Siobhan Synnot

Siobhan Synnot

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Scotsman
Total Reviews:
378

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 33% Believe " A simple-minded family drama that makes you long for the relative grit of the Children's Film Foundation." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 64% Au bout du conte (Under the Rainbow) " French writer-director-actress Agnes Jaoui returns with a multi-generational cast who contemplate the chance of fairytale romances in Paris." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/5 90% Nordvest (Northwest) " The spiral into violence is not unexpected, but the details are so confidently handled that it's still a gripping watch." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 76% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " Part detective story, part earnest inquiry into a human rights crisis, Marc Silver's documentary is correctly outraged, if sometimes lacking focus." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " Echo is pretty cute - it looks like a robo-owl and sounds like a Furby - but his film still feels like an echo of classic Steven Spielberg material, done cheaper, not better." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 86% Joe (2014) " Moody, melancholy and well-intentioned, Joe works better as a character study than the melodramatic parable that it eventually embraces." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Given the fractured nature of the shoot, the film is remarkably fluent, and fortunate that young Ellar Coltrane is mostly an intriguing focus." — Scotsman
Posted Jul 6, 2014
2/5 8% Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie " A clothesline on which hang some pretty soggy old jokes and tired stereotypes." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 30, 2014
4/5 100% The Man Whose Mind Exploded " Documentary maker Toby Amies finds out more about the parts of Zarhazar's life he can recall - and how he copes with the bits he doesn't." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 30, 2014
2/5 0% The Anomaly " As an actor Clarke is likeable, but his film is derivative, distracted and desperately in need of a better denouement." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 30, 2014
3/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " It's not a profound film, but the hamathon between old and new thespian styles is nicely observed, if forgettable." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 30, 2014
4/5 70% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " Coincidence and absurdity drive this latter-day Candide's amusing, episodic misadventures and the satirical look back at international relations in the 20th century is lightly handled." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 30, 2014
3/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " In the end it can't help but be pulled under by its own undertow of mawkishness." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 82% Miss Violence " Part of the intriguing Greek new wave of brutal cinema that rages against the country's current woes, but not one of the movement's best." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " This is twinkly wish-fulfilment on stilts, presumably aimed at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fanclub, but it manages some funny jabs at ageism, and it's lovely to see Ardant being funny, vibrant and desirable." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Ambling, but amiable enough." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Juliette Binoche is brilliant, but the movie is a bit of a slog and its use of real mental patients as extras feels uncomfortably close to exploitation." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " The strenuous presentation might remind you of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, but the boisterous script has some legitimately amusing moments along the way ..." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " The aim is a little off, but at least it's nice to see that Costner is still firing on all cylinders." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 100% Of Horses and Men " Affectionate, but scenes of death and horse love may not be for the squeamish." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 74% Oculus (2014) " Gillan invests her character with energy but the film struggles to generate enough shocks and twists to sustain its length." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " The two nonprofessional actresses shine." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 100% Looking for Light: Jane Bown " Unfortunately Bown herself is not terribly revealing." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 100% When I Saw You (2014) " An earnest piece of social realism from a child's point of view." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 22% Devil's Knot (2014) " Egoyan fails to offer much fresh insight in this well-intentioned but oddly uninvolving film." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
4/5 67% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet " Spivet has the best use of 3D since Martin Scorsese's pop-up moviebook Hugo, and uses many of the same team to make its images of snakes and freight trains pop." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " Belle isn't awful, but it is awfully slow, didactic and far too reliant on Mbatha-Raw's fine, expressive eyes." — Scotsman
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 50% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) " Mild entertainment purely for children, apart from Pat's bedtime reading of The Postman Always Rings Twice." — Scotsman
Posted May 19, 2014
3/5 58% Heli (2014) " Amat Escalante's brutal account of a Mexican family who attract the wrath of a drugs cartel. Very little of the gruesome violence is left to your imagination." — Scotsman
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 93% An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) " Bleak, immersive story of a Roma family struggling to survive by salvaging metal." — Scotsman
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " A fascinating, affectionate profile with Hanna's husband and former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, singer Joan Jett and music writer Kim Gordon in the queue to pay tribute to the riotous grrrl." — Scotsman
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 89% Exhibition (2014) " More bourgeois angst from Joanna Hogg in an abstract form that should enthral fans, but may exasperate casual viewers." — Scotsman
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " This is what Pulp Fiction might have looked like if Bill Douglas had got hold of it." — Scotsman
Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 76% Concussion (2013) " Tepid and contrived, this is really House & Garden porn." — Scotsman
Posted May 11, 2014
4/5 81% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) " An intriguing portrait of a man exposed as a drug cheat, yet who still commands a reverence that disgraced Lance Armstrong would give his eye teeth for." — Scotsman
Posted May 11, 2014
2/5 65% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) " A hyperbolic melodrama which oversimplifies its issues, and features too many scenes of Binoche weeping against picturesque Irish landscapes." — Scotsman
Posted May 4, 2014
3/5 58% Before the Winter Chill (2014) " Slow to ignite, but watchable if you are intrigued by elegant French living, menopausal men or arguing about denouements all the way home." — Scotsman
Posted May 4, 2014
3/5 100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " There's possibly more terrible football on display than even Scottish audiences can stomach, but like the team, it's a documentary with heart." — Scotsman
Posted May 4, 2014
3/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " Gorgeously evocative visuals, lots about Horikoshi's devoted wife, but a marked reluctance to engage too deeply with the deadly purpose of his beautiful aircraft." — Scotsman
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 20% Sabotage (2014) " A film that happily lingers on extremely graphic disembowelments, yet can't get out of the room fast enough when Arnie is about to have sex." — Scotsman
Posted May 4, 2014
5/5 88% Frank (2014) " Frank is probably the best film about what it feels like to be in a band since Slade's Flame (no, honestly)." — Scotsman
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 19% Tarzan (2014) " If kids are captivated by the slight, over-explained story of Tarzan and Jane versus evil mercenaries, I'll be a monkey's uncle." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 27, 2014
3/5 43% Honour (2014) " The performances are pretty committed." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 27, 2014
4/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " A smart, engaging, universal drama." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 27, 2014
2/5 29% Pompeii (2014) " Everyone should take cover from the eruption of clich├ęs in Paul WS Anderson's new toga adventure." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 27, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A twitchily well-acted thriller, as well as a suspenseful and sometimes very funny examination of revenge." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 27, 2014
2/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) " There's ... something rather sad about Diaz and Mann nattering on about blokes as if they are just out of high school." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 —— Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014) " Cooper proves a genial, voluble rock idol, even if he does admit to swapping sex and drugs for golf." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 41% Pioneer " The plotting is so tortuous that following who has done what may give you the bends." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/5 83% Tracks (2014) " With nothing at stake, John Curran's earnestly dull biopic hasn't much to offer except parched voiceovers, painfully slow child/parent flashbacks, sunburn and humps." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 21, 2014
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