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- 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
C- The Mountain Between Us (2017) Andrew Wyatt Mired in the feeble drama of vague logistical bickering, predictable revelations, and tiresome logic-vs-instinct dichotomies. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
A- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Andrew Wyatt Welcome proof that returning to and expanding on a cherished story can still produce invigorating cinema that lives up to the ambition and artistry of the original. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
C+ Marshall (2017) Andrew Wyatt The film is handsome and admittedly rousing in spots, but also dismally familiar, and presented with an annoying slathering of winking hindsight. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
C+ The Foreigner (2017) Andrew Wyatt The Foreigner is really two half-baked films rather than one complete feature. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
B Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) Andrew Wyatt Director Rory Kennedy, far from ceding the story to her subject, adroitly finds his wavelength and then amplifies it to fill her film. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
D+ The Snowman (2017) Andrew Wyatt The truly gob smacking thing about The Snowman is how fundamentally incompetent it feels, considering the caliber of filmmakers who brought this lumbering beast to life. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
B+ The Florida Project (2017) Andrew Wyatt A modest miracle of a film, in which director Baker gracefully juggles the story's disparate temperaments. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
B Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Andrew Wyatt Ragnarok might not be the auteurist MCU film the world is (still) waiting for, but it hits a sweet spot between flashy adolescent fun and engaging characterization. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
B- Wonderstruck (2017) Andrew Wyatt A handsome, heartening celebration of discovery, undercut by the perceptible dissonance between story and the director's natural affinities. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
A- The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Andrew Wyatt The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a harrowing experience executed with darkling precision. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
B The Square (2017) Andrew Wyatt A terrific exemplar of ambitious cringe comedy, executed with great assurance and wit. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
C Justice League (2017) Andrew Wyatt It leaves the viewer to grope their way through confused plotting, kludgy exposition, and half-baked characterization. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
B- The Disaster Artist (2017) Andrew Wyatt This absurdist comedy about an enigmatic auteur emerges as Franco's warmest, most crowd-pleasing directorial effort to date. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
A- The Shape of Water (2017) Andrew Wyatt A crystallization of timeless themes with exhilarating emotional frankness, spacious humanism, and extravagant style. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
B+ Call Me by Your Name (2017) Andrew Wyatt Guadagnino's film looks like idealized young love feels. It's as warm, lush, and timeless as a sacred Apollonian grove. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
C Glass (2019) Andrew Wyatt Glass is very mixed bag: compelling when it's good, but numbing and absurd when it's bad. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
C Bird Box (2018) Andrew Wyatt A clunky, middling rehash of tired apocalyptic-fiction tropes. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
B The House That Jack Built (2018) Andrew Wyatt Too vicious, bleary, and weird to convert von Trier skeptics, but there's still plenty to admire. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
C You Might Be the Killer (2018) Andrew Wyatt This feature doesn't have much up its sleeve other than low-budget gore, pointless structural zig-zagging, and trite, overwritten cleverness. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
A Roma (2018) Andrew Wyatt In Roma, Cuarón has crafted not just a great feat of cinema, but a work that's destined to be savored and pored over for decades to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Andrew Wyatt The deliriously fun, dimension-tripping Spider-Verse isn't just the best Spidey feature ever. It's one of the best superhero-comic films, full stop. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ Boarding School (2018) Andrew Wyatt Boarding School often feels as if it's trying to cram too many concepts into a narrative container that is too conventional and constrictive to accommodate them all. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
B What Keeps You Alive (2018) Andrew Wyatt A dark, gut-wrenching pleasure, anchored by Anderson's utterly chilling performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
D- Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) Andrew Wyatt The whole thing is moronic and unpleasant as heck, redeemed only marginally by the anything-goes transgressive hokeyness of the homicidal set-pieces. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
C- Down a Dark Hall (2018) Andrew Wyatt Dispiritingly bland gothic nonsense, more concerned with gloomy atmosphere and trite adolescent angst than with creating a compelling story. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
C Summer of 84 (2018) Andrew Wyatt The directors exploited a similar retro vibe in the giddy, gonzo Turbo Kid, but here it feels somewhat superfluous, tacked onto a standard serial-killer-next-door thriller. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
B- Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Andrew Wyatt The limpid shocks and needless structural convolutions might be unmemorable, but the striking visuals and juxtapositions linger. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
C- Ruin Me (2017) Andrew Wyatt Ruin Me is deficient in all the usual ways that mark a low-budget indie horror feature, but for all its flaws, the film still has one undeniably gratifying hook. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
B The Night Eats the World (2018) Andrew Wyatt Injects some vitality into the stale zombocalypse subgenre not by discarding the form's constraints, but by making compelling structural and storytelling choices. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
D+ The Devil's Doorway (2018) Andrew Wyatt One could quickly fill in a bingo card of post-Exorcist tropes as Clarke's feature goes through the fright-free motions of dribbling out allegedly sinister revelations. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
C+ The Night of the Virgin (2016) Andrew Wyatt Sebastián gets impressive, squirm-inducing mileage out of modest resources, but his film is overly reliant on charm-free vulgarity and protracted histrionics. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
C They Remain (2017) Andrew Wyatt They Remain has atmosphere in spades; unfortunately, there's remarkably little plot to go along with all the mood. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
D Feral (2017) Andrew Wyatt The only truly scary thing about this film is that it runs out of narrative steam with 30 or 40 interminable minutes still to go. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018