Alice Tynan

Alice Tynan
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) Frankenweenie might have been better off remaining a short. - The Big Issue (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4.5/5 86% Life of Pi (2012) Stunning visuals and a bravura performance from newcomer Suraj Sharma as the young protagonist make Life of Pi a quest destined to impress. - The Big Issue (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 89% Lincoln (2012) Lincoln is a history lesson you'll not want to miss. - The Big Issue (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 96% Sister (2012) The pair [Klein & Seydoux] artfully weaves the ties that bind, crafting something that is both fragile and tenuously hopeful. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
3.5/5 51% Thanks For Sharing (2013) Blumberg and his cast lift the slogan-heavy vocabulary of group therapy above stultifying cliché, and instead craft an engaging portrait of support and companionship. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/5 28% Jobs (2013) There is just about enough to entertain, but Stern's paint-by-numbers approach does little to celebrate Jobs' most famous injunction to "Think Different". - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 86% What Maisie Knew (2013) Seen through the eyes of a six-year-old, this film about the spectre of divorce makes for haunting viewing indeed. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2013
4.5/5 86% Upstream Color (2013) A visceral, mind-bending curio...a film that leeches into
 you like watercolour on canvas; the less you know about the 
story going in, the better. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2013
5/5 86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Super-charged with giddy enthusiasm, Whedon's ensemble brings Shakespeare to life in a riot of boozy passion and slapstick giggles. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2013
4/5 97% Before Midnight (2013) Hawk and Delpy know just how to get under your skin. Their onscreen alter egos fit like a glove, and witnessing their ageing, nagging, toying love is a true privilege. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2013
65% Epic (2013) Though the story may be slight, the film is stacked with brilliantly colourful characters, a fabulous voice cast and simply spectacular animation. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2013
97% Mud (2013) More than a mere tribute to Twain and Dickens: this has all the makings of a modern classic. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 93% Farewell, My Queen (2012) It is the life of Versailles that Jacquot captures: all the petty politics, positioning and preening. And that is simply a glorious sight to see. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2013
4.5/5 88% Tabu (2012) Every so often a film comes along that recharges your love of cinema. Miguel Gomes' Tabu is just that gem: a film of such artistry and daring that you'll be left dazzled by the possibilities of the medium. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2013
71% The Croods (2013) Dreamworks have done far more than simply dust off The Flintstones 2.0; The Croods may not yet be a household name, but with their personal brand of buffoonery and heart, you'll be wanting an introduction. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2013
82% Side Effects (2013) A neat little noir, that comes with an added dose of social smack down as Soderbergh takes a swing at Big Pharma and the casual medicalisation of Western culture. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2013
92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Silver Linings Playbook puts the "fun" in "dysfunction." And sure, that sounds glib, but actually, it's a rather extraordinary achievement. Especially when you're skirting on the edges of sanity. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2013
37% The Guilt Trip (2012) Some actors you'd pay to watch read the phonebook; turns out it's worth paying to see Streisand eat a steak. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2013
87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) Anyone who grew up within a controller cable length of a gaming console will need to see this film. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2012
65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Setting aside technological considerations, The Hobbit is nothing short of a joyous homecoming. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2012
4/5 91% The Sessions (2012) An extraordinary account of sexual exploration and intimacy against the odds, The Sessions is a powerful achievement. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2012
51% Savages (2012) This film goes about as deep and dark as a summer high. Sure there are flashes of mexploitation fun, but ultimately it's just way too mellow, man. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2012
4/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) Through Arnold's eyes the story feels immediate and visceral. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2012
4.5 74% Killing Them Softly (2012) It's dark, it's smart, and it's destined to become a classic piece of cinema. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2012
4.5 91% The Sapphires (2013) Packed with laughs, toe-tapping songs and performances as sparkly as the costumes, Wayne Blair's musical is a sure-fire hit. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2012
4.5 94% Lore (2013) An unforgettable journey into the heart of Germany's dark past. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2012
4/5 97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) Monsieur Lazhar is a film to cherish. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2012
93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Summer lovin' just got a whole more stylish thanks to Wes Anderson. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2012
5/5 99% A Separation (2011) [A] flawless domestic portrait. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2012
2.5/5 27% Bel Ami (2012) This is the perfect film to cure someone of an obsession with "RPatz". - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2012
4/5 88% Not Suitable for Children (2012) A heartily welcome sex comedy with a few sneaky surprises. - Limelight EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) Magic Mike isn't going for heart like The Fully Monty; it's going for titillation, with a small side of post-GFC commentary if you care to look. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2012
82% Get the Gringo (2012) Gibson embraces the crazy and turns Get the Gringo into some good ol pulpy fun. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2012
2/5 15% Ecstasy (2012) Ecstasy proved itself to be resoundingly more soporific than serotonin enhancing. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2012
78% A Dangerous Method (2011) A Dangerous Method is masterful filmmaking on all levels, but alas, it also leaves you dreaming that Fassbender and Mortensen will return to these roles in a more focused story on the fathers of psychoanalysis. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2012
2.5/5 51% The Rum Diary (2011) After all the promise of a perfect cocktail, The Rum Diary quickly becomes like being the only sober person at a party where everyone else is absolutely trashed. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2012
31% The Vow (2012) The film may be entirely unafraid of predictability, but it's sweet, shiny and well acted; essentially it delivers exactly what it says on the box. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2012
95% The Artist (2011) It's a deliriously, wondrously, unspeakably fabulous film. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2012
84% The Ides of March (2011) As a portrait of power, hubris and the systematic corruption of integrity, The Ides of March makes for compelling viewing. It's well-crafted, wonderfully scored and solidly acted across the board. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2011
89% The Trip (2011) If the idea of going on a minibreak with Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Michael Winterbottom sounds like your cup of crazy, then run, don't walk, to see The Trip. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2011
70% Oranges And Sunshine (2011) A film that very carefully and empathetically shines a light on this tragic chapter of British and Australian history. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2011
61% Water for Elephants (2011) With such good looks (that have little to do with RPatz), it's a crying shame that the story boils down to a rather beige love triangle. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2011
63% Griff the Invisible (2011) A simple and sweet romance disguised a crime-fighting superhero flick, Griff the Invisible is a film to fall in love with. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2011
66% Biutiful (2010) Simultaneously intensely personal and profoundly universal, Biutiful shows there can be grace, and yes, even beauty in death. - The Vine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2011
90% Waiting for Superman (2010) Waiting for "Superman" is essential viewing. It's as simple as that...Most importantly, it is impossible not to be touched, nay, radicalised by this devastatingly inconvenient truth. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2011
54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) Its seems as if the production has taken a bullet to the brain just like its heroine. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2011
71% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) [An] atrociously trite conclusion threatens to ruin the entire film, but perhaps if we can just get a hold of the right Moleskine, we can make some adjustments, and it'll be like that ending never happened... - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2011
60% Wasted on the Young (2010) Part romantic tragedy, part ruthless thriller, Wasted on the Young is an impressive but ultimately unsettling cinematic experience. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2011
86% Rabbit Hole (2010) Exquisitely raw and painful, sure, but also richly humane and deeply cathartic, for David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer and Tony award winning play is nothing short of a masterpiece. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2011
74% The Way Back (2011) A beautifully hewn, honest and courageous film. It's Man Vs. Wild, for real. - Concrete Playground EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2011