John Doyle

John Doyle
John Doyle's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Globe and Mail
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
84% Belushi (2020) It's an unusually well-rounded picture of a man, an era (there is a lot of insider chat about early SNL) and a love story, too. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
86% Inside Lehman Brothers (2018) While seeming small-scale, it's really about the financial crisis that caused a great recession, and how constraints on financial institutions are again being diminished. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
No Score Yet Howie Mandel: But, Enough About Me (2020) It's a charming, funny and often deeply endearing journey through his life and career. By its end, though, you do understand better, as Mandel does, how his career, anchored in a surreal kind of antic joviality, is connected to his mental-health issues. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
No Score Yet There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace (2020) This is a fascinating but frustrating documentary to watch. Buried beneath its surface is the fabulous and tragic story of a store, a culture and a city's soul. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) It is a charming, uplifting documentary, as effective a tonic as a sunny horoscope forecast. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
68% The Sunset Limited (2011) Both actors go at it with gusto, often a tad too much gusto. This is one of those cases of serious theatrical material that would have benefited from being expanded for TV. Still, McCarthy devotees will adore it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) It is far more creepy than most of Hitchcock's work. That's not to say it's a good movie, but it is disturbing in a crude manner. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
72% Lost Girls (2020) Low-key and frank about Mari's failings, the movie has no interest in sensationalizing the daughter's life and fate. It is a mystery, but also a rich portrait of life in gloomy, working-class Long Island. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
96% Showbiz Kids (2020) Mostly it's as disturbing as the public and media interest in the child star who goes off the rails. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
88% Grey Gardens (2009) It's a poignant tale of thwarted lives, and a thorough delight. Barrymore is especially compelling as a woman thwarted in love. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) What you get in Welcome to Chechnya is often a formidably tense, real-life drama. Rescuing people from Chechnya is a genuinely hair-raising and dangerous business. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Pipe Dreams (2019) It's a good-natured and nuanced portrait of the competitors, their backgrounds and urge to win. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) The program is a must-see for any student of literature and anyone curious about her work, and the world from which she emerged. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) A fascinating look at Cohn and a major addition to studies of the Trump-era. It couldn't come at a better time. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
100% Michael Che Matters (2016) He's a sideways humour guy, not blunt or shouty. What Che's special, made in 2016, is about is his call for "honesty." - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
100% Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) Here, she sticks to coarse, scatological material. And she's very, very good at it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
100% Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (2019) The comedian doesn't sit in a comedy-content silo of phony male bafflement at the world. The audience is subtly invited to judge him, and the laughs come from an earned affability that isn't phony at all. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
50% Phil Spector (2013) Pacino is excellent, savouring Mamet's script and disappearing into this figure who has a God-complex and is, at the same time, a god in the music industry. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) What we get here is a complex story of the pressure of media fame reduced to a simply but accurately delivered cautionary tale. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
76% Shoot to Marry (2020) What should be an off-putting premise is nothing of the sort; Markle's sad-sack act is really just an excuse for an observational doc that illuminates how terribly ordinary and a little lonely most people are. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
100% Longford (2007) Broadbent is excellent as a brilliant man whose heart eventually overrules his head. (Morton is stunningly good too.) What transpires is a tragedy, really, and wonderfully nuanced, and you must watch right to the end to feel its full, powerful impact. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
83% The Plagues of Breslau (Plagi Breslau) (2018) [The] director, Patryk Vega, is also interested in speeding up the story, and the narrative here moves at a blistering pace. He makes most European crime dramas look painfully slow and oblique. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
83% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) It's a bracing journey filled with wonderful anecdotes and splendid footage, and it is, emphatically, Robbie Robertson telling the story of The Band, from his perspective. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
75% Influence (2020) The program is gripping, mind you, in a slightly terrifying way. Such is the sprawl of Bell's influence on world events that you come to suspect everything you've understood about world events has been deeply misleading. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
No Score Yet Andy Murray: Resurfacing (2019) It's inspiring in a plain-spoken way, whether you know much about tennis, or not. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
83% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) A fascinating trip into the American psyche. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
75% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) It's a tonic for all of us suffering withdrawal symptoms since ordinary life was put on pause. Thoroughly recommended. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
85% The Hottest August (2019) Story, perhaps better known outside Canada for her stylistically distinctive work, has been compared to Errol Morris, but that's a tad unfair. She's a true original and this film is formidably rich in texture. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
98% Circus of Books (2020) It's a truly fascinating film, a slice of history and deeply personal. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
No Score Yet Cyprus Avenue (2019) The stage setting is barebones: Just a few chairs on the stage and people talking, thus adding to the emphatic universality. It will, in the end - and what an ending - terrify you like nothing you've seen on TV recently. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) A madcap, crazily inventive production of the musical, it's a marvellous, dizzying two hours. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
69% Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) Made with astonishingly erotic visual aplomb and a devotion to deadpan humour that's admirable, it's a mind-blowing journey, not for the faint of heart. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
40% Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City (El silencio de la ciudad blanca) (2019) It's more stylish and provocative than Women of the Night, but be forewarned that the murders at the heart of the story are depicted in disturbing detail. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (2020) The documentary is dense with information but succeeds in making a tangled story about technology easily understood. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
40% Pete Davidson: Alive From New York (2020) The material is clearly not entirely honed and the forthright anger and self-deprecation is as fascinating as the genuinely humorous material. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet Rob Delaney: Jackie (2020) If you watch it, and pay close attention to the story that is at its core, about that bearded dragon, that is precisely what all the jokes are about, in the most humane and engaging way - about adapting and surviving. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) It's plain, straightforward and feels like one long news report with lots of factual reporting. At some point there is bigger, deeper work to be done on the appeal of the coiled, angry masculinity of Choudhury. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
100% Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery (2017) This is a strange, fabulous, very funny stand-up special. An absolute gem. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
100% Ramy Youssef: Feelings (2019) There are few like [Ramy] Youssef on the radar because, as he points out, sometimes with savage wit, people of his background and age are largely ignored. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
88% Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein (2019) It's more than a sketch and more than a comedy doodle. It's a ludicrously knotted send-up of the craft of acting and a near-hallucinatory mocking of the seriousness that actors place in hokey, blood-and-thunder work. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
84% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Aziz Ansari feels guilty, grateful, angry, ashamed, bewildered and chastened. He's quite funny about some of these emotions. Not so funny about others. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
No Score Yet Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (2019) Her cynicism, when it emerges, tends to be low-key and her anger is precision-focused. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) What makes Deadwood so exquisitely engrossing and lively is the baroque dialogue and the savouring of language and character. Each figure feels fully and completely alive. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
91% Running with Beto (2019) What is probably most illuminating, mind you, is how the film (made by David Modigliani) delineates the partisanship that exists in the United States right now. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) A substantial, illuminating and frightening look at the sexual abuse done over two decades by Larry Nassar, a team doctor for USA Gymnastics. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
99% Knock Down the House (2019) Watch this, and you're watching a revolution, one that will make a lot of viewers stand up and cheer. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
76% Guava Island (2019) For all of Glover's substantial achievements, [Guava Island] is shockingly facile and utterly limited in perspective. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
No Score Yet ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre (2019) ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre...is a startling, disturbing exploration of one of the worst atrocities of the Northern Ireland Troubles. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
97% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo...is a jaw-dropper, both in what is documented and its visual impact. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
100% The Accountant of Auschwitz (2018) The doc also manages to have, at times, an intensely gripping quality, as Holocaust survivors face Groning and their vivid accounts clash with the banalities of his work that the mild-mannered old man describes. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019