Andrew O'Hagan

Andrew O'Hagan
Andrew O'Hagan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

"The visual effects in The Phantom Menace are so good that you find yourself not caring very much about Qui-Gon's prophetic murmurings." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 16, 2015

Shrek (2001)

"Here is a movie of the times, funny, enjoyable, perfect-looking, and altogether original in a way that might cause us to look again at the meaning of the word." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2015
5/5 40%

Frontier Blues (2009)

"It will warm your heart and stretch your mind at the same time, a goal that too many films no longer even see as being a goal." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Aug 3, 2010
5/5 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"I tried stuffing paper into my nose and into my mouth and in my ears to stop the flow. It was hopeless. Toy Story 3 is not only a masterpiece but is the most heart-rending film I have ever seen." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jul 22, 2010
4/5 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"The movie is a family drama about the family drama, so on every available level it works a treat." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jul 7, 2010
4/5 86%

Please Give (2010)

"It sparks laughter by crossing the wires of human motivation, letting you see the hazards that exist in trying to be a good person." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jun 24, 2010
3/5 43%

Brooklyn's Finest (2010)

"The drama doesn't just move between the three cops, it prowls between them, occasionally pouncing, and the film builds up quite a bit of tension." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jun 16, 2010
4/5 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"We feel regularly discombobulated on the sea of this movie's ideas - which is a good thing for people feeling marooned by the general stupidity of this summer's film releases." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jun 9, 2010
1/5 15%

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

"These girls are so hung up on looking great they've forgotten there are several ways to be ugly." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jun 2, 2010
4/5 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"You get a pinch of metaphysics with your high jinks. You also get walking-up-walls scenes worthy of The Matrix. You get cool daggers. And you get Gemma Arterton. What's not to love?" ‐London Evening Standard
Posted May 27, 2010
2/5 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"There are great roaring fires and buckets of mead but none of it will ever warm you to Russell Crowe, whose charm seems to diminish by the nanosecond." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted May 20, 2010
4/5 82%

Four Lions (2010)

"A thing of such valour that it ought to be required viewing for the naturally timid, the politically cowardly, the ethically unquesting, the morally shallow, and as a bit of a tonic for people who are too certain of what they already think." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted May 13, 2010
4/5 72%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Offers a burst of entertainment so fast and lively you might choose to wear a neck-brace while you watch it." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted May 5, 2010
3/5 57%

Cemetery Junction (2010)

"Cemetery Junction successfully creates a visual tone for itself, then, when it comes to dialogue and plot, it goes ahead to make a different film altogether." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Apr 22, 2010
4/5 65%

The Infidel (2010)

"A laugh-along moral drama that brings a great big dose of enlivening absurdity and comic brilliance to a taboo subject, the hostility between British Muslims and Jews." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Apr 15, 2010
3/5 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"I got a bit bored in the middle, then was swung back into the action by the flying horses." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Apr 1, 2010
4/5 72%

I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

"The bravest and oddest comedy of the year." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Mar 22, 2010
4/5 91%

The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010)

"There are some rough edges to the film and it seems quite insecure in its last 10 minutes, but Hansen-Love has brought an impressive tenderness to it... In no small part, you will find yourself really caring for this family and what it faces." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Mar 16, 2010
5/5 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"I can't believe people will not go to see Green Zone in their droves. I certainly hope they do, for it is a shocking, replenishing film, not to be missed." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Mar 16, 2010

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"The film, overall, seems familiar, and one didn't used to feel that about Burton, which probably means he needs to dig deeper next time in search of true oddity." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Mar 4, 2010
4/5 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"The movie is archive-heavy and preachy, but it feels just right for the occasion." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 25, 2010
3/5 31%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"The imagery kills the fear. In a film which is essentially about a child serial killer, the constant blossoming of visual possibility leaves the reality of what happened to Susie both hidden and cold." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 18, 2010
2/5 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"The central problem with this pristine, narcissistic film: it doesn't have a cinematic style, it has a maker's mark, a signature that would like to see itself as representing a guarantee of quality." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 15, 2010
2/5 76%

Invictus (2009)

"In films like this, nobody is ever in two minds about anything. Nobody is ever out of character. And that is a deficiency in the screenwriting that pays too little heed to the source material." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 4, 2010
4/5 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"If the director sometimes takes a sledgehammer to crack a nut, then all will be forgiven as you watch the story of Precious unfold." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 1, 2010
5/5 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"The reach of the film goes well beyond France and beyond Europe: it might be the most gripping work of art this year, and not seeing it could seriously damage your interestingness." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 21, 2010
3/5 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"In a time of economic meltdown, it is pleasing to have a drama that animates the alienation all around us, asking questions about what life is really all about. The director does all of this, and we can be grateful. The film is a breeze to watch." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 14, 2010
2/5 75%

The Road (2009)

"Like Mad Max on Mogadon, the film is enraptured with its own depressiveness, coming on like the worst New Year hangover you've ever had." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 7, 2010
4/5 76%

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

"All of this comes to life in the movie thanks to the film-makers' inventiveness, but - even more so - thanks to the performance of Andy Serkis as Dury." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 7, 2010
4/5 80%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"There is style and subtlety in this film and it makes me look forward to what Sam Taylor Wood does next." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 4, 2010
4/5 73%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"It is one of those films that reveals the power of film itself, and you can feel delighted that this beautiful story, with its oddness and its great capacity for wonder, has survived in a perfect way the transition to screen." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Dec 10, 2009
4/5 25%

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

"With film, the question is not always, "Do I believe it?"; more often, it is "Do they believe it?" And in the case of Law Abiding Citizen they believe it so much that revenge becomes a thing you can taste." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Nov 26, 2009
2/5 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"Pseudo-religious nonsense, with fangs." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Nov 19, 2009
4/5 39%

2012 (2009)

"2012 may be the biggest disaster movie ever made, an awesome and ridiculous film that leaves you thrilled beyond the point of your natural endurance." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Nov 12, 2009
4/5 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"Bright Star is that rare and upbraiding thing, a film - perhaps the last one of the year - that seeks not to jam your emotions or scare you silly, but asks you to think about words." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Nov 5, 2009
4/5 94%

An Education (2009)

"The skill of it is in allowing you to see not only how a girl's sense of herself might be hanging in the balance, but to feel how the values of an era can be drama personified." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 29, 2009
4/5 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"A film full of style, where the animated creatures are dealt with in the same oblique, unexpected way that has been Anderson's trademark." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 22, 2009
3/5 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"No amount of visual pyrotechnics can cover the fact that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus never quite knows what it is doing, where it is going and why. The pencil hadn't done its work before the digital geniuses moved in." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 15, 2009
4/5 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Despite its flaws, The Invention of Lying is Gervais's best film outing to date. It draws his talent into alignment with some comedy classics, and shows that he has the intelligence to go for invention and originality." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 3, 2009
3/5 46%

Creation (2010)

"The film is beautifully shot and there are dreamy sequences that convey, better than anything I've seen or read, the fantastical, creative quality of Darwin's mind." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 24, 2009
3/5 67%

The Firm (2009)

"The film is covered in talent, including Love's, of the sort that makes you look forward to the next thing they do. Here, you feel they have a lot to climb over, but there are scenes where the attempt to get close to something real is powerfully inspired." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 17, 2009
4/5 83%

The September Issue (2009)

"The world isn't always pretty, and neither is the one depicted here, but it's nice to think the imagination will always have its place. Strike a pose." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 10, 2009
5/5 98%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"Bigelow crowns several decades of excellent artistic enquiry with a film that everybody should see." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Aug 28, 2009
2/5 29%

The Final Destination (2009)

"It amounts to a kind of formulaic silliness, where horrific things only really happen to unreal people." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Aug 28, 2009
5/5 88%

Sin Nombre (2009)

"The film will linger in the mind long after its devastating conclusion. You leave the cinema breathless and disquieted but also with a sense of having had something important revealed to you. In a very strong field, this is the year's best film so far." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Aug 13, 2009
2/5 64%

Adam (2009)

"A film with so many designs on your affections could never be found surprising, but believe me, it won't stop it from trying and it won't stop you from feeling guilty the moment you realise it isn't working." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Aug 6, 2009
2/5 63%

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

"The film is sumptuously designed and tailored, with none of life's real filth ever pictured." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jul 30, 2009
1/5 50%

Antichrist (2009)

"The film can expose you to nothing about life, nothing about film, while telling you more than you ever wanted to know about the director's malicious vanity." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jul 23, 2009
3/5 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"The present film is a stepping stone, neither classic Potter nor scintillating adventure, but it proves the depth and wholeness of Rowling's imagined world." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/5 68%

Bruno (2009)

"Brüno is a brave and necessary comedy. The film will appear to be a succès de scandale, and will outrage many people, but it is actually just a success, a film with an instinct for naming and shaming a host of overprotected wrongs. Go and see it." ‐London Evening Standard
Posted Jul 9, 2009
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