Siobhan Synnot

Siobhan Synnot
Siobhan Synnot's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Scotsman
Publications: Scotsman

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 99% Selma (2014) Don't let this put you off Selma: it's a good, although not great movie, that steers a coherent path through a weighty historical moment. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Maybe Bond is still an action figure whose default setting is beating up bad guys, pulling out a gun and running across roofs. But if boys have to be boys, it's a huge relief to know the new Bond age is confident enough to keep them conflicted about it. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Firth is the lynchpin of Kingsman. It's a pleasure to watch him take down a pub full of heavies, but Firth also brings a suave wit to his line readings and a moral core to the over-caffeinated violence. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
3/5 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) I like that X-Men eschews the hipster cynicism of other superhero movies, and that Singer encourages the cast to give their performances Shakespearian vigour. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
3/5 32% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) This time the transgressive punch-ups feel awfully forced. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
3/5 88% Amour Fou (2015) The pace is slow and the comedy mordant, but Friedel and Schnoeink are terrific. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
3/5 85% The Turning (2015) Winton is important to Australian culture, but a less fragmented, reverent approach would serve his work better. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
3/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) Gentle and naturalistic, Love Is Strange is an intimate portrait of devotion that you will root for, without falling in love. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/5 27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Jupiter Ascending vibrates like an episode of Star Wars retold by a teenager on Red Bull, a cacophony of nonsense that peaks with poor Sean Bean telling us that "bees are genetically designed to recognise royalty". - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2015
3/5 64% Son of a Gun (2015) There are some exciting set pieces and McGregor is unusually but effectively cast as a hardboiled lifer. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2015
3/5 44% The Gambler (2014) The movie has the sheen but lacks the sweat of James Toback's original riff on Dostoevsky's autobiographical story. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2015
4/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) A Most Violent Year may lack originality but there are fine performances throughout, especially from Isaac. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2015
4/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) A smart, accomplished piece of work that presses all the right buttons. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2015
4/5 91% Pride (2014) Pride depicts an interesting bit of history, but its real message is about two vilified and marginalised groups who discover comradeship, solidarity and Bronski Beat. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Chris Evans is back as Captain America, powered by super-serum and a sense of loss. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
2/5 23% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) With a lot of repetitive jumps, jolts and shrieking, it's a haunted house story that's only marginally more unsettling than next year's stamp duty charges. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
2/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) There's no big bang to James Marsh's biopic of cosmologist Stephen Hawking, just a whimper from audiences as a well-acted but soapy drama shifts too smoothly through its storytelling gears. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
3/5 91% Birdman (2014) As a flight of fancy, Birdman swoops gleefully on artistic tropes and tics, but it never soars. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
2/5 28% Annie (2014) This remake updates the musical to include hip-hop stylings, Twitter updates and YouTube references, but any charm has been left behind in John Huston's 1982 film. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 91% Belle & Sebastian (2013) Sweet, but increasingly preposterous. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) An affectionate closer for the series - and two of its performers, Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) It's an intriguing true story, but Burton only toys with pre-feminist points and the tension between commercial and artistic success. Not bad, but a little paint-by-numbers. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) The problem is that Jolie cannot bring herself to be selective, instead cramming all of these incidents into one movie. The result is a picture that never hits its stride. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 30% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Exodus feels like a missed opportunity. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 96% Manakamana (2014) A two-hour film with Nepalese as its first language, no introduction, no narration and no dramatic arc sounds like a challenge, in much the same way that unshelled lobster is delicious: both require a little patience. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2014
3/5 82% Kon Tiki (2013) The cinematography has a stirring beauty, and fish experts can fill their boots, but it's a pity that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg chose to float such a crudely lashed-together boys' own adventure. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2014
2/5 30% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Revisiting Dumb And Dumber may have sounded like a stupid idea, but Dumb And Dumber To removes all doubt. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2014
83% In Bruges (2008) What could have been an all-too familiar story of guilt, betrayal, male bonding and honour among thieves, gets a smart, endlessly surprising treatment here. - Daily Record (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) Hellboy is enjoyable because, unlike the rest of the heroes in this long summer of the superpowered, he's not dragged down by character neuroses. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Operation Bethlehem (2014) Leila Sansour returns to her home town of Bethlehem and gives a personal account of how it has changed under Israeli pressure. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 89% Eastern Boys (2015) A businessman (Olivier Rabourdin) makes an assignation with a rent boy and gets more than he bargained for. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 95% Charlie's Country (2015) Rolf de Heer provides empathetic direction, but it's Gulpilil who makes this film intriguing. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 80% Electricity (2014) Deyn shows real spark and is quite fearless in depicting the stark, brutal physicality of epilepsy. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) The battle sequences that arise from Thorin's greed are spectacular, and so fast-paced that you sometimes have to rewind the mayhem in your mind. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 73% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Barely bothering to make sense, this is fast and furious but also flightless. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
2/5 33% Men, Women & Children (2014) A new film, but the themes are old and tired. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) Authentically harrowing. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 77% Get Santa (2014) Two levels of hohohos at work here: Spall's likeable scepticism (for adults) and reindeer flatulence (kids). - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 97% Life Itself (2014) A wide-ranging portrait of a movie champion who was latterly robbed of his voice but not his love of cinema, or life. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 78% The Grandmaster (2013) Often poetic, but lacks dramatic punch. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 80% Black Sea (2015) Director Kevin Macdonald creates some great scenes of subaquatic tension, but Law's Aberdonian accent makes Groundskeeper Willie sound authentic. - Scotland on Sunday EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 97% Paddington (2015) The slapstick feel is right for its young audience, and adults should enjoy its bouncy spirit and Bonneville's comic timing. Two claws up. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) As a movie it's too neat and diagrammatic, but Murray is watchable right through to the end. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
1/5 16% Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey? (2014) No child, however naughty, deserves to be left watching this. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 98% Leviathan (2014) The pitiless way Zvyagintsev metes out punishments to all is savage. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
4/5 89% The Drop (2014) A slightly artful but satisfying character piece. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 72% Interstellar (2014) An unsatisfying blend of Gravity, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris and The Collected Poems Of Dylan Thomas. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) It's not a bad film, but it's certainly a timid one ... - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
3/5 58% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) Told in episodic narrative bursts, it is fitfully engaging and rousingly acted. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
2/5 34% The November Man (2014) Ploughing through this tedious by-the-numbers thriller is less Bond, more of a bind. - Scotsman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014