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Alistair Harkness

Alistair Harkness
Alistair Harkness's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Scotsman, Film4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 69% Dark Night (2017) Strange and unsettling ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) The convoluted story takes a while to get to grips with, but once the action kicks in, it's frequently dazzling - and fairly extreme.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) It understands how capture the anxiety of childhood, but also its vibrancy and its joys.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 85% All This Panic (2016) It never feels exploitative, just nurturing. By the end you'll just want to give them a big hug and tell them everything is going to be alright.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
2/5 75% Handsome Devil (2016) A chaste coming-of-age tale about a gay teens learning to be true to themselves in a rugby-obsessed private school in Ireland.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 94% Prevenge (2016) The execution is a little amateurish, but it's watchable enough.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) Mills brings the era alive with spot-on pop culture asides, but he smartly makes the movie all about Bening, who crafts a brilliant portrait of a woman unwilling to pamper her son or shield him from the realities of her own life ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A funny, post-modern riff on the entire canon of big and small screen adaptations of the Caped Crusader.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) Washington and co-lead Viola Davis deliver Wilson's loquacious dialogue with such dazzling force that their combined screen presence renders any thoughts about the cinematic limitations of his approach obsolete.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/5 41% Gold (2017) It's mildly diverting, but nothing more.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 89% Loving (2016) Stripped of any melodrama, the film does a good job of laying out the particulars of the case and the significance it had in terms of challenging the US constitutional ban on interracial marriage.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Rich, funny, rewarding and ultimately moving.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/5 73% Sing (2016) It's got all the personality of an X-Factor finale.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) A blunt, brutal, bloody mess of a movie that displays the full range of Gibson's skills as a chronicler of eye-watering suffering on the battlefield and his propensity for corny mythmaking off it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) In its best moments, the film deploys an inventive range of flashbacks to the first film to show the extent to which nostalgia exerts its grip.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) The effect is entrancing: an expressionistic portrait of the itinerant lifestyle her career dictates and a subtle exploration of the ethics and practices involved in documenting the world in a truthful way.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) This is the sort of true story that catches you unawares, even if you know (or think you know) where it's going.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) Don't expect a comprehensive biopic of the wife, mother, widow, tastemaker and White House style icon. This is a rigorous exploration of Jackie Kennedy's steely determination ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 35% Live By Night (2017) Affleck - directing for the first time since Argo - just can't quite make it come alive on screen.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 93% La La Land (2016) It's not hard to see the appeal - or indeed admire the ambition of Chazelle, who's still in his early 30s (La La Land is only his third movie).‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 84% Silence (2017) A sincere, austere, intellectually rigorous attempt to grapple with God's silence in the face of human suffering.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
1/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) There's a reason this has sat on a shelf for two years.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Kurzel has transposed the best-selling video game to the big screen in a way that will likely confound anyone not already au fait with the source material.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/5 81% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) The film does a nice job of capturing the magic of the French capital in the late 19th century and though it gets a bit saccharine, it at least features a heroine working hard to be good at something.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The latest whack-a-doodle slab of gooey cosmic nonsense to star Will Smith.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/5 39% Why Him? (2016) Why Him? It's a question fans of Breaking Bad might ask of Bryan Cranston upon watching this sluggish, over-long, laugh-light Christmas comedy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
1/5 31% Passengers (2016) Not even Jennifer Lawrence can save Passengers, a sinking (space) ship of a movie in which a collection of second-hand ideas combined with dodgy sexual politics have produced a sci-fi film of crushing tedium.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) One of the most exhilarating in the series, a film with a real sense of how to tell a story - and tell it well.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) An office-based (and less funny) riff on last Christmas's superior Tina Fey/Amy Poehler hit Sisters.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) The film offers a fascinating testament to the power and limitations of movies as tools for understanding and communicating with the world around us.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) In its own typically bombastic way, the film is not unentertaining.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's decision to use the tropes of the Hollywood historical epic is a political statement in itself, one made more pointed by the title's bold repudiation of DW Griffith's cinematically ground-breaking, horrifyingly racist 1915 epic of the same name.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 62% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) Too often the Dardennes rely on their ultra-naturalistic style and socially aware themes to excuse some pretty contrived and unconvincing plotting. A rare misfire.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Though the film isn't exactly deep, Steinfeld makes it watchable and there's amusing support from Woody Harrelson as her wry teacher.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) Chi-Raq doesn't all work, but it's simultaneously righteous and bawdy enough to get its message across in entertaining fashion and features a great performance from up-and-coming actress Teyonah Parris in the lead.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) Where the film succeeds in a big way - aside from casting Hanks and Eckhart - is the recreation of the emergency landing itself and its immediate aftermath: it's thrilling, heart-in-mouth stuff.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Younger takes care to keep things rooted in the real and he's aided by Teller and Eckhart, who give it their all in a movie that ultimately celebrates the simple power of living for the thing you love most.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) It's been a while since there's been a gripping serial killer movie, but Kiyoshi Kurosawa's new film Creepy more than lives up to its title.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) [Jarmusch's] best in a decade.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
2/5 61% Allied (2016) Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard find themselves at the centre of not just one but two of the most risible scenes of the year.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
4/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) Your Name exploits anime's limitless potential to tell a poignant love story that incorporates gender identity and cosmic wormholes to dazzling narrative effect.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 82% Indignation (2016) Marcus is constantly reminded of the fact that even small mistakes can have serious consequences and the film uses this to subtly explore whether an emphasis on conformity cultivates a fatalistic psyche by forcing us to deny our most basic yearnings.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/5 46% Dog Eat Dog (2016) The way it gleefully embraces the violent, racist and misogynistic impulses of its ageing white male protagonists in post-recession America makes it feel sickeningly apropos.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Like its hero it's full of magic, but endearingly modest with it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet 16 Years Till Summer (2015) Another quietly brilliant example of some of the great narrative documentary filmmaking currently being done in Scotland.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Sci-fi with a big emotional sweep is tough to get right.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) As quietly damning as it is tragically hopeful.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 73% You've Been Trumped Too (2016) Though Baxter recycles a lot of material from the first two films, he gets some interesting results ,,,‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 76% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) There's a genuinely uplifting true story behind A Street Cat Named Bob. Sadly this film version - based on James Bowen's best-selling memoir of the same name - is too twee to do it justice ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Though the cast (which includes Rachel Weisz) does some good work, it's too controlled to rip you apart the way a film like this should.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016