Andrea Gronvall

Andrea Gronvall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Andrea Gronvall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Time Out

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

In a World... (2013)

"There's a difference between paying your dues and self-abasement, but you wouldn't know it from this overstuffed and joyless film." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"Lushly romantic and daringly original." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013

Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013)

"Assorted celebrities and Downey's producers offer some insights, but the movie dwells too long on a group of worshipful former audience members." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013

Populaire (2013)

"[A] sweet but slight homage to the 50s and 60s." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 12, 2013

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"A couple's marriage is edging toward collapse when they try to reboot their dormant sex life in this sly, hip, and rewarding comedy of manners." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 5, 2013

Off Label (2013)

"Despite some artful visuals and harrowing testimony, this 2012 advocacy documentary suffers from a lack of focus." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2013

Paranoia (2013)

"In a movie about a new generation's hunger to topple the old guard, pretty boy Hemsworth is outclassed by his veteran costars, who get more mileage from baring their teeth than he does baring his chest." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2013

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"[A] nuanced and unsentimental coming-of-age film." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 23, 2013

Lovelace (2013)

"This drama from codirectors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman is so respectful of 70s porn sensation Linda Lovelace that instead of humanizing the Deep Throat star, it reduces her to one dimension: victim." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 9, 2013

Things Never Said (2013)

"Veteran TV writer Charles Murray (Third Watch) shows his small-screen roots by overrelying on tense, weighty exchanges to advance the narrative, but Hampton's steely performance makes them pay off, as the poet learns to wrest truth from pain." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 2, 2013

Still Mine (2013)

"Writer-director Michael McGowan (Saint Ralph) shows affinity for the subtle undercurrents of a long, happy marriage, but the friction between Cromwell and the government bureaucracy stays one-note." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 2, 2013

You Will Be My Son (2013)

"Great talent and a monstrous ego often come as a package deal, as illustrated by this insightful, taut 2011 drama set in Bordeaux." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 25, 2013

The Wolverine (2013)

"It may be a streamlined, 21st-century take on the Frankenstein story, but it's not an improvement; for a 3D adventure, this noisy action fantasy falls as flat as cardboard." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 25, 2013

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2012)

"This edgy documentary manages to tell an affecting love story even as it ventures into the cultish, transgressive world of underground music." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 16, 2013

Eames: The Architect And The Painter (2011)

"Filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey deliver a nostalgic zing reminiscent of the TV drama Mad Men but tread lightly around Charles's mood swings and extramarital affairs." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 11, 2012

Pina (2011)

"Crane and steadycam allow Wenders to get so close to the action that in the minimalist Café Müller, one's illusion of being on stage is uncanny." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 19, 2012

Newlyweds (2012)

"Burns's faux-documentary style allows space for some wickedly revealing confessions, while jump cuts accentuate his characters' rapid-fire showdowns." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 12, 2012

Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)

"In this heady documentary, TV footage of left-wing social critic Paul Goodman being interviewed by conservative host William F. Buckley Jr. in 1966 makes one realize how low public discourse in America has sunk since then." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Sucker Punch (2011)

"Gun-toting hotties combat assorted villains and their robot henchmen in this tawdry, repellent action fantasy." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 6, 2011

Jumping the Broom (2011)

"Class differences and family resentments add to the hubbub surrounding an African-American wedding on Martha's Vineyard in this perceptive, faith-based romantic comedy." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 6, 2011

America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments (2011)

"Self-promoting physicians, shrinks, bureaucrats, and fashion models blather on about eating issues, yet Roberts glosses over the only real solution to weight gain: balanced nutrition combined with exercise." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 1, 2011
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Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade (The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner) (2008)

"Neither the sweeping European vistas nor the masterful Serbian actor Miki Manojlovic can save this Bulgarian road movie from its treacly sentimentality." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 18, 2011
4/5 81%

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

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Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 66%

Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón (2007)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
5/5 81%

Serbis (Service) (2008)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
5/5 91%

Refusenik (2008)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 100%

The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2007)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 70%

America the Beautiful (2008)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 91%

The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet

Box Elder (2008)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 68%

Irina Palm (2008)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
2/5 34%

Rails & Ties (2007)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 69%

Fugitive Pieces (2008)

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Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 79%

Sangre De Mi Sangre (2007)

Quote not available.Time Out
Posted Nov 15, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

"Squanders both its first-rate computer graphics and its sturdy international cast." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 15, 2011

In Time (2011)

"Clever and unsettling." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 10, 2011

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011)

"French pop star Serge Gainsbourg was as much iconoclast as icon, so it's fitting that this fanciful biopic is both affectionate and irreverent." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 4, 2011

!Women Art Revolution (2011)

"Contrasting with the ferment of the times, the film is orderly and rather subdued, but it's an excellent introduction to a movement that produced artists as diverse as Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, and Miranda July." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 3, 2011

The Machinist (2004)

"Until now Bale's screen persona has been defined by a graceful athleticism; here his physicality is repellent, yet he carries the occasionally creaky plot of Scott Kosar's unsettling screenplay to a resonant finish." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 24, 2011

Puncture (2011)

"It's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 13, 2011

What's Your Number? (2011)

"Even dumber than this premise is the notion that she can resist Evans, whose charms are particularly manifest thanks to a screenplay that requires him to drop trou early and often." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 29, 2011

Dolphin Tale (2011)

"Gamble's rapport with his finned costar is so touching that the movie works anyway." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 22, 2011

Warrior (2011)

"For all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2011

The Devil's Double (2011)

"Equally as offensive as the movie's smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, irrational, and thus ripe for intervention." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 1, 2011

Point Blank (2011)

"[A] finely calibrated French neonoir." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 12, 2011

The Interrupters (2011)

"Searing in its depiction of at-risk children in poor communities, the film is also the bracing, life-affirming story of residents who are beginning to reclaim their streets, one corner at a time." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Nine Nation Animation (2010)

"Most of the shorts in this international collection are somber or wistful, but a few stand out for their wit or visual panache." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 2, 2011

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011)

"In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 29, 2011

Friends With Benefits (2011)

"The jokes don't all work and the topical references can be irritably hipper-than-thou, but at least director and cowriter Will Gluck aims high: this is patterned on the Tracy and Hepburn comedies, albeit with a lot more skin. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"Cinematographer Eduardo Serra underscores the sense of dread with a rich charcoal palette, and the outstanding CGI and 3D effects make the otherworldly threats more corporeal." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 13, 2011