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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
2/5 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Though individual scenes are quite stylishly done, Goddard overestimates the cleverness of the twists and the film buckles under the weight of its needlessly prolonged 140-minute running time.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 94% Mandy (2018) As enjoyable as Cage is here, the studied weirdness of Panos Cosmatos's sophomore feature is often as trying as it is transcendent.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) [Chazelle] largely avoids the sweeping sci-fi vistas we're used to seeing... choosing instead to keep his camera tightly trained on Gosling to launch us ever deeper into Armstrong's headspace.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 79% 22 July (2018) Like Greengrass's masterful United 93, it's a film that uses recent history to ask questions about the political direction the world is heading in. The conclusions it reaches are distressing to say the least.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 40% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) It is, like its two predecessors, another laugh-light collection of pratfalls in which no visual gag is too obvious.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) It's so alive with raw heartache and intoxicating performances it feels like a story no one's ever told before.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) A film that addresses teen sexuality, gender identity, drug use and more in ways that feel neither prurient nor exploitative; just raw and honest.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 74% Black '47 (2018) Daly's film isn't subtle, but as a genre film it has a certain pulpy intensity that keeps it rattling along.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
1/5 30% Redcon-1 (2018) With no particular feel for plot, performance or basic technical competence, it's the Scottish Mussel of zombie movies.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/5 85% The Wife (2018) Close instinctively understands the lingering power of inscrutability, so it's too bad the film doesn't.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Varda and JR prove quite the double act and the joy they bring each other and those they meet proves infectious.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) A fascinating portrait of a fearless woman willing to stand up for what she believes in, often in defiance of an industry that's all about protecting the bottom line.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Too much of the narrative falls back on plot twists that come out of nowhere for us to care much about the fate of its characters.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) The film's determination to prioritise theme over story turns it into a somewhat clenched academic exercise.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 25% Mile 22 (2018) Sure, it's trash, but it's exceedingly well-made trash that fulfils the genre's primary function as disreputable Friday night entertainment.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) An example of regional American cinema at its finest.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 98% Lucky (2017) Its meditation on the ageing process goes from the ridiculous to the sublime with blissed out ease.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 31% The King of Thieves (2018) The film lacks any consistent style, which only magnifies the tonal inconsistencies to the point where they become the sort of flaw that devalues the whole enterprise.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) An authentic-seeming portrait of a girl whose strong sense of self quietly exposes the insecurities and intolerance of those around her.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) The film functions as a sad indictment of social system that perpetuates the myth that the biggest crime is being ordinary.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 70% The Man from Mo'Wax (2018) Though Lavelle is upfront about the bridges he needlessly burned along the way, the film is also sympathetic to the need for big-picture thinkers like him.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 61% Yardie (2018) The plot, in truth, doesn't make much sense, a problem separate from Elba's boldest creative choice: an admirable refusal to soften the Jamaican patois of the characters.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 93% Searching (2018) In the end, the technique feels like a red herring designed to distract attention from how corny the story really is.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 87% Upgrade (2018) The sort of ultra-efficient genre effort that makes much of its mega-budget competition seem obsolete.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 80% Alpha (2018) Rendered with too much ropey CGI, and topped and tailed with theme-explicating voiceover by Morgan Freeman, the results are corny in the extreme.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 69% The Children Act (2018) Thompson does good work. Sadly, she's let down by Eyre's stagey direction and the script's shallow conception of her character...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The chemistry of the leads makes or breaks a film like this; luckily Kunis and McKinnon are a blast.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 77% The King (2018) The finished film does manage to throw up some interesting ideas as various interviewees... wrestle with notions of cultural appropriation while others reflect on what Elvis's gluttonous career says about America.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The veteran director brings the full force of his filmmaking knowledge to bear on proceedings, reckoning again and again with the weight of American history and Hollywood's interpretation of it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Bouvois doesn't fully indulge the melodrama, using it instead to make subtler points about the fragility of alliances designed to protect moribund value systems.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) A film of such frustrating ineptitude it doesn't even deserve the "Sequelizer" pun some critics have been applying to it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) The Darkest Minds is the latest Hunger Games knock-off to get the big screen treatment - and the latest to offer another clunky and melodramatically rendered dystopian future where adolescents are maltreated by adults who fear them.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 83% Beirut (2018) Hamm - playing Mason as a kind of gone-to-seed Don Draper - is so watchable he helps the film transcend its many eye-rolling clichés.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/5 97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) The ephemeral work of Scottish-based landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy makes film an ideal medium for documenting it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 45% The Meg (2018) Statham does make it watchable. But only just.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 94% Sicilian Ghost Story (2017) The results are hard-going but grimly compelling.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Co-writer/director Brett Hayley mostly avoids falling into the mawkish traps and hipster one-upmanship this premise and setting all but invite.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A film in which the minuscule can quickly become monumental.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
1/5 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) There are better ways for your kids to pass the time over the school holidays.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 100% Apostasy (2017) Respectful yet sharply critical, the film's specificity about a world rarely seen on screen is gripping, but it's the silent pain of Finneran's performance as the fissures start to appear in Ivanna's life that linger longest.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) This sixth outing for Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his disaster averting/disaster causing Impossible Missions Force is up there with JJ Abrams's Mission: Impossible III as a contender for the best of the bunch.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet My Friend the Polish Girl (2018) Sadly the acting and writing isn't convincing enough to transcend its intentionally pretentious conceit. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 100% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) A much more illuminating insight into Welles's life and creative process. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Dirt Road to Lafayette (2018) Lacks any vibrancy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Brad Bird's smart decision to focus the story on Holly Hunter's Elastigirl makes it more in tune with the Time's Up era and the nascent powers of baby Jack-Jack steal the show.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
5/5 90% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This is a film that understands the intensity and complexity of a true connection as it reverberates through the years. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 92% Hal (2018) Amy Scott provides a welcome primer for the work of the late, great Hal Ashby.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 89% Time Trial (2017) An immersive, sobering, brutal film.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 71% Adrift (2018) Indeed, the plot isn't the only thing perfectly described by the film's title. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik gives her characters room enough to breathe so we get a full sense of just how precarious their lives really are. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018