Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Parallax View , Portland Mercury , rec.arts.movies.reviews , The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Total Reviews:
330

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
39% Tusk (2014) " An initially creepy slice of body horror that repeatedly fritters away its mounting bad vibes through shoe-horned flashbacks and lengthy improv digressions." — Portland Mercury
Posted Sep 18, 2014
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Nails the mournful cynicism of the source material. If the sight of a man in a trenchcoat doggedly chasing down leads dings your particular pleasure centers, get to the theater as soon as you can." — Portland Mercury
Posted Sep 18, 2014
29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Takes Luc Besson's two favorite subjects and merrily glomps them together, along with, well, whatever may have passed by his window during the creative process." — Portland Mercury
Posted Feb 21, 2014
75% Pieta (2013) " Ki-duk's having his cake, and chewing it with his mouth open, too." — Portland Mercury
Posted May 30, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) " Whatever it is Carruth's doing, it reminds you of what movies can do." — Portland Mercury
Posted Apr 17, 2013
76% Kill List (2012) " ‎While it's screaming in your face, it's also quietly creeping up behind you." — Portland Mercury
Posted Mar 1, 2012
79% The Grey (2012) " That isn't rain outside, it's Chuck Bronson and Lee Marvin drooling in heaven." — Portland Mercury
Posted Jan 26, 2012
10% Trespass (2011) " I never thought I'd say this about a Joel Schumacher project, but this thing could use some neon." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 14, 2011
6% Dream House (2011) " Seems actively designed to ward off any bad vibes. If this story was told around a campfire, s'mores would be thrown." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Sep 30, 2011
80% I Saw the Devil (2011) " This cautionary tale about the dangers of staring into the abyss roars so gloppily far over the top that it ultimately deadens the nerves. Which is most likely the point, I realize, but sheesh." — Portland Mercury
Posted Mar 17, 2011
67% The Company Men (2011) " As broad and unsurprising as The Company Men is, the filmmaker has put his finger on something frightening about the current state of the union, even if he can't quite diagnose it in the time allotted." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Jan 22, 2011
67% The Company Men (2011) " As broad and unsurprising as The Company Men is, the filmmaker has put his finger on something frightening about the current state of the union, even if he can't quite diagnose it in the time allotted. " — Portland Mercury
Posted Jan 22, 2011
89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " A spooky, funny, weirdly heartwarming fable that -- were it not for the glimpses of non-CGIed geriatric bits -- might actually be suitable for kids of all ages. " — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Dec 10, 2010
29% The Warrior's Way (2010) " Aided by a wonderfully ersatz spaghetti western score, Lee's cranked-to-11 curio is a shameless, sharply written (secondary villain Danny Huston gets an exit line for the ages), thankfully unironic chunk of fun." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Dec 3, 2010
71% Monsters (2010) " A sincere, eerily lovely, and ultimately rather poetic horror-travelogue that transcends its considerable limitations. If the deliberately amorphous ending means what I think it does, bump it up another 10 points." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Nov 9, 2010
72% Megamind (2010) " An unfortunate regression back to short-term pop-culture disposability ... At the screening I attended, the sounds of kids fidgeting almost drowned out the extended Marlon Brando imitation." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Nov 9, 2010
58% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) " For those able to roll with its slow-burn suggestiveness, this superior installment inspires a not-especially-pleasant, Pavlovian level of twitch response that few horror franchises can muster." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 25, 2010
67% Conviction (2010) " An example of this often shameless genre done right ... Gratuitous statue bait though it might be, it handles itself with poise, class, and a knack for avoiding the standard mawkish potholes. " — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 21, 2010
51% Stone (2010) " The best reason to see Stone, really, comes from Jovovich, who takes her opportunity to ditch the zombies and square off against the A-listers and absolutely wallops it out of the park." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 15, 2010
87% Buried (2010) " Reynolds' efforts transform what could have been a chilly technical exercise into something darkly comic, unexpectedly moving, and, above all, hot-plate skittery. You will squirm." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 7, 2010
66% The American (2010) " Stands as a deliberate throwdown to modern shakey-cam thrillers: reflective, steadily paced, and as moody and arty and Euro-sexed as a movie with homemade silencers and exploding bullets can be. " — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Sep 1, 2010
59% Centurion (2010) " If you're in the mood for a guilt-free rush, this is just the thing: an all-out action film that won't leave the viewer feeling ill-used. Fans of Gonad Cinema, hark." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Aug 25, 2010
73% Piranha 3-D (2010) " May actually surpass its 80's Velveeta inspirations - a film so absurdly gratuitous that it somehow becomes weirdly pure. It knows precisely what it is." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Aug 20, 2010
90% Hausu (House) (1977) " Really the Damndest Thing: a gleefully chaotic DayGlo haunted house movie (Sam Raimi has to have seen this) that suggests the Sid and Marty Krofft universe gone mental. Ok, mental-er." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Aug 6, 2010
53% Agora (2010) " Weisz's yeoman efforts aside, Amenábar's sweepingly ambitious film never quite figures out how to do justice to its intriguing central figure. It's a story worth telling that could probably stand another try." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Jul 21, 2010
71% [Rec] 2 (2010) " Approaches the rarified dream logic of the best otherworldly horror films. Call it meta or post-modern or whatever, but once this sucker hits nightvision mode, all bets are off." — Parallax View
Posted Jul 12, 2010
81% Despicable Me (2010) " A welcome blast of silly string in this time of Quality Animation: a cartoon that never forgets to capitalize on its chosen medium's knack for unreality." — Parallax View
Posted Jul 9, 2010
73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " Flabby, disjointed, and eschewing conflict for extended scenes of improv clowning, it's the Superheroic equivalent of a Rat Pack film." — Parallax View
Posted May 6, 2010
43% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) " Has a few moments of undeniable performer's grace ... lost in a wash of pretentious symbolism, cluttered staging, and fuhgeddaboutit accents. Bombast is too subtle of a word, really." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Mar 5, 2010
56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " Both smarter and thornier than advertised. Gibson is beginning to breathe the same rarefied craggy air of folks like Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, and Warren Oates ... See the movie; stay off his lawn." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Jan 29, 2010
20% Legion (2010) " [Has] at least a semi-awareness of the ridiculous hooey it's slinging ... a B-movie that's almost as much fun to laugh with as it is to laugh at. Note: I did say almost." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Jan 22, 2010
53% Mystery Team (2009) " A promising premise ... stricken lame by a complete lack of pacing. But then, every once in a while, a discussion about proper hobo bean-slicing etiquette, or a stripper's hilariously blasé scar story comes through and just kills." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Jan 20, 2010
84% Earth Days (2009) " [A] bunch of planet-sized brains secure enough in their doomy conclusions to deliver essential information without being strident about it. If you're going to be talked at, this is the way to go." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Dec 11, 2009
26% Ninja Assassin (2009) " Once you get past the novelty of watching various body parts slide off in a blurt of CGI blood -- which, granted, may take a good 30 to 45 minutes -- the film just stands there, flexing." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Nov 25, 2009
75% The Road (2009) " Hillcoat's noble effort ultimately falls under the category of things much better imagined than seen. Instead of The End of All That Is, this is, well, just a movie." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Nov 25, 2009
39% 2012 (2009) " A double-stuffed, hysterical success that demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find. If you can keep from busting up during the part with the helicopter and the giraffe, you may be a robot." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Nov 13, 2009
19% The Fourth Kind (2009) " A gimmicky, inordinately self-impressed attempt to cash in on the latest tabloid buzzwords. If this was made in the '70s, it'd be narrated by Leonard Nimoy and chock-full of yetis and the Devil's Triangle." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Nov 6, 2009
48% Ong Bak 2 (2009) " Head-thumping nirvana ... By the time a dude in a bird suit starts fighting on top of a moving elephant, it seems like a logical, completely awesome progression." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 22, 2009
25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " May be lacking in social graces -- it's about as dignified and refined as a Hell's Angel fighting a caveman -- but on the red meat, reptile brain level, it scores." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 17, 2009
71% The Boys Are Back (2009) " So ravishing [looking], actually, that it severely diminishes the emotional beats of the narrative. How mopey can you be when you've got wallabies on your veranda?" — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Oct 1, 2009
90% Zombieland (2009) " Somehow rises above the Hot Topic-ization of its subject matter and becomes an absolute, occasionally surreal hoot." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Sep 30, 2009
83% Paranormal Activity (2009) " Peli's method of imbuing everyday objects -- a slightly ajar door, a swinging chandelier, a (gulp) strangely rumpled bedsheet -- with an atmosphere of ball-crawling dread is really something to see. It doesn't let up." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Sep 25, 2009
79% The Informant! (2009) " Featuring a steadily mounting shaggy-dog plot and a majestically nerdish turn by Matt Damon, it feels of a piece with the Soderbergh who so effortlessly batted for the cycle ... at the beginning of the decade." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Sep 16, 2009
92% Il Divo (2009) " Combining clammy skin, busy hands, and a posture reminiscent of Snoopy in his vulture phase, [Servillo] (re-)creates a fascinating monster ... Given some CliffsNotes, the surrounding film might even be worthy of him." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Sep 2, 2009
63% Extract (2009) " Scores on a number of small fronts ... but lacks that core of real, exasperated indignation that gave his previous films such a charge." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Sep 2, 2009
40% X Games 3D: The Movie (2009) " A slick, fawning, shamelessly commercial puff piece that occasionally hits on an eye-popping image and just goes sick." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Aug 24, 2009
92% Ponyo (2009) " Several notches below [Hayao Miyazaki's] masterworks, which makes it only, oh, super-duper wonderful ... it makes big magic, seemingly effortlessly." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Aug 12, 2009
60% A Perfect Getaway (2009) " Taut, propulsive, and supremely confident, it functions as both a far-above-average thriller and a riotous p*** take on the conventions of its genre." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Aug 11, 2009
68% Funny People (2009) " Taken as a sloppy, maudlin, two-and-a-half-hour whole, it paints the picture of a talented filmmaker whose insular self-regard is beginning to attract small planetoids." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Jul 30, 2009
55% Orphan (2009) " Sets up a series of increasingly queasy taboo points and then proceeds to rocket-cycle over them." — The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Posted Jul 23, 2009
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