Andy Klein

Andy Klein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Brand X , Christian Science Monitor , Dallas Observer , Los Angeles CityBeat , New Times , Pasadena Weekly , Salon.com , TNT's Rough Cut , Variety
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1549
Total QuickRatings:
520

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Toy Story 2 (1999) " It's a tough act to follow, but director John Lasseter and his Pixar crew have done about as well as can be expected with Toy Story 2." — New Times
Posted Aug 6, 2012
A- 32% Intruders (2012) " Owen is always at least good, and here he's perfectly cast." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 6, 2012
C 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " The costumes and design are gorgeous enough to distract us from the wildly erratic tone -- some of the time." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 30, 2012
C- 74% Rampart (2012) " The visual style is designed to bring us into Dave's paranoia, but a few shots are simply baffling, hinting at things that never pay off." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 10, 2012
B 83% Return (2012) " Shannon chalks up another line on his rapidly growing résumé of memorable performances. But it's mostly Cardellini's show -- she's in every scene." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 10, 2012
C 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) " Everything is juvenile (deliberately) and predictable (undeliberately)." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 10, 2012
C 29% The Vow (2012) " In the very first shot, two deliriously happy young lovebirds -- Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) -- exit a movie theater. Don't give us any ideas." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 10, 2012
A- 76% Kill List (2012) " For much of this second film from British writer/director Ben Wheatley, the style seems tightly, even coldly, controlled, as it knocks things further and further out of whack. " — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 3, 2012
C+ 93% King of Devil's Island (2011) " For the first half, the pacing is slow and unfocused; the second half is more engrossing but still entirely predictable." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 3, 2012
B- 66% The Woman in Black (2012) " Radcliffe's fidgety performance is convincing, and he does come across as an adult, though a very young one." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 3, 2012
C- 73% Big Miracle (2012) " The film comprises innumerable expository scenes, leavened with uninspired comic relief." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 3, 2012
91% City of Life and Death (2011) " There is no way to soften the events presented, even though Lu spares us some documented atrocities that are as bad or worse than what we see. The result is both moving and exhausting." — Brand X
Posted Jun 16, 2011
69% Beautiful Boy (2011) " ... an effective drama that guides the viewer through a level of hell he or she will hopefully never face." — Brand X
Posted Jun 1, 2011
84% The Tree of Life (2011) " What keeps even the most trivial of Jack's memories from becoming boring is the remarkable way the film develops a sense of reality, situating the viewer right there. " — Brand X
Posted May 25, 2011
66% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) " [L]ike its '70s/'80s forebears, it combines outrageous quantities of fake blood and viscera with an antihero on a righteous mission." — Brand X
Posted May 18, 2011
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) " The tone is a welcome throwback to ... "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and the other fantasy-tinged films he made in the '80s. It's also the funniest film he's directed in 10 or 15 years." — Brand X
Posted May 18, 2011
54% Hesher (2011) " Gordon-Levitt ... gets to play the opposite of his usual put-upon nice-guy roles - and he runs with it, to the point of making Hesher downright scary a lot of the time. The rest of the cast keeps up with him, in their less flashy roles." — Brand X
Posted May 17, 2011
60% The Beaver (2011) " It's basically Gibson's show, and he's thoroughly believable. ...Unfortunately, the parallel [seems] to have come from a different, inferior screenplay, resulting in half a good film ... or at least half an interesting one." — Brand X
Posted May 17, 2011
96% 13 Assassins (2011) " ... the main attraction here is the big battle, for both its wild swordplay and the endless variety of clever devices and strategies the samurai come up with to even their odds against [the villains'] overwhelming numeric superiority." — Brand X
Posted May 17, 2011
73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) " The deeply amusing new film from documentarian Morgan Spurlock may be the most "meta" documentary ever made. ...The self-reflexiveness could have grown wearying, were it not for Spurlock's affable, benevolent screen presence. " — Brand X
Posted May 17, 2011
82% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) " Rather than simply panning around within still photos, [the filmmakers] have taken images apart by computer and composited them, even moving bits around. ... It's a weird way to recreate missing events, but it's not as dishonest as it sounds." — Brand X
Posted May 17, 2011
46% Wrecked (2011) " Brody is as convincing as the script allows, and he deserves points for powering such a low-budget exercise. But the final product can only be rated partially successful." — Brand X
Posted May 17, 2011
49% Super (2011) " Much of the movie is styled as a romp, with comic-book effects, including crudely animated credits accompanied by power pop. ... But often [director Gunn] shows us hideously realistic wounds, way more disturbing than you expect in a superhero flick." — Brand X
Posted May 17, 2011
C 17% Miral (2011) " Schnabel and his collaborators get points for taking on a crucial and underrepresented viewpoint. If only the result were more compelling..." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 28, 2011
B 83% Potiche (2011) " For its first two-thirds, Potiche is a frothy delight." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 28, 2011
D 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " Snyder's accomplishment is to drain that of any erotic heat; he generated a lot more with the glistening-with-sweat abs in 300 than he manages here." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 28, 2011
C- 44% White Irish Drinkers (2011) " Veteran TV director John Gray brings little or nothing new to conflicts we've seen in an endless stream of movies, including Saturday Night Fever and (to go straight to the top of the list) Mean Streets." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 25, 2011
23% Peep World (2011) " The ... problem ... is how instantly and repeatedly Peep World recalls TV's Arrested Development ... but not as funny. " — Brand X
Posted Mar 25, 2011
36% The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman (2011) " If [it] sounds juvenile, well, okay, maybe it is. But who cares, when it's all so damn much fun?" — Brand X
Posted Mar 17, 2011
72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " Exciting and deftly constructed." — Brand X
Posted Mar 2, 2011
51% Vanishing On 7th Street (2011) " ...will satisfy those looking for a lightweight scare." — Brand X
Posted Feb 17, 2011
C- 39% The Other Woman (2011) " Resembles a number of recent Woody Allen pictures, except without the quality of jokes that leaven even Allen's worst explorations of this turf." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 11, 2011
B- 55% Zenith (2011) " Zenith doesn't always work, but at least it has interesting ambitions, including some sort of parallel existence on interactive websites." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 11, 2011
55% Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) " ...possibly the worst animated feature ever to be distributed under the Disney banner. " — Brand X
Posted Feb 9, 2011
C+ 30% Sanctum (2011) " In between the scary parts, we are subjected to a veritable Bartlett's of hackneyed dialogue." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 4, 2011
D 6% Waiting for Forever (2011) " A suggestion to screenwriters: Stop telling stalkers that their passion isn't misplaced and that the girl will come around in the end. It is, and she won't." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 4, 2011
59% Kaboom (2011) " ...zips along entertainingly, even when the ending runs off the rails. " — Brand X
Posted Feb 3, 2011
76% Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) (2010) " Where Hosoda shines is in the Oz-world visuals. The various confrontations with Love Machine in cyberspace are completely engaging - metaphorical visual representations of virtual conflicts in the manner of Tron: Legacy and Inception. " — Brand X
Posted Jan 27, 2011
80% Barney's Version (2011) " At the end, the film flirts with bathos, but it's been absorbing enough along the way to maintain our good will." — Brand X
Posted Jan 27, 2011
92% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011) " Yen matches his contemporary Jet Li, but it's just as big a thrill to see Sammo Hung - one of the truly great figures in HK film, both behind and in front of the camera - still flying and kicking at the age of 58. The whole thing just rocks. " — Brand X
Posted Jan 27, 2011
53% The Mechanic (2011) " The new version delivers in a far more conventional way, but it does deliver." — Brand X
Posted Jan 26, 2011
D 18% Valentine's Day (2010) " Despite the best efforts of the players, the script is just flat." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 3, 2011
B 97% Animal Kingdom (2010) " Animal Kingdom is all very grim and unrelenting; Michôd generates some nail-biting suspense, though it's not the sort of experience that many people are likely to enjoy." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 3, 2011
C 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " During the India scenes, Liz accuses Richard from Texas of spouting a bunch of bumper-sticker slogans... as though her revelations are any better." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 3, 2011
96% True Grit (2010) " The Coens' version benefits from Roger Deakins' beautiful cinematography and a much snappier pace.... " — Brand X
Posted Dec 22, 2010
51% Tron Legacy (2010) " The design of the visuals here reflects the huge advances in computer graphics over the last three decades: The landscapes and objects are beautiful and vastly more detailed than in Tron." — Brand X
Posted Dec 16, 2010
30% The Tempest (2010) " This is no Titus ... and no Forbidden Planet either. " — Brand X
Posted Dec 8, 2010
87% Black Swan (2010) " ...an art-house horror film - 10% The Red Shoes, 20% Pi, and 70% Polanski's Repulsion. " — Brand X
Posted Dec 2, 2010
82% Four Lions (2010) " A rude, edgy, rough indie comedy - hilariously funny until near the end, when reality begins to destroy the characters' slapstick universe." — Brand X
Posted Nov 17, 2010
79% Fair Game (2010) " Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith) paces the movie like a thriller, without unduly cranking up the action in the manner of those earlier entertainments." — Brand X
Posted Nov 17, 2010
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