Anders Wotzke

Anders Wotzke
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Moviedex
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 83% In Bruges (2008) The word 'unexpected' is a severe understatement when regarding the narrative genius of In Bruges. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
3.5/5 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) Behind a truckload of red makeup is Ron Perlman, whose characterisation of the egocentric protagonist Hellboy, or Red as he prefers to be called, is once again the highlight of the film. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 68% Ted (2012) When Ted isn't funny, it isn't much of anything. It's the sip of water a stand-up comedian takes between jokes, leaving the audience to twiddle their thumbs as they wait for the next one. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2012
3/5 73% Prometheus (2012) It's not necessarily a bad movie, it's just half of a great one. And that's almost more disappointing. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2012
4/5 37% Swerve (2013) The story twists and turns with popcorn-friendly propulsion, never letting things get too serious to invite narrative nit-picking, nor too silly to squander the suspense. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2012
3.5/5 36% Dark Shadows (2012) Perhaps if every Hollywood film featured the grand yet gloomy decadency of a Burton production, I'd be more inclined to get caught up on where his films go wrong. But they don't, so I won't. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2012
3.5/5 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) Strikes a far more even tone than Bridesmaids, exploring emotional truths whilst maintaining a strong, but not suffocating, comedic edge. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2012
1.5/5 21% The Lucky One (2012) Scarcely enough substance to pad out a short poem, let alone a feature film. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2012
3.5/5 34% Battleship (2012) I found myself reveling in the silliness of what is, essentially, the most expensive B-movie ever made. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2012
2.5/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Forget the rum; it's the fun that's running dry in Aardman Animation's The Pirates! Band of Misfits. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2012
3.5/5 50% Mirror Mirror (2012) This account of Snow White isn't about to be crowned the fairest of them all, but a vibrant visual palate and sweet sense of humour ensures that it's no bad apple either. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2012
4/5 84% 21 Jump Street (2012) For a film rehashing a long-forgotten TV series and starring the sentient muscle Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street is surprisingly good. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2012
3.5/5 37% Iron Sky (2012) The production design and visual effects are so standout, it threatens to betray the film's delightfully kitschy B-movie premise. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
2/5 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) Given that it stars action drone Sam Worthington, you'll be wishing they called it 'Man off a Ledge' before long. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2012
2.5/5 85% Chronicle (2012) Almost as if the project was subject to a hostile takeover by Michael Bay, Chronicle goes so garishly gangbusters in its final third, you'd be forgiven for reaching for a pair of 3D glasses. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2012
2/5 27% Underworld: Awakening (2012) Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is coming out later this year, right? So at least this will only be the 2nd worst vampire vs. werewolf movie of 2012. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2012
3/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) This is the kind of movie you'd want to watch with a rewind button handy. Actually, at 127 painfully paced minutes, a fast-forward button might help too. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2012
2/5 45% Happy Feet Two (2011) It's a film that only deals in excess, so unless you're a deliriously happy person with a serious foot fetish, you'd best give Happy Feet Two a miss. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2011
3.5/5 65% We Bought a Zoo (2011) Matt Damon, a master of the ordinary, can create a rounded, convincing and utterly engaging character out of just about anyone, Benjamin Mee included. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2011
4/5 73% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) A signature Spielbergian adventure that almost makes me wish the directing great would have another crack at reviving Indiana Jones again. Almost... - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2011
4.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) Spectacular. Bird knows how to film an action scene, and Cruise knows how to star in one. It's a winning combination. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2011
3.5/5 67% Tower Heist (2011) A casual heist movie that's played for laughs, not smarts. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2011
3.5/5 No Score Yet Birthday (1980) An introverted film about an extroverted subject, which is what makes it such a delicate, unique experience. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2011
4/5 92% Arthur Christmas (2011) Although it's somewhat disheartening to see one of the biggest advocates for stop motion trade in their clay for computers, there's no denying that Aardman's distinctive fingerprints are all over this one. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2011
.5/5 26% The Three Musketeers (2011) Alexandre Dumas isn't merely turning in his grave, he's half way through re-enacting 'Thriller'. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
2/5 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) When the most innovative thing about the film is that the camera now oscillates, one can't help but scoff at the miniscule amount of creativity that has been drizzled into this Halloween cash grab. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2011
2.5/5 35% The Thing (2011) Sure, this Thing still has its moments, but they're nothing compared to that Thing. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
4/5 38% Johnny English Reborn (2011) With all the gross-out comedies of late, it's nice to be able to laugh aloud at a film that doesn't require a swear jar. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2011
3.5/5 88% Submarine (2011) It's too concerned with style to leave a lasting impression, yet it's also warming and witty enough to pass by without doing any harm. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2011
3/5 25% The Change-Up (2011) I'm not particularly proud of laughing at this vulgar cliché of a movie, but dammit, laugh I did. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2011
4/5 62% Final Destination 5 (2011) Ironically enough, it's the journey, not the destination, that makes these movies so damn fun. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2011
3.5/5 94% The Guard (2011) The Guard is certainly good for a laugh or two, but those that are claiming it to be funnier than In Bruges are claiming things that aren't true. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2011
3/5 25% Conan the Barbarian (2011) If there's any pleasure to be had watching a movie like this, it's almost certainly of the guilty variety. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2011
2/5 26% Green Lantern (2011) Before Hal Jordan's big-screen debut, I'd never heard of the guy. And now, having sat through the confused mess that is Green Lantern, I don't mind if I never hear of him again. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2011
2.5/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) One of the longest advertisements for PETA I've seen since 101 Dalmatians. Only, you know, not nearly as much fun. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2011
4/5 83% Red Dog (2011) An affable Aussie dramedy that turns back the clock and pretends that the golden age of Australian cinema never ended. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2011
3.5/5 45% Bad Teacher (2011) She's not somewhat bad, she's not repentantly bad and she's certainly not sympathetically bad. Nope, she's just plain ol' bad. And that is a thing of rare beauty. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2011
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) It hardly matters that Deathly Hallows Part 2 is neither the best film of the series, nor the perfect conclusion to it. It's what it represents that's significant. And that's the end of an era. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2011
2/5 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) If you're looking for the Transformers 3 experience without having to actually endure through it, simply tip out your cutlery drawer onto a FHM centrefold whilst humming 'The Star-Spangled Banner'. Hey presto. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2011
2.5/5 38% Cars 2 (2011) If you're going to set the standard in animation, however lofty it may be, you best be prepared to live up to it. And Cars 2, it pains me to say, does not. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2011
4/5 83% Trollhunter (2011) Finding a balance between serious and silly is something The Troll Hunter does astonishingly well. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2011
3.5/5 81% Super 8 (2011) While the line between inspiration and imitation blurs, what remains crystal clear is that Super 8 has been made with nothing but the purest of intentions: to entertain. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2011
4.5/5 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) In a sea of sloppy sequels (Pirates 4) and rote remakes (Hangover 2), X-men: First Class stands out for simply being something different -- good. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2011
2/5 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) One could easily mistake this supposed blockbuster for a mockbuster. After all, it was co-written by one of the scribblers of the Scary Movie series. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2011
3.5/5 85% The Tree of Life (2011) Like an elephant parading on bubble wrap, The Tree of Life breaks new ground with every step. It's just a shame that some of those strides are more ponderous than they are profound. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2011
2.5/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Sure, it corrects many of the mistakes that made the last film god-awful, but a step up from god-awful is just awful without as much blasphemy. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2011
4/5 66% Insidious (2011) This is a good ol' fashioned haunting, one with a tangible atmosphere, strong performances and plenty of skin-crawling scares. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2011
4/5 100% Mrs. Carey's Concert (2011) The tireless Carey makes for a deserving subject in this witty, warming and rousing documentary about a school's duty to inspire students to achieve greatness. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2011
1/5 28% Your Highness (2011) For once, the trailer for a new comedy didn't spoil the best bits. Unfortunately, that's because there aren't any. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2011
3/5 89% Bridesmaids (2011) The first hour is one outrageously hilarious catfight. It comes at a price, though, because the second is where the girls all kiss and make-up. - Moviedex EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2011