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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrea Gronvall's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Lebanon
Lowest review score: 0 RocknRolla
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 373
373 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The beguiling creature design--from minotaur to dragon, sea serpent to one-footed dwarf--and 3D effects heighten the illusion of a storybook coming alive, while the rousing sea adventure drives home Lewis's Christian ethos better than either of the previous entries.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Perry benefits from the fire, heft, velocity, and lyricism of the language, but he also updates the material and makes it work onscreen, eliciting powerhouse performances from an ensemble of actresses.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    In place of romance there are numerous talky espionage scenes that make the movie feel like one of those labyrinthine cold war pictures from the 60s.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Perceptive, faith-based romantic comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The jokes don't all work and the topical references can be irritably hipper-than-thou, but at least director and cowriter Will Gluck (Easy A) aims high: this is patterned on the Tracy and Hepburn comedies, albeit with a lot more skin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Clever and unsettling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Reeves often displays moderate to little affect onscreen; here his reserve suits the story, as the experience of acting helps the reticent loser find himself. Vera Farmiga crackles as the feisty star of the play, while James Caan, as the hero's accomplice, proves a most charming rogue.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie, to its credit, recognizes that the quest for spirituality sometimes leads to another pew.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Andrea Gronvall
    Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga, who studied filmmaking in Belgium, this is raw, sardonic, and formally complex.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    Hovers just this side of "Ghost Whisperer" kitsch but remains compulsively watchable thanks to its smart ensemble cast
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    It's Joan Cusack as her doting single mom who holds the film together--her sensitive turn as a flawed feminist hints at what she could do with a meatier role.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    The script by sitcom veteran Gary David Goldberg has weaknesses--it soft-pedals bitterness, and the ending is annoyingly pat. On balance, though, this is a funny and smartly paced love story.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    Benjamin Bratt lacks the dynamism one would expect of the commanding officer of a U.S. Rangers rescue unit; James Franco, however, is solid in the less flashy role of the mission's mastermind, and as the POW leader Joseph Fiennes manages to be heroic while prettily languishing from malaria.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    Writer-director Rob Hardy opts for family-friendly drama but tones down the conflicts so much that none of the story lines can rival the music.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    The international Asian stars gamely tackle their English-language roles, aided by superior costumes, makeup, and set design. But despite all the hothouse intrigue, the film lacks passion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    Director Kevin Reynolds strikes a good balance between action and romance in this version of the medieval legend, but his leading man is upstaged by the supporting cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    George is suitably adorable, wreaking the kind of havoc that gives tykes a guilty thrill. Yet the movie concludes with the specious moral that reading is inferior to experiencing life firsthand.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    The tone is bleak and the comic-book violence relentless, but the wirework and Yuta Morokaji's stunt choreography are impressive, culminating in a breathless showdown between the title character (Aya Ueto) and 200 foes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Andrea Gronvall
    With its chase scenes, shoot-outs, explosions, and special effects, this looks more like Jerry Bruckheimer product than a traditional Disney feature. But there are also some light-hearted moments, the best occurring at a UFO convention where the aliens seem more normal than the earthlings.
    • 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.
    • 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.