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 Exhibition On Screen: Van Gogh & 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
56% 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 90% 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 42% 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 59% 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 81% 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
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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
4/5 67% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
3/5 45% The Bad Batch (2017) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
4/5 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) It's an impressive spectacle, if not a happy one. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
3/5 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) In all honesty The Untamed doesn't seem to go anywhere special. But connoisseurs of oddness may cherish it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
3/5 40% Brimstone (2017) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
4/5 85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
3/5 68% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
2/5 39% Whisky Galore (2017) It comes across as twee, comfy-cardigan film-making. And, Eddie Izzard's best efforts notwithstanding, it simply isn't very funny. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) Pleasant and watchable, perhaps, rather than brilliant. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 81% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/5 88% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 100% A Flickering Truth (2015) This is moving, powerful stuff. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet AAIC: Monet To Matisse (2016) This is a thoroughly pleasant feast for the eyes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 92% Speed Sisters (2017) It's not exactly hard-hitting stuff, and isn't meant to be, but it spins an entertaining yarn. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) All in all, job done, just about. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) This is quiet, unflashy film-making, that nonetheless packs a powerful punch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Renoir: Reviled and Revered (2016) An interesting film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 58% Alone in Berlin (2017) Though its fundamentally old-fashioned approach acts as a drag, its good intentions see it through. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/5 91% Uncle Howard (2016) It's impossible to remain unmoved. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! is a lot of fun, and beautifully crafted, too. One to savour. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015