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
Publications: National Post, Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 6% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) [D]ear lord, I've been searching high and low for something nice to say about this mess, and I have come up nearly empty. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 95% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is a beautiful, unpredictable nightmare for those drawn to giggle in the dark. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/4 92% Dark Waters (2019) Bilott's story is a serious one and demands a responsible retelling. Fortunately, Haynes finds a way to do so without mistaking such a weighty task as an excuse to be plodding or bone-dry procedural. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim's ultimate route is a powerful one - a drive meant to be shared, and discussed, long after the road ends. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2/4 78% Frozen II (2019) What actually takes the wind out of Frozen 2′s many attempts at epic gust is its repeated failure to imagine and entertain. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 95% Atlantics (2019) The intense pleasure of Atlantics is not in the A-to-B storytelling, but in the poignant and painful emotions its filmmaking conjures. And in the realization that this is just the first scream of an intensely curious and essential cinematic voice. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
1.5/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Deep inside the new Charlie's Angels movie, there is a fun film struggling to breathe. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 66% The Good Liar (2019) The Good Liar gives its jig up early, though, and overcompensates with a third-act pivot that isn't so much shrewd as it is out-of-nowhere preposterous. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/4 96% The Irishman (2019) f there is still any doubt as to Scorsese's artistry, The Irishman will put skeptics to bed. Or six feet under. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Whichever route you prefer to take to the Overlook Hotel, there are better directions available than those prescribed by Doctor Sleep. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/4 43% Midway (2019) Midway is a choppy bore, its main source of intrigue centred around whatever New Jersey-ese accent British actor Ed Skrein is attempting as dive bomber Richard Best. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Ultimately, Dark Fate is nothing more than a run-duck-and-repeat production - an extraordinarily familiar, if efficiently made, exercise in Terminatorology. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/4 70% The King (2019) I don't expect David Michod's new film to dominate your Netflix home queue for very long, given that the movie - a messy and frequently bloody blend of Shakespeare's Henriad plays, but devoid of their language, scope and, well, drama - is forgettable. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2.5/4 96% Harpoon (2019) Grant adds lots of fisticuffs and gore to the proceedings, but it's Gelman's voice that answer's the narrative's numerous SOS calls. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
0/4 11% Lucky Day (2019) The film is crassly violent, inexcusably sexist, horribly racist, rampantly homophobic - and that's just Crispin Glover's character. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Unfortunately, the new film Matthias & Maxime arrives lacking much of the emotional urgency of the Dolan who once captured the international art-house crowd, feeling provincial in more ways than one. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 100% MS Slavic 7 (2019) Campbell is tasked with carrying much of the film's action and dialogue... and easily commands the screen. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 38% In the Tall Grass (2019) In the Tall Grass is a case of unchecked excess - more blood, more jump-scares, more mythology that goes not much of anywhere. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Your Miike mileage may vary - but rest assured, there's no barf bag required. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/4 93% Monos (2019) Monos sinks you into its mud until the dirt stuffs your mouth. You won't be able to breathe - but you'll be thanking Landes for the cinematic suffocation all the same. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) I still left Ad Astra feeling the best kind of dizzy - my perspective shifted, my footing unfamiliar, the world something imperceptibly new. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mangold's talent for action comes alive, though, during the thrilling racing sequences, and Tracy Letts is having lots of fun with his portrayal of Henry Ford II. Yet the overall production is too cautiously steered. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/4 91% Saint Maud (2019) That's the basic outline of Rose Glass's feature directorial debut, a thriller that has one thing on its mind - the road to fanaticism leads directly to Hell - but doesn't quite provoke as much as it thinks it does. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/4 96% Uncut Gems (2019) A 134-minute anxiety attack disguised as a movie, Benny and Josh Safdie's Uncut Gems is a New York trash-terpiece. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 75% The Vigil (2019) There's a neat moment where the film's hero puts on a yarmulke and teffilin like he's donning supernatural battle armour, but mostly The Vigil feels like a novel short film stretched out to feature length. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/4 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Noah Hawley's directorial debut may have started out as a feminist-forward film decrying the fact that women have to work five times as hard to succeed in the workplace, but it ends up being a movie whose message boils down to, "Ladies be crazy." - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 96% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Balagov displays the cinematic skills of an auteur at least twice his age, and both lead actresses are captivating. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 69% Joker (2019) Honestly, I'm not sure what Joker is here for, other than to cause a clumsily manufactured uproar. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 41% The Laundromat (2019) The Laundromat is more like the zippy comedy of The Informant!, but with Meryl Streep subbed in for Matt Damon. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/4 96% Marriage Story (2019) This is hilarious, heartbreaking cinema - a work that will make you burst out laughing one moment, and leave you tearing your hair out the next. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
1.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch should have never flown away from its literary perch. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 60% The Antenna (Bina) (2019) he Antenna proves a worthy successor to the work of David Cronenberg, Ben Wheatley and the many other filmmakers who delight in the meaty material of rancid subjects. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2.5/4 85% Synchronic (2019) Once the big twist kicks in, there's plenty of gritty fun to be had, but patience is a hard-won virtue in genre filmmaking. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 92% Jallikattu (2019) Still, when Jallikattu lets it rip, it's as exciting and unusual an experience as you're likely to get this year. Grab it by its horns and don't dare let go. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit excels with at least a sincerely attempted - if not exactly precise - balance of humour and horror, absurdity and tragedy. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 96% Knives Out (2019) This is a dizzy, zippy and surprisingly politically astute murder-mystery comedy that hits all its beats with flair, before turning around and knifing conventional thinking in the back. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) But beyond that bit of inventive meta-business narrative, Dolemite Is My Name feels less forward-thinking and more shaggily comfortable, running through the let's-put-on-a-show formula with little flair, albeit a whole lot of spirit. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks is, not surprisingly, excellently cast, but it's Heller's direction and inventive aesthetic instinct - everything is washed out browns, with the exception of a moving blue-lit finale - that sell the work so well. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 82% Just Mercy (2019) Yet Jordan and Foxx take the little material they're given and play it as deep as possible, turning in memorable, eventually gut-punching performances. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 85% Waves (2019) Waves is as anxiety-inducing as any other journey into the dark and unknowable. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/4 94% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) The finale is a gut-punch, but it arrives too long after Komasa has already exhausted most of his story's, and leading man's, energy. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2.5/4 100% Son-Mother (Pesar-Madar) (2019) A simple story told simply, documentarian Mahnaz Mohammadi's entry into feature-length fiction filmmaking will break your heart, even if it may also move you to check your watch. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 100% Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) (2019) The Robin Hood-esque plot is cute and well-executed, even if the ending feels hampered by an unnecessary we-need-to-pad-this-thing out mentality. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Easy Land (2019) Zivkovic, working with a micro-budget, expertly captures a Toronto that feels cold and cruel, and possesses a wonderful eye for the small details of a home that has lost all, or never had any, love. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3.5/4 100% Hope (Håp) (2019) Hope is actually a showcase for the less internationally renown Andrea Bræn Hovig, who delivers a fantastically wrenching performance as a mother faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2.5/4 58% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) Uruguay director Federico Veiroj has an itch of an idea, but doesn't innovate or entrance with The Moneychanger, a sometimes swift, sometimes funny, but mostly middle-of-the-road thriller about the dangers of greed. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 80% Love Me Tender (2019) The off-the-wall tone is welcome, and is well-matched by Giordano's commitment, given she's occupying the screen approximately 99 per cent of the time. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) An exhilarating and furious indictment of class struggle, Parasite might be the masterpiece South Korea's Bong Joon-ho has been working toward his entire career. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/4 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It is so very easy to label a film incendiary, but Portrait of a Lady on Fire deserves the scalding honour. It will ignite every flame you might have. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) You will be dreaming of beards, corncob pipes, blinding light, and tentacles for days. Consider that a warning, or an enticement. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019