Animals (2019) Animals was one of the most enjoyable films of Sundance 2019 and it deserves to be a break-out hit. Spend some time with two relatable women wearing gorgeous clothes in the literary scene of a beautiful city - you won't regret it. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 96% Love, Antosha (2019) Love, Antosha is incredibly upsetting, but it is also truly inspiring, invigorating and life-affirming. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
5/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Issa Lopez is an incredibly exciting filmmaker who, if there is any justice, will go onto have a career comparable to Guillermo del Toro. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) The more I think about it, the more I fall in love with it. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A stunning film - a sensual feast filled with desire. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
5/5 93% Journey's End (2018) Exceeds expectations and Bettany is sublime. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 86% Tully (2018) An extremely well written and acted film. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3.5/5 93% Revenge (2018) Matilda Lutz is clearly a stand-out in an exciting twist on a well-worn genre. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 70% Adrift (2018) Claflin has an easy-going lovable charm and Woodley really impresses. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A lovely warm hug that features tender performances and sweet songs. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) One of the best debut feature films from a first time writer-director you will ever see. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 94% Blindspotting (2018) Both an incredibly funny comedy and a poignant drama on the themes of identity, perception and society. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A sumptuous visual feast. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3.5/5 66% The Little Stranger (2018) Gleeson's performance anchors the film masterfully. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) A teen rom-com success for Netflix. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) A delicious mouthful - if you enjoyed 'Their Finest', you will lap this up. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 92% Searching (2018) Searching for a smart take on the internet? Look no further. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 22% An L.A. Minute (2018) An outrageous modern morality play. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Helena Howard is a sensational find. Decker is one-to-watch for the future. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 86% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) A fresh and original take on a LA love story. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 100% Making Montgomery Clift (2018) A fascinating exploration, but not of the man himself. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3.5/5 61% Summer '03 (2018) A welcome addition to films exploring complex teen girl protagonists. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) A well-acted, involving story. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 96% Little Woods (2019) It is the performances which really make Little Woods work, particularly Tessa Thompson's. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer succeeds on almost every technical level, as well as being filled with emotion and humanity. - JumpCut Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A well-directed, risk-taking, unusual period film which makes some bold choices and mostly pulls them off. - CC2K EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018