For 373 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrea Gronvall's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Pina
Lowest review score: 0 Old Dogs
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 373
373 movie reviews
    • 94 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Andrea Gronvall
    When the interrupters do succeed, the results can be riveting.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Characters occasionally address the camera, which helps disentangle the competing story lines of madness, adultery, and betrayal.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Trained in Sanford Meisner's acting techniques, the director wrests surprisingly emotional disclosures from his subjects.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This gritty melodrama is tempered by surreal black humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Directed by Louie Psihoyos, this well-intentioned documentary exposes the harvesting of dolphins by Japanese fishermen, yet its theatrics suggest a cross between reality TV and "Mission: Impossible."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Under the harsh lights of the meticulously re-created, claustrophobic bunker, that scrutiny is relentless.
    • 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    In the films of Swedish director Jan Troell (The Emigrants, The New Land), ordinary lives assume epic dimensions, and this drama, based on the experiences of his wife's protofeminist grandmother, doesn't sugarcoat the hardships of the early 1900s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Bell presides over this insightful, often droll survey like a sweeter, buffer version of Michael Moore, trolling gyms, universities, and Congress to grill assorted experts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    It's an edifying art history lesson, but it lacks the showmanship of, for example, Peter Greenaway's "Nightwatching."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa switches gears from supernatural horror to poignant social satire.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    What begins as a leave-taking turns into a homecoming that reflects the mixed-race society of the modern south.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Isabelle Huppert gets a respite from her usual ice queen roles with this shattering psychological drama about the danger of children staying too long in the nest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    "Weird but cool," as one character says -- yet the movie is also remarkably touching.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Andrea Gronvall
    Writer-director Cary Fukunaga keeps the story lean while peppering it with realistic details.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    The altitude, extreme cold, quicksand, and crushing poverty are potent dramatic elements, but of course there's no mention of China's complicity in the area's economic ills; instead writer-director Lu Chuan frames the story as a showdown between the head ranger and the leader of the poachers.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Over too soon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This features the usual slapstick, double entendres, and riffs on classic films, but what elevates it above a cheeky romp is the skilled CGI work, not only the wealth of tactile detail lavished on the parched townsfolk but also the painterly, sand-swept vistas they call home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Disney goes meta in this witty, exuberant musical comedy whose parody and nostalgia serve a sweet and affecting romance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    Finely calibrated French neonoir.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Lurid and stylish, this 2008 Danish feature plays like a cross between "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and "High Noon," with a dash of Gothic thriller.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things) is the sinister operative dispatched to retrieve the ship's psychic passenger, who as played by Summer Glau kickboxes better than Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi combined.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
    The most gleeful movie about a single-minded kid since "A Christmas Story."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Max Farberbock (Aimee & Jaguar) mainly avoids graphic depictions of sexual assault, but that only increases the tension in this austere, claustrophobic drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie, to its credit, recognizes that the quest for spirituality sometimes leads to another pew.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    May be derivative, but it's still engrossing, largely because of its appealing juvenile lead.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    A murky screenplay leaves most of the humans ciphers, save for Hal Holbrook in an exquisitely calibrated performance as the avuncular desert retiree whose advice McCandless should have heeded.
    • 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?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    A welcome return to the Disney tradition of 2-D animation, this lively musical spices up Hans Christian Andersen's "The Frog Prince" by transplanting it to New Orleans in the early 20th century.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This meticulous restoration dazzles with crisp, formally rigorous black-and-white images and a complex sound mix, as its minimalist story of three families of manual laborers unfolds against a harsh, barren peninsula.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Despite the exotic locale and the photogenic moppets, that's not enough for a satisfying movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Tongue-in-cheek dialogue, inventive slapstick and fight sequences, and luminous production design make this a treat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    With her large, expressive eyes, abundant warmth, and radiant energy, Faour commands our sympathy, even through some weak dialogue and even weaker plot points.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The husband learns nothing, and his monstrous behavior makes the movie relentlessly downbeat. No one, including the viewer, achieves catharsis.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The suspicion and contempt the band encounters along the way symbolize the Kurds' historical sufferings, but the movie has many comic moments courtesy of the eager bus driver, who keeps putting his foot in his mouth. The nonprofessional cast is highly persuasive under the sure hand of director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses).
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Andrea Gronvall
    The kids are impressively plucky, but Weihenmayer comes off as an egomaniac, arguing with his team and endangering the youngsters' lives. Lucy Walker directed this cloying and manipulative 2006 documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The elegiac tone here isn't set just by nostalgia for a vanished lifestyle: bereavement, lost love, and the ever present floodwaters add poignancy to the elliptical story, whose characters float in and out unbidden, and sometimes unexplained.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Writer-director J.J. Abrams overloads this sci-fi adventure with so many homages to his co-producer Steven Spielberg that it plays like the elder director's greatest hits, minus his characteristic scares and sense of wonder.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Director David Barker creates tension by crosscutting between shots of the sun-drenched landscape and charged close-ups of the cloistered characters before delivering a bloody climax.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The fallout decades later provides the drama in this documentary by Doug Pray (Hype!), who lets his eccentric octogenarian subject off a little too easy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The long campaign waged by the Yokotas and other families demanding Japan's diplomatic intervention forms the core of this haunting BBC digital documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andrea Gronvall
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    The tradition of Russian stage acting enriches this satisfying update of Reginald Rose's TV play "Twelve Angry Men."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This 2006 drama is refreshing not only for its gentle comic touches but for director Wang Quanan's refusal to sentimentalize China's vanishing nomadic culture: life is harsh and no one's a saint, including his outspoken heroine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Less magic also means less fun and discovery, as Harry battles depression and a hostile press; this is the bleakest Potter installment to date, and under David Yates's choppy direction, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis have little more than walk-ons.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Screwball office comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Like many fairy tales, this handsome family film concerns a child coming to terms with his fears and the death of a parent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This narrative feature debut by Emmanuel Carrere, based on his own novel, is deliberately open-ended, but however one interprets the outcome, the film reminds us how fragile intimacy is.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The tolerance and loopy poetry of the beloved book by Dr. Seuss have been nicely captured.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Based on two of his previous shorts, this lurid vision is good for a few laughs-some intended, some not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    This quirky 2004 documentary ends with the Shopsins' forced relocation after 32 years, an uprooting made all the more poignant by Eve's death during filming.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Posh meets prole in this period drama elegantly directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, Prick Up Your Ears).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    There's little originality in the joy rides, first kisses, and clashes with bullies, yet this 2005 debut feature by writer-director Michael Kang captures the small triumphs of a boy becoming a man.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The problem is that once they do connect, their passion isn't believable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Eran Riklis entertains without sermonizing, though the story clearly identifies women as the region's best chance for peace.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    As in the original version, the fights are outweighed by existential angst and Buddhist introspection, but the sequence in which a blind swordsman (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) takes on an army of thieves is still gangbusters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The physical stunts by Maggie Q as a lethal martial arts expert and Cyril Raffaelli as a Eurotrash sniper who rappels buildings are more thrilling than the over-the-top chase sequences, so contrived as to verge on self-parody.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Paul Giamatti plays himself in a dark indie comedy that's distinguished by a sci-fi theme and surrealistic touches but ends without a payoff.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Eva Mozes Kor, the lecturer and activist at the center of Forgiving Dr. Mengele, is most notable for her zeal in refusing to be a victim.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Depardieu, a great actor who in recent years has delivered several overblown performances, is here measured and naturalistic, a sympathetic match for Ardant's icy obsessive, and Beart is suitably mysterious as a spy in the house of love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Andrea Gronvall
    Although their love is undeniably a blessing, I was disconcerted watching the elderly couple smile and chuckle today as they recall their daily letters and secret meetings in the midst of such wide-scale death.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Andrea Gronvall
    Cringe-inducing when it's not cliched, this brassy, vulgar 2008 comedy from Australia mines mental disabilities for laughs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Engrossing and timely, this crackles with ideas about art, politics, religion, and the terrible costs of war.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    How ironic that one form of beauty would be returned to battle-scarred Afghanistan by ugly Americans, but that's just what director Liz Mermin caught in her slim 2004 documentary for the BBC.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Yojiro Takita uses the changing seasons to echo the characters' moods; the score by Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle) has a suitably majestic sweep.