Andrew Pulver

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For 68 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Pulver's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Distant Voices, Still Lives
Lowest review score: 40 Paris-Manhattan
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
68 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Despicable Me 3 will certainly keep the younger elements of its audience happy, with its dose of aspartame-rush hyperactivity. But for everyone else it may prove decent rather than captivating.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    It comes across as twee, comfy-cardigan film-making. And, Eddie Izzard’s best efforts notwithstanding, it simply isn’t very funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    In the end, it’s Lowden’s fresh-faced enthusiasm and Mullan’s gravitas – operating at about a quarter of the level we know he’s capable of – keeping things afloat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Brimstone is hampered somewhat by its ponderous, doom-laden pace, and resultant bloated running time, but remains an intriguing slant on the spaghetti western.
    • 52 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
    It’s not exactly hard-hitting stuff, and isn’t meant to be, but it spins an entertaining yarn.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Here is a sensitive, intelligent portrait of film director Howard Brookner.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    In all honesty The Untamed doesn’t seem to go anywhere special. But connoisseurs of oddness may cherish it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    Voyage of Time, in the end, is a perhaps an aesthetic experience rather than an particularly informative one, prizing images over data; but what images they are.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    The film doesn’t quite live up to its creepy, savage opening, or carry through its best ideas.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    It’s an impressive spectacle, if not a happy one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    As repellent a figure as many may still find Gibson, I have to report he’s absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Andrew Pulver
    Margarita, With a Straw is a sturdily conceived, emotionally direct drama.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    It is Davies’ ability to invest even the most apparently-humdrum moments with some form of intense radiance that sustains his film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    Hail, Caesar! is a lot of fun, and beautifully crafted, too. One to savour.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    Despite the surface sheen, and some enterprising plot twists, it doesn’t entirely convince.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    Equals doesn’t really work as either a plausible attempt at rendering some sort of future society, nor as a really convincing thwarted-love story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    For all its berserk energy, you will need a very particular sense of humour not to lose patience with the prolific Takashi Miike’s latest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    This may not be the director’s most immediately electrifying film, but in its understated way, it’s an immensely powerful work.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    The Aardman vision of contemporary England is generous, inclusive and - if a fast-moving film about a smart-alec sheep can allow itself such grandiose ambitions – genuinely inspiring.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Pulver
    The co-operation between Wenders and Salgado Jr works well, mixing the former's heavyweight presence as both interviewer and storyteller, and the latter's ability to harvest intimate, deep-buried subtleties that may otherwise not have seen the light of day. Together they have made a moving tribute to a peerless talent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Pulver
    [A] blundering jackhammer of a film.

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