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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
4.5/5 100% 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 35% 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 50% 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 93% 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 43% 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
2/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) It's a cheerless, ideologically driven movie. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3/5 76% Kangaroo (2018) It's not necessary to believe every claim in the film, which inclines towards an animal liberation stance, but there's enough to make you weep for this unique species.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) The action is frequent and gripping, the heroism present but understated, and the sense of tactical complexity has survived the script-writing process, so there is more geo-political subtlety than one expects from a post-9/11 American war movie.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) Describing this as a film about art would be like describing Casablanca as a film about running a bar.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/5 30% The BBQ (2018) The BBQ starts with a terrible script and goes downhill from there.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 14% Winchester (2018) What is Helen Mirren doing in what is essentially a B-movie? I can't say but she brings great dignity to lines that are, at times, literally unspeakable.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5/5 69% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) Photographs carry the story here, along with voices, rather than filmed interviews. Actually, it works.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
4/5 89% Ali's Wedding (2017) Much of the film's success is down to [Osamah] Sami's winning performance. He's completely charming as a more nerdy version of himself and he gets good comic support.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/5 85% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) It's a gripping movie on its own dramatic terms: enigmatic, visually striking, culturally sympathetic and pungently fresh.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
1/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) These scenes flow like treacle and then the movie really slows down.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/5 97% Menashe (2017) It's a film that just keeps getting stronger as it goes, unfolding almost imperceptibly and becoming deeper with each scene.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
2/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) They are right: death is the only cure for what ails this film...‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) On its own terms, it's an achievement. If I was 13, this might please my eyes and ears.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 89% Just to Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d'un doute) (2017) In her third feature, director Carine Tardieu and her co-writers build a muted classical comedy of errors that Shakespeare would have recognised.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Woody Allen seems to be running on empty now, situating his stories in cliched versions of the past, slapping together character and situations with little care or passion, except as bile and bitterness take him.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3.5/5 71% Ferdinand (2017) The ages and sizes of the animals are calculated to appeal across the demographic spectrum, from the smallest child to just before they become tragically hip, and too grown-up for kids' stuff.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
4/5 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) It has jaw-droppingly gorgeous settings, in which all the buildings are depicted with full accuracy, as are the homes of the peasant families who live on a mountain slope, overlooking the (largely wooden) city.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) On its own terms, The Disaster Artist is a funny movie.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 90% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) The Teacher brings us an exceptional villain...‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) It deserves credit for the way it tells a difficult story.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Whatever truth the film holds is in the darkness between these parents and their offspring - but even that is not quite faithful enough.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Later, as the situation becomes terrifyingly dramatic, we expect the comedy to disappear but it never does. That makes the drama more painful.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) One of the pleasures of this surprising film is the way it sidles up to its subject, establishing a veneer of normalcy, then flipping it so that we begin to challenge that idea. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4/5 100% The Go-Betweens: Right Here (2017) Kriv Stenders puts together a thoughtful, engaging, enigmatic movie that does not try to do too much.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 54% Australia Day (2017) Australia Day is a few cans short of a barbecue.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 54% Australia Day (2017) [Bryan] Brown uses his capacity for stillness with great effect, to suggest weight in his character. ‐ The Age (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
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 82% 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 45% 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 73% 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 16% 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 49% 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 91% 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 83% 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