Tom Shone

Tom Shone
Tom Shone's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Newsweek Sunday Times (UK) Daily Telegraph (UK) Vogue

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Goold's film is entirely mediocre, so her Garland is, in every sense, the only show in town. You can't look away. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 68% Joker (2019) Phillips does everything except have someone holding up a placard reading "It's time to take the Joker seriously." - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 44% The Laundromat (2019) Streep's character is sidelined and the film wanders into aimless sketches vaguely concerned with the Panama Papers and rich people behaving badly. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Directed by Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the film does nothing fresh with its scenes of tension and violence, but they're pretty entertaining, and some of the added touches of black comedy are excellent. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The result is tasteless in the extreme, The Poseidon Adventure with jihadists, rearranging the randomness of real-life atrocity to suit the needs of a thriller, where the dabs of characterisation feel woefully beside the point. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Taking in Tartt's 784-page narrative via this 2 1/2-hour movie can feel at times like listening to someone tell you their entire life story while waiting for the bus - you may find yourself praying the B16 from Bexleyheath isn't later than usual... - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) [A] softly observed comedy of familial errors that should appeal to anyone whose family ever sat on a lie, which is to say nearly everybody. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) The good news is that this rip in the plausibility continuum, like the rip in Roy's spacesuit, is not fatal. For that we can thank Pitt, whose magisterial, moody presence has always cried out for stellar accompaniment. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 100% For Sama (2019) Full of images of death - blood-smeared corridors, bodies limp as rag dolls - For Sama is nonetheless a film hungry for life. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/5 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) This feels awfully like Alien: The Mansplaining. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) [E]xquisite, unforgettable. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) Scodelario emerges as a scrappy, valiant presence who keeps her wits about her and all her toes intact. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Atmospheric, beautifully designed, with a charming storybook quality, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the kind of horror you hope teenagers would be into, rather than the latest slasher flick or bit of torture porn. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys is pretty good fun if you have spent the past few years since Superbad hankering for a version of it set in junior school. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [I]n Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, [Brad Pitt] propels every scene he's in into another league. It's the best performance by a movie star you'll see in 2019. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 98% Notorious (1946) There are more obviously Hitchcockian films, like the big Technicolor masterpieces he made in the 1950s - Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo - but nothing quite matches the sense of danger Hitchcock found in his stars in Notorious. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light is a musical upstaged by its music. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 87% The Great Hack (2019) The Great Hack doesn't make it past the firewall. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) [A] quietly bewitching film about Cohen's lifelong on-off relationship with a Norwegian woman named Marianne Ihlen, who inspired his songs So Long, Marianne and Bird on the Wire. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
5/5 97% Don't Look Now (1973) To fall under the spell of this film is to fall under the spell of two screen actors in their prime, directed by one of the great screen formalists. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster's Midsommar spooks its audiences not with what they don't know is about to happen, but what they can clearly see is about to happen, and can do nothing to stop. It's like being in a locked car rolling slowly towards a cliff. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 62% Yesterday (2019) Curtis's comic instincts are still tiptop, and his casting is admirably up-to-date, but his idea of romance is something out of the Ark. Talk about yesterday. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) That future's failure to show up has lent the adventures of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins the feel of a time capsule, a one-shot wonder sealed off from the rub of history, a perfect evocation of a more heroic, ambitious time. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Tradition has turned out to be Pixar's heart-light. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) Budreau's film is fitfully entertaining, at its strongest on the similarity between Stockholm syndrome... and what most of us would simply call "a movie romance." - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) The result is playful yet wispy and over-finickity - the film appears to have found a director more OCD than its hero - but Nighy fans will be happy. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Kapadia has a gift for unlocking these outsiders who attempt to outrun the system. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Her shifting reactions - laughter at first, but tears by the end - are a reminder of why we go to see Julianne Moore at the movies. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 79% Late Night (2019) Conceived as a valentine to Emma Thompson, the film works primarily as a valentine to Emma Thompson. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) You'd probably get the most out of this film with your eyes shut. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Unless you are desperate to get out of the house, I'd wait for the new Pixar. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman's flamboyant superficiality may be its saving grace. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) The film's emotional depth may catch you by surprise somewhat, given how gently and unassumingly its drama is drawn - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 78% Loro (2019) As a character portrait, this film works: Servillo judges the amount of charm, bluster and oiliness just right. His Silvio slithers and fascinates, like a snake. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 48% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) The film needed more complication, more plot, and more of a sense of why this character in particular finds himself at the centre of it. As it is, you wish him out of harm's way more than you hope he will solve the case. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Jessie Buckley puts on the kind of show in Wild Rose that makes everyone want a piece of her - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Jonah Hill's directorial debut, Mid90s, is a scrappy little thing, but it gets to you -- much like its hero, Stevie. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) True magic realism: the magic lifts the realism and the realism makes the magic sing. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film's picaresque jumble of tones...could have done with a little tightening around its middle. But we do at least finally know How The West Was Won. With indoor plumbing. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) There have been many films about Van Gogh... but none has come as close as Schnabel's to capturing a working portrait of the artist. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) [Eva] Green, who is always the best reason to see a Burton film...She brings the delirious spirit of a young Anouk Aimée or Anna Karina to bear on a movie that barely deserves it. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier is not a waste of your time exactly -- it's a good film to curl up with on Netflix -- but Chandor surely has better movies ahead of him. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is a much more slippery character than you think...but Roberts is at her best in the movie's first hour, when everything is still up in the air, as her megawatt smile flickers with uncertainty and little prickles of dread over what Ben might do next. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The miscasting of Jones actually ends up working in her favour: if you find yourself dismissing her as too pretty or too lightweight for the role, then her victory at the end is all the sweeter. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Talk about perfect casting. Neeson always looks great against snow. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 89% A Private War (2018) A better encapsulation of the dangers of speaking up, and the equally pressing need to, could not be imagined. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) With her wobbly-Weeble build and air of surly defiance, Wilson mines her self-hatred for genuine flashes of gold. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) [Hedges] suggests great confusion and great intelligence at the same time, his most minute flickers of scepticism, shame and alarm riveting. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins knows how to seduce the ear and eye. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Whippet thin, cigarette holder clamped between his teeth, fedora pulled down over his eyes, [Grant] steals the movie the same way Hock filches dollars from Lee's haul of cash. - Sunday Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019