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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 80% 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 45% 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 68% Life (2017) A taut but puzzling space thriller.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 91% 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 41% 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 97% 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 92% 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 93% 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 82% 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 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) It's hilarious and harmless fun.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman's performance is as good as everyone says.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
0.5/5 12% 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 31% 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 93% 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 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
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 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
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 70% CafĂ© 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 75% 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 83% 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
4/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) Truth is indeed stranger and sometimes more beautiful than fiction.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/5 61% Snowden (2016) This might be the most truthful movie Oliver Stone has made.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
4/5 89% The Queen of Ireland (2015) [A] powerful documentary.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4.5/5 81% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/5 72% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
4/5 100% Truman (2017) The result is a film of devastating power, neither mawkish nor obvious.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
4/5 61% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
4.5/5 97% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
4/5 85% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 70% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marchĂ©) (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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
4/5 98% Mustang (2015) There are so many remarkable things about this wonderful movie.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/5 72% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016