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Paul Byrnes

Paul Byrnes
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
4.5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) I Am Not Your Negro is an utterly brilliant film - bold, galvanising, even gripping... ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3.5/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) At the centre of it all, trying to hold herself together against the slings and arrows, Patti becomes kind of heroic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Namatjira Project (2017) Despite the clunky title, Namatjira Project tells a profoundly moving story, in a way that's original and appropriate.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2/5 51% The Dinner (2017) Even with a top-notch cast and fine performances, the film is a long, bleak dirge.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
4/5 72% Gifted (2017) Gifted is not your run-of-the-mill melodrama. More like an exceptional melodrama. It still plays the violin, if you get what I mean, but the violinist is skilful.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3/5 89% Maudie (2017) Both writer and director set out in search of a heroine. They're so intent on crafting a legend, they leave out the uncomfortable bits. They do her and us a disservice in that respect.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3.5/5 17% The Circle (2017) An idea in a Hollywood thriller is almost an accident now, so The Circle deserves praise for thoughtfulness.‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/5 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It's an enjoyable mess. Like all modern fantasy based on computer-generated technique, it confuses movement and action.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3.5/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) If you go with him into the grief and the loneliness, he will deliver something elegiac, poetic and emotional. If you do not, he is the man from pseud's corner, playing with the camera like a child.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Reeves tells a big story that's satisfying in many ways.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3.5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) It's all bolted together like clockwork, an assemblage of elements designed to arouse and engage an audience that needs a reason to stop looking at their phones.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 92% First Girl I Loved (2016) It's not the first teen romance to explore how the phone makes it easier to make mistakes, but it's one of the first to show us how it works as Cupid's arrow - and that offers some balance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) It's funny, and a couple of the big action sequences have tension as well as spectacle ...‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 84% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The action sequences are astonishing. I have never seen camerawork like it. I'm not sure how it was done, but the spectacle is bold.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 100% Chocolat (2016) If it's not much good as biography, the film is huge fun as a political comedy about race and entertainment.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3.5/5 64% Detour (2017) Even with all the nods and winks, the derivations and homages, Detour is good dirty fun.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/5 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) When one artist makes a film about another artist, you can be reasonably sure the first sees something of a mirror in the second. That's true here in Terence Davies' beautiful, formally demanding and quite searing portrait of the poet Emily Dickinson.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/5 93% Hotel Coolgardie (2016) It's a fascinating, appalling, revealing film about the murkier end of Australian masculinity.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 70% Viceroy's House (2017) Fascinating, infuriating, entertaining and perhaps misleading.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) It's a game-changer.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 56% Rules Don't Apply (2016) A richly satirical portrait of American double standards.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 79% Personal Shopper (2017) It's a bit crackpot as drama, but Personal Shopper has such controlled burn, such depth of feeling around this topic of grief, and such an aching performance from Stewart, that it hardly matters that it doesn't quite make sense. Logic is over-rated.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
4/5 83% Denial (2016) It's a film of many pleasures beyond relevance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) For all the visual quality, it's let down by story.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 67% Life (2017) A taut but puzzling space thriller.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) It's a dour but likeable combination of humour and pathos, mixed with rage.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2.5/5 92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Can we call this documentary, or is it some kind of hybrid, when so much of it is constructed for the camera?‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) If Verbinski had brought pace, the film might have worked, but he takes an eternity, then throws it all to the winds with a finale that's remarkable silly, even in this fanciful neck of the woods.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) One of the strengths of Farhadi's scripts is that we never know where he's heading; we do know he'll take us a long way. That is so rare. It gives his films great tension and dimension.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/5 17% A Few Less Men (2016) This is recycled comedy for a generation raised on much-raunchier R-rated American fare from Seth McFarlane and Judd Apatow -- and nowhere near as sharp.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan (2017) Jackman's performance is likably physical, with Logan on the verge of dying throughout. He takes a ton of punishment.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4.5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is hard to classify; even harder to describe, in terms of its considerable achievements.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Almost every one of the fudges makes the film more entertaining and less truthful.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 83% Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) It might have been nastier in the hands of a less experienced director but Genovese handles it with delicacy. They might all be liars, but who's going to throw the first stone?‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/5 44% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) It's hilarious and harmless fun.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 88% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman's performance is as good as everyone says.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
0.5/5 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Collateral Beauty sets a record: it is probably the worst movie each of these fine actors will ever do.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4.5/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Steinfeld begins her performance at fever pitch, then cranks it up. It's an astonishing high-wire act, one of the most sustained and perceptive and complete performances I've seen in years.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.5/5 30% Passengers (2016) The production design here is spectacular and utopian - a delirious idea of a future that's perfectable, a world without blemish.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4.5/5 92% La La Land (2016) I don't know if the music will still be sung in 20 or 30 years. I do know that dance schools all around the world are going to see a rush of enrolments.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) An astonishing story, well told. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 100% Rosalie Blum (2016) Rappeneau has been writing scripts for 15 years. This is his first time as director and he handles it with care and a light touch.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The film comes home strong, with large-scale warfare, feats of great daring and sacrifice, and acres of dead storm-troopers.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 84% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/5 73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
4.5/5 97% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/5 71% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/5 82% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016