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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
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 (2015)

"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) (2014)

"[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 62%

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 58%

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 (2014)

"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 (2015)

"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 70%

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
3/5 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"This is a prettily mounted, visually arresting Macbeth with high cinematic style. If there had been more Shakespeare in this Shakespeare, the flourishes might not have seemed so stifling." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 30, 2015
4/5 94%

Sicario (2015)

"Sicario offers a subtle critique of all-American attitudes -- especially those to do with intervention in other countries." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 30, 2015
4/5 75%

Cut Snake (2015)

"It's a big movie, despite its small circle of characters, and rewarding for adventurous viewers." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 23, 2015
4/5 95%

How To Change The World (2015)

"Rothwell does a great job organising this material. It becomes an epic story, partly because of the clashes of ego between these passionate men." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 16, 2015
4/5 88%

Umrika (2015)

"Umrika achieves remarkable power as a story by concentrating its view of America through the eyes of people who have never been there." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2015
4/5 77%

People Places Things (2015)

"Strouse offers a light treatment of a heavy situation. And the longer it goes, the deeper the sense of reality, the better the scenes. That's more than unusual. Most films get worse in the third act, not better." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2015
1/5 43%

American Ultra (2015)

"The film is an idea in search of a tone." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 3, 2015
4/5 85%

The Wolfpack (2015)

"The Wolfpack walks a perilous line in documentary ethics, but there's no question it is one of the most confronting and confounding true stories in a long time." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 2, 2015

Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015)

"The debut feature of 34-year-old July Jung deals frankly with issues of sexuality and gender in a refreshing way. The film's style is restrained, but the criticism of the culture of repression in Korea is extremely trenchant and powerful." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 25, 2015

Jumanji (1995)

"The humans are wooden, the computer-animals have that floating, jerky gait of animated fauna." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 19, 2015
2/5 61%

Southpaw (2015)

"Gyllenhaal brings every ounce of his physical self to the role, but rippling muscles and a mashed-up face don't really constitute a performance. It's not quite his fault that Billy is such a maddening character." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 19, 2015
4/5 98%

Iris (2015)

"Maysles often said that he made [his films] with a sense of love for his subjects. That is certainly true of this film, which is a great parting gift to us all." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 19, 2015
3.5/5 91%

Last Cab To Darwin (2016)

"There's a lot to like in Last Cab to Darwin, not least the chance to watch Michael Caton stretching himself in a role that requires restraint of his comic gifts in favour of his dramatic ones." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 58%

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

"Whannell does a creditable job with the film. He's not as bold as Wan about mounting a sequence, but he's no slouch about the psychology of screen horror." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015

Elektra (2005)

"If the film isn't as bad as some others in the comics-to-cinema genre (Halle Berry's Catwoman has rather lowered the bar), that's not to say it's good." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2/5 40%

Strangerland (2015)

"Yes, I know grief does strange things to people, and sex can be a way of expressing that distress, but making it the focus of Kidman's performance just seems forced and dramatically pointless." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 7, 2015
4/5 95%

Amy (2015)

"It is clear that Kapadia adores her, and wishes to honour her story by telling it without flinching." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 85%

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

"A film that is both highly controlled on the surface, and molten with lust underneath." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 94%

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

"Even if half of Gibney's film was to be considered tainted, the work of people who have scores to settle, it would be hard to dismiss. They can't all be liars." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"The preoccupation with the sorts of problems that young girls really do encounter makes it brave, as well as beautiful." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 93%

Slow West (2015)

"You don't have to love westerns to like this movie, but those who do might enjoy the way Maclean pays his respects." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/5 58%

Partisan (2015)

"The script never gets beyond its vague metaphors and an earnest desire to make profound observations about human nature." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 95%

Wild Tales (2015)

"It's an explosively funny film, made with great energy." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 21, 2015
3/5 75%

A Royal Night Out (2015)

"It's a lot of fun -- or to borrow from one of the royally connected writers who have reviewed the movie in the British press -- a bit of 'entertaining twaddle.'" ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"This is a film of creepy modernity and prescience, as Metropolis was in its time." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 7, 2015
4.5/5 83%

Testament Of Youth (2015)

"If grief is the proper subject of any film about that war, then Testament of Youth is a masterful look into that grief." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 84%

While We're Young (2015)

"Baumbach has a great sense of the ridiculous, and a sensitive instinct for keeping the attack under control." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 17%

The Gunman (2015)

"If you want a thriller about architecture, here is your thing. Gaudi with Guns, they could have called it." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 80%

Black Sea (2015)

"Not much of it is credible, starting with the hiring of a rusty submarine out of Sevastopol, but it has action and adventure to burn, leavened with bits of humour." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/5 60%

Samba (2015)

"The film has unusual grace notes and an unpredictable, angular construction, by which I mean that it is odd but good. " ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4.5/5 99%

Leviathan (2014)

"A brutal Russian masterpiece." ‐Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 26, 2015
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