For 193 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Cath Clarke's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Some Like It Hot
Lowest review score: 20 That Awkward Moment
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 193
  2. Negative: 3 out of 193
193 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    The conceit is nicely done, and the film’s unexpectedly heartfelt message about empathy and looking at the world through someone else’s eyes just about makes up for its bland animation, smart-arsed script and generic clappy-blah songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Cath Clarke
    What an intelligent, emotionally grown-up film. More of this please.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Cath Clarke
    The film dies an agonising death long before it ever reaches Valhalla.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    Talley strikes you as a man of sincerity and depth behind all the air-kissing and lamé.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    Kendrick and Lively have never been funnier, snapping one-liners at each other like elastic bands; the script is hyper-alert to the undercurrent of competitiveness between stay-at-home and working mums.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    There’s a made-by-a-mate feel to the film, which jumps around confusingly: if you’re not a fan it might help to read her Wiki page for context. Perhaps there is just too much MIA for one film to handle. One thing’s for sure, in an era of manufactured pop stars, she is resplendently unfiltered.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    The movie is full of wackiness but contains only traces of comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Cath Clarke
    This delightfully entertaining and idiosyncratic music documentary ought to banish the stereotype of drummers as talentless thickos. It’s also one of those films you can happily watch without having a jot of prior interest in its subject.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    Ego, money, drugs: Lavelle’s story has the makings of an entertaining account of the music business. But this film feels too much like a promo for a comeback attempt.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    This bland and predictable animation about an outsider kid who makes friends with aliens pinches an awful lot of its ideas from superior family films, without reviving any of their wonder or fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    Mandico has made a wildly strange debut, striking enough to make you sit up and pay attention.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    It’s a thoughtful, dream-like film, but, in the end, I’m not sure what Distant Constellation is saying about age or memory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    Their film pushes the limits of documentary filmmaking and will likely push the tolerance of viewers. This is a demanding watch, the arthouse cinema equivalent of the marshmallow experiment, testing the attention span of audiences.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    There’s really not much for the humans to do, other than flash brilliant white smiles, making the film feel like the world’s longest toothpaste advert. And it’s a toothbrush you’ll be reaching for after all so much sugary sentimentality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    Sigurðsson is no misanthrope and his humane message – that everyone is muddling along as best they can – makes all the feuding and bile easier to stomach. Some may prefer a little more bite.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Cath Clarke
    This intelligent, honest documentary explores his complex personality without getting tacky or tabloidy, or ignoring McQueen’s dark side.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    It is a poignant set-up but, disappointingly, Okada’s ideas about motherhood don’t cut as deep as they could.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    Del Toro is the Ernest Hemingway of screen badasses: the less he says the better he is – he does his most convincing work while looking like he’s about to nod off. ‘Sicario 2’ sets up a future instalment centred on him: that sequel will be a must.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    A difficult, depressing watch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    McKellen occasionally slips into the part of twinkly super-cool gay uncle that he tends to play in interviews these days. But mostly he’s thoughtful and self-reflective (and not at all gossipy about his theatrical chums, disappointingly).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Cath Clarke
    What’s interesting about Revenge is that it’s told from a female perspective – and by a female filmmaker.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    At times, there is something almost spoofy about this film’s relentless miserableness. Its 30-minute long hallucinatory dream sequence didn’t work for me – it might be that you need a degree in Russian history to make sense of its allegory on the nature of power.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    Welcome to the Jungle is mostly great fun, with Jack Black outrageously entertaining as a teenage girl. But we need to talk about Karen. As Ruby Roundhouse, Gillan is stuck in less clothes than one of Rihanna’s backing dancers. It’s a dig at the hypersexualization of women in video games, apparently. If so, perhaps the male director (or one of the four male writers) can explain how fixing the camera on a skimpily dressed female character makes the point.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Cath Clarke
    The animation is beautifully old-fashioned.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    The performances are thoughtful, and like a pinch of chilli, heat things up from time to time. But director Oren Moverman’s portrait of smug, toxic privilege misses its mark – and at the end of two long hours, this feels about as fresh as last night’s chips.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Cath Clarke
    It’s entertaining enough, but certainly didn’t have me reaching for a jumper.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    It’s an interesting concept, but the characters are thin and nothing here feels insightful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    Why drag the franchise back now? The screamingly obvious answer is sheer cash-grab cynicism. Or perhaps it’s to cater to the generation of kids who’ve grown up riding the Saw-themed roller coaster at Thorpe Park. Either way, it’s depressing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Cath Clarke
    This is anaemic stuff, though perhaps its target audience won’t care.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Cath Clarke
    Not much happens in The Midwife, but its depth and texture make this a moving film about families, time passing and shared history – and the handful of scenes in the maternity unit where Claire works, five or six little miracles of birth, somehow add to its sense of a life as mysterious and precious.

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