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
Publications: National Post, Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 82% The Perfection (2019) [M]ost everyone who watches The Perfection will instead be staring at the screen slack-jawed, dumbfounded at the gory silliness they endured. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 58% Brightburn (2019) Although Brightburn's final seconds hint at James' more finely attuned cinematic sensibilities the film is not nearly as strong as its villain. It is, however, just as immature. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) There are just some things that should not exist in this world, and Smith's visage pasted onto a floating, endlessly stretchy blue cloud of CGI muscles and sinew is top of the list. So, yeah: pure nightmare fuel. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) No-name assassins are still stupid enough to think they can kill Wick, and Wick is still happy to prove them wrong. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/4 65% Peterloo (2019) Once again, the director proves himself to be a master of basic human conflict, on whatever scale is necessary. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Chester is heavily invested in the ins and outs of manure, but he either can't, or chooses not to, smell the stink coming off his own film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 94% Shadow (2019) If The Great Wall felt like Yimou was turning his greatest hits into something dispassionately bland, then Shadow takes the familiar and makes it feel startlingly new. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot may be about a schlub, but it is far from schlubby. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 56% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Yet despite the efforts of its stars and the inherent juiciness of its source material, the film falls flat when it should bounce with surreal glee. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
1.5/4 29% UglyDolls (2019) Buyer beware. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
1.5/4 61% The Public (2019) Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Slater and Gabrielle Union all look like they'd rather be somewhere else. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 93% Diane (2019) The reason Diane (the film) exists is not to propose and then solve a mystery, but to engage with Diane (the person). - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/4 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler knows how to command attention, even if it is by way of provocation. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/4 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) [T]he entire endeavour loses any sense of emotional stakes or general meaning beyond the deliverance of crass fan-service and incomprehensible visuals. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/4 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) However it finagled its way into the cultural conversation, Gan's remarkable achievement deserves as much oxygen as we can afford to give it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1.5/4 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) By attempting to craft a slick mélange of neo-noir, dark slacker comedy and puzzle-driven treasure hunt, Mitchell has produced a film that is so preoccupied with turning itself on that it forgets to focus on the desires or basic needs of its audience. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/4 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) But like Peter Farrelly's road-trip dramedy, Bissell's film stretches and flattens history in ways big and small. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/4 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Johann Johannsson's comically overbearing score is just interesting enough to justify the entire project, but Mary Magdalene is ultimately an unnecessary cinematic resurrection. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Perhaps Nemes was hoping to let the precision of his intricately staged images artfully clash with the absurdity of a chaotic plot. But the result is more tedious than tense. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Edge of the Knife (2018) The themes of guilt and redemption may be familiar, but Edenshaw and Haig-Brown present them in a vision so distinct and unfamiliar to audiences that the film feels abundantly fresh. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/4 54% The Beach Bum (2019) I'm still trying to puzzle your film out, which is infuriating, given that it's a cinematic middle finger to the concept of problem-solving. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) For whatever reason, The Highwaymen exists. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/4 75% Genèse (2018) The drama is an intricately constructed and intensely felt work that transcends the easy "coming-of-age" genre label that is so tempting to slap onto it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 94% The Mustang (2019) Like Roman, though, all I longed for were further glimpses of the life outside, where man and beast roam free, oblivious to any narrative demands. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Bizarrely, Captain Marvel is less interested in fleshing out its own hero than it is in filling in the blanks of the MCU. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/4 71% Triple Frontier (2019) That Chandor's film cannot quite reconcile [its] eventual tonal shift... becomes his own undoing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) There are few shocks along the way... but all the obligatory ups and downs are given decent weight by Pugh, as well as Nick Frost and Lena Headey as her beyond-the-mat parents. And for most of the film's run-time, that's enough. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/4 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Writer-director Christopher Landon's quick-turnaround sequel is pure self-knowing nonsense - a smoothly executed, briskly paced mash-up of horror tropes, time-travel paradoxes and silly campus slapstick. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 89% Arctic (2019) The actor offers an incredibly committed and determined performance, but by the film's end, you wish he'd be able to get back to doing what he does best: eating. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 44% The Prodigy (2019) McCarthy's film dips its toes into some stock scare tactics - the whistling tea kettle, the dark hallway, the creepy basement - while struggling to figure out whether it wants its third act to be a boring or bad-ass sort of bonkers-bananas. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/4 92% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh has made a film about disruption that also aims to disrupt. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) And while it takes a few beats to rediscover the manic rhythm of the original, about half an hour in, every piece more or less clicks, and I will not apologize for that sentence. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/4 93% Village Rockstars (2017) Village Rockstars is confident and sincere, its story unfolding at a languid but controlled pace. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 19% Serenity (2019) [T]he new Matthew McConaughey vehicle is playing by its own demented rules. When it deigns to care about rules. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/4 38% Glass (2019) Why was Shyamalan, who has directed at least four objective failures over the course of his career, allowed yet another chance to prove what a disappointment he can be? - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) For a movie focused on two of the most influential performers in comedy history, it feels like an especially cruel joke - and not even the punchiness of its two stars can help the thing land. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/4 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Holmes & Watson is bad. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
1.5/4 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is the ultimate Robert Zemeckis movie. This is not intended as a compliment. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) After the cacophonous abomination that was Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, I suppose the mere whiff of competency smells good in comparison. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex falls regrettably flat. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 63% Bird Box (2018) While Bird Box is wrapped up in a postapocalyptic-thriller guise, it's more a cautious character study... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
1.5/4 67% Vice (2018) Furious, hectoring and condescending... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 95% Blaze (2018) Hawke is more fascinated with passion than profile. And here, that's more than enough. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 69% The Mule (2018) There's an interesting movie, or five movies, stashed away somewhere in The Mule. Good luck to those hoping to sniff it out. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might be the best Spider-Man film ever made. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Too terrifying for children, too boring for adults and arriving far too soon after a nearly identical project, Andy Serkis's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a frustrating, fascinating mess. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1.5/4 57% The House That Jack Built (2018) If von Trier is instead merely content telling a sick joke - and the soundtrack, including the repeated use of David Bowie's Fame, suggests as much - it leads to a punchline we've all heard before. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 93% The Favourite (2018) It is Colman who steals the film from everyone - Lanthimos included. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 38% Tiger (2018) Any sports film, no matter its scale or handicap, has to land its narrative and aesthetic punches - and Tiger clings to the ropes more often than not. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Don't read another word about it: just go. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018