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 97% We Are the Best! (2014) "The performances of all three young actors are superb, soulful, honest and full of joy. Their dialogue is often ridiculously funny and there's no sense of manufactured drama. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 22, 2014
4/5 85% Night Moves (2014) "It's an unconventional thriller, more interested in character than plot, but gripping as both. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3.5/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "The question should be, does it have a new thought, a new energy? I would say yes, even without the driving force of a real story. There are moments of unexpected grace, as well as visual invention. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "Inglourious Basterds is naughty, apocalyptic fun -- Tarantino's version of a war movie, with history rewritten to avenge the guilty in ways that satisfy his pop-art cinephilia. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 23, 2014
4.5/5 91% Locke (2014) "If there has been a better cautionary tale for men since Fatal Attraction, I can't think of it, but Locke is about more than fidelity. It's a thriller about the horrors of modern life. All that technology, but who can save him? " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet In Search Of Chopin "Grabsky's earlier films on the great composers have been rightly praised. This one is competent and informative, but less compelling. The film whets the appetite, rather than sates it. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 63% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) "It has all the features of a Scandi noir policier, but the director comes from the Lego School of Film-making. He snaps it together to make a fast-moving crime vehicle, but I suspect the instructions were upside down. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) "Barnard's work with these two child actors is extraordinary, and she has written a lean script. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 63% Still Life (2015) "Still Life has the sort of quiet poise that has all but disappeared from modern movies, at least those of the West. It's an old-fashioned film in a good way -- almost like an Ealing comedy. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4.5/5 92% Charlie's Country "These films are a powerful window on Aboriginal culture, made as a collaboration, rather than by a helicopter director. In every sense, they're a gift to the nation. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) "The Lunchbox is either a piquant romance or a wise comedy. The director's confidence with such a delicate story makes it successful as both. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4.5/5 89% Calvary (2014) "It's an immensely moving film, and a brave one for the way it tackles spiritual issues without irony. Run, don't walk. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3/5 45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) "We have a film that gives us a hint of what made him a genius, and too much about what brought him low. The other way round, it might have been great. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/5 78% Rising From Ashes (2013) "The film is beautifully put together, with slick editing and glossy photography. The beauty of Rwanda is astonishing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 65% The Rover (2014) "The Rover is dark and engaging, with superb use of the heart-stopping landscape around the Flinders Ranges, but it could be accused of mannerism. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 9% Grace Of Monaco "Kidman does her best to dignify the role, but it's all victimhood and tears. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 92% Sunshine on Leith "The flash mob finale, with what looks like 500 dancing Edinburghers, is about the most fun I've had in a cinema this year. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 21, 2014
4.5/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) "Where the Coen brothers gently mocked th[e] music in O Brother Where art Thou?, this plucky little Belgian film reconnects that music to the sorrows that produced it. Just brilliant. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) "Asante directs this complex story with full reverence for the costume drama and an acute sense of timing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 12, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Double (2014) "The Double is clever, rather than completely engaging. It stands up and shouts, wanting to be noticed, which is hardly a crime. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) "Turturro has said that Allen pushed him to make the film more personal and deeper, although part of what I liked is that it starts off with lightness, pushed along by a fabulous jazz and Latin score. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/5 19% Transcendence (2014) "With actors this good, we'll go almost anywhere, even unto that silliness. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) "This is an irresistibly bright and funny movie. Klapisch keeps close to the hearts of the characters. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2.5/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "This new Spidey is a bit dull. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 40% Divergent (2014) "Romance and self-realisation wrapped in violence now sell a whole lot of tickets. At least Divergent has more to ponder than most of the field. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "The new movie is surprising. It's rambunctious, funny, complex and engaging at the level of ideas. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3.5/5 77% Noah (2014) "Aronofsky has great ambition and talent, and Noah is better than most of what is out there in the big end of movie production. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) "It's a superb piece of work: fresh, harrowing and very humane. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2/5 28% Pompeii (2014) "It's an average modern actioner: driven by technology, careless of the past, casually insulting to the audience, mindless in its violence. Vesuvius 1, movie-lovers nil. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3.5/5 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) "Sukowa is a supple and brave actress; getting inside Arendt's arguments is the hardest and if the film only succeeds sometimes, that is still a major achievement. Very few films in this era would have dared. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2014
1/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) "The battle for Europe continues in this ridiculously violent and cartoonish second installment, which does to history what Darius I tried to do to Greece. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 5, 2014
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) "Garcia's performance is wonderful. The more we watch her, the more beautiful her character becomes. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) "It's also cleverly plotted and efficiently put together by the Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) "It's pretty, with wintry white locations and settings, but made with an unrelentingly heightened atmosphere, every scene a climax drizzled with a treacly score. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) "Who wants to wait 110 minutes for the gags to pay off? " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/5 98% The Rocket (2014) " It's an emotionally forceful film, hurtling towards the kind of conclusion that Western audiences want to see. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 95% A Hijacking (2013) "A Hijacking achieves considerable power by avoiding the obvious, and staying close to its characters. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) "American Hustle is an extremely entertaining ride through the human condition, with characters just short of ridiculous. The beautiful thing is that Russell does this without becoming mean. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) "The problem is tone. LaGravenese lets the English have their heads, while the young Americans moon and kiss and frown like they mean it. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) "The final film restores order and balance, with a firm grasp of what made the series exceptional in the first place. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 14, 2012
4/5 94% Lore (2013) "This is an intense and thoughtful film, with a long arc. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) "Very few films offer a moral grandeur, as well as a political foundation; very few films have such poised and brilliant performances from unknown actors. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 6, 2012
4/5 80% Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) "This is a superb human comedy. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 30, 2012
3/5 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) "The film thunders through its paces, under the energetic direction of Simon West. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 30, 2012
4/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) "The Bourne Legacy is quieter, slower, more sobering. The conspiracy is bigger and darker than we thought. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 16, 2012
3/5 64% The Campaign (2012) "Although it's way beyond credible, the film hits a few fat targets. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3.5/5 64% Cosmopolis (2012) "The film is obtuse, talky, remote and sometimes baffling, but it is also full of ideas and Cronenberg's uncompromising belief in the art of cinema. Imagine that. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2012
2.5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "Nolan is a much better director than the character has had before, and the trilogy fits together as a whole, but this final instalment is flabby, and some might wonder at the sensitivity of its metaphors. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 18, 2012
3/5 73% Prometheus (2012) "The list of the film's bad choices is as long as it was short in the original. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 6, 2012
4/5 95% Silent Souls (2011) "If Silent Souls is slow and cryptic, with long takes and mysterious metaphors, it achieves a great sense of poetic realism " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 16, 2012
2.5/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) "When Burton is going through the motions, his films are as involving as a school play. He directs this film on autopilot. Ed Wood would have done it better. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 10, 2012
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