Andrew Pulver

Andrew Pulver

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian , Observer [UK]
Total Reviews:
286

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 No Score Yet Margarita, With A Straw " Bose has to handle a difficult balancing act, to empathise with the difficulties Laila faces but also appreciate the effect they have on those that surround her; she pulls it off with dignity and some style. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " This film knows what it wants, and gets it by the shortest possible route. It may be boneheaded; ridiculous it isn't. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3/5 67% Castles In The Sky " Director Gillies MacKinnon, probably best known for his mid-90s work Small Faces and Regeneration, does a sturdy job in putting together a well-constructed drama. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Life May Be " An enterprising double film, couched in the form of a series of video letters - the letter being another favourite Cousins device - between him and Iranian actor-director-artist Mania Akbari. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Jun 22, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Snowpiercer works brilliantly, the sum of extremely disparate parts that adds up to cinematic excellence. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Ponts de Sarajevo (Bridges of Sarajevo) " It'd be hard to see this sort of thing moving outside the festival circuit, though I'm glad it exists. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 100% The Salt of the Earth (2015) " A moving tribute to a peerless talent. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 20, 2014
2/5 48% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) " Perhaps the army of killer robots wasn't the way to go. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 11, 2014
3/5 77% Noah (2014) " A sombre, powerful biblical epic, shot through with a certain beserk grandeur and gloomy portenteousness. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/5 89% Rushmore (1998) " Rushmore offers more than simply a series of high-grade yuks; it's a finely-judged parable on the line between self-delusion and reality. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/5 21% A Long Way Down (2014) " What emerges, as orchestrated by French director Pascal Chaumeil, is a genial, lightweight farce, which largely approximates Hornby's distinctively bittersweet tone. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/5 31% The Monuments Men (2014) " This displays none of the nimble-witted sleight of hand, nor indeed old-fashioned suspense, of Argo, the last historical caper movie with which Clooney was involved. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 9, 2014
3/5 91% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " In the nicest possible way, this is teacher-and-pupil stuff. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 9, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " This is the moment in the Anderson oeuvre when he turns to consider all things Mitteleuropäische - refracted, as a closing credit tells us, through the work of the prolific Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 58% Jobriath A.D. (2014) " Jobriath's story emerges as one of rock 'n' roll's great tragedies, a tale of hubris, misery and death. One not to be missed. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Here is an entertaining and entirely watchable documentary that sets out to prove that any old brush-swinging amateur can paint as brilliantly as the 17th-century Dutch master. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " This Anchorman sequel knows who its fans are, and does its best to keep them happy. No one will be complaining. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 100% Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013) " With its conventional archive-plus-talking-heads format, this film is less radical than , but Junger articulates a number of subtle and unexpected ideas about Hetherington's work, and about combat reporting in general. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 83% Mister John " Lawlor and Molloy's measured, precise style means their film is always watchable, but in some ways this goes over well-worn territory, and the visual poetry is not always matched by convincing drama. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 93% Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Jane Campion's latest project is part of a now-honourable tradition of film-making that is a bridge between features and high-end TV. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 13, 2013
4/5 71% Foxfire " The passion and sincerity of the performers carries the day. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/5 42% Red 2 (2013) " Like the first one, it's played for laughs in-between bouts of mayhem; most of the gags are off-target, though Mirren's Nancy Mitfordesque assassin gets a pretty good kill ratio. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 63% My Father and the Man in Black (2013) " For Cash devotees who want a hitherto-hidden perspective on their man ... this is invaluable viewing. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 81% The Moo Man " A low-key pleasure. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Pacific Rim's wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue provides little for the human component to get their teeth into. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 8, 2013
2/5 38% Paris Manhattan (2013) " By itself, this would just be one of those workmanlike relationship films the French turn out by the yard; but all the Allen stuff throws its mediocrity into sharp relief. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Tropicália " [An] affectionate, if somewhat genuflecting documentary. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/5 77% Venus And Serena (2013) " The sisters themselves reveal a little, mostly because of Serena's unguarded imperiousness; but as a study of sports supercelebrity it's a tad subdued. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 89% The Battle Of The Sexes " A fascinating excavation of a crossover sports/pop culture moment from the early 70s - the novelty tennis match between Billie Jean King and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Man of Steel begins to labour even as the visual spectacle intensifies: no amount of whip-pans and crash-zooms, spaceship flameouts or collapsing edifices can compensate for an inert focal relationship. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 100% The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) " Dreyfuss would go on to bigger things, but not all of them better. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2013
3/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Redford delivers a tour de force performance: holding the screen effortlessly with no acting support whatsoever. " ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2013
4/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " People are unlikely to charge out of the cinema with quite the same level of glee as they did in 2009; but this is certainly an astute, exhilarating concoction. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 90% Bernie (2012) " Really impressive. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 25, 2013
4/5 94% Paths of Glory (1957) " You can sense Kubrick stretching his cinematic wings in this prime slice of Hollywood liberalism. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 26, 2013
4/5 93% Top of the Lake (2013) " Jane Campion's latest project is part of a now-honourable tradition of film-making that is a bridge between features and high-end TV. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 66% For Ellen (2012) " Paul Dano makes So Yong Kim's story of a deadbeat rocker with marriage problems his own. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/5 56% The Best Offer (2014) " Fine actors as Rush, Sturgess and Hoeks are, almost everything they say remains dead on the page. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 13, 2013
4/5 87% Computer Chess (2013) " It won't be to everyone's taste, for sure - this is no War Games-style pop comedy. But as an act of cultural archaeology I can think of few better. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 12, 2013
2/5 7% Maladies (2014) " Is it anything more than a vanity project? It's hard to see it any other way. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 11, 2013
3/5 70% The Spirit of '45 " Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 11, 2013
3/5 52% Promised Land (2013) " Gus Van Sant's fracking drama pits Matt Damon's energy executive against John Krasinski's eco-dreamboat in a battle for the minds of backwater farmers and the heart of Rosemarie DeWitt's moony schoolma'am. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 8, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Grandmaster (2012) " The Grandmaster is something pretty special. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 7, 2013
4/5 100% Victim (1961) " Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 6, 2013
3/5 95% Midnight Son (2012) " Yet another tortured-emo vampire movie, but there's an attempt to inject a dose of plausible realism into proceedings, rather than Twilight's leaden coffee-table stylings. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 10, 2013
3/5 91% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan " Harryhausen emerges as a charming, likable pioneer, a mood helped along by the adoring nature of this profile. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3/5 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) " It's a mine of pop-cultural history, but the unswervingly generous assessment of her achievements and permanently arch vocal style become a little wearying. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/5 83% El alma de las moscas (The Soul of Flies) (2013) " The mix of deadpan humour and flowery voiceovers doesn't always work, but there are sympathetic performances from the two leads. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 12, 2012
3/5 57% Detachment (2012) " It's watchable enough, but the bludgeoning screenplay seems undercooked compared to the high-grade actors on show. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 12, 2012
3/5 43% 7 Days in Havana " A pleasant couple of hours, even if feels like an extended advert for the rum company who paid for it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 5, 2012
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