Andrea Gronvall

Select another critic »
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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrea Gronvall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 45365
Lowest review score: 0 Old Dogs
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 373
373 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The best, Shaking Tokyo, stars the versatile Teruyuki Kagawa.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Like some laid-back distant cousin of Tim Burton, writer-director Goran Dukic manages to balance the ghoulishness with whimsy and melancholy, at least for a while. But the strain is obvious in the story's last third, as the filmmaker struggles toward a resolution that fits the logic of the hero's netherworld.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Another miscalculation by sophomore director Michael Mayer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Perhaps it's fitting that a movie about the early CIA be tangled and opaque, but this drama loosely based on the life of uberspook James Angleton verges on incoherence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Light-bodied comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Brian Cox does sturdy work as the minister who helps Obree combat depression, and first-time director Douglas Mackinnon gets a big assist from Obree himself, who doubled for Miller in some shots and filmed others with a camera strapped to his handlebars.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Jeff Wadlow directed this exploitation flick, which seems designed for students on spring break.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The comic scenes can be arch or shrill, but director Marcos Siega (Pretty Persuasion) does better when the story turns somber and the emotions feel genuine.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The current burlesque revival is a throwback to ostensibly more innocent times, and writer-director Steven Antin finds something redemptive in each character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Thanks to Gina Prince-Blythewood's treacly screenplay and plodding direction, the movie quickly congeals into a mess of sentimental cliches.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    This is a smart departure for Chan, who's been wasting his talent in mediocre comedies; the other actors don't fare as well. The plot takes forever to get rolling, and the movie is hamstrung by numerous tourism sequences.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    The movie is notable for its perceptive take on issues facing immigrants, and atmospherically photographed by Robbie Ryan (Red Road), but its flat, static quality belies the novel's richness.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) pelts the viewer with so many factoids and allegations about the early Catholic church, goddess worship, the Crusades, painting, cartography, and code-breaking that the movie's big revelation turns out to be neither grand nor shocking.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    A macabre comedy of manners with the sting of dry ice, this 2007 ensemble piece captures the social climate of America in the late 40s, when a new anxiety and restlessness began to undermine the postwar optimism.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    As his wisecracking roomie, Smith keeps this contrived chick flick afloat, managing to steer past the kind of egregious product placement that would have capsized a less agile performer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    As a cautionary tale about the perils of nation building, this is both creepy and provocative, but director Rodrigo Cortés blows it in the last few minutes with a rushed ending that feels like a cheat after all the escalating tension.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Chris Klein steals the film as a rival ex-nerd, now the most gorgeous guy in town, while director Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions) cribs from the Farrelly brothers and the Three Stooges.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Drawn to these fumbling kids, Hurt gradually opens up about his one great, tragic love (Maria Bello), but any catharsis is circumvented by his floundering costars and their risibly cornpone dialogue.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    This quirky indie romance is beguiling at first but later succumbs to artifice.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Moodysson’s meticulous attention to surfaces allows him to draw a stark contrast between the Americans’ affluence and the Asians’ poverty, but his final observation--that somehow the rich will muddle through--is hardly a bold statement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Characters occasionally address the camera, which helps disentangle the competing story lines of madness, adultery, and betrayal.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Andrea Gronvall
    Jayce Bartok--who plays Stanford's irresponsible musician brother--wrote the screenplay, whose central story of doomed young love gets lost amid the overplotting.

Top Trailers