Andrew Pulver

Andrew Pulver

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 83%

Mea Culpa (2014)

"Cavayé pumps up the car chases and shootouts, and pumps down the plausibility; but it all moves along at such a lick it doesn't matter much." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"This film is a fitting cap to an extended series that, if nothing else, has transformed Tolkien's place in the wider culture." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2014
3/5 52%

Unbroken (2014)

"Though high-minded and well-intentioned - as well as being conceived on an epic scale - there's something faintly stodgy and safety-first about the endeavour." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 30, 2014
4/5 100%

Kilo Two Bravo (2015)

"This film possesses a lacerating power that reinforces its self-contained claustrophobia." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 27, 2014
No Score Yet

Journey to Le Mans (2014)

"It's accessible enough, and shines a light on a racing environment a notch less glamorous than Formula One." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 19, 2014

Diplomacy (2014)

"A highly civilised piece of work." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 13, 2014
No Score Yet

The Vatican Museums (2014)

"Event cinema ought to be better than this." ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 92%

Margarita with a Straw (2016)

"Bose has to handle a difficult balancing act, to empathise with the difficulties Laila faces but also appreciate the effect they have on those that surround her; she pulls it off with dignity and some style." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/5 32%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"This film knows what it wants, and gets it by the shortest possible route. It may be boneheaded; ridiculous it isn't." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3/5 67%

Castles In The Sky (2014)

"Director Gillies MacKinnon, probably best known for his mid-90s work Small Faces and Regeneration, does a sturdy job in putting together a well-constructed drama." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 22, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet

Life May Be (2014)

"An enterprising double film, couched in the form of a series of video letters - the letter being another favourite Cousins device - between him and Iranian actor-director-artist Mania Akbari." ‐ Observer (UK)
Posted Jun 22, 2014
4/5 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer works brilliantly, the sum of extremely disparate parts that adds up to cinematic excellence." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet

Ponts de Sarajevo (Bridges of Sarajevo) (2014)

"It'd be hard to see this sort of thing moving outside the festival circuit, though I'm glad it exists." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 95%

The Salt of the Earth (2015)

"A moving tribute to a peerless talent." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 20, 2014
2/5 48%

Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)

"Perhaps the army of killer robots wasn't the way to go." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 11, 2014
3/5 76%

Noah (2014)

"A sombre, powerful biblical epic, shot through with a certain beserk grandeur and gloomy portenteousness." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/5 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"Rushmore offers more than simply a series of high-grade yuks; it's a finely-judged parable on the line between self-delusion and reality." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/5 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"What emerges, as orchestrated by French director Pascal Chaumeil, is a genial, lightweight farce, which largely approximates Hornby's distinctively bittersweet tone." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/5 30%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"This displays none of the nimble-witted sleight of hand, nor indeed old-fashioned suspense, of Argo, the last historical caper movie with which Clooney was involved." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 9, 2014
3/5 92%

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013)

"In the nicest possible way, this is teacher-and-pupil stuff." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 9, 2014
4/5 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"This is the moment in the Anderson oeuvre when he turns to consider all things Mitteleuropäische - refracted, as a closing credit tells us, through the work of the prolific Austrian writer Stefan Zweig." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 58%

Jobriath A.D. (2014)

"Jobriath's story emerges as one of rock 'n' roll's great tragedies, a tale of hubris, misery and death. One not to be missed." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Here is an entertaining and entirely watchable documentary that sets out to prove that any old brush-swinging amateur can paint as brilliantly as the 17th-century Dutch master." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"This Anchorman sequel knows who its fans are, and does its best to keep them happy. No one will be complaining." ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 15, 2013
4/5 100%

Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013)

"With its conventional archive-plus-talking-heads format, this film is less radical than , but Junger articulates a number of subtle and unexpected ideas about Hetherington's work, and about combat reporting in general." ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 82%

Mister John (2013)

"Lawlor and Molloy's measured, precise style means their film is always watchable, but in some ways this goes over well-worn territory, and the visual poetry is not always matched by convincing drama." ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 71%

Foxfire (2013)

"The passion and sincerity of the performers carries the day." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/5 43%

Red 2 (2013)

"Like the first one, it's played for laughs in-between bouts of mayhem; most of the gags are off-target, though Mirren's Nancy Mitfordesque assassin gets a pretty good kill ratio." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 63%

My Father and the Man in Black (2013)

"For Cash devotees who want a hitherto-hidden perspective on their man ... this is invaluable viewing." ‐ Guardian
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 81%

The Moo Man (2013)

"A low-key pleasure." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 71%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Pacific Rim's wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue provides little for the human component to get their teeth into. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 7, 2013
2/5 43%

Paris Manhattan (2013)

"By itself, this would just be one of those workmanlike relationship films the French turn out by the yard; but all the Allen stuff throws its mediocrity into sharp relief." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet

Tropicália (2013)

"[An] affectionate, if somewhat genuflecting documentary." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/5 77%

Venus And Serena (2013)

"The sisters themselves reveal a little, mostly because of Serena's unguarded imperiousness; but as a study of sports supercelebrity it's a tad subdued." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 89%

The Battle Of The Sexes (2013)

"A fascinating excavation of a crossover sports/pop culture moment from the early 70s - the novelty tennis match between Billie Jean King and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Man of Steel begins to labour even as the visual spectacle intensifies: no amount of whip-pans and crash-zooms, spaceship flameouts or collapsing edifices can compensate for an inert focal relationship." ‐ Guardian
Posted Jun 10, 2013
4/5 100%

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

"Dreyfuss would go on to bigger things, but not all of them better." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 24, 2013
3/5 94%

All Is Lost (2013)

"Redford delivers a tour de force performance: holding the screen effortlessly with no acting support whatsoever." ‐ Guardian
Posted May 22, 2013
4/5 86%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"People are unlikely to charge out of the cinema with quite the same level of glee as they did in 2009; but this is certainly an astute, exhilarating concoction." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 89%

Bernie (2012)

"Really impressive." ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 25, 2013
4/5 94%

Paths of Glory (1957)

"You can sense Kubrick stretching his cinematic wings in this prime slice of Hollywood liberalism." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 26, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet


"Jane Campion's latest project is part of a now-honourable tradition of film-making that is a bridge between features and high-end TV." ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 66%

For Ellen (2012)

"Paul Dano makes So Yong Kim's story of a deadbeat rocker with marriage problems his own." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/5 56%

The Best Offer (2014)

"Fine actors as Rush, Sturgess and Hoeks are, almost everything they say remains dead on the page." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 13, 2013
4/5 87%

Computer Chess (2013)

"It won't be to everyone's taste, for sure - this is no War Games-style pop comedy. But as an act of cultural archaeology I can think of few better." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 11, 2013
2/5 6%

Maladies (2014)

"Is it anything more than a vanity project? It's hard to see it any other way." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 11, 2013
3/5 74%

The Spirit of '45 (2013)

"Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 10, 2013
3/5 51%

Promised Land (2013)

"Gus Van Sant's fracking drama pits Matt Damon's energy executive against John Krasinski's eco-dreamboat in a battle for the minds of backwater farmers and the heart of Rosemarie DeWitt's moony schoolma'am." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 8, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet

Grandmaster (2012)

"The Grandmaster is something pretty special." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 7, 2013
4/5 100%

Victim (1961)

"Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document." ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 6, 2013