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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 53% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) A pretty cynical toy advert reconfigured as a standard issue hero's journey movie, one replete with trite life lessons that make it about as entertaining as the last Kung Fu Panda film.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 91% The Party (2017) Beneath all the barbed comments, cutting put-downs and feverish revelations it does expose how quickly old certainties and decades of partnership can be upended when matters of the heart get out of control.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach is a filmmaker finely attuned to the absurdities and neuroses of real life and he deploys disruptive editing techniques here that heighten the comic effect of his characters' myriad rants and meltdowns.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 49% The Glass Castle (2017) An egregiously quirky drama in the Captain Fantastic/The Book of Henry mould.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 53% On the Road (2016) A subtly engaging look at the way a fast-forged relationship can sometimes be as brief, powerful and magical as the music that soundtracks it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) While it's part of the nostalgia-courting blockbuster machine currently dominating mainstream cinema, it isn't interested in simply being a well-made rehash.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
1/5 38% Brimstone (2017) Little more than an exploitation movie masquerading as serious cinema.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 100% Daphne (2017) A richly detailed character study of a 30-something Londoner (Emily Beecham) whose life is in a bit of an emotional nose-dive, something compounded by her witnessing a stabbing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
1/5 30% Home Again (2017) A film that, regardless of age and gender, should be insulting to pretty much anyone with a modicum of intelligence.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 62% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) A thoroughly middle-brow film, which attempts to explore how joy can be mined from misery, but fails to find a satisfyingly cinematic way to do so.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 74% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) LaBeouf ... brings the film alive whenever he's on screen and, thanks to some CGI augmentation, the tennis looks convincing enough.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/5 50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) As it piles on more and more nods to the ridiculousness of Roger Moore era-Bond, it feels less an affectionate parody and more like a way of peddling something that's forgotten how to deliver a proper buzz.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) A triumph of style over coherence.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
68% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Dench is fine, but the film is a chore and a bore.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
68% mother! (2017) This is the sort of film that likes to pull the rug from under you and reveal a gaping void of unimaginable horror. It's certainly not comfort viewing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 30% The Vault (2017) Sadly, despite an intriguing idea, the two genres don't fuse together in a satisfying way resulting in a film that feels a little broken-backed.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/5 47% Moon Dogs (2016) Little more than another dispiriting example of the way so many publicly funded British comedies prize wackiness and winsomeness over characters and plotting that feel in any way believable.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 85% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) Van Leeuw creates a palpable dread at the daily horrors confronting those unlucky enough to caught up in a war zone ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) There's ... an admirable air of confidence in the way Sheridan has structured the film, balancing its violent extremes with quieter emotional moments in which the broader social injustice the film is exploring can't help but bubble up through the cracks.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
0% Stratton (2017) Optimistically set up as the first in a franchise, Stratton plays very much like a feature-length pilot for the sort of TV show Julian Barratt's recent Mindhorn spoofed so mercilessly.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) More High School Musical than 8 Mile.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) There's something quite pleasing about the film's garish evocation of Victorian London's seedy underbelly.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
98% God's Own Country (2017) An exemplary character study, with bold, fully realised performances from O'Connor and Secareanu and typically excellent support from Ian Hart and Gemma Jones.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
76% Una (2017) Dramatically flat and stilted, its contentious subject matter has been rendered frustratingly banal by unconvincing subplots, shakily handled reveals and stylistic flourishes that undercut the performances of its top-tier cast.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
76% Final Portrait (2017) Beautiful production values not withstanding, what should make for a fascinating biopic is rendered dull by a conventionally plotted father-son storyline ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) The Untamed sadly doesn't add up to a whole lot more than its freaky parts. But what freaky parts.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 82% Tom of Finland (2017) There's nothing coy about the film, which also feels like an honest reflection of the way the Laaksonen's legacy has been embraced by the Finnish government as an important part of the country's cultural heritage.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Essentially a metaphysical horror movie, it's low on traditional scares, but big on atmosphere, something intensified by how weird it all is.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Land of Mine is bolstered by great performances ... both from the young German cast and, especially, from Roland Møller as their terrifying, but increasingly empathetic, Danish commander.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 88% Maudie (2017) Walsh smartly keeps the style as simple as Maudie's childlike paintings, leaving Hawkins and Ethan Hawke room to explore the intricacies of their unlikely union.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) In some respects it's a bit too pleased with itself, but it breezes by fast enough to make those summer holiday trips to the movies a little more bearable.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) Feels so true to the realities of modern relationships that even though it's filled with the sort of bizarre true life scenarios that sound contrived in a movie, it's easy to relate to the complications and dilemmas they generate.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/5 67% The Wall (2017) Liman keeps everything tightly wound and over the course of its brief 90-minute running time Dwain Worrell's script presents a compelling look at how conflict is repeatedly escalated by underestimating the enemy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
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 51% 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 48% 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 86% 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 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is a blast of pure pop energy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 67% 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 44% 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 21% 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 16% 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 71% 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 73% 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 14% 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