Andrew Pulver

Andrew Pulver

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Guardian , Observer [UK]
Total Reviews:
285

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 285
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Webb successfully treads a fine line between keeping the hardcore superhero-movie fans happy and injecting a dose of meaningful affect." — Guardian
Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 83% Klitschko (2011) " Perhaps more could have been made of the older Klitschko's move into Ukranian politics, now such a hot potato - but that might be asking a bit much." — Guardian
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 88% She Monkeys (Apflickorna) (2011) " It suffers a little from its resolute avoidance of titillation - a little more passion would not have gone amiss - but it's a worthwhile effort nonetheless." — Guardian
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 20% Hara ga kore nande (Mitsuko Delivers) " It isn't exactly a laugh a minute, and some of the comedy is way too broad, but it exerts a quiet hold." — Guardian
Posted May 10, 2012
3/5 93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) " There's no doubting the craftsmanlike elegance of the film, summoning up with relish the spirit of classic fairytale Disney of the 50s and 60s..." — Guardian
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 —— Lawrence Of Belgravia " Unless you already worship at the altar of Lawrence, there's not much concession made to you; it feels very much for devotees only." — Guardian
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 50% 388 Arletta Avenue (2012) " It all works - just." — Guardian
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2/5 24% The Samaritan (2012) " It wants to be a nimble-footed con movie, but also a bludgeoning (and bloody) revenge thriller, neither of which it succeeds in." — Guardian
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/5 92% Town Of Runners " A valuable insight into the roots of the sport." — Guardian
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/5 75% Blackthorn (2011) " Blackthorn is a handsomely mounted film, with many an awesome vista and rolling plain, but compared to the quicksilver brilliance of its predecessors, it comes off as irredeemably minor." — Guardian
Posted Apr 12, 2012
3/5 82% A Cat in Paris (2012) " A slight, attractive tale: a childlike fable of a little girl and her preternaturally intelligent cat that swiftly devolves into a very old-school cops and robbers yarn." — Guardian
Posted Apr 5, 2012
3/5 41% The Flowers of War (2011) " The Nanjing massacre is still a running sore in China's 20th century history, and Zhang is brave to take it on." — Guardian
Posted Feb 14, 2012
4/5 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Let's hope Klayman gets to make a sequel." — Guardian
Posted Feb 13, 2012
4/5 95% Marley (2012) " What results is an immensely detailed overview of Marley's life and times..." — Guardian
Posted Feb 13, 2012
2/5 36% Iron Sky (2012) " It's not terrible, by any means: just not nearly as funny or cruel as its killer premise suggests." — Guardian
Posted Feb 13, 2012
3/5 55% In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) " Jolie's grasp of the material is confident enough to mean that her film never slows down, or loses its way." — Guardian
Posted Feb 10, 2012
2/5 21% Elles (2012) " Juliette Binoche gives it her considerable all in this otherwise dubious film, which purports to investigate the moral and emotional price of teenage prostitution." — Guardian
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3/5 93% Girl Model (2012) " This fantastically depressing film ought to be shown in school assemblies, or wherever impressionable pre-teens gather to discuss their dreams of media stardom." — Guardian
Posted Feb 9, 2012
2/5 8% Acts of Godfrey " Things only properly kick off in a frantic farce-like finale; by then the laboriousness of the plotting has taken its toll." — Guardian
Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/5 77% War Horse (2011) " Rooted in a buffed-up, sanded-down vision of rural England, where even alcohol-fuelled poverty is given a picturesque, storybook patina." — Guardian
Posted Dec 20, 2011
1/5 40% The Big Year (2011) " It's theoretically possible for laughs to be gouged out of this scenario, but you won't find them here: every move, every joke, every emotion is heaved lumberingly into place." — Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2011
2/5 43% J. Edgar (2011) " A laboured, morally questionable portrait of the would-be power broker that, moreover, is badly undermined by some dubious special-effects decisions." — Guardian
Posted Nov 30, 2011
3/5 100% We Were Here (2011) " Even if, understandably, it's a little inward-looking (the ongoing disaster in Africa gets barely a mention), as a slice of social history, We Were Here takes an invigoratingly positive position on a very gloomy time." — Guardian
Posted Nov 25, 2011
4/5 94% Hugo (2011) " Scorsese has created an exquisite jewel box of a movie, polished and honed to glittering, diamond-hard brilliance." — Guardian
Posted Nov 23, 2011
3/5 35% Immortals (2011) " Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar slathers things with eyecatching visuals - luscious CGI effects, vertiginous camera angles, a treacly amber glow - and keeps every frame watchable, however foolish and stilted the utterances emerging from people's mouths." — Guardian
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2/5 21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011) " Here is a very self-conscious attempt to bridge the US-China divide through the medium of glossy, handsomely mounted cinema." — Guardian
Posted Nov 3, 2011
3/5 92% Sound It Out (2011) " A cheap and cheerful documentary about a properly endangered species: the record shop." — Guardian
Posted Nov 3, 2011
4/5 97% Ghostbusters (1984) " What's not to like?" — Guardian
Posted Oct 27, 2011
4/5 88% Amélie (2001) " What comes across most powerfully is Jeunet's athletic, playful directing style, a tour de force of tricks, gags and effects." — Guardian
Posted Oct 13, 2011
3/5 88% When China Met Africa " An eye-opening documentary that puts into concrete images that truism of the geo-political commentariat: that China is a new economic superpower." — Guardian
Posted Oct 6, 2011
3/5 83% The Story of Lovers Rock " There's a lot of misty-eyed nostalgia in this tribute to the forgotten 70s subgenre of 'lover's rock', but sadly not much archive footage." — Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2011
3/5 100% The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan (2011) " What emerges is an unadorned chronicle of grinding poverty..." — Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2011
2/5 83% Warrior (2011) " Has to conform to the lunkhead straitjacket of the tournament format: one dufus pounding another in extreme close-up for what seems like an eternity." — Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/5 40% Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012) " The man himself remains something of a cipher. But this is an interesting slice of pop history, nonetheless." — Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
4/5 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " Steven Spielberg's dino-park thrill ride comes up eye-wateringly shiny in this rereleased version - even if its clunkier elements have become a bit more obvious with time." — Guardian
Posted Sep 22, 2011
3/5 100% Way Of The Morris " An undeniably charming film about morris dancing that, despite its jokey title, turns out to be a very personal essay-meditation on identity and tradition." — Guardian
Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 88% The Hedgehog (2011) " An affecting, watchable tale." — Guardian
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3/5 92% Svet-Ake (The Light Thief) " Director-star Aktan Arym Kubat has come up with an illuminating parable about the clash of tradition and modernity..." — Guardian
Posted Jul 28, 2011
2/5 17% The Violent Kind (2011) " A glutinous slasher flick that tries to conjure the spirit of the Evil Dead movies, but doesn't get anywhere near the required levels of wit and dexterity." — Guardian
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/5 50% Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon (2011) " It's astonishing enough that these mumbling hellraisers grew up as the deeply believing scions of itinerant revivalist Christians, but when the camera is turned on their backwoods family and neighbours, the film strikes gold." — Guardian
Posted Jun 30, 2011
3/5 85% Viva Riva! (2011) " Munga's screenplay rarely rises above the conventional, but he keeps things motoring nicely, and there's the smell of authenticity about the ramshackle locations he's chosen." — Guardian
Posted Jun 23, 2011
3/5 80% Life in a Day (2011) " Arguably at the bleeding edge of contemporary film-making." — Guardian
Posted Jun 16, 2011
3/5 59% Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2011) " Though you'd never have anticipated it, Vidal Sassoon emerges as an genuinely likable figure of some substance in this admittedly hagiographic documentary." — Guardian
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 87% Fire in Babylon (2011) " Though hampered a little by a paucity of match footage, forthright interviews with the key performers - Viv Richards, Colin Croft, Andy Roberts, Lloyd himself - provide detailed insight..." — Guardian
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 62% We Have a Pope (2012) " Habemus Papam wants to emphasise the human consequences of a great religious office, and in that it succeeds. But Moretti's narrative construction lets him, and his film, down." — Guardian
Posted May 13, 2011
3/5 100% From The Ashes " [An] entertaining if not fantastically enlightening documentary." — Guardian
Posted May 5, 2011
2/5 85% Cedar Rapids (2011) " Cedar Rapids slowly squanders its apparently fruitful set-up, heading towards a weak, sappy ending that tries for sweetness, but leaves a sickly saccharine aftertaste." — Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3/5 100% Upside Down: The Creation Records Story " With a talking-heads format, it's pretty trad to look at, but as a slice of pop culture history, it's never less than fascinating." — Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/5 43% Cooking with Stella (2009) " [An] unexceptional comedy that resembles Deepa's Canadian-Indian hybrids such as Bollywood/Hollywood rather than the heartfelt social-conscience dramas Water and Earth." — Guardian
Posted Apr 14, 2011
3/5 94% Man of Aran (1934) " Flaherty's sense of poetic grandeur never lets up." — Guardian
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/5 68% Babies (2010) " A simple idea, but very nicely done by French documentarian Thomas Balmès." — Guardian
Posted Mar 3, 2011
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