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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 67% 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 77% 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 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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 86% 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 39% 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 68% 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 89% 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 96% 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 56% 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 39% Gringo (2018) Life may be full of coincidences, but screenplays cannot be. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 71% 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 93% 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 38% 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 91% 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 74% 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 83% 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 93% 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 91% 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 41% Mary Magdalene (2018) It's a cheerless, ideologically driven movie. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3/5 78% 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 92% 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 88% 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 24% 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 85% 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 30% 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 91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) The Teacher brings us an exceptional villain...‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017