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 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
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 91% 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 40% 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 26% 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 30% 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 90% 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 75% 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 97% 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 96% Blind (2015) "[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 71% 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 63% 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 83% 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 (2015) "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
4/5 92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) "It's a story with a simple and schematic structure, yet as the film progresses and the stakes get higher it cleverly works the built-in tension of the TV show into the drama of the unfolding narrative. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/5 77% Beyond Clueless (2014) "It's an auspicious debut, a wry but serious and passionate cine-essay ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 26, 2015
4/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "A far more timely and provocative film than its period setting suggests. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 26, 2015
4/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "An intriguingly stripped-down sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence that's fully attuned to its more blockbuster elements yet pleasingly cerebral at the same time. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 26, 2015
5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "As hard-hitting as this is, though, it's the muted sense of outrage and injustice coursing through every fibre of Solomon's being that lingers longest, ensuring 12 Years a Slave triumphs as a human story about an inhuman institution. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 13, 2015
4/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "The film gives Neeson a chance to play a type of character that almost feels archaic in an age of superheroes and indestructible action heroes. A Walk Among the Tombstones proves the gumshoe still has legs. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "The allegorical simplicity of The Planet of the Apes films has always been their greatest strength, of course, and the way this film continues to make us root for Ceasar is a neat trick. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 4, 2015
1/5 27% Annie (2014) "It's a hard-knock life for cinemagoers who make the mistake of going to see this new version of Annie hoping for some of the Broadway pizzazz of the original. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 29, 2014
4/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Feels like a deceptively complex formal experiment, one designed to reflect what happened to Keane by celebrating artlessness as a valid form of artistic expression. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 29, 2014
2/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "Overall the film is too staid and reverential in its approach to Zamperini ... to linger as an inspiring tribute to his indefatigable spirit. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 29, 2014
3/5 85% Kon Tiki (2013) "Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg certainly seize the opportunity to deliver a spirited high seas adventure, taking some creative liberties along the way, but remaining true to the spirit of the times and the participants. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 22, 2014
2/5 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "Send-off for an uber-bland family franchise that has never really embraced the anarchic spirit of its Toy Story-riffing high-concept. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 22, 2014
2/5 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Just another disappointingly so-so Scott production - more Kingdom of Heaven than Gladiator. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 78% The Green Prince (2014) "Though no film really has a hope of untangling the complexities of the conflict, this succeeds in putting a human face on them. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 15, 2014
2/5 43% The Face of Love (2014) "Sadly, this all feels like a wasted effort. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 15, 2014
2/5 74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) "This is the second Tinker Bell film to be released by Disney this year and the churn-em-out approach is obviously taking its toll on the eponymous fairy: she functions more as a brand name than a main player this time. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 15, 2014
1/5 No Score Yet The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror (Snezhnaya koroleva 2. Snezhnyy korol) "Charmless and boring, bears little relationship to Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, and should in no way be mistaken for a way to satiate fans of Frozen. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 15, 2014
3/5 82% Me, Myself and Mum "The twist on the coming-of-age story makes this stylized comedy intriguing up to a point, but Gallienne's decision to retain the theatrical and confessional nature of the show ... starts to grate after a while. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 15, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "[Jackson] may have intermittently lost his storytelling footing over the course of these three films, but with The Battle of the Five Armies he gets there in the end. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Dec 15, 2014
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