Russell Baillie Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Russell Baillie

Russell Baillie
Russell Baillie's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Zealand Herald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 75% Godzilla (2014) This Godzilla manages to rise above its human flaws, and become the massive modern monster movie it needs to be.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) What resonates is the movie's love story, one which is essentially about a very old, very married couple.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
2.5/5 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) So much of this feels like deja vu.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4/5 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) It's one to lose yourself in.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4/5 76% Noah (2014) On the whole, Noah is a mad captivating trip. And yes, it's the best movie about boatbuilding and livestock export you are likely to see for a very long time.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) One of the smarter and more entertaining Marvel movies of the era.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
5/5 93% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) It's a bleak tale of a less-than-loveable loser. But the combined effect of songs, lead performance and period detail make it one of the best, most heartfelt Coen movies yet.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
2.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) It all might sound bit Fly Hard and director Collet-Serra does make good use of the claustrophobic cabin confines, even if he cheats on the in-flight physics later on. But his tech-Hitchcock whodunnit doesn't sustain.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) The main characters and the performances behind them are nicely pitched. ‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
75% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) If the finale is exhausting, for the most part the first half of The Desolation of Smaug is invigorating and frequently exhilarating.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) If, at the beginning, Hanks seems suitably cast as yet another ordinary guy thrown into extraordinary circumstances, by the end, it's become an emotionally riveting performance.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4.5/5 71% Beyond the Edge (2014) Just as she did with her great The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, director Leanne Pooley's work neatly refreshes our appreciation of a local legend.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3.5/5 82% Prisoners (2013) Jackman's aggrieved dad is impressive. But Gyllenhaal's Loki, facial tics, unexplained tattoos and all is, oddly, the more believable.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
4.5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) This may be a movie that is keeping it real for most of its time on screen but in the end, Moonlight fair glows with possibility and hope.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Catch (2016) The Catch can't quite hook one's attention.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 96% Moana (2016) Apart from those occasional dull patches, it is enjoyable.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/5 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A Man Called Ove is both dourly funny and affecting. A bad-mood feel-good movie.‐ New Zealand Herald
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5/5 92% La La Land (2016) A clever, perfect film.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) It's got a heart, particularly in the scenes between the boys and their respective single parents, and it's got an amusingly recognisable portrayal of adolescent male friendship and the entertaining, embarrassing stupidity that can result from it.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It also works as its own stand-alone film. One which, despite some lumpy pacing in its first half, turns out to be possibly the best Star Wars war film of the bunch.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
1.5/5 21% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Say this about the Underworld movies: Like the vampires they are populated with, they sure do stick around. This dull heap of action-fantasy mediocrity, one which wants to be Game of Fangs, is the fifth.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 59% Allied (2016) Allied's strong sense of déjà vu sure makes it look nice. But it sure doesn't help make it a great film.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2.5/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) [It's] a blood-soaked, macabre and initially fascinating film. One where style made sure substance never got the invite to attend, then takes over the whole mad -- and maddeningly slow -- shebang.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3/5 83% The Founder (2017) It's a bland movie that becomes less great American business saga, more mildly engaging, mildly uncomplimentary Kroc biopic.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/5 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Like Newt's battered suitcase it's frequently unhinged. And it's that strangeness is what makes this proto-Potter enchanting and a promising first chapter.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/5 69% Operation Avalanche (2016) What started out as retro conspiracy comedy abruptly becomes paranoid thriller. It works better earlier on, as a mockumentary high on its own supply of faked lunar-landing lunacy.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
1/5 58% War on Everyone (2017) Remarkably tone deaf and quite awful.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet The 5Th Eye (2016) The doc is at its best telling the story of the whiskery earnest trio who popped the bubble on the Waihopai spy base then, having convinced a jury of their protest principles, were found not guilty.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 96% Little Men (2016) A bittersweet charmer.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) Adams' performance as Dr Louise Banks is terrific. She's the affecting emotional core of this. Especially once she starts her own close encounters with the inhabitants of the ship hovering above rural Montana.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 52% The Accountant (2016) No, the ending of The Accountant doesn't quite add up. But as a puzzler-thriller with pretensions to smartness, it still does the business, just.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's hard not to be impressed by Gibson's efforts at recreating the Okinawa battlefield, or by Garfield's endearing, committed portrayal of a man who stuck to his code.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2.5/5 20% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) As a spoof or spy movie, you have to say this about Keeping up with the Joneses -- it sure can't keep up with those Smiths.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
4.5/5 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) While it's a typically plain-looking Loach film, there's grim poetry in the script by Paul Laverty, his eighth for the director. You could write songs from some of the lines.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
5/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell, it sets a high water mark for movies this year.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) This doctor, it seems, has a cure for superhero fatigue.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 99% Under The Shadow (2016) Yes, if you see only one Iranian horror movie this year, make it this one. A smart choice for Halloween.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Yes, Never Go Back is a bad title but may prove good advice.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 89% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Director Pablo Trapero exercises a cool restraint in his portrayal of this diabolical domesticity.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/5 22% Inferno (2016) Watching it feels like signing up to a tour group visiting the sites of Brown's less popular works and you're not allowed off the bus.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Yes, there is much more that can be said about the catastrophe than this movie does. But the great disaster that was Deepwater Horizon now has a great disaster movie to go with it.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 45% The Girl on the Train (2016) Only Blunt's gutsy performance keeps The Girl on the Train on track while so much is trying to derail it.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) [It] has a pleasing full-on embrace of things a western must have: tobacco spitting, gun twirling, trick riding, men bursting out of saloon doors, men bursting out of saloon windows, men just bursting.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
5/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) [Ross has] delivered a movie that might hit some soft, sentimental notes towards the end. But that doesn't stop this being a sweet, sad, funny original. One full of terrific performances.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 88% Blood Father (2016) Like Mel Gibson, this movie is a bit of a throwback.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
4/5 86% Sully (2016) It just might be the first plane-crash movie that suggests itself as suitable in-flight entertainment too.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 61% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) David Brent: Life on the Road is more in the league of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa -- a mildly satisfying final encore for a prickly Brit comedy character that its creator will never top.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3.5/5 71% Chasing Great (2018) Stimulating if not fascinating.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
1/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) That Huston is no Heston makes this a movie with an empty centre where a heroic figure should be.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 78% The Shallows (2016) It's like Collet-Sera has taken the opening scene of Jaws - - the one of the skinny dipping woman becoming shark bait -- and made a whole guilty pleasure film out of it.‐ New Zealand Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016