Katy Hayes

Katy Hayes
Katy Hayes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Times (UK)
Publications: Sunday Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Extra Ordinary (2019) A standout Irish film, special in its pure daftness; it's hard to resist falling under its quirky spell. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 90% Never Grow Old (2019) It's a perfectly serviceable trail-wagon, and no wheels come off, but it's a frontier film that breaks no frontiers of its own. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 74% Papi Chulo (2019) While the film's primary theme is the sundering of love, Irish writer-director John Butler brings a sharp outsider's eye to the functioning of class and ethnic distinctions between white and Latino Americans. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 73% The Dig (2018) The story delivers enough twists and dramatic turns to remain compelling, and the psychology is subtle. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) The movie trades heavily on the two lead performances and hopes the audience will forgive the narrative wobbles. In the end, however, the story outcome is simply unbelievable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 39% Don't Go (2018) The otherworldly elements have enough intrigue to give Don't Go an original edge. It lacks character development but compensates with engaging twists and turns. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 86% Out of Innocence (2016) As a piece of documentary dramatic recreation, Out of Innocence is meticulous and mesmerising, but as artful storytelling, it is less successful. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Limit Of (2017) When a thriller loses credibility, it's missing the most important ingredient. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 100% The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2019) Dave Perry's landscape photography, some of it airborne, is a joy, and the two old borderlands bachelors simply doing their thing will induce a broad smile in even the most cynical of viewers. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The camera loves Kerslake, and the actress excels as she stumbles between thinking she is going mad and that her son is possessed. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Keepers of the Flame (2018) Nuala O'Connor's debut feature documentary is a fascinating dive into the archive of Irish military service pensions. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 64% Good Favour (2017) Like the community featured, this film is too slow to draw the public in. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 88% I, Dolours (2018) Dramatic reconstructions are used with mixed success but they are effective in recreating the strapping down and insertion of feeding tubes when the Price sisters were force-fed. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 78% Black '47 (2018) It is disappointing that neither of the leads is Irish, though Feeney is played effectively by the cold-eyed Australian actor James Frecheville, and Jim Broadbent is wonderfully well-fed as Lord Kilmichael. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 67% Dublin Oldschool (2018) Wordy and worthy, it makes a sweet cinematic monument to the contemporary Dublin rave scene, while reveling in the seductive energy of a good party. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 73% Kissing Candice (2017) Uncertainty in the storytelling during the final segment doesn't derail this brilliant debut, which is a visual treat that demands to be seen on the big screen. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 95% The Breadwinner (2017) In giving this children's film a grown-up storyline, Cartoon Saloon is coming of age in an assertive and fascinating way. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
4/5 100% Citizen Lane (2018) One of the brilliant things a well-made documentary can do is distill a complex yarn into an 80-minute digestible shape, and this story is complicated. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 100% Making the Grade (2017) The vision of the world expressed here is warm and lovely, full of irrepressible positivity. While all negativity is excluded from Wardrop's vision, life's darkness hovers outside the artfully constructed frame. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
4/5 68% The Cured (2018) There's enough originality to give the film punch, and it's gratifying to see the Irish setting so well integrated. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
2/5 70% The Delinquent Season (2018) Ultimately, however, this dinner party, despite many fine ingredients, leaves you still feeling peckish. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
4/5 100% Michael Inside (2017) Berry has a clear vision of our social problems; his film opens the doors of our prison system and draws the viewer inside. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 55% The Lodgers (2018) Rachel is a terrifically haughty character, played with passion and range by Vega. In fact the performances are all strong. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 55% Unless (2016) The film is a beautiful piece of work with a searing truthfulness. Keener plays the parental helplessness with subtle intelligence. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Damo & Ivor: The Movie (2018) The characterisation is shallow, the class stereotyping idiotic, and the masturbation jokes never-ending, but these are not even the worst aspects of the film. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 67% Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village (2016) Being the format used for the Glasnevin film, it should work equally well, but film-making, like religious apparitions, is a mysterious process: you create the same conditions but the vision doesn't materialise. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 55% The Purge: Election Year (2016) As a brutish action movie in the John Carpenter vein, the film has certain inalienable rights: it's allowed to be crudely satirical and cheaply lurid. It achieves this quite entertainingly, though it's not entitled to drag on for as long as it does. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/5 94% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) Based on a stage play by Yasmine Akram, debut feature director Darren Thornton does a terrific job with the performances. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 81% The Armstrong Lie (2013) This film, if not a whitewash, has a touch of the fanboy about it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 43% The Price of Desire (2015) Catch it now on the big screen for the stunning locations, Gray's own brilliant architecture, interior and furniture designs, and Peter O'Brien's beautiful costumes. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 85% Song of Granite (2017) The director and co-writer Pat Collins does a superb job with this strange biopic of Joe Heaney, a sean nós singer who became a big name in American folk music. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 79% No Stone Unturned (2017) One gain is that the victims' story has been expertly told, and there is consolation in that. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017