Alistair Harkness

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 92% Gloria Bell (2019) A funny, illuminating portrait of a woman testing the relationship waters again with the wisdom of someone who has spent decades raising a family, but who has come to terms with the fact that she's no longer needed in quite the same way... - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) It's a cliché-ridden role, but Thompson finds the grace notes in it. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A compelling origins story that imagines what might happen if an all-powerful superbeing turned bad instead of good. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 78% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) (2019) A more entertaining prospect than its groaning fish-out-of-water premise initially promises. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) The cumulative effect is mesmerising, as vivid as a nightmarish dream that's too slippery to fully comprehend but too haunting to forget. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 56% Ma (2019) An enjoyably trashy exploitation shocker... - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Unforgivably dull. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) Cummings' protagonist is an empathetic marvel, a decent guy trying to hold it together as the world kicks him repeatedly in the groin. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) The film traverses... new yet familiar territory with utter confidence, expertly subverting clichés at every turn and delivering great gags and brilliant performances. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) As the film has it, music courses through every fibre of Elton's being, and these big show-stopping moments are a fun way of letting us understand the power music held over him... - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 100% Irene's Ghost (2018) A haunting mix of documentary and animation in which British filmmaker Iain Cunningham turns detective to piece together the life story of his mother, who died before he could form any lasting memories of her. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1/5 60% Breakthrough (2019) Breakthrough could have been done in an interesting way had its makers not been intent on turning it into a Sunday school recruitment video. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) It's aesthetically atrocious. But as a record of one of greatest artists of the 20th century in her prime, it's a useful historical document... - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 96% Beats (2019) Beats pulls off the tricky task of delivering a culturally specific coming-of-age movie in a way feels simultaneously cutting edge yet affectionate. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The effect is oddly distancing, but cumulatively intriguing, part of the holistic design of a film that is attempting to track the devastating impact of an increasingly globalised trade on a point in the supply chain that rarely features in movies. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Final Ascent (2019) The film charts [MacInnes's] remarkable attempt to rescue himself from personal oblivion by re-engaging with his well-documented past - something the film smartly uses as a cue to look back at his incredible life and career. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 89% Arctic (2019) Unfortunately, a script largely uninterested in the interior life of its main character proves the biggest obstacle to this transcending its status as just another man-vs-nature endurance test. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The plot pretty much recycles Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but it's fine for younger kids who perhaps don't have the bladder control for Avengers Endgame. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) [A] quietly radical film about who has the right to tell what story, one that cuts seamlessly between its three excellent female leads' points of view. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 83% High Life (2019) The film eventually plays out like the umpteenth lo-fi riff on 2001 and Solaris and it's hard to escape the sense that she's using provocative imagery the way blockbuster hacks use expensive action sequences. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen's default schlub-with-a-heart-of-gold persona wears very thin, very quickly and Theron can't do much with a role that recycles diluted versions of the ribald routines we've seen in the countless Rogen comedies since Knocked Up. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A weak, shoddily executed 1970s-set story about centuries-old infanticidal Mexican ghost. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The film's attempts to create some ambiguity around Bundy's guilt for dramatic purposes starts to feel like a disservice to the 30 known victims whose stories the film, like the media it's critiquing, doesn't seem all that interested in exploring. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 52% Tolkien (2019) The film fails to drill down into the creative process in any meaningful way. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet's willingness to approach his subject matter with the freedom of a novelist or a painter and push the form on a scale that feels simultaneously grand and intimate is thrilling to watch. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) Great stuff. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) Weitz can't quite whip up the requisite emotional fireworks when the film demands it. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 75% Pond Life (2018) A little underpowered, particularly in its efforts to explore the ways in which the carefree nature of adolescence can be tinged with a darkness that makes the stagnant world of childhood harder to escape. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 95% The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien) (2018) Gavras... deserves credit for using the auspices of a knockabout gangster comedy to take satirical sideswipes at the racial prejudices of a divided Europe. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A sweet, funny, wonderfully nuanced coming-of-age film that modifies the daily trauma of being 13 for a digital age that demands at least the pretence of a perfectly realised life. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A grandiloquent spectacle that passes by in what feels like seconds. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Though not unpromising as a story, the film drains any interest with staid compositions, shallowly drawn characters and spell-everything-out dialogue. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) Greta is too head-smackingly stupid to give the film a pass, even on those terms. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Dragged Across Concrete gives a pulp filmmaking set-up interest through clever character work and unexpected twists. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
1/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) John Oliver and Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Joe Sugg are among the voice cast adding to the general air of feebleness and desperation. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers feels oddly muted, despite the presence of some big ideas, some lively performances and some striking imagery. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) As with the zombified pets that emerge from the titular misspelled graveyard, it comes back slightly altered and not necessarily for the better. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) The film is so attuned to the fundamental appeal that superheroes have for children that it feels like the first film in an age designed specifically with them in mind... - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 88% The Vanishing (2019) The biggest surprise in The Vanishing is the rare but welcome sight of Gerard Butler being good in a half-decent film. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 94% Us (2019) Peele has remarkable command of his visuals, there are some smart jokes dotted throughout, and the ideas he's exploring - the dangers of moral absolutism, the complacency of comfort, the fear of others - are timely and thought-provoking. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) There's a black hole where the hardboiled plot should be. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It doesn't all work, but rather this sort of film than the dreary paint-by-numbers ones we usually get. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 96% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2019) It's not always a flattering portrait. Nor is it glamorous. And yet it's precisely this unvarnished look at a way of life that continues to be mythologised and romanticised that gives the film added power. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton is a dab hand at couching his phantasmagorical predilections in imaginative family entertainment and this soars whenever Dumbo's in the air. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) It's the tenderness and compassion that Liu brings to his friends' stories, as well as the brave, sensitive way he confronts his own past, that marks this out as something special. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 67% The White Crow (2019) It's as if Fiennes as a director doesn't trust his own artistic instincts - ironic given the subject - and it all rather defeats the object of hiring an experienced dancer rather than an experienced actor for the lead. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 84% Girl (2018) Admittedly, the harshness of the ending feels a little unearned, but this is a promising debut nonetheless. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) [Chalamet] can't save this faux gritty film from its melodramatic plotting or its public-service-announcement-style moralising. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 93% Ray & Liz (2019) It's almost too difficult to watch in one sitting. Nevertheless, its evocative conjuring of the past functions as a stark warning about viewing it with rose-tinted glasses. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) The sort of self-consciously indulgent meta-movie that elates and infuriates in almost equal measure. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019