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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 36% 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 79% 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 27% 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 89% 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 74% 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 72% 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 92% 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 58% The Journey (2016) 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 92% 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 48% 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 81% 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 87% 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 84% 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 72% 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 24% Table 19 (2017) Like the bride and groom, you'll want to keep your distance.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/5 52% 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 38% 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 97% 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 45% 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
2/5 57% 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 88% 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 71% 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 76% 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 73% 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 76% 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 65% Dark Night (2017) Strange and unsettling ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 100% 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