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Alistair Harkness

Alistair Harkness

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Alistair Harkness's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film4, Scotsman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 27% Capture the Flag (2016) "So mind-numbingly stupid that any investment in the characters is next to impossible. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/5 72% Youth (2015) "Caine and Keitel are great together and Sorrentino delivers some typically gasp-inducing visual flourishes. But it's also unmistakably indulgent and, save for a few scenes, doesn't quite deliver the insightful meditation on ageing it promises. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "A gripping and exciting thriller - no mean feat considering the action mostly revolves around an elaborate paper chase in locales as exotic as newspaper archives, libraries and legal offices teaming with stacks of documents. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
1/5 9% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "There's nothing transgressive or edgy about it. It's just horrible. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
2/5 78% The Assassin (2015) "The Assassin targets cinematic pleasure and kills it stone dead. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 25, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) "The Big Short may be a comedy, but it never forgets that the joke was on us. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 25, 2016
4/5 96% Room (2015) "Sounds like heavy going, and at times it is, but it's also utterly compelling and Larson's performance - which has already started picking up major awards - really is remarkable. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 18, 2016
4/5 82% The Revenant (2015) "This is the crucible in which modern America was formed, the film seems to be saying: that it frequently resembles an apocalypse is its own tragic indictment. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 18, 2016
4/5 94% Creed (2015) "Coogler is skilled at stoking nostalgia while delivering something that feels both fresh and funny. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 18, 2016
1/5 13% Sinister 2 (2015) "CiarĂ¡n Foy provides a further link to the first film by resolutely failing to generate any decent scares. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 1, 2016
1/5 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "The plot is generic in the extreme and the dialogue and acting barely disguises the fact that it's really just a series of not very exciting set-pieces strung together. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2/5 41% We Are Your Friends (2015) "The execution is so laden with dated stylistic quirks that it feels like a relic from the late 1990s. The plot is pretty cookie-cutter too. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/5 96% 45 Years (2015) "Courtenay and Rampling give exemplary performances. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 1, 2016
3/5 88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "It's all pretty entertaining and a testament to how much they accomplished in such a short space of time. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2/5 31% Daddy's Home (2015) "The jokes aren't really good enough and the outcome is far too predictable to cover for the lack of laughs. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 27, 2015
3/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "This CG animated update for Charles Schulz's enduring comic strip does a nice job of modernising the style of the old cartoons without losing their ramshackle spirit. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 27, 2015
2/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "This is dreary stuff. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 27, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "The seventh film in the Star Wars saga... is still just a movie, but it's a fabulously entertaining and beautifully crafted movie nonetheless. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 16, 2015
3/5 100% Ice and the Sky (La glace et le ciel) "The subtitled film can be a little dry at times, but Lorius is good company and his arguments are persuasive. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 13, 2015
1/5 29% Swung "A dull and mostly dour affair, enlivened not one bit by groaning - pun fully intended - descents into kinkiness and smutty innuendo. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 13, 2015
2/5 90% Hector "In the end it ambles to a fairly predictable conclusion without really saying much about anything. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 91% Grandma (2015) "Given the film comes in at a shade under 80 minutes, Weitz deserves credit for packing a lot in; it's an economical movie in every way, but one rich in life ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 60% Sisters (2015) "They deliver vulgarity with an undercurrent of heart, or heart with a side order of vulgarity, and there's plenty of smartly observed humour too ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 13, 2015
2/5 57% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016) "In terms of the plot, tone and performances, whatever [Carlyle's] going for doesn't translate into the macabre laughs its jokily violent premise demands. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 8, 2015
3/5 55% Maggie (2015) "Essentially it's using zombies as a metaphor for terminal illness, which makes it a more dolorous film than one might have expected, but with the current pop culture ubiquity of zombies, it also shows there's life left in the undead yet. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "The verbal dexterity of both men is breathtaking to behold as archival footage shows them deploying elaborate syntactical jujitsu to counter and undermine one another's arguments. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 82% Eden (2015) "[Eden] does, however, offer an intriguing insider's view of an important musical subculture, an insider's view that, crucially, remains rooted in the all-too-relatable reality from which the music itself is designed to offer temporary escape. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 8, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "Along comes Inside Out to remind us of the jaw-dropping conceptual flights of fancy the animation studio [Pixar] is capable of pulling off. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 8, 2015
2/5 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "The film repeatedly loses its charge, falling back on dull, franchise world-building for sequels that will probably never be made. What a shame. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 6, 2015
3/5 78% Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD "Director Paul Goodwin provides fans with an exhaustive oral history and conveys the comic's bold house-style by interspersing interviews with animation. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 6, 2015
2/5 73% Unbranded (2015) "Mostly ... it remains focused on the not-very-interesting personal stories of four cowboy-loving guys on a gap-year adventure. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 6, 2015
1/5 20% Love the Coopers (2015) "This is for Christmas movie masochists only. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 6, 2015
3/5 96% Tangerine (2015) "It presents its protagonists as people grappling with life, love, betrayal and the sometimes cruel economics of their chosen profession in ways that are recognisably human, despite existing on the margins of society. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 85% Steve Jobs (2015) "Boyle's innate humanism also ensures it neither vilifies nor venerates its subject. Instead it does the decent thing and treats him like a human being, even when he isn't always acting like one. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 16, 2015
1/5 11% Fathers And Daughters "It's all laughingly implausible, with Crowe's character coming across more like Nicholas Sparks than the sort of wordsmith able to craft prose that could compete with the Donna Tarts and Michael Chabons of the world. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 16, 2015
1/5 73% A Royal Night Out (2015) "A specious "inspired by a true story" slice of Royalist claptrap. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Intergenerational conflict is given an intriguing, satirical spin in writer/director Olivier Assayas's new drama. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
2/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Co-star Elizabeth Banks makes this her directorial debut, but her preference for plot-padding non sequiturs adds nothing but time to an already stretched-thin premise. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
4/5 88% The Tribe (2015) "The end result is like nothing else out there and while the violence that accompanies the characters' fates requires a strong stomach, this is a compelling experiment in pure cinema that's worth experiencing. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
1/5 44% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) "Simply having a trio of put-upon geeks at the centre of the movie doesn't offset the retrograde nature of the material. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
2/5 71% He Named Me Malala (2015) "Far too hagiographic in tone to really get beyond the media headlines, even as it follows her efforts to assimilate with her family into British culture after their relocation to Birmingham following the shooting in 2012. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
3/5 100% The Closer We Get "If there's a fault, it's that Guthrie's own narration can tend towards the purple, but the film is good at illustrating the ways in which families almost can't help but bruise one another as responsibility conflicts with personal ambition. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
2/5 33% Kill Your Friends "Perhaps there's a great movie to be made about the final bacchanalian days of the pre-Napster music industry, but Kill Your Friends isn't it. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
3/5 98% Brooklyn (2015) "It's a film with few real surprises but plenty to savour, particularly in the performances of its young cast ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 9, 2015
3/5 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) "In choosing to define Bond through ruthless action, Forster and Craig (who really is brilliant here, delivering a muscular performance in every sense of the word) have unleashed a very dark, nihilistic streak that makes it easier to swallow his motivation " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/5 29% Under Milk Wood "Essentially a plotless series of vignettes, linked together as a sort of fever dream of filth, fornication and surreal humour. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 2, 2015
1/5 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "[A] honking heap of humourless hokum. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/5 92% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Nelson's film mixes rare archival footage with penetrating interviews to explore the successes, failures, myths and realities of the Black Panthers. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 2, 2015
1/5 6% Outcast (2015) "It's so bad even Cage completists will struggle to reach the end. Abysmal. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/5 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "Panahi's light-hearted banter and his interactions with his niece and his multiple fares - whether real or staged - give a valuable insight into life lived under a constant veil of political and religious oppression. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Nov 2, 2015
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