Andrew Barker
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For 65 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Barker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 90 Love & Mercy
Lowest review score: 10 Behaving Badly
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 65
  2. Negative: 14 out of 65
65 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew Barker
    A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    [Swanberg's] latest work, All the Light in the Sky, displays a striking new willingness to meet his audience halfway, buttressing his signature style with clever pacing, solid technique and a deeply soulful lead performance from co-scripter Jane Adams.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    Lively, funny and at times philosophical, Brothers Hypnotic tackles the challenges of maintaining an independent music career, as well as some knotted generational conflicts, and handles it all with great sensitivity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    Hansen-Love, who co-wrote the script along with her former-DJ brother Sven, zeroes in on the signature experiences of ’90s club life with expert precision.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    The film taps into far deeper, richer veins of material than it has the time to properly mine. It’s nonetheless a flinty, brainy, continually engrossing work that straddles the lines between biopic, political thriller and journalistic cautionary tale, driven by Jeremy Renner’s most complete performance since The Hurt Locker.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    At times there’s a genuine sense of daring to the film’s freewheeling anarchy, its refusal to stick to a central theme or impart any sort of lesson.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    The eighth entry in Disney’s eco-minded Disneynature series, Monkey Kingdom may well be its cheekiest, funniest and most purely entertaining.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    Though Stray Dog is slowly paced and at times a bit repetitive, Granik and her crew rarely risk losing their audience’s attention, and they uncover a wealth of images that are alternately striking, symbolic and singular.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Barker
    Even the less immediately engaging material here helps build an uncannily cohesive snapshot of a very specific time and place, and the past decades have only given it a bittersweet edge.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    Covering a broad swath of liberal economic theory in brisk, simply stated fashion, Inequality for All aims to do for income disparity what “An Inconvenient Truth” did for climate change.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    Lewder, weirder, louder, leaner, meaner and more winningly stupid than anything its director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen have ever been involved with before, frat comedy Neighbors boasts an almost oppressive volume of outrageous gags.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    Surely some of the film’s various incidents have been creatively stitched together from stray bits and pieces of footage, but its central conflict is an entirely organic one, and rarely is any offscreen string pulling distractingly evident.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    Director Josh Boone is hardly the most distinctive cinematic stylist, but he’s smart enough to let his scenes linger for a few beats longer than most mainstream directors would, and seems to trust his actors to carry their own dramatic weight.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    The footage on display here is voluminous and intimate, briskly edited together in a sort of studiously haphazard way that syncs up perfectly with Madlib’s far-reaching soundtrack mix.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    Unsatisfying on a musical level, it’s nonetheless a well-acted, sporadically impressive piece of filmmaking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    Thoroughly modern without being ostentatious about it, and featuring excellent performances from Kate Lyn Sheil and John Gallagher Jr., the film boasts pleasures more formal than narrative.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andrew Barker
    Boyle keeps the wheels churning nicely for the most part, and the climax ratchets up the pic’s sense of urgency without loosening its bearings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Full of warmth and refreshingly matter-of-fact sexuality, the film has its heart in the right place, yet it’s ultimately a bit blander than its subject matter ought to demand, and its chamber-piece intimacy and pileup of coincidences scan particularly awkwardly given its convincingly wide-open depiction of New York.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Mercifully free of tongue-in-cheek meta-humor, Escape Plan is a likably lunkheaded meat-and-potatoes brawler that never pretends to be more sophisticated than it is.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    The haunted house setpieces provide reliable doses of jolts, even if one can see the scaffolding of each scare being built from miles away, and director Landon has fun with some clever camera placement here and there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Its potent sense of place and underlying ideas never compensate for the tiresome millennial musings that constitute most of its runtime.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Too formally well crafted to be dismissed, but too straightforward and uncurious to be particularly exciting or insightful.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    While the film’s last two acts begin to deepen its characters in generally satisfying ways, You’re Not You throws down its initial gauntlet with an off-putting lack of subtlety.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    This tart, sexually frank portrait of a disintegrating relationship — and its long, bitter aftermath — packs plenty of punch in its best scenes, but it also frequently tests audience patience with its relentless deadpan affectlessness and insistence on leaving no Brooklyn cliche unmined.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    The film is an intriguing story passionately told, shot through and through with activist zeal, although a greater deal of distance might have allowed it to make a stronger case.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Less a steadily escalating thriller than a guided tour through a county-fair-style haunted house, Poltergeist offers some quality jump scares, and Kenan has a knack for staging solid individual setpieces. But he proves weirdly incapable of modulation or mood setting here.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Sometimes funny, often dumb, with equal doses of inside-baseball references and broad bro-ish boorishness, Entourage will be loved by fans and despised by detractors, possibly for the same reasons.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Thorpe’s documentary can sometimes seem a bit intimidated by the various cans of worms it pries open, but it’s nonetheless a breezy, funny, often quite clever film more concerned with minor epiphanies than big answers.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    The film’s central fivesome prove charming pallbearers throughout the film, which alternates between inspired and insipid as it hits its hagiographic marks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    An impressive yet drama-less concoction that can’t totally disguise its slightly stale aftertaste.

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