Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% 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
2/4 69% 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 40% Madame Bovary (2015) "For a film about passion, it feels oddly flat and often passionless. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 80% 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 20% 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 82% Testament Of Youth (2015) "This is Vikander's film and she is very good here. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 36% 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 83% 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 31% 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 96% 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 52% 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
31% 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 33% 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 77% 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
2/4 53% Woman in Gold (2015) "Based on a true story about a fight for justice wrapped in passion, memory and determination, and told using the considerable talents of Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold should be a much better movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 100% The Wonders "Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher captures a conflicted 12-year-old girl's summer straddling childhood and maturity in The Wonders. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 46% Home (2015) "Aside from Parsons' initially amusingly mangled Yoda-like English, which gets a tad repetitive, Home doesn't stand out as fresh or particularly funny. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame "Montreal filmmaker Tony Girardin has a reluctant subject in 75-year-old master bicycle craftsman Giuseppe Marinoni, whose handmade bike frames are coveted by racers and serious riders alike. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Resurrection of a Bastard (2015) "Cinematographer Lennert Hillege makes the most of quaint Dutch town settings and Friesland's lovely isolation, where the sea is kept at bay even as it threatens to swamp everything. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 60% Boychoir (2015) "Two things elevate screenwriter Ben Ripley's otherwise average drama: the stunning choral music ... and Hoffman's wisely underplayed, brooding take on the choirmaster, Carvelle. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "A fondly made portrait ... of a gentle philosopher with a wicked wit, a superbly talented pianist who intellectually challenges and charms in equal parts. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/4 30% Loitering With Intent (2015) "It all adds up to not much from director by Adam Rapp, although Tomei is effortlessly captivating (as usual) and Rockwell is always worth watching. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "Director Kenneth Branagh's lavish and live-action version of Disney's 1950 animation Cinderella delivers a colourful take that blends old-fashioned Mouse House heart with modern CG magic. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "As with the original, Dench, Smith, Nighy and the rest of the standout senior ensemble cast are a joy to watch and the setting, gorgeously lensed by cinematographer Ben Smithard, will have more than one person staring wistfully at their suitcases ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1.5/4 19% Playing It Cool (2015) "Relying too much on fantasy sequences and obvious from the first scenes in intent and conclusion, it's puzzling why Evans misses so badly. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "It may puzzle audiences unfamiliar with the Israeli system but the rigid religious bureaucracy devoted to keeping a married couple together at all cost makes for a superb way of adding layers of tension to this effective drama. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 38% After the Ball (2015) "It's pretty much a one-joke effort that wants to be The Devil Wears Prada but plays more like a middling episode of a TV sitcom. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
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