Andrew Barker

Andrew Barker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Publications:
Variety
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
180

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
0% The Prince (2014) " An idle Netflix user could certainly do far worse when browsing for mindless actioners. But the overall air of shrugging obligation from those both in front of and behind the camera proves contagious." — Variety
Posted Aug 23, 2014
37% The November Man (2014) " Runs through spy movie cliches with such dogged obligation that it often plays like a YouTube compilation of scenes from older, better thrillers, generating little overall tension and only occasionally approaching basic coherence." — Variety
Posted Aug 14, 2014
0% Behaving Badly (2014) " This ruthlessly unfunny misfire should be quickly relegated to an IMDb trivia question after a brief theatrical bow." — Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2014
64% A Five Star Life (2014) " Maria Sole Tognazzi's romantic comedy proves more effective as a resort showcase than as an emotionally involving narrative." — Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2014
21% Affluenza (2014) " An empty recasting of 'The Great Gatsby' among Long Island rich kids circa 2008." — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2014
28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Too silly to be scary, and a bit too dull to be a midnight-movie guilty pleasure." — Variety
Posted Jul 2, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " The relative dearth of prominent musical performances turns what could have been a dancing-in-the-aisles romp into a bit of a slog." — Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2014
—— This Is Not A Ball (2014) " An amiable if hopelessly scattered documentary about the significance of 'the ball' as both concept and object." — Variety
Posted Jun 8, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " It walks a knife's edge between heart-on-sleeve sensitivity and crass exploitation for its entire running time, and the fact that it largely stays on the right side of that divide has to mark it as a success." — Variety
Posted Jun 3, 2014
48% Maleficent (2014) " Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites, the film fails to probe the psychology of its subject or set up a satisfying alternate history, but it sure is nice to look at for 97 minutes." — Variety
Posted May 28, 2014
14% Blended (2014) " "Blended" suffers from a fundamental lack of trust in its audience, following every unexpectedly smart exchange with a numbskull pratfall or one-liner, and every instance of genuine sincerity with an avalanche of schmaltz." — Variety
Posted May 22, 2014
34% Stage Fright (2014) " This horror musical has about 20 comically inspired minutes before devolving into increasingly moribund genre-spoofing territory." — Variety
Posted May 8, 2014
31% Bad Johnson (2014) " What would "It's a Wonderful Life" look like if Clarence the angel were replaced by the human personification of George Bailey's sentient penis?" — Variety
Posted May 1, 2014
64% For No Good Reason (2014) " The result is a bit unwieldy, casting too wide a net to really plumb its subject's depths, and defanging some of Steadman's acid wit with an overly busy, hit-and-miss aesthetic approach." — Variety
Posted Apr 23, 2014
8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " Marlon Wayans' parody sequel is as inept and puerile as its predecessor, but let no one say its screenwriter and star doesn't give it his all." — Variety
Posted Apr 18, 2014
89% Bears (2014) " Surely some of the film's various incidents have been creatively stitched together from stray bits and pieces of footage, but its central conflict is an entirely organic one, and rarely is any offscreen string pulling distractingly evident." — Variety
Posted Apr 9, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " Even though it stretches to nearly two-and-a-half hours and concludes with an extended gun battle, by the time "Divergent" ends, it still seems to be in the process of clearing its throat." — Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2014
100% The Heart Machine " Kate Lyn Sheil and John Gallagher Jr. give excellent performances in Zachary Wigon's impressive debut." — Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— Break Point " Jeremy Sisto and David Walton are well matched in this breezy, likable tennis comedy." — Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— The Possibilities Are Endless " A remarkably artful portrait of a Scottish musician's road to recovery following two massive strokes." — Variety
Posted Mar 10, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) " Zac Efron gives one of his most credible and intriguing performances in this winningly stupid frat comedy." — Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2014
4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Long on talk and incoherent action, devoid of humor, this listless supernatural actioner surely has Mary Shelley turning in her grave." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
—— My Prairie Home " Director Chelsea McMullan captures Canadian trangender folk singer Rae Spoon's music and life story in sensitive detail." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
—— Appropriate Behavior (2015) " It may be a lesbian Persian-American 'Girls' knockoff, but writer-director-star Desiree Akhavan's debut still packs plenty of punch." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
18% Devil's Due (2014) " Offers precious little in the way of real scares or engaging characters, and even less in original ideas." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
38% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Pleasantly disposable 'Paranormal Activity' spinoff invests the found-footage horror franchise with some welcome diversity and humor." — Variety
Posted Jan 3, 2014
29% Grudge Match (2013) " The result is sporadically amusing, with some chucklesome sight gags and crowdpleasing supporting turns from Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, yet it's all so overcooked that it defeats its own purpose." — Variety
Posted Dec 23, 2013
78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles for more than a few years will recognize the character type Adams plays here, though it's never been articulated quite so well on film." — Variety
Posted Dec 18, 2013
19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " An exceptionally poor piece of holiday cash-in product, rushed and ungainly even by the low standard set by Perry's seven previous Madea films, yet it should be every bit as profitable." — Variety
Posted Dec 13, 2013
68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " The cluttered, overlong narrative never really finds its footing." — Variety
Posted Nov 13, 2013
100% American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' " [It] does an admirable job covering all the bases, and contains just enough new interviews and unseen footage to make it worth a look for the already experienced, though a bolder approach might have attracted more love." — Variety
Posted Nov 5, 2013
49% Escape Plan (2013) " Mercifully free of tongue-in-cheek meta-humor, "Escape Plan" is a likably lunkheaded meat-and-potatoes brawler that never pretends to be more sophisticated than it is ..." — Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2013
29% Machete Kills (2013) " A surprisingly long-lived gag finally runs out of gas in Robert Rodriguez's noticeably duller, less outrageous sequel to 'Machete.'" — Variety
Posted Oct 3, 2013
9% Runner Runner (2013) " Despite [its] stacked deck of a cast, "Runner Runner" adds up to little more than a charmless, paint-by-numbers thriller ..." — Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2013
6% Battle of the Year (2013) " Fatally frontloaded with endless training montages, awfully written, indifferently acted drama, sports-film platitudes and jaw-dropping product placements that only the hardiest of viewers will make it through to the payoff." — Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2013
29% The Family (2013) " Curiously airless, weightless and tonally uncertain, Luc Besson's mafia comedy falls flat." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2013
13% McCanick (2014) " A fine performance by Cory Monteith isn't enough to salvage this drably derivative, infuriatingly improbable police drama." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) " It ends up feeling like a long-winded carnival-barker pitch, even though a goodly number of genuine gems are buried within its noisy confines." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " The film's central fivesome prove charming pallbearers throughout the film, which alternates between inspired and insipid as it hits its hagiographic marks." — Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2013
69% The Happy Sad (2013) " Strong acting and occasional dives into deeper territory redeem this somewhat contrived chamber piece." — Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2013
5% Paranoia (2013) " Director Robert Luketic's thriller Paranoia has a host of problems, but the biggest seems to be that no one in it is nearly paranoid enough." — Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2013
100% La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013) " The film wrings an almost bizarre amount of political, humanistic and spiritual substance out of this limited frame." — Variety
Posted Aug 1, 2013
63% The Rise (Wasteland) (2013) " An overlong Northern British heist caper with a wildly uneven tone and a needlessly scrambled narrative, but it suggests a higher intelligence beneath, waiting to flower down the road." — Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2013
7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Among the slackest, laziest, least movie-like movies released by a major studio in the last decade, "Grown Ups 2" is perhaps the closest Hollywood has yet come to making "Ow! My Balls!" seem like a plausible future project." — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2013
66% Tiger Eyes (2013) " In the end, it represents a solid blueprint for a later, better Blume adaptation, but that's hardly anything to scoff at." — Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2013
64% Epic (2013) " If this is all familiar territory even to film-literate young children, it's nonetheless executed with professionalism and a few dashes of panache." — Variety
Posted May 22, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Ditching the hangovers, the backward structure, the fleshed-out characters and any sense of debauchery or fun, this installment instead just thrusts its long-suffering protagonists into a rote chase narrative ..." — Variety
Posted May 21, 2013
—— The Second Meeting (2013) " It's lovely to see the two former adversaries greet one another as friends, but neither they, nor the film itself, seem to have any idea what to do afterward." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
8% Java Heat (2013) " The potential fun is all thoroughly undone, however, by an eye-roller of a script and a leaden lead performance from Twilight heartthrob Kellan Lutz." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
35% Peeples (2013) " "Peeples" may appropriate its entire premise and plot structure from "Meet the Parents," but its heart is suffused with French cinema." — Variety
Posted May 5, 2013
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