Paul Byrnes

Paul Byrnes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Paul Byrnes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "A film that is both highly controlled on the surface, and molten with lust underneath. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Even if half of Gibney's film was to be considered tainted, the work of people who have scores to settle, it would be hard to dismiss. They can't all be liars. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "The preoccupation with the sorts of problems that young girls really do encounter makes it brave, as well as beautiful. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 91% Slow West (2015) "You don't have to love westerns to like this movie, but those who do might enjoy the way Maclean pays his respects. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 78% Partisan "The script never gets beyond its vague metaphors and an earnest desire to make profound observations about human nature. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 96% Wild Tales (2015) "It's an explosively funny film, made with great energy. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 80% A Royal Night Out "It's a lot of fun -- or to borrow from one of the royally connected writers who have reviewed the movie in the British press -- a bit of 'entertaining twaddle.' " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 91% Ex Machina (2015) "This is a film of creepy modernity and prescience, as Metropolis was in its time. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 7, 2015
4.5/5 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "If grief is the proper subject of any film about that war, then Testament of Youth is a masterful look into that grief. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 84% While We're Young (2015) "Baumbach has a great sense of the ridiculous, and a sensitive instinct for keeping the attack under control. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 17% The Gunman (2015) "If you want a thriller about architecture, here is your thing. Gaudi with Guns, they could have called it. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 82% Black Sea (2015) "Not much of it is credible, starting with the hiring of a rusty submarine out of Sevastopol, but it has action and adventure to burn, leavened with bits of humour. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/5 63% Samba (2015) "The film has unusual grace notes and an unpredictable, angular construction, by which I mean that it is odd but good. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4.5/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "A brutal Russian masterpiece. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 100% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Well now, here's a good yarn, the feature debut of Shaun the Sheep, the biggest stop-motion star to come along in animation since Wallace and Gromit. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "Love is strange and so is this movie, but in a good way. It's so low key that you barely notice when big things are happening. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 20, 2015
4/5 97% '71 (2015) "For those who know nothing of this bitter conflict, the movie is a good start. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 86% Top Five (2014) "It doesn't always work, there are plenty of scenes you wish were better, but it's out there. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 56% Focus (2015) "In Focus, [Smith is] quieter, graver, more emotionally remote, more... substantial. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 12% Seventh Son (2015) "It's far from the worst of this kind of movie, partly because there is so much talent, but it's hard to find that cheering. To say it could be worse is faint praise. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) "I don't think it's his masterpiece, but it's a big, beautiful, sad film with unforgettable performances. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The movie delivers all of the expected elements, only more so. And who will complain about the Dames, Judi and Maggie, bowling a few good salty lines at each other? " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 98% The Hurt Locker (2009) "It's a film about why some soldiers love war, a theme that's rare in war films made by men. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "There's footage from within the Ecuadorian embassy in London as Julian Assange helps with the flight that takes Snowden to Moscow, where he claims political asylum. These scenes give the film an unprecedented level of immediacy and dramatic tension. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "We've seen it before, but Eastwood is good at making it seem raw and personal, largely by the care he takes in building a character, and the situations that will test them. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 23, 2015
4.5/5 92% Birdman (2014) "Birdman is a one-trick pony of a movie, but what a trick. The technical achievement alone is immense. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Meryl Streep luxuriates in her blue wig as the vengeful Witch who's also a moral compass. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "The film tells an irresistibly powerful story, in a way that does not shirk the horror. It is unbearable to watch at times, but that is as it should be. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 13, 2015
56% Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) "It's a very beautiful and moving film. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3.5/5 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "The jokes are never-ending and multilayered, calculated so that adults do not get bored -- which is important, because they buy the tickets. It's all bolted together with precision and good humour, although not much whimsy. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 7, 2015
4/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Every scene in the film crackles with Mike Leigh's instinct for dramatic comedy and layered theme, but Mr Turner is also startlingly beautiful to behold. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "It's almost inevitable that things get icky with this kind of story. Murray acts as a handbrake on that, simply because we don't know what awful thing he'll do next. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 29, 2014
3/5 62% The Water Diviner (2015) "The romanticism and sentiment take hold; repetitions and flashbacks crowd in, along with slow-motion camera effects that no-one really needs. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 24, 2014
78% Bad Santa (2003) "In the annals of movie profanity, this movie would rate an Oscar, but it's actually pretty sweet at heart, although never sentimental. And if you don't believe me, you know what you can do. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 14, 2014
4/5 100% Folies Bergère "The film meanders, intentionally. It keeps its purpose hidden that way. It's an odd kind of romance, to be sure, but rewarding for anyone not born yesterday. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 12, 2014
4/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) "It's like watching a gorgeous tragi-comic opera written by Dickens and co-directed by Fellini and Almodovar. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) "Hellboy II is fabulously imaginative, visually sumptuous and dramatically complex; what's more, it's very funny and engaging. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 89% Frozen (2013) "The animation is simply superb. Ice has never looked so good, except as the real thing. Technical precision and innovation is expected nowadays in computer animation but Frozen combines that with a gorgeously rich design. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 74% The Congress (2014) "The weighty ideas are welcome, but Folman dumps them on us in bucketfuls of alphabet soup. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 3, 2014
4/5 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "It's a comedy -- almost -- about how the mobile phone and the internet have murdered intimacy. It's not necessary to believe all of its atrocities to find it terrifying. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2014
4/5 100% The Dark Horse "This combination of humour and terror makes everything more dramatic. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Yes, there is the usual teacup storm of romance, a girl caught between two boys, as in the Twilight series, but The Hunger Games offers teenagers a much more important set of questions to ponder. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 19, 2014
4.5/5 88% Winter Sleep (2014) "Winter Sleep offers some of the complexity and grandeur of a Russian novel, and a dramatic intensity that very few films ever attempt. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) "Maier's life tells us one thing: great photographers always show themselves in their work, even if they never show their work. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 92% Pride (2014) "Pride offers all the virtues we expect from an English comedy. It's dry, surprising, compassionate, politically savvy, emotionally rewarding and stacked to the gills with great actors doing solid work. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "Neeson virtually ensures the quality of most of what he's in. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3.5/5 88% Let Me In (2010) "As far as remakes go, this is a pretty good one. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3.5/5 86% The Conjuring (2013) "Wan uses every horror cliche with blithe confidence. He knows no one is immune if the effects are sturdily built, and not too literal. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "This premise is extraordinarily rich in dramatic power, and it is explored here with forensic thoroughness. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 89% Siddharth (2014) "It's a sophisticated neo-realist film, beautifully shot and edited to reflect the sense of time and resignation in Indian culture. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 9, 2014
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