Andrew Parker

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) Offers up a wish for something more robust and complete about the subject and his life in the not too distant future. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
7/10 63% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is rather charmingly geared towards a younger crowd that might be looking for something a step beyond their Goosebumps books and movies. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/10 60% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir tries wildly and broadly to please all of its different audiences at the same time in the hokiest, most transparent of ways. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
1/10 28% Anna (2019) Anna is also as visually inept as it is dramatically unfathomable. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
7.5/10 100% Gaza (2019) It's a purposeful film packed with loving people making the best of an unlovable situation. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
8/10 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 genially and entertainingly proves that its titular playthings still have some mileage left in them. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
5.5/10 44% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) It's actually a good bit of fun if one's in the mood for some teen movie shenanigans with healthy sides of monster movie tropes and ecological subtext. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
6/10 48% Murder Mystery (2019) Although it gets off to a bit of a shaky start, the comedic thriller Murder Mystery manages to settle into an entertaining groove once the titular game is afoot. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4.5/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) It's the kind of film that exists solely to fill a programming slot with a valuable intellectual property. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
7.5/10 No Score Yet Sakawa (2019) A fascinating, non-judgmental, and somewhat darkly comedic fly-on-the-wall look at the criminal lengths some will go to in an effort to escape from abject poverty. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 79% Late Night (2019) Late Night's charms might only be skin deep, but there's a distinct likability and pointedness that can't be overlooked. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
6.5/10 52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Its overall style of excessively literal deadpan humour won't be to everyone's taste [but] The Dead Don't Die is a silly, unpretentious and admittedly slight bit of good fun. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
7/10 75% Watergate (2019) Political junkies and American history enthusiasts will gobble up all four hours and twenty minutes of director Charles Ferguson's Watergate. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
7/10 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Overall, Rolling Thunder Revue is too complicated for its own good, which detracts from its merits as a documentary, but also offers a fitting counterpoint to Dylan's tour. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/10 32% Domino (2019) Domino is a forgettable, sometimes laughable motion picture that's almost made decent through the hiring of a director that's overqualified for the task at hand. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
6/10 96% Echo In the Canyon (2019) It's disarmingly humble when it focuses its energy properly and made with a tremendous amount of love and respect for its subject. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
7/10 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) It's a lot of fun in a ragtag, low budget sort of way, but there's also plenty of carefully considered food for thought in Olnek's latest that hopefully doesn't go unnoticed. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4.5/10 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) If your kids want to see it, it's fine, I guess, but consider yourself warned that this is less of a sequel and more of a cash grab. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/10 44% The Tomorrow Man (2019) [Wants] to play in a fashion akin to [O. Russell's] Silver Linings Playbook, but it reads instead like a knock-off of... Take Shelter that was rewritten by Garry Marshall. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
10/10 90% The Souvenir (2019) It's delicacy and power cannot be understated. The Souvenir is truly a marvel to behold. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
8/10 93% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Delivers the goods at every turn and a nice counterbalance to the recent glut of uninspired Hollywood tentpole blockbusters currently taking up way too much space. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/10 90% I Am Mother (2019) I Am Mother looks like a work of art, but boasts a story that feels pulled straight from the remainder bin. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
7.5/10 86% Mouthpiece (2019) While the transition from stage to screen isn't seamless... all of the emotional power and thoughtful provocation remains importantly intact. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
6/10 75% Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch (2019) While nothing about Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch is ever all that impressive... it's economical, competent, and just entertaining enough to hold together. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
6/10 88% Pavarotti (2019) I'm sure that to no small degree, a populist filmmaker like Howard would see a lot to admire in someone like Pavarotti. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
7/10 89% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Framing John DeLorean is an entertaining, high wire filmmaking experiment that does well by the controversial visionary at its centre. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix simply sits there, patiently killing... time, with the hope that spectacle and an ensemble cast is enough to carry the load of its dreadfully thin script. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/10 No Score Yet Project Ithaca (2019) Project Ithaca gets off to a terrible, borderline laughable start and never recovers in the slightest. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
6/10 56% Ma (2019) I was sufficiently entertained; maybe not enough to get excited about future installments, but enough to go home satisfied. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/10 76% Halston (2019) [A] resoundingly hollow documentary about a high fashion icon who valued his privacy and even in death refuses to be overly analysed. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
8/10 79% Photograph (2019) It's Batra's most humble and unassuming film to date, but also quietly stunning and emotionally resonant. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) The best case scenario for a predictable romantic comedy where any savvy viewer will know every single thing that will happen from the second the movie starts. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/10 No Score Yet Sorry for Your Loss (2018) Mediocre and largely forgettable - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/10 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Next to a Transformers sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is as awful as major studio tentpole production gets, and it breaks my heart to say that. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
10/10 89% Rocketman (2019) The best full-on musical phantasmagoria about a famous person destroying and reclaiming their life since Bob Fosse's All That Jazz. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
7/10 91% You Don't Nomi (2019) Anyone interested in figuring out how constructive and meaningful film criticism works will get a nifty primer from Jeffrey McHale's equally playful and intelligent documentary. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
8/10 100% We Are The Radical Monarchs (2019) We Are the Radical Monarchs is a documentary that expertly outlines the growing pains of a necessary and helpful movement trying to solidify its voice and mission. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
7.5/10 72% Knives and Skin (2019) Knives and Skin is some of the most fun adventurous viewers can have being hypnotized by a movie. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
8/10 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) A forceful, thoughtful, timely, and important look at being marginalized in America - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
7/10 73% The Perfection (2019) It's fun, and it has something to say, but The Perfection at its best when delivering chills, one liners, or a 40-car highway pileup worth of twists and swerves. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
6.5/10 71% All Is True (2019) All is True is as laid back and approachable as historical costume fiction tends to get. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/10 57% Brightburn (2019) I'll probably struggle to remember anything about Brightburn other than its concept and title by the end of the weekend. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/10 57% Aladdin (2019) As long as the original Aladdin exists, Ritchie's remake is the definition of "missable" event cinema. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
10/10 97% Booksmart (2019) I have no problem saying that if you see any new release other than Booksmart this weekend, you're doing it wrong. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
6.5/10 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The biggest problem with The Sun is Also a Star is that it's all too keen to launch into the romantic aspect of the story as soon as possible, and... it all kind of unravels. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's like watching someone on a stage giving an overly long introduction to the next speaker while the subject patiently waits a few feet away. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 64% Peterloo (2019) A sizable chunk of Peterloo could be excised and nothing would be damaged in terms of the film's message. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
.5/10 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Like opening up a Hallmark card and getting sprayed in the eyes with napalm. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
7/10 61% ANIARA (2019) Aniara is a curious and transfixing mixture of fatalism and optimism that's highly critical of both extremities. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
8/10 89% Walking on Water (2019) A complicated, but disarmingly amusing and sometimes thrilling look at the blurred lines between genius and hubris and art and commerce. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019