Andrew Parker

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9/10 95% Us (2019) Like the best horror movies, Us chillingly lingers with dread long after the credits have rolled, and like the smartest and most entertaining films, it's something I wanted to watch again the second it ended. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Red Rover (2003) A movie that deftly walks a tightrope between being intriguing and overly precocious, but thankfully always ends up on the right side of that line. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Nose to Tail (2019) Nose to Tail isn't the first drama to be made about a struggling and entitled chef, but it's certainly one of the most immediate, visceral, and purposefully uncomfortable. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
8.5/10 94% Wildlife (2018) It's a remarkable and poignant debut that's worth seeking out. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/10 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) It's not one of the worst films of the year overall, thanks to the cast and some decent production design, but it's absolutely one of the worst directed and edited films of the year. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
7.5/10 66% Vice (2018) If McKay's approach is purposefully scattered and sometimes like watching someone trying to angrily jam puzzle pieces together with a jackhammer, Bale and Adams are the cool, levelheaded constants that keep Vice captivating. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8/10 98% Pick of the Litter (2018) Pick of the Litter takes a crowd pleasing approach to documentary storytelling that will leave viewers gasping and reaching for tissues every several minutes. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8/10 94% Lifechanger (2018) Lifechanger spins a tale of misguided love and repeated loss that's as kinetic and exciting as it is challenging. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
5.5/10 44% Second Act (2018) Second Act never becomes unwatchable or even all that annoying, it's a shame that the creative powers that be didn't have enough faith in their admittedly slight, but strongly realized premise - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
9.5/10 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) If Shoplifters had been made by almost any other filmmaker in the world, it could've been a maudlin debacle. In the hands of Koreeda, it's one of the finest and most genuinely moving motion pictures of the year. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/10 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) A well intentioned, but woefully misguided attempt to mine real life trauma for feel good whimsy. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
6/10 93% Bumblebee (2018) Knight keeps things under control thanks to his keen sense of pacing and use of Bumblebee as a sort of silent movie comedian. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/10 62% Bird Box (2018) There are so many characters in Bird Box that it feels cluttered, and yet, we can't care about a damn one of them other than Malorie because their fates are all but sealed from the second we lay eyes on them. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
8/10 59% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux might be trying a bit too hard to impress, but that kind of feels like the whole point of this. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
8/10 96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) While some of the specific elements of The Atomic Cafe were already passe at the time of the film's release in 1982, the prevailing spirit of Loader and the Raffertys' documentary remains just as potent. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
7/10 94% Of Fathers and Sons (2018) Even with that distance built between the audience and Derki's subjects, Of Fathers and Sons remains one of the most gut wrenching documentaries of the year. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
7/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is a hard concept to buy into, but when this much thought and care has gone into its construction, it's easy to get caught up in the wonderment of it all without asking too many questions. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet You Are Here: A Come From Away Story (2018) Looks a lot more closely and realistically at the enormous task they faced and the selfless charity it took to watch over thousands of stranded travellers. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
8.5/10 81% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is Back pulls no emotional punches and viewers will feel every bit of it. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
7/10 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's not the most adventurous, audacious, or irreverent costume drama to be constructed from the same historical figures, but Mary Queen of Scots is a lot more fun, relatable, and less stodgy than many of its contemporaries. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
7.5/10 95% Blaze (2018) A quietly mournful and gently celebratory look at a boisterous, but underrated personality, Ethan Hawke's biopic Blaze is a humane approach to creating iconography organically and empathetically. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
5.5/10 71% SuperGrid (2018) It has a "can do" spirit that makes one smile at the fact that something this ambitious could be made on a modest budget, but it's too inconsistent and slight to ever be considered a cult or genre classic. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
8/10 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) They Shall Not Grow Old recontextualizes the human cost of battle and memorializes those who gave all in poignant, respectful, and unflinching fashion. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
9.5/10 95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Springsteen on Broadway distills everything that makes one of America's greatest singer-songwriter-rock stars such a formidable, genial, and inviting personalities into a single, visual volume. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
6.5/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns feels assured in its overwhelming and genuinely earnest sense of squareness. It's a throwback in every sense of the term, and for the most part, it works rather well. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
5/10 70% The Mule (2018) It's hit-to-miss ratio as a reflection on an America where the elderly aren't able to comfortably retire hovers right around fifty percent, but the moments that work well are memorable thanks to the Eastwood's capable leading performance. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
0.5/10 27% Mortal Engines (2018) A soulless cavalcade of empty spectacle and cacophonous noise, Mortal Engines is one of the dullest, least involving, hollow, and crass attempts at franchise filmmaking ever attempted. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/10 81% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The Quake won't damage what many loved about The Wave, but it won't leave viewers clamouring for a third entry in a series that has already turned somewhat ridiculous by having a sequel at all. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/10 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Instead of being naturally funny and abrasive, von Trier's anger and indignity turns The House That Jack Built into a "woe is me" diatribe that stops short of begging for forgiveness and instead pleads for a sense of understanding. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/10 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) It's just a shameless attempt to bleed a cow dry by vigorously milking it. It doesn't deserve a shred of your attention. Just donate to charity directly this holiday season. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
9.5/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the only film released in 2018 that stands the best shot of entertaining, captivating, and engaging with every viewer equally. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
6/10 100% Rams (2018) No moments in Rams would ever be described as suspenseful, dramatic, hilarious, or even all that emotional, but it's a warmly told look at a fascinating and important artistic influencer - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
7.5/10 100% TransMilitary (2018) Silverman and Dawson spend so much time with their subjects and those around them that they begin to feel like family to the viewer. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
9/10 100% Charm City (2018) Charm City hits with the bracingly real force and honesty of Frederick Wiseman film. It's exceptionally well edited, with all three aspects of Baltimore life depicted in both positive and negative lights, but nothing here is being skewed. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
6.5/10 No Score Yet The Rescue List (2017) The Rescue List isn't an exposé on the subject in the strictest terms, but by sticking close to those who've lived through such nightmares, Fedele and Fink tell the viewer all they need to know about the dangers involved. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
7/10 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) It has a lovable, genuine, and disarming "let's all put on a show" ethos that's refreshingly upfront and honest about its wacky concept and cultural touchstones. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
8/10 67% The Go-Getters (2018) Deliberately grotesque, unapologetically foul-mouthed, and frequently hilarious Canadian comedy The Go-Getters revels in bad taste and worse behavior. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
8/10 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The character design on the animals, is expectedly top notch and vividly detailed, with all of Baloo and Bagheera's scars telling a number of stories. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
8/10 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite boasts a sense of humour that might be an acquired taste, but it's written in such a profoundly unique way that the film would hold a great deal of interest even if the viewer doesn't find it particularly funny. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4.5/10 25% Love Jacked (2018) Uninspired, but not altogether unlikable, the Canadian, high concept romantic comedy Love Jacked has its heart in the right place, but holds zero surprises and only a handful of moderate chuckles. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5.5/10 20% Hospitality (2018) Hospitality is as safe and static as a thriller can get. It's a movie that's more technically and performatively interesting than exciting, scary, or even all that good. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
6.5/10 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) It's not nearly as satisfying or eye opening as it could've been, but as a straightforward biographical timeline, Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes is a well researched, edited, and compiled bit of scholarship. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Almost Almost Famous (2018) With either a wider focus or a more narrowed perspective that only focused on one of these men, Almost Almost Famous could've been onto something. Instead, it's uneven and only fitfully speaking to something grander that it should be talking about. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
7.5/10 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Searching for Ingmar Bergman is both accessible for those unfamiliar with Bergman's work and as resoundingly complicated as the man himself. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/10 35% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) For a film built around a character that could theoretically die at any moment from a hollow point kiss to the back of the head, there's astoundingly little tension. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
1/10 20% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) There's no care that went into making anything other than the lighting rigs for The Possession of Hannah Grace, and you shouldn't care about it, either. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
6/10 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) It's almost too stone-faced for its own good (and to a point that almost approaches self-parody by the end), but the packaging is near perfect. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
6.5/10 50% Clara (2018) While a handful of Sherman's plot elements are predictable and visible from space, Clara remains a gorgeously mounted, well paced, admirably restrained, and exceptionally performed low-key crowd pleaser. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
7.5/10 100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Prosecuting Evil gets almost all of its details straight from the mouth of its titular legal icon; a man so well spoken and passionate about what he does that not much else is needed to convey the importance and nuance of his tireless work. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/10 38% Tiger (2018) Tiger could've blended a traditional, feel-good sports movie narrative with a healthy dose of social and religious commentary. Instead, it's all rather silly and goofy rather than inspiring. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018