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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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% 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
97% 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
58% 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
33% 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
41% 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
9% 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
99% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
30% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
76% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
79% The Family Fang (2016) "How far will they go with this?" we wonder, and cringe every time we get our answer.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) Nothing in the storyline, direction or character types is remotely fresh.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Call it a life story, only funkified.‐ NPR
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016