Roe McDermott

Roe McDermott
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Hot Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% The Aeronauts (2019) A sequence where a frostbitten Wren must climb the outside of the balloon is truly thrilling, but the slowly paced, drawn-out flashbacks and increasingly stilted script prove deflating. Still, it's a lovely journey to watch on the big screen. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) Exquisite, scorching and utterly humane. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
85% Sorry We Missed You (2019) The performances feel realistic and understated, and the weight of Loach's vision is always evident: the debasing cruelty of these economies, the devastating impact they have on good people. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Overall, an underwhelming effort. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Though it may prove too slow and opaque for some, The Last Black Man In San Francisco is a heartbreaking elegy elevated by specificity, but universal in its emotion. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
69% Joker (2019) As a nightmarish portrait of urban isolation and a gritty comic book origin story, the movie is superbly acted and tensely paced. It also lacks nuance and plays into well-worn tropes. It's good. It's not great. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's both impressive and deeply conventional. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) It's silly subversive fun - it just could have sought out more smarts. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The tension-filled score, use of claustrophobic spaces and the central performances make this a serviceable late night TV offering. Just leave your brain four days behind you. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger's performance is more layered than the film, which remains superficial and conventional. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell can feel careful and overscripted, indicating Wang's personal instinct to protect the characters and not delve too deeply into harsh truths. But this decision feels as loving as the film does. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) Matthias Schoenaerts is remarkable in soulful drama. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 83% Crawl (2019) Yes, kids, strap in for Jaws-meets-Twister-meets-Snakes On A Plane. The chomping is coming from inside the house. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 95% Gaza (2019) [Keane and McConnell's] documentary is personal, compassionate and beautifully shot; their treatment of the people of Gaza empathetic and humane. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Pretty, potential-filled, and ultimately a let-down. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Brilliantly acted, indulgent, predictable, and somehow still utterly convinced that being anti-progress and anti-counter-cultures makes you a rebel, not the status quo. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The definition of fun, silly escapism. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The effectiveness of these sequences varies, sometimes capturing the catharsis of a teenager finally feeling understood, sometimes feeling clumsy and mawkish... As for Viveik Kalra's career, this film is a spark that could start a fire. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 79% Photograph (2019) [Ritesh Batra] imbues Photograph with an impressive stillness and realism. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 86% Animals (2019) Hyde's poetic vision embodies the beautifully raw and transient experience of her characters. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) It might distract young kids handily enough, but for your own sanity, just introduce them to Monty Python instead. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Stuber's comedic elements make for an enjoyable if forgettable Friday cinema trip, but the action sequences are surprisingly gritty. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Made after their deaths, this film is a tribute to them, their enduring romance, and the culture that sparked it. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
71% Gwen (2019) Though playing with elements of horror, folklore and psychology, the narrative and character development remains undercooked and frustratingly opaque. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
86% Pavarotti (2019) Watching Ron Howard's celebratory, crowd-pleasing, hagiographic documentary Pavarotti, I wished I could see Kapadia's interpretation of the same facts, to get a glimpse into the real story. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) And through Favreau's dedication to realism - a realism that excludes animals smiling, crying, eyebrow-raising, or dancing - he eliminates what animation evoked so beautifully, and what we all connected to: the animals' humanity. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Maybe the ambience and irony are enough for diehard Jarmusch fans. But for everyone else, life's too short. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) Klayman's intimate footage captures this: his temper; his pathological lying; his repeated use of the dog-whistle racism and anti-Semitism echoed by terrorists and extremists. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) [T]his high-concept musical fairytale might be one of cinema's greatest representations of imposter syndrome. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A fun, layered and action-packed effort. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
54% Ma (2019) It all adds up to a story lacking any internal logic, making the unexpectedly gruesome final act feel especially ludicrous. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) It can't quite pull off the balancing act of being a workplace comedy, a witty and pointed satire, and a cosy rom-com. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Leilo's empathy for his characters is matched by his actors' skills. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Fascinating, if flawed, portrait of football's most infamous star. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 74% Papi Chulo (2019) Warm exploration of vulnerability in unlikely friendship. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin undoubtedly has more energy and excitement than the simpering Cinderella and Beauty And The Beast remakes. Not a perfectly realised wish, but there's some magic here. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman sticks to the hits, avoiding any unexpected B-sides in soundtrack or story, but as a jukebox musical, it's a fun effort. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) An overly simple retelling of a complex story. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) With an exuberant soundtrack, a celebratory attitude towards diverse gender and sexuality, and a relentlessly hilarious script, Booksmart is an irresistible ode to the joy of young friendship. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) [A] deliberately OTT slice of vicious, entertaining pulp. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 87% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Touching on themes of classism, racism and sexism, Float Like A Butterfly shows the multiple, interconnecting ways that bigotry can box people in, leaving them no choice but to fight their way out. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is a raw, sensory, reverent experience; an awe-inducing portrayal of a singer at the height of her powers. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Solid performances and assured directing make Extremely Wicked an engaging watch, but it's too close to the glamourising spectacle it's supposed to critique. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) [A]n often hilarious, occasionally uncomfortable rom-com for the liberal stoner crowd. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
81% Mid90s (2018) However, the attempt is interesting; the desire to explore young masculinity, the rejection of traditional structure, the interesting editing. Hill is in the adolescence of his filmmaking, and like his characters, the future is still wide open. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) You're playing with exploitation. And that will prevent many people - this reviewer included - from finding any entertainment or escapism here. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) It all makes for a decidedly underwhelming experience. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) In this fascinating, darkly funny and operatic examination of fame, Corbet's philosophy echoes Celeste's: "You wanted a show. I'll give them a show.". - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
73% The Dig (2018) The poetic potential and emotional complexity get lost - but it's still an intriguing idea, marking an auspicious start to the Tohill brothers' career. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers:Endgame, as a slice of entertainment, may offer an emotional goodbye to some beloved characters. But as a slice of idealism, it offers a call to start living up to what we love about them. - Hot Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019