Giles Hardie

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Publications:
smh.com.au , Sydney Morning Herald
Total Reviews:
140

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " In essence, Pacific Rim features a series of Godzilla monsters battle an ever dwindling number of Transformers, layered over the plot from Independence Day, only dumber." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 30, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " A brilliant, bromantic blockbuster." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 10, 2013
3.5/5 34% Battleship (2012) " There is just no way this should work. And yet, we have an adrenalin-packed winner." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 12, 2012
1/5 4% Abduction (2011) " Sooner or later Taylor Lautner is going to have to stop excelling despite the limitations his films put upon him. For now, he'll have to make do with surviving one of the year's worst films." — smh.com.au
Posted Sep 21, 2011
2/5 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " Rowan Atkinson has just slapped a new coat of paint on the old, simple and somewhat tired James Bond clown-car." — smh.com.au
Posted Sep 14, 2011
4/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) " This is a genuine evolution in digital film making, matched by a razor sharp script that delivers an apetastic action blockbuster." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 3, 2011
4/5 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " This is the origins film every fan of the X-Men comics or films wanted and the perfect tonic for those disillusioned by the recent instalments. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 1, 2011
3.5/5 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " Those who enjoyed The Hangover for its gross out insanity will appreciate this film, and it is possessed of a stronger ending than its predecessor, however anyone looking for novelty or a fresh take will be disappointed." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 26, 2011
4/5 77% Thor (2011) " A magnificent space romp that will thrill even the most cynical viewer, and a fantastic and fantastical reason to make the trip to the cinema. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 21, 2011
3.5/5 58% Scream 4 (2011) " The meta-nature of this film's constant self analysis makes it impossible to suspend disbelief, but Craven relies on this, harvesting laughs and gasps in equal measure." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 14, 2011
3.5/5 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) " If you are at all curious about Justin Bieber the phenomenon, Never Say Never is a fascinating, eye opening and eerily emotive film." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 6, 2011
4/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " There is so much front to this that traditional depths of character development and motivation are sidelined, but this is intentional, allowing the audience to immerse in the layers of dreams and later piece together what actually happened." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 6, 2011
1/5 0% A Heartbeat Away (2010) " For those unfortunate enough to be locked in a room with this film, look out for Isabel Lucas' eyewatering recreation of the famous dance scene from Flashdance, for anyone else, take heart in staying away from A Heartbeat Away." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 23, 2011
3.5/5 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " It is a well executed one-violent-trick pony, designed for the 12 year old boy the movie studios hope is still playing with toy soldier figurines inside us all." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 17, 2011
5/5 62% Griff the Invisible (2011) " Imagination, Intelligence, Imagination, Romance, Imagination, Super Powers, Imagination, Comedy. If you like any of those things in your cinema, with extra imagination... you'll love Griff The Invisible." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 17, 2011
4.5/5 96% True Grit (2010) " Steinfeld more than holds her own in this high callibre company, shining in her role, as the Coen's shift the focus of the film on to her character to mirror the original novel's style." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 28, 2011
4/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " This is a film though that MUST be seen in a 3D cinema to be appreciated, with genuinely mind blowing visual effects, music and sound that immerse the audience in the Grid and whisk you away on a digitally delightful journey." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 9, 2010
2/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " Voyage of the Dawn Treader has all the magic of a toy boat in a bathtub -- it doesn't look real, feel real or provide much excitement except for the very young." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 2, 2010
4/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " This isn't a great movie viewed in isolation but it is near on the perfect adaptation of the prelude to this beloved story's conclusion." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 16, 2010
1/5 67% South Solitary " South Solitary is perfect for those who prize art for its own sake and a perfect example of why the rest of Australia is afraid of Australian films. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
3/5 45% Second Hand Wedding (2008) " Second Hand Wedding delivers a days-of-yore quirky comedy from across the Tasman that dares to be simply fun and entertaining. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
4/5 69% The Runaways (2010) " Dakota Fanning's pre-teen innocent appearance contributes greatly to the captivating nature of her metamorphosis into rock diva in The Runaways. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
2.5/5 85% Skin (2009) " While it's important we never forget the horrendous evils of humanities past, Skin is sadly one social studies class too many. " — smh.com.au
Posted Aug 8, 2010
4/5 75% The Waiting City (2011) " The Waiting City is a beautifully crafted bitter-sweet exploration of a functional but near-broken relationship exposed by this perpetually functional but near-broken city." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
4/5 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " Christian McKay delivers a stand out performance in two of the best escapist hours you'll experience this year." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
4/5 75% Greenberg (2010) " Far from the usual slapstick laced with smarts comedy, Greenberg is Ben Stiller's Punch Drunk Love. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
2.5/5 53% Knight & Day (2010) " Cruise's curious meta-thriller wears thin long before Knight-fall " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
3/5 11% Killers (2010) " Neither action nor romance, Killers will please all those who see it for Kutcher, disappoint those in search of a story. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
2/5 46% Step Up 3-D (2010) " By adding 3D, Step Up 3 has morphed from a film into that creepy guy who dances at you in clubs. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
5/5 86% Inception (2010) " Intelligent and imaginative Inception is eye bending and mind bending in equal measures. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 8, 2010
4/5 85% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) " Far from enjoyable escapism, The White Ribbon is nonetheless utterly compelling and quite beautiful in its unsettling presentation of this prosaic evil." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 6, 2010
4/5 54% I Love You Too (2010) " I Love You Too is a truly Australian rom-com, treating mating and mateship with equal measures of reverence and ridicule." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 6, 2010
3.5/5 82% Triangle (2009) " Triangle is lots of violent fun for those who like... violent fun." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 29, 2010
4.5/5 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " Iron Man 2 is the Tony Stark of films - utterly aware of just how awesome it is, and yet charming and funny enough to get away with it." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 29, 2010
3.5/5 85% Beneath Hill 60 (2010) " Beneath Hill 60 for a while feels almost embarrassed to be a big war flick, but once it finds its nerve, it genuinely excels." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 22, 2010
4/5 56% Accidents Happen (2010) " This take-no-prisoners family flick is not your average suburban trip." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3/5 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) " Hot Tub Time Machine, like an actual hot tub, is kind of fun to muck around in, but far less exciting after an hour and a half." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 22, 2010
2/5 52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " Coco and Igor manages to drag this sorry, unseemly yet hardly earth shattering affair into a two hour snore fest that barely leaves Coco's house and will leave you wishing you hadn't left yours." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3/5 16% When in Rome (2010) " It manages to be reasonably fun, kind of funny and just a little charming, and will be fine to watch with your Disney rom-com loving kids on DVD." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3.5/5 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " Demi-God flick is demi-good" — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2010
4.5/5 74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " Jean-Pierre Jeunet creates a circus like caper film that barely pauses for breath." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2010
2/5 20% The Last Song (2010) " 'Clunky, one paced and mostly off key' not only describes Hemsworth's intentionally bad singing in The Last Song but also the film." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2010
1/5 48% The Book of Eli (2010) " The Book of Eli opens with Denzel Washington's Eli murdering a cat, but by the end it's the film that has really screwed the pooch." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2010
4/5 67% Date Night (2010) " Like a great date, Date Night has lots to laugh at, lots to look at, and ends with a climax that leaves everyone smiling." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2010
5/5 77% Kick-Ass (2010) " Kick-Ass is ultra-funny, ultra-silly and ultra-geeky, but what Kick-Ass mostly is, is monumentally cool - this is the film the kids will be swearing about." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2010
3/5 66% The Blind Side (2009) " The Blind Side is a big budget, well crafted and finely honed... movie of the week." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 24, 2010
4.5/5 85% A Single Man (2009) " A Single man is beautiful to look at, exquisitely told and possessed of a rare casual-paced charm that most other film makers take a career to evolve." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 24, 2010
4.5/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " Succeeds where so many others have failed, by crafting a compelling Iraq war film." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 17, 2010
2.5/5 37% From Paris with Love (2010) " This feels like a middling 80s action film supposedly amped up by being set in Paris, but instead dumbed down by daft story telling." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 17, 2010
4/5 69% Shutter Island (2010) " A gripping, suspenseful mystery whose plot doesn't so much twist, as writhe as the viewer attempts to grasp it... compelling and captivating, a revitalised gothic mystery that is both terrific and thrilling to the last." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 17, 2010
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