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)
Publications: Guardian, Observer (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet Phil Liggett: the Voice of Cycling (2020) This film (and Liggett) is likable and charming enough. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet King Otto (2021) As with most great football stories, there is a tale of redemption underlying all this; you can't say it isn't fully deserved. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Sparkling: The Story of Champagne (2021) This is a warm-hearted, pleasant film, full of enthusiasm for its subject; a fine aperitif for the summer. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
4/5 100% Acasa, My Home (2020) Ciorniciuc and his co-writer Lina Vdovîi, in allowing events to unfold slowly in front of the camera, have created a beautifully measured portrait of an amazingly resonant topic. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Brabham (2020) Brabham remains best known for being the only Formula One driver to win the world title in a car of their own construction, and this profile makes much of his engineering skills and constant tinkering in the workshop. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
4/5 100% Pariah Dog (2019) At 77 minutes, this is a brief inspection, but so heartfelt that it never seems too short. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 79% House of Cardin (2020) A watchable portrait of the late fashion designer that astutely showcases Cardin's ease in front of the camera. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3/5 100% Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies (2019) An illuminating, affecting piece of work. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/5 81% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) Happy Happy Joy Joy is a dismal coda to a fondly remembered show, with Kricfalusi's collaborators still distressed over what happened. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Henry Glassie: Field Work (2019) [A] brave, unusual film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Banksy Most Wanted (2020) Watchable, if slaveringly adulatory... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/5 88% Killing Escobar (2021) McAleese and Tomkins relate the story of their mission efficiently enough. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet An Impossible Project (2021) It's never clear exactly what roles Kaps has in any of these activities, or how he earns money, but he is genial company and makes a persuasive case for life beyond the digital realm... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Eye of the Storm (2021) As a painter, Morrison ought to be better known; this film should give his reputation and legacy a major uplift. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 96% Zappa (2020) Winter has created a fascinating watch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 81% Pelé (2021) Here's a slightly more upscale contribution to the deluge of feature-length football documentaries that have flooded our screens in the last few years. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/5 96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) An interesting, grown-up musical profile. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) In the end, the film operates best as an act of ancestor-worship to an extraordinary musician whose best days - we are forced to sadly conclude - appear to be behind him. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 71% The End of the Storm (2020) Anyone looking for more than what is essentially a feature-length corporate statement will be disappointed. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
3/5 100% Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story (2020) If there's one world heavyweight champion whose legend needs a little burnishing, it's Lennox Lewis, and this documentary profile does a decent nuts-and-bolts job. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) The liberal use of speeded-up footage of growth and decay is unfailingly spectacular, while Stamets and fellow interviewees have a gift for a memorable turn of phrase. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) This is a charming and thoroughly likable film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb (2020) This is fascinating stuff, smoothly put together, and carrying genuine human interest. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/5 100% The Three Kings (2020) Though there's quite a bit of familiar material on show here, this exercise in football nostalgia has an interesting, original focus... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/5 72% A Call to Spy (2020) A Call to Spy has a stolid pacing that makes you feel every minute of its two-hours-plus running time. But it's still an interesting story that's yet to fully come into the light. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Anelka: Misunderstood (Anelka: L'incompris) (2020) This is a subtle, modulated portrait of someone who gives little away. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 94% Before Stonewall (2019) It may sound kind of worthy, but in fact it's an utterly fascinating slice of social history. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (2020) There's an unavoidable temptation to want to wander into areas not connected to self-portraiture. But there's no harm in leaving the viewer wanting more. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Busby (2019) Busby was clearly someone who didn't want to give much away: other than noting his occasional ruthless streak, this film, decent though it is, doesn't really get past the public image. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Leonardo: The Works (2019) As gallery films go, this is pretty monumental. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Van Gogh and Japan (2018) It is possibly something of a niche subject for a full-length documentary; but it demonstrates again how that clutch of impressionist and post-impressionist artists are just gravy to galleries and film-makers. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt (Encore) (2019) There may be too much to cover satisfactorily, but Mansoor's film has an impressive try. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
45% The Cell (2000) Jazzy photography and fancy design in no way compensate for a dull, suspense-free screenplay and unwise casting. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Young Picasso (2019) You can almost see the Victorian era disintegrating in real time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
55% Never Been Kissed (1999) [B]y and large she generates the kind of charm that, since Scream and Everyone Says I Love You, she's made her trademark. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Salvador Dalí In Search of Immortality (2018) This documentary about the relentlessly eccentric Spanish painter benefits - as you would hope it would - from plentiful archive access and a scholarly level of appreciation. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Make Us Dream (2018) It's Gerrard's own readiness to open up and reveal something of the agony behind the permascowl he was famous for as a player that marks this film out. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 92% The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega) (2017) What shines through in the film is Turajlić's awe of her mum and a question: what made Srbijanka (what makes anyone) stand up and fight? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Exhibition On Screen: Degas - Passion For Perfection (2018) This critical profile covers the bases we have come to expect from these film-makers: glowing gallery dolly shots, informed curatorial comment and a nicely packaged biography. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 38% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Slaughterhouse Rulez, for a horror-comedy, is neither particularly scary or especially funny. But it does have an amiable sort of charm. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 100% Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (2018) A warm and generous tribute to a much-admired man. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Exhibition on Screen: Cézanne - Portraits of a Life (2018) This is a film that thoroughly repays careful listening and looking. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Shankly: Nature's Fire (2017) Todd's documentary is good at stressing Shankly's identification and credibility with the man in the street - AKA, the fans - as well as approaching the ticklish subject of his reluctant ruthlessness ... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 100% Kingdom of Us (2017) Cohen has assembled a layered, jigsaw-like portrait of a knotted and undeniably traumatised family unit, whose apparent isolation is alluded to in the film's title. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Exhibition On Screen: Canaletto And The Art Of Venice (2017) Perhaps intentionally, Canaletto himself emerges from this film as a bit of an enigma, but the surrounding landscape is handsomely coloured in. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 93% Williams (2017) A cut above your standard motor sport documentary: it possesses a sensitivity and empathy not normally associated with the field, and the talking heads provide a jolt of human connection. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/5 58% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Despicable Me 3 will certainly keep the younger elements of its audience happy, with its dose of aspartame-rush hyperactivity. But for everyone else it may prove decent rather than captivating. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
2/5 72% Primer (2004) Primer is off-putting: in trying to be elusive it's simply obstructive. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 82% We Are X (2016) Watchable and interesting - if a tad worshipful ... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet I, Claude Monet (2017) A graceful film that suggests there's passion beneath the beautiful surface. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017