Sarah Cartland

Sarah Cartland
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I write for my own film website, cautionspoilers.com, which focuses on movie reviews, interviews and articles. My go-to films are John Wick, Reign Of Fire, Prometheus, and anything with bonnets.
Publications: Caution Spoilers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Morrone and Dale are superb; their relationship, too close in some ways and too distant in others, is perfectly judged in every scene. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 80% A Reindeer's Journey (2019) Part informative documentary, part anthropomorphic family film, this story about the first year in a reindeer calf's life is captivating and beautiful. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 62% The Good Liar (2019) A solid and entertaining thriller with a bonkers last stand. Mirren and McKellen are on great form. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/5 82% The Aeronauts (2019) A period drama about the weather really is peak British filmmaking. And this is a gorgeous and exhilarating journey, up, up and away. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
4.5/5 93% Monos (2019) The unsentimental Monos is by turns almost hypnotically somnolent and edge-of-your-seat gripping. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 40% The Curse of Buckout Road (2019) An uneven horror thriller, but if you can get past the (probably budget-related) clunky elements, there's a lot of fun to be had - especially from twins Derek 'n' Erik, who are a hoot. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) This is a good-natured, bouncy movie, filled with good-natured, bouncy people, all existing in their own bubbles, where no one seems to need to go to work. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Morticia is strangely subdued, her quips now as musty as their mansion. This is Wednesday's film though, and it does perk up as she deadpans her way around home and school, fighting conformity on both sides. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Thrilling and great fun - the three women make a hugely watchable trio. Arnie is mournfully funny, Linda Hamilton is superb: Sarah is battle-weary and paranoid, even though they are indeed out to get her. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 90% Zombieland (2009) Witty, tart, and sometimes touching, with a great cast and suitably disgusting, blood-drooling zombies. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Occasionally it misses the spot but on the whole this is a bitingly funny film, its satire and slapstick blunt and bold. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 83% Little Monsters (2019) You'll enjoy "Little Monsters" much more if you succumb to its slow-moving rhythm rather than willing both children and zombies to hurry up. And Lupita Nyong'o is superb. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
3.5/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Full-on family fun, with some fabulous nods to the greats of sci fi TV and film - though the funniest segments mostly involve Shaun and his flockmates rather than Lu-La the alien. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
3.5/5 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger is superb: self-destructive yet self-aware, her eyes all-knowing. When she takes the stage her voice veers between authentically spine-tingling and heartbreakingly croaky. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 82% Abominable (2019) A familiar tale, beautifully told. Who wouldn't be delighted by Everest the yeti -- the friendliest, fluffiest mythical monster you could ever hope to meet. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 96% Harpoon (2019) Behind Harpoon's magnificent surface heartlessness there is much to chew on. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Its message of autonomy and risk-taking is infused with a sense of magic as Zak, Tyler and Eleanor drift through the stultifyingly hot river-ways of the American South. And rather than leave its characters enervated it says that anything is possible. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) Gritty and grubby, garish and loud, violent and depressing, Joker is a blunt instrument of a movie - though it is a good movie. Phoenix is superb, Arthur Fleck's downward spiral inverted into an ascent to antihero status as Gotham seethes then explodes. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) This is definitely a comment rather than a question, but the fictional film director's Q&A in Almodvar's delicious movie is the most glorious I've ever seen. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
2.5/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) A rather turgid thriller about changing timelines, which should, given its subject matter, be a lot more thrilling than it is. Luckily the performances are terrific, with Storm Reid a believably thoughtful, resilient and resourceful heroine. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
4.5/5 100% Local Hero (1983) Forsyth both inverts expectations and runs with them in this story about the sea, the sky, and a dreamily weird village of straight-talking locals. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Roy McBride's internal conflicts as he dismantles the heroic carapace built around his dad show us Pitt at his best. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/5 67% Blink of an Eye (2019) Waltrip is warmly engaging though we only scratch the surface of what caused his losing streak, and the accident's aftermath. The most candid interviewees stand out: straight-talking publicist Brooke Hondros, Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Waltrip's ex-wife Buffy. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Sumptuous to look at, unwittingly honest about the society it promotes, if you loved the TV series this is a pleasant if lengthy diversion. If you're a republican (the British not the American kind) you may find yourself snorting popcorn out of your nose. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 67% Rapid Response (2019) Shocking statistics, spectacular crashes and talking heads make up this film about the development of US motor racing safety. It's initially fascinating and sometimes jaws-dropping, though it's also repetitive and overlong. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 88% Freaks (2019) A neat little sci fi thriller, heavy on allegory but satisfyingly self-contained - answering all the questions it sets up. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) While it settles into its own rhythm for the first two hours, it certainly doesn't whizz by. The casting is perfect and I enjoyed the jump scares, but overall it's not very frightening, or involving. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 97% The Witches (1990) Chock-full of gleeful nastiness, The Witches also retains a clear focus on its young audience, often with a mouse-view of the world. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4.5/5 100% Bait (2019) Shocking, sad and bitingly funny, as well as strikingly beautiful - casting a vintage net over a contemporary issue that isn't going away. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 61% Falling Inn Love (2019) To B&B or not to B&B, that is the question! Delightful, sincere froth that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Princess Emmy (Prinzessin Emmy) (2019) As a one-off watch for its target audience of younger children, it does just fine. Ruby Barnhill's fresh-voiced and very un-regal delivery does at least give Emmy some get up and go. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 49% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Moving through the tropes as methodically as Banning through the rooms and corridors of the wrecked White House, this is well-paced and never boring. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Cracking fun - with just enough earnestness about war to make us feel less bad about seeing so many people killed to prevent it, but not so much that we come out feeling we've been at a CND rally. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 71% ANIARA (2019) It's terrifying precisely because it looks current rather than space age. We see ourselves reflected more clearly, and don't have the luxury of thinking that a futuristic setting means we have time to spare. Oh and the ending is a belter. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4.5/5 98% Notorious (1946) Sometimes bleakly humorous, frequently unbearably tense. Bergman and Grant spark off each other perfectly. (4K restoration) - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's gorgeous and funny and sometimes hilarious, though often uncomfortably so. Shadows of "real" Hollywood are everywhere. There's a lot going on, so much so I nearly forgot about Tarantino's weird obsession with women snoring. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4.5/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Stirring in both senses, Penny Lane's documentary is an authentic and witty call to arms against an increasingly corrupt and oppressive State. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 100% Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) In a world where we're now so used to the therapeutic language of hope and healing that it can feel meaningless, the participants' generosity of spirit, thoughtfulness and humour shines. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) A blend of gritty social commentary on racism and class in Thatcher's Britain, utterly sincere song and dance numbers and clear parallels with the present day. It doesn't always work, but when it does it's an exuberant, exhilarating joy. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) An absolute hoot. The voice cast is excellent, particularly the terrific Leslie Jones as the exuberantly misguided, utterly unscrupulous Zeta. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
2.5/5 25% Charming (2018) It's trying to be feminist but I'm not sure decrying the young heroine for wanting to be paid commensurate with her (exceptional) skills is the way to go. Still, some of the songs are good, and Sia is excellent as a particularly ineffective Oracle. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 90% Benjamin (2018) A hilariously awkward tale of looking for love in the wrong places. Amstell is skilled at teasing out the comedy to be found in emotion, while reining in that found in the media world. They're weird, but they're real. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 24% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Playmobil: The Movie lacks the bite of the sharper-edged Lego films, though this is still a colourful, engaging adventure for young children. While it may not be original, it's bouncy, entertaining and often funny. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Excellent performances lift this study of grief, pain and powerlessness that's never exploitative but is utterly brutal: murder becomes almost mundane, and repeated assaults (combined with a long running time) can numb as much as enrage. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2.5/5 33% Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa (2019) A bright and breezy adventure that bounces briskly to a close after 85 minutes. Heavily utilising the Renaissance man's inventions, it's otherwise neither groundbreaking nor sophisticated; though cheeringly success is based on science, teamwork and tech. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) A visual feast if not an emotional one, it looks almost too realistic; were it not for singing animals wanting to preserve primogeniture, I could easily have forgotten there was any trickery involved. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 60% Charlie Says (2019) Looking at the women looking at Charles Manson, "Charlie Says" is a frustrating watch that never really reveals why they did what they did. Murray and Wever are terrific though, and Harron nails that end-of-decade twisting of idealism and optimism. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) A funny and profoundly moving film; Awkwafina's performance echoes with an intense understanding of the relationships she's portraying. Take tissues, and book somewhere for dinner straight after - there's a lot of food in this movie. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3.5/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) Cheerful and funny, its message of inclusivity comes with acknowledgment of the problems associated with stronger, invading cultures. And rest assured Horrible Histories fans, there's plenty about the classical world's toilet habits too. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 71% Gwen (2019) An eerie and shocking thriller, its threats growing from flitting shadow to solid force over the course of the film. - Caution Spoilers EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019