Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Linda Barnard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toronto Star

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 53% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) "There's a huge world beyond store shelves as Brickumentary explores master builders, artists and creative minds that ensure you'll never look at these little pieces of plastic the same way. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3.5/4 79% A Hard Day (2015) "Director Kim turns the screw relentlessly, working old-school devices like ringing phones to excellent effect while tossing in some inspired fight and chase scenes. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 17% American Heist (2015) "Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen work hard in crime drama American Heist but can't muscle beyond average material as yin-and-yang brothers coerced into one last bank job. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 70% Unexpected (2015) "Unexpected features fine performances from both women and I'd love to see more from newcomer Bean, showing grace and maturity onscreen. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Mr. Holmes adds another version of the beloved character to the Sherlock canon; less a mystery solved than a character explored, fascinating in many small ways thanks to superb work from McKellen. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Rudd is ideal for Ant-Man's aw-shucks, I'm not into this hero business playfulness. He gleefully riffs on it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 86% The Tribe (2015) "Overlong and not always successful in its storytelling, Slaboshpitsky consistently returns to sex and violence to shore up a weak plot about a guy who falls for the wrong girl. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/4 60% All The Time In The World "What's missing is the logistical back story about how working people managed nine months off. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 54% Minions (2015) "Few gags hit solidly. Minions relies on mayhem too often - too loud, too much and too pointless. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 73% What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) "There are a few amusing moments and flashes of charm but this Holiday is an uneven trip, with underwritten adult characters and a strange third act involving a poke at misguided social services. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/4 63% That Sugar Film (2015) "There's really nothing fresh in terms of news or science about sugar's potential for addiction, obesity and disease. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 94% Tangerine (2015) "There is much humour but souls and secrets are also bared as Baker considers the nature of friendship and a street-based family. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1/4 No Score Yet My Ex-Ex "My Ex-Ex seems so desperate to be a boundary-pushing gross-out comedy that it feels almost mean spirited to be the killjoy that points out how flat and unfunny it is. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 71% Uncertain Terms (2015) "It's a letdown ... that the final act turns to a melodramatic showdown ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 43% Madame Bovary (2015) "For a film about passion, it feels oddly flat and often passionless. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 82% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Infinitely Polar Bear often approaches mental illness as a wacky inconvenience, but Mark Ruffalo's appealingly full-on performance as manic-depressive father Cam Stuart prods the movie into overcoming some shortcomings. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 19% 7 Minutes (2015) "A solid score and tight camerawork shows Martin's background as a music video director translates well to big-screen work. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 58% The Great Museum (2015) "Armchair travellers will revel in this opportunity to see such a superb collection as well as all the toil and passion behind it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1.5/4 38% Max (2015) "If only Max had played fetch with a better and less manipulative story. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "This is Vikander's film and she is very good here. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 33% Hunting Elephants (2015) "Occasionally Hunting Elephants lumbers in sentimental directions, which hardly square with its Benny Hill-style sensibilities. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Some Kind of Love (2015) "Initially seeming so personal, Montreal filmmaker Thomas Burstyn's family examination Some Kind of Love gradually reveals itself to be a relatable documentary. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 86% Patch Town (2015) "Suresh John hits all the right comic notes as driver Sly while Ramsay nicely captures Jon's na├»ve, fish-out-of-water confusion as he navigates the unfamiliar world. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2015
2.5/4 61% Hungry Hearts (2015) "It takes Jude far too long to finally admit what Mina is doing to their child as Hungry Hearts heads toward a contrived conclusion. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1.5/4 32% Entourage (2015) "To Ellin's credit, Entourage looks good and has liberal amounts of flash. But it is a fly trapped in amber, celebrating excess and male privilege in a sexist way that feels very old and decidedly out of step with the 2015 world. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Ben's At Home "Simple charmer Ben's At Home makes the most of an uncomplicated premise about a modern-day hermit making connections via the digital world. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Haley allows Danner to be exquisite as Carol, never rushing while allowing the actress to explore every nuance of her character. We casually fall in step with her, grateful to be there. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
2/4 50% Big Muddy (2015) "Big Muddy often looks darkly sublime but the script, expanded by Moneo from his 2011 short, isn't quite up to the task. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
1.5/4 8% Survivor (2015) "As nimble as she is onscreen as Kate Abbott, Jovovich can't evade the movie's dull obviousness and Philip Shelby's unintentionally comic script. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 81% Results (2015) "Bujalski crafts a quirky romance with fitness-industry comedy Results, shaping flawed characters into people you might just admire. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Showcasing the gorgeous hand-drawn work that is a hallmark of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There tells a story of youthful friendship tinged with melancholy and magic. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
2/4 33% Poltergeist (2015) "There are some jumps but few legitimate scares, unlike director Tobe Hooper's original, which, although similarly bloodless, still stands as one of the scariest movies ever made. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Brad Bird presents a gorgeously wrought, hopeful future vision in Tomorrowland, infusing the family film with enough entertaining action and retro-themed whiz bang to forgive an awkward opening and third-act weakness. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 100% Banksy Does New York (2014) "Reveals a provocative social experiment and raises questions about ownership of public art. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/4 37% The Face Of An Angel (2015) "A lovely-looking yet muddled meditation on truth. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 100% Humpback Whales "The most effective passages come in less obvious teaching moments - massive whales breeching, males battling for supremacy, and long, languid scenes of graceful mothers slowly swimming with their calves. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 89% Spring (2015) "While not perfect, low-budget Spring takes welcome risks with the creature-feature genre. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
3.5/4 97% Iris (2015) "Flamboyantly fashionable and filter-free, 93-year-old Iris Apfel is a delightfully quirky muse for legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles's final solo film, Iris. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
2.5/4 54% Maggie (2015) "It's a new twist on the zombie genre, one that was verging on being done to death. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 44% Adult Beginners (2015) "Adult Beginners has no agenda for subtlety. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 7, 2015
36% Can't Stand Losing You (2015) "A reminder of what this reluctant punk band that perfected a reggae-spiced pop-rock sound achieved, and the strength of the music they made. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 48% Ride (2015) "Occasionally engaging, Ride suffers from being desperate to please, overwrought and overwritten with sitcom-style shenanigans backed up by a goofily chirpy score. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Lovers of the genre will find plenty to love about the stylish Age of Adaline and may find themselves rooting through pockets for a tissue at points, a romance movie equivalent of a standing ovation. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "Stick around for the credits to find out how pivotal scenes were shot for this worthy addition to Disney's long tradition of nature family films. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 31% Desert Dancer (2015) "Desert Dancer strays too frequently into melodrama to have much sticking power. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 36% Beyond The Reach (2015) "Douglas is in his element and the throwback, stylized look of the production makes Beyond the Reach an entertaining hit of escapist fun. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 55% Road Hard (2015) "In the final reel, the tone suddenly shifts from laughs to a deliberately quirky romance that feels forced and, worse, doesn't work. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) "It's never dull to watch pros like Pacino, Bening, Plummer, Garner and Cannavale interact - this is dream casting - and the film makes the most of that, along with a pleasingly comprehensive Lennon soundtrack. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Cast No Shadow "Sparkes shows a confident hand as director, ensuring Hynes-White's Jude swings naturally between cockiness and tender childlike moments that evoke sympathy, hinting at a lurking sweetness inside him. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/4 100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) "It's a rare, intensely personal look at Alzheimer's that will be tragically familiar to those who have lived with it and sobering and sad for those who have not. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
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