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Alistair Harkness

Alistair Harkness
Alistair Harkness's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Scotsman, Film4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 92% Lynn + Lucy (2019) If it's a little frustrating that Britain's most promising filmmakers all seem to make their feature debuts with variations on the same... Fyzal Boulifa at least shows it is possible to work within these strictures and create something with real power.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
3/5 97% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) Only really getting into genre territory late in the final act, the film is mostly an engrossing character study of a man slowly coming to realise he has no idea who his wife was.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
1/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Perhaps the best that can be said about Netflix's painfully unfunny Will Ferrell comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is that it doesn't serve up the expected barrage of tartan clichés when the action shifts to Edinburgh.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
3/5 89% The Booksellers (2020) DW Young's film... teases these larger themes out with the diligence of a book scout hunting down an obscure first edition.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
3/5 80% Family Romance, LLC (2019) But if the end result doesn't cohere as an entirely satisfying narrative, Herzog's eternal search for what he once termed the "ecstatic truth" ensures it still has odd moments of transcendent beauty amid the everyday sights others take for granted.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
4/5 100% White Riot (2019) [A] blistering, highly entertaining doc tracing the origins and progress of Rock Against Racism (RAR), the punk-and-reggae fuelled cultural fightback against the rising tide of the National Front in 1970s Britain.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
3/5 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) Capital in the Twenty-First Century offers a useful primer on the growth of capitalism over the last 300 years and looks at where we're going.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
3/5 88% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Making incredible use of mobile phone footage shot by some of Paradise's residents as they frantically fled for their lives, it's heart-in-mouth stuff...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
4/5 100% On the Record (2020) Though the film recaps a lot of ground that's public record, its real value comes in empathetically exposing the agonising decisions Dixon and other women have to make about becoming a public figure in this way...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
2/5 88% The Girl with a Bracelet (2020) [T]he film quickly devolves into a protracted courtroom drama in which the defendant's morals are put on trial in lieu of any compelling evidence, the film's ability to sustain any tension regarding the verdict rapidly dissipates.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
3/5 95% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) As intriguing as all this sounds, though, there's a disappointingly rote quality to the supporting characters that prevents the film fully coming to life.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
4/5 40% Irresistible (2020) But there's always value and power in laughter and Irresistible has enough tricks up its sleeve to work as a comedy with something worthwhile to say.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
3/5 98% Saint Frances (2020) [E]ven though some of the supporting performances and subplots feel a little under-cooked, it remains a witty and heartfelt calling card for its writer and star Kelly O'Sullivan.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
4/5 91% Clemency (2019) [E]verything you need to understand about where the film is coming from is etched on [Chukwu's] star's face.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
4/5 60% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) With typical brilliance and brevity, the Dardennes tease out the source of Ahmed's rage in an absent father... but they don't make excuses for him...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
3/5 100% To Kid or Not to Kid (2019) A thoughtful and insightful film.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 100% Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019) [A]s the film tracks his movie career... it also underscores the importance of representation in movies for audiences of colour everywhere.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2/5 55% Resistance (2020) Though Eisenberg brings a certain level of panache to his performance, the film itself is structured and executed in very conventional fashion.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 70% 7500 (2020) [I]t's ultimately more powerful for not indulging in the sort of cathartic cinematic violence that removes the need to ask difficult questions.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2/5 33% Guest of Honour (2020) A bizarre, absurdly plotted melodrama about abuses of power and the way guilt resonates down the years.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
3/5 89% Echo In the Canyon (2019) The film gathers together many of the scene's progenitors to wax lyrical about the creative melting pot that made it unique.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
2/5 70% The High Note (2020) Sadly, what follows is pretty banal stuff, credible neither as a music industry drama nor a workplace comedy à la The Devil Wears Prada.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
4/5 89% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Bird... proves just as good at telling a story about a feckless teen as he was at playing one.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
2/5 46% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) A very straight-up, very clunky, and very dated and annoying romantic comedy.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
3/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) If the intrigue isn't quite sustainable, the end result remains a promising calling card for all involved.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2/5 92% Krabi, 2562 (2019) Though interesting up to a point, that point is reached early on as the filmmakers start zooming out to reveal the different layers of artifice involved in selling a cultural experience in a capitalist world...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/5 95% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) It's pure cinema: dramatic, ambiguous, devastating - and one more reason this particular film doesn't need to reference a fictionalised version of its own star's role in history.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/5 100% The Atom: A Love Affair (2020) Exploring the industry's various efforts to shake off the safety concerns that have dogged it since its inception, it offers an entertaining and informative primer on a controversial industry's ongoing ability to charm politicians...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
4/5 95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) It's an exhilarating ride, full of insight, humour and contrition.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) [A] brilliantly subtle slice-of-life drama about a young woman's rapidly shrinking rights over her own body.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2/5 74% The Wretched (2020) Sadly, The Wretched has very little on its mind beyond serving up a few nifty special effects in service of a plot stitched together from various slasher movies of yesteryear.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 92% In Search of Greatness (2018) It's a very watchable doc, if a little vague when it expands its scope beyond its main interviewees to explore musical mavericks like Bowie, Hendrix and The Beatles.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 100% Infinite Football (2018) The leaps that get us there are so subtle that the philosophical reach of the film's finale - which, like The Whistlers, is built around a linguistic flourish - proves unexpectedly thrilling.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 83% The Whistlers (2020) Amid all the geeky film references and breezy heist-going-wrong shenanigans, this gives The Whistlers real substance.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 91% Ema (2019) [B]eyond Larrain's visually stunning compositions, the narrative sparks that gradually ignite into a fiery story...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 100% Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2020) A foodie delight.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 92% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant delivers a remarkably nuanced portrait of the insidious, abusive, horribly toxic nature of an industry built on exploitation, driven by greed and perpetuated by the complex interaction of fear, complicity and self-loathing.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
2/5 66% Astronaut (2019) [A] frustratingly corny and vaguely patronising drama about ageing and never giving up on your dreams.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 100% Moffie (2019) Writer/director Oliver Hermanus... uses Nicholas's queer-themed coming-of-age story to reflect the bubble-like perspective of a moribund political class doing its utmost to ignore the simmering tensions lying just beneath the surface...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
4/5 68% Extraction (2020) What a rush.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) What follows in Kirill Sokolov's directorial debut is a lurid but inventively executed tale of familial and professional mistrust as flashbacks fill us in on who these men are, while introducing us to the associates who have brought them together.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2020
1/5 21% Coffee & Kareem (2020) Unfortunately, Helms's schtick is painfully unfunny, much like that of his pint-sized co-star Terrence Little Gardenhigh, whose character's casual homophobia and dropping of f-bombs isn't cute just because he's supposed to be 12...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2020
3/5 81% Tigertail (2020) ... it's still well acted, with a script full of astute observations that tap into the everyday complexities involved in trying to making a new life for oneself in another country far from home.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
4/5 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) Aided by a great lead performance from newcomer Simone, this is an auspicious debut.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
1/5 20% Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask (2019) The film dumps a lot of impenetrable information over the opening credits and it's pretty much downhill from this point on...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
2/5 32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Romcoms are supposed to predictable. But they're not supposed to be this predictable. ‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
3/5 80% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) But if all the red herrings fail to satisfy, Binoche going full Catfish is enough to reel us in.
‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
2/5 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) The episodic plot might... be diverting enough for undiscerning wee ones, but there's very little for the rest of the family to connect with here beyond half-hearted homilies about the need for many different voices to bring harmony to the world.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
3/5 94% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) [A] brilliant performance by the child at the centre of German drama System Crasher saves this otherwise frantic and spuriously plotted film about the limits of the care system.‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
2/5 52% Four Kids and It (2020) [I]t's fairly charmless stuff...‐ Scotsman
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020