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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
3/4 54% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) This is a movie that will make you scream - in confusion, in delight, in anger, in ecstasy. Sometimes all at once.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/4 75% The Little Hours (2017) No matter how obvious the set-up - what if men and women of the cloth were ... rude and sexy??? - the cast gives every scene just enough of a deadpan spin to sell it, at least for the first hour.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/4 100% Mermaids (2017) Weinstein treats her subjects with compassion and empathy, while offering curious audiences a nicely cut look at one of the world's little-known subcultures. Under the sea, it sounds good to me.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/4 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Serkis has invented an entirely new medium of performance - one that pushes the series into a realm that would have blown poor George Taylor's mind even more than a half-buried Lady Liberty.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/4 33% Blood Hunters (One Drop) (2016) Lee's film tries to find the tension in a host of perhaps interesting themes (addiction, parental responsibility), but all are handled with a lack of finesse.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) Like all Judd Apatow-supervised productions, it's about 10 minutes too long, but that is a small complaint when weighed against Nanjiani and Co.'s remarkable achievement.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) Wright has a peerless skill in syncing up his images to the beats and rhythms of a diverse soundtrack, giving new life to tracks that have long seemed exhausted‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship (2015) The film itself isn't much to savour, telling the tale of a passion gone sour that could have been scripted in a stupor.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 85% Okja (2017) A super-pig of a film that is overstuffed almost to the point of nausea.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
0/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) There is no redemption to be found here, only suffering.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
1.5/4 16% All Eyez on Me (2017) A by-the-numbers biopic that trades on the worst clichés of the hip-hop world (that is, drugs, bling and a preoccupation with women's butts that puts the Fast and Furious franchise to shame).‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/4 45% Awakening the Zodiac (2017) Its pedestrian execution and the general sense that you're watching a facsimile of something so much better is overwhelming - meaning it's beyond underwhelming.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2.5/4 53% City of Tiny Lights (2016) Travis's noir is entirely watchable, but it's only because of to Ahmed's captivating presence.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
1/4 No Score Yet An American Dream (2017) An American Dream makes a great case for why Canadians should be barred from even gently poking fun at our neighbour to the south.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/4 78% Werewolf (2016) In plumbing the pitch black, Werewolf offers the distinct hope of a brighter future - at least, a brighter future for Canadian cinema.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/4 79% Chuck (2017) It may not go the distance, but it's surely worth a step into the ring.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) The new film is intended to act as several things, none of them particularly admirable.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2.5/4 70% The Wall (2017) Liman ... elevates the material every chance he gets, ensuring what could have been a bargain-basement dramatic exercise looks and moves like a big-budget thrill ride.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2.5/4 92% Hounds of Love (2017) The central performances are riveting ... but the torture Young depicts, even only if it's suggestive rather than blatant, can be difficult to digest over the course of almost two long hours.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 79% Violet (2017) Van Sant's influence clearly looms large, but Violet acts as more than its own artistic statement.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) A lean, mean, bloody comedy of the darkest order, Greg McLean's The Belko Experiment is pure genre fun.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Sensitive Parts (2017) Yonge's performance is as unnerving as it is captivating, and Prost never lets it slip into easy melodrama.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Often loud, occasionally obnoxious and so consistently convinced of its own awesomeness that it will not, it cannot, stop pointing out everything that makes it so utterly wonderful.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Do Donkeys Act? (2017) It is a well-known maxim in movie-making that any project can be improved by the presence of Willem Dafoe.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
1/4 11% Spark: A Space Tail (2017) What, exactly, happened to director Aaron Woodley?‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3/4 94% 78/52 (2017) Director Alexandre O. Philippe unpacks an entire semester's worth of cinema studies, coming to a unified theory of how one act of on-screen murder became the perfect "image of the uncaring universe."‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3.5/4 80% Becoming Bond (2017) The result is as slick as it is hilarious, a perfect portrait of an aging ladies' man and irascible rebel agent.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3.5/4 100% For Ahkeem (2017) It's a sort of bad-luck situation most documentarians secretly dream of, but to their credit, For Ahkeem's co-directors don't exploit the situation, merely letting their cameras continue to capture Daje's ever-dire situation.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
2/4 83% Tokyo Idols (2017) Director Kyoko Miyake attempts to demystify the scene, which has so infected the West's general view of Japanese pop culture, but comes up short each time, every new theory encountering contradictions and uneasy conclusions.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/4 67% Free Fire (2017) A mostly fun, over-the-top ode to the siege movie, as well as a love/hate letter to all things firearm-related.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 80% Colossal (2017) Clearly a movie designed for niche audiences, it will not strike everyone the same way. But for those who embrace Vigalondo's wild wavelength, the rewards are innumerable.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3.5/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The never-ending jungle proves perfectly suited to the filmmaker's lush, operatic aesthetic, as does the film's central theme of escaping one's background, through whatever means necessary.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) If the fate of the Furious series is to grow somehow both wearier and dumber with age, then the eighth film is proof of a mission firmly accomplished. And there's no shame, Vin, in hanging it all up after a job well done.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 88% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) I learned more about the director's process and creative drive in a tidy 90 minutes than I ever could in the three hours it would take to slog through Inland Empire.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet The Devout (2015) The defiantly unique plot is just left to hang here, as Carrick and his mostly game co-stars try to add some emotional weight to the proceedings, an effort Gaston seems mostly ill-equipped to handle.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1.5/4 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) An inert, insulting appropriation of what is one of the 20th century's most influential works of pop art.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
1/4 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) A work of soulless indifference.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/4 57% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) Baruchel's sequel is everything Dowse's original film was, amped up a degree or three ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/4 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The result is hallucinatory and puzzling, but never anything less than captivating.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3.5/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A layered and melancholy drama about one man's attempt to rebuild his life, before it moves on without him.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It is the platonic ideal of big, smart-dumb B-movie filmmaking - and, like Kong himself, it must be seen to be believed.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Saigon Bodyguards (2016) For most audiences around the world, Saigon Bodyguards will come across as more a curiosity than anything else.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 93% Logan (2017) Jackman twists the pain at the centre of the hero's struggle into remarkably uncomfortable places for a blockbuster.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) A wicked, gory and even occasionally funny take on George A. Romero.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/4 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A Man Called Ove hits all of the genre's sweet spots, without ever tipping into the saccharine.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Basically, it's a standard-issue Batman narrative - arguably better than 50 per cent of history's other Batman films - that just happens to take place in a Lego-fied world.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) You would not expect a sequel to a Keanu Reeves shoot-em-up to be one of the more engrossing and beautiful films of the year, but hey, it's 2017 - there have been a lot of surprises.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2.5/4 43% Gold (2017) Not even all of McConaughey's substantial powers can overcome director Stephen Gaghan's lacklustre vision or the screenwriters' muddy narrative.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 96% The Love Witch (2016) This is not a potion fit for everyone, but for a select few, The Love Witch offers powerful magic.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/4 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) If palling around with a group of wastrel criminal types whose idea of fun is burning their possessions while running around shirtless chasing rabbits, then Trespass Against Us is the film for you.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017