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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
84% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Cory Finley, and for other amateurs it's a masterclass in squeezing everything you can out of a small budget.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) Hirayanagi gives her lead respect by framing her specific dilemma in a way that feels sincere.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Writer-director Alex Garland has made an atom bomb of a movie, fiery and all-consuming and quite unnatural. It fills every inch of our heads with its beautiful terrors.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) The animated shorts theatrical program, especially, gives you a solid bang for your buck ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
91% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) The plot mechanism that links these ideas and images is, we'll just say, grossly misjudged.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
81% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) It's like a John Woo gangster movie that's been boiled down to the bones, matched well by the slinky, brazen electropop of the Shanghai Restoration Project.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
84% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) It shows tremendous promise, even if the movie exists so obviously at the mercy of its influences, and Yonebayashi at his.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) This bear is constantly striving to earn the approval of the humans in his life. One day, maybe we can all be worthy of his.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
58% The Strange Ones (2018) Its pastiche elements never form into something that feels uniquely compelling.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
51% Downsizing (2017) It's the rare movie that seems to execute every part of its concept absolutely wrong; a narrative, tonal, visual and sociopolitical fiasco the likes of which haven't been seen in many moons.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) Given how rigid and formulaic most mainstream animation is, there's something liberating about watching a traditionally hand-drawn cartoon thumb its nose so gleefully at traditional G-rated storytelling.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya takes greater risks with the biopic genre than any other in recent memory, and it's remarkable how much of it lands upright. It's the triple axel of based-on-true-story movies.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel isn't merely a bad movie but a laughable one.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) The movie harvests so much new feeling from its tragic images of life and death in the Mississippi Delta that Rees' name belongs on any list of the year's best directors.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
83% Mayhem (2017) For how much is going on, with nail guns and scissor-stabbings and one very unconvincing dislocated tongue, the chaos can feel as sterile as a Wednesday morning meeting.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) It's a nuanced and sad high school movie, a portrait of lonely, damaged youth that only gradually reveals itself as the origin story of a psychopath.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
91% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Dunne seems to have an intuition about how far he can push his aunt on any given subject, and a natural protectiveness around her legacy.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Even with all the quiet moments of healing and comfort you expect to see in a movie about people who love each other, it turns out the heated arguments are the true secret to the film's success.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The story is familiar, but much like real-life minor artists, the subtle differences are what make it special. Chief among them are the inspired performances.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) What a joy it is to have a movie like this in our broken lives right now.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) The plot is a whisper, barely there - just enough for us to better understand Lucky's ruminations on death and the void that comes after.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
90% 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
41% 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
45% 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
56% 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
50% 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
50% 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
81% 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
87% 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
70% 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
81% 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
83% 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
83% 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
75% 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