Mike McCahill

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For 107 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike McCahill's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 80 Next Goal Wins
Lowest review score: 20 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 107
  2. Negative: 7 out of 107
107 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    You emerge from this brutally unsentimental education with your chest pounding and your ears ringing – its radical empathy extends to putting us in not just the same room as its subjects, but the same helpless, despairing position. Some films are made to leave you speechless; for some experiences, there can be no words.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    Like José Luis Guerín's brilliant 2007 curio "In the City of Sylvia," this is one of those rare films that may change the way you view the world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    The debutant director applies himself with the same quiet assurance and attention to detail he’s displayed in his acting projects.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    For all The Falling’s period trimmings, its uncanny power resides in these ellipses and blackouts – in elements that cannot be easily rationalised.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    An unexpected joy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    It may wind up as the year's most significant horror film; it's certainly among the most original.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    What this exceptionally lucid film-survey reveals is what has to go on at ground level, and beneath the surface, in order to power a powerhouse.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    A social conscience movie with real cinematic bite.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    You’ll shed a tear or two, possibly more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    It’s a film of few frills or flourishes, which never tries to dress up its subject or soften its blows. Yet in its rage and its pain, in the wire-brush scrub it gives to the movies’ woozily romantic notions of alcoholism, Glassland feels wholly honest and true.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    If the plot’s familiar, no imagination or expense has been spared in mapping the kingdom it winds through.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    Longinotto and editor Ollie Huddleston stitch it, with lightness and dexterity, into a wholly edifying, often stirring tapestry of survivors’ stories.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    Considering these characters are bounced round like pinballs, it’s amazing Hawke and the hitherto unknown Snook gain the emotional traction they do: even those struggling to keep up can’t fail to notice how these two are burnt, figuratively and literally, by their experiences.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    As an antidote to Premier League cynicism, it couldn't be bettered.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    The film finds the subtle tells that suggest these free-roaming girls might themselves have become prisoners of war, while enveloping its heroines in a persuasive turbulence: unpredictable, never forced, and forever compelling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    Funny, oddly affecting and cherishably personal.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    This apocalypse isn’t a nightmare so much as the ultimate bromantic fantasy, one in which – with the removal of any responsibility – the boys are free to bicker, banter, and bed down together.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
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    Boseman hits his key scenes out of the park, making a swell couple with Shame's Nicole Beharie, while Helgeland stages Robinson's signature base-stealing with undeniable aplomb.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    The director's background in online shorts manifests itself in an occasional, montage-heavy scattiness, and the broadly conventional closing act can't quite maintain the laugh rate, but there's a lot of warm-hearted and commendably daft business along the way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Headland has comic smarts enough to venture both filthily revisionist readings of My So-Called Life and riffs on the Potsdam conference, while refusing her audience any comforting safety nets.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Robertson gives himself and his actors time to ponder the board and build convincing relationships and tensions: he’s especially deft around his younger performers, allowing them to register as distinct, often defiant personalities.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Director Susanna White favours a generic spy-movie look: those chilly blue filters surely need resting now. Yet she works smartly with her actors: while Skarsgård wolfs down great handfuls of scenery, McGregor effectuates a thoughtful transformation from ineffectual tourist to man in the field.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    As the narrative approaches its desired fusion of Gallic and Indian cuisine, so too Hallstrom looks to have hit his sweet spot: the very middle of middlebrow.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    This thoroughly emo body-swap fantasia, a sizable hit on home turf, demonstrates that [Makoto Shinkai] inherited much of his [Hayao Miyazaki's] artistry and charm, but not yet his narrative mastery – nor, crucially, that magic that distinguishes lasting artworks from well-drawn ’toons for teens.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    The actors lend it a sick heft, and there are droll, region-specific footnotes...but one senses the sniggering film-makers playing variably funny games with our phobia of pedophiles, rather than having anything lasting to say about it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Every other scene showcases a northern treasure (Coogan, Thomson, Tomlinson, Stansfield) and looks, feels and – crucially – sounds true to its sweaty-hazy, slightly cramped corner of history.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Gradually, the simplicity yields an idiosyncratic charm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    It makes the text feel newly alive, bristly, radical. A palpable hit, in any language.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Only a film as big as Africa could have done Adichie’s novel full justice; the treatment it gets here, equally honourable and hurried, reduces it to Nigerian soap with BAFTA-level acting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    ABCD2 is the latest film to recognise that – however you gender your gaze – there is an abiding pleasure in watching bodies in motion, and choreographer-turned-director Remo d’Souza keeps nudging more of them on.

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