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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 No Score Yet My Friend the Polish Girl (2018) Sadly the acting and writing isn't convincing enough to transcend its intentionally pretentious conceit. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) A much more illuminating insight into Welles's life and creative process. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Dirt Road to Lafayette (2018) Lacks any vibrancy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Brad Bird's smart decision to focus the story on Holly Hunter's Elastigirl makes it more in tune with the Time's Up era and the nascent powers of baby Jack-Jack steal the show.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
5/5 100% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This is a film that understands the intensity and complexity of a true connection as it reverberates through the years. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 100% Hal (2018) Amy Scott provides a welcome primer for the work of the late, great Hal Ashby.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 86% Time Trial (2017) An immersive, sobering, brutal film.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 73% Adrift (2018) Indeed, the plot isn't the only thing perfectly described by the film's title. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik gives her characters room enough to breathe so we get a full sense of just how precarious their lives really are. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 88% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) A kind of abstract portrait of an elusive young artist who harnessed all this disparate creative energy and transformed it into something exciting and new.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In the Fade sees Diane Kruger give a commanding performance as a woman with vengeance on her mind after her ex-con going-straight husband and child are killed in a terrorists attack by far right extremists in Germany.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Like its predecessors, this is easy, breezy blockbuster fare, powered by the charisma of its stars rather than the acuteness of its characterisation.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/5 82% Puzzle (2018) Plays more like a metaphor in search of a movie than a particularly great showcase for the often underused Scottish star.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/5 96% Studio 54 (2018) It gets the story across effectively enough and makes a compelling case for its importance to the city's social history.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/5 74% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett clearly understands the pain Wilde endured in his final years, but as a writer/director, he's not quite up to the task of making its fractured structure compelling.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) It sidesteps easy interpretation so stylishly that even when it's dangling obvious horror movie tropes in front of us, there's no danger of it being mistaken for a conventional genre exercise.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
1/5 31% Super Troopers 2 (2018) As rubbish as it sounds.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Bayona may serve up the occasional poignant image, but much of the film feels like yet another try-hard tribute to Steven Spielberg's directorial ticks and tricks.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 62% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Fairly inconsequential, but not unpleasant, so long as you can get past the relentless on-screen hugging and Mamet's irritating vocal fry.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 82% That Summer (2018) An impressionistic study of a moment in time in which the promise of the previous decade was being unceremoniously eroded.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 100% McQueen (2018) The directors slyly indict the superficiality of an industry that couldn't bear to look at the real McQueen, an industry that missed his cries for help even when those cries came from a catwalk two feet away.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) The Rape of Recy Taylor shines another damning spotlight on the appalling legacy of slavery. Yet the film itself never quite gets to grips with how to tell Taylor's story in a way that's simultaneously sensitive, cinematic and journalistically rigorous.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2/5 53% Book Club (2018) Yet another condescending effort that seems to think audience intelligence drops once everyone is past retirement age.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 87% My Friend Dahmer (2017) A plausibly chilling portrait of an archetypal outsider whose nascent psychosis isn't easily compartmentalised or explained.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) It's the way Ozon keeps the film teetering on the brink of silliness without losing faith in the pulpy appeal of the story that makes this such a blast from its first frame to its shattering final shot.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) If if offers nothing new, it does what it does with craft and skill.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 100% A Cambodian Spring (2018) Eye-opening and upsetting...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 95% Filmworker (2018) Simultaneously dispels and reinforces various myths about the director and offers some incredible insights into the making of several Kubrick classics.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Though in many respects Deadpool 2 is funnier, filthier and certainly better directed in the action stakes than its predecessor...it's also a film that gleefully sacrifices sacred cows while remaining reluctant to touch any labelled "cash."‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
1/5 29% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) A mirth-free adventure involving characters from the earlier movie.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
2/5 40% Anon (2018) The ideas are interesting; the execution isn't.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
3/5 47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) The film revels in its own shambolic style, turning the England of 1977 into a sort of queer-friendly fringe musical fantasia where anything goes.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
2/5 55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) In the end, it plays like the sort of thin comedy about creativity that Woody Allen (whose better films are also homaged here) regularly knocks out.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
2/5 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) What a waste.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
2/5 38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Roberts seems more interested in soundtracking cool kills with Bonnie Tyler songs than using horror tropes to serve up subversive social commentary.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/5 92% Lean on Pete (2018) An outsider's portrait of America that's fully attuned to both the mythic grandeur and the harsh realities of life in a country where wide-open spaces belie the high cost of freedom.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/5 87% Tully (2018) Great stuff.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For all the blockbuster spectacle on display, the film ends up in a place that's unexpectedly poetic and poignant, proving that even a movie of this size still has the ability to surprise - and more to the point: tell a good story.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1/5 44% You, Me and Him (2018) Though there is a half-decent idea in here, that's largely because the premise seems have been reverse-engineered from Lisa Cholodenko's excellent The Kids Are All Right.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) It's an odd film, fascinating and unexpected, the grimness of its subject matter livened by a welcome strain of black humour running through it.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
4/5 93% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) The way it escalates the anxiety and threat at the heart of the story could teach genre filmmakers a thing or two about building tension in gut-clenching ways.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) It's a condescending, exploitative piece of awards bait that desperately tries to disguise its lack of insight through mocking self-awareness.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 77% Dark River (2018) If it feels overly familiar in the light of its aforementioned contemporaries, it's still a beautifully made and acted film and Barnard manages to pull off the tricksy resolution without it feeling contrived.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) Finding Your Feet manages to transcend some of its more egregiously patronising and cringeworthy moments thanks to deeply felt performances by Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 100% The Islands and the Whales (2017) [A] fascinating exploration of life on the Faroe Islands at a time when environmental concerns, health risks and animal rights activism are conspiring to threaten a way of life sustained largely by hunting pilot whales and seabirds for food.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 84% Journeyman (2017) The ensuing story is told with such heart-on-the-sleeve sincerity that it's hard not to be won over.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) Where the old Spielberg magic comes into play are the points at which the virtual game world starts spilling into real world.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2/5 67% Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits (2017) The end result feels a bit broken-backed.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 82% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) Manages to pack an absorbingly convoluted plot into its brief 75-minute running time.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Though meandering in places, it makes its points forcefully enough.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018