Brand X

Brand X is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andy Klein
Rating Title/Year Author
City of Life and Death (2009) Andy Klein There is no way to soften the events presented, even though Lu spares us some documented atrocities that are as bad or worse than what we see. The result is both moving and exhausting. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2011
Beautiful Boy (2010) Andy Klein ... an effective drama that guides the viewer through a level of hell he or she will hopefully never face. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2011
The Tree of Life (2011) Andy Klein What keeps even the most trivial of Jack's memories from becoming boring is the remarkable way the film develops a sense of reality, situating the viewer right there. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2011
Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) Andy Klein [L]ike its '70s/'80s forebears, it combines outrageous quantities of fake blood and viscera with an antihero on a righteous mission. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2011
Midnight in Paris (2011) Andy Klein The tone is a welcome throwback to ... "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and the other fantasy-tinged films he made in the '80s. It's also the funniest film he's directed in 10 or 15 years. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2011
Hesher (2010) Andy Klein Gordon-Levitt ... gets to play the opposite of his usual put-upon nice-guy roles - and he runs with it, to the point of making Hesher downright scary a lot of the time. The rest of the cast keeps up with him, in their less flashy roles. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2011
The Beaver (2011) Andy Klein It's basically Gibson's show, and he's thoroughly believable. ...Unfortunately, the parallel [seems] to have come from a different, inferior screenplay, resulting in half a good film ... or at least half an interesting one. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2011
13 Assassins (2010) Andy Klein ... the main attraction here is the big battle, for both its wild swordplay and the endless variety of clever devices and strategies the samurai come up with to even their odds against [the villains'] overwhelming numeric superiority. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2011
Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) Andy Klein The deeply amusing new film from documentarian Morgan Spurlock may be the most "meta" documentary ever made. ...The self-reflexiveness could have grown wearying, were it not for Spurlock's affable, benevolent screen presence. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2011
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010) Andy Klein Rather than simply panning around within still photos, [the filmmakers] have taken images apart by computer and composited them, even moving bits around. ... It's a weird way to recreate missing events, but it's not as dishonest as it sounds. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2011
Wrecked (2011) Andy Klein Brody is as convincing as the script allows, and he deserves points for powering such a low-budget exercise. But the final product can only be rated partially successful. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2011
Super (2011) Andy Klein Much of the movie is styled as a romp, with comic-book effects, including crudely animated credits accompanied by power pop. ... But often [director Gunn] shows us hideously realistic wounds, way more disturbing than you expect in a superhero flick. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2011
Peep World (2010) Andy Klein The ... problem ... is how instantly and repeatedly Peep World recalls TV's Arrested Development ... but not as funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman (2010) Andy Klein If [it] sounds juvenile, well, okay, maybe it is. But who cares, when it's all so damn much fun? EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Andy Klein Exciting and deftly constructed. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2011
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) Andy Klein ...will satisfy those looking for a lightweight scare. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2011
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) Andy Klein ...possibly the worst animated feature ever to be distributed under the Disney banner. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2011
Kaboom (2010) Andy Klein ...zips along entertainingly, even when the ending runs off the rails. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2011
Summer Wars (2009) Andy Klein Where Hosoda shines is in the Oz-world visuals. The various confrontations with Love Machine in cyberspace are completely engaging - metaphorical visual representations of virtual conflicts in the manner of Tron: Legacy and Inception. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2011
Barney's Version (2010) Andy Klein At the end, the film flirts with bathos, but it's been absorbing enough along the way to maintain our good will. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2011
Yip Man 2 (2010) Andy Klein Yen matches his contemporary Jet Li, but it's just as big a thrill to see Sammo Hung - one of the truly great figures in HK film, both behind and in front of the camera - still flying and kicking at the age of 58. The whole thing just rocks. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2011
The Mechanic (2011) Andy Klein The new version delivers in a far more conventional way, but it does deliver. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2011
True Grit (2010) Andy Klein The Coens' version benefits from Roger Deakins' beautiful cinematography and a much snappier pace.... EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2010
Tron: Legacy (2010) Andy Klein The design of the visuals here reflects the huge advances in computer graphics over the last three decades: The landscapes and objects are beautiful and vastly more detailed than in Tron. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2010
The Tempest (2010) Andy Klein This is no Titus ... and no Forbidden Planet either. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2010
Black Swan (2010) Andy Klein ...an art-house horror film - 10% The Red Shoes, 20% Pi, and 70% Polanski's Repulsion. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2010
Four Lions (2009) Andy Klein A rude, edgy, rough indie comedy - hilariously funny until near the end, when reality begins to destroy the characters' slapstick universe. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
Fair Game (2010) Andy Klein Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith) paces the movie like a thriller, without unduly cranking up the action in the manner of those earlier entertainments. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
Monsters (2010) Andy Klein [W]riter/director Gareth Edwards ... has created the kind of visual effects that would have cost millions 15 years ago entirely on his home computer. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
Amer (2009) Andy Klein [T]hey have re-created, in exaggerated form, the virtues and vices of '70s/'80s Italian giallos... EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Andy Klein Warner Bros.' generally excellent adaptation of J.K. Rowling's hugely successful series of novels continues in fine form. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2010
Inside Job (2010) Andy Klein [N]early everyone Ferguson talks to displays an infuriating sense of entitlement... . The rest of us are set dressing -- barely visible extras -- in the important stories of their lives. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2010
I Spit on Your Grave (2010) Andy Klein [O]n nearly every level — script, performances, cinematography, pacing — [this version] is superior. But here's the rub: 2010 isn't 1978. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2010
The Social Network (2010) Andy Klein It's a tribute to Fincher and Sorkin that The Social Network ends up being more absorbing and nuanced than anyone could have hoped. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2010
Enter the Void (2009) Andy Klein ...will strike some as pretentious, self-serious twaddle ... but, if you have the least taste for, well, trippiness, Enter the Void is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2010
Catfish (2010) Andy Klein The first thing to know about Catfish is that the trailers and ads are [misleading]... . The second thing to know is that Catfish is better than the movie described in the ads. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2010
I'm Still Here (2010) Andy Klein The best mockumentaries - This Is Spinal Tap, any of Christopher Guest's films, Incident at Loch Ness - are immensely entertaining even if (or when) you realize they're fake. The same can't be said for I'm Still Here. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2010
Machete (2010) Andy Klein For sheer entertainment value, Machete easily surpasses glossy action features like Takers and The Expendables. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2010
Centurion (2010) Andy Klein [T]he only new thing Marshall brings to the Roman Empire subgenre is gross-out aesthetics. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2010
The Tillman Story (2010) Andy Klein Amazingly ... The Tillman Story is utterly entertaining, even as it infuriates. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2010
A Film Unfinished (2009) Andy Klein While much of A Film Unfinished is a fairly dry presentation of primarily historical interest, the reminiscences of the survivors give it a deeper human dimension. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2010
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) Andy Klein ...suffers only in its familiarity, i.e., we've seen most of this before. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2010
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Andy Klein The style is Sega surrealism, the narrative strategy 30% Bunuel and 70% Bally.... Wright throws things at us at such a fever pitch that the experience can be exhausting [but] the stuff he's throwing is so funny ... EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2010
Valhalla Rising (2009) Andy Klein The visual beauty is exceeded only by the gruesomeness of some of the violence... EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2010
Inception (2010) Andy Klein Nolan's film delivers on all scores. The writer/director of Memento continues to show that action blockbusters don't have to check their brains at the door. ... Lots of directors blow stuff up real good; but Nolan blows stuff up real interesting. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2010
The Kids Are All Right (2010) Andy Klein The acting is close to flawless. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2010
Love Ranch (2010) Andy Klein Hackford's films have been uneven, but he's generally an intelligent and tasteful director. His last film, Ray, may have been his best. Unfortunately, Love Ranch is almost certainly his worst. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2010
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009) Andy Klein ... a slow-motion human train wreck that ... the audience just can't turn away from. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2010
Toy Story 3 (2010) Andy Klein It's pretty much an all-purpose metaphor for, well, everything. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2010
The Karate Kid (2010) Andy Klein The vastly increased production values might have destroyed the heart that made the modestly budgeted original so popular. Chan... gives the film the extra emotional power it needs to be a worthy tribute to its beloved predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2010