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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T-Meter Title | Year
52% Five Feet Apart (2019) Richardson gives a star turn every bit as charismatic and assured as the film is formulaic and forgettable, bringing soul, style and nuance to a character that could have easily been a condescending caricature. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Love, Antosha (2019) A touching and surprising portrait of an actor who had much more going on in his life - from a serious illness to some seriously left-field artistic inclinations - than was mentioned in his obituaries. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) It's certainly more interested in ideas than characters, and the film stumbles when it makes half-hearted attempts at romantic intrigue or tragic backstories, but its subversive view of race, money and power in modern sports couldn't be more timely. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
75% Imaginary Order (2019) Admirably acted and powered by a loopy internal rhythm, the film nonetheless wears out its welcome long before it's done inflicting indignities on its heroine, arriving at its main point early and then repeating it again and again. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) "Serenity" sees a usually reliable screenwriter-turned-director take a bold swing and miss the mark completely, so intent on pulling the rug out from under you that he never notices you weren't even standing on it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
83% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) Its focus on our newfound willingness to collect all of our darkest secrets behind such an easily pierced veil... provides for plenty of squeamish entertainment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
27% Mortal Engines (2018) The movie devolves from promising to unwieldy, then baffling, then exhausting, then finally unintentionally hysterical. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "Fantastic Beasts" assumes a similar level of engagement with its swollen dramatis personae, without allowing the time or putting in the work to earn it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet In Harm's Way (Feng huo fang fei) (2018) An inoffensive, well-intentioned film derailed by a dozen little head-scratching decisions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
71% Hold the Dark (2018) A strangely seductive film, and one that understands the difference between simple plot resolution and catharsis, leading us on a journey into Alaska's frigid heart of darkness that poses more questions than it answers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
81% Quincy (2018) For those unfortunate souls who only know Jones as the producer of "Thriller" or, more recently, a giver of deliriously entertaining interviews, "Quincy" presents a streamlined and convincing case for taking a much deeper dive into his accomplishments. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
85% Freaks (2019) A tight yarn whose structural cleverness makes it easy to ignore the deeply familiar story at its core. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
12% Peppermint (2018) Garner gives everything that is asked of her, from brute physicality to dewy-eyed tenderness, but this half-witted calamity botches just about everything else. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) There is rarely any sense that anyone involved with "The Nun" takes anything here too seriously, and audiences are advised to respond in kind. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
77% The Man from Mo'Wax (2018) Jones struck gold when both Lavelle and DJ Shadow opened their personal video vaults to him, and even if he does rely on a number of talking-head interviews, the film feels largely primary-source. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Its most fatal miscalculation is the decision to frontload so many of its crassest setpieces into the first 15 or 20 minutes, depriving the rest of the film of the shock value that is its entire raison d'etre. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
11% Siberia (2018) It can never decide what kind of film it wants to be, drifting into drab formlessness when it needs to find moments of poetry, and reverting to dull clichés when it wants to indulge its thriller instincts... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Though burdened with a slow start and enough thirsty fan-service to power Comic-Con's Hall H for a decade, it has a kicky, kinetic heist movie at its heart, and its action sequences are machine-tooled spectacles of the first order. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) In almost every respect, this sequel is an improvement on its 2016 predecessor: Sharper, grosser, more narratively coherent and funnier overall, with a few welcome new additions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) It's difficult not to be charmed by Francis' plainspoken demeanor, and his ability to retain the folksy conversational style of a simple parish priest even when speaking from the impossibly elevated confines of the Holy See. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
27% Breaking In (2018) In the end, the only real suspense comes from seeing whether the film can stretch its wafer-thin premise and paucity of ideas out to a full 90 minutes - and at 88 minutes with credits, even there it comes up short. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
26% Traffik (2018) Attempts to marry cheap genre thrills with an unflinching depiction of the horrors of international sex trafficking, only to cheapen the latter and cast a grimy pall over the former. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
80% What We Started (2018) What works in a nightclub set doesn't always work in a film, as electronic dance music documentary "What We Started" demonstrates. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
44% The Hurricane Heist (2018) If our divided country can't come together over a movie this wonderfully terrible, what hope do we really have? - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
17% The Outsider (2018) Dull, flavorless, and fundamentally incurious, "The Outsider" is a clueless misfire, the cinematic equivalent of a study-abroad student showing off the kanji forearm tattoo whose meaning he never bothered to learn. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) It is first and foremost an irresistible hangout movie, offering a thoroughly millennial, vérité spin on '80s skater classics like "Thrashin'." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) "Death Cure" is the most successful entry in the franchise by far. It may be too late to turn the cultural tide on the genre, but it comes as a relief to see at least one series manage to stick the landing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
71% Humor Me (2018) "Humor Me" manages to earn its audience's indulgence, if never its full affection. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) "The Last Key" is wildly uneven, confused and confusing, and it appears to leave the "Insidious" saga written into a corner yet again. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4% Flatliners (2017) About as inessential as reboots get, "Flatliners"... otherwise offers no reason for reanimating this long-expired property. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) Expanded from her award-winning short of the same title, Oh Lucy! betrays some rough edges in the transition, but Hirayanagi's idiosyncratic touch marks her as a talent worth tracking. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Still plenty entertaining and occasionally very funny, "Ninjago" nonetheless displays symptoms of diminishing returns, and Lego might want to shuffle its pieces a bit before building yet another film with this same model. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
85% The Wife (2018) [Close] is a marvel of twisty understatement here, delivering emotions that conceal as much as they reveal, and offering onion-like layers that invite repeat viewings in light of some of the film's later revelations. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
92% Thelma (2017) At times a tad too subtle, "Thelma" is nonetheless an unnervingly effective slow-burn, and those with the patience for Trier's patient accumulation of detail will find it pays off in unexpected ways. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
85% The Gospel According to André (2018) The film amounts to essentially a long, intimate brunch conversation with its inimitable subject, and for those with even a passing interest in fashion, that should be plenty. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
84% Disobedience (2018) "Disobedience" may not catapult Lelio beyond the arthouse world, but it's yet another triumph in what's shaping up to be a major career. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
71% Kodachrome (2018) ... it's an entirely watchable if entirely by-the-numbers throwback to the sweet-and-sour Sundance-style indie films of yore. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
33% The Current War (2017) What it can't do ... is generate even the slightest bit of interest in what happens to any of its characters. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
40% Mary Shelley (2018) Impressively shot and suffused with a righteous feminist fire, the film is undercut by a confused and clunky script and a fundamental lack of thematic focus, turning an extraordinary story into didactic and disjointed melodrama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
90% Stronger (2017) Green looks for small but meaningful ways to complicate and deepen the well-trod story he's telling, and by the end, those complications help the film earn its uplift. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
89% Bodied (2018) Pummeling, overlong, and at times a bit too proud of its own provocations, "Bodied" is nonetheless a feverishly entertaining spectacle ... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
85% It (2017) King fans will surely appreciate the clear effort and affection that went into this adaptation, even as it struggles to become more than the sum of its parts. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
100% Served Like a Girl (2017) An unusual beauty pageant offers an emotionally vivid look at the lives of female veterans. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
20% Wish Upon (2017) "Wish Upon" is a pretty bad movie. But its badness is of such a distinct and kooky character that it can't help but exert an inadvertent charm. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman provides a welcome respite from DC's house style of grim darkness with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice and the Amazonian way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The franchise has lost a bit of its luster with every successive installment, but never has a "Pirates" film felt this inessential, this depressingly pro forma. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
No Score Yet Chacun sa vie (2017) Often it feels like sitting through an endless series of half-remembered shaggy dog stories screamed from across the bar by someone who's had two glasses too many. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
57% Lowriders (2017) A peek under the hood reveals a rather shopworn story that doesn't completely sell its more melodramatic narrative strands, but [also] to a trio of finely calibrated performances, an authentic sense of place and one gorgeously designed red '36 Chevy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
55% Speech & Debate (2017) Once a darkly comic romp centered around outing a pedophile teacher, this adaptation has been shorn of its sharpest edges, leaving a largely unfocused, conventional teen dramedy in its place. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
90% Walking Out (2017) Its unabashedly folky, less-is-more approach proves quietly moving. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017