Andrea Gronvall

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For 374 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrea Gronvall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Pina
Lowest review score: 0 RocknRolla
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 374
374 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Juan José Campanella weaves together two love stories--between the victim and her husband, and the investigator and his former boss (Soledad Villamil)--and creates some masterful set pieces; his breathless chase through a packed soccer stadium is a marvel of choreography and top-notch CGI.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    Samuel Maoz drew from his own war experiences to write and direct this searing drama, which ranks alongside "Platoon" and "No Man's Land" as an antiwar statement and recalls the claustrophobic despair of "Das Boot."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    The casting of Reeves in the lead role is inspired: who better than the star of "The Matrix" and its sequels, a trilogy that borrows heavily from Dick's sensibility and obsessions, to play a personality split through overindulgence in drugs and manipulation by outside forces he barely recognizes?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    When the interrupters do succeed, the results can be riveting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    Directors Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV, brothers and native sons of Sidney, find poetry in images of the mundane.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    he Diving Bell and the Butterfly fuses experimental techniques with a highly accessible and sometimes humorous narrative; it’s deeply personal yet universal in its humanism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    The intersections between sleep and waking, memory, cinema, and the Internet lead to a spectacular battle of titans who spring from the mind's darkest recesses.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie he (Wenders) went on to make with her Tanztheater Wuppertal is more than an elegy; his meticulous use of 3D endows the performances with a corporeality and intimacy hitherto unseen in a dance film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    Michael Cera elevates deadpan to an art, starring as a slacker turned action hero in this wildly inventive comedy that's one of the most vivid and spirited adaptations of a comic book since Spider-Man--and one of the hippest since Ghost World.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    Koreeda was inspired by his guilt over having neglected his own parents, and the story is remarkable for the quiet, seemingly casual way he depicts the fallout of bitterness and grief.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    Provost and cowriter Marc Abdelnour explore the mutable boundaries between spirituality, naivete, genius, and madness, showing how the two outsiders and polar opposites cultivated a mutual understanding.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    "Weird but cool," as one character says -- yet the movie is also remarkably touching.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    Up
    Writer-directors Pete Docter and Bob Peterson present hilarious insights into bird brains and canine psychology and treat thornier human emotions deftly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    Writer-director Cary Fukunaga keeps the story lean while peppering it with realistic details.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    Cinematographer Eduardo Serra underscores the sense of dread with a rich charcoal palette, and the outstanding CGI and 3D effects make the otherworldly threats more corporeal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    The extraordinary subject and the filmmaker's near total access make for a singular documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    This uplifting documentary breaks no new ground stylistically, but the story it tells is urgent and compelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) directs a sparking screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Stage Beauty) and Kimberly Simi; it starts as a frothy boudoir comedy but evolves into a masquerade by turns sweetly meditative and sharply satirical.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Films that address faith and love as eloquently as this moving 2008 documentary are rare.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Under the harsh lights of the meticulously re-created, claustrophobic bunker, that scrutiny is relentless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Disappointment, inhuman work schedules, sluggish exports, and the crush of a two-day rail journey ratchet up the familial tensions, which finally explode over a holiday dinner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Trained in Sanford Meisner's acting techniques, the director wrests surprisingly emotional disclosures from his subjects.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Engrossing biopic, throbbing with style and attitude.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Part celebrity dish, part business journalism, this illuminating 2008 documentary about the legendary Italian designer Valentino Garavani spans the tumultuous final two years of his decades-long reign as one of the most successful innovators in the fashion industry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Pierre Morel's diving, spiraling camera keeps pace with Yuen Wo-ping's rapid-fire fight choreography, all smartly directed by Louis Leterrier.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    The tale of Rapunzel gets a cheeky make-over in this gorgeous Disney animation, which combines the studio's traditional hand-drawn look with the sculptural qualities of digital 3D.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    It's an edifying art history lesson, but it lacks the showmanship of, for example, Peter Greenaway's "Nightwatching."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Inspired by anthropologist Donald Thomson's early-20th-century photographs, this collaboration between a Western filmmaker and the native people of Ramingining is an impressive achievement of ethnographic cinema.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Animation may be the ideal medium for replicating dreams, and in this unsettling feature by Ari Folman it also proves well suited to autobiography.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    The most gleeful movie about a single-minded kid since "A Christmas Story."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Thanks to her fearless, charismatic star, Ondi Timoner has directed one of the more hopeful movies of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Free of grandstanding and sentimentality, this powerful 2008 documentary follows missions to Liberia and the Congo undertaken by volunteers for Medecins Sans Frontieres.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Disney goes meta in this witty, exuberant musical comedy whose parody and nostalgia serve a sweet and affecting romance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Rob Brown (Stop-Loss) gives a graceful, understated performance as Ernie Davis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Bar-Lev ponders myth in both senses of the word-as a web of lies, but also as a psychological construct that gives life purpose. An atheist and critical thinker, Pat Tillman had no use for either.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Finely calibrated French neonoir.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    A film that throbs with life while keenly noting its passing, this is an ode to the village that welcomed - and let thrive - the director's refugee parents.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    By the end theyve acquired a measure of self-knowledge at a cost dearer than they expected, which reminds us that what we think we know can be just the beginning of an existential journey.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    As the imperious actress (and whore) Elizabeth Barry, the unlikely object of Wilmot's affection, Samantha Morton finds the soul in a woman who's hard as nails, and Tom Hollander and Rosamund Pike also provide excellent support. The haunting score is by Michael Nyman.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    This high-powered sports melodrama benefits from its strong male leads, a sinewy narrative, and the maverick attitude of MMA. But for all the contemporary references, it's essentially a spin on the story of Cain and Abel, which may be the reason it feels timeless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Will Gluck (Fired Up!) shows wicked comic timing and uncommon warmth in an overworked genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    This small gem about a South Central LA girl with a gift for spelling restores luster to the family genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Slyly exploiting audience expectations and prejudices, Lelouch calls into question our very ways of seeing, even as he and his longtime writing partner, Pierre Uytterhoeven, craft an elegant meditation on loss and rebirth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Sexual politics, family dynamics, the debate over heredity versus environment, and the dubious ethics of scientific research on animals are rigorously explored in this ambitious, bittersweet work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Over too soon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    12
    The tradition of Russian stage acting enriches this satisfying update of Reginald Rose's TV play "Twelve Angry Men."
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie's first half is largely free of dialogue, playing like silent comedy, while the second act offers a breathtaking tour of the cosmos.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    In this heady documentary, TV footage of left-wing social critic Paul Goodman being interviewed by conservative host William F. Buckley Jr. in 1966 makes one realize how low public discourse in America has sunk since then: despite the men's political differences, their freewheeling discussion, touching on topics from education to pornography, is playful instead of rancorous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Shani and Copti (who costars as a hipster druggie) elicit moving performances from their nonprofessional actors, who ground the somewhat breathless action in a streetwise realism.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Sam Riley is fascinating as Curtis, a hypersensitive young man hobbled by his incurable disease, and Samantha Morton is poignant as his put-upon wife.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Lior is an irrepressible character as he works a room, doing exactly what a bar mitzvah boy should: challenging, instructing, and, in his own way, healing the world.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    A bright, funny family movie that gets everything right, from story to production design to cast (both human and canine).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    5x2
    Austere and formally complex, the drama may nevertheless be Ozon's most accessible film due to the physical attractiveness and vitality of the intelligent couple.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Endorsed by the Dalai Lama and narrated by his nephew Tenzin L. Choegyal, this delivers an impassioned plea to save Tibet's endangered culture but little new information.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    In one slender documentary codirectors Shane King and Arne Johnson accomplish what Hollywood routinely bungles: incisively depicting the inner lives of complicated young females.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The electrifying music helps camouflage the screenplay's hyperbole.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The singing dolphins opener is a giddy prelude to an imaginative romp that's helped along in the slow patches by mind-bending visuals.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore steal from the best, gleefully cribbing from "A Christmas Carol" to fashion a screenplay with heart and sharp one-liners.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The melodrama form allows Tornatore to examine such current issues as human trafficking and black-market babies within a yarn that, for all its sentiment, is never less than gripping.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Mike Barker elicits a marvelously agile performance from Hunt, who's well matched by Tom Wilkinson as her new admirer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Screwball office comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Posh meets prole in this period drama elegantly directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, Prick Up Your Ears).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Compared to "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Kiki's Delivery Service," this is one of the anime master's weaker efforts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The fulcrum of this deeply humanist work is an extended two-shot of the strike's leader, Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), as he converses with a priest (Liam Cunningham); the virtuosic sequence encapsulates the whole sorry history of a horrific civil war.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The behind-the-scenes access to professional kitchens, the intricacy of the desserts, the venerable traditions, and above all the camaraderie and respect the chefs extend each other reveal the craftsmen at their civilized best; think of this movie as the antidote to Gordon Ramsay.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Humorous touches add warmth without being cloying, but Mullan carries the film with his intelligence and rugged intensity: images of his barrel-chested physique against the craggy shore resound on such an elemental level as to be almost spiritual.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Meticulously rendered CGI creatures--from Arthur Rackham-esque flower sprites to a troll that could have sprung from "Jurassic Park"--spike this dark adventure, shot marvelously by Caleb Deschanel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Ella Ramangwane gives a fine performance as the young Sandra.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie gathers steam as these little terrors up the ante with each new gross-out recipe. Former child star Hallie Kate Eisenberg, blooming into a beautifully poised young woman, grounds the film as Benward's loyal supporter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Fresh Manhattan locations prove as photogenic as the leads, and the supporting actors--especially Tina Benko as a glacial, impeccably dressed amazon--don't miss a beat of Maggenti's snappy dialogue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Thanks to a strong ensemble cast, it's poignant and funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This amiable romantic comedy benefits from its stellar ensemble.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Daniel Alfredson grounds the mystery in a real sense of place: his Stockholm looks and feels like a major city where corruption lurks behind attractive facades. The reporter character is better developed than in the first movie, but most of the supporting characters from the book have been shrunk to little more than walk-ons.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    There's a trove of movie lore in this absorbing documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This handsome period drama is a big step up for director John Curran (We Don't Live Here Anymore), who shot in China with predominantly Chinese crews. Norton and Schreiber seem too American to be English colonials, but Watts navigates a challenging transformation (in a role first played by Greta Garbo in 1934.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Unfortunately their story ends just as it becomes most provocative.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This delightful computer animation is less twee than Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, with more action and a broader American sensibility.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The best portion is an animated story-within-the-story, supervised by Ben Hibon, that recalls Lotte Reiniger's filigreed shadow puppets as it sets the stage for armageddon.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Matt Dillon almost runs away with the movie as a preening, conniving NASCAR champ who may be dumber than a box of rocks but realizes there's something up with the VW.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Tongue-in-cheek dialogue, inventive slapstick and fight sequences, and luminous production design make this a treat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This sequel improves on the 2005 original about four friends.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    It is only in the sequence about Berg's popular costar Philip Loeb that Aviva Kempner's documentary resonates. Loeb, an ardent union activist who was blacklisted during the McCarthy hearings, comes across as more identifiably human than the workaholic Berg, for all her fictional character's warmth and her many admirers' tributes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This lacks the heft of "The Insider" (1999) or the snap of "Erin Brockovich" (2000), but it's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Henry Hübchen is dynamic as the title character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The ability of faith to reintegrate a damaged personality is one theme here, although the film doesn't strive for psychological realism; in its heartfelt embrace of religion as ethical path, it owes more to the bygone Yiddish drama than to psychodrama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga, who studied filmmaking in Belgium, this is raw, sardonic, and formally complex.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Except for one manipulative deathbed scene, Ken Kwapis directs with sensitivity, steering the multiple story lines toward a satisfying conclusion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The film would have been more satisfying if director Jan Kounen (Darshan: The Embrace) had shown more of the ferment of the times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    There's more than a nod to Sergio Leone in Kapadia's rugged wide-screen landscapes, minimal dialogue, and extreme close-ups, but there's scant humor to relieve the harshness, and though he has presence Khan is no Eastwood--or even a Mifune.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Mixing horror and comedy while minimizing the gore, writer-director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) serves up a witty adventure fantasy with a tasty dollop of schadenfreude.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Depp plays multiple versions of Sparrow, who now suffers from a split personality; his shtick is funny, but the players are all upstaged by the astonishing special effects, superior to those of earlier installments in creating a wondrous and menacing world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Writer-director Gotz Spielmann (Antares) avoids the clutter and manipulation of most thrillers, escalating tension almost solely through the characters' turbulent emotions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This first feature from Disney's new nature division has an encyclopedic reach and spectacular footage shot by more than two dozen crack cinematographers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Sitting on the shelf since 2008, when it was muscled out of the marketplace by "Cadillac Records," Sony's glossy, star-studded movie about Leonard. But it's clearly the better movie, earthier, wittier, and more intimate in its treatment of America's racial divide in the 1950s.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The project is lush and seductive as a whole, though some segments are especially vibrant.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Credit production designer Therese DePrez and set decorator Clive Thomasson for the marvelous setting, a charmed building with a life of its own.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie includes some tony philosophizing about the conflict between science and faith, but it's mostly a beat-the-clock chase through Rome (nicely evoked in Salvatore Totino's lush cinematography).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Cross the cold war nostalgia of "Good Bye, Lenin!" with the larcenous high jinks of "The Producers" and you've got the gist of this zany Russian screwball comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie, to its credit, recognizes that the quest for spirituality sometimes leads to another pew.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Clever and unsettling.

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