Kate Muir

Kate Muir
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Daily Mail (UK), Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 79% An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) Polanski has made, at the age of 86, an absolutely terrific picture. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
44% The Laundromat (2019) Also, the scenery-chewing performance by Gary Oldman as a German conman, yelling in a cod-Teutonic accent at the camera, might be the most annoying turn I've seen in the cinema all year. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 99% Marriage Story (2019) Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, is another funny, beautifully-observed film about family relationships, focusing on a couple trying to get divorced. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 100% Babyteeth (2019) It's quirky, with a whip-smart script, and pulled off the double-whammy of making me, and everyone around me, laugh and then cry. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) They do not disguise their debt to Martin Scorsese in a film that has clear echoes of The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver, yet Joker is also thrillingly original, with an extraordinary performance by Phoenix at its dark heart. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) It's a fun outing, but no old-fashioned queer cliché is left unturned, and despite the fact the story is based on the real-life Shiny Shrimps, it often feels like this film is years behind the times. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 98% Rojo (2019) Every polite sentence is a metaphor for something worse, and the magnificent plains of Argentina make the human action seem disturbingly small. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) And as the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock once said: 'The length of a film should be directly related to endurance of the human bladder' - and It: Chapter Two just goes too far. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) [T]he director André Øvredal reveals too much, and the ghoulish atmosphere just drains away. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The film will appeal to longtime fans of his, but it also stands alone as a memoir of a poverty-stricken, sun-drenched Catholic childhood, reflected upon by a man whose powers are waning. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) Here, however, what could be a stupid screamfest is more convincing thanks to Scodelario, who seesaws realistically between fear and ferocity. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Where is this leading? Will the next Banning film be Vegan Has Fallen? - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
48% MacGruber (2010) An action-comedy-thriller (although the term "dud" is better), MacGruber is based on a recurring American Saturday Night Live sketch -- a joke funny for 20 seconds, but not 99 minutes. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) [A] baggy, irritating drama where everything is sacrificed for art. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 100% Cradle of Champions (2018) Boxing fans will enjoy the brutal training and moving stories before the final clash. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) The documentary is riveting in its intimacy. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) Ivenko has the dashing handsomeness of Nureyev, and makes a fine stab at some of the performances. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) While the film is doubtless well intentioned, there is no forgiving the atrocious dialogue, tacky ballads, and cheesy exploitation of the situation... - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) Us takes us on a deeply weird journey into the conflicted heart of America, but it begins in traditional horror-movie territory. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The combination of a cute creaturefest and the terrifying rise of magical fascism is a peculiar cocktail, but the sheer inventiveness of Rowling's world will be as seductive as ever for her fans. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson uses film and sound archive to their greatest imaginable effect, marrying incredible moving pictures with more than 150 personal testimonies recorded decades after the carnage, played one after another for 100 enthralling minutes. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) The film's final battle scene is hardcore but if you've got the stomach for it this is a compelling drama. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Mulligan is brilliant at showing her internal conflict, the swings between doubt and determination, and the need to be loved as a woman, as she tries to find a better place for herself and her son in an unequal world. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 59% The Grinch (2018) The film is a sweetly funny tale with less edge than Jim Carrey's green-faced, psychotic mayhem in the 2000 live action comedy How The Grinch Stole Christmas. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 51% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) As a comedy, it's just saggy. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2/5 82% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) An uncomfortable watch, without a clear moral compass. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Taut abduction thriller The Guilty pares drama to its bare bones and fires up the audience's imagination in the process. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The volatile stream of Mercury running through it holds our interest. His otherworldliness, his peacock preening and his cocky sexuality all come from tangled roots. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 89% Pin Cushion (2018) A coming-of-age story which slides between fairytale hopes and the nightmare of daily life. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/5 46% Marrowbone (2018) Will satisfy neither horror fans, nor a young adult audience. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) An eccentric and peculiarly gripping film from veteran director Paul Schrader. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) The action is gravity (and sanity) defying, but The Rock is such a warm, convincing presence you forgive the silliness. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A film which is as delightful as the original. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
1/5 21% Terminal (2018) The main mystery here is how so many smart actors ended up in this stinker. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/5 65% Ideal Home (2018) There are some laughs, but Ideal Home feels embarrassingly outdated with its homosexual jokes and assumption that it's a big deal for men to be parents. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 55% The First Purge (2018) This new take makes an old story freshly resonant. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 89% Whitney (2018) A disturbing picture of the isolation of celebrity. The film makes you deeply aware of just how much was lost. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 55% Swimming with Men (2018) Comedian Brydon gains our sympathy as Eric, a bored accountant with a sagging marriage and a growing and inexplicable feeling of panic about his life in suburbia. - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 39% Mary Shelley (2018) It's Jane Austen with sex and drugs and poetry. What's not to like? - Daily Mail (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
81% The Armstrong Lie (2013) The tale is fascinating, not just for cycling enthusiasts, but connoisseurs of the human condition. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) Imagine the television series Friends with a lobotomy, and you are near to comprehending the crassness of That Awkward Moment. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
64% The Patrol (2013) Unfortunately, the cast is wooden, the script crunchy with cliché and the budget too tiny for even an appearance of the enemy. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
82% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) This is as fresh as it is self-indulgent, an intelligent piece of navel-gazing. The film loses momentum in the last third, but if this is his calling card, Nance is a young film-maker worth watching. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Sometimes a character punches through the screen, beyond the film containing him. Matthew McConaughey's performance as an HIV-positive cowboy in Dallas Buyers Club is one of those moments. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
31% The Monuments Men (2014) George Clooney's simplistic wartime art heist movie staggers between parody and sincerity, failing at both. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
50% Stalingrad (2014) The director's enthusiasm for the medium cannot be underestimated: warplanes loom from the screen, machineguns splatter in your face, and spectacular flaming flyovers over the Volga abound. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) This is Nordic-noir sex, enveloped in a film as complex as it is unforgettable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
86% Funny Face (1957) The great photographer Richard Avedon curated the titles and exquisitely coloured stills of Hepburn in the latest collection from Givenchy, and each one is poster-perfect. The plot, such as it is, is full of lighthearted fun. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
81% Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014) As the Palaces Burn is a documentary on the heavy metal band Lamb of God, and obviously a must for their fans. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
93% Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) (2014) While Eastwood provided agonised, end-of-era minimalism as an ageing shooter forced to reload one final time to feed his children, the Japanese version leaps off into wild tangents and indulges in seeping wounds and spurting gore. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018