Henry Barnes

Henry Barnes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Little White Lies
Total Reviews:
103

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 79% 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 [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 100% Neighbors (2014) " In its current state, Neighbors is filthy, nasty and a bit too sloppy. But it'll scrub up lovely." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 —— Predestination " It's free-ranged, grass-fed bull, but wow, can it move fast." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/5 60% White Bird in a Blizzard " A colourful, but turgid coming-of-age story masquerading as a thriller." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/5 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " The Raid 2 flails for too long, but it does, eventually, make contact." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3/5 80% Happy Christmas (2014) " Short and slight, but undeniably charming." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 21, 2014
4/5 94% Whiplash " It's rare to see a film about music that professes its love for the music and its characters equally." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/5 75% La religieuse (The Nun) " This is dark but comedic, with plenty of frills beneath the habit." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 88% Jimi: All Is by My Side " 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 [UK]
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 —— Belle (2014) " Amma Asante's second feature tells Dido's extraordinary story in handsome, if formulaic, style." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/5 86% What If (The F Word) (2014) " It's really hard to finish. It's liable to leave you queasy." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/5 13% Love Punch (2014) " There's herbal teas that hit harder than The Love Punch ..." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2/5 45% Horns " 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 [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 94% 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 [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2013
5/5 88% 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 [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Rush is one of the fastest, most enjoyable rides you will take this year." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) " Wan's shocks are predictable but - yikes! - are they scary." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 56% Citadel (2012) " Foy's talent lies in suggesting horror, not delivering it." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 75% Out in the Dark (2013) " There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/5 74% The East (2013) " It becomes sanctimonious, makes you contrary. I left craving a Big Mac." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " While some of World War Z is rotten, the whole stands as a punchy, if conventional action thriller." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 49% Blood (2013) " This police procedural about a pair of bent coppers goes by the book." — Guardian [UK]
Posted May 30, 2013
2/5 —— Tip Top " There's so much thrown into Tip Top that nothing stands out." — Guardian [UK]
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 [UK]
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/5 73% Simon Killer (2013) " An artfully shot, po-faced thriller about an American graduate student going to pieces on an extended break in Paris." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Apr 11, 2013
4/5 73% One Mile Away " The doc's short on context, and too forgiving of its poster boys, but as a study of their commitment to bettering themselves and the community, it's inspiring." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2/5 30% Reincarnated (2013) " There could have been an interesting documentary here had the director stepped up to challenge his subject." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 21, 2013
1/5 7% Fire With Fire (2012) " You need to see this like we need another closeup of a hole in the head." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Mar 7, 2013
4/5 85% Bullhead (2012) " This thriller about a steroid-boosting farmer lost in the moral maze of Belgium's mafia underworld is a stylish, meaty treat." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 31, 2013
3/5 99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) " Jiro Ono's exacting standards have earned him three Michelin stars, but it's his taciturn nature that spices and sours this documentary." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Jan 10, 2013
2/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " This is laboured. This is aimless. This Is 40. It's really quite a grind." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 21, 2012
4/5 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " The song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/5 6% So Undercover (2013) " Cyrus seems bored, as if ready to jump ship to another movie." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/5 86% Yossi (2013) " It's a film full of tenderness, resting on a tremendous, sad performance from Knoller." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/5 69% The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) " There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 22, 2012
4/5 86% Ninja Scroll (1996) " A wandering ronin takes on a posse of supernatural ninjas in a whipcracking race that never lets reality get in the way of a hearty bout of blood-lettting." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Nov 22, 2012
4/5 76% Premium Rush (2012) " This is about the bike, the road and the compulsion to go, go, go." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 15, 2012
2/5 64% Unfinished Song (2013) " Song for Marion seems to be aiming for the grey pound, but its treatment of elderly people is so corny it's hard to see it appealing to the audience that flocked to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 14, 2012
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " This modern-day adaptation of Henry James's novel about a child shuttled back and forth between her divorced parents features an excellent performance from newcomer Onata Aprile." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 12, 2012
1/5 22% Arthur Newman (2013) " Ariola is trying maintain a tricky balance: we have to know Arthur's green-grey world to understand what he's trying to escape from. But unfortunately the man is the movie and movie is wearisome." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 12, 2012
2/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " At 163 minutes Cloud Atlas carries all the marks of a giant folly, and those unfamiliar with the book will be baffled." — Guardian [UK]
Posted Sep 9, 2012
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