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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
68% 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 59% 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 No Score Yet 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
4/4 100% 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 92% Bodied (2017) An outrageous and outrageously entertaining treatise on cultural sensitivity. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/4 92% Molly's Game (2017) 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 60% 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 70% 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 93% 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 42% 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 97% 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 67% 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 No Score Yet Sundowners (2017) Deliberately awkward and bravely subversive.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3.5/4 93% 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 86% 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 75% 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 50% 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 77% 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 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 18% 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 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 70% 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 67% 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 89% 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 54% 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 15% Spark: A Space Tail (2017) What, exactly, happened to director Aaron Woodley?‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3/4 95% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (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 86% 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 66% 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