Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Toronto Star movie critic.
Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
459

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 47% 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
3/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Most revealing are the interviews with the now-grown kids who were in Maier's care, who accompanied her as she made trips from their suburban homes to often-dodgy areas of Chicago so she could take photos." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/4 40% Divergent (2014) " Woodley is an obviously talented actress, a standout in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now but she's let down by the story surrounding her." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 100% Jerusalem (2013) " You can all but feel the heat of blazing candles in the Orthodox pre-Easter ritual of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most impressive scene in a dazzling film." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 —— Solo " Canuck indie summer camp thriller Solo suffers from a bad case of inspiration overload." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 68% Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013) " It all feels more suited to the classroom than a movie theatre when Schreiber details how raising interest rates slows economic activity, or how the Fed became "banker to the world."" — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " Dark, deeply disturbing and occasionally comic, Cheap Thrills puts a contemporary spin on the cinematic version of dare, pitting a mysterious guy with a wad of cash against a financially desperate pair of blue collars." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 —— Sex After Kids (2014) " There's a lot going on. You may feel the need for a chart to keep the stories straight." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/4 100% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia " While hardly a balanced look, the documentary's selective memory can be forgiven." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/4 56% At Middleton (2014) " As pleasing as it is to watch these actors at work, they aren't able to elevate the lightweight script behind this classic stolen-moments romance that seems more suited to TV than the big screen." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Drags the most ridiculous and clich├ęd elements of the worst of female-centred romcoms into a male arena and calls it entertainment." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 80% Three Night Stand " What makes Three Night Stand work is Kiely's willingness to occasionally let things get dark, a welcome change from the constant chirpiness of typical American romantic comedies." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
1/4 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " The real man-made monster in I, Frankenstein is the film itself, a ridiculous good-versus-evil story enrobed in a pastiche of religious symbolism and stodgy mythology and set in a world created in a computer special effects lab." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/4 100% The Final Member (2014) " Hjartarson is a filmmaker's dream: a low-key character with a wonderfully dry sense of humour. But he is also a social scientist, a man passionate about completing his museum collection." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/4 61% Linsanity (2013) " At age 25, the likable and surprisingly humble Lin has so little career behind him and, his fans hope, so much more ahead, that his onscreen soul searching about lost opportunities and early missed dreams rings hollow." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2.5/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " The dialogue is quick and sharp and there are flourishes to make a spy movie lover smile: sleight-of-hand work and the exchange of a brown envelope in a movie theatre showing 1948 black-and-white classic Sorry, Wrong Number." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 11% The Nut Job (2014) " If The Nut Job fails to connect through its characters it deserves praise for being a visually inspired effort, with clear homage paid to 1950s animation styles, especially Warner Bros. classics." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " [It] does creepily entertain even as it shocks with graphic violence." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 83% Persistence Of Vision " The animation shines amid a rather workmanlike doc. But perhaps that is the Schreck's intent, to make the animation the undisputed centre of the film." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 94% I Am Divine (2013) " A glimpse of a surprisingly shy and gentle soul who longed to be a star." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " If you love the Zoolander star and don't mind that this movie generates the occasional weak smile rather than huge laughs, then this self-indulgent, CGI-heavy Stiller world tour will make you happy indeed." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2013
1.5/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " Grudge Match reeks not of ringside liniment and sweat but rather a late-career cash grab for its stars as they exploit far better work done years earlier." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2/4 53% Haunter (2013) " Inspiration seems to come from Groundhog Day, Beetlejuice and even The Shining." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/4 91% Good Vibrations " A love song to both the power of both music and determined political resistance." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2/4 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Walking With Dinosaurs 3D is about as dumbed-down as nature cinema can get (at least their lips don't move), made even worse by stereotyped male-female roles that really do hearken back to the Stone Age." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/4 —— Wagnerwahn (The Wagner File) " The experts rightfully pile on Wagner but still give him his musical due; he knew how to write "musical orgasms," penning grandiose operas the likes of which had never been seen before." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2/4 74% Blood Brother (2013) " Blood Brother is about as well-meaning as a doc can be, yet its humanitarian message is often tainted by the ceaseless demands for attention stemming from the fragile ego of its subject, rootless young American Rocky Braat." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3.5/4 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " Much more than a sports film, Lucy Walker's Oscar-shortlisted The Crash Reel is a thrilling, inspiring, yet cautionary tale about extreme sports that never trades on sentiment." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 12, 2013
1.5/4 0% Antisocial (2014) " The dialogue is pedestrian and the performances hardly inspired." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 12, 2013
2.5/4 —— Jingle Bell Rocks " A rambling tour of Yuletide frivolity that comes from a very serious - and personal - place for the writer-director." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2.5/4 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " Plays to sentiment in its second half but you can't help but admire the tenacity of these people, who have been tested repeatedly in almost Biblical fashion, yet come out swinging." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 5, 2013
1.5/4 42% Homefront (2013) " Homefront is ridiculously overdone." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/4 49% Black Nativity (2013) " The corny, greeting-card feel of the second half weakens what begins as a creatively rendered take on a holiday film." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " Make way for a new kind of fairy tale. These Frozen princesses are the kind we can definitely warm to." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3/4 100% God Loves Uganda (2013) " God Loves Uganda charts the rise in persecution and intolerance in the African nation as America's Christian right takes its anti-gay fight to new territory." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2.5/4 —— Empire of Dirt " Empire of Dirt tells a traditional mothers-and-daughters story in a new way by making their Cree heritage and the role it has in their lives and relationships the true heart of the drama." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/4 —— Looking Is The Original Sin " The camera loves beauties Boland and del Mar, who are captivating onscreen, but the loose-limbed story never quite clicks." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/4 64% Geography Club (2013) " Its heart is in the right place, even if it is a sappy one." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/4 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " The Best Man Holiday is akin to getting a massive, gorgeously wrapped Christmas present and opening it to find a pair of socks." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2.5/4 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " A stylish-looking story that often presents the players as self-congratulating caricatures, overly proud of their own cleverness." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 7, 2013
60% The Human Scale (2013) " The Human Scale presents interesting ideas but the format is often dull as concrete, more civics lecture than vibrant city life." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2.5/4 —— Oil Sands Karaoke " Wilkinson goes beyond the songs to dig deeper into stories of those who work in this often-lonely place to make top dollar by asking them to consider the ethics of working in one of Canada's most controversial industries." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 7, 2013
1/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " A seasonally pegged 3D cartoon bore that sets the bar so low, it could give a slug a concussion." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2.5/4 —— Hi-Ho Mistahey! " The doc's message deserves a platform, but its tendency to wander and its occasional lack of focus makes Hi-Ho Mistahey! more suited to TV than the big screen." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2.5/4 —— All the Wrong Reasons " The primary frustration with All the Wrong Reasons is it takes so long to get where the story is so obviously going." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1.5/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Like the lime-green bingo dabber contents Irving drinks down to the horror of his seatmates, it's an acquired taste." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/4 63% The Summit (2013) " The subject is fascinating and the cinematic punch afforded by peaks so massive, inspiring with their terrible beauty is a filmmaker's dream." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2.5/4 90% Red Obsession (2013) " Despite being a rather thin, by-the-books documentary that abruptly changes course at the halfway mark, Red Obsession tells a fascinating financial tale about the rise of "wine fever" in China." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " Gordon-Levitt demonstrates he is a filmmaker with promise who blends a good ear for dialogue with fine pacing and an eye for making a good-looking picture." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 26, 2013
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