The Lens

The Lens is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrew Wyatt
Rating Title/Year Author
C+ It: Chapter Two (2019) Andrew Wyatt There's a sense of rushed, dutiful, and often uninspired box-checking that saps the film's purportedly phantasmagorical sequences of their potency. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
C- Tone-Deaf (2019) Andrew Wyatt Gruesomely diverting and agreeably bizarre in shorts bursts but ultimately undone by its determination to use its characters as proxies in a facile, idiotic Boomer-vs.-Millennial culture clash. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
D+ Jacob's Ladder (2019) Andrew Wyatt Resembles the blandest of Lifetime Originals dressed up with cut-rate J-horror flourishes. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Midnight Cowboy (1969) Andrew Wyatt More than the grime and the weirdos, more than "Everybody's Talkin'" and "I'm walkin' here!," what echoes through the decades is its poignant depiction of an unlikely, contentious, and yet weirdly tender friendship forged on the margins of society. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
B- Ready or Not (2019) Andrew Wyatt Gory, profane, and a hell of a lot more fun than it has any right to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
B+ The Nightingale (2018) Andrew Wyatt A staggeringly cruel thriller and a haunting meditation on oppression, solidarity, and the limits of revenge. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
C- The Kitchen (2019) Andrew Wyatt Berloff doesn't seem to have given much thought to how a woman-centered story might uproot crime drama conventions (if at all). EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
D Deadtectives (2019) Andrew Wyatt Tony West's irksome film proves that over-the-top occult silliness is no substitute for proficient filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
D+ Trespassers (2018) Andrew Wyatt An formally undistinguished, narratively lumpy, and faintly racist tale of unsympathetic victims vs. demonically wicked criminals. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
C- Darlin' (2019) Andrew Wyatt The film's sharp-elbowed feminist ambitions are stymied by its scattershot plot, clumsy characterization, and tonal indecisiveness. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
B Share (2019) Andrew Wyatt A raw, keen-eyed depiction of an adolescent girl's experiences in the brave new (yet same-as-it-ever-was) world of the 2010s EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
A- The Farewell (2019) Andrew Wyatt A film of sorrowful, unassuming elegance, charming in its cultural specificity but thoughtfully somber in its treatment of that universal inevitability, mortality. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B- The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Andrew Wyatt The film's stilted, deadpan tone allows Stearns to maintain a blithe comic distance even as he takes the plot into the blackest crevasses of the anxious male mind. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
A- Transit (2018) Andrew Wyatt Petzold's control of character and mood is peerless in this dazzling, brilliantly slippery fable about the dislocations of tyranny and war. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
C- Nightmare Cinema (2018) Andrew Wyatt Like most horror-anthology features, this is a frustratingly mixed bag. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
D+ Boar (2017) Andrew Wyatt An exasperating mess, unredeemed even by the grindhouse thrill of copious gorings and disembowelments. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
B+ Midsommar (2019) Andrew Wyatt Emotionally raw and garishly demented, Midsommar uses the markers of European folk-horror to critique the miserably human compulsion to cling to bad relationships. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
B+ The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Andrew Wyatt Evokes profound melancholy over its characters' personal losses and the real-world plight of black Americans, while also nurturing a vital existential truth: A person is more than the four walls that surround them. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
B Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Andrew Wyatt Within the limits of an ostensible "straight" concert film, Scorsese has crafted an irresistible mosaic of truth and myth. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
B+ Shadow (2018) Andrew Wyatt Deliriously stylish (and seriously grim). EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
B Starfish (2016) Andrew Wyatt It's The Mist as a one-woman college radio show, with a dollop of Another Earth and a dash of Tarkovsky. So, yeah: WEIRD. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
C- The Convent (2018) Andrew Wyatt Turns profane raw materials into a lackluster array of stock horror drivel. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
C Morto Não Fala (2018) Andrew Wyatt Despite flashes of vicious inspiration, The Nightshifter is mostly content to pummel its distasteful protagonist with tiresome haunted-house shocks. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
C+ Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Andrew Wyatt Gnarly thrills and aesthetic delights battle dopey dialog and an insipid story. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
B+ Booksmart (2019) Andrew Wyatt It's a delightful little miracle: a humane The Breakfast Club message smuggled inside an outlandish Fast Times at Ridgemont High package. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
B John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Andrew Wyatt Provided the series remains this exciting, inventive, and visually invigorating, anyone who appreciates the sweet science of cinematic violence should welcome a new John Wick film. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
B+ Under the Silver Lake (2018) Andrew Wyatt Even when it fumbles, Under the Silver Lake remains a weird, audacious, and intoxicating work. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
C+ I Trapped the Devil (2019) Andrew Wyatt The performances are regrettably subpar, and the pacing is frustratingly glacial in stretches. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
C Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Andrew Wyatt Benjamin has a great concept, but she's hamstrung by an underwhelming cast and her own indecisiveness with respect to tone. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
D- Thriller (2018) Andrew Wyatt A chintzy, laborious dud of a film. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
D+ The Silence (2019) Andrew Wyatt The Silence throws the taut brilliance of A Quiet Place into sharp relief, simply by doing everything wrong that the latter feature does right. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
B+ The Wind (2018) Andrew Wyatt A marvelously unsettling and elliptical tale of frontier terror. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
B Avengers: Endgame (2019) Andrew Wyatt In a franchise that often resembles one exhausting run-on sentence, Avengers: Endgame feels like a welcome period (or at least a semicolon). EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
C- The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Andrew Wyatt If this is what representation looks like, Latinx horror fans could be forgiven for taking a hard pass. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
B- Pet Sematary (2019) Andrew Wyatt A decidedly mixed bag, but still a creeping, squirming, tendon-slicing bad time in all the right ways. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
C- Mercy Black (2019) Andrew Wyatt Unlike last year's Slender Man, Mercy Black is at least a functional work of cinema. Indefensibly drab and dull, but functional. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
B+ The Mustang (2019) Andrew Wyatt An exceedingly accomplished debut: lyrical, touching, and hard-bitten. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
B Us (2019) Andrew Wyatt An American nightmare that feels equal parts resonant, fascinating, and preposterous. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ Captain Marvel (2019) Andrew Wyatt The feature's gender politics feel like a bit of a pose: too superficial to convey the source material's fiercely feminist mythology, and too desperate for applause for it to be regarded as sincere. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B- The Changeover (2017) Andrew Wyatt This horror-tinged coming-of-age tale takes a refreshingly restrained approach to its witchy world-building. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
C- St. Agatha (2018) Andrew Wyatt A suffocating and monotonous slow-boil Southern-gothic thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
B- Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Andrew Wyatt Dense with both trenchant observations and revelatory 'forgotten lore,' such that even horror obsessives will learn something new. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
C+ Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Andrew Wyatt A half-baked work of shambolic horror-kitsch -- barely functional as a story but still enjoyable for its moments of fleeting midnight-movie madness. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
C+ Piercing (2018) Andrew Wyatt Undeniably striking from an aesthetic standpoint, but dragged down by repetitive, ultimately vacuous cat-and-mouse games. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
B- Braid (2018) Andrew Wyatt In Braid, the boundaries between reality, fantasy, and outright nightmare dissolve in a blur of psychosexual weirdness EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
B- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Andrew Wyatt Despite some narrative and comedic missteps, The Hidden World thrillingly fulfills the series' defining features and brings the saga to a touching endpoint. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
B- Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Andrew Wyatt A fearless, sloppy, gloriously looney-toons swing for the fences. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Andrew Wyatt For shockingly long stretches, this new Lego Movie is more of an ungainly, plodding jumble than a functional film. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
C+ Pledge (2018) Andrew Wyatt It never finds the satirical edge that might have counterbalanced all the mirthless sadism - American Psycho this isn't - but Pledge at least has the restraint to remain satisfyingly cryptic and volatile. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Alphaville (1965) Andrew Wyatt Godard whips this peculiar mélange of cinematic influences and invention into a work that is stimulating, stylish, and irresistible. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019