Henry Barnes

Henry Barnes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Little White Lies
Total Reviews:
120

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 57% Good Kill " There is, of course, no such thing as a "good kill". Andrew Niccol's drama will remind you of that, repeatedly." — Guardian
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 45% Tusk (2014) " It's as self-referential as any of the exuberant director's duds, but it's refreshingly self-deprecating too." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 —— Shelter " It becomes a Connelly showcase: overwrought and mildly unbelievable." — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2014
4/5 80% Wild (2014) " The premise sounds corny, but VallĂ©e, in collaboration with screenwriter Nick Hornby, gives the film its energy by pulling the narrative apart." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/5 78% Love & Mercy " A warm, neat tribute to the Beach Boys mastermind." — Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4/5 82% Nightcrawler (2014) " Gyllenhaal's performance is so dedicated, and Gilroy's world so determinedly realised that it forces its way to originality." — Observer [UK]
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 56% Men, Women & Children (2014) " A flawed Jason Reitman film. Its scope is too big, his ambitions too high." — Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2014
2/5 58% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " Joffe stretches for Polanski or Hitchcock, but his suspense is undercooked and his plot flails when it should twist." — Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 59% Finding Fela! (2014) " Kuti made politics to dance to, and music that made you think. The slick presentation of Gibney's film successfully gets that appeal across, but the method feels compromised." — Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 100% Red Army " Red Army is executive produced by Werner Herzog and Polsky borrows some his impishness. He makes sport of the old guard's rebuffs." — Guardian
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/5 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " This is a bare-bones documentary, lacking in roar." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2014
1/5 30% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Hector keeps uncovering the exotic secrets of the developing world. His book bloats with cornball truisms." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2014
3/5 76% The Congress (2014) " Folman uses the live action half of his film to champion real acting over motion capture; it's almost fitting that The Congress loses our interest as soon as it drifts into the ethereal." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2014
4/5 89% The Notorious Mr. Bout " Gerber and Pozdorovkin introduce a garrulous, intelligent man who had transported arms for years and was eventually undone by a post-9/11 crackdown." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2014
3/5 75% Bad Turn Worse (2013) " The Hawkins brothers have style to spare, though they can't decide whether they've nabbed it from Richard Linklater or Sam Peckinpah." — Observer [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2014
2/5 85% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) " Their music denigrated the people as much as it celebrated them. Habicht leaves the city in love with a surface-level reading of Cocker's take on it." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
1/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Hollywood 1 - 0 Bechdel." — Guardian
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/5 92% Frank (2014) " The film plays with our assumptions about the mythology of the pop star. Gleeson's character is constantly looking for his inspiration, but he's never quite on the right wavelength." — Guardian
Posted Mar 11, 2014
5/5 —— The Possibilities Are Endless " There's a disjointed beauty in this visualisation of a man struggling to recollect the facts of his life; a lot of power in the fight to rebuild the link between brain and location." — Guardian
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " In its current state, Neighbors is filthy, nasty and a bit too sloppy. But it'll scrub up lovely." — Guardian
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 85% Predestination (2015) " It's free-ranged, grass-fed bull, but wow, can it move fast." — Guardian
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/5 71% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) " A colourful, but turgid coming-of-age story masquerading as a thriller." — Guardian
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The Raid 2 flails for too long, but it does, eventually, make contact." — Guardian
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/5 50% Song One " Writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland's debut feature is a mournful number, held back by an uncertain performance by Flynn and an alienating reverence for the restorative power of middling indie-folk." — Guardian
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3/5 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " Short and slight, but undeniably charming." — Guardian
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " It's rare to see a film about music that professes its love for the music and its characters equally." — Guardian
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/5 75% La religieuse (The Nun) " This is dark but comedic, with plenty of frills beneath the habit." — Guardian
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/5 62% Love, Marilyn (2012) " Monroe's writing is beautifully succinct, but the cast deliver it with such mannered intensity that it comes across like the worst of Monroe's performances ..." — Guardian
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 91% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " An unpredictable film, a difficult approximation of a biopic. But it delivers a Jimi Hendrix experience somehow the richer for sidelining the man and subverting his music." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " Amma Asante's second feature tells Dido's extraordinary story in handsome, if formulaic, style." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " There's a lack of imagination at play - it's OK if a broken society looks drab, but it shouldn't look boring." — Guardian
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/5 69% What If (2014) " It's really hard to finish. It's liable to leave you queasy." — Guardian
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/5 27% The Love Punch (2014) " There's herbal teas that hit harder than The Love Punch ..." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2/5 45% Horns (2014) " It trades some of the subtleties of novelist Joe Hill's source material for a Dogma-style mash-up of grim comedy and religious satire." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " [McConaughey] delivers a twitchy, hostile performance on par with anything he's done since he escaped the rom com cul-de-sac." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
5/5 82% The Double (2014) " The Double mirrors aspects of Gilliam, Gondry and the Coen brothers' Hudsucker Proxy. Ayoade shares those directors' intricacy. He uses sound rhythmically, builds farce and tragedy out of the simplest devices." — Guardian
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Rush is one of the fastest, most enjoyable rides you will take this year." — Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Wan's shocks are predictable but - yikes! - are they scary." — Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " The fights are predictable, the scenery disappointingly drab considering the potential in Tokyo's neon-lit wonder-world." — Guardian
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 56% Citadel (2012) " Foy's talent lies in suggesting horror, not delivering it." — Guardian
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 75% Play (2011) " The message is laid on slow and thick, but it's no less powerful for it." — Guardian
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 75% Out in the Dark (2013) " There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance." — Guardian
Posted Jul 4, 2013
2/5 31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " The script's a drowner, the acting's awash. Again and again Butler returns to the sea. He just about survives the buffeting." — Guardian
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/5 74% The East (2013) " It becomes sanctimonious, makes you contrary. I left craving a Big Mac." — Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " The Crash Reel is an atypical sports movie. It's about placing your ambition on the back burner, about winning through giving up." — Guardian
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " Pixar's emphasis on character and story made (and could make again) worlds that we fell in love with. Monsters University - a fun, disposable watch - has taken one of these worlds and repeated it to formula." — Guardian
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/5 68% World War Z (2013) " While some of World War Z is rotten, the whole stands as a punchy, if conventional action thriller." — Guardian
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 49% Blood (2013) " This police procedural about a pair of bent coppers goes by the book." — Guardian
Posted May 30, 2013
2/5 —— Tip Top " There's so much thrown into Tip Top that nothing stands out." — Guardian
Posted May 19, 2013
4/5 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " A compelling overview of a modern security agency - bred in a moral grey area, organising state-sanctioned violence, but uncertain of the strength of its political safety net." — Guardian
Posted Apr 11, 2013
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