Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Andrew Todd is a creative professional from New Zealand. As a critic, he has written for Birth.Movies.Death, Polygon, IGN, SlashFilm, among others, and takes particular interest in the common ground between cinema and video games. As a filmmaker, his work has won awards and been featured by press outlets and cinemas around the world. He currently lives in Montreal.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Why Don't You Just Die? is a wildly successful debut film for Sokolov. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
No Score Yet Jurassic Thunder (2019) The result of consuming a diet exclusively of comics and blockbusters and never once paying attention to what makes them tick under the surface. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
100% Happy Face (2019) There's real heart at its core, and its nakedly empathetic yet unbeatific treatment of its unconventional cast is something rarely seen in cinema. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
72% Vivarium (2020) Vivarium is compelling, depressing, apocalyptic even - and strangely invigorating. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
8/10 95% The Twentieth Century (2020) With such a heightened sense of style, and such an absurd sense of humour, it would have been all too easy for The Twentieth Century to descend into farce, yet it never does. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut (1994) Tammy and the T-Rex is dumb as a bag of rocks - but it's funny... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
82% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) A triumphantly unique work of cinematic art, telling a universal story in genuinely innovative ways that continue to burrow into the mind long after the film rolls to a close. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
8/10 50% Mope (2020) Not many films have started this funny and uplifting, while ending this bleak and depressing. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
74% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) We Are The Flesh is either unwatchable or unmissable, depending on your attitude towards unconventional filmmaking and weird sex cults. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
79% She's Allergic to Cats (2016) It's funny and confounding and adorable and gross all at once, and I love it to goddamn pieces. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
67% Another Evil (2017) Much of Another Evil's charm comes from Mark Proksch's performance as Os, the most eccentric ghost hunter in a genre full of eccentric ghost hunters. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
89% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) A fun and eye-openingly original ride, gleefully leaping from genre to genre with nimble grace. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
48% Red Christmas (2017) A bewildering cavalcade of nonsense where nearly every creative decision is either questionable or objectively incorrect. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
100% The Evil Within (2017) A stream-of-consciousness nightmare that would never have existed were it not for the confluence of money, mental illness, and fanatical devotion to vision. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
100% On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie) (1988) One can only imagine how influential it would have been had it been completed and released as intended. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) Provides a rare non-judgemental character portrait of sociopathy, engaging with it intelligently without ignoring its dangerous side. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
100% Salyut-7 (2017) As foreshadowed by a nailbiter of a prologue involving a tiny hole in a spacesuit, almost every one of Salyut-7's episodic problem-solving sequences are grip-your-seat suspenseful. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
89% Blood Father (2016) Full of ugly personalities and dirty imagery, it's a return to the glory days of unpretentious action thrillers that did what they set out to do, and nothing more. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
23% Yoga Hosers (2016) No amount of self-deprecating jokes will make Yoga Hosers a better movie, or Smith a more honest filmmaker. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
38% Skiptrace (2016) For all the comforts nostalgia might bring to Skiptrace, the film's also a pretty good reminder that the Rush Hour era brought with it its fair share of cringeworthy shit. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
94% Tickled (2016) Tickled tackles issues and events far stranger than its outward appearance would suggest. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
76% Una (2017) A raw, frank examination of the psychology of the abused, the abuser, and abuse itself. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 10 Cloverfield Lane is restrained and functional, letting the cast, the screenplay, and the edit do the heavy lifting. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
84% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Feels like a movie made during World War II to drum up enlistments - with all the dodgy moralising that entails. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
92% Always Shine (2016) Performances that explore the meaning of performance are hard to do, but Davis and FitzGerald pull them off with aplomb. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
36% Attraction (Prityazhenie) (2017) It's so four-quadrant in its attempts to be both gritty and funny, romantic and action-packed, that it never gets to develop significantly in any particular direction. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
86% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) A joyously sanguine time at the movies. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) Yakuza Apocalypse's third act goes into full-blown action territory, replete with hand-to-hand combat, bodily fluids, and surreal supernatural business - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) There's a reason why formulas and cliches have developed the way they do: when they're executed well, they just work. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
82% Victoria (2015) That the handheld camerawork often ceases to "feel" like a single-take movie is testament to how well the actors draw the audience in. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
81% Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Død snø 2) (2014) Where the first movie was limited by its small cast and budget, the second sees literal armies of zombies brutalising each other as fistfights occur on moving tanks. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
95% Housebound (2014) There's a lot to be said for a low-budget premise that uses its budget as inspiration rather than limitation. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
No Score Yet Bro's Before Ho's (2013) The creators of NEW KIDS TURBO have made their most mature film yet, but don't worry - it's still really immature. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) A visually gorgeous, minimalist survival Western filled with weirdos, danger, and surprisingly mature themes. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Lessons of Darkness (1995) Living up to its opening quote about the end of the universe, Lessons of Darkness is a glimpse at a world-death caused by humanity - one we haven't entirely avoided yet. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
No Score Yet Utu (1984) It's New Zealand's best film ever, at once culturally significant and broadly entertaining, melding American genre with New Zealand history to stunning effect. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
50% Lisztomania (1975) Lisztomania is a total mess, but it's a mess with Ken Russell's typical grandiosity and oddness of vision. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
90% Miracle Mile (1989) Miracle Mile grants us a poetic end in the face of absolute destruction. Someday, maybe, we'll re-emerge twinkling into the sun. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
29% Starcrash (1979) Heartless and sexless (despite Munro's bondage gear outfit), the drama and excitement has been sucked out of everything it's borrowed from Star Wars. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
75% Class of 1984 (1982) Class of 1984 is AAA+++ exploitation: violent, grotesque, morally debased, and completely reactionary - and perfectly crafted to deliver its grimy dystopia like a punch to the throat. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
76% Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) Like fans at a concert, the movie and its audience are a feedback loop of shrieking adoration for a figure who's probably tired of them. And hot diggity damn, is it riveting to watch. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
91% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) As the film reaches its bleak, desolate, lonely ending, it almost precisely evokes the moody imagery of the ending of Chinatown. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
No Score Yet Dwarves Kingdom (2015) With many subjects and narrative threads going nowhere, it feels more suited to a television format than cinema. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
94% Force Majeure (2014) See it with someone with whom you want to feel weird holding hands. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
95% It Follows (2015) Rather than anything as uninspired as a sex scare movie, It Follows plays more upon the fears and insecurities that plague any teenager, sexually active or not. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
No Score Yet Jacky In Women's Kingdom (2014) That a dystopian satire is the feel-good movie of the year is a weird concept to grapple with, but you're just going to have to deal with it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
42% Open Windows (2014) If you can muscle past the plot weirdness, you'll find a movie with a strong insight into celebrity culture in the Internet age. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
49% The Judge (2014) It'll be great to watch while ironing your clothes one day. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
No Score Yet Alien Crystal Palace (2019) A profoundly narcissistic picture - and that's a crucial part of its weird charm. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
60% DreadOut: Tower of Hell (2019) Dreadout is still probably one of the more-serviceable video game adaptations out there - as low a bar as that is. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019