Barry Hertz

Barry Hertz
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: National Post, Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 No Score Yet The Empty Man (2020) Producers couldn't have picked a better title, though. After I left my Friday afternoon screening, attended by a whopping two other people, I felt far from satisfied. Empty, you might say. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 93% Memories of Murder (2003) Tracing a long, frustrating, and at times darkly funny investigation into the crimes of a rural South Korean serial killer, Memories of Murder is a thrilling and stomach-churning ride. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/4 84% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) An essential piece of 2020 culture, distilling the mania of this cursed year into a compact 95 minutes of jaw-dropping cringe comedy. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/4 77% Over the Moon (2020) But watching Over the Moon unfold over its too-leisurely 95 minutes, the filmmakers' efforts feel rather ... not "crass," exactly. But certainly off. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
2/4 45% Rebecca (2020) For some reason that shall forever remain a mystery to all those but director Ben Wheatley and the almighty Netflix algorithm, 2020 has delivered one of the most unnecessary remakes in the history of an industry built upon revisitation: Rebecca. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/4 64% The Secrets We Keep (2020) The Secrets We Keep is a solid, well-acted, and slightly predictable drama of morals whose novelty evaporates once you realize that the general beats of the story itself have been presented before, to far more haunting effect. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/4 76% Clouds (2020) Director Justin Baldoni's young-adult romance knows exactly which audience it's playing to, and accomplishes much of what it sets out to do: break your heart, while leaving you humming a sorrowful-yet-catchy tune. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) Telling a sitcom-simple story with a frustrating lack of emotional and narrative depth, Coppola has produced a distressingly disposable film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
2/4 28% 2067 (2020) Despite the too-twisty story and drippy characters, Larney does extremely impressive work with a limited budget, creating an entire world (or two) as if he had the resources of a Marvel escapade, or at the very least a Terminator entry. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/4 91% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin's winks are so shameless that you can hear them flutter across your own living room, but that doesn't make them unenjoyable, either. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/4 92% Possessor: Uncut (2020) If this is just a taste of what Brandon Cronenberg has in store for cinema, then long live the new flesh. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/4 81% The Boys in the Band (2020) The performances that Mantello wrings make the 2020 effort worth everyone's trouble. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/4 68% The Artist's Wife (2020) Like an exhausted artist facing a blank canvas, or an underwhelmed film critic staring at a blank screen, The Artist's Wife doesn't have much to say but tosses something on the screen regardless, hoping it will stick. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/4 83% Misbehaviour (2020) Misbehaviour is a film that makes its characters compete with each other for screen time and resonance and social messaging. Ultimately, no one goes home a winner. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
2.5/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Executed with more energy than either of Guy Ritchie's recent blockbusters, and with Henry Cavill acting as a more suave Sherlock than Robert Downey Jr., director Harry Bradbeer's adventure is a perfectly fine piece of Holmes-ian content... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/4 61% The Last Shift (2020) The Last Shift is not nearly as challenging a production, both for Jenkins and audiences, but it is highly watchable. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) In its quizzical, candy-coloured, sideways view of the world - one that normalizes apartments that regularly flood with pink sludge - the film is offering a challenge to its audience. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 91% Fauna (2020) Lyrical, haunting and at times extraordinarily funny, Fauna is a work best viewed twice, and with the clear understanding that even one revisit may not be enough. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/4 100% The Truffle Hunters (2020) You'll get to know the titular hunters, but only to imagine brief snippets of their life. In other words, it will leave you hungry for more. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 78% I Am Greta (2020) I Am Greta is completely devoid of urgency, let alone insight. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Bandar Band (2020) And just like the best of road trips, it's over before you want it to be. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
4/4 84% Notturno (2020) Rosi's genuine desire to understand the psychological reality of the region is not only morally admirable, it is artistically astonishing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 92% The Best Is Yet To Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) (2020) As a procedural, it's a fine enough two-hour distraction - you just cannot help but imagine what someone like Jia would have done with the material. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/4 53% Good Joe Bell (2020) The drama is well-intentioned - it may very well expand narrow minds - but is also heavy-handed, manipulative, and thin on character. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) There's enough style and, um, heart in Krinsky's ultra-romantic vision to carry the film through. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
2/4 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Best to bury this Devil in an unmarked grave. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/4 88% The Nest (2020) As conceived by Canadian writer-director Sean Durkin, The Nest is excellently engineered domestic drama, with characters walking on just the right number of eggshells around each other until they crack wide open. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
2.5/4 100% Nadia, Butterfly (2020) [T]he film is not quite a medallist. But it's certainly a spirited contender. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/4 77% Akilla's Escape (2020) Akilla's Escape may only cover one very bad night in the life of a city, but its power will stick with you for days, even weeks. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
1.5/4 74% Shadow in the Cloud (2020) The result is a cheap-looking thriller that sputters rather than soars. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/4 78% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) I both cannot wait to watch it again, and dread the opportunity to revisit Franco's many nausea-inducing tableaux, which so dangerously straddle the line between incendiary and exploitative. For now, I'm going to call this a masterpiece. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5/4 90% Gaza Mon Amour (2020) With one heavy foot in lighthearted romantic comedy and another in light political commentary, Gaza Mon Amour never takes a wrong step, exactly, but also feels ambivalent about its final destination. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3.5/4 80% Pieces of a Woman (2020) There are places where the film slips... but as a whole, Pieces of a Woman comes together tremendously. And a warning: absolutely do not watch this if you're pregnant. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5/4 93% I Care a Lot (2020) Comes on strong as pulpy, comic-leaning thriller before running out of bloody tricks. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5/4 95% Beans (2020) When Beans works, it resonates. And when it doesn't, it's not a tragedy - merely evidence of a filmmaker finding what works for her voice and vision, and what might work better for a highly anticipated follow-up. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5/4 81% Violation (2020) [T]he dead-seriousness with which Sims-Fewer and Mancinelli approach their subject is admirable, and you won't find another film this year that subverts the male gaze in such a brutally naked manner. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3.5/4 96% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) These are two different visions for two different Byrnes at two different eras. Both burn down the house, in their own way. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
2/4 73% The Boy from Medellín (2020) J Balvin super-fans might be pleased with the behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Everyone else, throw on one of the man's reggaeton hits and move along. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 92% Limbo (2020) A deadpan look at the unbearable loneliness of being, Ben Sharrock's debut feature Limbo feels, appropriately, caught between two genre worlds. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 96% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) The results are frequently engrossing and formally inventive, even if the finale arrives abruptly, and with a whiff of inevitability. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
4/4 97% Nomadland (2020) In writer-director-editor-producer Chloe Zhao's searing new film, Frances McDormand plays Fern with a quiet ferocity, ultimately delivering a gut-punch of a performance. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 72% Ammonite (2020) Right now, give Winslet your undivided attention. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3.5/4 100% Inconvenient Indian (2020) Poetic and engaging, the film cements Latimer's reputation as one of Canada's most intriguing and playful practitioners of the cinematic form. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 100% 76 Days (2020) At times, this cinema-vérité approach results in a claustrophobic and engrossing viewing experience. But its construction also frequently, and curiously, lacks urgency, and the few characters the filmmakers keep returning to never quite stick. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/4 71% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020) [A] state of existential crisis, one that director Lili Horvat teases with curiosity and ambiguity, as if Krzysztof Kieslowski were alive and well and making movies in Budapest. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 63% Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) (2020) Cold and cruel reality often has a way of working its way into the bloody pleasures of a zombie movie. But few genre flicks have mimicked our current reality more than Get the Hell Out... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/4 97% One Night in Miami (2020) By letting the past effortlessly speak to the present, King has created a movie both devastating and hopeful. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
1.5/4 81% Enemies of the State (2020) There's a late-film shot involving Scrabble tiles that is one of the more groan-inducing images you'll see all year. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 92% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Come for the opportunity to hear Werner Herzog utter the words "a beach resort so godforsaken you want to cry," but stay for the German director's journey into the world of meteors in this half-amusing, half-illuminating documentary. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/4 48% The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) In this new era of McG movies, you can simply turn his film off, walk a few steps to your bedroom and go to sleep. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020