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Andrew Barker

Andrew Barker
Andrew Barker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Crown Heights (2017) The film sketches an effective, if ultimately somewhat schematic, picture of the legal system's countless crevasses and sinkholes into which a blameless person can easily be shoved. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2017
43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Rarely do five minutes elapse between some sort of laugh-out-loud absurdity, and the distinction between the film's intentional and unintentional comedy grows hazier as it goes. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2017
42% London Town (2016) The story of the Clash is a fascinating one, and spotlighting a kid inspired by, but not a part of, the punk milieu has plenty of potential. But "London Town" just never burns brightly enough. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) A weary, half-hearted affair that doesn't even have the courage of its own nihilism. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 16, 2016
83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) A riotously enjoyable, appropriately deafening flashback to one of the last moments in music history when a bunch of knuckleheads with guitars could conquer the world on chutzpah alone. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2016
70% Before the Flood (2016) "Before the Flood" may not tackle too much new ground, but given the sincerity of its message, its ability to assemble such a watchable and comprehensive account gives it an undeniable urgency. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2016
0% London Fields (2015) This spiraling story of sex, murder, darts, premillennial dread and authorial anxiety becomes a veritable hash of garish, disassociated tableaux. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2016
100% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) Demme proves he's still a wily master of the craft, and the director's work here makes this more than just a fans-only proposition. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2016
88% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2016) Discount it at your peril: This portrait of the artist as an old woman is a gentle-hearted gem, as profoundly subtle as it is subtly profound. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet King of the Dancehall (2016) Hysterical, feverish, incredibly watchable ... ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet The Rolling Stones: Olé Olé Olé! - A Trip Across Latin America (2016) Given such a glut of recent documentary material on the 54-year-old band, the question has to be asked: Does this particular Rolling Stones film really have any pressing need to exist? In the case of "Olé," the answer is: "maybe not, but so what?" ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016
85% Their Finest (2017) A relentlessly charming romantic comedy that sees director Lone Scherfig ... finally expand the sensibilities she displayed with "Italian for Beginners" and "An Education" into a more commercial direction. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016
78% Catfight (2016) It has a certain outlandish purity of purpose which Heche and Oh follow through on with demonic intensity, making for a film that's just as hard to embrace as it is to dismiss. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016
20% The Secret Scripture (2016) It doesn't take too long for Jim Sheridan's period romance "The Secret Scripture" to contort itself into a befuddlingly bungled mess. But at the outset, it seems to have everything going for it. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016
23% American Pastoral (2016) Ewan McGregor's directorial debut is as flat and strangled as Philip Roth's novel is furious and expansive. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2016
13% Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016) This glorified video game trailer combines eye-popping visuals with an eye-crossing story. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) Never strays too far from its source, essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What's most shocking is how well it still works. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 9, 2016
100% Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home (2012) Lost Angels is a warm, humanistic portrait of Los Angeles' Skid Row. ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) These are deep, complicated issues the film wades into, and it quickly winds up out of its depth. ‐ Variety
Posted May 24, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) The film hangs together surprisingly well, thanks to on-point performances from George Clooney and Julia Roberts, a sprinkle of obtuse humor and Foster's streamlined direction ... ‐ Variety
Posted May 12, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The problem with "Alice" is its lack of narrative imagination. ‐ Variety
Posted May 10, 2016
22% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) Tries its best to visually convey just how revolutionary Pele's arrival on the scene must have felt, but it's continually hamstrung by an uninspiring, ultra-traditionalist narrative. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2016
7% Mother's Day (2016) Atrociously written, begrudgingly acted, haphazardly assembled and never more backward than when it thinks it's being progressive ... ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2016
83% Kicks (2016) This is a debut of undeniable promise, both for its director and its largely unknown cast. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 26, 2016
3% Nina (2016) The casting of Zoe Saldana is scarcely the only problematic element of Cynthia Mort's misconceived Nina Simone biopic. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 18, 2016
30% Criminal (2016) Struggling to generate much tension, the film opts for sensory battery in the action scenes, rendering gunshots as loud as cannon fire and splashing blood every which way. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Jon Favreau brings a welcome lightness of touch to this visually immersive adventure story. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2016
93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Max Records gives a sharp performance in this endearing first adaptation of Dan Wells' YA series. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 29, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) As a pure visual spectacle, however, Batman V Superman ably blows the hinges off the multiplex doors, and editor David Brenner does excellent work to comprehensibly streamline the chaos, capably captured by d.p. Larry Fong. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 22, 2016
100% Transpecos (2016) An atmospheric thriller with hardly an ounce of excess fat. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) Nick Kroll and Jenny Slate nail the nobility of resentment in this winningly featherweight romantic comedy. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 15, 2016
77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) West's grasp of the rhythms and the grace notes of the Western idiom is undeniable, but he never seems to find a film worth telling within it. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2016
61% Race (2016) Making a few admirable attempts to complicate what could have been a standard-issue inspirational sports narrative, "Race" is better than it has to be, but not by too much ... ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2016
12% The Choice (2016) The latest, and quite possibly worst, tissue-thin weepie to issue forth from the Nicholas Sparks page-to-screen assembly line ... ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Awkward and unsatisfying. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2016
80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) If director Dexter Fletcher's loose adaptation of Edwards' story often seems content to mimic "Cool Runnings" beat for beat, at least it picks a bar it can safely clear. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) The whole cast and crew all put in a solid shift at the office making the movie, producing a perfectly entertaining, sometimes quite well-crafted disaster drama that nonetheless retreats from the memory almost as soon as the credits roll. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2016
93% Newtown (2016) Kim A. Snyder's Sandy Hook documentary is an elegant, devastating portrait of a town in mourning. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2016
21% Diablo (2016) "Diablo" boasts the skeleton of an interesting allegorical oater ... but Carlos de los Rios' screenplay never manages to provide flesh or a beating heart, leaving the whole endeavor feeling more like a rough draft. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 8, 2016
16% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) A mostly harmless yet plenty rough assemblage of musical numbers and rote chases that barely add up to a movie ... ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 16, 2015
24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) This skewed take on Mary Shelley's classic never shows enough sparks of life to justify reanimating its nearly 200-year-old source. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 24, 2015
No Score Yet Barista (2015) Thanks to director Rock Baijnauth's playful, nonjudgmental approach to these obsessive characters, the whole enterprise comes across as endearingly -- and perhaps even admirably -- ridiculous, rather than laughably so. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 23, 2015
No Score Yet The Interior (2015) This initially droll, then increasingly nightmarish tale has atmosphere to spare along with some good jolts. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 19, 2015
95% Creed (2015) Not only lives up to the best of its predecessors, but also respectfully forges its own path. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) There's an unmistakable, scathing sense of outrage behind the whole endeavor, and it's impossible not to admire McKay's reckless willingness ... ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 13, 2015
60% Concussion (2015) Peter Landesman's drama pulls no punches in its critique of the NFL, but a cliched, confused script lets the film down. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2015
13% Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) One would have to trawl through the deepest recesses of Romanian art cinema to find a film with as many static, silent shots of empty rooms and unfurnished hallways. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 23, 2015
9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) Bill Murray heads to Afghanistan in director Barry Levinson's dreadfully misguided farce. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2015
98% Finders Keepers (2015) Hysterical, insightful and genuinely empathetic ... ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4% Shanghai (2015) Goes through all the motions of an old-school wartime spy pic with plenty of technical competence but zero panache, the filmic equivalent of a bar band working through one last Skynyrd cover just before last call. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 30, 2015