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Geoff Andrew

Geoff Andrew
Geoff Andrew's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Time Out

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% Ornette: Made in America (2012) For the sight and sound of the man in action (including some fine archive footage from the early '70s), it's essential viewing for any jazz aficionado.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2012
100% The Ring (1927) Arguably the finest of Hitchcock's silent films.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet 80 Waves (2012) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2012
83% All This, and Heaven Too (1940) It's a pretty long, gloomy haul, though lavishly mounted (with photography by Ernest Haller) and sensitively acted.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
71% America, America (1963) The entire movie benefits from its authenticity, geographical, historical and emotional, and may be seen as one of the peaks of Kazan's career.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
100% Hold Back the Dawn (1941) This romantic weepie is both moving and effectively stylish.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2012
86% The Citadel (1938) Sweetened with a happy ending, it's still an effective piece of work, thanks to Donat's typically sturdy performance and Vidor's powerful direction.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2012
78% The Moment of Truth (1965) It's a colourful, cruel world of senseless exploitation (of animals and humans alike) and tyrannical traditions, rendered with vivid brilliance by this uncommonly unsentimental director.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
2/5 69% Hadewijch (2010) You either go with Dumont's arrogant series of conundrums and paradoxes or - as I do - you see them as mere meaningless 'effects' with little rhyme and no reason.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 71% The Nine Muses (2011) A fragmented but highly engrossing cinepoem on the related subjects of migration and exile, isolation and memory.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2012
4/5 87% Carancho (2011) The desolate Edward Hopper nightscapes provide an effective context...‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2012
100% Wild River (1960) One of [Kazan's] least theatrical and most affecting films.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet Aita (Father) (2010) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet 80 egunean (For 80 Days) (2010) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet Halt Auf Freier Strecke (2011) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 68% Honeydripper (2007) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
99% Le Havre (2011) Something to savour.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2011
4/5 96% The Kid with a Bike (2012) To anyone familiar with the Dardennes' relatively small but very substantial body of work, this might sound as if it's going over old ground - and maybe it is, but it's still producing fresh and extremely fruitful results.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 16, 2011
4/5 92% Ballast (2008) Although the film never fulfils the promise of its elliptical, mysterious opening - the drama occasionally lacks momentum as it proceeds towards some sort of resolution - there's no denying its intelligence, compassion and assurance.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2011
3/5 93% Abel (2013) Engrossing, intelligent fare.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2011
89% Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai) (1936) Superbly acted, shot and scripted, this is searing stuff.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
89% The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (1971) It's very slow, subtly acted, and if you can last the course, quite moving‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
4/5 66% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) Naturalistic performances and stylish, semi-documentary-style cinematography and editing (both courtesy of the director) make for an engrossing, insightful study of internal and interpersonal conflict.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2009
5/5 66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) It's not a Hollywood-style movie - it demands patience and proper attention - but it's a great movie, and rewards magnificently.‐ Time Out Sydney
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2009
100% Liverpool (2008) The imagery is meticulous, the pacing carefully measured, and the mood generally melancholy and enigmatic. Whether the film adds up to more than the some of its parts is moot; Alonso certainly seems keen not to give away any superflous information.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2009
4/5 47% Taking Woodstock (2009) It does at least come across as a portrait of an era that's affectionate, authentic and pleasingly adult in its tone and concerns.‐ Time Out Sydney
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2009
3/5 73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) He's helped by charismatic, pleasingly ambivalent performances by all involved, and while a later penalty sequence is needlessly prolonged, it doesn't diminish the film's cumulative effect. Serious fun.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2009
4/6 47% Taking Woodstock (2009) Undoubtedly one of Ang Lee's lighter films, 'Taking Woodstock' is also one of his better ones, and a welcome return to form.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 18, 2009
3/6 91% Vengeance (Fuk sau) (2010) If indeed there is anything surprising about this cliché-packed genre fare, it's the degree to which To and his screenwriter Wai Ka-Fai are prepared to indulge their flair for the ludicrous.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 18, 2009
2/6 47% Spring Fever (Chun feng chen zui de ye wan) (2010) We're supposed to feel some kind of infinite sadness about our existential loneliness and vulnerability; but what I felt, despite a scattering of strong scenes, was a growing impatience both with the characters and the trite message.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
4/6 96% Tulpan (2009) A deliciously light touch characterises this dry, deadpan comedy set in the stark and sparsely inhabited steppes of Kazakhstan.‐ Time Out Sydney
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2009
4/6 79% Gran Torino (2009) The comedy-drama on release is actually a rather wise, insightful exploration of family and friendship, violence and vengeance.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2009
5/6 66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) It's not a Hollywood-style movie - it demands patience and proper attention - but it's a great movie, and rewards magnificently.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2009
71% Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979) It's very hard to sit through and offers no insights whatsoever into power, politics, history or sexuality. Nasty stuff.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
95% The Class (2008) Cantet's Palme d'Or winner is a marvel, its authenticity deriving both from the superb performances of its non-professional cast and from a screenplay co-written by Bégaudeau.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
73% A Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok Spokojnego Slonca) (1984) Deeply human, with acute observation, wry humour, and a startling finale.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
86% Too Late Blues (1961) One of the more impressive Hollywood movies to be set in the hip, flip jazz world.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2008
No Score Yet El Mar (2003) Too portentous, overheated, flashy, derivative and implausible for its own good.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 12, 2008
4/6 77% Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007) Swiftly and deftly immersing us in the fashions - not just the clothes and decor, but also the changing sexual and social ethics - of the 1830s, Breillat's meticulous, eloquent script and direction succeed in relating a consistently engrossing story.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2008
83% $ (Dollars) (The Heist) (1971) The comedy sits uneasily with the admittedly efficient action scenes, although at least here we have none of the usual Brooks sermonising to dilute the brew.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2008
88% Semi-Tough (1977) A delightful, gentle satire on the American ideal of winning, which also takes broad but often hilarious swipes at fashionable health fads.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2008
5/6 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) A masterly tale of the good, the deranged and the doomed that inflects the raw violence of the west with a wry acknowledgement of the demise of codes of honour, this is frighteningly intelligent and imaginative.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2008
5/6 88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Superior fare, packed with insight and suspense.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2008
5/6 69% The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007) The whole thing is compelling from start to finish; 'cruel ironies' doesn't even begin to describe it.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2007
2/6 59% Love Songs (2008) The songs are poor, the faddishness (folk parading books passim, à la Godard) and Garrel's performance are irritating, and only Chiara Mastroianni as a grieving sister brings any real sense of conviction to her role.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
90% Whirlpool (1949) It's a fine example of the way Preminger, on occasion, managed to deflect routine melodrama into something more personal and profound.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2007
100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) With Cooper as the crusading officer, one is never in any doubt as to the correctness and sincerity of his views (Mitchell was posthumously rehabilitated in 1947), while Steiger puts in one of his inimitably flashy performances as the prosecuting attorney
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2007
No Score Yet An oddity, then, but one distinguished by Ray's characteristic refusal to patronise or glamorise his characters.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2007
100% Strike (Stachka) (1925) Eisenstein's first feature also remains his most watchable.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2007
4/6 84% Back to Normandy (2008) Viewers should be won over by the director's warm humanity, puckish sense of humour and rich appetite for contingent associations.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2007