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)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) It's the best tear-jerker in a long time; one box of tissues might not be enough. On a deeper level, it earns some of that emotion through a story based on a real dilemma. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 100% Inventing Tomorrow (2018) All of these young adults shine with hope and promise -- and that makes the film very moving. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 56% Swimming with Men (2018) It's a sweet idea for a comedy, and it almost convinces you that it's as funny as it wants to be...It's hard to pick what's missing, but something certainly is. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Reilly carries the film, with a performance that's elegantly caught between Eli's loyalty and his desire to be free of his crazy kinsman. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) If this shrill, manipulative, sledge-hammer allegory is right for our times, give me Dante any day. Von Trier has certainly done better, but never worse. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) There's not much variation on the old themes here. What's new is the film's definition of community and family. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is a clever Danish thriller that takes full advantage of the strengths and weaknesses of modern communications. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 88% Arctic (2019) Mikkelsen gives a strong performance, of course. He has to carry the movie on his shoulders, but that's probably why he did it. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) [Neeson] does them well, but his performances often outstrip his conveyances of late. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Combination Redemption (2019) Many of the film's problems could have been solved with more money and time, but not all of them. As well as a better title, the film needed another draft, a tougher edit and a longer gestation. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) Showy acting is popular, but I think Peter and Lucas Hedges...do their best work in the quieter moments, in which they take us deep inside a problem that has tragic consequences for so many people. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/5 99% Free Solo (2018) There is something epic and disturbing about Honnold's singularity, his desire to be the one person on the planet who can do something that no one else can. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) The performances are superb, on the back of a tight script. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 78% Loro (2019) [Paolo Sorrentino] embraces the corruption, the vulgarity and the extravagance with a certain tenderness, rather than envy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The dialogue is more wise-cracking and knowing, geared to appeal to young teenage boys rather than children. The technical aspects are as good as ever: indeed, the technology advances with each film, so that each looks richer than the last. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
2.5/5 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord is to fact as Churchill was to sobriety, or Trump to modesty. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 92% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 47% 1% (2017) This Western Australian biker movie falls short of its ambitions, but at least it has some. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 60% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 77% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/5 89% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 72% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 89% Wayne (2018) Apart from the title, I loved every minute of Jeremy Sims' surprising and entertaining film. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 7% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 82% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4.5/5 96% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/5 89% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/5 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) It's an extraordinary film, far from easy, ultimately thoughtful and hard to forget. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) A great love story requires high stakes, like any other story, and this one delivers. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
99% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2/5 38% Gringo (2018) Life may be full of coincidences, but screenplays cannot be. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018