Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Globe and Mail, The Gate

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Once director R.J. Cutler gets around to capturing its subjects more humane day-to-day joys and struggles, his documentary becomes a lot more engaging to casual viewers. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
10/10 98% Minari (2020) The family at its heart is one viewers will want to know for the rest of their lives. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
8/10 93% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) A film about human connection in a place where "the good life" can seem all together artificial and unnecessarily sanitized. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
9/10 95% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) A keenly detailed and emotionally charged snapshot of a young woman in free fall... Anne at 13,000 ft. is a monumental achievement on an intimate scale. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
5/10 79% Synchronic (2020) The attempt to make a different sort of time and reality blurring narrative is admirable, but Synchronic never gels into something truly satisfying. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
8/10 88% Supernova (2021) The chemistry between Firth and Tucci is so natural and lived in that it's impossible to say which of the two is better. It's practically a tandem performance... - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
5/10 78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) It's not... terrible - far from it - but [it's] missing the comedic, emotional, and romantic spark of the first two adaptations of author Jenny Han's works. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
6/10 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) [It's] a gleefully silly affair in the tradition of Dumb and Dumber. It's also a comedy where the old adage "your mileage may vary" holds a lot of weight. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/10 12% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) It earns a dubious spot alongside Getting Away with Murder and Lucky Numbers as one of the most unsuccessful, star-driven dark comedies of all time. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
6/10 93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud, gets under the viewer's skin in spite of a sometimes overwhelming sense of familiarity. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
10/10 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Gives Kaluuya and Stanfield two of the best characters they've played to date, and neither wastes a shred of opportunity to elevate King's work behind the camera. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
6/10 92% Black Art: In the Absence of Light (2021) Skewing more contemporary than one might expect, [it's] an example of a good movie that could've been a great one, or possibly an idea better suited to a series. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
7/10 91% Little Fish (2021) The chemistry between O'Connell and Cooke is solid... It feels like a lived in relationship, and the fear of that comfort being taken away from them is palpable. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
6/10 78% Greenland (2020) Better than most other large scale disaster films out there, Greenland shifts its focus away from an abundance of speaker rumbling explosions and near misses - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
5/10 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) I honestly can't tell if I appreciate writer-director Sam Levinson's Malcolm & Marie or I hate it with every fibre of my being. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
7/10 73% Fake Famous (2021) Bilton goes to great and sometimes purposefully self-deprecating lengths to be up-front about the artifice of his project. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
6/10 45% The Little Things (2021) The Little Things [prefers] style and formula over genuine substance, but there's something undeniably charming about its nasty, unabashed familiarity. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) If you have a love for all things 80s horror, Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is required viewing. If you don't, Patton's life and career are fascinating enough on their own. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
5/10 48% The Witches (2020) An underwhelming adaptation that looks outstanding, yet feels unnecessary. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
7/10 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Balancing cleverness, simplicity, and a clear-headed vision, Wonder Woman 1984 is an unexpected surprise. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
6/10 59% Max Cloud (2019) The fantasy-adventure yarn Max Cloud embraces old school gaming and B-movie standards to create a fun and familiar bit of entertainment - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
9/10 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Bristles with intensity, anguish, and above all else, confidence. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/10 46% Monster Hunter (2020) It's a film that shows up, throws a bunch of rapidly edited action scenes in the viewers face, and then leaves no lasting or memorable impact whatsoever. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
6/10 95% Palm Springs (2020) A delicate mash-up of meet-cute and time looping tropes that works rather well, even though the film constantly feels like it's about to fall apart at any moment. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
6/10 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) This holiday season, if you're burnt out on watching the Home Alone movies for the ten billionth time, The War with Grandpa will nicely satisfy. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
5/10 55% The Prom (2020) Murphy shows... the utmost desire to wow the viewer with starpower and showstoppers, taking the most suspect aspects of the show and amplifying them all tenfold. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/10 80% I'm Your Woman (2020) What starts with a kernel of a good [idea] devolves into a case of style over substance, with too much dead space between the more interesting character beats and themes. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/10 9% Songbird (2020) Forget about the controversy or one's feelings. Just avoid Songbird because it's flat out awful. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
5/10 71% Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2021) [The] entire first half of Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue [is] a missed opportunity. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
8/10 91% The Great Invisible (2014) When viewed through the eyes of someone living in 2020, one begins to notice a pattern concerning corporate influence over disaster response. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
6/10 80% Safety (2020) There's probably a version of Safety that could be far more adult and harrowing in tone, but Disney's version is still entertaining and thoughtful in its own right. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
7/10 88% Let Them All Talk (2020) Let Them All Talk is a witty and unpretentious story about overcompensating and pretentious people. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
5/10 39% Honest Thief (2020) I wasn't really entertained by Honest Thief, but it wasn't a total wash, either. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
8/10 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Yes, God, Yes, is a teen sex comedy with the engine of a mature, character based drama. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
6/10 93% 40 Years a Prisoner (2020) Compellingly and empathetically speaks out against a criminal justice system that protects an overwhelmingly white establishment through cruel and unusual sentencing. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide (2021) Playfully deconstructs the life and times of a creator who tries to balance their childlike playfulness with the adult responsibilities of the real world. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
5/10 88% Survival Skills (2020) It's weird and not entirely successful, but at least Survival Skills has a profound sense of purpose. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
6/10 90% Luxor (2020) A slight, but truthful examination of trauma - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/10 56% All My Life (2020) I'm almost sorry to speak ill of All My Life, but this is an inexcusably bad movie. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
7/10 89% Black Bear (2020) [Levine] and his exceptional leading trio of actors put everything they have to give into their wild and constantly shape-shifting concept. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/10 50% Triggered (2020) It's the sort of "race against the clock" story that's begging to be told in real time, but strains credibility and patience as it wheezes towards and past the 90 minute mark - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
1/10 21% Stardust (2020) I like to believe that even the worst films have something good in them, but it's pretty hard to find that in Stardust. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
7/10 81% Funny Boy (2020) The story at the heart of the film, which examines issues of racial inequality, sexual identity, and genocide, is one well worth telling and sharing. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
6/10 48% Black Beauty (2020) Black Beauty certainly appeals most to a specific audience, but it's well made enough to reach beyond that and entertain viewers of numerous different ages and backgrounds. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
7/10 96% Zappa (2020) Winter does a fine job of showing the various ways [Zappa] changed an industry to which he refused to conform. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
7/10 82% Happiest Season (2020) It's an assured balance between convention and ingenuity. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
6/10 76% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The Croods: A New Age won't tax any viewers young or old, but it will offer them some gorgeous visuals, lighthearted chuckles, and gently relayed life lessons. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/10 67% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2 isn't much of a film. It can be more easily classified as "content," or more charitably as "a product." - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
9/10 97% Rocks (2020) Rocks speaks wisely and without judgment towards anyone of any age who has found themselves in a desperate situation. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
8/10 50% The Walrus and the Whistleblower (2020) The perfect marriage of a cracking legal drama and a vital social advocacy exposee. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020