Nigel Andrews

Nigel Andrews
Nigel Andrews's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Times (UK) Financial Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
73% The Blues Brothers (1980) Elsewhere flat characterisation and flimsy subplots -- who ever dreamed up those Nazis? -- numb the brain and add up to an expense of spirit in a waste of time, talent and money. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
88% Crocodile Dundee (1986) The vote for the movie is a vote for human beings in a screen age elsewhere engulfed by ducks, chimps, puppets or aliens, and a vote for the "special effects" of a credible hero an: large in a credibly unnerving environment. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
No Score Yet Harem (1985) [Harem] seems to be intended as a thinking man's Valentino movie. Unfortunately it is more like a sleeping man's Valentino movie. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
13% Howard the Duck (1986) The sophisticated tone of the project is set early on by its array of puns. Our hero reads Playduck magazine and has a wallet bursting with credit cards like Mallardcard and Bloomingducks. The problem is that these are the funniest things in the film. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
No Score Yet Burning An Illusion (1981) A movie that begins with a buoyant free-fall individualism ends up like a speak-your-fate agitprop manifesto. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
93% The Secret of NIMH (1982) [The Secret of NIMH] is a cornucopia of visual wonders bravely, but finally vainly, in search of a good story. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
63% Rocky III (1982) Rocky was a right hook that hit satisfying home: Rocky II was a good follow-up left: Rocky III is a redundant flurry of fisticuffs long after the match has been won and the referee has raised the victor's arm. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Director Nicholas Meyer plays off the light and the dark of the story against each other with flair and command. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
82% Total Recall (1990) Suffice it that machines crackle, futureworlds whirl and beings human and animal metamorphose before our eyes. Sci-fl addicts, see and enjoy. Everyone else may await, though not over-eagerly, the video. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
40% The Boost (1988) Whenever he Is on screen Woods turns a B-movie melodrama about human waste Into a humming psycho-drama. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
71% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Gremlins 2 The New Batch has so much comic energy that we overlook its lack of anything worth calling a plot. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
71% Child's Play (1988) A rip-roaring low-budget screamer. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
100% Zuckerbaby (Sugarbaby) (1985) The movie's first half is its best. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
75% Pretty in Pink (1986) Neither author Hughes nor director Howard Deutch can stop the needle getting stuck in a too-familiar groove. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
No Score Yet Moxie (1985) A dire little comedy. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
30% Troll (1986) This enchanting Gremlins-style fantasy -comedy, about mini-monsters usurping an apartment house, has a witty script and five-star special effects. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
95% Desert Hearts (1986) The nearly-all-female cast is excellent, the sense of place is strong. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
93% Chan Is Missing (1982) As well as wackiness, there is wisdom. This was Wang's debut movie, made before the recently seen Dim Sum, and already he shows a flair consummated in that film for stretching domestic details or family tiffs into a pixillated poetry of the everyday. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
No Score Yet Down The Ancient Stairs (per Le Antiche Scale) (1975) [A] potboiler with pretensions. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
56% Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976) A leaden-footed caper. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
No Score Yet Family Life (Zycie rodzinne) (1971) It tends to force-feed its ideas, rather than allow the audience digest them at their own pace and in their own way. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
96% Taxi Driver (1976) The problem lies less with what the film has to say than the way it says it: the laboriousness with which its sermon on the seeds of fascism is spelled out. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
92% Family Plot (1976) If this is Hitchcock's last film, he couldn't have left us on a more confident and mischievously inventive note. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
2/5 76% Una (2017) After two hours you've caught the film's own fidgets, as it searches vainly for movements of the heart in movements of the action and movie crew. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
85% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) Greenaway's new film is -- let us waste no time -- a masterpiece. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
24% The River (1984) Director Rydell spends so much time trying to up the dramatic ante that characters and credibility are swept away in the endless deluge of hard-luck happenings. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
No Score Yet Bolero (1984) Totally bonkers from start to finish. Bolero never quite lets up being totally mesmerising as well. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
89% Places in the Heart (1984) This is Benton back to his best -- the writer of Bonnie and Clyde and director of Bod Company, who finds the beating heart of his country in the countryside. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 76% Starfish (2016) Froggatt is superb: a woman finding the good in her heart, painfully and tearfully, because that's the only way to fight the instincts of pitying revulsion counselled by the bad in her heart. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
55% What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) What's the Matter with Helen? provides considerable pleasure -- not least in the performances of Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as the heroines, and Michael MacLiammbir's scene-stealing, histrionically sinister drama teacher. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
95% Trafic (Traffic) (1972) While defending the consistency of Tati's vision as a humorist, it has to be admitted that Traffic is a fitful and disappointing successor to Playtime. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
90% National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) The film has swept through the American box office like a whirlwind, precipitating a rash of incipient college romps. One waits with trepidation: but at least the trailblazer has vitality and charm. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
89% Titanic (1997) [The ending] is a masterpiece of popcorn tragedy: not deep, not sophisticated, barely even credible, but gut-clutching for those of us who have already lost the sensible use of our stomachs, as we would in any worthwhile fairground ride. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
88% Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Kramer vs Kramer is a lopsided, sudsy movie that coasts through on its father-appeal, its star-power and its easy-paced comedy and pathos, seldom firing our brains and hearts into a fresh response. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
71% Forrest Gump (1994) Self-ingratiatingly, and for this viewer maddeningly, it blends the comic with the Christly, the satirical with the sentimental, the free-thinking with the fuddy-duddy. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
85% The English Patient (1996) If Minghella's debut feature Truly, Madly, Deeply was overrated -- a Ghost for the NW3 set -- this movie is a quantum leap towards cinema's potential for magic. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
78% Terms of Endearment (1983) Anyone who believes that television styles are new taking over the cinema -- or at least large sections of it -- will have their fears confirmed here. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) It is competent melodrama spun off from a fiendishly clever book. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
89% The Last Emperor (1987) Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor is like a lavishly prepared six-course meal during which the host keeps telling us we would all be happier and healthier with a place of cold porridge. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
89% Rain Man (1988) Mostly the film abounds with wit, charm and ingenuity. And above all it abounds with Dustin Hoffman. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
82% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) This is a chamber movie with the courage to stay small and resonant. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
91% Détective (1985) Once or twice I thought I espied a theme, much as a birdwatcher after a long vigil in the freezing dawn might think he espied a rare bird. But either I was wrong or it flew away before identification. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
97% Ran (1985) There is not a wasted second. [Here] is proof of what we seldom doubted: Kurosawa is a director who becomes godlike rather than gaga in old age. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
62% Out of Africa (1985) We (the audience) wish at several paints during 2 1/2 hours of watching Blixen' s book vaporise into Love Story Goes To Kenya to be free of the movie. How it does go on. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
85% All of Me (1984) Most of the film is about as funny as falling off a cliff while trying to solve a crossword puzzle. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Water (1985) How on earth do films like this make the mighty leap from drawing board to movie camera -- and then from camera to audience? - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
29% Edith and Marcel (1983) The audience, unfortunately, will regret if they get snarled up in this 2 1/2 hours' traffic jam of song, schmaltz, and melodrama. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) Kids will probably love it. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 96% La Dolce Vita (1960) This film defined a decade before the decade arrived. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) The sly smuggling of feminist subtexts - already a small part of Alcott's contraband design - gives the film a sardonic, vibrant modernism. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019