Alistair Harkness Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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 63%

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016)

"Too often the Dardennes rely on their ultra-naturalistic style and socially aware themes to excuse some pretty contrived and unconvincing plotting. A rare misfire." ‐Scotsman
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 94%

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"Though the film isn't exactly deep, Steinfeld makes it watchable and there's amusing support from Woody Harrelson as her wry teacher." ‐Scotsman
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 81%

Chi-Raq (2015)

"Chi-Raq doesn't all work, but it's simultaneously righteous and bawdy enough to get its message across in entertaining fashion and features a great performance from up-and-coming actress Teyonah Parris in the lead." ‐Scotsman
Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 85%

Sully (2016)

"Where the film succeeds in a big way - aside from casting Hanks and Eckhart - is the recreation of the emergency landing itself and its immediate aftermath: it's thrilling, heart-in-mouth stuff." ‐Scotsman
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 70%

Bleed For This (2016)

"Younger takes care to keep things rooted in the real and he's aided by Teller and Eckhart, who give it their all in a movie that ultimately celebrates the simple power of living for the thing you love most." ‐Scotsman
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/5 94%

Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016)

"It's been a while since there's been a gripping serial killer movie, but Kiyoshi Kurosawa's new film Creepy more than lives up to its title." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 25, 2016
4/5 95%

Paterson (2016)

"[Jarmusch's] best in a decade." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 25, 2016
2/5 61%

Allied (2016)

"Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard find themselves at the centre of not just one but two of the most risible scenes of the year." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 25, 2016
4/5 97%

Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016)

"Your Name exploits anime's limitless potential to tell a poignant love story that incorporates gender identity and cosmic wormholes to dazzling narrative effect." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 82%

Indignation (2016)

"Marcus is constantly reminded of the fact that even small mistakes can have serious consequences and the film uses this to subtly explore whether an emphasis on conformity cultivates a fatalistic psyche by forcing us to deny our most basic yearnings." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/5 43%

Dog Eat Dog (2016)

"The way it gleefully embraces the violent, racist and misogynistic impulses of its ageing white male protagonists in post-recession America makes it feel sickeningly apropos." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 75%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Like its hero it's full of magic, but endearingly modest with it." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet

16 Years Till Summer (2015)

"Another quietly brilliant example of some of the great narrative documentary filmmaking currently being done in Scotland." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 10, 2016
5/5 93%

Arrival (2016)

"Sci-fi with a big emotional sweep is tough to get right." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 95%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"As quietly damning as it is tragically hopeful." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 79%

You've Been Trumped Too (2016)

"Though Baxter recycles a lot of material from the first two films, he gets some interesting results ,,," ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 76%

A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

"There's a genuinely uplifting true story behind A Street Cat Named Bob. Sadly this film version - based on James Bowen's best-selling memoir of the same name - is too twee to do it justice ..." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Though the cast (which includes Rachel Weisz) does some good work, it's too controlled to rip you apart the way a film like this should." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 72%

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"The thriller elements have genuine gut-wrenching power, but everything around them is comically severe." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Rain Man meets Batman in The Accountant, an enjoyably silly action movie starring Ben Affleck as an on-the-spectrum forensic accountant who doubles up as a secret vigilante." ‐Scotsman
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/5 97%

Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016)

"Sang-ho can't quite resist a last-minute lurch towards sentimentality, but for the most part he keeps this moveable feast for the undead on track with relentless and bloody carnage." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 81%

Starfish (2016)

"Features good performances from Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt as the couple trying to come to terms with very altered lives." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 93%

Ethel & Ernest (2016)

"A lovely and poignant animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs's picture book biography of his eponymous working class parents." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 92%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"This exploration of the birth and development of the internet is nothing if not entertaining." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Mostly ... this is a weird and witty breath of fresh air- and as a bonus it also finds a neat solution to the excessive third-act destruction of The Avengers/Captain America films without stinting on spectacle." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 27, 2016
1/5 20%

Inferno (2016)

"It takes real effort to make a film as heroically awful as Inferno, so if nothing else Ron Howard and Tom Hanks deserve credit for their ongoing commitment to bringing the Dan Brown-sourced franchise to the big screen in such dire fashion." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 81%

American Honey (2016)

"What emerges is a sprawling coming-of-age film that deliberately tempers the romanticism of the landscape with the rawness of a life lived tethered to the bottom rung of the societal ladder." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 14, 2016
1/5 63%

Storks (2016)

"Serves up a nonsensical plot, lots of bright colours and a raft of celebrity voices, but not much else." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 84%

A Monster Calls (2016)

"Mixing animation and heartfelt storytelling, the film features an impressive break-out performance from Edinburgh actor Lewis MacDougall in the central role." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 11, 2016
5/5 97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"It's a story about grief and redemption, but it's told with the same complexity, depth and humour as [Lonergan's] debut film, You Can Count On Me." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 11, 2016
5/5 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"A bold, brilliant, beautiful and somewhat bonkers (an octopus does feature) feminist-themed revenge story." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 98%

Moonlight (2016)

"A remarkable drama about a young black American man wrestling with his sexuality in a society already prejudiced against him because of the colour of his skin." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 89%

A United Kingdom (2017)

"Oyelowo and Pike generate so much heartfelt chemistry it never feels like we're being preached at. The result is absorbing mainstream cinema, a great story told with real craft and flair." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 92%

My Scientology Movie (2017)

"Various high-level flunkies meet their match in Theroux's calm, collected and actually very respectful approach." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 63%

War on Everyone (2016)

"Has almost no redeeming features beyond providing empty entertainment for a couple of hours, which it mostly excels at doing." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/5 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"The film does nothing innovative with its source material: it simply streamlines the plot to a manageable length without bothering to flesh out any of the characters." ‐Scotsman
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Burton's macabre sensibility and a delicious performance from Eva Green as shape-shifting Miss Peregrine (a Burton heroine if ever there was one) enlivens the tortuous plotting and dreary world building." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 30, 2016
1/5 68%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"Proving that originality can sometimes be overrated, the Sundance-hyped Swiss Army Man is like set of non-existent clothes draped over a big name actor determined to show there's more to him than the franchise that made him a star." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 69%

Urban Hymn (2015)

"Urban Hymn also sounds hackneyed on paper but isn't on film." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"It's dramatically compelling and sensitive to the racial complications of the era." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 30, 2016
4/5 84%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Entertaining as hell without diminishing the real people involved in the disaster. Brilliant stuff." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 30, 2016
4/5 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Taking care not to present any of the characters as saints or villains, Sachs builds up a complex and beautifully performed portrait of modern urban living that feels honest and true." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 23, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet

Scottish Mussel (2016)

"The worst film ever made in Scotland ..." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 83%

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

"Aspires to greatness by pushing its social concerns and big ideas up front for all to see. But the film falls far short thanks to some pretty ropey writing, undistinguished direction and variable performances." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"In aspiring to present itself as a diverting mainstream action film, this only ever manages to be a diverting mainstream action film. Magnificence never enters the equation." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"If you ever wondered if nostalgia for the Fab Four could reach saturation point, Ron Howard's new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years provides the answer." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 90%

The Clan (El Clan) (2016)

"So strange and compelling it quickly transcends its influences." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/5 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Cranston is eminently watchable as the in-too-deep cop risking his family life for the thrill of the job." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"Waititi keeps the jokes coming thick and fast, delivering hi-jinks and heightened characters with an emotional undertow that really resonates." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/5 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Alas, when one character announces the group has been walking round in circles, it foreshadows a finalé that simply offers a more amped up version of everything we've seen before." ‐Scotsman
Posted Sep 15, 2016
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