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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
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2014
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
4/5 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) This film possesses a lacerating power that reinforces its self-contained claustrophobia.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2014
93% Diplomacy (2014) A highly civilised piece of work.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
No Score Yet The Vatican Museums (2014) Event cinema ought to be better than this.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) A moving tribute to a peerless talent.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 11, 2014
3/5 77% Noah (2014) A sombre, powerful biblical epic, shot through with a certain beserk grandeur and gloomy portenteousness.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 71% Foxfire (2013) The passion and sincerity of the performers carries the day.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 81% The Moo Man (2013) A low-key pleasure.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Tropicália (2013) [An] affectionate, if somewhat genuflecting documentary.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 89% Bernie (2012) Really impressive.‐ Guardian
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013
3/5 74% The Spirit of '45 (2013) Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013