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Paul Byrnes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 96%

The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015)

"It's an effective vehicle for exploring the troubled relationship between two countries, and that may be the point, at the expense of accuracy." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/5 74%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"The magic here is a little more grown-up, given the wizards are not children, but still playful and inventive." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 15%

The Wild Life (2016)

"Robinson Crusoe: The Wild Life is a handbook of mistakes -- although I can't say whether the problem was lack of budget, time, or simply judgment." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 28, 2016
4.5/5 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"There's not a moment out of place, not a shot that stays too long. If [David McKenzie] makes a better film in his career, he'll be lucky." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 70%

Café Society (2016)

"It's as if Allen has decided that near enough is good enough. He's famous for making a movie a year; after so many great films, that may now be too often." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/5 80%

Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016)

"To the extent that they went in search of an honourable ambiguity, they have succeeded, but there may have been a stronger, more complex film in staying close to Garner's book." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 79%

Julieta (2016)

"Julieta is a departure for the great Pedro Almodovar. There's not a laugh in it. Instead, there is an engrossing story about a mother's fractured relationship with her daughter." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 94%

Life, Animated (2016)

"Truth is indeed stranger and sometimes more beautiful than fiction." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/5 62%

Snowden (2016)

"This might be the most truthful movie Oliver Stone has made." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 21, 2016
4/5 89%

The Queen of Ireland (2015)

"[A] powerful documentary." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 74%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"The film [is] loud, colourful, frantic in pace, but less than the sum of its parts." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4.5/5 82%

Sunset Song (2016)

"It has taken Terence Davies 18 years to bring Sunset Song to the screen, but it was worth it." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/5 9%

Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) (2015)

"The first half is all about getting into this position, where two women have to depend on each other. The second half is where the drama lives... but by then it's too late. Coixet has blown our goodwill." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/5 71%

The Carer (2015)

"Cox's timing throughout is superb -- a comic masterclass that gives way to storms of temper worthy of Lear." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 26, 2016
4/5 100%

Truman (2015)

"The result is a film of devastating power, neither mawkish nor obvious." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 26, 2016
4/5 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"It's meant to leave a bad taste and it does. High-Rise is an effective adaptation of a classic dystopian novel that no longer seems like science fiction." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/5 40%

As It Is In Heaven 2: Heaven On Earth (2016)

"It's a mess, in which the small failures of the first film turn into great, heaving mistakes of judgment, without the benefit of the transformative voice of Helen Sjoholm." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 100%

Embrace (2016)

"At 90 minutes, the film is too long, but it is never dull, partly because it's edited with pace and humour." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 5, 2016
4.5/5 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"It is surely one of the most beautiful films in a long time." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Kate Beckinsale takes much of the credit for the film's success." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 22, 2016
4/5 84%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"[Miller] continues to write and direct smart, funny, surprising movies at a time when those are not quite wanted at major studios. She attracts superb actors, probably because the roles are always meaty, even the small ones." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 68%

The Wait (L'attesa) (2016)

"The Wait is a wait, largely for anything to happen, or to clarify or resolve. In the meantime, Messina, himself Sicilian, offers us various forms of beauty and a touch of madness, set in a large, dark, empty Sicilian villa." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 91%

The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016)

"No question, it is a fine performance. Lindon has a minimalist style, a shaggy dog look, and a barely suppressed working-stiff rage that gives the film some grit." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 29, 2016
4/5 98%

Mustang (2015)

"There are so many remarkable things about this wonderful movie." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 24, 2016
4/5 88%

Downriver (2015)

"It's a story about redemption, manipulation and the darkness at the end of the street." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.5/5 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Cheadle privileges the music in a way that shows his love and admiration for its creator. He has tried to make a movie that Davis would have liked, something with attitude and intelligence. On that level, Miles Ahead is a beautiful thing." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/5 71%

A Perfect Day (2016)

"What the film does well is to immerse us in the tragic weirdness of wartime logic, where nothing works as we would expect. It's a strong, engaging film about how hard it is to wage peace." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/5 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"Money Monster works better as comedy than thriller - but that's not all it wants to be." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 1, 2016
4/5 98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"Sam Neill is as good as he's ever been, spurred on by his unpredictable and lively offsider, Julian Dennison. It's a good sign when you don't want a movie to end." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 27, 2016
2/5 30%

Criminal (2016)

"It's lazy, corrupt and sleazy filmmaking, the kind of film that's killing the business." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 18, 2016
3.5/5 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"With so many ideas in play, the film is never dull. Sometimes it's also funny, perceptive and nuanced. Things get deeper and dirtier as it rolls on, but not really clearer, in terms of purpose." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 11, 2016
4/5 88%

Mia Madre (2016)

"Margherita Buy's performance takes it to a high plane of emotionalism." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 11, 2016
3/5 62%

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

"At last, a film even mathematicians can love! How long have we waited for a decent telling of the story of the self-taught Indian genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was to mathematics as Charlie Parker was to music or Don Bradman to cricket." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 4, 2016
4/5 61%

A Month Of Sundays (2015)

"We used to make more films like this, with a brain and a heart. Saville shows that we still can." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 27, 2016
4/5 86%

Sweet Bean (An) (2016)

"If it is possible to be at once clear-eyed and sentimental, Kawase achieves that in this heartbreakingly beautiful film." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3/5 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"It is both folk and fairy tale, but sort of irresistible. Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story, even if Eddie never quite won the riches." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/5 12%

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"It's not Allegiant so much as Ambivalent, Indulgent and even a little Feculent." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 100%

Wide Open Sky (2015)

"The final concert, in Coonamble, is a triumph. And since we've seen how far they have come and what they have learnt, it's incredibly emotional." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 96%

Rams (Hrútar) (2016)

"This powerful volcanic landscape needs a complimentary style and Hakonarson brings one: long takes with little camera movement, almost a series of tableaux. It's similar to documentary but with a more poetic touch." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 81%

Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)

"Fehling does a fine job as Radmann, who also carries a heavy weight, as a cypher for all the Germans who did not want to know what their fathers did in the war." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 30, 2016
4/5 97%

Sherpa (2015)

"Sherpa is an accomplished, gripping film." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2016
4/5 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"In the hands of gifted South African director Gavin Hood the film is a smart, graphic and disturbing thriller, with a clear eye for the fault lines of modern warfare." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 23, 2016
2/5 26%

London Has Fallen (2016)

"As nasty as it is fanciful." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 18, 2016
3.5/5 37%

The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

"Some of the gags are uproariously funny, albeit disgusting. Others are sub-export quality, a few just plain dumb. That's one of Baron Cohen's weaknesses - quality control." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4.5/5 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"It's hard to overpraise Son of Saul. It is one of the greatest films ever made." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 4, 2016
4/5 91%

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"Bennett offers Maggie Smith a chance to renovate her own recent persona with a woman who's heroically alive. Smith takes it with both hands, giving us more of the loneliness and despair of old age than the glib comedy." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3.5/5 89%

The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016)

"The animation is gorgeous: graphically rich in background and character design, with that very Japanese awareness of the transitory forms of nature. The storytelling is beyond uneven, but that's not unusual." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3.5/5 74%

Trumbo (2015)

"The film is a labour of love for Bryan Cranston, as Trumbo. As Hollywood's greatest screenwriter, embattled but not beaten, he embodies the old Hemingway definition of courage: "grace under pressure"." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4.5/5 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"Part of the film's charm is the way that Irish director John Crowley manages the mood, without compromising the momentum. His direction is impeccable." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/5 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"DP is a lot more fun than most superheroes, but the film is barely able to take advantage." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 10, 2016
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