For 53 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 24% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 73% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Henry Barnes' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Double
Lowest review score: 20 The Other Woman
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
53 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    It's rare to see a film about music that professes its love for the music and its characters equally.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    There's a degree of puffery in the writing, however, that makes this drama untrustworthy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    Once you commit to the lexicon – to the blunderbusses, the silver, the loops that close and the loops let run – you're in for a breathless ride. It's been a patchy summer for sci-fi, absent of anything that really sticks in the mind. Johnson's deep, distinctive film plays on repeat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    Wilson's life has been unusually rich. This biopic, like any biopic, is a cocktail of fact and myth. It's very sensitive to its subject, which can sometimes leave it feeling slight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    Red Army is executive produced by Werner Herzog and Polsky borrows some his impishness. He makes sport of the old guard's rebuffs, glories in the occasion when Fetisov gives him the finger. This, he seems to say, is the attitude that made these guys.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    A crash reel – a greatest hits of a boarder's most dramatic falls – is meant to entertain. But Walker takes the cheap thrills of the format and flips it painfully on its head.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    From a subdued start Nightcrawler unfurls into a ghoulish and wickedly funny satire on journalism, the job market and self-help culture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    For a film that champions talent that takes risks, Frank can sometimes feel a little too conventional. The real Sidebottom's wayward genius would be a hard fit for any story arc, but Frank does a good job of dipping into surrealism and pop in equal measure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    What Rush has to offer is a great human drama, two dangerously talented men pushing each other to risky victory and a superb script, delivered with some mastery by Hemsworth and Brühl.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    Vallée, in collaboration with screenwriter Nick Hornby, gives the film its energy by pulling the narrative apart. They create a two-hour hallucinatory montage of the hike and Cheryl's back story that's wound together with the songs, phrases and poetry that she recited to herself as she walked.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    The adults' behaviour is almost as confusing for us as it is for her. It's a neat trick that reminds us these weighty adult issues are both life-changing and, in the moment, somewhat insignificant to someone Maisie's age.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    The chemistry between Mikkelsen and Vikander barely simmers, when it should boil. Nevertheless, it's a fascinating affair of state.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    Dunham, who pads through much of this extremely well-written, often funny and very touching film in the semi-nude, doesn't give a damn about any of it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    The Raid 2's faults are not in Evans's technique – he's unusually adept at capturing the art of violence. Instead, the film suffers from too much potential.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    Joe Swanberg's follow-up to Drinking Buddies is short and slight, but undeniably charming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    It's fun to watch Whedon pitch his heroes against each other. Child's play, maybe, but entertaining all the same.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    The East – a sleek thriller clogged by its noble message – heads south. It becomes sanctimonious, makes you contrary. I left craving a Big Mac.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Henry Barnes
    The Double isn't an original idea. It wasn't even in Dostoyevsky's time. But it's a great story. And Ayoade has produced a brilliant copy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    The Place Beyond the Pines is ambitious and epic, perhaps to a fault.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Henry Barnes
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a perfect fit for its target audience – the Harry Potter kids who are following Emma Watson through her baby steps towards the stronger stuff.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    Ahadu pulls the curtain back on a government that was willing to imprison and torture its electorate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    The result is an unpredictable film, a difficult approximation of a biopic. But it delivers a Jimi Hendrix experience somehow the richer for sidelining the man and subverting his music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy – there's something for everyone.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Henry Barnes
    The soundtrack's ironic bent might dissuade older viewers (Simple Minds are venerated), but they'd be missing out on one of the best musical comedies since A Mighty Wind. The song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Henry Barnes
    Infinitely Polar Bear is heartfelt and honest, but it's too cute by half.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    A fun, disposable watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    Gondry's argument – that pack mentality crushes individual expression – follows a similarly predictable route, but there's enough of his signature playfulness (especially in the use of mobile-phone footage to present flashbacks) to keep the journey entertaining.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    Amma Asante's second feature tells Dido's extraordinary story in handsome, if formulaic, style.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Henry Barnes
    Niccol creates an atmosphere that is airless and dull, an unusual tone for a modern war film, but one that fits the subject matter perfectly.