For 689 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barry Hertz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Werewolf
Lowest review score: 0 Passengers
Score distribution:
689 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 68 Barry Hertz
    After all its blood is spilled – on perfectly white sheets of ice and snow, of course – Slash/Back still announces the arrival of a major talent in Innuksuk. Here is hoping that she gets to kill bigger and better Canadian actors for many years to come.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 17 Barry Hertz
    A stupendously dull action-comedy that is devoid of both thrills and humour.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 87 Barry Hertz
    Elvis is as much a ride following the highs and lows of the musician’s fabulously rich and sad life as it is a one-way journey into the extremities of its director’s exhaustive imagination. For better, and worse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 62 Barry Hertz
    S#!%house genuinely engaged with the complexities of insecure, imbalanced romantic relationships, and the flawed men who pursued them. Cha Cha Real Smooth settles for a sickly sweet sitcom approach. As Andrew might sigh during a bar-mitzvah shift: oy vey.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 79 Barry Hertz
    If you can divorce Lightyear’s shareholder-appeasing origins from its actual cinematic accomplishments, then we’re left with a rather beautiful, often thrilling, sometimes devastating adventure.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Barry Hertz
    Perhaps sensing that the film needs all the toe-tapping energy it can get, Spiderhead’s cast make the most out of their thin material.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Barry Hertz
    There is something undeniably charming about the film in spite of itself, its familiar but pleasant narrative momentum and tense on-court action wrapped around a lovably scruffy lead performance from a man who knows how to turn it on when he wants to.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 69 Barry Hertz
    After almost two and a half hours, all of it glued together with plot-vomiting dialogue and characters that only vaguely resemble the ones Spielberg carefully built, Dominion becomes its very own Jurassic Park: Designed to thrill and enchant, it instead becomes a ride to survive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Barry Hertz
    Maverick works its wonders thanks to the perfect match of star power, source material ripe for retrofitting, and a director who knows how to wring the best out of his leading man and, more importantly, when to get the heck out of his way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Barry Hertz
    It is a small story told with slightly greater ambition than the small-screen affords. The animation is slicker, the original-songs budget more generous (the movie is, like the series, half-comedy and half-musical), and the guest stars are plentiful. It is ideal lazy summer Saturday matinee viewing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Barry Hertz
    The new Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers movie is a delightful, zippy and genuinely fun thing
    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Barry Hertz
    Men
    With Men, the British filmmaker is stubbornly needling his audience with a never-ending barrage of pointy-ended questions that he has neither the inclination nor intention of vaguely addressing or even thinking through on his own terms. Men is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, all scrawled in crayon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Barry Hertz
    As a conversation-starter, though, Pleasure hits all the spots – and sometimes soars far beyond thanks to the work of Kappel, whose performance is absolutely committed, fearless and entrancing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Barry Hertz
    The many stumbling blocks, setbacks and eventual (spoiler alert for a three-quarters-of-a-century-old war) triumphs of Operation Mincemeat are handled by a deft crew of real-life stiff-upper-lip types played by the finest U.K. actors working today.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Hertz
    The brutal, bloody and bare-chested revenge thriller is essentially one big, long war cry – a guttural, primal grunt of a movie that is all raging testosterone and incendiary machismo. And I loved nearly every minute of it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Hertz
    There are great things to be found in little packages, and Islands offers tremendous evidence that, if Edralin might ever be given more than the bare minimum of resources, the director will create something gigantic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 54 Barry Hertz
    A cheap, crass and ruthlessly sloppy skewering of celebrity culture that is barely a millimetre above the material it thinks it is so sharply satirizing, Gormican’s new film is the definition of disappointment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 92 Barry Hertz
    Ambulance is here to remind you of the head-spinning delights of watching a genuine cinematic madman at work. This is eye-popping, ear-splitting, guffaw-inducing stuff that makes Red Notice look like the dumpster juice it truly is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Hertz
    The White Fortress is a startling, hypnotizing, but above all haunting work destined to linger.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 79 Barry Hertz
    Roth (who reunites here with his Chronic director) manages to find a peculiar amount of pain in a man sleepwalking through life. It might be the best work of the actor’s long career – or at least the most carefully controlled.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Barry Hertz
    Knives has just enough expensive style, steamy sex, and wild plot contrivances to hold your attention.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 55 Barry Hertz
    While his character is intended to be lost and powerless, Pine seems adrift in another way, too – a star without a proper star vehicle.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 45 Barry Hertz
    It is all extraordinarily interminable, even if Yates and company had the good sense to swap out Johnny Depp for Mikkelsen this time around.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Barry Hertz
    There is semi-purpose and not insignificant pleasure to be had in Apatow’s experiment. The Netflix production isn’t the comedy kingmaker’s best film by a wide margin (though it is his shortest, which still isn’t saying much), but it works in spite of itself.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 5 Barry Hertz
    It is charmless, incoherent, ugly and so aggressively stupid that it defies any attempt to shove it into the desperate “guilty pleasure” box.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Barry Hertz
    The Lost City believes it is a lot more fun than it actually is. The movie isn’t a guilty pleasure so much as a pleasure-lite guilt trip – a relentlessly and eventually exhausting middle-ground effort that is made all the more frustrating because it is so very close to reaching the platonic ideal of shlock.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 35 Barry Hertz
    A “clever” film that doesn’t do anything clever at all beyond its Hitchcockian opening credits, Windfall is a disposable and eye-rolling endeavour that will have you re-evaluating your household streaming budget.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Barry Hertz
    The Outfit is not, strictly speaking, a movie about magic. Yet the gangland thriller pulls off a number of nifty tricks, with first-time director Graham Moore playing his hand with equal parts sleight and might.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Barry Hertz
    After Yang is a tightly controlled yet tremendously alive film, powered by the beating heart that is Farrell’s performance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 54 Barry Hertz
    It is fast-food fantasy, artificially flavoured and quickly devoured.

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