Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent

Clarisse Loughrey

The Independent

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Clarisse:

Babylon review: Damien Chazelle’s debauched masterpiece has orgies, elephants, spanking and Margot Robbie

Tailor-made to divide audiences, this is the ‘La La Land’ director’s rocket-powered rebuke to claims he’s too sentimental → Read More

Alice, Darling review: Anna Kendrick draws on her own experiences in a poignant abuse drama

Director Mary Nighy delicately exposes how internalised and invisible the experience of narcissistic abuse can be → Read More

The Fabelmans review: Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical drama is nicely bittersweet

This moving portrait of the celebrated filmmaker is more inquisitive than it is celebratory → Read More

Tár review: Cate Blanchett is at her best in a nuanced take on #MeToo and cancel culture

Todd Field’s film is essentially about the whirlpools of discourse around #MeToo and ‘cancel culture’, but rarely in a way that feels like a polemic → Read More

Enys Men review: A surreal Cornish horror film that requires you to work

Director Mark Jenkin lends his follow-up to ‘Bait’ the scratchy but hyper-pigmented quality of dreams → Read More

Empire of Light review: Sam Mendes strands Olivia Colman in an oddly impersonal love affair

There’s tender care in each frame, but this limp weepie is narratively ice cold → Read More

M3GAN review: The memes haven’t oversold this smart, mean and gleefully absurd killer doll thriller

Picture the ‘Mean Girls’ queen bee Regina George if someone had given her a knife and a death wish. And she was an android → Read More

White Noise review: Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig’s apocalyptic death dreams prove oddly comforting

There are touches of Steven Spielberg and David Lynch to Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of the ‘unfilmable’ Don DeLillo classic → Read More

Vikings, cows and lots of Michelle Yeohs: The best films of 2022, ranked

The Independent’s chief film critic Clarisse Loughrey has rounded up her top 15 movies of the year – 12 months in which Paul Mescal was sad, Tilda Swinton was confused and Tom Hanks was incomprehensible → Read More

Emancipation review: Will Smith’s first post-slap film is difficult to wholeheartedly embrace

Historical action film is primarily concerned with individual heroism to a near-mythic extent → Read More

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery review – A lighter, brighter sequel but with the same social conscience

Netflix may have forked out $469m for the franchise rights, but Rian Johnson’s creation still has its head screwed on right → Read More

Bones and All review: Timothée Chalamet charismatically, handsomely eats people in superb cannibal road movie

Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up to ‘Suspiria’ is as beautiful as it is ugly → Read More

Matilda the Musical review: A frothy, whimsical delight

The musical of Roald Dahl’s classic book is so intrinsically British it will soon be absorbed into the Paddington cinematic universe → Read More

Aftersun review: An astounding first feature that captures Paul Mescal at his most heart-wrenching

Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells has made a movie that feels as if it’s teetering on the edge of a cliff → Read More

Armageddon Time review: Trump and Reagan provide a backdrop to a flawed yet interesting family drama

Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong star in a film that’s a bit too busy to find any clarity in what it’s exploring → Read More

The Wonder review: Florence Pugh is at home in this beguiling period drama – with a controversial beginning

Past the odd – and already critically divisive – opening, this period drama is a sincere exploration of faith and truth → Read More

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, review: Chadwick Boseman’s shadow looms large in emotional sequel

Strong performances of grief in Ryan Coogler’s follow-up are laced with real and palpable pain → Read More

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story review – Daniel Radcliffe is pitch-perfect in an artfully absurd music ‘biopic’

This is one of those rare but precious comedies that works because of how faithfully it commits to the bit → Read More

Living review: Bill Nighy delivers an almost startling transformation in this beautiful period drama

In a performance tipped for Oscar attention, the British actor sheds his trademark, twinkling charisma like snakeskin → Read More

Barbarian review: The endless twists in this Airbnb horror film are a central part of its funhouse charm

A sleeper hit in the US, this is a movie that consistently turns the tables on its audience’s expectations → Read More