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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
86% Brigsby Bear (2017) The film does have jokes, but Mooney, channeling the spirit of Peter Sellers, delivers them all without even the slightest hint that he knows he's joking.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
90% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) A carefully controlled tone, which never jumps into full-blown luridness despite ample opportunity to do so, helps us believe in the severity of the situation and the struggles of the characters.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
100% Chasing Coral (2017) Chasing Coral should be admired as an earnest effort to educate the masses, yet again.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
85% Okja (2017) The film shares Bong's casual ping-ponging of tones, his fascination with picking at society's many scabs, and the way his films frequently skid into violence and cruelty without warning.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Movie characters spend more time lounging around hospitals than pharmacy reps, but The Big Sick is the first "hospital film" in a while that makes us feel the stakes of a vicious mystery disease in our guts.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
67% Cars 3 (2017) While the third Cars lap is an improvement over the zero-depth spy spoofery of the second film, it's not very convincing when it tries to peddle the sense of an ending.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
62% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) Adios is less engaging than Walker's earlier work, with little of the poeticism she displayed in Waste Land and The Crash Reel. It surely doesn't help that she's stuck picking through Wenders' leftovers ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
72% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Though the whole cast shines in this house, the film is really a showcase for Dyrholm. Her stiff blank face, the stuff of an anchorwoman trained to take bad news, gradually wears down the soul behind it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
79% Violet (2017) The film asks us to grapple with what we don't know, to the degree our patience allows. But there is so much splendor here that you may not mind the emptiness.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Mildly enjoyable while instantly forgettable ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
93% Obit (2017) It is abundantly clear that Obit was made by someone who, to paraphrase featured obituarist Bruce Weber, has encountered death before and knows how to approach the subject with compassion.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) The film knows how to wield emotional power, exaggerating the anxieties of its adolescent heroes until they become actual threats to their existence. There's nothing else like it for many fathoms.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
96% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Graduation opens with a brick thrown through an apartment window, and unfolds with that same kind of propulsive force.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Caro fails to find the same spark of compassionate moviemaking that ignited her masterpiece Whale Rider, or even her perfectly enjoyable take on sports movies, McFarland, USA.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
71% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) [Olszanska's] glassy-eyed, understated rendition of a woman who's lost all touch with reality jars us from our senses, despite - or perhaps because of - the filmmakers' clear fascination with their protagonist's sex appeal.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Very little is new, apart from some superfluous backstories and the occasional household object. But everything old feels empty and dull.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
35% The Last Word (2017) So empty and witless, dressing up a formulaic story with boatloads of unearned sentiment and embarrassing, one-note characters, that it seems destined to lie here as a bloated paperweight on MacLaine's own memory.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) This child is immensely charming in any language.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Any movie physician would declare Wellness not healthy enough to stand on its own two feet as horror.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Darker, like its predecessor, barely qualifies as a movie. But it's not meant to be a movie, is it?‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Gives us a fresh new view on Baldwin's words, while also reminding us that the same American soul he struggled so hard to convince us was worth saving remains on life support today.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
66% I Am Michael (2017) Despite some wooden line readings, Franco gives himself fully to the challenge of rendering Glatze with truth and resolve.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
84% The Founder (2017) Brightly colored and perversely entertaining ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
75% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
96% Moana (2016) The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
99% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
55% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
70% Operation Avalanche (2016) Think Christopher Guest crossed with the Jackass guys.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
98% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016