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Alistair Harkness

Alistair Harkness

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 No Score Yet Whisky Galore "A flat and rather pointless retread, gentle to the point of being soporific and a waste of a wonderful cast. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 26, 2016
4/5 94% Remainder "Fast's determination to embrace the philosophical ideas at the heart of the story ensures it has an intriguingly weird identity all its own. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2/5 76% Adult Life Skills "Expanded from writer/director Rachel Tunnard's Bafta-nominated short, the film itself feels hopelessly stretched. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2/5 84% The Meddler (2016) "Subplots are set up and abandoned, while every potentially comic scenario is exploited in the broadest, most groan-worthy way imaginable. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2/5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "The material Spacey has to work with is frustratingly weak, and the film around him - which is desperately short on jokes, satirical or otherwise - illuminates nothing about the political system. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 26, 2016
4/5 99% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "Mercifully, Ciro Guerra's film is not another Heart of Darkness-style meditation on the so-called white man's burden. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 12, 2016
4/5 82% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "Cranking up the tension by gradually moving his camera in closer and closer to his actors, Alvarez smartly shrinks the distance between them and us in order to intensify the what-would-you-do? discomfort the experiment was designed to explore. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 12, 2016
3/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) "As he marvels with faux naivety at how much more progressive each country he visits seems, it'd be easy to criticise Moore for ignoring their own complex social problems. But that's not the point. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 12, 2016
1/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) "Alleged comedy relief comes in the form of racist jokes and gags about the male fear of sanitary products. You have been warned. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 12, 2016
4/5 92% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Although the film doesn't quite wrap up the central mystery with the same degree of elegance, it does end with a hopeful message about learning to be comfortable in your own skin ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 12, 2016
3/5 100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach "Offers a timely overview of a career defined by his opposition to a system that would probably rather he never made another. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 5, 2016
1/5 58% Me Before You (2016) "It's corny as hell, and pretty tasteless too, ruthlessly building up to its final hashtag hankie moment. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 5, 2016
1/5 30% Warcraft (2016) "Jones hasn't made the first great videogame movie, but a film that harks back in spirit - if not budget - to all those rubbish post-Star Wars sci-fi fantasy adventures like Krull and Hawk the Slayer. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 5, 2016
4/5 91% The Nice Guys (2016) "The Nice Guys is smart-dumb fun for grown-ups, a mainstream summer palate-cleanser amidst the glut of Spandex-clad superheroes. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jun 5, 2016
5/5 91% Green Room (2016) "An intense siege movie that gives familiar tropes a blistering makeover courtesy of a precision-engineered plot, a thorough understanding of the world in which it's set and a gnarly and uncompromising approach to violence. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 15, 2016
4/5 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "A hugely enjoyable ode to the value of hanging out at the one time in your life where you're free from both the constraints of high school and the pressures of proper adulthood. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 15, 2016
4/5 97% Mustang (2015) "As bleak as things get, debut director Deniz Gamze Erg├╝ven revels in the exuberance of her principal protagonists, ensuring this remains a hopeful celebration of life lived under trying circumstances. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 15, 2016
2/5 79% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) "Neither the plot nor the characters seem particularly plausible on the big screen. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 15, 2016
2/5 50% Demolition (2016) "Plausibility clearly wasn't a prime concern here. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 1, 2016
3/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "This film may excel at building anticipation for cool things coming a year or two down the line, but does a movie called Captain America that leaves you wishing you were watching one called Spider-Man really count as a win for blockbuster fans? " ‐ Scotsman
Posted May 1, 2016
3/5 68% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "The way the film explores the distorting effect of memory is nicely done and Eisenberg, riffing once again on his innate unlikeability, makes his character's curious behaviour strangely compelling. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 24, 2016
3/5 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "There are some nice comedic touches ... even if over-familiarity with the basic story means it doesn't always feel like the most vital piece of filmmaking. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 24, 2016
2/5 51% Bastille Day "It's a bit of a Euro-pudding, its plot twists borrowed mostly from the Die Hard films, but Elba almost makes it worth seeing. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 24, 2016
2/5 41% Jane Got a Gun (2016) "The film itself just isn't very engaging, in part because Portman is so frustratingly passive for much of it. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 24, 2016
2/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) "Admirable idea. Sketchy execution. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 24, 2016
4/5 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) "A deeply humane look at the way the shards of a broken family unit can be reconfigured into something warm, positive and functional. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 17, 2016
1/5 7% Despite The Falling Snow "A dreary, incompetently plotted and flatly directed Cold War melodrama ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 17, 2016
2/5 32% Criminal (2016) "At least Costner seems to be having fun, particularly as his psycho's newly implanted memories start making him more human. The film as a whole has no sense of its own stupidity, however, making it hard to go along for the ride. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Mirren and Rickman do strong, measured work, with Rickman's character, rather poignantly, having the film's last word. But the real star of the film is Barkhad Abdi, the chief Somali pirate in Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Apr 17, 2016
4/5 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) "The film explores in quite unexpected ways how the culture of collusion has created an unrepentant, almost defiant breed of criminal within the church. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 27, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) "A pretty sophisticated meditation on race relations dressed up as a delightfully entertaining, gag-packed and inventively plotted police procedural. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 27, 2016
4/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "Big, bruising and more than a little bizarre. Mostly in a good way. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Mar 27, 2016
2/5 50% The Last Diamond (Le Dernier Diamant) "Neither breezy enough to satisfy fans of Ocean's Eleven, nor dark enough to function as a serious heist film. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 28, 2016
2/5 10% The Forest (2016) "The script gets increasingly muddled and sadly the scares aren't good enough to compensate. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 28, 2016
3/5 80% Chronic "This unflinching look at terminal illness is tough to watch, but Tim Roth gives a commendable performance ... " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 28, 2016
3/5 71% Remember (2016) "As with a lot of Egoyan movies, the acting around the edges can be questionable, but Plummer's good and the film executes its twists well enough. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 28, 2016
2/5 40% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "Appropriately enough, a bogus Hollywood prestige picture is exactly what we get with US remake Secret in Their Eyes. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 28, 2016
4/5 55% Triple 9 (2016) "What an unexpected treat. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 21, 2016
2/5 48% Freeheld (2015) "Perfunctory direction renders dull what could have been a compelling story about the need for equality in a job where decades' worth of gender discrimination has been compounded by systemic homophobia. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 21, 2016
2/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) "Some good effects work, but the movie sinks like the other half of the aforementioned vessel. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 21, 2016
3/5 89% Bone Tomahawk (2015) "As entertaining as it is to watch Russell and co it also strains the patience. The kill-crazy ending does make up for it, though. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 21, 2016
3/5 84% Deadpool (2016) "The film's emphasis on deconstruction rather than destruction does mean that everything - from the action to the character beats - operates on a smaller scale. In an age of boring spectacle, that seems more radical than anything else. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 14, 2016
2/5 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "This adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's bizarrely successful horror mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is little more than a title in search of a joke. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 14, 2016
2/5 61% Concussion (2015) "There are some very dubious dramatic devices deployed in this inspired-by-true-events issue movie exploring the link between head trauma and mental illness in American football. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 14, 2016
3/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) "The pacing can be somewhat languorous, but watching this group of actors let it all hang out makes it all worth while. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 14, 2016
1/5 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "At one point Zoolander and Hansel are duped into wearing T-shirts bearing the legends "Old" and "Lame". Well, they are and so are the jokes. But simply acknowledging this fact doesn't excuse it. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Feb 14, 2016
2/5 48% Capture the Flag (2016) "So mind-numbingly stupid that any investment in the characters is next to impossible. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
3/5 73% Youth (2015) "Caine and Keitel are great together and Sorrentino delivers some typically gasp-inducing visual flourishes. But it's also unmistakably indulgent and, save for a few scenes, doesn't quite deliver the insightful meditation on ageing it promises. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "A gripping and exciting thriller - no mean feat considering the action mostly revolves around an elaborate paper chase in locales as exotic as newspaper archives, libraries and legal offices teaming with stacks of documents. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
1/5 11% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "There's nothing transgressive or edgy about it. It's just horrible. " ‐ Scotsman
Posted Jan 31, 2016
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