Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
100% Toy Story 4 (2019) One thing that's kept the Toy Story franchise so solid after so many installments is its commitment to whatever emotional crisis its beloved gang of sentient toys is facing. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B+ 24% Men in Black International (2019) While Men In Black International hardly charts new ground, at least it forges enough of its own path to keep things fun. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
D 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) In the end, Dark Phoenix gives women permission to be emotional, as long as their emotions are properly directed towards the family. Yay? - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
6/10 86% The Third Wife (2019) It's difficult to imagine anyone but the arthouse crowd enjoying the slow, incremental ways May comes of age. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) It is a horror story as the most frightening cautionary tale, one that applies to all of us. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
A- 89% Rocketman (2019) [Taron] Egerton swirls in the beautiful rhythms of Rocketman, complementing its unapologetic embrace of everything that made Reggie Dwight become the beloved Elton John in the first place. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B+ 56% Ma (2019) Octavia Butler is gleefully selling the hell out of this. Black women rarely get substantial roles in horror, let alone the chance to lead them as a villain who is as sympathetic as she is terrifying. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
A+ 94% Luce (2019) Octavia Spencer gives what might be the best performance of her career, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. embodies Luce as a young man who may be capable of great or terrible things. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
A- 95% Monos (2019) Even if Monos refuses to tie up its own loose ends, the human nature it portrays is terrifyingly real, as everyone proves capable of dizzying levels of kindness, compassion, and most frightening of all, cruelty. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B- 88% Light From Light (2019) Everything may end, but at least Light From Light is able to embrace the value of connection in the meantime. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) I enjoyed so many things about "Booksmart." There was the fun script, the easy way it incorporated progressive values, the friendship it depicts, the skilled cast, which ensured all the jokes not only landed, but landed spectacularly. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 57% Brightburn (2019) Elizabeth Banks gives an incredible standout performance as the cool artistic mom who must grapple with the son she's raised becoming more and more unrecognizable to her. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 96% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is very much a midnight movie, fully embracing its 70s aesthetic without bothering to explain any of the very weird shit that occurs. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
C+ 89% Saint Frances (2019) [Kelly] O'Sullivan shows incredible promise in not only slowly building her characters, but humanizing them. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B+ 100% Greener Grass (2019) If you're a fan of midnight movies, you'll mostly enjoy the ride as a new female-centric cult classic is born before your eyes. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
D- 74% The Perfection (2019) [Allison] Williams and [Logan] Browning are an incredible pair as they try to sell the hell out of this, but the material just isn't worth the effort. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
A- 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Director and co-writer Flavio Alves manages to bring Tina to life in all her complexity and concerns. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
97% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Kiki has given girls another way to express themselves and a whole new set of aspirations. She's achieved the artistic dream, not only finding a way to fly higher but encouraging others to do so as well. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/10 89% Non-Fiction (2019) If everything in it didn't feel so irrelevant in the face of the very real and lasting changes occurring in communities far more interesting and worthy of our attention, Non-Fiction would be every bit as enjoyable as it obviously believes itself to be. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
99% Selma (2015) In a time where dedicated activists are speaking their own truths to leaders who are often even less responsive, movies such as Selma feel more essential than ever. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The film may be slightly overstuffed, but the movie uses its epic runtime to keep its numerous characters not only busy, but done justice, occasionally even in ways that will surprise you. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The fact that most of this isn't too frightening is partly due to the inept direction of longtime collaborators Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who rely on CGI rather than any kind of atmosphere. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/10 64% Peterloo (2019) It doesn't do its inspirations justice, but Pet Sematary at least makes the story its own in a world full of reboots and remakes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 93% Diane (2019) Diane has a refreshing lack of easy answers or conventional realizations, and many of the performances have the kind of indie sensibility where actors add years to fleeting minutes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The real reason Hotel Mumbai feels different is that unlike other films where the horror takes place in foreign countries, Hotel Mumbai puts more effort into the people who actually reside in the country where the bloodshed takes place. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
C- 47% Dumbo (2019) It's rather ironic that a film that's trying to criticize conformity would conform so strictly and safely to conventions. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
B+ 94% The Mustang (2019) The fact that [Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's ] does get so much right and gets us to empathize with Roman in her feature debut is a mark of what will hopefully be a long career. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
A+ 100% Well Groomed (2019) Well Groomed may be lighter fare, but unlike other docs that explored into similar worlds, Stern's directorial debut skips the condescension for a genuinely engaging experience that feels equal parts adorable, emotional, and even triumphant. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
D 27% The Aftermath (2019) Many movies have not only done what The Aftermath is trying to do, but done it with a courage and conviction this one obviously lacks. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
B- 94% Us (2019) Peele's miss is a lot more enjoyable than most hits, but Us still ends up being a concept in service of blood, not the other way around. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Make no mistake, director/co-writer Benedikt Erlingsson is unmistakably on Hala's side, and he's skilled enough to turn her story into a non-escapist crowd-pleaser rather than another forgettable, overly serious thriller. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B+ 100% Human Nature (2019) The topic is actually surprisingly dull as Human Nature insists on going into detail about how this process works, but things liven up considerably once it gets to all the implications. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
A- 100% Alice (2019) In the hands of Josephine Mackerras and lead Emilie Piponnier, what could be soap opera melodrama or another hooker with a heart of gold story becomes a complex drama about a woman who refuses to remain victimized and takes her life into her own hands. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
D 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) There are many baffling things about the new teen weepie Five Feet Apart, but the most mind-boggling is how little it resembles itself in its unintentionally hilarious third act, when it completely comes apart at the seams. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) There's a tremendous amount of skill here, but how enjoyable it is depends at least partly on how willing you are to suspend your sense of artistic democracy, shall we say. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's damn fun to see Larson as a hero coming into her own, complete with 90s staples that includes a great soundtrack and references to Blockbuster, but it's hard to get truly invested since we know so little about Carol. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ 60% Greta (2019) The film really shines in this buildup, as we see the painful effects stalking can have on a victim. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
A- 77% Never Look Away (2019) The message of Never Look Away isn't exactly defeatist, and even more astoundingly, it never feels long even at three frigging hours. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
A- 93% Little Monsters (2019) As their situation becomes more desperate, the film's saving grace becomes its humor, which shines in its quieter moments as well as the most dangerous ones. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
C+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The ending is far more mature than kids' movies are typically allowed to be, but so much is left out beforehand that it can't help but feel like somewhat of an unnecessary sacrifice. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
7/10 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Much like the rom-coms Isn't It Romantic skewers and celebrates, it succeeds because it recognizes we're all suckers for sincerity, even as it takes pains to update message for a more empowering one that cynics and romantics alike can embrace. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 61% Native Son (2019) It's understandable why the filmmakers wanted to avoid the worst of what we are capable... but it also makes the story become something far more common, and thus less than [Novelist Richard] Wright's vision. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- 100% Rendezvous in Chicago (2018) It's light fare without feeling dumbed down or pretentious. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
A- 100% Among Wolves (2019) Even amidst the trauma the movie discusses from a quiet distance, Lija makes it clear that none of his humanitarian work is due to the war. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B+ No Score Yet This Is Personal (2019) It's a whole lot of ground "This Is Personal" covers, and occasionally its ambitions exceed its many accomplishments. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) "Extremely Wicked" may play on our common fascination with violence, especially when it's committed by a charming, attractive (male) sociopath. But the film mostly avoids becoming another clichéd horror story by a less than common perspective. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
A+ 92% Southside With You (2016) Much like the smooth-talking man who would become President, Southside makes balancing many expectations look easy. Topics such as race, class, and especially gender, are touched upon with amazing ease. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 88% Don't Breathe (2016) It's been called Hitchcock on steroids, but Hitchcock was actually Hitchcock on steroids. His influence is clear, but "Don't Breathe" has no problem standing on its own. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
C- 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Strip away all the marks of prestige, and it's about as deep and as realistic as a Lifetime movie, reduced to just another predictable homage to the power of forgiveness. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
A- 93% Life, Animated (2016) Some movies have an irresistible pull. "Life, Animated" certainly does, and not just because of its feel-good message. - A Reel of One's Own EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019