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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
1/5 44% You, Me and Him (2018) Though there is a half-decent idea in here, that's largely because the premise seems have been reverse-engineered from Lisa Cholodenko's excellent The Kids Are All Right.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 94% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) It's an odd film, fascinating and unexpected, the grimness of its subject matter livened by a welcome strain of black humour running through it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
4/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) The way it escalates the anxiety and threat at the heart of the story could teach genre filmmakers a thing or two about building tension in gut-clenching ways.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) It's a condescending, exploitative piece of awards bait that desperately tries to disguise its lack of insight through mocking self-awareness.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 76% Dark River (2017) If it feels overly familiar in the light of its aforementioned contemporaries, it's still a beautifully made and acted film and Barnard manages to pull off the tricksy resolution without it feeling contrived.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) Finding Your Feet manages to transcend some of its more egregiously patronising and cringeworthy moments thanks to deeply felt performances by Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 100% The Islands and the Whales (2017) [A] fascinating exploration of life on the Faroe Islands at a time when environmental concerns, health risks and animal rights activism are conspiring to threaten a way of life sustained largely by hunting pilot whales and seabirds for food.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 84% Journeyman (2017) The ensuing story is told with such heart-on-the-sleeve sincerity that it's hard not to be won over.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) Where the old Spielberg magic comes into play are the points at which the virtual game world starts spilling into real world.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits (2017) The end result feels a bit broken-backed.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 81% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) Manages to pack an absorbingly convoluted plot into its brief 75-minute running time.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2017) Though meandering in places, it makes its points forcefully enough.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2/5 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The story's accidental timeliness may generate some interest, but the film kills it pretty swiftly.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 79% Unsane (2018) Soderbergh...revels in the digital challenge of exploiting new technology to craft a social horror film that examines how that very technology can be both beneficial and catastrophic to our wellbeing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 84% The Square (2017) The Square picks at some pretty low-hanging fruit, but there's fun to be had in the way it interrogates the moral commitment of artists and institutions intent on making great social claims for their work.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 87% Annihilation (2018) [It] may feel familiar but in ways that are intentionally unsettling.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Mara brings her customary intensity to the role, but she doesn't have much to do beyond gazing beatifically at the ever-enigmatic Phoenix.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
1/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) Doesn't so much capture the spirit of the beloved children's picture book as take the basic idea hostage, sentence it to death and jump up and down on its grave.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Uthaug has no sense of how to make this distinctive, running through generic action scene after generic action scene and sabotaging Vikander's determination to take the role seriously by making the world around her either too corny or too bland.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
1/5 0% Walk Like a Panther (2018) Just when it seemed like we were done with knock-offs of The Full Monty, along comes Walk Like a Panther to pound the crumbling bones of its already decomposed corpse into dust.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) It's Lamarr who sums up her own apparent contradictions best: "I'm just a simple complicated woman."‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 73% Mom and Dad (2018) One of those deliciously sick horror movie premises that always manage to sound cool on paper but rarely live up to their promise on screen.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 94% Sweet Country (2018) Uses western tropes to zero in on the savage racism of Australia, exploring the deep-rooted conflict between Aboriginal Australians and their entitled white oppressors in the late 1920s.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
5/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) What a film.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet The Party's Just Beginning (2018) Blunts any edginess with random moments of Brit-com naffness, contrived plotting, underdeveloped supporting characters and an over-reliance on arthouse clichés.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 98% Columbus (2017) A chance encounter brings these two lost souls together and the resulting film charts their evolving relationship with such serenity, the restorative effect they have on each other feels contagious.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
5/5 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson's signature whimsy isn't for everyone, but his evolving ability to temper delight with dread and vice-versa is superlative here, ensuring the wordplay of the title can't help but ring true.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) The resulting procedural aspect of the film gives it gripping narrative drive, but it's the pitiless portrait of middle-class life in modern Russia that lingers longest.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 73% The Mercy (2017) Though there's certainly an intriguing story buried in here somewhere, the film abandons it in its efforts to valorise Crowhurst and his foolhardy dream while demonising the press for doing its job.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1/5 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Descends into a barely coherent people-going-crazy-in-space film that borrows liberally from the Alien franchise, Solaris, Event Horizon, Sunshine, Interstellar and Another Earth (to name a few).‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) This is a monster movie made with real love.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) It's tedious stuff, and the elaborate, drawn-out bank robbery plot doesn't make a lot of sense, especially when it tries to pull off a final twist straight out of The Usual Suspects.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) If Daniel Day-Lewis is genuinely going to make good on his recent retirement announcement, he couldn't have picked a better swansong than Phantom Thread.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 71% Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) (2013) Tomasz Wasilewski uses the bleak, rigid industrial spaces against which the film is set to neatly parallel how the lack of fluidity in modern Polish society makes it increasingly difficult for his protagonist to negotiate such choppy waters.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 84% Dirty Wars (2013) It's scary stuff, and though director Richard Rowley sometimes milks the thriller overtones too forcefully, Scahill explores the subject with admirable clarity.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 48% Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2014) The film is not without merit, although it remains too much of a slow-burn to really catch fire as the gritty, medieval Euro western its set up promises.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/5 39% Delivery Man (2013) Gooey sentimentality and group hugs follow, but Vaughn is not entirely unappealing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) Scrupulously tasteful films stuffed with Oscar-winning talent have a tendency to feel like awards bait, but Railway Man manages to escape such charges. A modest, old-fashioned film it may be, but with cumulative power that's surprisingly affecting.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/5 82% Early Man (2018) Early Man's reliance on groaning dad-humour and stereotypical celebrations of British daftness feels prehistoric in all the worst ways, especially as the film rolls out a rubbish football plot about being rubbish at football.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) A sort of grumpy-old-man comedy that looks as if it could have been directed by anyone.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 51% Downsizing (2017) For all the high concept wonders at work, Payne can't seem to break out of his own rut.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) It's preposterous, of course, but the what-would-you-do conundrum gives it an amusing kick and Neeson's hollowed out everyman is surprisingly compelling.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) It's certainly a substantial improvement on recent misfires like The Good Dinosaur and last year's barrel-scraping Cars 3.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 84% The Final Year (2018) It's compelling in ways you wish it wasn't.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 87% The Post (2018) Streep and Hanks are in pure movie star mode, sparking off each other as Graham and Bradlee figure out their respective positions.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
2/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) [Ben] Stiller has already rung this bell in his superior collaborations with Noah Baumbach and we're not exactly short of films exploring the anxieties of middle-aged white guys worried about life leaving them behind.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3/5 73% Hostiles (2018) An unashamedly slow-burning, meditative film, jolted to life by moments of extreme but considered violence, Hostiles may not have the force of a modern classic like The Revenant, but it's a respectable addition to the genre. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) [Christopher] Plummer's malevolent performance that dominates the film, turning it into a darkly entertaining movie about the corrupting nature of money and the true cost of wealth.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Retrograde gender stereotypes and knock-off Indiana Jones action set-pieces duly follow.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) It's all very bogus.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018