Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 54%

The Dressmaker (2016)

"The tone repeatedly flips from quirky to woeful. The costumes are gorgeous, though." ‐ Toronto Star
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
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 39%

Morgan (2016)

"A mediocre sci-fi/thriller about a human-looking A.I. teen who can't escape her factory-installed features." ‐ Toronto Star
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
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 63%

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
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 92%

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
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
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 88%

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
Posted Aug 18, 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
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 26%

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
Posted Aug 18, 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
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2.5/4 66%

Anthropoid (2016)

"The story ... feels leaden and burdened by a false ending." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Pete's Dragon seemed an unlikely choice for a reboot, yet this Dragon is one to believe in." ‐ Toronto Star
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
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 60%

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 84%

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 36%

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 (2015)

"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 98%

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 (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
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
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
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
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
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 79%

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 (2015)

"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 90%

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 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
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 (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
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2/4 58%

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 88%

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 (2015)

"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 11, 2016
3.5/4 95%

Rams (Hrútar) (2016)

"A lovely film that will stay with you." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 70%

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 91%

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 87%

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 27, 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
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