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
B- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Andrew Wyatt A confetti blast of manic female fury. Weird and messy, but a lot of R-rated fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
B Gretel & Hansel (2020) Andrew Wyatt A Halloween-night psilocybin trip squirming with mythic symbolism. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
D- The Host (2020) Andrew Wyatt A gory, dreary dud of a potboiler -- and a brazen, hackish ripoff of 'Psycho'. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C The Sonata (2018) Andrew Wyatt A moody but distractingly uneven occult mystery, undercut by clunky, B-movie dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C- The Marshes (2018) Andrew Wyatt A novel premise with some provincial flavor, but in practice it amounts to 85 aimless, laborious minutes of hiding, running, and screaming. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C+ Color Out of Space (2019) Andrew Wyatt The screenplay abounds in silliness and miscalculation, there's still plenty to admire about the feature that emerged from its pages. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
B+ I Lost My Body (2019) Andrew Wyatt A truly beguiling work, and the best animated feature of 2019 -- hands down. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
B Invisible Life (2019) Andrew Wyatt A heartbreaking epic melodrama in the Fassbinder tradition, rendered fresh and vibrant by director Karim Aïnouz. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B 1917 (2019) Andrew Wyatt A visceral war epic that manages to be bitterly anti-war at heart while also honoring fleeting moments of heroism of and grace. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B In Fabric (2018) Andrew Wyatt It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but Peter Strickland's hallucinatory horror-comedy looks and sounds like no other genre film in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
D+ Rabid (2019) Andrew Wyatt A crummy, distressingly slapdash remake, one that's especially disappointing coming from the Soskas. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
A- Uncut Gems (2019) Andrew Wyatt Excruciating, repulsive, and utterly exhilarating. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
B+ A Hidden Life (2019) Andrew Wyatt Malick conveys the roiling tension between the world's sublime and monstrous aspects as no other director can, and A Hidden Life represents his most sorrowful and earthbound expression of this duality to date. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
C+ Black Christmas (2019) Andrew Wyatt Takal has trouble juggling the fun, scares, and politics in what had the potential to be a misogyny-skewering Yuletide romp. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Andrew Wyatt Rian Johnson drags the whodunit kicking and screaming into the 21st century with the sort of breezy glee that only an enthusiast of the genre could muster. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
A- Parasite (2019) Andrew Wyatt Parasite attests to a filmmaker at the peak of powers, telling precisely the story he wants to tell in a way that showcases his distinctive virtuosity. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B Doctor Sleep (2019) Andrew Wyatt A superb and surprisingly brutal 120-minute horror-thriller about people with psychic abilities... with a hokey 30-minute The Shining fan film grafted onto it. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
D- Trick (2019) Andrew Wyatt It's like someone wrung all the satire out of the Scream franchise and replaced it with cheap edgelord viciousness. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C- Eli (2019) Andrew Wyatt Foy and the film's three writers build to an artless, third-act twist that feels like a future case study for cheap screenwriting rug-pulls. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
D+ Mary (2019) Andrew Wyatt Goi's direction is journeyman-competent, but he can't salvage Mary from its bounty of glum clichés. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
C+ The Furies (2019) Andrew Wyatt D'Aquino's film possesses far more ambition than sense, but it also has a few things going for it: style, gore, and a credible and unconventional Final Girl. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
B- Wounds (2019) Andrew Wyatt Within confines of its gimmicky setup, Anvari delivers an intimate, multi-layered story about an unmoored soul who first recoils from and is then devoured by an ineffable evil. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) Andrew Wyatt Depending on the scene, Eggers' wild, nervy film might convey its ideas with dense existential dread, repulsive fantasy visuals, or utterly deranged slapstick. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
B- Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Andrew Wyatt Eddie Murphy *is* Rudy Ray Moore *is* Dolemite, and all three are essential to this simple but surprisingly sweet tale about hard-won dreams coming true. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
C+ Bliss (2019) Andrew Wyatt Hampered by a meandering, repetitive screenplay and thematic shallowness, but it's hard not to be impressed by Madison's committed, unhinged performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
C- Corporate Animals (2019) Andrew Wyatt Tries to coast on grisly slapstick and the kind of social "satire" that constitutes little more than gawking at squabbling jerks. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
C+ Bloodline (2018) Andrew Wyatt The dreamy, feverish, distinctly L.A. atmosphere in this serial-killer character study conceals a predictable, even banal screenplay. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
D Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (2019) Andrew Wyatt The latest entry in a tedious, chintzy franchise that's akin to the saddest haunted house attraction in cinematic form. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
C+ Depraved (2019) Andrew Wyatt A solid, creepy, and occasionally rewarding work of low-fi horror, but it struggles to find something novel in the Frankenstein story. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
C Satanic Panic (2019) Andrew Wyatt In a horror-comedy that's otherwise shamefully light on scares and laughs, the gruesome curses that the Satanists call down on their enemies are a highlight. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
B+ Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Andrew Wyatt Like the masterful film it considers, the weird, haunting, and fascinating Memory is alternately precise and oblique in the ways it conveys its ideas. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
A- Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Andrew Wyatt A Grimm-worthy modern folktale that is at once utterly pitiless and deeply touching. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
C Joker (2019) Andrew Wyatt Joker plays like the Clown Prince's own propaganda film, a flimsy, sloppy "You Made Me Do This" ex post facto justification for all the criminal havoc he wreaks on Gotham in the ensuing years. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
A- Ad Astra (2019) Andrew Wyatt An exquisitely forlorn space epic where the spectacle elegantly serves Gray's interest in human ambition, desire, and frailty. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
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 (2018) 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