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
93% Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a powerful story about identity and creation and pain and love. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
43% Satanic Panic (2019) Though there's a story buried in there, it's not told to its maximum potential, instead buried under derivative horror setpieces and incongruous jokes. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
20% Verotika (2019) Verotika should be the most boring film ever made, but its editing is so consistently terrible, and bafflingly so, that even audiences unfamiliar with editing conventions will find it captivating and hilarious. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) A breezy, engaging look at a profoundly influential historical figure before he passes away. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Its core conceit isn't quite as compelling - but its characters are, and that's where it counts. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
44% Captive State (2019) It's noise without structure, movement without direction, plot without story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
75% The Wandering Earth (2019) It makes absolutely zero sense at times, especially in the frantic and bonkers third act. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) A survival movie that isn't a reinvention of the genre - just a really strong example of it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
81% Buffalo Boys (2019) But the best element, as with Five Fingers, is the use of American cinematic imagery to frame a story that's uniquely non-American. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
64% Babe: Pig in the City (1998) The audience isn't coddled, and the film doesn't talk down to anyone. We are, all of us, subjects to unbearable emotions, and Pig in the City is a rare film that more or less encompasses all of them. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters simply sits back, looks you quietly in the eye, and follows up every one of your judgements with "Yeah, but why?" - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) A truly transformative experiment and a truly human take on history. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
89% Possum (2018) While Possum's resolution is a little disappointing -- rendering text a plot development that could easily have been left ambiguous -- it does little to dampen or dismantle the dread that's come before it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
100% Killing (Zan) (2018) In Killing, the only thing worse than being killed is becoming a killer yourself. It's a message counter to many a samurai myth - and a movie counter to many a samurai film. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
93% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Heavy Trip ought to appeal to a wider audience than Lords of Chaos, as the bar for entry in terms of prior knowledge (and stomach fortitude) is much lower. It's also just a likeable story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
100% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) Keep An Eye Out! is an absurd and often surreal comedy with some clever ideas tucked away inside. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
60% FP2: Beats of Rage (2018) It's just down to whether you dig that style or not. If you do, you'll get exactly what you expect. If you don't, you'll be so annoyed you'll wish you'd been 187ed. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
83% High Life (2019) High Life will certainly certainly perplex traditional R-Pattz fans -- but for those of us captivated by his second coming, it's a wild and visionary ride - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Moore's film is laced with all the slick montages, wry voiceover, and unfortunate self-importance and lack of focus that have become his calling cards. But it's hard to deny its final message: only action can make a difference. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
96% In Fabric (2019) For those susceptible to its slow-motion, giallo-inspired charms, In Fabric is a disjointed but wonderful collection of surreal, anticapitalist treats. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) It's the human side of the film that sticks around in the brain: a moving story of trauma and recuperation - and of facing a monster. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) Devotees of the franchise will get exactly the kind of creative Predator action they've been craving... But the movie as a whole feels as though it's suffered a death of a thousand cuts, hamstrung by rewrites and edits into a shapeless, unfocused mess. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Curtis' 40-years-on return to the role is no cash-in; she gives an emotionally raw performance that makes Laurie the heart of the film. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
20% Nekrotronic (2019) More than anything, it feels like a bad video game adaptation - by virtue of also feeling like a bad video game. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
52% Papillon (2018) It's only as strong as its overstuffed and overexaggerated source material, and you get the sense the film would have been improved with even more diversion from the book. After all, it's not exactly a case of adapting a true story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Howard's performance is captivating, drawing us into every emotional peak and trough as she goes about her journey. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
58% Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) There's unique enjoyment to be had from watching something this utterly skullfuckingly deranged (not to mention seeing it with a cinema audience instead of at home). - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) One Cut of the Dead is a hilarious ode to creativity, family, perseverance, and the challenge of filmmaking, that's almost -- almost -- too clever for its own good. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
90% Skate Kitchen (2018) Even if Skate Kitchen doesn't seem like your bag (it isn't really mine, on paper), it's worth checking out. It's unlikely you'll see a more poetic depiction of friendship this year. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
89% Luz (2019) A thesis film from a graduation student that's good enough to escape into the real world. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
20% Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2004) Shark Attack 3 ain't a great film, or even necessarily a good film. But it is most definitely a fun film. Spin it up as an appetiser for The Meg. Or as a post-Meg digestif. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
76% Blue My Mind (2017) Blue My Mind follows in Raw's footsteps not just in content, but in its unexpected moments of beauty and emotion. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
94% CAM (2018) Even putting aside that it's Goldhaber and Mazzei's first feature, it's phenomenal. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) A film that, while flawed, comprehensively transcends its subject material. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
89% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) A weird, erotic coming-of-age fantasy adventure that probes dark, dank regions of the human psyche without getting too uncomfortable to watch. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
100% Chained for Life (2018) You'll likely come away from it, as I did, acutely aware of your own unacknowledged prejudices -- but that's good. And the movie's great. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
69% Relaxer (2019) Relaxer's premise is, somehow, both exactly what the movie's about, and utterly unrepresentative of what kind of experience it is. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Unfriended: Dark Web represents some of the best aspects of screenlife films - and some of its biggest limitations. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
71% Tales from the Hood 2 (2018) Keith David chews scenery magnificently in this horror anthology followup. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
54% Bad Samaritan (2018) Despite its objective flaws, it makes for an oddly fun watch. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
33% Super Troopers 2 (2018) A tired, sagging movie, populated by tired, sagging men still making pot jokes and fart noises well into middle age. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
91% Lean on Pete (2018) Even for those who find it difficult to connect with "horse movies," there's a lot worthwhile in Lean On Pete. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
No Score Yet Green House (2018) Though it falls short of delivering the total weirdo package, Green House is a fascinating watch - especially for fans of DIY cinema. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Laplace's Demon (2017) It's a testament to the importance of viewing art in context, of understanding where movies come from, of exercising more intellectual rigour than blindly watching whatever an algorithm predicts we want to watch next. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
No Score Yet Mangoshake (2018) For those who can see the heart inside the roughest cinematic outsider art, Mangoshake has a lot to offer. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
94% Foxtrot (2018) There are no grand statements about death or grief here, only minute observations of their effects, presented through carefully-considered performances and filmmaking decisions. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Part of what makes Entebbe a frustrating watch is its steadfast refusal to pass moral judgement on almost anyone in its cast. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Prey At Night delivers the same intentionally pointless terror as its predecessor - but it takes more delight in it (and thus doesn't sell it quite as well). - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
60% Padmaavat (2018) India's most controversial blockbuster is an exciting take on an ancient story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
87% Ravenous (Les affamés) (2018) The story isn't anything new, but the way it's told really is, and that's good enough for me. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018