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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 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 70% 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 75% 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 7% The Snowman (2017) Completely, atrociously, perhaps even impressively, stupid.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2/4 34% 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 51% 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 39% 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 95% Bodied (2017) An outrageous and outrageously entertaining treatise on cultural sensitivity. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 81% 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 57% 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
2/4 81% The Square (2017) The Square turns from a sharp art-world satire into something egregiously bonkers, a mish-mash of blunt comic beats and heavy-handed social commentary.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) A shockingly poignant portrait of the jealousies that arise when the creative process goes haywire.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) Whatever stabs at dark comedy, social satire and noir-esque murder mystery the Coens may have once been mulling with Suburbicon are only superficial wounds in [George] Clooney's hands.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3.5/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) [Sean] Baker mostly crafts a tiny adventure of absorbing wonder.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 50% Downsizing (2017) A beautiful, confounding creation. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) Andy Muschietti's It is Stephen King distilled in its purest form - namely, terrifying.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/4 78% Sundowners (2017) Deliberately awkward and bravely subversive.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3.5/4 92% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky is a crackerjack heist film that strongly echoes Soderbergh's other crackerjack heist franchise, but with a uniquely downmarket and genuinely affectionate charm all its own.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/4 87% Wind River (2017) The film reveals its twists slowly but surely, with Sheridan confident that his lead heroes will keep you captivated as he breaks his story down.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is bold, brazen and frequently bonkers. But it's also killer.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/4 49% 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 78% 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 93% 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 93% 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 16% 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 17% 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 55% 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 80% 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 80% 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 68% 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