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:
1550
Total QuickRatings:
520

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1550
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
67% The Yellow Handkerchief (2010) " ...a sensitive, nicely made character drama..." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 26, 2010
71% The Crazies (2010) " ... a better film [than the Romero version, but] unlikely to engender as much affection." — Brand X
Posted Feb 25, 2010
97% Ajami (2010) " Among other things, Ajami reminds us that "Israeli" and "Jewish" are not perfectly congruent circles in a Venn diagram; and that neither these -- nor "Arab," "Muslim," "Palestinian," and "Christian" -- describe perfectly homogeneous groups." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 21, 2010
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " The whole thing is piffle, but it moves fast enough to stay entertaining." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 18, 2010
34% The Wolfman (2010) " Many hands labored on The Wolfman...yet nobody seems to have figured out just how to approach the material." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 18, 2010
69% Shutter Island (2010) " ...mostly enjoyable along the way...until the final 15 minutes or so pulls the rug out from under us and retroactively soils much of that enjoyment." — Brand X
Posted Feb 18, 2010
18% Valentine's Day (2010) " ... may waste more talent and star power than any film since Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood. There are more laughs in the final seven minutes -- in the form of closing credit roll outtakes -- than in the 118 minutes preceding." — Brand X
Posted Feb 10, 2010
74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) " That Besson's screenplay seems almost computer-generated isn't really a problem. The story's sole function is to provide an excuse for dazzling action scenes in the Jackie Chan mode -- which are again handily worth the ride." — Brand X
Posted Feb 10, 2010
37% From Paris with Love (2010) " Travolta happily chews the scenery. He seems to be having a dandy time, and you probably will too." — Brand X
Posted Feb 10, 2010
90% Fish Tank (2010) " In many ways, this is the ugly, lumpen version of last year's An Education, which has many similar story elements." — Brand X
Posted Feb 10, 2010
45% Creation (2010) " ... an intelligent approach as far as it goes, though it's hard not to wish that the film had been a little bolder in examining the touchy issues created by Darwin's work." — Brand X
Posted Feb 10, 2010
66% Youth in Revolt (2010) " Though ... clearly a comedy, the tone ... is realistic enough to create some of the same discomfort that made last year's Observe and Report either daringly brilliant or just plain creepy, depending on your point of view." — Brand X
Posted Jan 13, 2010
40% 44 Inch Chest (2010) " The film seems to be ... taking itself with an unearned degree of seriousness. What keeps it watchable are the more comic performances from Hurt and McShane." — Brand X
Posted Jan 13, 2010
60% Scream Queen (2003) Variety
Posted Jan 7, 2010
83% Avatar (2009) " I've never seen a 3-D feature that made me especially hungry for more . . . until now. ...but for all the visual depth, there is little depth to the characters or the conflicts." — Brand X
Posted Dec 16, 2009
32% The Lovely Bones (2009) " Your reaction is likely to hinge on how well you think he pulls off the intercutting of worlds. It works, but just barely; for many, the CGI fantasy elements may prove a deal breaker." — Brand X
Posted Dec 9, 2009
91% Up in the Air (2009) " ...often hysterical, but most of the time the humor is low-key. And -- as in Juno -- when the movie needs to be heartfelt, it's genuinely heartfelt without being sappy." — Brand X
Posted Dec 2, 2009
89% Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009) " ... a triumph [that] demands to be seen on the biggest possible screen." — Brand X
Posted Nov 27, 2009
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) " Your reaction to the whole thing probably depends on your general feelings about Cage: Fans will relish his unique brand of scenery-chewing; non-fans are likely to be irritated." — Brand X
Posted Nov 18, 2009
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " ... refreshingly different from the rest of the genre." — Brand X
Posted Nov 12, 2009
51% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " ... the final product matches the title in both weirdness and drollery." — Brand X
Posted Nov 6, 2009
86% The House of the Devil (2009) " With the suspense cranked so high, it's almost inevitable that the bloody finale comes as a bit of a letdown." — Brand X
Posted Oct 29, 2009
49% Antichrist (2009) " Von Trier's previous sorties into torturing the audience ...were structured around issues of faith, God ... and the human condition. This time around, however, the thrust is either incoherent or so complex as to require a sharper mind than my own." — Brand X
Posted Oct 22, 2009
72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Thanks to both the added story elements and the visual choices, there is barely a drop of "magical" to be found; it's neither wondrous nor scary." — Brand X
Posted Oct 18, 2009
7% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) " The result is at times genuinely suspenseful ... and if the final twist doesn't drive you crazy, the cleverness may win you over." — Brand X
Posted Oct 8, 2009
97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) " Several sequences have little to no dialogue but give us a rich, ambivalent view of the characters and their feelings ... . It's a directorial risk that pays off with an indelible experience." — Brand X
Posted Oct 8, 2009
94% An Education (2009) " ... entertaining and perceptive, and distinguished by Mulligan's infectious presence." — Brand X
Posted Oct 8, 2009
79% The Informant! (2009) " Despite the possibility of savage humor, Soderbergh has gone for a more amiable approach; the result doesn't have many big belly laughs, but its droll tone is consistently amusing." — Brand X
Posted Oct 8, 2009
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " Bigelow uses hand-held camera and eye-level character p.o.v. shots to create a gritty sense of being there." — Brand X
Posted Oct 8, 2009
89% A Serious Man (2009) " As with Levy's rye bread, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy [it]." — Brand X
Posted Oct 2, 2009
75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) " It's not ... that he's entirely opposed to capitalism; what he's really going after is the corporatism that has made profit a goal beyond all ethical considerations." — Brand X
Posted Oct 2, 2009
72% La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008) " Martel -- having listed Herk Harvey's ultra-low-budget 1962 horror film Carnival of Souls as a favorite -- has now more or less remade it as an "art film": that is, she's slathered the pretentiousness on so thick that all the fun is gone." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 20, 2009
63% Extract (2009) " It doesn't seem as fresh as Office Space or likely to achieve the same sort of iconic status, but there are enough laughs here to justify the time." — Brand X
Posted Sep 20, 2009
48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " This may be the least ambitious of Lee's films, but his directorial chops still guarantee a worthwhile experience." — Brand X
Posted Sep 20, 2009
89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " As it progresses, it increasingly takes its cues from Ernst Lubitsch's great Nazi farce To Be or Not to Be, except eventually even wackier and less realistic." — Brand X
Posted Sep 20, 2009
90% District 9 (2009) " We've seen most of the film's elements before ... but all these ideas have never been assembled in exactly this manner before, let alone with Blomkamp's wit and style." — Brand X
Posted Sep 20, 2009
74% Cold Souls (2009) " Had Cold Souls come out exactly a decade earlier, it would have seemed utterly original and daring ... because it would have beaten Being John Malkovich to the screen by a few months." — Brand X
Posted Sep 20, 2009
58% Art & Copy (2009) " Even without the nostalgic aspects, Art & Copy is thoroughly entertaining. But the film ends up being an advertisement for advertising. It's hard not to wonder if we're being sold a bill of goods." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 18, 2009
68% Funny People (2009) " Apatow packs enough decent jokes into an hour and a half to earn our affection. The problem is that after that hour and a half the movie goes on for nearly another hour, for a grand total of 2 hours and 25 minutes." — Brand X
Posted Aug 3, 2009
49% Whatever Works (2009) " [T]he stiffness of David's performance gives one renewed appreciation for Allen's sometimes overlooked acting abilities.... But Allen continues to write the best jokes in the business." — Brand X
Posted Jul 31, 2009
94% In the Loop (2009) " In the midst of the constant stream of mostly vacuous (and sometimes not) summer blockbusters, In the Loop is the tiniest of releases and one of the best ... maybe the best so far." — Brand X
Posted Jul 31, 2009
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " The uniformly good performances and the often inspired craftsmanship arguably make this second only to Cuaron's Prisoner of Azkaban in the Potter pantheon." — Brand X
Posted Jul 31, 2009
68% BrĂ¼no (2009) " I thought it was hysterical. I'm just not sure I'll respect myself in the (metaphorical) morning." — Brand X
Posted Jul 31, 2009
68% Public Enemies (2009) " Mann and his writers recount Dillinger's story clearly and with more historical accuracy than some of the earlier film versions, but you're left wondering, "So what?"" — Brand X
Posted Jul 31, 2009
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " Raimi doesn't merely pull out all the stops in his new horror film.... He pulls them out, purees them, stews the pulp in phlegm and vomit, pours us a nice bowlful and then throws it right in our faces. I mean that in the nicest possible way." — Brand X
Posted Jul 31, 2009
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) " Scott has updated the setting, but, more significantly, he's refashioned things in tone, style and theme, deftly recasting it to fit the standard template of the contemporary Hollywood action film." — Brand X
Posted Jul 30, 2009
37% Angels & Demons (2009) " It [has] the sort of exposition that gives exposition a bad name." — Brand X
Posted Jul 30, 2009
100% Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002) Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2009
—— Lost Junction (2003) Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
80% I Capture the Castle (2003) Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2009
100% Street Fight (2005) " "...completely gripping and enraging."" — Los Angeles CityBeat
Posted Jan 19, 2009
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