Andy Lea

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 68% The Salvation (2015) "A solid, if very familiar, revenge Western with a decent lead, a couple of well-staged shootouts and some dazzling desert landscapes. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 12, 2015
1/5 52% The Face Of An Angel "Overlong and astonishingly self-indulgent. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 11, 2015
2/5 63% A Little Chaos (2015) "The film is nicely shot, Rickman can still arch an eyebrow and the costumes and furniture are all very nice to look at. But thrill-seekers may want to look elsewhere. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 11, 2015
3/5 27% Child 44 (2015) "Tom Hardy is excellent in the lead role and director Daniel Espinosa crafts some brilliant individual scenes but the story gets a little bogged down with a surfeit of subplots. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 11, 2015
3/5 73% The Water Diviner (2015) "The romance feels a bit tacked on but Crowe clearly knows how to direct a battle scene. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 5, 2015
4/5 85% John Wick (2014) "Reeves serves up a emphatic reminder of his action hero credentials with a charismatic and acrobatic performance. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 5, 2015
4/5 71% The DUFF (2015) "I think the selfie generation has just got it's own The Breakfast Club. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 5, 2015
4/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) "Explosive, spectacular and surprisingly touching, Episode 7 is a fitting tribute to Paul Walker. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Apr 5, 2015
2/5 31% Insurgent (2015) "Teenage kicks are in short supply in the preposterous second instalment of Veronica Roth's derivative Young Adult series. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Mar 15, 2015
4/5 72% Suite Française "The politics of sleeping with the enemy make for powerful viewing in this classy big-screen version of Irène Némirovsky's best-selling World War II romance. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Mar 7, 2015
2/5 30% Chappie (2015) "There are flashes of genius in this recycled robot movie but if feels like Blompkamp is running worryingly short of ideas. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Mar 7, 2015
2/5 56% Focus (2015) "The premise is preposterous and the plot has more holes than St Andrews. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Feb 22, 2015
94% The King's Speech (2010) "It's beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and built around a moment of suspense Hitchcock would have been proud of. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Feb 20, 2015
2/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Everything about this movie is overcooked. The sets are overdesigned, the action is over scored and the mythology overworked. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Feb 8, 2015
5/5 100% Shaun the Sheep "Smart, funny, big-hearted, endlessly inventive and quintessentially British, this timeless, stop-motion adventure is a shear delight from start to finish. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Feb 8, 2015
3/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Disney has swallowed up both Pixar and Marvel and this uneven animation feels like the resulting belch. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 29, 2015
5/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "One of the most ridiculously entertaining spy flicks since Roger Moore hung up his safari suit. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 26, 2015
1/5 13% Mortdecai (2015) "Depp massively overplays it in this embarrassing and shockingly unfunny self-produced farce. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "I did feel slightly short-changed by the level of violence. But Chandor seems interested in lower octane thrills. At its core, this atmospheric film is a study of two steely characters who are trying to keep their hands clean in a very dirty business. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 18, 2015
2/5 46% The Gambler (2014) "The script is painfully overwritten whenever we want action and woefully underwritten when we need explanation. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/5 89% Ex Machina (2015) "Garland cleverly keeps us on our toes by constantly toying with our allegiances. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 18, 2015
3/5 82% Testament Of Youth (2015) "It's a classy, beautifully shot drama with two very photogenic leads. Yet for me it just felt too tasteful. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 11, 2015
3/5 90% Wild (2014) "Winsome Witherspoon impresses with a quiet, physical performance. But the real, extreme Cheryl seems to have got lost in the wilderness. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 11, 2015
4/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "This troubling and ultimately tragic portrait of an all-American killer is Eastwood's best film in years. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 11, 2015
5/5 95% Whiplash (2014) "Tense, hilarious, harrowing, brilliantly performed and masterfully directed. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 11, 2015
4/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "Hoffman intrigues by keeping his cards clasped firmly to his chest. It is a restrained, controlled performance from one of the most talented screen actors of his generation. He's so good it's heartbreaking. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 89% The Drop (2014) "Hardy gives almost nothing away for long stretches of this slow-burning thriller. He saves it all for a brutal and genuinely surprising finale. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) "Watching doe-eyed Dwight leave his car keys at a murder scene, bungle a kidnapping and miss shooting his target from 2ft away is a tense and unpredictable experience. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "It's almost impossible to overhype Redmayne's performance in this witty, touching and very classy British drama. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/5 9% Taken 3 (2015) "Being on the run from American cops instead of wonky-shooting Albanians might not seem like much of a change but it's just enough to make Bryan interesting again. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 4, 2015
5/5 93% Birdman (2014) "Brilliantly acted, sharply written and astonishingly shot, this oddball drama is quite rightly being tipped for Oscar glory. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) "It's missing a stand-out shock but it's well-paced, stylish and, at times, deeply unsettling. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Dec 28, 2014
1/5 27% Annie (2014) "You can "betcha bottom dollaaar" that this the most pointless remake of the year. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "There are some thrilling moments but the film feels less than a sum of its parts. And that's largely down to Jolie's one-note hero. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Dec 26, 2014
4/5 71% Big Eyes (2014) "Big Eyes isn't just the most traditional film Burton has ever made, it's also one of his most entertaining. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "It's breezy, big-hearted, fitfully amusing and mildly educational. If this is your ten-year-old's movie franchise of choice, you're probably on to a good thing. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Dec 15, 2014
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) "Instead of relying on dizzying gimmicks, Dreamworks' new animated feature simply revels in the sheer heart-pumping pleasure of watching action unfold through those Buddy Holly-style glasses. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "A betrayal at this stage would have been too much to bear. So diehards might feel like breaking into a hearty Dwarvish ballad at the end of this deeply satisfying finale. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Dec 7, 2014
3/5 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "Parents might find their patience wearing thin towards the end but smaller kids should gobble it down. It hits them with such a barrage of slapstick and madcap action they'll never notice they're being told the same joke over and over again. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 30, 2014
4/5 76% Get Santa "Crossing the whimsy of The Santa Clause with the grit of Scum may sound like an odd idea but Smith manages to milk his set-up for some big laughs. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 30, 2014
3/5 81% Black Sea (2015) "It's well shot, tense and solidly entertaining. But watertight it definitely isn't. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 30, 2014
4/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "The plot may be predictable but Scott's film is a revelation. This is a Biblical epic we can all believe in. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 29, 2014
4/5 100% Kajaki "This isn't about heroic firefights or gung-ho speeches. Instead, it plays out like an astonishingly realistic horror movie as these genuine heroes edge their way through an old Russian minefield to save their comrades " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 23, 2014
5/5 98% Paddington (2015) "Funny, touching and surprisingly topical, this is an utter delight from start to finish. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 23, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Stylish, gripping and surprisingly thoughtful. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 10, 2014
1/5 11% Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey? "This increasingly surreal panto has enough fart jokes to divert very young children for at least half of its hugely ambitious 109-minute running time. But to their loving parents this could be an all-singing, all-dancing nightmare. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 10, 2014
2/5 35% The November Man (2014) "Brosnan shows enough in the action scenes to make this an effective audition piece for the next Expendables movie but there's nothing here you haven't seen in countless Eurotrash thrillers. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 1, 2014
4/5 72% Interstellar (2014) "The final stretch may be just a little too hard to swallow. But fans of smart, spectacular sci-fi will still gulp down this astonishing trip through the cosmos. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 1, 2014
4/5 69% Laggies (2014) "It does to Adam Sandler's manchild movies what Bridesmaids did to gross-out comedies. It flips the gender and adds charm and decent jokes. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Nov 1, 2014
2/5 47% The Judge (2014) "It's Downey Jr's meatiest role in years...if only it wasn't served with such a thick layer of cheese. " ‐ Daily Star
Posted Oct 30, 2014
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