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
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 74% 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 64% 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 76% 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 58% 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 36% 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 94% 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 10% Return to Sender "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 96% 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 59% 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
2/5 52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and a host of other Brit thesps ham it up, Hammer-style, but Brad Anderson's baggy direction hampers any enjoyment. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 26, 2015
3/5 90% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "The results are often very droll, but the cumulative effect is strangely poignant, underscoring the vibrancy of life, but also the despair that comes from passively shuffling through it. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 26, 2015
2/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Having bent the world to his will, Whedon, a modest and self-deprecating talent, has helped Marvel unleash a form of spectacle-laden blockbuster that, unfortunately, seems intent on obliterating what he does best. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 26, 2015
3/5 100% Gente de bien "Displays real sensitivity in its larger exploration of the altruistic limits of a class-conscious society. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 69% The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) "Knowledge of the first film probably helps, but it's a nifty little genre experiment nonetheless. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 89% Glassland "Despite its über-grim setting reflecting the box-ticking familiarity of a lot of publically funded European cinema, this ... pushes at the contours of its characters' alcoholism and crime-riddled existence in ways that transcend such strictures. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 39% A Little Chaos (2015) "Winslet is typically commanding in the lead and there are entertaining flourishes from Rickman, Jennifer Ehle and Stanley Tucci. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 69% The Salvation (2015) "The film has a pleasing old school commitment to the primal beauty of seeing frontier justice unleashed by taciturn men who take no pleasure in killing. But that's also its problem. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 20, 2015
2/5 24% Child 44 (2015) "Child 44 arrives in cinemas with the kind of dull thud befitting a novel of door-stopper weightiness rather than a work endowed with soaring prose and considerable storytelling prowess. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 20, 2015
4/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "Östlund's merciless and often very funny film doesn't just ridicule its male protagonist, it interrogates what a fractious institution marriage can be when predicated on a societal pressure to conform to expected gender roles. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 12, 2015
2/5 29% Lost River (2015) "Gosling may craft the occasional moment of strange, demented beauty, but his reliance on dream logic and over-use of the sub-Terrence Malick-style imagery that has pervaded American indie cinema in recent years doesn't convince. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/5 92% Jauja (2015) "In abstract Western in which the harsh but claustrophobic beauty of the landscape is intensified by the confines of Academy ratio framing ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/5 76% Good Kill (2015) "Writer/director Andrew Niccol reteams with Gattaca star Ethan Hawke for this timely dramatic treatise on drone warfare. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 12, 2015
5/5 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "Though Cobain: Montage of Heck is unlikely to be the last word on the subject - the Nirvana legend is, ironically, far too lucrative now for that - it certainly deserves to be. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 12, 2015
4/5 85% John Wick (2014) "Reeves ... elevates it all. Gliding through the carnage in a three-piece suit, steely eyed and steel-fisted, he is, in short, most excellent. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/5 100% Blind (2004) "[An] intriguing Oslo-set drama ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 6, 2015
2/5 73% Altman (2014) "A depressingly conventional exploration of American cinema's most fearless rebel. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 100% The Dark Horse "The film explores the damaging, uber-masculine gang culture that exists on the fringes of Maori culture, using chess as a simple but effective metaphor for the struggles Potini and his young charges face in the everyday battlefield of life. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 72% The DUFF (2015) "The once-ubiquitous American high school comedy has been supplanted by dystopian Young Adult franchises in recent years, but it makes a minor and surprisingly welcome comeback with The Duff. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 62% The Water Diviner (2015) "Russell Crowe's directorial debut proves an odd mix of war-is-hell realism and slushy romance. It doesn't always work but is at least handled with sincerity. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) "A sharp satire about the middle-aged fear of youth. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 6, 2015
1/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "Offensive on many levels, even before you factor in the ironic (but not really) racial banter between Ferrell and Hart - or the sleazy objectification of some of its (minor) female characters. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 30, 2015
3/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "With enough respect to eschew the easy option of modernising it with a hip and radical make-over, it's kind enough to the characters to get round the problematic sexual politics of the story without making a big statement about them. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 96% Wild Tales (2015) "Succeeds not only by being outrageously entertaining, but by functioning as a sort of hellish magic mirror ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 30, 2015
3/5 86% My Name Is Salt "The infinitesimal nature of humankind in the face of the environment is poetically essayed in this starkly beautiful documentary about a salt farmer and his family's seasonal struggle to earn a living from India's Gujarati desert. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 15, 2015
3/5 100% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) "Matthews - riffing on his own documentary Beautiful Young Minds - makes the film's formulaic nature work to its advantage without dumbing down the science of it all. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 15, 2015
3/5 100% Elle L'adore "Films about obsessive fandom tend to home in on the psychopathic nature of the follower, but this French comedy/drama turns things around by making the object of a fan's love the exploitative monster. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 15, 2015
2/5 76% Suite Française "So ordinary and dully executed there's almost nothing to recommend it. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 15, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) "An occasionally-too-flashy, but otherwise pleasingly old-school tale of twisted loyalties, revenge and bloody redemption. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 15, 2015
75% Crash (2004) "It's a bold effort that initially attempts to tackle the issue of racial conflict in a refreshingly unstinting way for a mainstream film. Ultimately, though, the story is too contrived to achieve the profundity it's striving for. " ‐ Film4
Posted Feb 23, 2015
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