Siobhan Synnot

Siobhan Synnot

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Scotsman
Total Reviews:
377

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 377
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " Supposedly based on true events, it's hard to believe that any place in 1974 played Slade's music as frequently and ruthlessly as this film does." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/5 67% Magic Magic (2013) " Torpid and polarising." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 89% Locke (2014) " Hardy gives a fine, naturalistic performance, but the journey isn't much more than a radio play with flashing indicators." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/5 26% The Love Punch (2014) " Brosnan and Thompson seem hell-bent on a good time, but Joel Hopkins' broad, lazy script is no sparkler." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 92% Calvary (2014) " This is an honourable attempt to pull together a meditation on Ireland and its religious disillusion, and part of a planned trilogy for Gleeson and McDonagh." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Garfield remains a raw and lively alternative to the era of a sleepy Tobey Maguire. But is his baggy, disjointed, action-stuffed movie amazing? Not quite." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The movie is compulsively too much, throwing everything it can think of at you, in case it fails to entertain." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
2/5 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " A rambling documentary that fails to get under its subject's skin, or obtain answers to difficult questions." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film " Idiosyncratic essay about children in movies from all over the world; the commentary is a bit precious but the clips are intriguing." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 83% Romeo And Juliet (Broadway Hd) (2014) " Competent rather than vivid or compelling." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 100% Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2014) " This is aimed at the faithful rather than casual music fans, but the evangelical fervour shines through." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
2/5 41% Divergent (2014) " A brutal slog of a movie ..." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 79% The Borderlands (2014) " Much of this may sound familiar, but The Borderlands' crafty virtue is that it understands that hand-held camerawork and boo scares aren't an excuse to neglect plot, dialogue or characters." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 77% Noah (2014) " Noah manages the miracle of Crowe shouting at the heavens without looking absurd, not to mention the miracle of bringing the Bible movie back to life, and making it watchable and contemplative." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Half Of A Yellow Sun deserves recognition for its ambition, tenacity and intentions, even it's not quite a full throttle experience." — Scotsman
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " The film's exploration of the legacy of violence is measured out in brief bursts that are always terrible and unsettling, but never feel indulgent or excessive." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " The plot between high-octane chases feels like a used car cut-and-shut." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/5 41% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Despite hyperbolic acting, this is a dull-witted combination of ancient Greece and modern CGI - and the 3D element means that everyone bleeds as if entirely made of arteries." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 81% The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014) " Not as crass as other bachelor party flicks, in that we have to wait almost an hour for the leads to get humiliatingly naked." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 54% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Time enough for all of us to move on - but not, alas, Gilliam, whose personal projects often seem to fiddle obsessively with the same themes as his most successful movie." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Eventually I was too bored to care." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 10, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Every shot is gorgeously framed, with screwball rhythms patterned after 1930s European ironists such as Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder." — Scotsman
Posted Mar 3, 2014
2/5 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " In a nutshell it feels like a forgery, and not a particularly artful one." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 16, 2014
3/5 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Notable already for its depiction of real sex, it's explicit in other ways too: a depiction of amoral attraction that deserves a wider audience than mere fans of elegant congress." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 16, 2014
1/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Goldsman's directorial debut is decorated by an A-list cast (watch out for Will Smith, if you must), one can only assume that he has their families held hostage somewhere, because even by Colin Farrell standards, Goldsman's tale is a mawkish stinker." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 16, 2014
2/5 47% Stalingrad (2014) " The 3D effects of explosions and plane crashes are plentiful and impressive; the one-dimensional storytelling and stiff subtitles, rather less so." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 16, 2014
3/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Hiddleston and Swinton are lovely to watch, but they need more to chew on than this." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 16, 2014
3/5 94% Her (2013) " A beautifully shot provocation that is more interesting as a conversation on the way home than as an experience in the cinema." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " It is ingenious, poignant and resonant, if lacking in narrative momentum." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Few will recall their time-travelling adventures from the 50s and 60s, but the update is surprisingly bright, sweet and suitable for its target audience." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/5 52% Cuban Fury (2014) " Frost and the cast have obviously trained hard to avoid being murder on the dance floor, but the inept script is like Strictly Come Dancing in concrete boots." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 49% RoboCop (2014) " Jose Padilha's update employs many of the same moves, but not the original's sly, subversive humour." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The whole thing is a Danish interlocking brick system fever dream - and a kick in the pants, if not the groin, to filmmakers who dare follow it." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 79% Teenage (2014) " Tackling a huge sociological subject in less than 90 minutes, Teenage is adolescence personified: a bit superficial and spotty." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Inevitably, there's a familiar redemptive arc to Dallas Buyers Club, but the crossover to altruism is so sneakily done here that it is irresistible." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3/5 78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " Garrulous and a little pretentious, but also sweet, and astute enough to allow the dream girl a right of reply." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 88% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Director Sam Fleischner shapes an observant account of a child's interior life." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Smartly told, it's a quiet riot." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " The script is tepid, and Fiennes' direction so restrained that even a train crash feels flatly sluggish. And, in the end, the invisible woman reveals too little." — Scotsman
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Berg is doubtless sincere about paying tribute to Luttrell and his comrades - you just wish his salute wasn't so jingoistic and clich├ęd." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 88% Journal de France " Depardon is engaging, but so reserved that he never quite comes into focus." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " All in all, about as gratifying as two hours with some of Bruce Springsteen's worst albums." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Like Llewyn, the film drifts a bit, moving episodically from song to song. Fortunately, these musical setpieces are often the highlights of the film." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3/5 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Both a movie portrait of dedicated obsession and a documentary that poses interesting questions about whether using technology devalues art." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/5 76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " As you watch a numbed man lose all his basic motor skills to a big chemical rush, you can't help feeling that The Wolf Of Wall Street also needed to cut back on the meds." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 13, 2014
4/5 86% Kiss the Water (2014) " It's a pity there's so little footage of Boyd, but Em Cooper's animation bridges some of the gaps in this gentle, artful pleasure." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The best thing that could come out of this rather stodgy biopic is that it may steer audiences towards Lomax's fine and moving book." — Scotsman
Posted Jan 6, 2014
2/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Some points are blasted at you like an Alpine horn, yet you can barely hear the film's central "seize the moment" message amidst the clamour of uplifting anthems and craven product plugs." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Like all Judd Apatow comedies, the movie could do with ruthless pruning, but the top story is that Ferrell's fearless energy keeps things going, even if the skits are a little hit and miss." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " You may not trust the facts in American Hustle but you can rely on it as one of this year's most aggressively entertaining films." — Scotsman
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " While you could scoff at the gaps in historical truthfulness and excessively string-tugging score, the picture eventually overcomes its own manipulativeness and sentiment with a great collective cast and sheer cumulative effect." — Scotsman
Posted Nov 25, 2013
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