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Andrew Pulver

Andrew Pulver
Andrew Pulver's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Observer (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) While Lawrence and Pratt undeniably possess the magic spark of on-screen chemistry, the basic creepiness of this anti-meet-cute extinguishes what the film-makers presumably are hoping is a warm fuzzy glow of spiky, sparky interaction. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Dennis Viollet: A United Man (2016) The film is directed by Viollet's daughter Rachel, which makes it very much a family affair. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 75% Trolls (2016) The precision-tooled brilliance of this sort of animation is beginning to wear a little thin. Still, Trolls is a fun enough ride. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 62% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Voyage of Time is perhaps best appreciated as an abstract, with its sheer profusion of natural beauty and consequent synchronicities of image. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2016
3/5 46% The Bad Batch (2016) The Bad Batch is expertly constructed and looks great: Amirpour has presumably been inspired by Alma Har'el's documentary Bombay Beach, and has picked up the same atmosphere of bone-dry decay as well as using the actual place as a location. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 6, 2016
4/5 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) It's an impressive spectacle, if not a happy one. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 5, 2016
3/5 82% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2016) In all honesty The Untamed doesn't seem to go anywhere special. But connoisseurs of oddness may cherish it. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 5, 2016
3/5 45% Brimstone (2016) Brimstone is hampered somewhat by its ponderous, doom-laden pace, and resultant bloated running time, but remains an intriguing slant on the spaghetti western ... ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2016
4/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) As repellent a figure as many may still find Gibson, I have to report he's absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 4, 2016
3/5 54% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) As a collection, The Seasons in Quincy certainly hangs together; it's also an absolutely inspired way of approaching its subject. ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 30, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Whisky Galore (2016) It comes across as twee, comfy-cardigan film-making. And, Eddie Izzard's best efforts notwithstanding, it simply isn't very funny. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 83% Tommy's Honour (2017) Pleasant and watchable, perhaps, rather than brilliant. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 24, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Becoming Zlatan (Den unge Zlatan) (2015) Ibrahimović never gives much away, but this film makes a virtue of it, building an insightful character portrait slowly and incrementally, like a mosaic. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 88% A Patch Of Fog (2017) Lennox's film is carefully constructed, ballasted by sterling performances from his two leads - neither of whom you would call attractive or empathetic. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 22, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet History's Future (2016) Tan shows that she has an exceptional eye for location and composition; History's Future is an intriguing, original piece that suggests she's a natural film director. I'm looking forward to what she does next. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Brakes (2016) The film's main strength is its ability to create contained, plausible realities for each of its relationships, even if one or two of them suffer from idiot-hipster gestures ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 77% The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) It pulls its punches, and soft-pedals on any authentic misery that its scenarios might evoke. But its essential amiability and decency comes through. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 100% A Flickering Truth (2015) This is moving, powerful stuff. ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 91% Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007) Like many mock-docs, it struggles to establish the patina of reality, but it makes up for it with some very funny jokes. ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet AAIC: Monet To Matisse (2016) This is a thoroughly pleasant feast for the eyes. ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 89% Speed Sisters (2017) It's not exactly hard-hitting stuff, and isn't meant to be, but it spins an entertaining yarn. ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) There's no pressing story to tell, or even especially vital achievement to record, so the film probably counts as bit of self-indulgence from Hawke, but it's got a very good heart. ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) All in all, job done, just about. ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 22, 2016
4/5 93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) Guzmán's reputation as one of the great documentarians will only be enhanced by The Pearl Button. It really is intelligent, magnificent film-making. ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) This is quiet, unflashy film-making, that nonetheless packs a powerful punch. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Renoir: Reviled and Revered (2016) An interesting film. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 38% Alone in Berlin (2017) Though its fundamentally old-fashioned approach acts as a drag, its good intentions see it through. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/5 90% Uncle Howard (2016) It's impossible to remain unmoved. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! is a lot of fun, and beautifully crafted, too. One to savour. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 3, 2016
3/5 100% Being AP (2015) As a portrait of what motivates a sportsman at the top of his game, and how difficult it is to let go, this is insightful stuff. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/5 100% Mr Calzaghe (2015) A solid, occasionally stirring, treatment of its subject. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/5 100% Warriors (2015) Warriors is probably most valuable for its insights into the practical issues facing the anti-FGM campaign daughters will go unmarried unless they force them to go through circumcision - but it's leavened with some fun stuff, too. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 45% The 33 (2015) The basic story survives intact: a barely credible chronicle of catastrophe, incompetence, heroism, and a full geyser's-worth of that commodity so prized by film producers: the human spirit. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 9, 2015
2/5 61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) For all its berserk energy, you will need a very particular sense of humour not to lose patience with the prolific Takashi Miike's latest. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) A film that is both deeply strange and undeniably funny. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 7, 2015
2/5 33% Equals (2016) Equals resembles George Lucas's classic fable of white-suit futurism THX 1138 as if reshot as a perfume commercial: Oppression, by Calvin Klein. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 5, 2015
4/5 29% Under Milk Wood (2015) Allen's film comes across as a kind of fast-moving fever-dream - appropriately enough, given the swelling tide of fantasy that Thomas instils in the drama: everyone, and everything, is operating through a sweaty film of lust or delusion. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 93% 600 Miles (2015) Ripstein allows events to unfold in a meandering low-key style, employing an observational point-of-view with a handheld camera. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 20, 2015
2/5 29% Narcopolis (2015) Despite the surface sheen, and some enterprising plot twists, it doesn't entirely convince. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) It has an unusual, and possibly unique, perspective on Israeli psychology, and Portman demonstrates she possesses a confident grasp of film-making fundamentals. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 80% Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure (2015) Not an all-time classic, but an efficient diversion for the start of the summer holidays. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 56% Minions (2015) It's well up to the standard of the hyperkinetic fun we've come to expect from this sort of thing, both knowing and silly ... ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 64% We Are Monster (2015) Socked over with heartfelt dedication by its young cast and director, it's an unsettling description of a brutal episode that, despite some awkwardness in approach, does its job with admirable sincerity. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/5 90% Dheepan (2016) This may not be the director's most immediately electrifying film, but in its understated way, it's an immensely powerful work. ‐ Guardian
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 93% The Little Prince (2016) This is a very good-looking film that represents a brave attempt to do justice to a very popular book; it manages it, just. ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Made You Look (2015) Made You Look is of niche concern, perhaps, but not uninteresting. ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2015
100% Salesman (1968) Salesman stands as the movie where [the Maysles] really found their voice as leading American proponents of the "direct cinema" aesthetic. ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/5 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) This is undemanding, misty-eyed stuff; carried through by its seasoned, thoroughbred performers. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Benign, animal-based hi-jinks, frantic chases along country lanes, a constant soundtrack of squeaks, grunts and snorts, beautifully rendered stop-motion, all drenched in a haze of geniality and glee. ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 26, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror (Snezhnaya koroleva 2. Snezhnyy korol) (2015) There's a frenetic, eye-popping quality to the visuals that forestalls the kind of emotional engagement Disney can offer, but there is some entertainment to be had here. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 11, 2014