Andrew O'Hehir

Andrew O'Hehir
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications:, Sight & Sound

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) A forgettable and discontented tale of entropy and corruption, of a grand, idealistic venture that has lost its way. - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It isn't an easy ride, and as with life in the non-metaphorical world, the destination is uncertain. You'll see strange and wonderful things along the way. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
91% Prevenge (2017) The film is a precisely crafted black-comic nightmare in a distinctive British tradition, built around a truly extraordinary performance. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) An enormously resonant work of cultural history that should do much to renew attention to the lonely, prophetic voice of James Baldwin. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
No Score Yet Nothing like Dekalog had ever been attempted on TV before, in Poland or the United States or anywhere else, and its narrative and thematic ambition is still impressive almost 30 years later. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
70% White Girl (2016) An arresting and well-told tale ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
68% Antibirth (2016) Lyonne's performance is a marvel of humor and compassion. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
86% In Order of Disappearance (2016) Moland possesses the rare ability to take a story where the viewer knows almost exactly what will happen and make it surprising. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Greene and Sheil unearth a number of important clues without suggesting that any of them can explain everything - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
61% War Dogs (2016) Not only is "War Dogs" a surprisingly well-told tale in the classic American rags-to-riches-to-rags mode. It's also a mordant morality fable with a genuine heart of darkness. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
82% Sausage Party (2016) Its observation that life is full of cruelty and there is probably no afterlife and we waste most of our lives consuming images of a reality we cannot fully apprehend is pretty much true, but neither novel nor amusing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Sure, it's terrible. But it's not even close to the worst movie of the summer or the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
74% Ghostbusters (2016) A goofy, free-floating romp with an anarchic spirit of its own, a fresh set of scares and laffs and a moderate dose of girl power that is unlikely to seem confrontational to anyone beyond the most confirmed basement-dwelling Gamergate troll. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
94% Under The Sun (2016) I think the lessons of "Under the Sun" go far beyond the tragic and idiotic delusions of North Korea's nightmare state, and that those lessons have direct application in Mansky's country, and in ours. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
56% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Like most "exploitation movies," the "Purge" franchise is deeply moralistic at heart. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
95% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) A complex social allegory, delivered in a film of masterful restraint and great compassion. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
94% Blood Simple (1984) Watching this beautiful restoration of "Blood Simple" I was actually struck by how non-bleak it is, how much the strength of the film lies in images of beauty, defiance and survival. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
59% The Neon Demon (2016) Whether you think it's a brilliant feminist commentary or misogynistic softcore porn is entirely up to you. And who says those things cancel each other out? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
100% Germans & Jews (2016) Subtle, compact but deeply resonant ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) "The Wailing" is something like the most gruesome and gripping Scandinavian crime drama you can imagine, transported to a rain-sodden Asian backwater where everyone's in a bad mood and science, religion and superstition are locked in uneasy combat. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
83% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) For me Abu-Assad is subtly twisting the knife in both sides at the same time: He perceives a relationship of mutual hatred and mutual dependency between Israelis and Palestinians, which has damaged both people perhaps beyond repair. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It's basically a closing chapter to a feeble trilogy that started out pretty well and then ran out of gas, and now must serve as a prequel to shadowy X-related endeavors yet to come. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) Mesmerizing ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
100% Pervert Park (2015) However you feel about the question of how to deal with the 500,000 or so convicted sex offenders now living in the United States going into the film, you're likely to feel different coming out. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
91% The Nice Guys (2016) "The Nice Guys" is basically "Chinatown" remade by Quentin Tarantino and starring foulmouthed, updated versions of Abbott and Costello, as played by two of the most recognizable male stars of our time. Make your purchasing decisions accordingly. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
59% Money Monster (2016) The pieces would seem to be in place, but ... "Money Monster" is a stodgy, moribund plodder loaded with stock characters that wouldn't have felt edgy in 1983 and has about the same contemporary urgency as your average late-night rerun of "CSI: NY." - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
81% Elstree 1976 (2016) A deadpan documentary with notes of wistful irony ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Much of "Captain America: Civil War" is just the laborious working-out of leftover dangling plot elements from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" two summers ago. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
60% High-Rise (2016) This "High-Rise" is a scathing, intoxicating visual and auditory experience, the most truthful and most powerful Ballard adaptation we've ever seen, or are likely to. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
75% How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016) It's a fascinating, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring ride. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) Urgent and often startling ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) Only a limited number of things can happen in this kind of movie, of course, but Saulnier manages pace, tone and storytelling so adroitly that you won't quite expect any of them to happen when they do, or even how. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) There's nothing pretentious or overly difficult about "Applause"; it runs less than 90 minutes and features a bona fide star performance. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
29% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Batman v Superman is kind of dopey and plays out some laborious plot twists in the DC narrative at unnecessary length, but as I've already said it largely kept me entertained for two and a half hours, which is not nothing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) I suspect this movie will sharply divide Nichols' existing fan base for reasons I can only allude to vaguely in a review; I loved it, or almost all of it, but I can understand the uncertainty. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Hood, a South African whose previous films include "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the capable terror-war thriller "Rendition," does a nice job threading together the immense web of political, legal and military decision-making behind the drone war. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is a likable construction that points its star in a new direction without ever quite making a point. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
90% The Witch (2016) Like any truly successful horror film, "The Witch" operates on various levels at once and is open to interpretation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Underneath the laff-riot and the Hollywood satire, "Hail, Caesar!" is a curiously delicate film built on profound affection for American movies and the illusions they build ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
60% Lazer Team (2016) I think you already know by now whether you feel solidarity with the spirit of "Lazer Team," or whether you are simply no fun at all. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) A masterful and often deeply moving portrait of a volatile American genius, a portrait that goes far beyond one man, one family and one rain-sodden small town. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
60% Joy (2015) Russell is almost totally uninterested in the story of how Joy Mangano explored a bizarre and unknown new business model and became its first self-made tycoon, and as a result we aren't interested either. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2016
78% The Revenant (2015) The point of the whole thing - the reason this movie was made, and the reason we're watching it - gets drowned beneath a series of memorable but disconnected images and moments. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) "Son of Saul" is a work of superlative filmmaking craft and moral intensity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) [Abrams ] has made an adoring copy of Star Wars, seeking to correct its perceived flaws, without understanding that nothing about that movie's context or meaning or enormous cultural impact can be duplicated. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
89% The Big Short (2015) With its cartoonish pace, larger-than-life characters and detours into farce and agitprop, this movie captures the accelerated pace of life in the financial markets and the vast scale of their mendacity far more vividly than a naturalistic drama could. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
82% Chi-Raq (2015) A heartbreaking tragicomic adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata set in present-day Chicago. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
94% Carol (2015) "Carol" establishes a mood of mournful romance, half nostalgic and half ominous, that never lets go. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
69% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Jennifer Lawrence hasn't lost her mojo as this series has dragged on, and remains a magnetic presence every second she's on-screen. But "Mockingjay - Part 2" doesn't really give her much to do. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
34% By The Sea (2015) "By the Sea" has its moments. Moments of beauty, and moments of what feels like genuine introspection. Moments of stupid, innocent charm. Moments of love, and moments of perfume commercial. Quite a number of those, actually. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015