Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Radio Times
Total Reviews:
81

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 83% Soul Boys of the Western World " Only deep-seated musical snobbery would hinder enjoyment of this definitive, authorised, fastidious,and perhaps overlong telling of the Spandau Ballet story ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
5/5 98% The 39 Steps (1935) " Alfred Hitchcock brings John Buchan's novel to the screen with characteristic wit and verve. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 6% Babylon A.D. (2008) " Despite all its noise and bluster, this big-budget blockbuster is actually a rather slight dystopian sci-fi thriller. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 39% Armageddon (1998) " The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " Weaknesses of plot and characterisation are only amplified by the film's unwieldy size and patriotic portent, and the script is toe-curlingly bad. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 27, 2014
93% The Great Escape (1963) " This is one of the all-time great war movies, a PoW adventure from director John Sturges that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Allied forces even when their backs were to the wall. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 23, 2014
4/5 68% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) " This is a handsome, intriguing and subtly funny character study that almost leads to enlightenment. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 12, 2014
5/5 80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " Immaculately written and brilliantly performed (with Hackman, especially, on magnificent form), this extraordinary fable restores one's faith in American cinema. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
5/5 100% The Godfather (1972) " This elegiac organised-crime saga from the young Francis Ford Coppola is one of the all-time high watermarks of American cinema, rich with subtle acting and blessed with stunning cinematography from Gordon Willis. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
5/5 97% Casablanca (1943) " The reason Casablanca endures is that it's a timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it's still quoted (and misquoted) decades later. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2014
5/5 95% Gone With the Wind (1939) " Running to nearly four hours and boasting at least three directors, this epic American Civil War romantic drama is more of a symbol of the Hollywood studio system than a mere movie. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 25, 2014
5/5 99% The Godfather, Part II (1974) " Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing film. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
2/5 31% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men didn't need to be a work of art, but it still proves a monumental disappointment. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 14, 2014
5/5 98% The French Connection (1971) " This crime drama from director William Friedkin brings a fluid, documentary-style realism to Ernest Tidyman's adaptation that makes it one of the most influential movies of a very fertile decade for American film. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 12, 2014
5/5 93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) " [A] warm, multi-stranded, near-nepotistic family saga that contains the usual awkward dates, clandestine meetings and failed marriages. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) " Knocked Up proves that hit comedy doesn't have to dumb down for its demographic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
5/5 93% The Apartment (1960) " From such potentially edgy material Wilder and co-writer IAL Diamond sculpt an unforgettable romance. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
5/5 100% The Philadelphia Story (1940) " Just sit back and enjoy romantic comedy at its most sublime. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 76% A Beautiful Mind (2001) " Tthe film's overweening desire to be taken seriously gets in the way of the story. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 4, 2014
5/5 94% The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) " Few Second World War films are as enduring as this multi-Oscar-winning examination of the stiff upper lip from director David Lean. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 3, 2014
5/5 90% Rain Man (1988) " While everyone remembers this film about an autistic man as Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning triumph, it is equally Tom Cruise's. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
5/5 83% The English Patient (1996) " It's an ambitious film and director Anthony Minghella's skill lies equally in his screenplay, which delivers explanation only in fragments but keeps us involved for what is an epic running time. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 6, 2014
4/5 80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) " This faithful rendition of the inaugural Potter book demonstrates that the franchise is in safe, sensible hands. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4/5 88% Shrek (2001) " This animated fantasy comedy from DreamWorks is an irreverent, occasionally scatological fairy tale with state-of-the-art computer-generated images that almost steal a march on Toy Story. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
5/5 98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) " Disney's first animated feature pushed the art form in thrilling new directions, completely redrawing a much-loved fairy tale of bad stepmothers, forest glades and handsome princes that previously existed only on the printed page. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 92% Sleeping Beauty (1959) " Technical wizardry apart, it's the supporting characters that make the difference, in this case the trio of plump guardians Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and iconic villainess Maleficent the wicked fairy. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2013
5/5 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " Only someone with a pathological aversion to fantasy could fail to be absorbed and transported by this stunning, sincere and frequently terrifying adaptation. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2013
4/5 92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001) " Though the whodunnit takes a fairly predictable course, the Spanish Civil War background adds powerful narrative and symbolic weight, while the striking imagery is simply poetic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
4/5 87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " Scary without being explicit, it's a 1990s cinematic landmark, and best judged away from the hype. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 5, 2013
5/5 98% King Kong (1933) " Arguably the monster movie of all time, this abiding take on Beauty and the Beast has a mythic power that belies its years. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 5, 2013
5/5 85% The Sixth Sense (1999) " M Night Shyamalan has fashioned a modern classic here, a chilly, intelligent, emotional ghost story that relies not on the obligatory gore and knifeplay for its many shocks but on glimpses of an afterlife that's anything but angels and harps. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 27, 2013
5/5 96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) " The special effects are spectacular, John Williams's score is emotionally charged, nouvelle vague director François Truffaut makes an elegant UFO expert and it's impossible not to get caught up in the protracted climax. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 92% Die Hard (1988) " The very pinnacle of the '80s action movie, and if it's not the greatest action movie ever made, then it's damn close. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2013
5/5 91% Stand by Me (1986) " Rob Reiner's bucolic, nostalgic drama is widely agreed to be one of the most successful adaptations of a story by horror master Stephen King. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2013
5/5 87% Gandhi (1982) " While Kingsley (who took one of eight Oscars) is the glue that holds this epic piece together, you must relish a cast that includes John Gielgud, Edward Fox, John Mills, Martin Sheen and Roshan Seth. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4/5 76% Moulin Rouge! (2001) " You will either fall in love with every camp flourish, or find yourself exhausted after 20 minutes. It's a singular achievement either way. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Despite amusing moments and a sprinkling of catnip for film buffs, Hitchcock is disappointingly inconsequential. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 8, 2013
5/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " As well as being dramatically and visually engaging, the film conjures a living ecosystem that pulses, grips and ultimately enchants. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 19, 2012
5/5 98% The French Connection (1971) " Hard as nail crime saga with a blistering central performance. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2012
5/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " Warm, subtle and gentle, The Descendants demonstrates what can happen when indie talent is nurtured to mainstream success. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3/5 80% Haywire (2012) " The violence is effectively tailored around Carano's undeniable skills... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 93% Coriolanus (2011) " Ralph Fiennes makes a strong directorial debut with this full-blooded contemporary restaging of Shakespeare's Roman tragedy set in a conflict-ravaged city. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 20, 2012
4/5 88% Margin Call (2011) " The claustrophobic, VDU-illuminated isolationism of the financial services industry is cleverly implied, as the central disaster is humanised by individual ones... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 12, 2012
2/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Without the award-worthy Streep, it's just high-quality historical karaoke. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 5, 2012
3/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " It's a boldly modernist approach designed to irritate purists, and although it's pleasingly tactile, it's perhaps too avant garde; its fractured narrative and glimpses of lens flare constantly break the spell of the period fiction. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 54% The Inbetweeners (2012) " Fans of E4's cult sixth-form sitcom The Inbetweeners are laser-targeted by this feature-length excursion. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 25, 2011
4/5 84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Many will find it ponderous and indulgent, but too often modern cinema is efficient and focus-grouped. The work of Terrence Malick becomes ever more vital as an antidote. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 7, 2011
4/5 90% Attack the Block (2011) " The argot, drugs and council-estate setting may put some audiences off, but they would be missing a socially conscious, energetic horror comedy that's scary and very funny. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 12, 2011
3/5 100% Upside Down: The Creation Records Story " O'Connor captures the hedonistic mood of a particular time - although anyone who wasn't there might find it a bit impenetrable. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011
4/5 95% Pina (2011) " The 3D adds a depth and clarity to the images that is entirely cinematic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2011
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