The Curb

The Curb 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 F. Peirce
Rating Title/Year Author
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Andrew F. Peirce Amy Seimetz's film is a powerful, unshakeable slice of horror cinema. This is a grand, great film, one that feels all too relatable, and is all too proud for knowing that too. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (2019) Andrew F. Peirce The Kindest Film of the Year. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
Cameraperson (2016) Andrew F. Peirce To explore Kirsten Johnson's immersive Cameraperson is to witness a unique, powerful memoir unfolding and unfurling. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Andrew F. Peirce Maybe the worst thing about On the Rocks is that it doesn't even feel like a Sofia Coppola film, but rather a cheap imitation of her work. A major disappointment is an understatement. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Dirt Music (2019) Andrew F. Peirce Dirt Music is a perfect postcard promotion image for Western Australia, and while it has its fair share of stumbles (...) there is still an undeniable emotional truth to the film that resonates long and loud. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Two Hands (1999) Andrew F. Peirce Two Hands cements its crims at home in suburbia, with the city as their playground, both of which are represented by Sydney and its outskirts perfectly. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
H Is for Happiness (2019) Andrew F. Peirce H is for Happiness is so assured and confident with what it wants to be, managing to execute its intentions perfectly, that it can't help but be an immediate modern Australian classic. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
The High Note (2020) Andrew F. Peirce for all its familiarities, there is so much unexpected joy and refreshing brilliance within the film that I can't help but sing its praises proudly. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
Dean Spanley (2008) Andrew F. Peirce Dean Spanley is a film that predominantly operates within the realm of light comedy, it does so with a powerful meditation on the resonance of grief across a lifetime. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Andrew F. Peirce Bill & Ted Face the Music is an instant laugh creator. It'll make you smile, and lift your spirits. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Tenet (2020) Andrew F. Peirce Tenet instead feels like it's pushing you away from engaging with its deeper plot, rather than inviting you in to engage with it intimately. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Black Water (2007) Andrew F. Peirce ...the indie-stylings of Black Water help distinguish it as a unique entry in the creature feature horrors. It may be the smallest of the Aussie croc flicks, but it's no less effective. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
Babyteeth (2019) Andrew F. Peirce There's an attempt to make this cancer-drama unique and different than the norm ... but it's not enough to shake the feeling that we've done all of this before. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
VHYes (2019) Andrew F. Peirce Director Jack Henry Robbins crams an eighties aesthetic into his magnificent feature debut that blasts apart families, nostalgia, capitalism, art, and just about everything else that can be tarnished with the brush of absurd kookiness. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Andrew F. Peirce To call a film like The King of Staten Island 'nice' feels like faint praise, but in the current landscape, it's exactly the kind of film that I wanted and needed, and it delivered (in spades) a mood of ease that I loved immersing myself in. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
The Booksellers (2019) Andrew F. Peirce The Booksellers is an absolute delight, a treasure trove of stacked aisles that provide endless opportunities. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Love Sarah (2020) Andrew F. Peirce ...devoid of humanity, this film stands confident and proud at the end, like a collapsed cake that says 'you'll still eat me!' as you shuffle it off to the bin of despair. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Savage Attraction (1983) Andrew F. Peirce This is an eighties Aussie thriller through and through, sitting comfortably alongside the best of them as being a worthy example of the genre. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
Pain and Glory (2019) Andrew F. Peirce Pain and Glory is a patient film, it quietly sits in wait, encouraging you to create new memories by revisiting your own old memories. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Andrew F. Peirce In the moment, I found myself overwhelmed by how cute, and how twee it can be. It's charming to a fault, almost obnoxiously so. But, it gives you a wealth of ideas to ruminate on, leaving you with a substantial amount of hope for the future. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
Black Christmas (2019) Andrew F. Peirce For me, Black Christmas worked a treat. It was a joy to watch, even with its flaws (the poor sound design and lack of an impactful score in particular). EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
La belle époque (2019) Andrew F. Peirce This is simply lovely stuff, and is a genuinely loving and romantic film, one that will leave you with a foolish grin on your face. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Andrew F. Peirce ...this is the cinematic equivalent of that seal throwing an octopus at a kayaker. I am the kayaker, the octopus is The Lighthouse, and Robert Eggers is the seal throwing it in my face saying, 'here, take this and enjoy it, you heathen'. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
Go! (2020) Andrew F. Peirce There's a lot to like about Go!, with a nice story elevated by great performances, some thrilling racing scenes, all paired with the exceptional visuals of Busselton making the film come to life. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Andrew F. Peirce This is right here, bizarre, bonkers, bloody and brutal fun. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Andrew F. Peirce ... seek out Gay Chorus Deep South and let yourself be utterly moved and lifted up by the plentiful characters and harmonies that flourish within this sumptuous and caring story. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
Shakedown (2018) Andrew F. Peirce A film like Shakedown reminds viewers how hyper-masculine the gay-doc genre is. It's almost as is if most of them forget that the first letter stands for lesbian. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
Butt Boy (2019) Andrew F. Peirce Butt Boy is not bizarre enough to embrace the weird and truly become the genuinely oddball film that I can recommend wholeheartedly. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2020
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Andrew F. Peirce Much noise, little wow. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Ophelia (2018) Andrew F. Peirce ...Ophelia,/i> carries great value. It delivers a welcome perspective to the tale of the long considered 'mad wife' of Ophelia, and it's thanks to the wonderful performance from Daisy Ridley that this is so. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
The Girl in the Yellow Pajamas (1978) Andrew F. Peirce It feels unique in the world of horror, outwardly rejecting acts of violence and making us consider our desire to see death and torture, forcing us to realise that these narratives can come from a place of truth. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Dot and the Kangaroo (1977) Andrew F. Peirce If there's an enduring message in Dot and the Kangaroo that is worth remembering, it's that we;re not alone on this planet, and that there is a whole ecosystem that exists outside of our four walled neon lit environments that we call work and home. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Andrew F. Peirce I want you to experience this truly beautiful, heartbreaking, love-affirming film. I want you to witness its empathy and care, and I want you to be swept away by Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
It: Chapter Two (2019) Andrew F. Peirce I didn't expect to be moved, terrified, or shaken by It Chapter Two. I didn't love the first film, and went into this one with a small dose of scepticism, but, driving home from the cinema I found myself disturbed. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Happy Sad Man (2019) Andrew F. Peirce The most important film you'll see this year. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Judy & Punch (2019) Andrew F. Peirce Judy & Punch feels like how many great Australian films feel: an anomaly. I applaud its existence, and I am thrilled by the starting point that Mirrah Foulkes has created for herself. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Frozen II (2019) Andrew F. Peirce Frozen II is a solid follow up to a brilliant film, managing to surpass the original in a lot of ways, while also being weaker in many other ways. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Ride Like a Girl (2019) Andrew F. Peirce A misguided slice of racing industry propaganda. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Australia Day (2017) Andrew F. Peirce Australia Day doesn't feel like it's a film that's actually got anything constructive to say. It wants to present a broken society by holding a mirror up to what's going on, ... but the mirror is shattered. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Early Winter (2015) Andrew F. Peirce Early Winter displays one of the most sobering, and realistic portrayals of relationships on screen in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Sausage Party (2016) Andrew F. Peirce Is there anything redeemable about Sausage Party at all? Sort of - the animation is good... quality of the animation aside, there is simply nothing to recommend within this obnoxious, repugnant and most heinously, unfunny, waste of digital space. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Downriver (2015) Andrew F. Peirce Overall, the solid central performances, the great cinematography and solid direction make Downriver a film that succeeds just a bit more than it stumbles. Scicluna is definitely a talent to keep an eye on. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Observance (2015) Andrew F. Peirce Observance is simply a confusing film that wants to be so much more than it is. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Andrew F. Peirce The lack of solid character development made for a generous lack of tension. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Women He's Undressed (2015) Andrew F. Peirce A Hollywood romance, broken hearts, beautiful women, and most of all, beautiful dresses, this is a grand story and a great chapter in Australian history. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Experimenter (2015) Andrew F. Peirce What writer/director Michael Almereyda manages to create with Experimenter is an interesting look at the way Milgram's experiments worked through the eyes of cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Burnt (2015) Andrew F. Peirce Burnt is a harmless film that is just like a Whopper. It's good when you're with it, you'll most likely enjoy your time with it as well. Yet, if you think about it too much afterwards you may feel a bit bad about yourself. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
By the Sea (2015) Andrew F. Peirce By the Sea is a series of nice visuals and pleasant costumes. Which is frustrating as there is an interesting kernel of an idea here, especially when combined with the lead cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
What Lola Wants (2015) Andrew F. Peirce What Lola Wants moves along at a great place for the most part, but for the last quarter it starts to overstay its welcome with an unnecessary B-plot with Marlo's mum. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020
Meal Tickets (2016) Andrew F. Peirce For a first feature film, Mat de Koning has created a stunning piece of work that will leave viewers excited for what will come next. Meal Tickets is what cinema is all about - stories that make you feel like you're part of what's going on. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2020