For 360 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barry Hertz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Genèse (Genesis)
Lowest review score: 0 Mojave
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 360
360 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Barry Hertz
    A riotous and gleefully delirious assault on the senses. It is vulgar. It is absurd. And it is completely enthralling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Barry Hertz
    Hauser is just as skilled and invested an actor as any of the more critically certified players alongside him here, including Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s anti-authoritarian lawyer and Kathy Bates as Jewell’s overprotective mother.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Barry Hertz
    Okay, one kind word: Bill Nighy is clearly enjoying himself playing a New York businessman whose caviar restaurant improbably becomes a beacon for a host of impoverished ne’re-do-wells. But that is the only nicety I can muster for this otherwise cartoonish treacle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Barry Hertz
    In Fabric is a beautiful, unpredictable nightmare for those drawn to giggle in the dark.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Barry Hertz
    It will make you mad as hell. So angry, even, that you might wonder why no one has given this opportunity to Todd Haynes before.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Barry Hertz
    Queen & Slim’s ultimate route is a powerful one – a drive meant to be shared, and discussed, long after the road ends.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Hertz
    I could watch the background environmental action here for hours. But then the second thought of my Frozen 2 experience hit: I really wish I was listening to Let it Go right now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Barry Hertz
    A sensual and heady stew of romance, family drama, police procedural, political polemic and ghost story, Atlantics marks the debut of a ferocious talent in Diop.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Barry Hertz
    Deep inside the new Charlie’s Angels movie, there is a fun film struggling to breathe. There are momentary flashes of energy, of wit, of something sorta-kinda-maybe resembling entertainment. But every time writer-director Elizabeth Banks’s reboot threatens to come alive, it immediately falls to the floor, leaden and lifeless.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    A con-artist movie that is something of a con itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    Ford v Ferrari’s narrative and emotional beats feel assembled in a factory-floor kind of way. The characters are stock, the story’s ups and downs are easily telegraphed, and the inoffensive but not particularly inventive dialogue is spat up as if the actors were eager to move onto the next thing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    Ewan McGregor does a solid job as Danny, still shining (i.e. reading minds and performing other freaky feats of the head) after all these years, and Rebecca Ferguson is having a great deal of fun as his new nemesis, driving across the country sucking souls and finding new and inventive ways of wearing chapeaus.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Hertz
    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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Hertz
    It is glorious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    Ultimately Dark Fate is nothing more than a run-duck-and-repeat production – an extraordinarily familiar, if efficiently made, exercise in Terminatorology. If the franchise pattern holds, it’ll be back.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Hertz
    The movie – a messy and frequently bloody blend of Shakespeare’s Henriad plays, but devoid of their language, scope and, well, drama – is forgettable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    Listen carefully, and you can almost hear the enjoyably comic and nasty tone Harpoon was likely going for – before it drowned in a flood of unwatchable idiots.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Barry Hertz
    Campbell is tasked with carrying much of the film’s action and dialogue -- including two seemingly rambling but actually profound monologues delivered to unseen audiences in a nondescript bar -- and easily commands the screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Barry Hertz
    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.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 0 Barry Hertz
    One of the worst movies of the year.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Barry Hertz
    Sorta-kinda based on the true story of astronaut Lisa Nowak, 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.”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    Natali’s aesthetic exercise eventually outgrows his narrative trappings, and he’s forced to add unnecessary and foggy backstory to the source of the overgrown greenery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Barry Hertz
    First Love is neither a return to form for Miike nor is it a groundbreaking new leap into the unknown. The film rests instead in the mushy, bloody Miike middle – a pleasant diversion for the director’s faithful fans and an easy-ish entry for those eager to jump on the man’s over-the-top-is-not-good-enough wavelength. Your Miike mileage may vary – but rest assured, there’s no barf bag required.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    Joker reveals itself as very expensive cosplay: effective at first glance, but at its seams superficial, disposable and dishonest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Barry Hertz
    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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Hertz
    The new film is easily’s Gray’s most ambitious, bare-your-soul work, and one of the finest films of the year, too.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Barry Hertz
    The Moneychanger has fun on its road to a predictable ending. You won’t feel cheated, but you might think you overpaid.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Hertz
    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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Barry Hertz
    Sharply subverting the male gaze at every turn, Sciamma has created an unforgettable treatise on thwarted desire. 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Barry Hertz
    While not a remotely pleasant viewing experience, the sensation of watching Pattinson and Dafoe drive each other to the brink is difficult to shake off.

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