Vicky Roach

Vicky Roach
Vicky Roach's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Courier Mail (Australia) Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Biography:
Vicky Roach has been The Daily Telegraph's film critic for more than a decade - but who's counting? Prior to landing what many consider to be the best job on the paper, she paid her dues as an entertainment writer and arts editor. A long-time member of the Film Critics' Circle of Australia, she majored in film theory at UTS. It was there, she learned the valuable lesson that those who can't do ...critique.
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 66% The Good Liar (2019) The Good Liar is a captivating game of cat and mouse executed by two consummate pros. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 87% The Two Popes (2019) An entertaining piece of fiction centred around Pope Benedict's virtually unprecedented resignation from the papacy. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) This version of The Addams Family is not nearly ooky or spooky enough. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Clever, funny and hugely entertaining. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Bilched (2019) [An] attention-grabbing debut. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) With its message of female empowerment, and soundtrack full of earworms - once again written by the award-winning couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Frozen 2 sticks to its predecessor's winning formula. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2.5/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) A fluffy comic confection that relies heavily the charisma of its female leads, all of whom commit fully to the silliness of the initial premise. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari's final scenes negotiate an emotionally satisfying compromise between wish fulfilment and historical veracity. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep trades the full-on horror of its predecessor for something stranger and more haunting. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3.5/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) A seasonally appropriates crowd-pleaser - with a poignant twist. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) While the three actors give franchise creator James Cameron's apocalyptic action adventure everything they have, they are weighed down by excess baggage and further stymied by an unimaginative plot. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Funded by Netflix, The Irishman's intimidating three-and-a-half-hour running time allows for similarly rich, nuanced character development spanning a 60-year time frame. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Elle Fanning's innocent flowerchild is cast from a depressingly familiar mould in this muddled, wildly uneven sequel to Disney's revisionist 2014 spin on the Sleeping Beauty legend. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) There are times when the plot feels about as predictable as the route of the New York Marathon itself, and some of the dialogue veers dangerously close to self-help territory, but Bell's winningly wayward performance stays the distance. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) [Samara Weaving] faces an uphill slog, hampered by a creaky plot, cookie-cutter supporting characters and plodding direction. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is an impressive showcase for J.Lo and a bunch of fresh new talent. But it's hard to shake the feeling that the actors, like their characters, are simply playing dress-ups. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 70% The King (2019) An engrossing historical epic, shot by Adam Arkapaw (Macbeth, Top Of The Lake) with a painterly eye, and elevated by a stellar cast. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4.5/5 83% Judy (2019) The tension [Renée Zellweger] generates between Garland's charisma as a performer and her aching need and vulnerability as a person is what ultimately has us hanging on her every phrase. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man's potentially interesting premise - of a man who is literally forced to confront his younger self - has been through so many iterations over the course of the past 20 years, it's had the life sucked out of it. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) Joaquin Phoenix isn't so much an actor as a moral contortionist in this mesmerising origin story. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) How do you condense a 780-page novel about grief, guilt and transgression into a coherent two-and-a-half movie? Not like this. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark gets under your skin like a good campfire story should. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) There's something oddly reassuring about facing one's imminent extinction with the man who has channelled both Don Quixote and Kylo Ren AND Bill Murray by your side. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/5 65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Rachel Griffiths directs this handsome biopic about Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne with a steady hand - and one eye on the finish line. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Stallone was well served by the two Rocky spin offs Creed I and II, but he should have left Rambo behind in the 80s, where the character belonged. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Pitt provides the emotional centre of gravity in this weightless world and a satisfying resolution allows him to land the battered sci-fi vehicle in one piece. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) A thoughtful, layered companion piece to The Final Quarter. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A competent action adventure with uncomplicated morals. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 68% Danger Close (2019) A straightforward but compelling account of a significant military victory in an unpopular war. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A pedal-to-the-metal action adventure - with very little under the hood. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Fabulously flawed. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Lean, exceptionally mean, and oddly compelling. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2.5/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) This shaggy dog sequel scratches all the designated spots. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 66% The Public (2019) Written, directed by and starring Emilio Estevez, The Public is a pleasantly old-fashioned crowd-pleaser, which argues that libraries are the last great bastion of modern democracy, since they provide free access to knowledge, community and shelter. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2.5/5 48% Palm Beach (2019) The trouble with a picture postcard backdrop such as Sydney's northern beaches, is that it can be rather distracting - especially in moments of high drama. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 68% Angel of Mine (2019) Swedish actress Noomi Rapace does "unhinged" with a level of commitment that's hard to match. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) The opportunity to see Franklin give one of the greatest gospel performances ever recorded is so precious. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 84% Dogman (2019) A bleak but fascinating study in crime, character and toxic masculinity from the director of the acclaimed 2008 Neapolitan Mafia movie Gomorrah. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 86% Animals (2019) Adelaide's Sophie Hyde... directs this Irish-Australian coproduction, based on Emma Jane Unsworth's 2014 novel, with a sure-but-sensitive hand. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) A kind of middle ground between commercial constraints and creative indulgence. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
1.5/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Nothing about these characters, their relationships with one another, or the world they inhabit feels authentic. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) [Writer-director Lulu] Wang balances the comedy and the tragedy of the situation with deft assurance. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) There are plenty of sequences in which you will find yourself holding your breath - and the visual effects department has a ball. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Breezy, undemanding entertainment. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2.5/5 93% Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) Too much is left unexplored or under-explained. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 60% Ophelia (2019) Ridley is well cast as the feisty rebel who has the courage and intelligence to triumph over centuries of patriarchal oppression. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Defend, Conserve, Protect (2019) Defend, Conserve, Protect couldn't be described as an objective account of Sea Shepherd's uncompromising endeavour, but it's compelling, heartfelt and impossible to ignore. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 91% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) [Director Marcus H.] Rosenmuller's respect for his characters is obvious, which might well explain why he has chosen to tell their story fairly straight. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 75% Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2019) Sink or Swim has fewer nips and tucks than your average feel-good comedy. And that's a large part of its attraction. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Sweet, funny, mutually supportive - Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and Timon (Billy Eichner) elevate friendship and fart humour to a whole other level. - Daily Telegraph (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019