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 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 46% 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 88% 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 98% 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 53% 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 93% 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 52% 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 79% 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 52% 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 47% 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 61% 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 84% 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
3.5/4 89% Siddharth (2014) "Tension builds along with hopelessness but Mehta avoids making judgments or giving easy answers about the circumstances that led to Siddharth being sent off to work. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) "Based on the true story of a fledgling high school cross country team from an economically depressed Latino community, McFarland neatly delivers an uncomplicated, heartwarming message. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/4 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "Musical theatre fans will rejoice but those not fond of production numbers as problem solvers will wonder what all the fuss is about. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/4 80% In Her Place "Making good use of the mist-shrouded rural South Korea setting to create moody tension, Shin's film builds slowly to a shattering finale that shocks as much as it surprises. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/4 26% Love, Rosie (2015) "A visually pleasing film, given to framing the characters in dappled sunlight that peeks through windblown leaves. It's a pity the rest of the project is so poorly executed. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 13% Seventh Son (2015) "A strong contender for worst movie of 2015. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2.5/4 77% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "A goofy gag-filled surf-and-turf romp that will entertain adults with its ridiculous lunacy as it delights kids with colourful fun. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/4 35% Project Almanac (2015) "Bizarre camerawork and that laziest of all plot devices, the stash of found footage, soon slots it in the "unrealized potential" category. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 29, 2015
1.5/4 13% Mortdecai (2015) "With art-heist caper Mortdecai, Johnny Depp tries his darnedest to start a kooky Austin Powers-like franchise with a side of bumbling Insp. Clouseau. But dash it all if it isn't a crashing bore, old bean. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "Don't be surprised to find yourself suddenly obsessed with forgotten names and misplaced keys. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1.5/4 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) "Lawyer-turned-screenwriter Barbara Curry sticks to the basics with her first script, failing to flesh out her characters while indulging in leapfrogging logic that leads to a weirdly abrupt finish. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1.5/4 27% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "Squeezes out some weak laughs amid alternating scenes of gross behaviour and sickly sweet male bonding confessionals. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2.5/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) "A mixed bag of clever twists on familiar storybook myths, engaging performances and forgettable songs. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
1.5/4 27% Annie (2014) "A movie that coasts on a disturbing greed-is-good vibe. And one that looks strangely cheap doing it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5/4 67% The Decent One (2014) "Lapa leaves it to us to determine how a man could be so unaware of his moral failings, but some perspective from the filmmaker would have been helpful. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Director Ridley Scott ticks the visual "epic" box with Exodus: Gods and Kings, but leaves emotion in the dust by trading spectacle for a compelling story. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2/4 63% Gemma Bovery (2015) "A tad too slapstick and not nearly modern enough in its social sensibilities to offer a truly updated version of Madame Bovary, Gemma Bovery still has its charms ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Corner Gas: The Movie "In truth, it often plays like a few TV episodes stitched together into 96 minutes, which doesn't work especially well on a big screen. But I have a feeling this won't matter to fans of the show who are dealing with Dog River withdrawal. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 2, 2014
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