Henry Barnes

Henry Barnes
Henry Barnes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Little White Lies
Publications: Guardian, Little White Lies

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 89% Paddleton (2019) It doesn't maintain... balance, but at the same time it does movingly convey what it might feel like to see the inconsequential things - the kitschy movies, the made-up ball games, the stove-burnt pizzas - endure while your best friend trundles to a stop. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) High Flying Bird is a classic Soderbergh construct. Throughout his career - from Sex, Lies and Videotape to Erin Brockovich to Che to Magic Mike - he's revelled in telling stories of the individual chipping away at the status quo. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 75% Death in Sarajevo (2016) Written and directed by Danis Tanovic, the Oscar-winning Bosnian director of No Man's Land, Death in Sarajevo presents a damning allegory for modern Europe. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet London Fields (2018) Novelistic, rich and awfully silly. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/5 69% Bleed For This (2016) It's a story of strength that crumples; a portrait of vitality that plays awfully flat. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/5 58% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) There were braver things that Gervais could have done with the character. The bravest being leaving him where he was. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/5 88% Pete's Dragon (2016) The result is part ET, part Jungle Book, part Peanuts. It's sweet and soulful and Spielberg-ish, but with a bitter streak. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/5 73% The Killing$ of Tony Blair (2016) An entertaining ramble through well-publicised allegations and a slick run down the rap sheet for those who need a reminder of Tony's avarice. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) The World's End marks the third part of Pegg and Wright's self-described "Cornetto trilogy." It's an appropriate moniker. With this final film they've slowed down a bit, grown up a lot. And saved the richest bite until last. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 33% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) The film takes on Gabrielle's listlessness, slumps into an opiated fug. The malady is mysterious and not easily treatable. It just exhausts you. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
3/5 94% The Last Man On The Moon (2016) Craig's film deals with the fallout of the era - and how the returning heroes kept their feet on the ground - but he can't help but get swept up in the romance of the effort. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/5 9% Martyrs (2016) What's left after the gore is stripped away is a mildly bloody, meatless horror. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2016
1/5 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) A spoof of the franchise that started out as Twilight fan fiction offers up another barrel for Marlon Wayans to scrape. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/5 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Big but boring, expansive but cheap-looking, Allegiant spins in place, waiting for next year's Ascendent to come along and offer resolution. In all candour: you can do without it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/5 53% Genius (2016) Red pencils at the ready. This one needs a going over. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
2/5 56% Shepherds and Butchers (2016) Shepherds and Butchers doesn't know which it is: the twisty legal drama that's going to herd us through the issue or the ferocious expose, laying out the quotidian grimness of systemic death. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
3/5 86% The Patriarch (Mahana) (2016) Mahana is a touch simplistic and very romantic. But it does what it does with skill. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
4/5 99% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Things to Come is a smart, earnest undertaking: an exploration of the insecurity that can hit any of us, at any age, when we start to question the life we've built. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
2/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) There's fun to be had in the shtick, but the point? It's missing, presumed dead. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
2/5 89% Meru (2015) Likely to appeal to the extreme sports market and leave the rest of us stranded. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/5 40% Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise (2015) Be he space traveller, madman and/or fish, Perry (and the film) are certifiably original. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 97% We Come as Friends (2015) Sauper and his two-man crew fly over a land that's becoming as alien to its indigenous population as it was (and still is) to those who fancy exploiting it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 98% Sherpa (2015) Smart, genuine, thoughtful film-making. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/5 93% Hector (2015) It's refreshing that not every film need be so desperate about homelessness, but Hector is social realism that often feels unrelated to reality. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/5 82% Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2014) Everything from the post-apocalyptic ballyhoo of Mad Max: Fury Road to the Fallout video game series owe its gleefully violent tone a debt. But 2000AD did it originally with bold, brutal style. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 88% Revenge of the Mekons (2014) "You can't stick to a manifesto," says founding member Jon Langford. "But there's definitely a thread." Passion, good humour and love are wrapped up in there. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/5 81% Sunset Song (2016) Deyn, in the best role of her burgeoning career, has the right mix of tenderness and tenacity to make Chris feel real in a world that often doesn't. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
1/5 44% Mr. Right (2016) Rockwell and Kendrick's selling points - stoner loucheness for him, peppy weirdness for her - are a strange mix with the screwball tone. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2015
2/5 10% Stonewall (2015) Emmerich, who put his own money into making the film, should be cheered for giving it a shot. Unfortunately the compromises he's made leave Stonewall feeling neutered. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/5 53% This Changes Everything (2015) It's sometimes boring, it makes assumptions about its audience. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 42% Forsaken (2016) Forsaken - absolutely inessential, but fun none the less - is the Hollywood cowboy experience unadulterated. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 91% The Martian (2015) Out from the blackness comes something we thought we might never see again: a decent Ridley Scott movie. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) As America crawls towards a new administration - another chance to sell hope as a cure-all - we need voices like Moore's to remind us that change takes work. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
2/5 43% American Ultra (2015) A mashup of Bourne and Clerks, fusing the worst of each into a galumphing stoner action comedy. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 47% No Escape (2015) The odd plus point - Wilson's surprisingly strong action chops, Lake Bell's solid performance as a terrified mom - are spoiled by the archaic tone. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2015
4/5 50% Manglehorn (2015) Its depths hide a strange, satisfying meditation on regret, nostalgia and remorse. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) A dawdling indie drama, gussied up in superhero garb. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2015
3/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) A sequel that is slick with silliness, but peppered with enough wit and peril to sustain the franchise's momentum. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet All Work All Play: The Pursuit Of Esports Glory (2015) All Work All Play makes for a dull, corporate documentary. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
32% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) The tone's too rough to be funny. Kick-Ass 2 suffers from being a little too real. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
2/5 27% Terminator Genisys (2015) Salvation was boring, but Genisys makes you sad. Risk-averse Hollywood has made a crash-test dummy of a once great franchise, simply throwing everything at it to see what it stands. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/5 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) Tedesco nails the point: that the beauty of pop music lies not with the prancing pop starlets, but in the hands of the average-looking, insanely talented artists behind the scenes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 75% Station To Station (2015) The artists' blathering about the creative process and the nature of existence gets monotonous. It's the ordinary folk that keep the film on-track. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 73% A Perfect Day (2016) Inconsistency is A Perfect Day's biggest problem. The script is scalpel sharp in some places, flabby as the well-blocker in others. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2015
3/5 82% Heaven Adores You (2015) Rossi's film will purr for Smith devotees, but is exasperatingly incurious about anything but the majesty of the man and his music. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 50% Young Ones (2014) There hasn't been as convincing a sci-fi dustbowl story since the original Mad Max. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Drake: Homecoming (2015) For fans of rap superstar Drake - and of bad editing, sloppy continuity and squandered opportunity. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 100% The Circle (2014) The early days of gay rights are lovingly, clunkily presented in director Stefan Haupt's docudrama about Swiss gay magazine the Circle. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/5 96% Manakamana (2014) We're basically gawking at a commute. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/5 69% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The special effects are limp and the script a little creaky, although somehow it still manages to thrill. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014