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Paul Byrnes

Paul Byrnes

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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
4/5 99% Love & Friendship (2016) "Kate Beckinsale takes much of the credit for the film's success. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 22, 2016
4/5 86% 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 65% 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 92% 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 86% Downriver "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 57% 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
4/5 100% 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 31% 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 91% Mia Madre (2016) "Margherita Buy's performance takes it to a high plane of emotionalism. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 11, 2016
3/5 63% 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 "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 84% 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 13% 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 "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 95% 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 92% 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
1/5 12% The Choice (2016) "Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker bring more conviction than their roles deserve. It is really not much of a compliment to say the scenery is nice. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4.5/5 43% Looking for Grace "With its painterly eye for the parched saltpans and wheat fields bisected by snaking roads, the film has a lonely, elegiac beauty. The unexpected comedy can give way in an instant to something darker, but it's never mean-spirited. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4.5/5 94% Carol (2015) "Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara take us inside a passionate story of desire and retribution that's both satisfying and disturbing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 22, 2016
4.5/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "This might just be the best newspaper film since All the President's Men in 1976. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 60% Sisters (2015) "It's a bit like Animal House for girls, but not as freewheeling. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3.5/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "The Peanuts Movie is both modern and traditional, pleasing on all fronts, which must have been hard to achieve. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 2, 2016
4/5 85% The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier) (2016) "[The Belier Family] has enormous charm and humour, a real sense of warmth within the family, and a knockout finale which, of course, involves Paula's singing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 16, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Make no mistake: the new film delivers. It is in no way disappointing, except in its conformity. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 16, 2015
3.5/5 61% Truth (2015) "This is one of Blanchett's best performances on film - and that is saying something. Mapes is both ordinary and heroic here, which will, of course, upset those who think she is just a left-wing hack. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 9, 2015
3/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "As adventure, it's fair to average. As metaphysical inquiry, it has more to give, partly because Gleeson brings such dignity and sadness to the now decrepit and whisky-soaked Nickerson. It's hardly enough to save the film but it is enough to savour. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 9, 2015
4/5 57% The Program (2016) "Frears offers a comprehensive set of indictments: the people who ran the sport, the media who ignored the signs, the athletes who went along, the sponsors who didn't care, and the public, who wanted to believe in the fairy story. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 1, 2015
3/5 100% Kaakkaa Muttai "The style is not quite neo-realism, but that is the main ingredient, with large amounts of Tamil flavour. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4.5/5 92% 99 Homes (2015) "The rackets and scams it exposes are all real, the result of extensive research. It's a gripping thriller with good guys and bad guys, but everyone in it is a victim, including Rick Carver. Bahrani's achievement in this film is breathtaking. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/5 65% Spectre (2015) "Spectre isn't quite as good as the more emotional Skyfall, but it's not far behind. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 4, 2015
4/5 95% Casino Royale (2006) "Craig brings beef, biff and a slightly lonely dimension to the character. He's a fine actor and he has some of the working-class bile of the young Michael Caine. A new James Bond has certainly arrived. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/5 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "Smart, funny, sexy and very frank. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 28, 2015
4/5 78% Alex & Eve "Alex and Eve is at times broad and a touch gauche but it has the spark of real life, and a sense that it could not have come from anywhere else. It's also really funny. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 26, 2015
3.5/5 90% The Lobster (2016) "It's certainly one of most original films of the year, although not one of the most consistent... Lanthimos and his co-writer Efthymis Filippou​ give us a fascinating set of questions, but they do not feel the need to answer them. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 21, 2015
3.5/5 69% Miss You Already (2015) "Vivid, occasionally funny, but not as funny as it thinks; heartbreaking and gut-wrenching; too self-aware and hipster by half; and true enough when it matters to be disturbing and confronting. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 7, 2015
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