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 Review
3/4 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Writer-director Christopher Landon's quick-turnaround sequel is pure self-knowing nonsense - a smoothly executed, briskly paced mash-up of horror tropes, time-travel paradoxes and silly campus slapstick. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 88% Arctic (2019) The actor offers an incredibly committed and determined performance, but by the film's end, you wish he'd be able to get back to doing what he does best: eating. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 45% The Prodigy (2019) McCarthy's film dips its toes into some stock scare tactics - the whistling tea kettle, the dark hallway, the creepy basement - while struggling to figure out whether it wants its third act to be a boring or bad-ass sort of bonkers-bananas. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/4 93% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh has made a film about disruption that also aims to disrupt. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) And while it takes a few beats to rediscover the manic rhythm of the original, about half an hour in, every piece more or less clicks, and I will not apologize for that sentence. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/4 92% Village Rockstars (2017) Village Rockstars is confident and sincere, its story unfolding at a languid but controlled pace. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 21% Serenity (2019) [T]he new Matthew McConaughey vehicle is playing by its own demented rules. When it deigns to care about rules. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
1/4 37% Glass (2019) Why was Shyamalan, who has directed at least four objective failures over the course of his career, allowed yet another chance to prove what a disappointment he can be? - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) For a movie focused on two of the most influential performers in comedy history, it feels like an especially cruel joke - and not even the punchiness of its two stars can help the thing land. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/4 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Holmes & Watson is bad. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
1.5/4 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is the ultimate Robert Zemeckis movie. This is not intended as a compliment. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) After the cacophonous abomination that was Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, I suppose the mere whiff of competency smells good in comparison. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex falls regrettably flat. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 62% Bird Box (2018) While Bird Box is wrapped up in a postapocalyptic-thriller guise, it's more a cautious character study... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
1.5/4 66% Vice (2018) Furious, hectoring and condescending... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 95% Blaze (2018) Hawke is more fascinated with passion than profile. And here, that's more than enough. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 70% The Mule (2018) There's an interesting movie, or five movies, stashed away somewhere in The Mule. Good luck to those hoping to sniff it out. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might be the best Spider-Man film ever made. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Too terrifying for children, too boring for adults and arriving far too soon after a nearly identical project, Andy Serkis's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a frustrating, fascinating mess. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
1.5/4 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) If von Trier is instead merely content telling a sick joke - and the soundtrack, including the repeated use of David Bowie's Fame, suggests as much - it leads to a punchline we've all heard before. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 94% The Favourite (2018) It is Colman who steals the film from everyone - Lanthimos included. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 38% Tiger (2018) Any sports film, no matter its scale or handicap, has to land its narrative and aesthetic punches - and Tiger clings to the ropes more often than not. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
98% Border (Gräns) (2018) Don't read another word about it: just go. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/4 84% Creed II (2018) The whole thing just ... works. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is less a film, more a commercial. Game over, everyone. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
79% Green Book (2018) It's not quite Racism for Dummies, but the strokes are so broad and the tone so breezy that "I saw Green Book" could qualify as the new "I have a black friend." - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the perfect Coen Brothers' movie, albeit sliced and diced. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) About as exciting as a trip to Hogwarts's most neglected lavatory. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1.5/4 40% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 81% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 65% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
63% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
88% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 71% Hold the Dark (2018) It makes for intriguing and often gripping viewing, but delivers a more confounding experience than is necessary. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/4 96% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 86% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/4 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/4 87% High Life (2019) 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3.5/4 77% Mid90s (2018) Hill comes straight out of the gate here with a minor masterpiece. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2.5/4 59% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
1.5/4 71% Greta (2019) 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018