Andrew F. Peirce

Andrew F. Peirce
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Curb

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Savage Attraction (1983) This is an eighties Aussie thriller through and through, sitting comfortably alongside the best of them as being a worthy example of the genre. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a patient film, it quietly sits in wait, encouraging you to create new memories by revisiting your own old memories. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) In the moment, I found myself overwhelmed by how cute, and how twee it can be. It's charming to a fault, almost obnoxiously so. But, it gives you a wealth of ideas to ruminate on, leaving you with a substantial amount of hope for the future. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
38% Black Christmas (2019) For me, Black Christmas worked a treat. It was a joy to watch, even with its flaws (the poor sound design and lack of an impactful score in particular). - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
88% La Belle Époque (2020) This is simply lovely stuff, and is a genuinely loving and romantic film, one that will leave you with a foolish grin on your face. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
90% The Lighthouse (2019) ...this is the cinematic equivalent of that seal throwing an octopus at a kayaker. I am the kayaker, the octopus is The Lighthouse, and Robert Eggers is the seal throwing it in my face saying, 'here, take this and enjoy it, you heathen'. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
78% Go Karts (Go!) (2019) There's a lot to like about Go!, with a nice story elevated by great performances, some thrilling racing scenes, all paired with the exceptional visuals of Busselton making the film come to life. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) This is right here, bizarre, bonkers, bloody and brutal fun. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) ... seek out Gay Chorus Deep South and let yourself be utterly moved and lifted up by the plentiful characters and harmonies that flourish within this sumptuous and caring story. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
100% Shakedown (2018) A film like Shakedown reminds viewers how hyper-masculine the gay-doc genre is. It's almost as is if most of them forget that the first letter stands for lesbian. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
70% Butt Boy (2020) Butt Boy is not bizarre enough to embrace the weird and truly become the genuinely oddball film that I can recommend wholeheartedly. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Much noise, little wow. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
60% Ophelia (2019) ...Ophelia,/i> carries great value. It delivers a welcome perspective to the tale of the long considered 'mad wife' of Ophelia, and it's thanks to the wonderful performance from Daisy Ridley that this is so. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet La ragazza dal pigiama giallo (The Girl in the Yellow Pajamas) (The Pyjama Girl Case) (1977) It feels unique in the world of horror, outwardly rejecting acts of violence and making us consider our desire to see death and torture, forcing us to realise that these narratives can come from a place of truth. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet Dot and the Kangaroo (1981) If there's an enduring message in Dot and the Kangaroo that is worth remembering, it's that we;re not alone on this planet, and that there is a whole ecosystem that exists outside of our four walled neon lit environments that we call work and home. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) I want you to experience this truly beautiful, heartbreaking, love-affirming film. I want you to witness its empathy and care, and I want you to be swept away by Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
63% It Chapter Two (2019) I didn't expect to be moved, terrified, or shaken by It Chapter Two. I didn't love the first film, and went into this one with a small dose of scepticism, but, driving home from the cinema I found myself disturbed. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet Happy Sad Man (2018) The most important film you'll see this year. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) Judy & Punch feels like how many great Australian films feel: an anomaly. I applaud its existence, and I am thrilled by the starting point that Mirrah Foulkes has created for herself. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II is a solid follow up to a brilliant film, managing to surpass the original in a lot of ways, while also being weaker in many other ways. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
61% Ride Like a Girl (2019) A misguided slice of racing industry propaganda. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
53% Australia Day (2017) Australia Day doesn't feel like it's a film that's actually got anything constructive to say. It wants to present a broken society by holding a mirror up to what's going on, ... but the mirror is shattered. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet Early Winter (2015) Early Winter displays one of the most sobering, and realistic portrayals of relationships on screen in recent memory. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
83% Sausage Party (2016) Is there anything redeemable about Sausage Party at all? Sort of - the animation is good... quality of the animation aside, there is simply nothing to recommend within this obnoxious, repugnant and most heinously, unfunny, waste of digital space. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
90% Downriver (2015) Overall, the solid central performances, the great cinematography and solid direction make Downriver a film that succeeds just a bit more than it stumbles. Scicluna is definitely a talent to keep an eye on. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
75% Observance (2015) Observance is simply a confusing film that wants to be so much more than it is. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) The lack of solid character development made for a generous lack of tension. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
90% Women He's Undressed (2016) A Hollywood romance, broken hearts, beautiful women, and most of all, beautiful dresses, this is a grand story and a great chapter in Australian history. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
85% Experimenter (2015) What writer/director Michael Almereyda manages to create with Experimenter is an interesting look at the way Milgram's experiments worked through the eyes of cinema. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
28% Burnt (2015) Burnt is a harmless film that is just like a Whopper. It's good when you're with it, you'll most likely enjoy your time with it as well. Yet, if you think about it too much afterwards you may feel a bit bad about yourself. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
34% By The Sea (2015) By the Sea is a series of nice visuals and pleasant costumes. Which is frustrating as there is an interesting kernel of an idea here, especially when combined with the lead cast. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet What Lola Wants (2015) What Lola Wants moves along at a great place for the most part, but for the last quarter it starts to overstay its welcome with an unnecessary B-plot with Marlo's mum. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet Meal Tickets (2016) For a first feature film, Mat de Koning has created a stunning piece of work that will leave viewers excited for what will come next. Meal Tickets is what cinema is all about - stories that make you feel like you're part of what's going on. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
83% Spookers (2017) Spookers is hilarious, heartbreaking, exciting, frightening and important. This is what cinema is about - telling stories that you didn't know existed, and subverting what the traditional narrative of those stories would usually be. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
100% Safari (2016) Through death we are all reborn, and this is made all the more clearer within Safari with tableaus of people standing in front of walls of their hunting trophies. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet Zelos (2017) While there are some first film stumbles within Zelos... this is still a solid effort from two great new voices in Australian cinema. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
76% Killing Ground (2017) Killing Ground, as the title suggests, is the pure embodiment of horror. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet Watch The Sunset (2017) Watch the Sunset is a great feature debut, providing a great announcement of a group of great Australian talent that will no doubt provide immersive, challenging cinema going forward. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
57% Three Summers (2017) Three Summers is purely joyous. It's a film that makes me excited and proud to be Australian. It left me with a feeling of hope and pure warmth. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
90% Their Finest (2017) In a modern era where we're increasingly conscious of the need for and the value of women voices behind the screen, Their Finest reminds us of those who came before and worked silently (often uncredited) to further the feminist cause. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
No Score Yet Lost Gully Road (2018) The brilliance of genre films like Lost Gully Road, is that themes that may be neglected in more mainstream genres, such as violence against women, can be explored through a different lens. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
67% Here I Am (2010) This kind of tragedy can be oppressive, but there's moments of beautiful comedy - mostly from Betty Sumner's Anita - and inviting moments of warmth. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) If you're easily emotionally manipulated by stories that only exist to emotionally manipulate you, then sure, this will work for you. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
100% Top Knot Detective (2016) Full of timeless quotes - 'deductive reasoning' being the killer line -, exciting action and great characters, as well as having a brilliant post credits scene; Top Knot Detective is the comedy film that Australia deserves. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
91% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee has become the thing that people criticised the Bay films for being - a mere cash grab for cash grabs sake. Look, Bumblebee isn't bad. It's also not good. It's just middle of the road serviceable. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
65% Aquaman (2018) Non-existent believability isn't always a problem, but the rest of the skeleton that the film hangs on needs to be entertaining. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
26% Mortal Engines (2018) There's no reason to see Mortal Engines. It's not 'so bad it's good'. There's no one set piece that is overly impressive. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
69% Storm Boy (2019) If this 2019 version of Storm Boy, ... is supposed to honour the legacy of Colin Thiele's text, then one has to wonder whose dog Thiele ran over first. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
83% Dogman (2019) I appreciated my time with Dogman,/i>, particularly the brilliant performance from Marcello Fonte, but the murkiness of the world leaves a little too much unexplored - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
95% 1985 (2018) Yen Tan embraces the quiet, and embraces the domesticity of central-American life, celebrating what makes an American family something worth aspiring for, while equally exploring the troubles that are inherent with that life. - The Curb EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020