Barry Paris

Barry Paris
Barry Paris's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Publications: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 100% Mr. Klein (1976) Dark forces shaped the life and brilliant career of director Joseph Losey. Even darker forces shape the life of Mr. Klein, the title character of his last great film. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/4 44% The Addams Family (2019) I can't help feeling (and saying) that the 1991 live-action version... was better and much funnier. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/4 85% Downton Abbey (2019) The cinematic Downton looks and feels quite like the televised Downton, extended in length and enhanced by the more sumptuous production values the film medium affords. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) The movie is better than the sleazy promo: fast-paced female empowerment, with magnetic J-Lo in the driver's seat. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) All hail the shocking boldness of contemporary Australian filmmaking. See it at your own emotional risk. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in refreshingly empathetic charm. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) There's a lot of chemistry in their ill-fated, semi-Bonnie and Clyde relationship. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) "Farewell" tugs at the heartstrings in many funny, bittersweet, touching ways. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's exultant in its chaotic excess, visually beautiful, emotionally rich and psychologically fascinating, proving both the truth - and the falsehood - that you can't go home again. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2.5/4 62% Yesterday (2019) I can't help thinking it might've been better - and more fun - had it eschewed the alternate time-space continuum and just chronicled the real-life electromagnetic evolution of a tune called "Scrambled Eggs." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Thompson's remarkable range never ceases to amaze, moving effortlessly between high art and Hollywood. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton's depiction of this charismatic character is infused with eclectic electricity. He does all his own singing. EJ said not to copy him too much but make the songs his own - and he has done so. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The insanely colorful costumes and amazing special effects do their part. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 96% Hail Satan? (2019) ...still very much worth the viewing, at 95 crisp minutes... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 30% Red Joan (2019) This is [Nunn's] first film-directing gig in more than 20 years, and there's no denying it has certain stagebound qualities. But that may be its strength. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) [Ryan White's] documentary style is rather formulaic, but he does justice to his heroine's amazing life force and energy. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 84% The Brink (2019) Well-crafted cinema verité -- equally engaging and enraging. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 83% High Life (2019) They're all working against the handicap of Denis' ponderously philosophical script, which has more black holes than the universe. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
47% Little (2019) "Little" is funny if familiar, harmlessly enjoyable in its lightweight way. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 27% The Aftermath (2019) In The Aftermath... the Big Picture gets short shrift -- and eventually lost -- amid the romantic entanglements, even as the performances nobly (but not fully) work to compensate for it. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 89% Arctic (2019) No frills, moderate thrills. Nordic stoicism on display. Much agony, little ecstasy. But all in all, a worthy endurance test for Mads Mikkelsen and ourselves. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 60% Greta (2019) Somehow, despite the insane ending and the fact that we pretty much see every twist coming, we buy into the horror tropes and get sucked in, thanks to Mr. Jordan's deft pacing and cockeyed humor that complements the suspense. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) This is a strange, fantastic mix of romantic drama, magic realism. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 56% Marie Antoinette (2006) "Marie" the film, like Marie the queen, is a head of her time in more ways than one. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 55% Step Brothers (2008) Step Brothers, in sum, adheres to the grand tradition of Apatow-Animal House-American Pie tastelessness. I tried not to laugh -- but gave in to the guilty juvenile pleasures. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Director Tim Burton's live-action remake is considerably darker but true to the endearing, enduring original in many respects. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 93% Us (2019) Kudos to the cinematography and the soundtrack. But it's a visual-visceral, not an intellectual experience. Unlike Get Out, the less time you spend thinking about it afterward, the better. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
39% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) Brian Wayne Peterson's script is watered-downed John Waters -- a grotesque burlesque of a gay chick-flick. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 74% Destroyer (2018) It's a satisfyingly twisted thriller overall, with a rare feminine trifecta of star, director and cinematographer - Kidman, Kusuma and Kirkwood - all kicking into high gear. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Ms. Kulig's smoldering performance is worth the price of admission in itself. She's clearly channeling Lauren Bacall's laconic-sardonic delivery throughout. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) [It's] a truly beguiling and inspirational biopic of the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) You'll know more than you ever wanted to know after viewing "The Favourite," a spectacular and brilliantly acted biopic - with liberties, if not justice, for all. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) A great artist considered not so great at the time is the subject of Julian Schnabel's "At Eternity's Gate," less a biopic than a psycho-artistic essay on insanity and genius. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 60% The Front Runner (2018) We're not disappointed. This time, Mr. Reitman takes a less satirical approach to a more timely subject that's very dear to our hearts these days: sex in presidential politics. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 80% Boy Erased (2018) Jared (Lucas Hedges) is such a lad in "Boy Erased," a deeply affecting true story based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Dumpy-frumpy Melissa McCarthy... is simply terrific. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 52% The Fountain (2006) Wolverine Man Jackman works nobly in the three parts of his trinity. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) This powerful Rhapsody, 10 years in the making, is really more Queen than Freddie -- a spectacle of joyful and electrifying rock 'n' roll. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 24% Van Helsing (2004) The results here are eye-dazzling, indeed, but undermined by the screenplay, a comic-book containing every cliche as well as every monster in the genre except Bigfoot and the Abominable Dr. Phibes. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's pleasant enough, but, well, you do the best you can with the material you've got, you go out with dignity, and then -- with your last ounce of strength -- you refuse to listen to the sappy exit song. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Amid this conundrum of a movie, the actors provide what the facile screenplay cannot: a human pulse, shrewdly underscored by composer Alexandre Desplat's time-traveling musical landscape. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) My impeccable taste and preferences aside, you should check it out for yourself. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 97% Science Fair (2018) Their agonies and ecstasies are equally fascinating... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It's at its best when the bickersome Mr. Black and Ms. Blanchett trade insults about their begone heydays. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 66% The Little Stranger (2018) The ending doesn't quite satisfy. It's not so much about its loose ends as its loose middle. Nobody can depend on the kindness of this "Little Stranger." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
80% Alpha (2018) In the cinematic dog days of August, you and your kids could do much worse than spend 90 minutes in this wolf's situation room. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Not least of Klansman's virtues is its resurrection of Mr. Lee's terrific gift for storytelling. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 97% 1945 (2017) Torok's powerfully absorbing tale juggles multiple characters and themes -- guilt, greed, justice. It's imperfect, but it has a crucial message about the complicity of "little people" in the context of unfathomably bigger crimes. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 47% Skyscraper (2018) [It's] silly but satisfactory summer fun. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 81% That Summer (2018) The film's biggest revelation is Lee Radziwill herself -- looking as lithe as a teenager and even more beautiful than her sister. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018