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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 78% The Beguiled (2017) In its own woozy, evocative, aesthetically beautiful way, the film does feel like it's getting at something interesting about the dangers of trying to preserve a moribund way of life at all cost.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Not a second is wasted in the taut 105-minute running time, something Nolan emphasizes by giving it the ticking-clock structure of a thriller, albeit a very Nolan-style thriller.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/5 50% England Is Mine (2017) Lowden is good here at walking a sympathetic line between Morrissey's passive, self-pitying narcissism and his sincere ambition to do something of worth.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/5 46% Wilson (2017) It's episodic, not very funny and the redemptive ending feels far too forced.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 85% Okja (2017) A gleefully anarchic piece of mainstream filmmaking. Like a politically radicalised Spielberg, Bong tugs at the heartstrings while punching you in the gut.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
5/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is a blast of pure pop energy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 80% Souvenir (2016) Huppert has a lightness of touch that makes it all rather sweet and the film takes an unassuming approach to the central romance, pleasingly refusing to make a big deal of the age difference.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/5 43% Hampstead (2017) Anything potentially good is drowned out by the determination of director Joel Hopkins' to bathe everything in excruciatingly twee, sub-Richard Curtis fakery.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/5 23% The Book of Henry (2017) Trevorrow ... throws everything together into a sugary concoction that's about as appetising as the peanut butter and breakfast cereal sandwiches Naomi Watts' character makes for her kids.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 15% The Mummy (2017) A film that could have been a perfectly serviceable Tom Cruise vehicle had it not also had to lay out an overarching mythology for Universal's so-called "Dark Universe".‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) A fascinating story, one that gives a decent overview of Houston's troubled background and career.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 69% Gifted (2017) The lead performances are charming enough and there's decent support from Jenny Slate as a teacher who falls for Evans, who's known around town as the "local damaged hot guy".‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 49% Churchill (2017) Cox ... looks the part without the prosthetics getting in the way and is good at tapping into the performative aspects of political leadership. Sadly, his domineering approach can't raise the material above the level of caricature.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 76% Ballerina (2016) 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 Jun 13, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) An origins story that's earnest yet fun and exciting without being grandiose.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1/5 11% Spark: A Space Tail (2017) Avoid.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) It's a film about loneliness and the steps we take to overcome it, wrapped up in a delightfully simple story for all ages.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) If you're willing to pay to see the fifth instalment of a movie that began as a theme park attraction you can't really complain about being taken for a ride.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 94% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The two characters' stories converge in hilarious ways, but it's the empathy the film generates - accomplished without speechifying or sentimentality - that lingers longest.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/5 54% War Machine (2017) It's too bad it's not a better film.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/5 35% Snatched (2017) The film pays only cursory attention to its plot and fails to harness the considerable appeal of Schumer and Hawn along the way.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 80% Colossal (2017) While the film mines the obvious metaphors for all they're worth, it has some surprises in store.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) The result is an inert origins story - the cinematic equivalent of Excalibur before Arthur gets his hands on it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
4/5 90% Frantz (2017) A fascinating exploration of the complexities of war from the perspective of those left behind, one given an expressionistic flourish ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
4/5 92% The Levelling (2017) A subtle and sophisticated look at the way entrenched attitudes towards gender can leave people feeling trapped, resentful and desperate.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Jessica Chastain spends most of Miss Sloane teetering on the brink of nervous exhaustion. Ten minutes in her character's company and you'll know how she feels.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Scott seems intent on mixing lengthy philosophical musings with crowd-pleasing action and it's actually the latter that proves least interesting.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Call it Ground Dog Day. Just don't call it good.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 93% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Reinforces how racially and culturally insensitive many of these developments have historically been.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 68% The Journey (2017) The Journey takes a crucial moment in the Northern Ireland peace process negotiations and turns it into a speculative odd-couple road movie.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) A rich comedy creation that puts a distinctively British spin on the monster that is minor celebrity.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 90% Lady Macbeth (2017) There's enough intrigue, tragedy, vaulting ambition and murderous intent to justify the implications of the title - and breakout star Florence Pugh really is transfixing in the lead.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/5 50% The Promise (2017) It does eventually hit its stride, but it doesn't quite find a way to make such an important story count cinematically.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It ends up standing alongside Iron Man 2, Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron as another example of the Marvel sophomore slump.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/5 88% Their Finest (2017) An Education's Lone Sherfig directs, but Powell & Pressburger this ain't.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rules Don't Apply is nothing if not strange, though sadly not in a good way.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 100% Bunch of Kunst (2017) There's a real sense of lightning being captured in a bottle here, and the guys - along with Williamson's no-nonsense wife - are just great company.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) A gritty look at a troubled kid whose transgressive obsession with vampire lore reflects his own misguided attempts to process the trauma he's already experienced in his young life.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Broadbent is very engaging in the lead role of Tony, a curmudgeonly retiree who's forced to confront his past when the mother of his first love dies and leaves him a diary in her will.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4/5 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) The film delivers a beautiful, sometimes witty, often desperately sad portrait of an artist all too aware of the injustice of being unread in her lifetime.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 94% Neruda (2016) For all its ambition and scale, though, it feels like minor work.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/5 23% Table 19 (2017) Like the bride and groom, you'll want to keep your distance.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/5 53% City of Tiny Lights (2016) The idea of Riz Ahmed as a chain-smoking, bourbon-drinking London private eye is so flat-out intriguing it makes the general incompetence of City of Tiny Lights all the more disappointing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) A gibberish, over-complicated and desperately unfunny feature.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Featuring a nuanced readings of Baldwin's work by vocal Samuel L Jackson, it's an astonishing piece of filmmaking: engrossing, intellectually rigorous - and depressingly timely.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/5 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Isn't quite as mind-numbingly awful as the last two (bafflingly successful) live-action movies from a few years ago.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) It's a brilliantly done piece.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 67% Free Fire (2017) The sustained and relentless bloodshed on display manages to feel shorter than the climactic sequence of an average Marvel movie - and a good deal more entertaining.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) This iteration of Ghost in the Shell works as a solid franchise starter, one that reconfirms Johansson's status as a bona fide blockbuster star deserving of such headline roles.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Doesn't hang together in entirely satisfying ways, but its odd camera angles, minimal dialogue and gory compositions do build towards a chilly exploration of the detrimental effects of isolationism that feels strangely timely.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017