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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
18% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
92% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
55% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
82% Walking Out (2017) Its unabashedly folky, less-is-more approach proves quietly moving.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
50% M.F.A. (2017) "M.F.A.'s" themes call for a careful, consistent tone that it is rarely able to maintain, and an increasingly ridiculous third act squanders much of the empathy and engagement that Leite works so hard to build in the early going.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
93% Tragedy Girls (2017) At its best, "Tragedy Girls" plays like a sweet story of a believable high school friendship between two girls who just happen to be sociopaths.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
No Score Yet Fits and Starts (2017) While it certainly has its moments, it remains frustratingly one-note, too cool to really commit to the screwball farce the premise is crying out for, and too enamored with picking off easy targets to draw real blood.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Nothing here, from the premise to the plotting to the basic tone, is particularly novel, but the entire affair has a distinctive personality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Light of the Moon (2017) [This] simply-structured film is harrowingly effective in its streamlined, low-frills way: sensitive without ever being sanctimonious, brutally frank without ever lapsing into exploitation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
75% Atomic Blonde (2017) So much uncut hardboiled posturing proves exhausting over a nearly two-hour runtime, and with zero emotional stakes and a plot that is both difficult and seemingly pointless to follow, there's a fundamental emptiness behind all the flash.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
92% Win It All (2017) Funny, warm, and broken-in in all the right ways, "Win It All" marries Swanberg's loping, observational style with a plot that wouldn't have been out of place in an old-school Warner Bros. melodrama, and ends up dealing a surprisingly strong hand.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
45% Rock Dog (2017) Taking an ode to the power of musical rebellion and running it through the mill of committee-thinking winds up being no rock and roll fun.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
69% American Fable (2017) Gorgeously shot, and helmed with a sense of daring and verve that belies Hamilton's greenness to feature filmmaking, this is a debut of obvious promise, although its story never quite rises to the level of its craft.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's hard to fault the movie's earnestness; Hallström's canine cinema pedigree (which includes the superior "Hachi: A Dog's Tale") shows through; and Rachel Portman's score is understandably sentimental without going completely saccharine.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
85% Band Aid (2017) It lives and dies on Lister-Jones and Pally's chemistry, which the film is just as willing to test as to nurture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
68% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
44% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
47% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet King of the Dancehall (2016) Hysterical, feverish, incredibly watchable ...‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
88% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
73% Catfight (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
29% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
22% American Pastoral (2016) Ewan McGregor's directorial debut is as flat and strangled as Philip Roth's novel is furious and expansive.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
57% Me Before You (2016) These are deep, complicated issues the film wades into, and it quickly winds up out of its depth.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The problem with "Alice" is its lack of narrative imagination.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
19% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
6% Mother's Day (2016) Atrociously written, begrudgingly acted, haphazardly assembled and never more backward than when it thinks it's being progressive ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
84% Kicks (2016) This is a debut of undeniable promise, both for its director and its largely unknown cast.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Jon Favreau brings a welcome lightness of touch to this visually immersive adventure story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2016
94% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Max Records gives a sharp performance in this endearing first adaptation of Dan Wells' YA series.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
100% Transpecos (2016) An atmospheric thriller with hardly an ounce of excess fat.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
76% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016