Andrew Barker

Andrew Barker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

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

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

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

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 12, 2016
No Score Yet

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

Their Finest (2016)

"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

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

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

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 9, 2016

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)

"This glorified video game trailer combines eye-popping visuals with an eye-crossing story." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2016

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

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

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 23, 2016

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 11, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"The problem with "Alice" is its lack of narrative imagination." ‐ Variety
Posted May 10, 2016

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 28, 2016

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

Kicks (2016)

"This is a debut of undeniable promise, both for its director and its largely unknown cast." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 26, 2016

Nina (2016)

"The casting of Zoe Saldana is scarcely the only problematic element of Cynthia Mort's misconceived Nina Simone biopic." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016

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

The Jungle Book (2016)

"Jon Favreau brings a welcome lightness of touch to this visually immersive adventure story." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2016

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

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

Transpecos (2016)

"An atmospheric thriller with hardly an ounce of excess fat." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

"Awkward and unsatisfying." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2016

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

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

Newtown (2016)

"Kim A. Snyder's Sandy Hook documentary is an elegant, devastating portrait of a town in mourning." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2016

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

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

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
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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
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The Interior (2015)

"This initially droll, then increasingly nightmarish tale has atmosphere to spare along with some good jolts." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2015

Creed (2015)

"Not only lives up to the best of its predecessors, but also respectfully forges its own path." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 17, 2015

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 12, 2015

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 10, 2015

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 22, 2015

Rock the Kasbah (2015)

"Bill Murray heads to Afghanistan in director Barry Levinson's dreadfully misguided farce." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2015

Finders Keepers (2015)

"Hysterical, insightful and genuinely empathetic ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 1, 2015

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 29, 2015

Pay the Ghost (2015)

"If it's remembered for nothing else, and it almost certainly won't be, Uli Edel's "Pay the Ghost" can at least make a claim to being the first film to feature a haunted razor scooter in a horror setpiece." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2015
No Score Yet


"Hysterical, insightful and genuinely empathetic ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2015

Pan (2015)

"Stripping all whimsy and wonder from the Peter Pan story, Joe Wright's prequel is a busy, bungled bust." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2015

Being Charlie (2016)

"A film that generally succeeds in spite of its formulaic underpinnings and loose ends." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2015

Lolo (2016)

"What could have been a broad yet sweetly believable comic meditation on cross-cultural middle-aged romance [is dragged] down with flatly staged, sometimes downright infantile low-brow antics." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2015
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