Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Radio Times
Publications: Empire Magazine, Radio Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) In demystifying sound design, Foley and ADR (automated dialogue replacement), this fan-friendly film looks as good as it sounds. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 98% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Spoofing both sci-fi and sci-fi nerds, Farmageddon is crowned by a John Williams-esque score from Tom Howe; it towers above the slapstick fun as a thing of reverential beauty. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) This documentary is an unabashedly self-congratulatory profile of Detroit's soulful, civil-rights-defying Motown label, focusing in particular on its unimpeachable late-1950s/60s glory years before founder Berry Gordy relocated operations to Los Angeles. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 59% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Spall brings muffled humanity to Lowry but, thus housebound, he remains a sketch rather than a portrait. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 93% Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) A deep love of music paints this troubled isle as a paradise amid the corrugated iron, lapping waves and crowing cockerels. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Sappy lines like, "We're all just refugees, aren't we?" jar against the clearly intended grave portents of today's ongoing global free-movement crisis. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) An appreciation of Springsteen's inspirational canon is somewhat bludgeoned into us but the film's belief in the power of music is sincere and artistically annotated on-screen. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 88% The Great Hack (2019) The Great Hack is a terrifying documentary about the new threat of information mining. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 71% Gwen (2019) Nevertheless, Gwen gets by on atmosphere, ambiguity and swinging barn doors. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 64% She's Missing (2019) She's Missing is laconic and slow-moving, and occasionally fuzzy, but it has a palpable sense of small-town ennui and accepting your lot in life. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 100% The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) This pristine, few-frills widescreen account by the group's loyal chronicler and promo director Tim Pope captures them in fine musical form and bathed in caramel sunlight. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 49% Jurassic Park III (2001) It's familiar ground, but those set pieces (particularly the pterodactyl attack) are excellent, and only the ending seems a little dashed off. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) Let's face it, in a grey world, who can resist Nighy extolling the "elegant precision" of a typographical font? - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 91% Eating Animals (2018) Absorbing but horrifying, this hearts-and-minds documentary about factory farming is a conscientious survey of cruel practice in the name of cheap and convenient meat. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) Having chronicled the incredible story of a five-year-old "superhero" who survives cancer in Batkid Begins, director Dana Nachman sets her sights on a more everyday heroism in this clear-eyed, heartfelt documentary about training guide dogs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) [I]t is Walker's final score prior to his death in 2019 (his second for Corbet) that really elevates a cautionary tale to true grandeur. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 100% Egg (2019) Mickenberg's dialogue is sharp and provocative... and Camp's arrival throws a surprise spanner into the works. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 87% A Clockwork Orange (1971) Kubrick's vision is a thing to behold; whether or not it's an actual masterpiece is still up for debate. What it is, however, is prescient, visceral, compelling and hard to forget. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) It may lack the emotional depth of the Bafta-winning Kubo but Laika's funniest film to date compensates with plenty of dizzying Keystone Cops slapstick. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Bing candidly interrogates his friends and secrets are revealed, not least when interviewing his own mother on camera. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Uniquely for Chandor, we've seen it all before. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Hancock turns the outlaws' fame into a narrative device and succeeds in rescuing Hamer's reputation after he was played as an incompetent in Penn's Bonnie and Clyde. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
5/5 96% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) At two-and-a-half-hours, it ought to drag; instead it builds with poetic flourishes and self-examination... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 93% High Flying Bird (2019) A talky, constantly fist-bumping story... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 92% Stay Human (2018) It remains a heartfelt piece of work that could make a decent TV series. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) An achingly romantic but hard-centred slice of life. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Holofcener is right to call it "a sad, small story," as beyond the warm performances the constant thrum of moneyed self-indulgence occasionally palls... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 71% Hold the Dark (2018) The director has made conflict in rural American outposts his own, but needs to perhaps turn on the lights at some point. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 75% The Angel (2018) It's intricately plotted, seriously acted (Yorkshireman Toby Kebbell is convincing as Marwan's Israeli handler) and serves as a brief history lesson that's stranger than fiction. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 17% The Kissing Booth (2018) A smattering of swearing, sexual references and underage drinking means it doesn't patronise its intended audience, and it refreshingly allows the female lead to be the dork, rather than some unobtainable Venus. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 94% Private Life (2018) Private Life is essentially a warmly melancholic, empathic film that holds your hand when it's most needed. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) For all its virtue-signalling in the direction of modern sexual politics, it looks and feels every inch like a period drama from the school of Merchant Ivory. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
3/5 94% The American Meme (2018) Without labouring the point, [director Bert] Marcus reveals the existential emptiness at the centre of this entire, precarious new economy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) For its target audience of hopeless hankerers after a simpler past, Stan & Ollie will be an absolute delight. But it may go over the hearts and heads of the uninitiated, that's all. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Jackson and his team of technical, restorative historians have created a memorial that resonates like perhaps no other documentary on the subject... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 55% Yardie (2019) Amid all the signifiers and allusions that resonate with the ethnic and identity-based struggles of today, Elba's mission to demystify the culture feels even more sincere. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) Filmmaker and former model Lorna Tucker presents an intriguing portrait of the artist that captures the poles of her personality. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
3/5 81% What We Started (2018) Co-directors Bert Marcus and Cyrus Saidi give a decent, comprehensive and star-witness-studded account of its evolution, from sexually liberating New York disco to the more consumer-led EDM (electronic dance music) of today. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 84% Downhill Racer (1969) This skiing potboiler from Robert Redford's production company, Wildwood, has the whiff of vanity about it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2/5 24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) As a history lesson for a younger audience, it has some value, but it should by right have been the best Entebbe movie, not the second or third. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) Anyone whose interest runs deeper than humming the Darth Vader march will delight at the sheer who's who lined up for this tantalising insight into an art form that leading light Hans Zimmer reminds us keeps the world's studio orchestras in work. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The technical tail never wags the narrative dog. Long may Anderson adhere to his own high ideals. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/5 88% The Post (2018) Despite going a bit soft at the end, The Post does function well enough, even if it is preaching very much to the choir. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
4/5 81% Early Man (2018) Early Man finds a place somewhere at the top of Aardman's evolutionary tree with Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
5/5 88% Duel (1972) Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/5 95% Jeremiah Johnson (1972) Lacking in both action and dialogue, certainly, but look at that view. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) An artistic as well as a philosophical triumph ... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3/5 86% Okja (2017) A bold but uneven cocktail of Gilliam-esque dystopian satire and the sort of girl-befriends-mythical-beast parable that could have been visualised by Studio Ghibli ... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 53% King Kong (1976) The then unknown Jessica Lange plays the Fay Wray role with a valiant attempt at empathy, while Charles Grodin brings comic glee to the exploitative oilman. It's colourful, noisy and fun. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
4/5 91% Elle (2016) You could say Verhoeven has translated his own Basic Instinct into French, but this film benefits from the change of setting and will spark debate ... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017