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Barry Hertz

Barry Hertz
Barry Hertz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): National Post, Globe and Mail

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Dolphin Man (2017) Listen, it's been a rough week (or month, or year, or generation), so I think we all deserve to watch a movie about a man who helps a baby otter swim.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1.5/4 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The lowest-rent iteration yet of Lisbeth and her never-merry band of Swedish friends and enemies.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 80% Overlord (2018) By the end, Overlord feels, if not greater than the sum of its Frankensteined parts, at least a monster worth mashing.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
No Score Yet That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations (2017) The end result is an extremely important 75-minute education, but a lesson that is probably best for the classroom than the theatre.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair may not necessitate a big-screen experience, but there are far lesser ways to spend your study break.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 62% Suspiria (2018) The filmmakers' insatiable curiosity and grandiose sense of spectacle keeps Suspiria from becoming half as annoying as it should be.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
61% Bel Canto (2018) Watanabe and Moore acquit themselves well (although the latter's lip-syncing is questionable), but Bel Canto falls short of the operatic notes Weitz attempts to hit.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
37% Hunter Killer (2018) The Tom Clancy-Lite plot is disposable and dated... and the action, when it does arrive, is quiet enough to send the most insomnia-plagued of audiences to sleep.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
87% The Night Comes For Us (2018) Unless you are on the programming committee for the most literally bloody-minded of film festivals, you have never experienced as ludicrously violent and gore-soaked a film as The Night Comes for Us.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
61% The Oath (2018) The Oath appears to crave several things at once, all diametrically opposed.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 89% All About Nina (2018) Mostly, Vives' work is a series of punch lines that feel more like gut punches - a relentless challenge that Winstead handles with seeming ease.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 70% Hold the Dark (2018) It makes for intriguing and often gripping viewing, but delivers a more confounding experience than is necessary.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/4 99% Roma (2018) [Roma is] a majestic feat of filmmaking, an intimate portrait of a family that also serves as a broad portrait of a changing nation. Cuaron creates such a vibrant world that it demands to be seen on the biggest canvas possible.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) All the wrong decisions end up smothering strong performances from Steve Carell and, to a lesser extent, Timothée Chalamet.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Its mystery elements are infused with a uniquely Feig-ian sensibility, equal parts broad comedy and ironic winks.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 92% Mandy (2018) For those who think nothing of staying up past midnight to devour the strange and fantastic, it hits the sweetest of spots.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/4 85% High Life (2018) The ending of High Life arrives almost too suddenly, but that's only incentive to seek out a second, third and fourth viewing as soon as humanly possible.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2.5/4 83% The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian) (2018) There's a smart and subtle drama about treating people as packages in The Crossing, but like any contraband, it's buried beneath layers of artifice.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3.5/4 76% Mid90s (2018) Hill comes straight out of the gate here with a minor masterpiece.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2.5/4 58% The Front Runner (2018) [The Front Runner] has a lot on its mind... but spends too little energy dissecting those thoughts. Instead, we're mostly treated to a parade of wonderful character actors making witty proclamations that then immediately fade into the atmosphere.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
1.5/4 71% Greta (2018) There is no clear moment where Greta turns from boring stalker movie into full-blooded wack-a-doo thriller, and that is ultimately the film's downfall.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) The result is almost the Platonic ideal of a slasher-reboot -- it's fierce, it's lean, it's mean, and it has at least three first-pumping "Hell, yeah!" moments.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 85% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased resonates exactly because it treats everyone as a human being, complex and impossible to reduce to binaries.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Through Black Spruce (2018) At the very least, McKellar provides ample space for Brandon Oakes and Tanaya Beatty to deliver career-making performances.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/4 91% Widows (2018) ed by a magnificent Viola Davis, the cast is ridiculously stacked. The action is tremendous. And the ultimate message is devastating in its swift brutality.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) [It's] a traditional western, except when it's a revisionist tale. It's a my-brother's-keeper drama, except when it's a violent comedy. It's a tale of There Will Be Blood-levels of greed, except when it's a high-ho adventure.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/4 88% First Man (2018) As Chazelle oscillates between documenting NASA's many missteps and peering behind the curtain of the Armstrongs' domestic lives, he conjures the type of cinematic high any filmgoer has been chasing since they first stepped inside a theatre.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
0.5/4 20% Nekrotronic (2018) An awkward, painful mash-up of horror and comedy that induces all the wrong kind of squirms, Nekrotronic feels like a Z-grade SyFy Channel movie that escaped its basic-cable confines.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 33% The Predator (2018) If the Predator series had to be revisited, it could have ended up in far worse hands than Shane Black's.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Stupid Young Heart (Hölmö nuori sydän) (2018) With Stupid Young Heart, director Selma Vilhunen attempts to dissect the attraction a fringe group might offer for the youthful and dispossessed, and while her intentions are noble, the execution is as shaky as the current geopolitical environment. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 95% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Although Von Trotta skips around Bergman's filmography a bit haphazardly, and touches upon his romantic proclivities in a frustratingly brief manner, there's little room to go wrong when a film is seemingly 50 per cent composed of Bergman's own footage.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 100% Screwball (2018) More entertaining than a dozen Major League Baseball games stacked on top of one another, Billy Corben's doc looking at the sport's doping scandal of 2013 is a 'roided-out riot.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/4 20% Retrospekt (2018) Retrospekt is a puzzling proposition.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) As it dips into murder-mystery territory, then something more quiet and philosophical, Chang-dong writes a story both expected and surprising.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/4 58% Outlaw King (2018) Director David Mackenzie (Pine's collaborator on Hell or High Water) dabbles in some interesting aesthetic experiments, but the narrative is cut, dried and left to rot under the soggy Scottish skies.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 84% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet's work is a big, sloppy wet kiss to all manner of rise-and-fall clichés. Yet it mostly works.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/4 100% Firecrackers (2018) Firecrackers is not nearly as casually joyful as its title suggests, but it is absolutely as incendiary.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1.5/4 89% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) You sincerely want to believe that the film will tackle its subject matter with heart and grit -- but hopes are dashed by the opening five minutes, a disastrous melange of trauma and broken dreams that is handled about as subtly as a mean uppercut.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
0.5/4 10% Peppermint (2018) A laughably bad melange of blood, guts and racial stereotypes.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 83% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) The animation is equal parts digital, graphic and oil-painting-based, creating a surreal and hypnotizing landscape, while the main narrative thread offers plenty of real-world metaphors without condescending to kiddie sentimentality.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 82% Blind Spot (2018) Blind Spot is a devastating experiment that prioritizes both emotion and aesthetics. You may never see a more deliberately uncomfortable film this year.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2.5/4 41% Touch Me Not (2018) It's not that every film has to achieve some grand epiphany, but Touch Me Not is not nearly as satisfying as the primal act it's obsessed with.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 93% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) The impact of modern vice upon the Wayuu is a captivating tale never told before, and the final few minutes are brutal in the best possible way.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 100% Too Late to Die Young (2018) There's little narrative propulsion to Too Late to Die Young, yet it hums along with a vibrant humanity all the same.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/4 88% Diamantino (2018) Part political satire, part fantasy, part I-don't-even-know-what, Diamantino is exactly the type of surreal concoction that begs to be discovered by unsuspecting audiences.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/4 70% Assassination Nation (2018) How much of a kick you might get out of Assassination Nation depends on whether you think the words "trigger warning" count as a punchline or not.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 90% Climax (2018) Typically, the results are not nearly as originally dreaded, because no matter how far Noé's films can go off the rails -- some of us are still not over the final few minutes of Enter the Void -- they are always at the very least interesting to consume.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 100% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Entire passages stretch along at a too-leisurely pace, allowing whatever anger Jia is surely carrying to too frequently cool off. Still, by the film's New Year's Eve-set finale, there's little doubt Jia can create masterful cinematic moments.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Gleeson and Wilson deliver tightly-wound performances, while the ending is more chilling, and perhaps perplexing, than audiences might expect.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1.5/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Thanks must go to the underpaid puppeteers who crouched, ducked and manoeuvred all over Happytime's set, only for their physical labour to be used in service of a Sesame Street-meets-Bright mess.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018