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Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard
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 67% Free Fire (2017) Director Ben Wheatley isn't known for subtlety. And for much of Free Fire, that's just fine.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Asbury sticks to the basics, with obvious Saturday morning-style fare based on groaners and pratfalls about the earnest little creatures with self-defining names like Nosey, Grouchy and Jokey.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
1.5/4 No Score Yet Filth City (2017) Filth City does no favours to the memory of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford. But the insult to cinema is arguably worse.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1.5/4 16% CHIPS (2017) Fans of Rick Rosner's 1977-1983 TV show won't find much to pique nostalgia and anyone hoping to revisit the golden days of these earnest troopers may need to lie down for a bit.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 79% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) There's plenty of visual whimsy in the late-19th-century setting - the animators render a gorgeous Paris - while enthusiastic dance sequences and comic beats balance out melodrama.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 100% Dream Big: Engineering Our World (2017) An uncomplicated look at a complex subject that gets information across without talking down to its predominately young audience.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) Unfortunately, the gorgeous subtlety of Zhang's mesmerizing style is carried off with the first wave of man-eating, green-blooded monsters.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2.5/4 11% Below her Mouth (2017) The trouble comes with the script as newcomer writer Stephanie Fabrizi struggles with hollow dialogue and flimsy story and character development.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space Between Us will keep its target young-teen audience fully engaged. But its need to explain everything siphons some of the wonder out of the picture.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
1.5/4 32% Monster Trucks (2017) Would have made a serviceable Saturday morning TV hour but can't get out of first gear as a feature flick.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
1.5/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) We asked for a filthy new Bad Santa for Christmas and now know the same letdown as unwrapping a box of sensible socks on Dec. 25, albeit dirty ones.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/4 74% Trolls (2016) Little ones may find the perpetually furious Chef a bit too threatening. But there's never a riotously candy-coloured scene or a spirited song far away ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/4 54% The Dressmaker (2016) The tone repeatedly flips from quirky to woeful. The costumes are gorgeous, though.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
1.5/4 40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) Is it a fantasy, Hitchcock-wannabe thriller or comedy? Director Alexandre Aja doesn't seem to have a steady grip on this one.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 40% Morgan (2016) A mediocre sci-fi/thriller about a human-looking A.I. teen who can't escape her factory-installed features.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 45% Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) Despite some lack of focus (there is a lot going on) and occasional oversold dramatics (the exception is Brick Lane's Tannishtha Chatterjee as activist Nargis), these Goddesses are crowd pleasers ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 65% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) A passion project for the Jerusalem-born Portman and told primarily in Hebrew, she shows early promise behind the camera.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 91% Southside With You (2016) Tanne presents a Richard Linklater-style examination of a day and evening together, where two people in their 20s - she a lawyer at a downtown firm and he a summer associate at the same shop - slowly come to know each other.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 48% Edge of Winter (2016) Not much new here, but there are solid performances and you have to admire cast and crew for shooting amid some challenging surroundings in snowy Sudbury.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/4 89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Initially dismissed by a record exec as "too black, too short, too old," to succeed, dynamic R&B powerhouse Sharon Jones wasn't about to let that, or anything else, stop her.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2.5/4 60% War Dogs (2016) The fingerprints of The Big Short, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street are evident in the storytelling style. But War Dogs isn't in the same league ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) While the climactic chariot race comes close to delivering the same level of hoof-pounding thrills that helped make William Wyler's 1959 version an Oscar-sweeping classic, this sappy retread makes audiences endure a lot of mediocrity to get there.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
3.5/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) A richly styled, emotive adventure that tempers thrilling fantasy scenes and mythic monsters with moments of quiet reflection and gentle humour.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2.5/4 66% Anthropoid (2016) The story ... feels leaden and burdened by a false ending.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) Pete's Dragon seemed an unlikely choice for a reboot, yet this Dragon is one to believe in.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 38% How He Fell in Love (2016) More sort-of character study than passionate exploration of an affair, How He Fell in Love is a rather one-sided relationship.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 59% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) There are some solid laughs, even if most of it rings familiar.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 76% The Daughter (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 97% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 40% Tempest Storm (2016) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Khoya (2015) An ill-advised melodramatic swing is redeemed with poignancy in the home stretch.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/4 100% KONELINE: Our Land Beautiful (2016) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 100% The Waiting Room (2016) Tinged with melancholy, even in its humourous moments, The Waiting Room is a moving exploration of one kind of Canadian immigrant experience.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 58% Me Before You (2016) Not everyone will be rooting around for a fresh supply of tissues.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 77% Into The Forest (2016) A rare postapocalyptic story with both intelligence and dramatic heft ...‐ Toronto Star
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Fire Song (2015) Cree/Métis writer-director Adam Garnet Jones has crafted a personal story with a strong aboriginal cast.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
1/4 19% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/4 80% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Coconut Hero (2015) 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
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
2/4 59% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/4 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Born to be Blue is occasionally ragged but its spirit is admirable and stars powerful.‐ Toronto Star
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 67% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016