Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Fan The Fire
Total Reviews:
34

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Showing 1 - 34 of 34
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " Not without its touching moments, A Late Quartet nevertheless can't truly escape the eye-rolling determinism of its script, with only a pragmatic, wry Christopher Walken truly convincing as a man who has lived inextricably bound with his music." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 65% Antiviral (2013) " Cronenberg's use of his Toronto setting is a clever exercise in making the minimal look futuristic, with its cold white surfaces - like Landry Jones' own waify presence - an effective canvas for a plot that grows increasingly bloody." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
2/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) " A half-hearted, clunky stab at psychodrama." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) " Offering a weird and wonderful tangle of ideas, Carax and Lavant are clearly reveling in the madcap vibe, and together they have created an entertainingly barmy and gag-filled ode to both cinema and what Oscar calls 'the beauty in the act'." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
2/5 44% On the Road (2012) " In the end, it retains its status as a journey to who-knows-where, yet probably not in the way its original author intended." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
4/5 85% The Master (2012) " Refusing to wrestle with the veracity or the real implications of The Cause, one begins to question what is underpinning the entire exercise, an ambiguity that, as with Kubrick, will require multiple viewings to unravel." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jan 20, 2013
3/5 95% West of Memphis (2012) " After your blood has stopped boiling, it's the quieter moments that stay with you. Now go see Paradise Lost." — Little White Lies
Posted Dec 19, 2012
98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) " Gibney's most successful and rich work since Taxi To The Dark Side, Mea Maxima Culpa ultimately proves most successful in the way it balances public scandal with a tribute to human frailty and heroism." — Little White Lies
Posted Oct 26, 2012
3/5 78% Dredd (2012) " It's all good, grisly fun, and as Dredd draws to a close with an inevitable setup for a second instalment, what emerges is a stylish film that celebrates and occasionally transcends its B-Movie origins." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
1/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " Using tired, lazy stereotypes that swerve any relevance to the times, it ironically treats both Americans and its audience with the same contempt as the politicians it lampoons." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 30, 2012
3/5 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " With an aesthetic that will draw inevitable comparisons to Mordor and the series Game of Thrones, his is a medieval world full of death and decay, whose evil queen toys with dead animals and quite literally sucks the life out of her subjects." — Fan The Fire
Posted Jun 2, 2012
3/5 92% Headhunters (2012) " Headhunters works best when punishing its lead excessively, continuously, and for no apparent reason." — Fan The Fire
Posted Apr 30, 2012
3/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " The performance of Olsen, effortlessly moving between playful girlishness, catatonia and hysterical paranoia, is remarkable." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 1, 2012
5/5 74% Rampart (2012) " Rampart's eccentricities will offend those committed to a straighter, chillier style, but its stylistic looseness only serves to underline Brown's utter disconnect from reality." — Fan The Fire
Posted Mar 1, 2012
5/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " The sharp wit and commitment to damaged men remain, but with his newfound appreciation of what goes unsaid, The Descendants sees Payne finally becoming the filmmaker many have claimed he was all along." — Fan The Fire
Posted Feb 2, 2012
4/5 71% Carnage (2011) " One suspects that Alan is the closest thing to Polanski's spirit on-screen, and indeed it is Polanski himself who is the God of Carnage here, overseeing a deliciously brutal assassination of bourgeois dishonesty." — Fan The Fire
Posted Feb 2, 2012
2/5 68% Tower Heist (2011) " The presence of an almost sleepwalking Eddie Murphy as a motor mouth criminal simply adds to the sense of resources neglected." — Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 8, 2011
2/5 41% Straw Dogs (2011) " The hunting scenes and the brutal farm siege are solidly gripping, and Lurie doesn't shy away from David embracing his inner savage." — Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 8, 2011
2/5 35% The Thing (2011) " Van Heijningen has again reinterpreted the material, he has instead done so for an era in which horror films are remade by commercials directors who get the look, but miss the feel, of the original article." — Fan The Fire
Posted Dec 8, 2011
2/5 75% Everything Must Go (2011) " For a film that preaches giving it all away, Everything Must Go could have done with being a little more bold." — Fan The Fire
Posted Oct 21, 2011
3/5 82% Trollhunter (2011) " It may be an ultimately gimmicky post-modern take on local folklore, but it is still something of a hoot." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3/5 93% Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011) " A cry of frustration full of twists and turns, it certainly excites, but the way in which it sees Brazil's problems as both chronic and incredibly straightforward feels like a bit of a cop out." — Fan The Fire
Posted Sep 2, 2011
1/5 25% Hop (2011) " Hop is populated with humour that is slow, dated and mindless, an ADD confection of half-baked slapstick and notions of the healing power of Easter chocolate." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
4/5 66% Insidious (2011) " It may be an essentially shallow ride, but it will make you scared of the dark again. It is a strangely comforting to be reminded of what that feels like." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
2/5 39% The Eagle (2011) " In the end The Eagle's flight is often striking, but a little erratic." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
5/5 92% Senna (2011) " Racing emerges as both central and somehow irrelevant, a conduit for a tale of a man struggling to achieve some sort of grace, and crashes that could easily belong to a rubbernecking TV show are instead loaded with tragic significance." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
1/5 46% Blitz (2011) " America, where Statham does the majority of his work these days, seems to appreciate his particular talents. On this evidence, he might want to stick to Hollywood." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
2/5 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) " A visually engrossing, technical triumph, Kung Fu Panda 2 is worth seeing on the big screen for the sheer eye popping nature of its realisation. But dramatically, it's not packing a punch." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
4/5 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " As a beautiful, simple ode to the dreams and longings of childhood, and the power of imagination hand drawn onto the frame, it could hardly be more charming. But one longs for the rippling sense of the unreal that once lingered beneath the surface." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
4/5 98% Inside Job (2010) " More entertaining than Wall Street 2 while saying infinitely more about the iniquities of those that claim to work for us." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
3/5 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " The fact that The Adjustment Bureau asks deeper questions is admirable, and it does so about an onscreen couple actually worth caring about." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
2/5 70% Limitless (2011) " There are highs, and it may be fun for a while, but in the end it's a thudding, relentless road to nowhere." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
1/5 37% The Resident (2012) " The Resident fails to scare or entertain, and giving Christopher Lee the slightest of roles merely draws attention to how far short it falls short of its studio's heritage." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
2/5 48% Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) " Hollywood might be trying to tell us that the answer to a midlife crisis is pets, not Prozac, but those behind the camera could certainly do with a little something to perk them up a bit." — Fan The Fire
Posted Aug 16, 2011
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