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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
4/5 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) The resulting procedural aspect of the film gives it gripping narrative drive, but it's the pitiless portrait of middle-class life in modern Russia that lingers longest.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 71% The Mercy (2017) Though there's certainly an intriguing story buried in here somewhere, the film abandons it in its efforts to valorise Crowhurst and his foolhardy dream while demonising the press for doing its job.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1/5 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Descends into a barely coherent people-going-crazy-in-space film that borrows liberally from the Alien franchise, Solaris, Event Horizon, Sunshine, Interstellar and Another Earth (to name a few).‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) This is a monster movie made with real love.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 39% Den of Thieves (2018) It's tedious stuff, and the elaborate, drawn-out bank robbery plot doesn't make a lot of sense, especially when it tries to pull off a final twist straight out of The Usual Suspects.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) If Daniel Day-Lewis is genuinely going to make good on his recent retirement announcement, he couldn't have picked a better swansong than Phantom Thread.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 71% Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) (2013) Tomasz Wasilewski uses the bleak, rigid industrial spaces against which the film is set to neatly parallel how the lack of fluidity in modern Polish society makes it increasingly difficult for his protagonist to negotiate such choppy waters.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 84% Dirty Wars (2013) It's scary stuff, and though director Richard Rowley sometimes milks the thriller overtones too forcefully, Scahill explores the subject with admirable clarity.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/5 48% Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2014) The film is not without merit, although it remains too much of a slow-burn to really catch fire as the gritty, medieval Euro western its set up promises.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/5 39% Delivery Man (2013) Gooey sentimentality and group hugs follow, but Vaughn is not entirely unappealing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 68% The Railway Man (2014) Scrupulously tasteful films stuffed with Oscar-winning talent have a tendency to feel like awards bait, but Railway Man manages to escape such charges. A modest, old-fashioned film it may be, but with cumulative power that's surprisingly affecting.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/5 81% Early Man (2018) Early Man's reliance on groaning dad-humour and stereotypical celebrations of British daftness feels prehistoric in all the worst ways, especially as the film rolls out a rubbish football plot about being rubbish at football.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/5 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) A sort of grumpy-old-man comedy that looks as if it could have been directed by anyone.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 51% Downsizing (2017) For all the high concept wonders at work, Payne can't seem to break out of his own rut.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) It's preposterous, of course, but the what-would-you-do conundrum gives it an amusing kick and Neeson's hollowed out everyman is surprisingly compelling.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) It's certainly a substantial improvement on recent misfires like The Good Dinosaur and last year's barrel-scraping Cars 3.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 84% The Final Year (2018) It's compelling in ways you wish it wasn't.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) Streep and Hanks are in pure movie star mode, sparking off each other as Graham and Bradlee figure out their respective positions.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
2/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) [Ben] Stiller has already rung this bell in his superior collaborations with Noah Baumbach and we're not exactly short of films exploring the anxieties of middle-aged white guys worried about life leaving them behind.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3/5 73% Hostiles (2018) An unashamedly slow-burning, meditative film, jolted to life by moments of extreme but considered violence, Hostiles may not have the force of a modern classic like The Revenant, but it's a respectable addition to the genre. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
4/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) [Christopher] Plummer's malevolent performance that dominates the film, turning it into a darkly entertaining movie about the corrupting nature of money and the true cost of wealth.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Retrograde gender stereotypes and knock-off Indiana Jones action set-pieces duly follow.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2/5 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) It's all very bogus.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin owes more to the slam-bang mayhem of Danny Boyle than the visual elegance of David Fincher, but mostly he gets out of the way of his writing - delivering for good and ill (but mostly good) a full-throttle Sorkin ride.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Johnson - like George Lucas before him - has an eye for capturing epic moments that simultaneously feel effortless and throwaway.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Even at a patience-stretching two-hour-plus running time, the mayhem Miike unleashes is deliriously inventive.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 46% The Dinner (2017) Coogan's character is intentionally exasperating for much of the movie, but there's something intriguing about the way his character and Gere's ... subvert the expected norms in a movie that's also about class privilege and social responsibility.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/5 88% Better Watch Out (2017) The idea is interesting, but the execution is too tacky to make it fly.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 81% Brigsby Bear (2017) A sweet, albeit overly quirky, film about the power of imagination, the importance of following your dreams and the need to connect with the real world once in a while.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2/5 92% Stronger (2017) The end result, however well-intentioned, rings a little false.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) While no turkey, the end result is mostly a lot of whimsical nonsense.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2/5 85% Wonder (2017) No doubt the filmmakers will be hoping anyone who sees this heart-tugger about a facially deformed kid will [embrace] the many positive messages it espouses rather than focusing on the many broadly manipulative ways it tries to extract tears from you.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 69% Happy End (2017) There's something divinely unsettling about this ...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) On one level it functions as a useful demolition job on the artist-as-savant myth that too many films and documentaries indulge, but on another it's a reminder that even bad art can spring from and inspire compelling human stories.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2/5 85% Beach Rats (2017) The drama [feels] stilted and the violent conclusion predictable and a little exploitative.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
2/5 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) A spectacularly unfunny sequel to the fairly mirthless Mark Wahlberg/Will Ferrell Christmas comedy from 2015.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
4/5 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes has the honour of being the first great film about tennis, but it's also a joyous celebration of an important moment of progress that needs to be remembered - now more than ever.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
4/5 96% Mudbound (2017) Unflinching in its treatment of a difficult subject, yet boasting the craftsmanship and narrative drive of a sweeping historical epic, it's a film that's very much in dialogue with US politics today.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Riffing on the likes of Single White Female and The King of Comedy, it's both a sly satire and a skin-crawling exploration of narcissism in the age of Instagram, with Plaza expertly negotiating a tricky role.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 92% Good Time (2017) The Safdies' raw documentary aesthetic transforms the film into a tense, uncomfortable exposé of desperate, damaged people unsuccessfully trying to bend the world to their own will.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Director Paul McGuigan... gets great performances from his leads, making a virtue of their chemistry together, particularly in the early joyous stages of their relationship when Peter, charmingly, has no idea who Grahame is.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/5 40% Justice League (2017) There's no getting round the fact that DC can't seem to get it together when it comes to expanding its iconic roster of superheroes into a coherent cinematic universe.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 90% Marjorie Prime (2017) More provocative in concept than execution.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) A little dull to watch.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) This is a film fully attuned to the way kids find beauty all around them and Baker does remarkable work with his young cast.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Even though the plot's about as substantial as one of Paddington marmalade sandwiches, it's hard not to be won over by the duffel coat-sporting furball.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/5 92% Thelma (2017) It's just not particularly good.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) A fatalistic and at times morbidly funny tale in which the sins of a father are visited upon his family in bizarre and horrifying ways.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 66% Breathe (2017) Though the film conforms a little too neatly to the inspirational biopic movie tropes, Serkis contrives a few scenes of almost sci-fi like horror that occasionally break Cavendish's story out of the film's own stiff-upper-lipped conventions.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/5 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The performances are casually brilliant... ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017