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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
2/5 46% 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 54% 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 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 70% 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 88% 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 78% 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 86% 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 83% 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 46% 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 82% 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
4/5 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) When one artist makes a film about another artist, you can be reasonably sure the first sees something of a mirror in the second. That's true here in Terence Davies' beautiful, formally demanding and quite searing portrait of the poet Emily Dickinson.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/5 93% Hotel Coolgardie (2016) It's a fascinating, appalling, revealing film about the murkier end of Australian masculinity.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 71% Viceroy's House (2017) Fascinating, infuriating, entertaining and perhaps misleading.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) It's a game-changer.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 57% Rules Don't Apply (2016) A richly satirical portrait of American double standards.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
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 67% 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 93% 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 42% 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 96% 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 15% 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 93% 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 83% 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 45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) It's hilarious and harmless fun.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017