Andrew O'Hehir
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For 1,346 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew O'Hehir's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Far from Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 The Replacements
Score distribution:
1,346 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    It's an expertly constructed thrill ride with wonderful atmosphere and tremendous good humor; if its heart of gold is artificial, that won't stop you from enjoying the heck out of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    A sad, sweet, funny and ultimately unforgettable love story about a man and a woman and a father and son, and also ranks among the most affectionate and sensitive portraits of homosexuality ever crafted by a straight person.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Ultra-violent and ultra-stylish, Drive stands out in this year's Cannes competition for its calculated, hard-edged brilliance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    A chilly, fascinating thriller at odds with itself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Full of imaginative, outrageous and egregiously insulting 3-D gags.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Damsels in Distress is deliberately and purposefully irrelevant; its irrelevance is its strength. It's zany-in-quotation-marks and also flat-out zany. I laughed until I cried, and you may too (if you don't find it pointless and teeth-grindingly irritating). Either way, Whit Stillman is back at last, bringing his peculiar brand of counterprogramming refreshment to our jaded age.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    What contemporary relevance you may find in Alfredson's chilly, marvelously acted and gorgeously composed new film of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - is a highly individual question.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Skyfall is a push-pull between the past and the present, an effort to drag a symbol of maleness as iconic as the Union Jack bulldog on M's desk into a world of approximate gender equality and approximate acceptance of sexual difference. I'm not sure how sustainable that is over the long term; this is a smashing entertainment, but also one that feels over-engineered and constrained by its origins.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    A haunting, beautifully told tale about a genuine American original.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    This story about Joyce McKinney, a one-time beauty queen who found herself not once but twice at the center of outrageous, tabloid-friendly news stories, is another of Morris' alternately hilarious and disturbing inquiries into the slippery nature of truth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Safe is both a slavish imitation of cinema gone by and a movie for our time. I found it wickedly entertaining and perversely refreshing in its total lack of contemporary piety.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    In the long and fraught history of Franco-American cultural relations, this movie is more than a peace offering; it's a loving, goofy, joyous French kiss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    A terrifically crafted little movie that bounces off current events and the nation's downbeat mood ingeniously, and that it variously suggests comparisons with the early work of Terrence Malick, Stanley Kubrick and the Coen brothers. Yeah, I think it's that good, but please note that I also said "little."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    I'm not ready to proclaim Looper a sci-fi masterpiece just yet; let's let it sit awhile. But it's a lean, mean, smart, violent picture with a bit of Stanley Kubrick edge, fueled by the terrific Gordon-Levitt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    A gripping, mysterious use of no-budget cinema at its finest, and an intimate character study with surprising emotional power.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    This is a noisy, chaotic, technology-crazed 21st-century action film, but also one made with tremendous excitement, vigor and heart, along with a myriad of wonderful details.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    You don't have to know or care anything about Formula One auto racing, or ever have heard of the legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, to become fully drawn into this film's universe.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    My Joy has a bleak, grotesque, near-perfect poetry in its soul.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    There are so many great things happening on almost every level of this movie, from Swinton's haunting, magnetic and tremendously vulnerable performance, which is absolutely free of condescension to the suburban American wife-ness of her character, to the many unsettling individual moments.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    While the tension never lets up for a second, how you respond to the boundary-fudging and wildly improbable ending of Gravity – meaning both how it makes you feel and how you interpret it – will determine whether you think the movie is a genuine pop masterpiece or a canny artifice. Maybe there’s no difference.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    It's also possible, I suppose, that a movie as deranged and grotesque and spectacular as Álex de la Iglesia's near-masterpiece The Last Circus, an overcooked allegory that's been dialed to 11 in all directions, simply doesn't appeal to you. But if you like your baroque sex and violence with a side dish of heavy-duty symbolism, and if the idea of an unholy collaboration between, say, Guillermo del Toro, Federico Fellini and William Castle appeals to you, then put The Last Circus on your must-see list right now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    For the right kind of film buff, it's absolutely one of the most enjoyable pictures of the year - and if you've never heard of the guy before, I can't imagine a better place to start.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Undefeated is a genuine crowd-pleaser, a rousing and inspirational flowers-in-the-junkyard fable of hope and possibility in grim circumstances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Terrifically choreographed, violent and amoral, but never wantonly cruel, Miss Bala is a knockout.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    It offers some of the best Asian martial-arts choreography of recent years and an electric, claustrophobic puzzle-palace atmosphere that'll leave you wrung out and buzzed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    This may test your patience, it's not for everyone, it's a stretch to call this "entertainment" and so on. As far as Heathcliff being black – well, deal with it. Arnold's simply right about that one, and it's Laurence Olivier and Ralph Fiennes and all those costume-drama versions of the story that are wrong.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    To Ben Affleck's credit, he's made a terrific, pulse-elevating thriller that will leave the audience cheering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    In the case of French actress and director Valérie Donzelli's striking and imaginative film Declaration of War, the autobiographical element is so strong that the movie's virtually a docudrama – but a dazzlingly strange docudrama with musical numbers, choreographed interludes and prodigious cinematic verve.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Great cinema? Hell, I don't know. But one of the most satisfying movies of the holiday season, that much is for sure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Andrew O'Hehir
    Footnote has two of the best performances I've seen in world cinema over the past year: One from Shlomo Bar Aba (apparently best known in Israel as a stand-up comic and stage actor), playing the aging, bitter philologist Eliezer Shkolnik, and the other from Lior Ashkenazi, one of the country's best known movie stars, as his son and rival, Uriel.

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