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Andrew Lapin

Andrew Lapin
Andrew Lapin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture, NPR, The Dissolve

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% A Monster Calls (2017) Why is it so rare to find films "for children" with this kind of maturity and attention to technique? ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 5, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann is silly yet profoundly moving, a movie that speaks to the human disconnect of our time. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 28, 2016
92% 20th Century Women (2017) Detail-packed but never dull, with dialogue that absolutely sings and characters we want to stay with forever, it's the kind of work that begs revisiting, like a favorite collection of short stories. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 22, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) The question in this movie's title gets a lot of use. A version of it could also apply to pretty much everyone involved, especially Cranston. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 19, 2016
95% Fences (2016) Fences is moviemaking as public service, like PBS's Masterpiece Theater: an accessible adaptation of a necessary literary work that few will ever have the opportunity to see onstage. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 15, 2016
94% Slash (2016) Johnston and Marks are strong enough in their roles, crafting characters who express uncertainty and fear in vividly different ways, to make you believe their polarizing personalities truly draw confidence and meaning from each other. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 8, 2016
77% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) The Eyes of My Mother is the rare [horror] entry to give depth to its destructive force, to force those new eyes onto us and make us truly believe the terror of what we see. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 1, 2016
95% Moana (2016) The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 23, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan's film reveals itself as a wellspring of urgently needed compassion and grace. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival, like the Spielberg classic it aspires to, brings the beyond to us. In doing so, it asks a challenging, prescient question: Are we ready to teach, and ready to learn? ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 10, 2016
94% Gimme Danger (2016) The Stooges may be the biggest secret success story in music. Gimme Danger preserves their legacy better than any fan might have dared hope ... ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 27, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The kind of PG-13 studio comedy where a lot of people trip while swinging their elbows wide so they can knock down furniture as they fall. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 20, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) The most consistent fear in Anvari's film is that of being a mother and daughter alone in a world that won't help or respect you. Far more so than djinn, this is a fear that doesn't easily dissipate. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 6, 2016
53% The Dressmaker (2016) This confused and overlong film inhabits a world of caustic darkness that not even an expert seamstress could patch over with silly pratfalls. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 22, 2016
69% Operation Avalanche (2016) Think Christopher Guest crossed with the Jackass guys. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 15, 2016
60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) It builds a gripping morality play, with characters as fierce and hardened as the choppy waves that crash onto the shore from all directions. ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 1, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) Southside With You has a claim to relevance for anyone who was moved even a little bit by the inauguration, or, almost 20 years earlier, by Do the Right Thing. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 25, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) What's remarkable about the film is that it sets up what could have been a bunch of pat, dumb culture-clash jokes about a black New York kid in Europe, yet never takes the easy way out. Instead, it explores and resolutely preserves its hero's humanity. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 18, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) Not only does the film effortlessly mock the sense of wonder and the emotional roller-coasters we've all felt watching Pixar's big-eyed sentient objects, but, in its own messed-up way, it provokes some new feelings, too: shock and awe ... ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 11, 2016
71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) A small joy: a lighthearted, shaggy-yet-brief charmer with a pleasantly moralistic story that's like Sholem Aleichem by way of Seinfeld. ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 4, 2016
81% Equity (2016) Equity's first half spends so much time establishing its hierarchy of needs that it dulls the edge of its cutthroat setting. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 28, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) It's alternately hysterical and heartbreaking, comedy by way of John Cassavetes, who gets an appropriate shout-out. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 21, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) In her wily line delivery and cocksure swagger, McKinnon resembles nothing if not a young Bill Murray. Through her thick goggles is the impish spark that keeps movies like this in orbit. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2016
85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) As long as the man can reflect with such astounding clarity on his accomplishments, such a film is a valuable document. ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 7, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) A familiar sort of coming-of-age movie made more interesting by the uniqueness of its setting and its off-kilter Kiwi humor. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 23, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) It is nice, especially at this precise moment, to believe that evil and cruelty don't necessarily have to exist in the world: that even in the great big ocean, a couple of small fish looking for help can always depend on the kindness of strangers. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 16, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) The Fits is a movie that, if examined scene by scene and frame by frame, confirms its own uniqueness the way a conservationist might identify a member of an endangered species. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 6, 2016
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) A whimsy-free business, in Wonderland, of all places! There could be no more ironic stand-in for today's franchise-mad movie marketplace, here to lop the heads off any and all creative personnel. ‐ NPR
Posted May 26, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) The film's hurry to rush through its plethora of characters becomes a strength, because we don't have enough time to get bored by any one scene. The set pieces may be thin, but they show flickers of genuine warmth. ‐ NPR
Posted May 20, 2016
75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) Last Days in the Desert is the most intelligent, engaging film about Jesus since The Last Temptation of Christ. ‐ NPR
Posted May 12, 2016
24% Being Charlie (2016) Being Charlie follows the expected sine-wave trajectory for a movie about addiction recovery, getting worse before things get better. But it does its business with a refreshing, naked honesty. ‐ NPR
Posted May 5, 2016
80% The Family Fang (2016) "How far will they go with this?" we wonder, and cringe every time we get our answer. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) There would be use for a properly dark Frozen retelling, more in line with the original tale, where the afflicted actually uses her power for malfeasance. But Freya is a snow day late and a dollar short. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 21, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Though darker in tone, and more suitable for older kids, Disney's new take retains the undeniably fun spirit of the earlier film. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) Nothing in the storyline, direction or character types is remotely fresh. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 7, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Call it a life story, only funkified. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 1, 2016
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Its own fascinating beast, bolstered by an inventive, reality-blurring script and a moving performance by Ethan Hawke. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 24, 2016
33% The Bronze (2016) Ultimately the character of Hope is not as button-pushing or subversive as Rauch and co-writer/husband Winston Rauch believe she is. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 17, 2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) We feel Doris' pain simply because Field is one of the most gifted actors working, capable of being flighty and nervy and deeply sad all at the same moment. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 10, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) If Zootopia becomes fortunate enough to fall into Frozen-style heavy rotation for kids of a certain age, its messages of rejecting prejudice and embracing the complicated nature of multiculturalism could do some good for the world. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 4, 2016
93% The Last Man On The Moon (2016) Craig never makes his interviews, the film's brick and mortar, feel revelatory or vital. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 25, 2016
43% Forsaken (2016) Forsaken plays like someone's hazy, half-remembered idea of a Western, from back when men were men, women were dead and "facing the consequences of violence" just meant leaving town on horseback for a while. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 18, 2016
70% Touched With Fire (2016) The film has good intentions, straining to allow both the howls of creativity and rational pleas for treatment to ring out. But its insight on either end is unremarkable, and its use of visual metaphors is especially tacky. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 11, 2016
69% Tumbledown (2016) If it's possible to be pastoral and quaint in a brazen, unapologetic way, Mewshaw and Van Til have managed it: Their film is occasionally lovely, occasionally cloying, and always... what's that word? "Romantic." ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 4, 2016
16% The 5th Wave (2016) It soon becomes apparent that these spunky teens, no matter how much they flirt with each other while brandishing firearms, are only running themselves in circles. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 21, 2016
41% Moonwalkers (2016) Houston, we have landed in an overtly silly, mod-and-LSD rendition of '69 London that seems on loan from the Austin Powers sets. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 14, 2016
83% Lamb (2016) The film shifts from Daniel's to Tommie's point of view in a remarkably subtle fashion, altering the makeup of the story and the ways we're forced to wrestle with it. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 7, 2016
60% Sisters (2015) Think of it as a chance for two people who have been at the top of their game for more than a decade to celebrate their good fortune with a bit of a victory lap. And then another lap. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 17, 2015
30% Don Verdean (2015) The humor is very hit-and-miss, both because it's wielding a rather blunt satirical weapon and because the sheer number of people Don fools becomes hard to swallow. But when Don Verdean's barbs land, they work ... ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 10, 2015
27% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) You need a particular alchemy of mood and character to make so much nothing feel so urgent, an alchemy missing from Every Thing. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 3, 2015