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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
3/5 100% Maidan (2014) In some ways it's perfect, in its Eisenstein-esque refusal to compromise on the idea of the crowd as the key participant. In other ways, though, its sternness hampers it. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 9, 2014
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 51% 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 Dec 1, 2014
4/5 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) This film possesses a lacerating power that reinforces its self-contained claustrophobia. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 28, 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
93% 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 23, 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 16, 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 8, 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 11, 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 12, 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 11, 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