Andrew Pulver

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For 62 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Pulver's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Let's Get Lost
Lowest review score: 40 Narcopolis
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
62 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    She's entertaining enough, and like most fashion documentaries, it's a mine of pop-cultural history, but the unswervingly generous assessment of her achievements and permanently arch vocal style become a little wearying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    For Cash devotees who want a hitherto-hidden perspective on their man, though, this is invaluable viewing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Though high-minded and well-intentioned – as well as being conceived on an epic scale – there’s something faintly stodgy and safety-first about the endeavour.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    It's a slight, attractive tale: a childlike fable of a little girl and her preternaturally intelligent cat that swiftly devolves into a very old-school cops and robbers yarn.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Margarita, With a Straw is a sturdily conceived, emotionally direct drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    It’s not exactly hard-hitting stuff, and isn’t meant to be, but it spins an entertaining yarn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    In all honesty The Untamed doesn’t seem to go anywhere special. But connoisseurs of oddness may cherish it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    A genial, lightweight farce, which largely approximates Hornby's distinctively bittersweet tone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    It’s tough to take all the hardcore emoting seriously, particularly as the emotional heavy lifting is designed to be done by the occasional maudlin line in brief pauses between the explosions. For a film so concerned with its characters’ inner lives, there’s a fundamental disconnect going on here – enough to make you yearn for the lighter touch of the Marvel films.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Pacific Rim's wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue provides little for the human component to get their teeth into.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Promised Land seems to lose its nerve a little politically: as it goes on, you realise it isn't about fracking at all, but a tract on machiavellian corporate behaviour and their employees' self-deception.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    This Anchorman sequel knows who its fans are, and does its best to keep them happy. No one will be complaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    This fantastically depressing film ought to be shown in school assemblies, or wherever impressionable pre-teens gather to discuss their dreams of media stardom.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Like Agatha Christie’s detective novels, there would appear little in the way of aesthetic – as opposed to technological – progression; having set the tone so definitively at the outset, each film delivered exactly what it promised.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Inevitably, perhaps, it pulls its punches, and soft-pedals on any authentic misery that its scenarios might evoke. But its essential amiability and decency comes through.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Here is a sensitive, intelligent portrait of film director Howard Brookner.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Impressive as much of his film is, however, Aronofsky never quite solves the main challenge of the semi-literal biblical adaptation: what is so economical, and beautifully expressed, on the page can become a heavy, lumbering beast when translated into conventional narrative.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    As a collection, The Seasons in Quincy certainly hangs together; it’s also an absolutely inspired way of approaching its subject. If the outcome is a little uneven; well, that’s the price that sometimes has to be paid.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    The film doesn’t quite live up to its creepy, savage opening, or carry through its best ideas.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Portman has made a film with something serious and interesting to say about Israel, a nuanced portrait of the place that demonstrates a commitment to, and connection with, her home country. This is an assured, heartfelt debut.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    All in all, this is a carefully modulated plea for tolerance and mutual understanding.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    This is a very good-looking film that represents a brave attempt to do justice to a very popular book; it manages it, just.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Filmed with competence rather than actual verve, Alone in Berlin works – just about. There’s enough of a thriller about it to hold the interest, even if it’s a bit on the stodgy side.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    The sisters themselves reveal a little, mostly because of Serena's unguarded imperiousness; but as a study of sports supercelebrity it's a tad subdued.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    The whole film ends up feeling weighed down: though Man of Steel bounds from one epic setpiece to another, you're left with the nagging feeling that you just can't work out what the central twosome see in each other. And for Superman and Lois Lane, that's hardly ideal.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    I'd never want to stand in the way of artists pushing things, but messing with Postman Pat is probably a step too far.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    This is basically a studied and serious film, but there's a feyness to its tone, and a lethargy to its pacing that make it difficult to warm to, even if the principal actors give it their all.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    [A] blundering jackhammer of a film.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    Stalking tactics bolstering romantic comedies are by no means new, and over the decades, film-makers have proved adept at somehow planing down real-world nastiness, but here it’s gruesomely inescapable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    Filmed in what you might call the international hotel style, Tornatore's idiotic premise is entertaining if you don't inspect it too carefully, or look for anything beneath the portentousness.

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