Andy Lea

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
Daily Star
Total Reviews:
239

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 50% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " This could have worked with a sharper script and better casting. But Firth finds it hard to cope with Allen's stilted dialogue. " — Daily Star
Posted Sep 17, 2014
2/5 76% The Riot Club (Posh) " Maybe this all seemed very sharp on stage. On the big screen it's like being hit repeatedly over the head with a croquet mallet." — Daily Star
Posted Sep 17, 2014
4/5 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Nobody can call this Taken In A Graveyard. Matt Scudder is Neeson's most intriguing role in years. " — Daily Star
Posted Sep 17, 2014
4/5 71% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Laika's beautifully animated third feature is another that isn't afraid to stand out from the crowd. " — Daily Star
Posted Sep 7, 2014
5/5 97% Pride (2014) " Director Matthew Warchus coaxes great performances from a fine ensemble cast, while first-time screenwriter Stephen Beresford deftly balances tears with some very big laughs. " — Daily Star
Posted Sep 7, 2014
3/5 66% The Rover (2014) " Pattinson impresses with a pared-down performance in an extremely pared down film. This is one of those Australian post apocalyptic road movies that keeps almost everything under its bonnet. " — Daily Star
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Diaz and Segel manage to coax a few laughs out of a thin premise but there's nothing they can do with director Jake Kasdan's lame and surprisingly tame slapstick. " — Daily Star
Posted Sep 1, 2014
5/5 58% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " One of the most memorable films of the year." — Daily Star
Posted Sep 1, 2014
3/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " Cynical and sentimental it may be but it still packs a punch." — Daily Star
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/5 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Not much has changed in Sin City, but if you enjoyed your last visit more of the same should be more than enough." — Daily Star
Posted Aug 23, 2014
3/5 20% Into The Storm (2014) " The wonder of the special effects and the immersive power of fake amateur footage are a winning combination. Find the biggest screen with the biggest speakers and prepare to be blown away." — Daily Star
Posted Aug 18, 2014
1/5 69% What If (2014) " Radcliffe's fan club might get something out of this. But it had me pining for the grittier work of Lopez, Aniston and Diaz. " — Daily Star
Posted Aug 18, 2014
2/5 66% Lucy (2014) " It seems Besson has been saving up all his Frenchness for this - the most pretentious B-movie of all time." — Daily Star
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Sylvester Stallone isn't ready to throw in the towel on his geriatric action franchise just yet." — Daily Star
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " There's probably just enough here to take the lads over the finishing line. But they're panting rather heavily. " — Daily Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " An old-fashioned kiddie flick with a straightforward story, simple characters, a heartfelt message and impressive 3D flying scenes. Smaller children should love it." — Daily Star
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) " I'm not entirely sure who to blame for the muddled plot but I'm pointing a finger at the Koreans. " — Daily Star
Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/5 58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " A pacy, thoughtful, imaginative and hugely entertaining B-movie." — Daily Star
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " The comparisons with E.T. don't serve it particularly well -- this doesn't carry a fraction of that film's emotional weight." — Daily Star
Posted Jul 21, 2014
5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It brings something back to the big screen that's been in short supply since the invention of the DVD extra - a sense of wonder." — Daily Star
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2/5 0% Pudsey the Dog: The Movie " With its sketchy plot, clunky comedy and painful soundtrack this will be a test of patience for parents. " — Daily Star
Posted Jul 14, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Touching, funny, big-hearted and recklessly ambitious." — Daily Star
Posted Jul 9, 2014
2/5 24% Tammy (2014) " This tubby loser routine is already wearing a bit thin." — Daily Star
Posted Jul 5, 2014
3/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Stupid it may be but it's a lot better than the last two episodes. The plot is easier to follow, the special effects are even more spectacular and, for once, the movie has an acceptable leading man." — Daily Star
Posted Jul 5, 2014
1/5 0% The Anomaly " Once you've worked out that the plot is even more ridiculous than you feared there's not much to hold your interest." — Daily Star
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " This isn't just a more soulful movie, it's a much more spectacular one too. At times, it makes it's glossy rivals look like they belong in the Dark Ages" — Daily Star
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 88% Chef (2014) " This generous, big-hearted, funny and touching little film goes down a treat." — Daily Star
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 58% Keeping Rosy " First-time director Steven Reeves crafts the suspense beautifully. The film's scale - he uses a handful of actors and even fewer locations - means it will probably feel more at home on the small screen. But it is packed with some very big surprises." — Daily Star
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " This isn't a particularly memorable film. It borrows too much from other movies to stand out in it's own right. But it's a surprising one. What makes this odd 80s mash-up so intriguing is the way it's almost impossible to second guess." — Daily Star
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 26% Walking on Sunshine " Like the best karaoke turns, it's cheesy, rough around the edges and doesn't take itself at all seriously. I think that's what makes it so endearing." — Daily Star
Posted Jun 23, 2014
2/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " This muddled, over-long and increasingly dull comedy action flick really is no way to relaunch a movie career" — Daily Star
Posted Jun 15, 2014
4/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " As teen romances go, this is powerful stuff. For a cancer weepie, it's a very rare thing indeed - an honest film that earns every tear. " — Daily Star
Posted Jun 15, 2014
4/5 74% Oculus (2014) " Director Mike Flanagan has decided that bending our minds is far more effective than drenching us in buckets of gore or jolting us out of our seats with loud noises." — Daily Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " This isn't quite as funny as the original. It does, however, come pretty close. By poking fun at the whole idea of a comedy sequel, Lord and Miller have hit on a new vein of comedy gold." — Daily Star
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " This isn't the worst biopic of a princess who died in a car crash starring a miscast Aussie that has ever been made." — Daily Star
Posted Jun 1, 2014
4/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " Part action film, part fairy tale, part feminist parable, it will interesting to see if this strange mash-up will find an audience. It's perhaps a bit dark for the Frozen crowd but I suspect older girls will be utterly enchanted." — Daily Star
Posted May 28, 2014
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Witty, clever, thrilling - it could easily turn out to be the blockbuster of the year." — Daily Star
Posted May 25, 2014
3/5 52% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) " Parents will have definitely have sat through a lot worse. But I'm not sure what the average four-year-old will get out of it." — Daily Star
Posted May 19, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It's all such rollicking fun it's hard to care about the occasional baffling moment. " — Daily Star
Posted May 19, 2014
3/5 86% The Two Faces of January (2014) " It's beautifully shot and quietly absorbing. But the low-level tension never really threatens to bubble over." — Daily Star
Posted May 15, 2014
4/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " A spectacular and surprisingly respectful take on the Japanese icon. Godzilla tramples other monster movies underfoot." — Daily Star
Posted May 11, 2014
4/5 100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " The football is dreadful but the colourful players - like transgender defender Jaiyah Saelua - make this hilarious documentary a big-hearted delight." — Daily Star
Posted May 4, 2014
4/5 92% Frank (2014) " It's the songs that are the film's biggest surprise. Abrahamson and his musical cast have made Frank's unpronounceable group Soronprfbs sound like a real band. " — Daily Star
Posted May 4, 2014
3/5 19% Sabotage (2014) " In the end, it's the lure of his star that does for Ayers' movie. After a couple of very unlikely plot twists, the film quickly turns into a standard, Arnie action vehicle." — Daily Star
Posted May 4, 2014
4/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " It's puerile, smutty and packed with huge laughs. But it's the well-drawn and very believable characters who make this so much more entertaining than your usual frat house comedy." — Daily Star
Posted May 4, 2014
3/5 7% Plastic (2014) " The plot, which is supposedly based on a true story but plays out like an episode of Hustle, is deliciously twisty. But it's the clever dialogue and a dastardly turn from Alfie Allen that really makes it tick." — Daily Star
Posted Apr 27, 2014
1/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Walker's character, a revenge-seeking cop, is paper-thin, the plot is riddled with holes and the clunky dialogue feels like it's been passed through Google Translate. " — Daily Star
Posted Apr 27, 2014
2/5 29% Pompeii (2014) " Anderson is one of the few film-makers who can justify the 3D surcharge for an eyepopping CGI spectacular like this. Yet when Vesuvius blows, it doesn't carry the weight of ancient tragedy. Such is the build-up, it almost comes as a blessed relief." — Daily Star
Posted Apr 27, 2014
3/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " The ending fails to pack an emotional punch. But Pfister and Paglen have come up with something unusual - a sci-fi blockbuster that's genuinely surprising." — Daily Star
Posted Apr 20, 2014
3/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Whenever the slapstick and the shouting begins to grate, the script reels you back in with a sharply written line. " — Daily Star
Posted Apr 20, 2014
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