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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
3/5 94% Spitfire (2018) [The Spitfire is] a symbol of British bravery, ingenuity and victory, driven by nostalgia and lately, seized upon by nationalists. The documentary stokes those emotions, when it might better have questioned them.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 100% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) It becomes gently clear that for each woman, boy-band love has been painful and sustaining. No one else understands the purity of it, the acute longing or the singularity each girl feels. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 93% Journey's End (2018) If it's not pacifist, it's certainly a profoundly anti-war statement about men under ultimate stress. One hundred years on, it's never too soon, never too late for that idea. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 40% 1% (2017) This Western Australian biker movie falls short of its ambitions, but at least it has some.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) It's a movie where the technique matches the ambition, one that moves from tragedy to grandeur to personal drama without becoming bombastic or even worse, falsely patriotic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet One Less God (2017) Filmmakers have a duty of care to that truth. Lliam​ Worthington, in his debut feature, gives us a ship of fools squabbling in their hotel room.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 88% American Animals (2018) It's a clever movie, but not too clever. It's also thoughtful and engrossing, weird as hell. And it's true - or truer than most films that claim that label.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody makes gripping drama from a difficult subject.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 70% Jirga (2018) It's a fine film, even without the backstory. Gilmour shows a real empathy with the Afghani non-actors. Their character and traditions are part of the subject, and both are surprising.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/5 83% I Am Paul Walker (2018) This documentary gives us a paper-thin authorised version of his story. There's a hint of more interesting stuff below, but director Adrian Buitenhuis never looks like going there.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4.5/5 100% Ghosthunter (2018) Ben Lawrence's debut documentary is simply remarkable ...but for the sensitivity with which Lawrence tells it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Offerman holds it all together with a performance as powerful as it is quiet.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 100% Working Class Boy (2018) Never mind all the hits, never mind the brilliance as a singer of soul, blues and ballads, apart from rock; the man has enormous reserves of strength. That's so attractive on screen: he has survived.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) The film is charming, even with the usual Disney paw prints on the themes. Forster handles the comedy with skill and the sentiment with restraint.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
86% Gaslight (1944) It's a superbly creepy thriller, with universal themes...An essential movie in anyone's canon. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Comedies this smart and deadly were once more common; good to see they're still possible. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Even if it's one of the lesser Hornby adaptations, it's still engaging and intelligent about the human condition. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 100% Wayne (2018) Apart from the title, I loved every minute of Jeremy Sims' surprising and entertaining film. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 8% Slender Man (2018) It's not necessary to swallow whole the idea that the internet is inherently dangerous to see the production of a movie, after that controversy, as a somewhat cynical gesture. Especially when it's a bad movie trying to look sincere. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) These two really do love each other, but Florence cannot abide the physical realm. The director gives us a clear indication of why, and then ignores the elephant he has made sure we see.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) The film doesn't quite work. It has some choice moments, enough to carry us through, but it's difficult to build mood and tension with this kind of sprawling story and a large cast. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4.5/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike's back, so back. BlacKkKlansman​ is a brilliant satire, a trenchant political statement and a love/hate letter to America, warts and all. It's a comedy and tragedy balled together, the bitterness as pungent as the sweetness.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) It makes up in freshness what it lacks in technique.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4/5 93% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) Full of rich historical details that anchor the sense of agony and resentment, but the plot is driven by huge coincidences... It doesn't really matter in a film so big on circus-like theatrics and grand flourishes.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) If it falls short of its ambitions, you have to love that it tries to go for the big story, and that it gives Elle Fanning such a grand role at her tender age.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/5 88% Whitney (2018) Macdonald interviews with a keen eye and ear, probing for answers, but all of those who surrounded Whitney are implicated to some extent in her downfall. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 71% Edie (2017) Within its own modest goals, Edie achieves its purpose, to deliver an uncontroversial message...‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 38% Two Is a Family (Demain tout commence) (2016) Custody battles don't really make for great comedy, but the team behind this seems not to notice nor care. It's the movie equivalent of fast food.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/5 90% Brothers' Nest (2018) Brothers' Nest is reasonably satisfying as a film about the weird passions of family. It has a certain integrity as that, even if it's not a thigh-slapper.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 95% Foxtrot (2018) It's an extraordinary film, far from easy, ultimately thoughtful and hard to forget.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 85% Disobedience (2018) A great love story requires high stakes, like any other story, and this one delivers.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) It is hard to overstate the charm of this restrained and intimate film.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 57% LBJ (2017) [Woody] Harrelson gives an impressionistic performance. He doesn't look much like LBJ, even after the make-up, nor can he bring his voice to the same low register, but he understands the coyote cunning of the man.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2/5 37% Gringo (2018) Life may be full of coincidences, but screenplays cannot be. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The new movie has been described as a space western, but I think it's more like a pirate movie - and almost pure fun from start to finish. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
4/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) And yet BPM (meaning beats per minute) is a beautiful film, full of drama and humour, love and politics, argument and action.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 94% Aurore (I Got Life!) (2017) Aurore gives Agnes Jaoui one of the roles of her life...‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 37% Life of the Party (2018) McCarthy doesn't try to conceal her purpose: she has won her power the hard way and she wants to use it for the greater good. That's part of what makes her the cultural icon she has become, the champion of downtrodden woman of all shapes and sizes.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 90% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) It's a love story and one of the most startling, original, and poised films of the year.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 79% Breath (2018) There is something bigger here than simple coming-of-age, although there is that too. It's a film about the cracks in our masculinity, rather than the thing itself.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Marvel betrays the richness of its comic books in pursuit of the bedazzlement of the modern blockbuster movie; leaving us undernourished but entertained.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) It's a kind of thriller, but without easy resolution. Zvyagintsev does not deal in reassurance: there is none to be had in this cold, hard place.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
4.5/5 100% Gurrumul (2017) I felt the film in my bones, more than my brain.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2.5/5 31% Super Troopers 2 (2018) It's low humour but most of it is hard to dislike - although not all of it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 52% Rampage (2018) What's the difference between Dwayne Johnson and an 800-tonne computer-generated gorilla called George? To be brutally honest, the gorilla is a better actor - or at least, his creators have given him a greater range of expressions. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 89% Walking Out (2017) The second half is gripping. There's less time for talk, and the Smith brothers give us a superb sense of the fearful power of this landscape. Maybe that was the point all along: nature just keeps on giving and taking.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Have You Seen The Listers? (2017) [Eddie] Martin makes full use of his privileged access to the artist's own records of his life.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Most of the characters face a daily question: to be kind or unkind. Kaurismaki builds a heroic narrative around that idea.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4/5 82% Early Man (2018) Aardman has always done this layering of humour, so that adults can enjoy their stories as much as children, but this one pushes the volume up to 11. The glee runneth over from the first shot.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) It's still basically The Attack of the Killer Calamari, but without the panache, humour or the lightness of touch that Del Toro brought to it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018