Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Toronto Star movie critic.
Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
507

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 40% Life After Beth (2014) " While Baena tries to offer a reworking of zombie mythology - easy-listening music makes them horny and they have a fascination with attics and smearing dirt on walls - the movie doesn't live up to the promise of its dark start." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 2, 2014
1.5/4 —— Swearnet: The Movie (2014) " Here's an indication of how bad the out-of-character Trailer Park Boys' comedy Swearnet: The Movie is: the best thing about it is bottom-drawer Canadian comic Tom Green." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/4 44% The Calling (2014) " Here's a mystery: what the heck is Susan Sarandon doing north of the border in a low-budget Canadian thriller called The Calling?" — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/4 76% The Congress (2014) " The Congress will thrill some but proves more often to be frustrating and lacking in emotion, especially when it comes to Wright. Even a sex scene feels devoid of passion." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1.5/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " High school football can be described as a religion in many parts of America. Sappily melodramatic When the Game Stands Tall skips the middle man and blends both in a weak-willed, clichéd biopic of California coach Bob Ladouceur." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 89% To Be Takei (2014) " The energetic and upbeat actor is also a same-sex marriage activist and social media superstar. But the outgoing man we meet onscreen also has a quieter side." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 84% Rich Hill (2014) " The spare, haunting score and intimate use of the camera brings us directly into the desperate lives of a country's poorest people, struggling to find even occasional pride and sense of belonging." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 8% Are You Here (2014) " Weiner has not set out to make anything as trite as a buddy comedy, but he does attempt to inject humour and misses the mark." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 —— Señoritas " A desire to avoid the obvious and break from conventional filmmaking structures is admirable, but a little help, please." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 —— Hard Drive " There are plot holes and leaps in logic: would a helicopter mom really not charge upstairs when she hears the girl who is with her son in the apartment above screaming?" — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/4 63% Mood Indigo (2014) " Mood Indigo paints a depressing picture about romance but does so with fabulous, although often-exhausting, style." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 95% The Dog (2014) " Sidney Lumet's Oscar-winning Dog Day Afternoon was based on a true story - and John Wojtowicz doesn't even try to hide his glee in sharing every juicy, crazed detail in revealing documentary, The Dog." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3.5/4 78% Land Ho! (2014) " Small, unexpected moments elevate Land Ho!" — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 49% I Origins (2014) " The cinematography by Markus Forderer is dreamy and memorable, even if the science in I Origins feels a tad half baked, even to the unschooled." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " For the most part, Planes: Fire & Rescue is more about chuckles than big guffaws, coupled with thrilling 3-D flight and firefighting action scenes and lessons about friendship, respect and loyalty." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Just lie back and think of funnier films." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) " A by-the-books documentary that gives the history of video games bracketed with the voices of spirited members of the vast community of gamers, Video Games: The Movie is aimed squarely at its target audience." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Disjointed and uneven, seeming at times like the Kickstarter gang got to contribute one idea each in exchange for their donations, all of which were greenlit by Braff - with the proviso they all be about him." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 —— Men of the Cloth " While there are some scenes of how suits are made, it's not enough to satisfy curiosity." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " It's a complex case and Berlinger isn't always successful in keeping the story clear." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3/4 100% Manakamana (2014) " Invited to sit in the facing seat, we have long minutes to watch, listen and assess, considering who these pilgrims are and what, aside from worship, has really brought them here." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " With so few kid-friendly movies on the summer slate, Earth to Echo offers a heartfelt and often comic adventure. For that, some copycatting can be forgiven." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 92% The Case Against 8 (2014) " Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White are dedicated to getting it all in, which occasionally impedes the flow of the story." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 68% They Came Together (2014) " It's amusing enough summer entertainment with a winning cast ... and some genuine laughs thanks to its puppy-dog enthusiasm. And who doesn't like a dressing-to-impress montage?" — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 —— Uvanga " A story of homecoming and reconciliation told in the patient, rhythmic cadences of Inuit voices." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) " As much a social and psychological study as a fascinating look at a woman who lived by her own rules." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 25% I'll Follow You Down (2014) " Ponderous in spots and not as smoothly crafted as it could be, I'll Follow You Down is also held back by Osment's performance, which never seems comfortable or convincing ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 82% The Double (2014) " The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 70% Burt's Buzz (2014) " Shapiro (How to Start Your Own Country) lets the story play out in a meandering fashion that echoes Shavitz's approach to life." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 —— Silent Retreat " Aside from Nolan, performances lean toward the uneven, while unanswered questions and frayed threads of plot nag ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 —— The Animal Project " At times unfocused, The Animal Project rises above some limitations to be surprisingly heartfelt and often emotional ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 88% Chef (2014) " Favreau has assembled a terrific cast for a road trip that is joyous and revelatory, all set to a great soundtrack ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 63% Filth (2014) " Unlike Jude Law's similarly offensive title character in Dom Hemingway, McAvoy is given a far better story to work from." — Toronto Star
Posted May 29, 2014
3.5/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " We are the Best! is smart, funny and real, an honest peek into the secret lives of girls." — Toronto Star
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " [Stromberg] is more about visuals than storytelling, and that lack of cohesion costs Maleficent where it counts." — Toronto Star
Posted May 29, 2014
1/4 14% Blended (2014) " Blended is a rather sloppily-made effort, with stock shots of lions and giraffes randomly dropped in." — Toronto Star
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 —— The Birder " The Birder does what it can to be endearing with its tale of a professional flap in the cutthroat world of ornithology, but it struggles to get off the ground." — Toronto Star
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " A story that pretends to be about sex but is actually focused on revealing the true nature of intimacy." — Toronto Star
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Gets partway to home base but fades by trading scrappy for sappy." — Toronto Star
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 71% Foxfire " There's a ... sense that the drama based on Joyce Carol Oates' 1950-set novel is being explored by young women actually living the experiences of pushing back against a world they feel is determined to hold them down." — Toronto Star
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 83% Belle (2014) " A lavish 18th-century historical piece that blends a Jane Austen-like romance with a political drama that explores slavery from a unique perspective." — Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
0.5/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Devoid of the visual magic and heartfelt emotion of the original film, this version of Oz and Dorothy 2.0 feel like the cheaply made knockoffs you find in a dollar store: garishly shiny, flimsy and not built to last." — Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 —— Shekinah: The Intimate Life Of Hasidic Women " It's an unfettered look at a once-hidden and often-misunderstood world told through the lives of a small group of young women ..." — Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
1.5/4 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " Too-long, one-joke scenes with a flakey restaurant hostess (Anjelah Johnson) and a dim-witted clerk in a tattoo parlour (Manwell Reyes) are typical of the sins of lengthy excess committed by Mom's Night Out." — Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Director Camille Delamarre (Taken 2) relies heavily on camera trickery, speeding up and slowing down as needed to highlight jumps and stunts but in between the action scenes, tedium takes over." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3.5/4 —— Hold Fast " An often-poignant, smartly scripted journey, ably carried on the slim shoulders of a pair of young newcomers who appear poised for bigger things." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 21, 2014
1.5/4 63% Small Time (2014) " Small Time plays out in plodding fashion that seems engineered to keep the audience at arms' length." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/4 89% Bears (2014) " Although Bears doesn't have a stated green message, it's hard to see the majestic natural beauty presented onscreen and not feel stewardship urges." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Kinnear ... remains a consistent screen presence, even if the material he's been handed lately rarely matches his talents." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2.5/4 —— Cas & Dylan " Even if Cas & Dylan isn't as polished as it could be, there are still enough pleasing moments to make this road trip worth the ride." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 3, 2014
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