Andy Lea

Andy Lea
Andy Lea's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Express (UK) Daily Star (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) It's not just the rabbit who seems to have learned a lesson. Returning director Will Gluck has realised that a more toned-down hero makes for a superior and far less "polarising" sequel. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
3/5 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) The pacing is off but the shoot-outs are tense, the scenery is spectacular and Jolie makes the most of her first action role since 2010's Salt. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Whisper it quietly but I think Hollywood has finally worked out how to adapt a video game. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Touching, wryly amusing and, like its unusual heroine, bracingly unsentimental. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
2/5 89% Black Bear (2020) For me, Black Bear is more of a bugbear. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
69% Ammonite (2020) This story could have soared but, instead, it gets bogged down in a sad and disappointingly familiar domestic drama. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Sadly, Snyder hasn't learned from past mistakes, stirring in more dreary Batman premonitions, sequel-baiting subplots and a comeback for Jared Leto's worst-ever Joker. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
3/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) It's far better than the original, but core problems remain. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) I would have preferred more focus on the politics of the time but it's the human drama that makes it so gripping. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
2/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Too happy to coast along on cameo appearances, broad comedy and knowing callbacks to the original. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) The sparky characters, slick animation and breezy (and entirely bloodless) fight scenes transport us to a beautifully realised fantasy realm. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4/5 81% Pelé (2021) The archive footage is a thrilling testament to his talent. But the film also explores the dark side of the Brazilian nationalism he unwittingly unleashed. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
78% I Care a Lot (2021) As the pitch-black comedy gave way to a tense game of cat and mouse, I found it impossible to care. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/5 70% Dragon Rider (2019) The animation is bright and breezy, the plot moves at a fair clip and Patrick Stewart is good value voicing a dragon-munching monster. Sadly, the characters are less finely drawn. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
5/5 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) After this, I won't be able to look at Morgan Freeman without thinking of a mournful crab or hear a lounge pianist without thinking of Mark Jonathan Davis's wildly inappropriate Richard Cheese. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) More intriguing is the notion that technology and popular culture are changing the way we view the world. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 90% Rams (2021) The change of location works surprisingly well. Australia and Iceland may be a world apart, but their old warriors seem to share strands of grizzled DNA. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
90% Rams (2021) By the end, gentle comedy has given way to a touching human drama about identity, landscape and bloodlines. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
1/5 16% Twist (2021) The last time Caine did Dickens, he was Scrooge to Kermit the Frog's Bob Cratchit. This time, the muppets are behind the camera. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
4/5 71% Persian Lessons (2020) While some aspects of the story stretch credulity, two brilliant lead performances keep us hooked. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 92% Baby, Done (2021) The episodic structure makes it difficult to get emotionally involved with the ups and downs of the couple's relationship but it does deliver accomplished physical comedy and some wonderfully snarky one-liners. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
4/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) The pace sags a little in the middle, but the tension keeps us hooked as we hurtle towards the pitch black finale. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The plot is a little sketchy but there are some spectacular action scenes including a flashback to a young Diana competing in an ancient pentathlon and a fun heist in an 80s shopping centre. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) For long stretches of the movie's 102 minutes, this unusually fraught romantic comedy fails to deliver the audience either romance or jokes. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
100% Finding Jack Charlton (2020) A rousing film about a life lived to the full. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 97% Billie (2020) For director James Erskine, journalist Linda Kuehl's mountain of cassettes is like a time capsule, allowing him to tell Holiday's story through the mostly dead voices of those who knew her best. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/5 72% Mulan (2020) Disney has turned a fun, family musical into a po-faced war movie with a rather suspect message. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) While nothing compares with the first film's naked wrestling scene, Kazakhstan's most famous son can still raise uncomfortable laughs. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 78% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) Director Charles Martin Smith makes sure Bob and his not-quite-as-gorgeous stand-ins are given plenty of lingering close-ups. Which is a smart move as the plot is even thinner than the first one. - Daily Express (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
5/5 100% Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story (2020) A fascinating portrait of a genuine class act. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) At times it feels like this overstuffed stocking is in danger of coming apart at the seams but children of all ages should enjoy unpacking its many delights. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 70% Tenet (2020) Bamboozling, bold, wildly spectacular - this could be the perfect curtain-raiser for this year's delayed blockbuster season. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 48% Unhinged (2020) It's a simple set-up, but the plot is full of surprises and Crowe is genuinely terrifying. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
2/5 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) But while the deliberately naff songs hit all the right notes, the comedy is painfully off-key. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/5 57% Resistance (2020) Eisenberg's mime skills aren't up to scratch, the jumps in time and location are confusing and not all the action scenes are convincing. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
1/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) A confusing mess populated by characters we hardly know and powered by a mythology we barely understand. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/5 92% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2021) This charming coming-of-age drama uses stock comedy characters in some surprisingly subtle ways. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/5 70% The High Note (2020) It's consistently entertaining, if a little lacking in soul. If this was a record, I'd have to file under "Easy Listening". - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
3/5 48% My Spy (2020) Bautista and Coleman make a great double act and Schaal gets some sharp lines. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) Rowland and screenwriter Joe Murtagh know how to balance the violence with tender drama, sharp dialogue and black comedy. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A strangely enjoyable enough romp that's missing a standout action scene or a killer one-liner. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) The costumes are sumptuous and the overlapping dialogue feels refreshingly authentic. The plot, however, can be a bit tricky to follow. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) A nerve-shredding, eye-popping odyssey through the horrors of World War One. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Disney plays it safe with a slick but predictable finale. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) The best film of 2019. If Phoenix doesn't take home an Oscar the villains will be sitting on the Academy. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) As these set-pieces could be put in any order, the film feels more like a series of randomly assembled shorts than a coherent feature film. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 62% The Informer (2020) We know roughly where the pieces will fall in this very solidly-made slice of pulp fiction, but actor turned director Andrea Di Stefano assembles them in some very pleasing patterns. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Thankfully, returning director Jon Watts makes sure our dorky hero doesn't get lost in the MCU's bloated mythology. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) The film isn't just out to tickle our funny bones. At its heart, this is a tear-jerking love story - albeit one about two straight men in their 60s. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Director James Wan keeps things moving but seems a little out of his depth when fishing for laughs. - Daily Star (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018