Giles Hardie

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 140
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
4.5/5 91% Crazy Heart (2009) " Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake truly embodies the phrase Oscar worthy performance... Crazy Heart is great and wonderfully worth seeing, but Jeff Bridges performance in it, is not to be missed." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 17, 2010
3.5/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " Though Ray Winstone does his best to elevate this story, in the end Edge of Darkness is a fairly basic Mel beats up the bad guys flick" — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4/5 67% Daybreakers (2010) " Daybreakers is a perfect panacea to audiences averse to the tweeny romanticisation of the undead by Twilight and its ilk." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4/5 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Precious is a triumph of the soul, a triumph of a film and a heart-warming story that will touch all but the toughest cynics." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 14, 2010
3/5 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " "It is a bit hard to see quite where Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief's market lies. Too adult for juveniles, too juvenile for adults." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4.5/5 97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) " With a rich vein of brains, brawn and twists to constantly turn this film and its audience on their heads, Une Prophet is a truly compelling journey into the criminal world, that may well prove to be the Godfather of its generation." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 14, 2010
3.5/5 18% Valentine's Day (2010) " Valentine's Day the film, is exactly what you think it is. You can't complain if you see it, because, you were warned. By the title, by the trailer and by the genre." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 14, 2010
4/5 34% The Wolfman (2010) " To say there is nothing new about The Wolfman is to miss the fact that this is its charm." — smh.com.au
Posted Feb 14, 2010
3.5/5 37% Nine (2009) " The lasting impression of Rob Marshall's musical Nine is almost... but not quite." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 31, 2010
4.5/5 94% In the Loop (2009) " Prepare yourself for an hour and a half of political farce made only funnier by the fact that these ludicrous actions and explanations all feel so terrifyingly plausible." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 30, 2010
3.5/5 76% Invictus (2009) " With Invictus, Eastwood gets his message across in much the same way as the South African special forces -- he beats us over the head with it." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 30, 2010
3/5 18% The Tooth Fairy (2010) " The feeling upon walking out of Tooth Fairy closely resembles the notion one often has upon leaving the dentist -- that wasn't nearly as bad as expected." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4/5 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) " If you dare to like happy films, this Bran Nue Dae is just for you." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4.5/5 91% Up in the Air (2009) " Up In The Air is not only a funny, satirical delight as well as a beautifully crafted thoughtful observation on society, but it is also refreshingly different, and a film that prompts a second viewing even as you enjoy the first ride." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " For large portions of Law Abiding Citizen we're not sure who is going to be the winner here, nor who we want to be, and though it won't make for much of a date flick, as far as intelligent action flicks go, it gets two big burly thumbs up." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 30, 2010
4.5/5 75% The Road (2009) " Avoiding all the pit falls of the bleak genre, The Road is captivating and in the end inspiring, and though not a film for everyone, a great film for any who enjoy thoughtful, artful cinema." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 30, 2010
3.5/5 84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " Disney are back doing hand drawn animation, and despite a slightly stuttering start to shake off the cobwebs, they're still doing it very well." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 11, 2010
4.5/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " With one creative genius adapting the work of another, the result is a mesmeric, visual feast, a host of adorable eccentric characters and a truly wonderful, kid friendly, caper." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 11, 2010
4/5 57% It's Complicated (2009) " A refined, balanced and eminently funny film, featuring three sublime performances from its incredibly talented leads." — smh.com.au
Posted Jan 11, 2010
5/5 83% Avatar (2009) " From the music to the muse, this is clearly a James Cameron flick, clearly a masterpiece, and clearly marks a revolution in blockbusters, for if you only see one film in a 3-D cinema this year, make it Avatar." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
2/5 82% Broken Embraces (2009) " When film makers start making films about film makers, you begin to worry that they've run out of inspiration." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
4/5 94% Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers) (2009) " Those who feel subtitles inherently mean a dull night at the cinema, would be well advised to try French Kissers or as it should be known France 90210." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
4/5 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " This Sherlock Holmes combines dark arts and action, wit and tongue-in-cheek mirth, to feel like a great film adaptation of a comic book version of Holmes." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3/5 5% Old Dogs (2009) " Those expecting new tricks or even vaguely inventive laughs from Old Dogs or its two waning stars should heed the obvious cliche." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3.5/6 32% The Lovely Bones (2009) " Peter Jackson has successfully filmed hobbits in middle earth and aliens in South Africa, but struggles to combine the visuals of a teenage girl in limbo with the ordeals of a family in hell." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3.5/5 83% Bright Star (2009) " Oh Bright Star, wouldst thou were a great film... but thou art not. Thou art good but bitsy." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3/5 12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) " With less edge than soup, Did You Hear About the Morgans? is a proud, plain, rom com." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3/5 21% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) " A surprising array of stars play the helium voiced sextet, safe in the knowledge that noone is going to be offended by this charming chipmunk squeakquel." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
5/5 79% Nowhere Boy (2010) " Setting a cracking pace, Nowhere Boy is a joyful journey into the power of personality, the finding of friends and the start of an amazing life, and to top it off, is one of the best films of the year to boot." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3.5/5 57% 9 (2009) " Gorgeously animated, beautifully executed and incredibly imaginative, Shane Acker's 9 manages to nonetheless feel a little bit like something you've seen before." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 9, 2009
3/5 67% Away We Go (2009) " Sam Mendes' Away We Go is two thirds of a good film. Many good laughs. A decent concept. No follow through." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 9, 2009
4/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) " Well and truly aimed at kids, Planet 51 is a film they will thoroughly enjoy yet which any accompanying adult will have lots of laughs in too." — smh.com.au
Posted Dec 9, 2009
3/5 79% The Informant! (2009) " Somewhere between the true story it is based on, and the gimmicks and gags brought to the tale by Damon and Sodeburgh The Informant! somehow falls between the cracks to result in only an ok movie." — Unknown2
Posted Dec 3, 2009
4/5 83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " From the changing relationship dynamics to the various reveals, this is a maestro fright flick at its shocking best. And if you're after a film that goes bump in the night, this is the one for you." — Unknown2
Posted Dec 3, 2009
5/5 90% Zombieland (2009) " With its brain seeking tongue wedged firmly in its blood soaked cheek, Zombieland embraces its violence and language warnings to make a truly hysterical, enjoyable and mouth watering zom-com ride." — Unknown2
Posted Dec 3, 2009
3.5/5 74% Cold Souls (2009) " You'd say that Cold Souls is strange, but strange doesn't begin to describe this darkly humorous, concept film." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 26, 2009
1/5 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " Somewhere between a great concept and an awful script The Invention of Lying got lost in its own truth gimmick. But the truth is, it starts bad and just gets worse."
Posted Nov 26, 2009
3.5/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) " The talent of the Coens is such that they make this film eminently watchable, absolutely enjoyable and utterly engaging despite the fact that it's never entirely clear why we're seeing it in the first place." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 17, 2009
3.5/5 55% Prime Mover " Fun then fierce, light then laconic, Prime Mover is primarily entertaining, and there's nothing wrong with that." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 17, 2009
3.5/5 28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) " This is a film for the fans. Fans of the books. Fans of the first film. If you enjoyed that, you'll enjoy this. If you didn't, you have no chance here. It's a New Moon, not a new dawn." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 17, 2009
2.5/5 20% Amelia (2009) " Much like one of Earhart's trans-Atlantic flights Amelia just goes on and on without deviation." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 15, 2009
3.5/5 71% The Boys Are Back (2009) " The Boys are Back deftly combines humour and heart in a well crafted tale of boys of all ages growing up, and if it helps, just think of it as a good film they happened to make in Australia." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 15, 2009
4/5 39% 2012 (2009) " With a planet sized disaster film, there are nation sized holes to pick at if you choose, but there's a world of fun to be had if you sit back and let the destruction wash over you in this fantastical, mind blowing visual feast." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 15, 2009
4/5 66% The Brothers Bloom (2009) " A tale full of heart, heroism and old school fun, that with the addition of just a few witty zingers could have been one of the great films of the year." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 15, 2009
4/5 37% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) " A graceful, elegant love story, that carefully avoids quasi-science, time travelling philosophy or mills and boon style passionate embraces, focussing instead on the means by which two truly star crossed lovers cope with their unique lives together." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 4, 2009
3.5/5 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) " While for some there is something disconcerting about the lifeless eyes of the otherwise life like characters, it certainly lends itself to large 3D cinemas, with rubber faced characters and grand sweeping movement."
Posted Nov 4, 2009
3/5 75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) " See Capitalism: A Love Story if you like to hear the sound of Michael Moore railing against 'the man', but if you're after a good documentary there's no love here for you." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 4, 2009
3.5/5 79% Genova " An elegant, traumatic but ultimately rewarding tale that will leave you glad to have made the trip." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 4, 2009
1.5/5 22% Case 39 (2010) " Case 39 is slow, painful and one suspects for both Cooper and Renee Zellweger full of regrets." — Unknown2
Posted Nov 4, 2009
3.5/5 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " This Is It is essentially one really big DVD Special Feature, yet it has a real humanity that is enlightening, endearing and surprisingly engaging." — Unknown2
Posted Oct 29, 2009
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