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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, Uproxx

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Rat Film (2017) Rat Film somehow manages to combine the rigors of good journalism ... with a formal structure that is about as far from journalism as you can get.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) The story is gripping, with a steady drip-drip of twists and turns as a town's familiar buried secrets find their way to daylight.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
40% Death Note (2017) The movie is a bored demon who bores his audience right along with him.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% California Typewriter (2017) Nichol's background is in music videos and band documentaries, and he links crisply conceived sequences that mimic the synchronized commotion of an actual typewriter.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
44% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Do you think a guy like [Vin] Diesel would ever allow himself to remark, on camera, that he's getting too old for this?‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
35% Equals (2016) The only emotion the film allows us to feel is boredom. ‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
57% Me Before You (2016) One day we will perhaps see more films treat physical impairment as a fact of life instead of constant tears and plaintive piano chords. Until then, we're stuck arguing the Kleenex-worthiness of Me Before You.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
6% Mother's Day (2016) It's hard to convey what a deeply, deeply cynical film this is. ‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
30% Criminal (2016) All the capable techniques in the world can't gussy up the empty morality at its core.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
48% The Glass Castle (2017) Do we have to sanitize these kinds of things just because the book was so popular? Who does that help, apart from some nebulous studio directive to please the middle-est of the middlebrow?‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
49% Hardcore Henry (2016) The only surprising thing about an action movie filmed entirely with GoPro cameras is why it took so long.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) It's the images that are meant to stay with us, and they do.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
78% 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
86% 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
68% 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
64% 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
71% 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
92% 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
84% 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
95% 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
61% 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
37% 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
99% 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
64% 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
83% The Founder (2017) Brightly colored and perversely entertaining ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
88% 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
88% 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
39% 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
94% 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
95% 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
54% 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