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Barry Hertz

Barry Hertz
Barry Hertz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): National Post, Globe and Mail

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 95% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You, the feature debut of writer-director Boots Riley, and the no-contest wildest comedy of the season, will keep your mind busy for weeks.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Darken (2018) The only truly epic thing about Darken is its ambitions - those hoping for a film that looks above and beyond the word "scrappy" will be in for a disappointment.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 85% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade only wants to have great, gory fun.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/4 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Like almost every other major studio film this summer, Fallen Kingdom plays dumb, and happily.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Big, annoying and mostly, pointless.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/4 89% Hereditary (2018) No shot seems wasted, the editing is a sturdy and linear rebuke to the quick-cut madness that's infected so many recent genre films, and the sound and set design are meticulous and spare.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2/4 60% Hotel Artemis (2018) Manages to make the most intriguingly bonkers premise a boring and flat exercise.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2.5/4 71% Black Kite (2017) A sometimes touching, sometimes frustrating mix of good instincts and better intentions, Black Kite wants to be the most inspiring film you'll see all year.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 80% Black Cop (2017) Tilting between social satire and pitch-black drama with unnerving ease, Cory Bowles's feature debut Black Cop is an intriguing high-wire act.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Nobody Famous (2017) This isn't to say there haven't been successful films made about horrible individuals in the past, but Rotella's simply sticks us in a cabin with three girls and two guys who are not only awful, but awfully dull.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
2/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) A movie that feels scribbled in pencil crayon, drenched in Jolt cola and coated with the dust of a thousand discarded bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos... As it is, Deadpool 2 is a film that is merely aggressively aggressive.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/4 84% Disobedience (2018) Lelio's film is about more than sex, or its perhaps easy ability to shock. It is a love story, as beautiful as it is devastating.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3.5/4 92% Revenge (2018) Revenge is a brutal, bloody, exhilarating work that does not even for a moment blink.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
1.5/4 55% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) As Hazanavicius tries to peel back the layers of Godard, he only proves how little of the man's work he understands.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/4 87% Tully (2018) I don't think it's a stretch to propose a Charlize Theron Day. The actor has been so good, for so long, that she deserves at least 24 hours' worth of recognition.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/4 78% Beirut (2018) Beirut is as solid a film as Hamm is a performer.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) We do not deserve Lynne Ramsay.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) So much of Ready Player One is assembled from the detritus of our past that it is less a film and more an overstuffed cultural recycling bin.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
1.5/4 51% Flower (2018) Everyone here is simply a mismanaged thing to be moved around an isn't-that-shocking storyboard as needed. It's a shame, as Deutch shows real commitment to a role that demands the exact opposite ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 57% Juggernaut (2018) DiMarco just can't sustain enough tension or drama to power the film through a plodding 105 minutes.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
1/4 40% Gringo (2018) Dust off those spec scripts, all you as-yet-unsuccessful scribes - Hollywood's apparently paying anyone these days.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
0.5/4 18% Death Wish (2018) However this Death Wish came to be shall remain a mystery. Just as no one will ever truly know why Willis jumped aboard, or who thought his participation was a good idea.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
1.5/4 74% Mom and Dad (2018) Nicolas Cage does crazy like no one else, but his descent into insanity here - not too far from how his character acts at the beginning of the film, really - can't elevate Taylor's juvenile take on adulthood.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/4 98% Quest (2017) There is no grand narrative or point to be hammered home; instead, Olshefski delivers a subtle, sincere and honest portrait of barely making ends meet in modern America.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) If Garland must play by some of modern Hollywood's rules, he abandons them in just about every other way.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/4 97% Black Panther (2018) To the infinite credit of Coogler and his team, Black Panther fights constantly and bitterly against the familiar constraints of Disney's superhero industrial complex.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2/4 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Its twists feel routine, its narrative spine limp and its conclusion especially rushed.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/4 57% The Commuter (2018) With Collet-Sera in the conductor's seat, and Neeson his increasingly eager attendant, the film stays on track.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
2.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread, as much as it is a meditation on the very real hunger that drives a madman, offers not quite enough in the way of emotional or character nourishment.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
2/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) For a project that aims to hook mature and discerning adult moviegoers that other studios have left behind, All the Money in the World is, frankly, so very stupid.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) As much as The Shape of Water's disparate parts shouldn't work - and as much as its "originality" is sourced from the thousands of other fables del Toro has consumed over his lifetime - it does, in the end.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2.5/4 78% Sweet Virginia (2017) A lot to take in - too much, really.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3/4 100% Wexford Plaza (2017) A subtly grim meditation on suburban isolation - a lot of the action happens in a deserted parking lot - and youthful despair.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
2.5/4 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Swords are drawn, guts are spilled, and so forth, but it feels as if the man who made the all-timers Ichi the Killer and Dead or Alive 2: Birds is merely going through the motions.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
0/4 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) There are exactly two half-decent gags in this tale of feuding patriarchs, but both are immediately cancelled out by the sheer ineptitude and even malice that fuels the production. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The idea of pairing the oft-dull Thor with a series of oddball companions is an inspired, if necessary, move - so much so that it's baffling it has taken Marvel this long to smarten up.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Here, finally, is a children's film for real children, a sincere and humane work that is absent any franchise concerns or daydreams of ancillary product.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 76% Una (2017) These are not easy people to understand, nor to watch unravel, but they are urgent, complicated, captivating characters.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) Completely, atrociously, perhaps even impressively, stupid.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2/4 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Landesman has wrangled a murderer's row of character actors here - Tom Sizemore! Ike Barinholtz! Michael C. Hall! Bruce Greenwood! - but his script and direction lack a distinct killer instinct.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/4 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) In almost every way, Vaughn's new Kingsman is an unwieldly inflation of the original, although not so much by single-minded design as if by studio committee.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 100% Let There Be Light (2017) What could have been a hectoring science lesson turns out to be more thrilling than any late-90s Keanu Reeves movie.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
69% mother! (2017) The world is lucky to have Mother! I am lucky to have witnessed it.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
1/4 38% I Love You, Daddy (2017) If Pamela Adlon didn't pop by now and then to call out [Louis] C.K.'s line of thinking, I Love You, Daddy, would be totally worthless. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3.5/4 67% The Crescent (2017) A creeping atmosphere sets in almost immediately, gripping the screen tight until the final image, which can either be read as subtly hopeful or despairingly eerie.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) There are no fireworks or twists or unnecessary frills here, nor should there be - this is simply perfect filmmaking from a voice that demands to be heard.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 55% The Upside (2018) [Bryan] Cranston and [Kevin] Hart fight tooth and nail to keep the film as charming as possible, though, with Hart going to particularly impressive lengths. It almost works, until you remember it shouldn't.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 96% Bodied (2017) An outrageous and outrageously entertaining treatise on cultural sensitivity. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) The dialogue is paced at about the intensity of a jackhammer and every other sentence uttered ends on a twist of the one that came before it.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3.5/4 64% Manhunt (2017) At times, it approaches self-parody, but that's just [John] Woo having some much-needed fun. The man deserves it. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017