Mallory Andrews

Mallory Andrews
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
89% The Third Wife (2019) It is commendable that Mayfair deftly enables May and her sister-wives to explore their own agencies and sexualities without ever using their suffering as window dressing to illustrate the film's gritty authenticity. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
88% One Last Deal (2018) His eventual redemption in the eyes of his family (and God?) is predictable. In other words...meh. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) While some of the in-jokes and nostalgic mood-setting come off as a little too pleased with their own cleverness, the real effectiveness of this iteration of Halloween is the engagement with the franchise's treatment of PTSD. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
33% Retrospekt (2018) As a study in trauma, Retrospekt is unfortunately shallow, leaning too hard into its narrative conceit to carry the film to its predictable conclusion. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
57% Kingsway (2018) Kingsway suffers from complete tonal whiplash. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
79% Blind Spot (2018) Billed as an indictment of social services and mental-health institutions, the film's depiction of grief is dully one-note. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
96% Ava (2018) Foroughi's shrewd filmmaking uses the frame to advantage: the tightening of Ava's constraints is matched by the tightening of the mise en scène around her. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) As an observer of the various dimensions and dynamics of families, [director Kore-eda Hirokazu] is a modern master. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
89% Women He's Undressed (2016) Women He's Undressed strives to be a cheeky jaunt through Orry-Kelly's illustrious career, but the man himself would undoubtedly be horrified to have been caught dead in this off-the-rack dreck. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Clouds of Sils Maria is a career best for Stewart, going toe-to-toe with the always formidable Binoche. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet We Monsters (Wir Monster) (2015) None of the characters react in ways that are recognizably human, nor even recognizably sociopathic in the case of Fautz's terrible histrionics as the eternally pouty Sarah. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet Spear (2015) Spear plays out like a minimalist musical. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet Ninth Floor (2015) Ninth Floor is worth a look-especially considering how the decades-old news footage looks painfully similar to contemporary images of racial unrest in Ferguson and beyond. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet Keeper (2015) Despite its carefully applied art-house sheen-naturalistic long takes, shallow depth of field, and subdued palette-Keeper is nothing more than rote baby-mama drama. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
91% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) Overall, the film is a fairly typical retread of the lesbian-falls-for-straight-woman narrative. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet In the Blood (2015) If the contrast between bad man-child/good doctor is supposed to be complex and compelling, it's all over too quickly to leave any lasting impression. T'is but a flesh wound. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet Forever Pure (2016) That it is a female eye peering into the dark side of male-dominated sports fandom is especially compelling, as it astutely appreciates how quickly macho posturing can into heinous bullying. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet A Decent Woman (2016) It is fun at first, but the gag eventually wears thin. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
59% City of Tiny Lights (2016) There's hardboiled and then there's just a waste of perfectly good eggs; City of Tiny Lights is regrettably the latter. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
50% Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (2017) Tulipani, Love etc. mistakes whimsicality for significance. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet The Poet and The Boy (Si-e-nui sa-rang) (2017) Had Kim trimmed down the Boy's drama, The Poet and the Boy may have crystallized into a tight, pitch-perfect sonnet, rather than the more tonally unwieldy free-form final product. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
4/5 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) A thought-provoking relationship drama that lingers long after the credits roll. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Cure: The Life Of Another (2014) Cure: The Life of Another suffers from poorly sketched out characters. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) As Valentine and Marie argue over their interpretations of the play, it sparks an ongoing discussion about youth, aging, memory, superstition and fame. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
86% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) [Sennia Nanua's] performance is worth the price of a ticket. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The only really satisfying wish-fulfillment fantasy of Fifty Shades Darker come when the twenty-something Ana is both promoted from her entry-level position to replace her boss, and has her savvy opinions praised by two older men in a staff meeting. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
41% 100 Streets (2017) Reader, I despise this movie. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) Paterson is a procedural of the creative process. Paterson is also the best love story of the year, of two different varieties. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
93% Neruda (2016) The real trouble is that Neruda is never regarded as anything but a figure of mythic status by his allies. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
87% Jackie (2016) Unfortunately, Portman's performance is the kind of boilerplate biopic mimicry that, while certainly attractive to Oscar voters, is the antithesis of the kind of critique she and Larraín are attempting. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
83% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) I refer to Feng Xiaogang's class comedy I Am Not Madame Bovary as painterly, in which Feng's studied use of unconventional aspect ratios are as distinctive a painter's brushstrokes. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
89% Doctor Strange (2016) What Doctor Strange possesses is an uncommonly cohesive thematic and visual language for a Marvel superhero movie. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
100% Tampopo (1985) Consuming Tampopo as a drool-worthy dish requires you to consider the sum of its perfectly seasoned parts. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
90% Blue Jay (2016) With its black-and-white photography dropping us into a cinematic space out-of-step with time, Blue Jay is a poignant chamber play between fortysomethings who never quite got over their teen romance. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
78% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) The Lovers and the Despot is not a ground-breaking piece of filmmaking by any metric, but will likely satisfy those with a curiosity for off-the-beaten-path film history. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
99% Cameraperson (2016) It's a sublime experience, one not to be missed on the big screen. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
78% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Perhaps it was necessary in the name of clarity, but, in spite of the inherently crazy story, a straightforward retelling becomes a bit rote after a while, especially in the third act. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
83% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Kate's transformation shifts from merely documenting a process to questioning the motives behind it. The final result is deeply unsettling, and (likely unintentionally) a timely indictment of recent headline-making method-acting histrionics. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
88% Pete's Dragon (2016) The strength of Lowery's Pete's Dragon lies in its restraint; the confidence that no single idea or plot point from the source material would be too precious or revered to do away with. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
55% Jason Bourne (2016) Clearly, Jason Bourne (and Jason Bourne) is tired. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
57% Free to Run (2016) Running has often been used by female athletes as a platform for proving their physical mettle to the world. If only Free to Run had stuck to this framework. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
35% Equals (2016) It's to [Stewart's] credit that Equals ends up being as watchable as it is. It's too bad the film can't quite live up to her endlessly compelling countenance. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
60% Roseanne for President! (2016) Roseanne for President! too often crosses that uneasy line between laughing-with and laughing-at. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
55% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The dialogue and acting are too silly to be taken seriously, while the ultra-violence and ham-fisted socio-political angle is presented too seriously to have much fun with it. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
94% Tickled (2016) Tickled thrums with the energy of All the President's Men, and is as much as conspiracy thriller as its fictional forbears. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) Bang Gang is yet another example of a shallow European art film masquerading as something weightier than it actually is. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
90% The Witness (2016) The Witness achieves something ... vital: restoring its victim into full, breathing life. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) For the most part, it lives up to this promise of a silly parody of empty-headed pop stardom. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
96% Weiner (2016) Weiner's even-handed look at the ups and downs of the partnership at the heart of the media circus raises the film from fascinating political procedural to a surprisingly effective relationship drama. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
75% Holy Hell (2016) Allen's gentle compassion for his fellow cult survivors is understandable, but is ultimately unsatisfying. Still, for fans of cult documentaries, Holy Hell is worth it for its insider footage alone. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016