Alistair Harkness

Alistair Harkness

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Edinburgh U Film Society , Film4 , FilmFour.com , Scotsman
Total Reviews:
695

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 —— We'll Never Have Paris " Too often the flat-lining jokes and botched attempts at emotional sincerity merely enhance the character's pathological nature instead of offsetting it." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 30, 2014
4/5 86% Joe (2014) " Cage gives us a complex portrait of a formerly bad man trying to do the right thing in all his imperfect and messy glory." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/5 79% Welcome To New York " Like Depardieu's let-it-all-hang-out performance, it exposes everything while revealing nothing." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " An entertainingly off-kilter slice of pulpy mainstream filmmaking, executed with humour, verve and vision." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 22, 2014
4/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " This is a film that feels fully in command of its high concept and credit for this must also go to the film's editors, and the unusually witty and deft script." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " As a film, Godzilla is big and unruly, but it's also a noble attempt to do something interesting ..." — Scotsman
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " It's the strength of the performances that really makes Starred Up a cut above most British dramas, particularly those of Mendelsohn and O'Connell." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 24, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " A sort of a shaggy-dog story told with manic verve and the narrative dexterity of a meticulously plotted mystery." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " The chance to experience flame-engulfed soldiers charging at you in 3D doesn't seem like the best reason to transform one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War into a special effects-enhanced blockbuster, but here's a film that does it anyway." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Like two-year-old Joe in the film, von Trier is a toddler discovering his private parts, flashing willies, bums and vaginas at us - both literally and figuratively - in the hope that we'll either be outraged, bored or both." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Like two-year-old Joe in the film, von Trier is a toddler discovering his private parts, flashing willies, bums and vaginas at us - both literally and figuratively - in the hope that we'll either be outraged, bored or both." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 24, 2014
5/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " The message is that singing is a higher calling than chart success - a point this history makes with intelligence, grace and killer music." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/5 82% The Double (2014) " Ayoade's success in realising this world goes a long way to making up for the obscure turns the plot takes ..." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/5 87% Exhibition (2014) " Hogg gradually fostering an atmosphere of marital anxiety that her cast (musician Viv Albertine and conceptual artist Liam Gillick) struggle to convey at first, but eventually make strangely hypnotic." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 24, 2014
97% Gravity (2013) " CuarĂ³n crucially knows how to deliver spectacle in a way that still counts -- and at a time when practically anything that can be imagined on the page can now be realised on screen, that's no mean feat." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Blanchett embraces the Blanche DuBois-like nature of the character yet manages to reach Vivien Leigh-like levels of histrionics in much more subtle and naturalistic ways." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013) " It all helps it make a little more sense on a narrative level without diminishing everything that made it a cult classic in the first place." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2/5 21% Girl Most Likely (2013) " What a disappointment." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 17, 2013
1/5 30% Austenland (2013) " This is just a desperate attempt to hook in gullible fans hoping for a little Darcy-inflected romantic swooning." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " Like a more downbeat Zodiac, Prisoners is a rich, expansive procedural revolving around a horrible crime in which a satisfactory resolution only seems to get further away from its protagonists the more they obsess over the case." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Its themes and action sequences are more forcefully realised than they were first time round, suggesting that this series may soon be the one against which all other franchises will be judged." — Scotsman
Posted Nov 11, 2013
5/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Disorientating, disturbing, weirdly funny in places, and confounding in others, it's a true original." — Scotsman
Posted Oct 21, 2013
5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Greengrass and Hanks deliver a masterclass in raw, in-the-moment filmmaking. It's good as anything either has done and it elevates Captain Phillips to the level of genuine greatness." — Scotsman
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/5 44% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " At this stage in his career, Cranston surely deserves better from cinema than this." — Scotsman
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3/5 92% Sunshine on Leith " What's surprising about actor-turned-filmmaker Dexter Fletcher's enthusiastic attempt to bring the songs of Craig and Charlie Reid to the screen is how alive it is to the way pop music can lift people out of the ordinariness of the everyday." — Scotsman
Posted Sep 23, 2013
1/5 0% Sir Billi " Rubbish in ways that seemed hitherto unimaginable." — Scotsman
Posted Sep 16, 2013
2/5 89% Rush (2013) " The end result plays like a Fast & Furious film for BAFTA voters." — Scotsman
Posted Sep 16, 2013
4/5 92% In a World... (2013) " A film that's sweet and smart and funny about so many things in so many quietly surprising ways it feels like it's breaking the mould ..." — Scotsman
Posted Sep 16, 2013
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " The Il Divo director returns to his native Rome for an exquisite blowout set amidst the ageing dilettantes living in the city's prosperous bohemian enclave." — Scotsman
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2/5 69% About Time (2013) " About Time morphs into a film about fathers and sons, one replete with terminal illness, saccharine discussions about time's preciousness, and a rare ability to render the songs of Nick Cave unlistenable for future generations." — Scotsman
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " What's surprising about this set-up is not how basic it is, but how fresh it feels in the not particularly illustrious pantheon of British sit-com-to-big-screen transfers." — Scotsman
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " It's a film destined to be either loved or despised. Both reactions seem equally valid." — Scotsman
Posted Aug 5, 2013
3/5 82% Like Someone in Love (2013) " [An] infuriating - but also fascinating - effort ..." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " Cowperthwaite juxtaposes to devastating effect official PR spin with news reports and eye-witness accounts of marine park tragedies." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " The sheer joy on Gerwig's face as she leaps and pirouettes across roads and between pedestrians is infectious." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 29, 2013
2/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " The Wolverine confirms what the prequel already suggested: that when it comes to Logan, less is definitely more." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 65% The Heat (2013) " It takes a while for The Heat to warm up, but after about 30 minutes of straining-for-effect comedy, this buddy cop vehicle for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy proves a much funnier proposition than the thinness of its premise suggests." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 29, 2013
1/5 36% Not Another Happy Ending " A hodge-podge of random-seeming creative flourishes conspire with the film's general lack of believability to make the characters seem not so much off the wall, as completely demented." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 86% The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) " It's an intriguing and slightly tragic tale ..." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " Befitting its title, it does feel rather like Rogen et al are having one final blowout before moving on to other things." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/5 37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " It's depressing to see the likes of Pacino reduced to making erectile dysfunction jokes, more so when the film labours the gag by having him overdose on Viagra." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 74% The East (2013) " Batmanglij and his cast invest the story with enough nuance and feeling to make the thriller that unfurls feel like it matters." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " What emerges is a fascinating and illuminating story, one that runs the gamut from intense joy to deep sadness and features a couple of surprising twists that take proceedings off in strange and unusual directions." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Despicable Me was a disposable piece of silliness designed to delight the younger end of the animation market, so it's no surprise that this sequel offers more of the same." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/5 49% Redemption (2013) " Testing even my love of Jason Statham, Hummingbird is a fairly terrible showcase for the chrome-domed action star's brand of mayhem." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 84% Leviathan (2013) " [Plunges] us into a microcosm of chaos and disharmony that reflects the frequently uneasy relationship between nature and commerce." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 93% For Those In Peril (2014) " An experimental, poetic and moving exploration of grief and the toll it can take." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 69% Days Of Grace (Dias De Gracia) (2011) " This is genre filmmaking taken to its pulpiest extreme, an example of style over substance to be sure, but what style." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 24, 2013
5/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " A lush, deeply felt, very modern exploration of the need to find genuine connections in a cruel and (very) unusual world." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 24, 2013
2/5 55% Breathe In (2014) " Doremus just can't seem to tease out psychologically interesting performances from talented actors. Too bad." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 24, 2013
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