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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 76% 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
2/5 No Score Yet Mad to Be Normal (2017) Writer/director Robert Mullan plays fast and loose with the truth in some major ways, mostly in failed bids to give the rather shapeless story some emotional heft.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) There's real artistry on screen and a lot to unpack thematically ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Though some of the plotting feels a little contrived, there's a formal elegance to the way Farhadi presents all this ensuring it's never less than absorbing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas uses horror tropes to comment on the otherwordly nature of celebrity, which gives the film a playful edge and allows Stewart to exorcise the ghost of Twilight once and for all.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) It's an auspicious debut to say the least, with Peele making good on his performance background in sketch comedy to make his points land with a sly wit that makes the horror all the more powerful.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2/5 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) As the imprisoned Belle, Emma Watson is a prisoner of her own limited range, unable to transform her book-smart character into the sort of formidable romantic partner that could help the film overcome some of its more inherently dodgy sexual politics.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 97% The Love Witch (2016) Embracing Russ Meyer-style kitsch, but overturning the horror genre's sexist tropes, Biller delivers wry comment on the objectification of women in a film that's as smart as it is sumptuous.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
1/5 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) A stark lesson in why not every well-connected male director with a boilerplate indie film to their name deserves a $200m budget for their sophomore feature.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
5/5 90% Elle (2016) It's Huppert who deserves most credit for Elle's success as a movie.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/5 72% Headshot (2017) Headshot is a great title for a wall-to-wall action film in which characters are repeatedly bludgeoned, shot and stabbed in the cranium.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/5 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) Trespass Against Us finds Michael Fassbender trying out a West Country accent that's about as convincing as the film's efforts to blend genre thrills with earnest family drama.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/5 73% Viceroy's House (2017) Chadha weaves together various emotive subplots with varying degrees of success, resulting in a film that's watchable enough but one that also sometimes feels a little lightweight.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 92% Certain Women (2016) Reichardt transforms these subtle, subtext-laden tales into achingly humanistic cinema, making for a film that's moving, funny and absurd in all the ways that life is.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) The fight scenes are entertainingly brutal, but the consequences are bloody and the emotional stakes high. It's an elegiac superhero movie that understands there's no living with killing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Singularly fails to dramatise the genocide at the story's core with the cinematic force it deserves.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) A fairly goofy monster movie that manages to seem bloated even with a running time of less than 90 minutes.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 82% George Best: All by Himself (2017) If Best's story is a cautionary tale that's become a cliché across all walks of life, Gordon's film functions as a useful reminder that there's always a human being behind such tales.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) A film that's undeniably tense and about as exciting as action movies get. Yet it never feels exploitative or artificially emotive.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 64% Dark Night (2017) Strange and unsettling ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 97% The Age of Shadows (2016) The convoluted story takes a while to get to grips with, but once the action kicks in, it's frequently dazzling - and fairly extreme.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) It understands how capture the anxiety of childhood, but also its vibrancy and its joys.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 87% All This Panic (2017) It never feels exploitative, just nurturing. By the end you'll just want to give them a big hug and tell them everything is going to be alright.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
2/5 75% Handsome Devil (2016) A chaste coming-of-age tale about a gay teens learning to be true to themselves in a rugby-obsessed private school in Ireland.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 94% Prevenge (2017) The execution is a little amateurish, but it's watchable enough.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Mills brings the era alive with spot-on pop culture asides, but he smartly makes the movie all about Bening, who crafts a brilliant portrait of a woman unwilling to pamper her son or shield him from the realities of her own life ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) A funny, post-modern riff on the entire canon of big and small screen adaptations of the Caped Crusader.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) Washington and co-lead Viola Davis deliver Wilson's loquacious dialogue with such dazzling force that their combined screen presence renders any thoughts about the cinematic limitations of his approach obsolete.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/5 42% Gold (2017) It's mildly diverting, but nothing more.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 89% Loving (2016) Stripped of any melodrama, the film does a good job of laying out the particulars of the case and the significance it had in terms of challenging the US constitutional ban on interracial marriage.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Rich, funny, rewarding and ultimately moving.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/5 73% Sing (2016) It's got all the personality of an X-Factor finale.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) A blunt, brutal, bloody mess of a movie that displays the full range of Gibson's skills as a chronicler of eye-watering suffering on the battlefield and his propensity for corny mythmaking off it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 76% T2 Trainspotting (2017) In its best moments, the film deploys an inventive range of flashbacks to the first film to show the extent to which nostalgia exerts its grip.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) The effect is entrancing: an expressionistic portrait of the itinerant lifestyle her career dictates and a subtle exploration of the ethics and practices involved in documenting the world in a truthful way.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) This is the sort of true story that catches you unawares, even if you know (or think you know) where it's going.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) Don't expect a comprehensive biopic of the wife, mother, widow, tastemaker and White House style icon. This is a rigorous exploration of Jackie Kennedy's steely determination ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Affleck - directing for the first time since Argo - just can't quite make it come alive on screen.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 93% La La Land (2016) It's not hard to see the appeal - or indeed admire the ambition of Chazelle, who's still in his early 30s (La La Land is only his third movie).‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 85% Silence (2017) A sincere, austere, intellectually rigorous attempt to grapple with God's silence in the face of human suffering.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
1/5 32% Monster Trucks (2017) There's a reason this has sat on a shelf for two years.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Kurzel has transposed the best-selling video game to the big screen in a way that will likely confound anyone not already au fait with the source material.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3/5 79% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) 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 Dec 22, 2016
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The latest whack-a-doodle slab of gooey cosmic nonsense to star Will Smith.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/5 40% Why Him? (2016) Why Him? It's a question fans of Breaking Bad might ask of Bryan Cranston upon watching this sluggish, over-long, laugh-light Christmas comedy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
1/5 31% Passengers (2016) Not even Jennifer Lawrence can save Passengers, a sinking (space) ship of a movie in which a collection of second-hand ideas combined with dodgy sexual politics have produced a sci-fi film of crushing tedium.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) One of the most exhilarating in the series, a film with a real sense of how to tell a story - and tell it well.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) An office-based (and less funny) riff on last Christmas's superior Tina Fey/Amy Poehler hit Sisters.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) The film offers a fascinating testament to the power and limitations of movies as tools for understanding and communicating with the world around us.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) In its own typically bombastic way, the film is not unentertaining.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016