Andrew Barker

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For 70 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Barker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 90 Love & Mercy
Lowest review score: 10 Behaving Badly
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 70
  2. Negative: 15 out of 70
70 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    Worth watching for its trove of emotional testimonies from family and friends — including an atypically forthcoming Lorne Michaels and Adam Sandler — the pic is somewhat defanged by its surface-level approach and standard-issue filmmaking style.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Barker
    This is a shaggy, easily distractible film that consistently defies expectations to both charming and baffling effect.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    While the effort is admirable, the result is a bit unwieldy, casting too wide a net to really plumb its subject’s depths, and defanging some of Steadman’s acid wit with an overly busy, hit-and-miss aesthetic approach.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites, the film fails to probe the psychology of its subject or set up a satisfying alternate history, but it sure is nice to look at for 97 minutes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    Muniz uncovers a raft of intriguing people and stories, with subjects ranging from sports to astrophysics, gender politics, history and developmental psychology, but he never sits still with them long enough to ask any probing questions, and the film never arrives at any real point.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    As handsome as his compositions are, Eastwood’s filmmaking simply doesn’t have the snap or the feel for rhythm that the script’s rapid-fire theatrical patter requires, and the relative dearth of prominent musical performances turns what could have been a dancing-in-the-aisles romp into a bit of a slog.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    Maria Sole Tognazzi’s ultra-sedate romantic comedy A Five Star Life is full of aesthetic sophistication and luxurious ambiance, but its pleasures are all secondhand, and the whole endeavor is too starved of incident to really stick in the memory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    Its translation from stage to screen looks to have been a bit rocky, and the film never manages to transcend its actors-workshop aura and develop into something deeper.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    Sporadically very funny, mostly very tedious, and sometimes truly vile, this 18-years-too-late sequel nonetheless exhibits a certain puerile purity of purpose.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Barker
    Too often plays like an earnest yet unsatisfying adaptation of a cult graphic novel, with most of the charm lost in translation.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Barker
    It’s difficult to get past the film’s restless, ill-fittingly bombastic style.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Barker
    Curiously airless, weightless and tonally uncertain, the picture mixes mass murder, dismemberment and rape threats with sappy sentimentality, fish-out-of-water gags and groan-worthy meta-humor, yet very little of it manages to leave any impression.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Barker
    Runner Runner’s appeal increases dramatically whenever Affleck enters the frame.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Barker
    Essentially recasting “Grumpy Old Men” with the senescent specters of Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta, the result is sporadically amusing, with some chucklesome sight gags and crowdpleasing supporting turns from Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, yet it’s all so overcooked that it defeats its own purpose.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Barker
    If the drably derivative, infuriatingly improbable police drama McCanick is remembered for anything, it will be for its uniformly overqualified cast.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Barker
    By trying to cram in as many explanatory info dumps as possible, Burger neglects to tend to the elements of the film that could easily make up for any narrative deficiencies: namely, a sense of place and a feeling of urgency.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Barker
    Most frustratingly, the film rarely manages to meld its two parent genres at all, with musical-theater pastiche dominating the early going, and straight slasher pastiche taking over around the halfway point, and rarely the twain do meet.

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