Andy Lea

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

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Daily Star
Total Reviews:
229

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 21% 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 72% 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 64% 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 35% 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 75% 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 49% 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 91% 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% 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 84% 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 90% 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 20% 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
4/5 83% Tracks (2014) " We're left guessing over what possessed this free spirit to risk her life on such a seemingly pointless task. After seeing this achingly beautiful film, you'll be very glad she did." — Daily Star
Posted Apr 19, 2014
4/5 88% Locke (2014) " Locke may be on the blower for most of the film's 85 minute running time, but you can hardly accuse Hardy of phoning it in. The actor delivers a masterclass in acting for the big screen. " — Daily Star
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Director Mark Webb crafts some solid action scenes but the only truly "amazing" thing about Part 2 is the villain. Somehow, he has come up with a nemesis even less interesting than his last one." — Daily Star
Posted Apr 13, 2014
4/5 41% Pioneer " The plot, which was inspired by true events, can be a bit hard to follow but it's the diving scenes that will leave audiences gasping. " — Daily Star
Posted Apr 6, 2014
4/5 89% Calvary (2014) " If you enjoyed McDonagh's sharp dialogue and Gleeson's world-weary charm last time around, there's more than enough of both to keep you interested. But you might find the change of tone a bit disconcerting" — Daily Star
Posted Apr 6, 2014
3/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " It's stylish, well cast and, at times, deeply unsettling but its reliance on old-fashioned staples means the surprises run out well before its disappointing finale." — Daily Star
Posted Apr 6, 2014
5/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The violence is brutal, brilliantly choreographed and at times disgracefully funny. It won't be for everyone - but action-movie fans will be scraping their jaws off the floor." — Daily Star
Posted Apr 6, 2014
3/5 41% Divergent (2014) " The satire is not as sharp as that of The Hunger Games and the training scenes borrow heavily from the much smarter Ender's Game. But it's also stylish, tense and surprisingly pacy. " — Daily Star
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " A heart-warming, toe-tapping, eye-popping 3D adventure." — Daily Star
Posted Mar 30, 2014
2/5 77% Noah (2014) " This isn't just a very silly film, it's also a po-faced one. Aronofsky delivers a dour ecological message as relentlessly as God sends down the rain." — Daily Star
Posted Mar 30, 2014
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