Andrew L. Urban

Andrew L. Urban

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Andrew L. Urban's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Urban Cinefile

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
40% The Reckoning (2004) "A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 18, 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) "For anyone even vaguely interested in our earth, the film is a window into literally unchartered waters " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 16, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) "Best enjoyed as a thriller on steel wheels with a salutary moral, Snowpiercer is cinematic and compelling, despite its flaws, which emerge on too close a scrutiny of the screenplay, which tried hard to be original, but is caught up in its own story cogs " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 10, 2014
68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "Disappointingly, the talented Lasse Hallström has reduced the poignancy and earthiness to cinematic dross " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 9, 2014
No Score Yet Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014) "Monty Python is at its best when it plies its trade in the thoroughfare of English absurdity and surrealism. This grand final show has some of that, but for me, not enough; too much padding, too much 'in' joking. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Aug 2, 2014
97% The Selfish Giant (2013) "Astonishing naturalistic performances, especially by the two young leads, gives this gritty film its emotional power, while the downbeat mood and provincial setting gives it a bleak tone " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 26, 2014
63% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) "An efficient Danish thriller/police procedural that has us on the edge from start to finish with its economical and powerful screenplay " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 26, 2014
79% These Final Hours (2015) "An attention grabbing debut " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 26, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) "Gerald Di Pego's intelligent, articulate screenplay provides plenty of opportunities for both intellectual and emotional swordplay in this ultimately gentle romantic comedy " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Jul 12, 2014
57% Galore "While I'm not a fan of either [the] style nor the characters and themes on display here, I do recognise the quality of the work from all concerned " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 24, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "It's the three central performances that define this thriller, with the two men as the 'two faces' - the duality that they represent. (Janus was the god of beginnings and endings for the Romans) " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 24, 2014
94% Good Vibrations "There are many flourishes in this film, from visual playfulness to devices that rapidly move us through story elements, to touches of magic realism " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 24, 2014
57% Around The Block (2014) "There are no false notes here, and there is no whitewash, either (if you'll pardon the expression); it's a good story well told and beautifully performed, supported by a contempo soundtrack and seamless design. Australian cinema at its be " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 24, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "So much more interesting and idiosyncratic than most horror films (whether from Japan or Australia or America), The Babadook is original and compelling " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 18, 2014
93% Child's Pose (2014) "With its claustrophobic, handheld camerawork, Child's Pose is almost as suffocating as Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu), the well meaning but ultimately meddlesome mother ... a showstopping performance by Gheorghiu " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 11, 2014
85% Seduced And Abandoned "As a film trade journalist in the 80s and 90s I covered the Cannes film festival 20 times, and seduced and abandoned is how I always felt...It's like three different docos slapped together, none of them complete and coherent - or satisfying " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 3, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) "The premise of a 'nightmare on baby street' is all that keeps the screenplay going, with some late additions of 'this is what it's like to become a parent' and feeling 'older' " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 3, 2014
73% Healing "Supple, meandering and sometimes besotted with the beauty of its own creations, the screenplay tries to embrace several inter-related themes, but fumbles the process " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 3, 2014
86% Chef (2014) "The film belongs to Favreau in every sense, and his father-son relationship with Percy is at the heart of the film's heart " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 3, 2014
83% Belle (2014) "It is a credit to Assante that she weaves together the story strands and the emotional arcs so powerfully, giving us insight and empathy as payoffs " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted May 3, 2014
79% 52 Tuesdays (2015) "Certainly unique and that carries much creative weight; it also contains dramatic tension, but that is rationed and uneven " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 24, 2014
54% Fading Gigolo (2014) "Like the plans of its protagonists, the plans of the filmmakers never quite make it to fulfilment, although there is fun to be had with Stone and Vergara - if for the wrong reasons " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 24, 2014
68% Beyond the Edge (2014) "Using re-enactment techniques together with archival footage, Leanne Pooley has literally assembled a film of great interest, using cinema as binoculars into the past. The seamless merging of past and present footage is both disconcerting and revealing " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 24, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) "Fascinating as it is, Jack goes too far and builds a scenario that plays like a cross between mystical and magical, diluting the film's provenance " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 19, 2014
No Score Yet The Crossing "(They) attempt to walk across an arctic island, with home made kayaks on wheels. Think Fawlty Expeditions. Not 15kms a day as planned, but barely 2 " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 19, 2014
74% Canopy (2014) "Writer/director Aaron Wilson tries to show with cinematic flourish how human nature can respond under stress - by a generosity of spirit and humanity " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 19, 2014
78% 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2014) "A determined lack of formality gives the film its sense of immediacy and edginess, though this is largely wasted as spontaneity is largely absent. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 19, 2014
59% Dom Hemingway (2014) "The screenplay bristles, performances are terrific and the music throbs when needed " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 19, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "The fact that he's indestructible works against the normal dramatic tension of the hero's journey. Whether consciously or not, the screenplay compensates for this by putting the hero at risk of something else: a broken heart " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 14, 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) "For all the playful elements, Jarmusch forgets to keep a dramatic tension in place and some of the material is plain silly, internally inconsistent (they've been together centuries, yet they don't seem to know everything about each other), or contrived " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 12, 2014
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) "Sensitively performed and directed, Like Father, Like Son is a series of acutely observed insights into its themes and its social setting, as well as a close study of human nature faced with some complex issues " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 12, 2014
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) "The passion that forged this relationship has to be imagined: it's not shown " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 12, 2014
75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) "The screenplay tackles a purposeful complexity as its thematic rock, propelling the drama - with the wings of comedy " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 12, 2014
23% The Other Woman (2014) "The cast are so darned good they turn dross into watchable escapism, as long as you're not too demanding " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 12, 2014
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) "Chaptering the film into the four seasons seems like a device without real meaning or clear metaphorical purpose. It begins in summer, when Isabelle loses her virginity, for example " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 4, 2014
79% Any Day Now (2012) "It's a sombre film, heartfelt and moving, a reminder that the weakest and most vulnerable in our society often pay the heaviest price for other people's narrow minded, biased and uninformed, inhumane world view " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 4, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "Every single frame ... is mesmerising, fascinating, surprising, fabulous, a stunning construct of colours and textures, the surreal and the visceral " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Apr 4, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "Teaming with life, the lifeless, virtually immovable figurines come alive and appear to move with all the dynamics of people, albeit smaller and cuter. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 29, 2014
77% Noah (2014) "Trying to tell the Noah story as a biblical epic for 21st century audiences seems ambitious at best, which is perhaps why it hasn't been done before " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 25, 2014
51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) "Achingly heartfelt as a story of a people's tragedy through civil war " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) "You can't ignore Lars von Trier as a filmmaker, but he is a wanker, or as he told me during an interview in Cannes, "a masturbator of the silver screen" - and masturbation is one of the more moderate sexual activities in Nymphomaniac, as we would expect " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) "You can't ignore Lars von Trier as a filmmaker, but he is a wanker, or as he told me during an interview in Cannes, "a masturbator of the silver screen" - and masturbation is one of the more moderate sexual activities in Nymphomaniac, as we would expect " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) "Full of clever, sweet and invention, Mr Peabody & Sherman is proof of the old adage (in reverse) that every dog should have a boy " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) "Fans will flock to see what Gareth Evans has come up with for the sequel and they won't be disappointed, if they are looking for fierce close combat and a variety of slash/bash/slice/gouge weaponry. " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 20, 2014
28% Pompeii (2014) "A dumbed down / pumped up story set against the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, this is a movie for undiscerning audiences kee " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) "Little clay figures, mouths agape, arms raised, crying in pain, dying of starvation ... each little figure drawing us in with their silence and their stillness like great actors " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
99% Wadjda (2013) "The film disguises its liberal editorial message with a superbly veiled screenplay; we're just looking ... but of course, we're also seeing, a much more invasive activity " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) "An undemanding fun ride, ideal accompaniment to popcorn " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 16, 2014
22% Need For Speed (2014) "For all its predictable turns and its final resolution, Need For Speed excels at what it sets out to do as a gripping action thriller which offers us high speed escape and wish fulfillment " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 8, 2014
31% The Monuments Men (2014) "Sometimes perfunctory, often hitting false notes, the film lacks the punch of its story " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 8, 2014
88% Hannah Arendt (2013) "it is as a piece of drama about the human condition that this film needs to be assessed, and on that score - with a few quibbles about structure and flashbacks and occasional lack of clarity - it is successful, in its own rigorous way " ‐ Urban Cinefile
Posted Mar 8, 2014
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