Nigel Andrews

Nigel Andrews
Nigel Andrews's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK) Financial Times
Publications: Times (UK), Financial Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet Children of the Snow Land (2018) It's a wonderfully touching documentary. And almost a proof that everyone has a story - even a film - inside his or her life. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 86% Girl (2018) Many dreams, Dhont suggests, come with nightmares attached - by society, by biology or even by the individual's own insurgent fears and qualms. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 91% Benjamin (2018) If this romcom were any lower-key, it might go off-radar - or off-gaydar - without trace. But Colin Morgan, as failing Irish-London film-maker, is terrific at doleful, muted self-regard. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) It's awesome if you're in the mood (for Roberts at least). It's awful, or close, if you're not. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 47% What Men Want (2019) The plot is predictable to the last programmed giggle. But Henson is pretty terrific; if you can stand comical histrionics done with style while pitched to high C, amplified to triple-f and played by the full personality orchestra. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
5/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Here is a story that upturns all the usual questions, never mind the traditional or notional answers. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 93% Ray & Liz (2018) The film hops about in time and mood with the agility of an actual fly on an actual wall. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 100% Rosie (2018) There is a bittersweetness of vision in this movie: an imaginative, compassionate reaching-forth to this young Mother Courage setting out her daily stall of stoical desperation. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 90% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Gyllenhaal plays the dotty dominie with a creepy grace and an entranced skill. It's no fault of hers that writer-director Sara Colangelo takes the fable too far and lets pottiness, finally, cosh plausibility. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Here we are lost in a deracinated landscape somewhere between Agatha Christie and Aeschylus. The whodunnit tensions are too often vitiated by "who cares?" - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) The movie alternates between the exhaustingly samey (crash, bag, flash, kerpow) and the refreshingly let's-shrug-and-have-some-quiet-moments. It is a relief to have a skilled under-actor in the main role. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
1/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Moland, directing an Americanisation of his hit Scandiwegian thriller In Order of Disappearance, tries to blend suspense-and-violence with Pulp Fiction-style black comedy. He is no good at either: here at least. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum is for fans of Slumdog Millionaire, not Pather Panchali: neorealism with bells on. Some scenes, even so, scar us and stay with us. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) We know or guess the story's outcome even if we are non-Americans. No one today will make a film about a woman failing to make her mark on history. But this tale is well told... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) An affecting true story of African self-help. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 97% Alien (1979) Everything shrieks fit to burst, ignoring the poster tagline ("In space no one can hear you scream"). - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 90% A Private War (2018) Poor, gifted Rosamund Pike is persuaded to play the American-born Sunday Times journo at full throttle, when half-throttle would be a nice occasional variant. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 83% Jellyfish (2018) It never condescends. It never condemns. It keeps its gaze on the characters, their colours, and their refusal to take on, chameleon-like, the drab hues of their environment. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 55% Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) By the close I didn't want to see any more of this film. But by the following day I was still seeing it in my head. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 82% Instant Family (2018) Sean Anders' film begins bearably; becomes Hollywoodish; ends up as diabetes-grade comedy schmaltz. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) From a strongish cast, only Mahershala Ali, as a preening villain with glowing blue eyes, emerges with any sheen of novelty or shine of intelligent mischief. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
2/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Outing number four is loud, weary, repetitive and psychopathically wacky. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Holier-than-thou black sanctity. Glutinous gospellings of martyrdom. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Worthy theme and willing creators. But for whatever reason, Boy Erased never rubs its story potential the right way. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 74% All Is True (2019) All Is True is a mellow, bustling, sweet-natured literary biopic. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 100% América (2018) América is a wonderful film: a big, jagged, sparkling chunk of human truth that could have fallen from the skies. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) Though non-Americans may be bemused by the plot's basketball politics and backroom dealings, they will be rewarded by the rush of good acting and word-duelling. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) We can't believe the two got away with it for so long. But simultaneously we will them on. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 78% Green Book (2018) This is a movie about insulting stereotypes and the dirigiste devices of organised racism that delivers its own, audience-insulting stereotypes, with a tonne of dramatic directionalism. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) I like haywire. And Burning, in its sombrely burnished way, is very haywire. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Tripe can be enjoyable. Velvet Buzzsaw is a film of two halves, each borderline tripey. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 76% Love Sonia (2018) Love Sonia has moments of power before it blands out in a nulling denouement... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
1/5 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) On Her Shoulders is close to being awful. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 100% Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018) Much of this film's footage is previously unseen: including a first showing for a television interview with Ingmar's brother, kept off the screen at the time by Ingmar. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Grunge feminism laid on with a shovel. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice is a big fat mess of a film about a big fat mess (courtesy of script and make-up department) of an anti-hero. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is no better than it should be, except for that precious 90 per cent of its duration when its star is on its screen. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) If the film were any more fun it would be barely legal. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Carell is heroically good as the father vexed by his powerless compassion and Chalamet equal to him in his wrestling, restless awareness of his own path to destruction. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 83% The Raft (2018) If we all end up like this, we should be happy: prepossessing wrecks, blithely remembering the days we put to sea as vessels of youth, hoping we'd reach journey's end without destroying ourselves or each other. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Hale County is a kind of mini-epochal calendar art, turning its seasonal pages. With a heavier hand it would have become tendentious or messagey. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) People in some glass houses should throw stones. I'm all for tomatoes, too, in the case of Glass, the new thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) Wayward and unsettled in style and story, as if to reflect the restlessness of cul-de-sac lives, it never catches at its characters for long enough to make their unsettled waywardness compelling. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 91% Professione: reporter (The Passenger) (1975) The Passenger is almost a masterpiece. Almost? That's because the plot, a thrillerish tangle about swapped identity in a menacing foreign country, begs for the pen of Patricia Highsmith. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) A subtle, harrowing, acid-etched story of love and hate... - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 94% RBG (2018) The documentary makes us grateful for the truth that "It takes all sorts to make a world" - and for the fact that RBG may be staunchest bulwark against the unmaking of that world, in the present American political moment. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
2/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Fogelman takes on more than he can chew and hands to us the semi-masticated pulp, full of fatuous musings on Life's Meaning. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is so assaultively entertaining that you keep wanting to go outside for fresh air. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
4/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) For a film by a populist director aimed at - presumably - a large audience, Robert Zemeckis's Welcome to Marwen has a ton of courage. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/5 62% Bird Box (2018) Not a bad frightener when it works. When it doesn't work, it's largely for the birds. - Financial Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018