Alistair Harkness

Alistair Harkness

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

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 25% Pressure (2015) "The diving bell's claustrophobic setting never really translates into claustrophobic tension on screen. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2/5 10% Good People (2014) "Genz piles on lots of tedious and increasingly silly plot turns involving shoot-outs in London and domestic fights involving nail-guns - all en route to a lame, cop-out ending. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/5 86% The Wolfpack (2015) "It does, in the end, offer a remarkable testament to that most enduring of all movie clichés: the power of the human spirit. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 23, 2015
3/5 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Fontaine - opting for a less smugly satirical take on Simmonds's work than Frears - draws us into the fantasy world before chipping away at it to reveal something more melancholic. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2/5 55% Paper Towns (2015) "Almost in spite of itself, succeeds in saying something interesting about its teen audience before ultimately revealing itself to be entirely vacuous after all. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "The end result feels like an expensive pilot for a TV show that will never get picked up. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 17, 2015
1/5 17% Pixels (2015) "The concept isn't without promise, but the way it has been patterned after every other zero-to-hero Sandler opus ensures this is "Game Over" from the start. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 17, 2015
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) "[A] delectable comedy ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 17, 2015
4/5 85% The Seven Five (2015) "While Tiller is clearly a little seduced by the drama of it all, he's good at exploring the moral myopia that sets in when the view from the trenches elevates loyalty to each other above protecting and serving the public. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 17, 2015
2/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "A mirthless period spy caper that fails to fulfil Ritchie's stated aim to make espionage movies sexy, fun and frivolous again. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 17, 2015
3/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "There's little doubt that Schumer is a star in the making with a point of view and plenty to say. But as a star vehicle, Trainwreck could have done with going off the rails a little more to compliment her talent. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 17, 2015
3/5 86% 52 Tuesdays (2015) "There are interesting moments throughout and the performances of the non-professional cast, particularly Cobham-Hervey, are very good. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 10, 2015
4/5 87% Marshland "A film that keeps asking questions right up until its final, haunting image. The night-time car chase is pretty great too. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 10, 2015
3/5 49% Manglehorn (2015) "If the symbolism feels a bit too on the nose here, Green compensates by giving Pacino the space to create a recognisably flawed human being whose foibles he captures on screen with unsparing honesty, but also real tenderness. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 10, 2015
4/5 93% The Gift (2015) "Intelligent, well-crafted, unpretentious thrillers like this don't come along all that often any more. For fans of this sort of film, The Gift feels in tune with its title. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 10, 2015
3/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "The good far outweighs the so-so. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 3, 2015
1/5 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "At a certain point, films that present themselves as flat-out comedies should generate some actual laughs. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 3, 2015
2/5 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) "Dreary in the extreme, enlivened not one bit by Douglas's myriad character quirks, which run the gamut from driving an espresso machine-equipped off-road vehicle to doing a bizarre impression of WALL-E. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 3, 2015
2/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) "Proves too high-concept for the indie sensibilities of writer/director Thomas McCarthy. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 3, 2015
2/5 31% Welp (Cub) (2015) "The film creates a pleasing air of mystery that director Jonas Govaerts sadly loses all interest in sustaining. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 3, 2015
3/5 97% Iris (2015) "Subtly reveals the interior life all too frequently ignored by the city's patronising socialites as they fawn over and try to co-opt the outsized personality Iris's individualism has generated. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Aug 3, 2015
4/5 95% The Wonders (2015) "Rohrwacher creates a moving, unsentimental portrait of a dying way of life. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 59% Elser (13 Minutes) "Though well acted, the latter aspect of the film sadly isn't as compellingly rendered as the battle of wills that erupts between Elser and his Nazi interrogators. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "What Salgado reveals about himself through his work is thoroughly illuminating ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 20, 2015
2/5 45% True Story (2015) "For all the big and intriguing themes the film subsequently pays lip service to, there's no disguising the fact that this is a fairly dull and suspense-free true crime drama. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "This is a film that never loses sight of its title character, even when that character literally falls between the cracks. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "The film uses its preposterous plot to wink at the preposterous nature of the genre, but also to turn it into compelling spectacle in an age in which endless city-levelling destruction has robbed action cinema of genuine craziness. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "The film's funny and absurd enough to make its maddeningly veiled musings on the death of the hippy dream engrossing. A large part of this is down to Phoenix, whose protagonist... is an undeniably rich creation. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 13, 2015
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Singer eventually succumbs to the usual building destroying mayhem, but before he does, he stages two brilliant sequences early on that rank among the best set-pieces in any of these types of films. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 30% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) "That's the advantage of being the scrappy, scurrilous underdog of the superhero world: you can dare to have your cake and eat it. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 7, 2015
3/5 57% Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) "Kawase's imagery is haunting but oblique, resulting in a film that's beautiful to look at, but a tad baffling. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 6, 2015
1/5 83% The First Film "Alas, Wilkinson's presenting style is a bit Alan Partridge and he just isn't very good at making the story come alive on screen. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 71% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "An entertaining, but hardly radical, primer on Hollywood's first real auteur ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 97% Amy (2015) "A welcome and much-needed corrective. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "The plot may be stretched as thin as one of Channing Tatum's gold lamé thongs, but this sequel to Steven Soderbergh's surprisingly thoughtful stripper opus still works as an entertainingly outré odyssey ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 54% Minions (2015) "It struggles to maintain a consistent gags-to-giggles ratio. But it's brightly coloured and fast-paced and should keep kids entertained for the summer. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 56% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "A spiky, funny, somewhat raucous affair that embraces as many rom-com conventions as it subverts. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 28, 2015
2/5 38% She's Funny That Way (2015) "Alas, none of the jokes really land and in the end a last-minute cameo from Quentin Tarantino - and Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach's producer credits - say more about Bogdanovich's cinematic relevance than this film does. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 28, 2015
4/5 91% Slow West (2015) "What an ambitious and well-executed debut this is. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 28, 2015
4/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "It's Powley, with her Manga-wide eyes and ability to convey vulnerability, heartache and a hardening resolve about who Minnie is as a person that grounds the film and makes it special. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 21, 2015
2/5 7% Return to Sender (2015) "Dubious ... a film with minimal psychological complexity and lots of unbelievable plotting ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 25, 2015
4/5 89% Spring (2015) "The film satisfies as a bloody black comedy with surprisingly insightful things to say about the heartbreaking power of fast-forged love. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 25, 2015
3/5 87% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) "The English-language voice cast is a bit lacking in personality, but it's diverting enough for young tots and accompanying parents or grandparents with fond memories of the books. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 25, 2015
3/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "While the oblique narrative can test the patience, there are moments of artful beauty that make it worth some attention. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 25, 2015
4/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "In the end it plays like a classic Pixar film: promising a ride but delivering ideas. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 25, 2015
2/5 86% Top Five (2014) "Chris Rock squanders an interesting idea with an implausible premise in this comedy about a superstar stand-up (Rock) who no longer values his comic instincts. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 95% Girlhood (2015) "Though perhaps proceedings tend towards harsh uncertainty, Sciamma never forgets the importance of showing the moments of unadulterated joy that teens always find, regardless of how troubled their situations are. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 99% Phoenix (2015) "Petzold builds the film to a stunningly executed finale that serves as a potent metaphor for the way the performance required by denial can't hope to suppress the truth from revealing itself. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 10, 2015
2/5 63% Spooks: The Greater Good "The big screen proves an unforgiving canvas: for both the show's hitherto high-end production values and its topical urgency. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 77% Rosewater (2014) "Stewart proves himself an adept visual stylist here, using simple techniques such as lighting scenes using the glow of a laptop screen to reflect the darkness that comes from being physically cut off from the people Bahari cares about the most. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 10, 2015
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