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Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Linda Barnard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toronto Star

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 63% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) "These vain and fickle gals, enthusiastic early adopters of train wreck comedy and masters of all manner of walks, stumbles and crawls of shame, make a for a fine summer diversion. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 100% Closet Monster (2016) "Newfoundland filmmaker Stephen Dunn employs fantasy and bizarre flourishes in his imaginative debut drama about a teen's (Blackbird's Connor Jessup) conflicts about his sexuality. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 50% The Debt (Oliver's Deal) (2016) "Barney Elliott's The Debt deals in murky ethics and exploitation in this well-acted trio of connecting stories set in Peru. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 39% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) "There are some solid laughs, even if most of it rings familiar. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 85% The Daughter "After a slow build, the final act picks up the pace but director Simon Stone shows his hand too early. Still, it's chilling to watch the wreckage pile up. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 99% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi blends sharply cynical humour with huge heart in arguably his best film to date, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 40% Tempest Storm "Often poignant and occasionally heartbreaking, Storm (who still looks good and can work a shimmy despite breaking a hip a while back), sticks her chin out and quotes Muhammad Ali: "I'm still the greatest." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Khoya "An ill-advised melodramatic swing is redeemed with poignancy in the home stretch. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet KONELINE: Our Land Beautiful "Equal parts sigh, song and cry, Wild shows restraint in stepping out of the way to let people from tribal elders to a wilderness hunting guide and miners tell their stories without passing judgment. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 100% The Waiting Room "Tinged with melancholy, even in its humourous moments, The Waiting Room is a moving exploration of one kind of Canadian immigrant experience. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 59% Me Before You (2016) "Not everyone will be rooting around for a fresh supply of tissues. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 75% Into The Forest (2016) "A rare postapocalyptic story with both intelligence and dramatic heft ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "If Popstar often feels like a series of their Saturday Night Live music videos, there's plenty of payoff. These guys play very well together. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Fire Song "Cree/Métis writer-director Adam Garnet Jones has crafted a personal story with a strong aboriginal cast. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) "While A Bigger Splash is somewhat graceless in making the shift from erotic relationship drama to thriller, that doesn't diminish the pleasure in the work from the four main players, who are excellent. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 12, 2016
1/4 20% Mothers and Daughters (2016) "First-time feature director Paul Duddridge seems determined to keep things superficial, while Paige Cameron's uninspired dialogue hardly helps. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 68% Darling (2016) "Thanks to excellent work from Carter, creepy and big-eyed innocent as required and strong throughout the 75-minute film, Darling holds its own as a satisfyingly deliberate-moving thriller. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "This riveting drone thriller is contemporary edge-of-your seat stuff, propelled by a crack cast led by Helen Mirren as single-minded British Col. Katherine Powell. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/4 81% Chi-Raq (2015) "Lee returns to engaging, enraged form with Chi-Raq, combining social commentary, anger, humour, dramatics and over-the-top style in a sometimes messy mix that uses every trick necessary to put a spotlight on America's poisonous love affair with guns. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Coconut Hero "Too obvious in its quest for quirkiness, director Florian Cossen's German-Canadian indie about a suicidal 16-year-old named Mike Tyson (Alex Ozerov) has some original moments, but not enough of them to make Coconut Hero stand out. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2/4 57% The Program (2016) "Foster nails Armstrong, right down to his final, clenched-jaw TV confession to Oprah Winfrey but The Program's glancing narrative feels less secure. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 86% Born To Be Blue (2016) "Born to be Blue is occasionally ragged but its spirit is admirable and stars powerful. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "Writer and actress tilt between insecurity and bravado, employing dry, observational humour tinged with occasional sentimental flashes only outwardly out of character. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2/4 43% Numb "Director Jason R. Goode creates a taut mood and gives us plenty of lovely but deadly landscape to ponder. But Numb is likely to leave sensible filmgoers cold. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/4 100% Song Of Lahore (2015) "The musicians have fascinating stories to tell, combining to give Song of Lahore its rich narrative. Their joy at exploring Times Square is a highlight. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2.5/4 59% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016) "Not as clever as it wants to be, some comic bits stumble and the ending is ridiculous, although Carlyle and Thompson give it their best shot. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2.5/4 100% The Messenger (2015) "Gorgeous slow-motion footage of birds caught midflight against black backdrops is enthralling, although the doc tends to flit between narratives. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/4 68% Touched With Fire (2016) "[An] earnest and beautiful but occasionally flawed drama. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 61% Race (2016) "Owens's story is certainly one that needs telling, although Race isn't as strong as it could be, even if it does include a larger narrative than one man's rise to greatness. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
1.5/4 49% How To Be Single (2016) "Unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, How To Be Single is a messy mix of everything, burying the final, genuinely felt 20 minutes that could have saved this intermittently amusing, sloppily made rom-com. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/4 95% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) "A lovely film that will stay with you. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2.5/4 68% Snowtime! (2016) "Directors Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson infuse the 'toon with simple charm and try to avoid sappier approaches to storytelling, especially during the furiously fun battles. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/4 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Not gory enough to satisfy horror fans, nor clever enough for a really good laugh ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 92% The Lady In The Van (2015) "The joy of the film comes in watching Smith work her magic. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 86% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "Black and white and fun all over, Kung Fu Panda 3 achieves best-of-franchise status with a story that goes deeper than typical kid fare, wrapped in beautifully crafted animation. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2.5/4 80% Ip Man 3 (2016) "Acting is of the overdone variety and the dialogue is lousy, making Yen's restrained and quietly powerful performance stand out. Speak softly and pack a one-inch punch. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/4 16% The 5th Wave (2016) "The 5th Wave makes no secret of its lust to pick up from The Hunger Games and horn in on some of that dystopian Divergent teen love. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 21, 2016
1/4 8% Norm of the North (2016) "Norm of the North seeks to blend a little Happy Feet with a side of The Penguins of Madagascar and a slice of Minions, but this cheap-looking animation studded with unfunny jokes deserves an ice-floe send-off. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 14, 2016
1.5/4 10% The Forest (2016) "At least Dormer can now tick "scream queen" off her list of thankless jobs aspiring young actresses often have to do to establish themselves. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2/4 61% Concussion (2015) "Writer-director Peter Landesman often gets stuck in the soft stuff in between hitting the NFL hard ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2015
1.5/4 16% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) "This road trip is not worth leaving home for. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 60% Sisters (2015) "Fey and Poehler are the only reason to go to this party. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 68% The Danish Girl (2015) "Redmayne's transformation to a female self requires some bravery on the part of the actor. That makes up for the shortcomings in Lucinda Coxon's script and the movie's nagging sense of disconnection from its audience. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2/4 53% I Smile Back (2015) "I Smile Back pummels with nastiness, then moves from one shocking event to the next without a backward glance. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Anniversary "Writer-director Valerie Buhagiar takes her time letting the story unfold, pulling fantasy and emotion into the mix. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/4 94% Creed (2015) "All eyes are on Jordan and rightly so, but Stallone also earns his place, reprising the downbeat, lovable lug from Rocky Balboa who struggled to get past emotional and physical blocks for one last shot at a title. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 24, 2015
2.5/4 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "The paintings, sculpture (and those marvellous Edward Melcarth batwing sunglasses) on display will thrill art lovers even if the documentary occasionally veers toward the plodding in execution. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 81% Man Up (2015) "Aside from the silly title and disappointingly pat ending, even the rom-com-averse will find something to love about Man Up. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 67% The Night Before (2015) "The Night Before strives to remind us what matters most isn't how you spend the holidays but who you're with. Or, if you prefer, what you're on. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5/4 19% Love the Coopers (2015) "Big, fat, fluffy flakes of snow fall relentlessly in Love the Coopers, but little seems to accumulate. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
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