For 250 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andy Klein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Lawrence of Arabia (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 250
250 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Andy Klein
    No one can blend melodrama and heightened emotion with laugh-out-loud wackiness the way Almodóvar does.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Andy Klein
    Maniacally funny. It remains neck and neck with "Young Frankenstein" as Brooks' best film.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Andy Klein
    Released in 1962, it was pretty clearly the most intelligent spectacular within living memory. On its 40th anniversary, it's even better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    May well stand as his (Chan) final word on true martial arts cinema.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Unless you're deeply familiar with Korean culture, you've truly never seen anything like it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    There have been other films dealing with the Jewish ghettos during the Nazi occupation of Poland -- some very good -- but The Pianist, the latest feature from Roman Polanski, may be the best.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    It was Melville's second-to-last feature, and it shows him in top form, with a more generous dose of humor than usual.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Spinal Tap is still on the right side of the fine line between stupid and clever.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Craven's other accomplishment here, besides resuscitating the genre, is the way he keeps things scary even when they're at their funniest. The grand finale, while thoroughly bloody and tense, has some genuinely hilarious shtick.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Pecker is a satire, but an incredibly good-natured one, which is not quite the contradiction in terms it might seem.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Singleton may spend the rest of his career chasing the kind of critical and commercial success he won at an early age with "Boyz N the Hood". But even if Rosewood fails to meet that standard, it is a film that reaffirms that depth of his talents.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Zemeckis is more interested here in getting us thinking (and feeling) than in telling us what to think.
    • TNT RoughCut
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    I found myself roaring at the grotesque way some of the characters talk to their pets, pausing only briefly when I realized that I do precisely the same thing.
    • TNT RoughCut
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Casting is perfect all down the line.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    It's moving; but it's also endlessly engaging, uproariously funny at moments, informative, and eventually touching in ways one might not have expected.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    An exciting, sharply realized melodramatic film noir, based on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's novel "The Blank Wall."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    The pacing is slow, but the film is entrancing and earns a permanent place in the viewer's mind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    This film made Dietrich a star, and it's easy to see why: Slightly more voluptuous than in her later films, Dietrich is the embodiment of the pleasures of the flesh.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Once the action kicks in -- starting with an extraordinary balletic fight in the rain featuring the two masters and a flying wooden beam -- you can't take your eyes off the screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    It's an amazing story, but, in addition to its intrinsic interest, the Shackleton expedition has another remarkable draw: Crewman Frank Hurley had brought along not only still cameras, but a movie camera as well, providing us with an extraordinary record of the ship's voyage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    While Imamura films generally have their droll moments, this is the most blatantly comic work he's done since the '80s -- richly entertaining and suggestive of any number of metaphorical readings.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    The film could be subtitled "Six Characters in Search of an Ending:" When they find that ending, it is gently, delightfully uplifting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    One of the compulsively watchable films this year, second only to "Memento." It's a must-see, except for those with a sensitivity to on-screen mayhem.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    It's funny, heroic, exaggerated and, most of all, energetic; the film speeds along as though afraid to lose the audience's attention for even a moment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Altman's technique also allows his huge cast to act up a storm, in the best sense. Gosford Park has roughly half the best actors in England in it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Full of provocative concepts, but, like most films that attack such metaphysical concerns head-on, things have become a tad too jumbled by the end to be altogether satisfying. It's a problem built into the subject matter...This all said, Dark City is immensely entertaining, as well as visually dazzling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Whatever its flaws -- and it has some lulus -- it's a textbook model for how to structure action of this kind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Takes roughly a third of its length to really get going, but, once it does, it's a devilishly clever, engaging piece of work that milks every cent of value from its tiny budget.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Wong weaves a spell that no other director could create.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    This sweet little movie is a mild comedy, a much calmer cousin to "Sister Act," with men in robes rather than women in habits.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    More involving and intriguing than any by-the-numbers studio thriller. In large part, it holds our interest because of its stylistic boldness, not despite it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Not everything in the film happens according to the traditional, overly familiar blueprint.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The entire cast is right on the money, a special word must be said about Seth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Zhang deftly and quickly draws a half-dozen supporting characters, and his pacing never flags.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Eastwood provides more than an hour of easygoing fun, followed by 45 minutes of action and suspense.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Gilroy has brilliantly played to his strengths in Spring Forward. With a story that has no room for big, obviously "cinematic" effects, he concentrates on simple staging, unobtrusive (though often beautifully evocative) visuals, and sheer performance. It's a decision that pays off.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The story is just as funny and touching. The only problem is the inevitable one: The freshness -- the novel delight -- is a little faded now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    For those with a taste for epics that integrate the historical and the intimate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    One of the glories of the film is that Ramsay keeps us rigorously to Morvern's point of view without ever being explicit about what's going on in her head.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Hilary Birmingham -- makes an impressive feature directorial debut with this rural drama. She gets first-rate performances.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Indeed heartwarming, though not simplemindedly so.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Taymor moves Titus completely out of time and into all time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The Wachowskis still hold the current franchise on intellectually engaging action films. It's not like I won't be heading back for a second (or even third) look.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    We become so absorbed in the ramifications of the techniques involved that a more challenging plot might have resulted in sensory overload.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Pi
    Whatever its faults -- and it has more than a few -- it is unquestionably different. It at least takes a stab at interpolating cerebral ideas into the format of a thriller.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    What about Ronny Yu's 1992 masterpiece "The Bride With White Hair," of which Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a decent facsimile?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The fractured structure, which moves from one species to another while following a generally chronological overall arc, can occasionally leave your mind to wandering, but for a film with no plot or characters to focus on it is remarkably gripping.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The film successfully walks the thin line between slick commercialism and "serious" realism. It is sentimental, but it comes by its sentiment honestly, through well-observed performances by the leads and a keen insight into the quirks of the Japanese middle-class culture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Hilarious--a terrific updating of ancient farce conventions for the '90s.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    His most thoroughly surreal work since Eraserhead, this two-hour-plus fever dream is more of one piece than Fire Walk with Me and less desperate and jokey than Wild at Heart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Its tone has elements of Jim Jarmusch and the Coen brothers but without Jarmusch's self-conscious artiness or the Coens' hip snottiness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    It is engaging, touching, and frequently funny. Maybe because his hero is inarticulate and his heroine is mute, Allen relies far more than usual on physical comedy than on the verbal jokes that are his strongest comic suit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Both Fellini and Woody Allen have remarked that casting is 90 percent of directing--and Citizen Ruth bears witness to that notion. While this is primarily Dern's show, the casting is perfect all around.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    At first glance, Schizopolis may seem like no more than a grab-bag of tricks and gimmicks, but repeat viewings reveal a more coherent pattern.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Compellingly watchable.
    • TNT RoughCut
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Dench is wholly extraordinary in a characterization that is frequently muted, literally and necessarily.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Except for a few slow patches, the movie is compulsively watchable: You keep waiting to see just how sick things are going to get.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    In the end, Code Unknown is a puzzle with no obvious solution.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Dramatically effective, thanks in large part to Montand's impassioned performance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    I still think the first is the best in the series, but I'm in the minority: Number two has a stronger following among the legions of Hong Kong movie buffs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    This is a dark, often funny walk through Ingmar Bergman turf.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Fans of convoluted narrative in the manner of Christopher Nolan and David Lynch are likely to be intrigued, although Medem has a far stronger streak of sentiment.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    This nearly perfect confection never takes its action more seriously than its comedy.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    From the start, a comprehensible, if necessarily simplified, sense of an extremely complicated moment in history.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The film is a masterpiece of nuance and characterization, marred only by an inexplicable, utterly distracting blunder at the very end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    On one level, Together is a countercultural soap opera, though played more as bittersweet comedy than as drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    A warning is virtually mandated: No one who's even the least bit squeamish should even think about seeing Audition. But, if you have a taste for the disturbing, it's a trip that will stay with you for some time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The plot may be nothing, but the film is something indeed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Washington creates an indelibly charming and terrifying character whose volatile blend of dedication and horrible expediency keeps us off balance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Office Space's pleasures don't really depend on plot. It's pretty much what a Dilbert feature should look like.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Wisely, Run Lola Run lasts something under 80 minutes; any longer, and it would have been as exhausting and boring as a half-hour Donna Summer track.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    What Nolan does accomplish here that we haven't seen from him before is staging a few horrifyingly effective suspense set pieces -- one of which, in particular, is likely to stay with you for a long time.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Surprisingly manages never to grow boring -- which proves that Rohmer still has a sense of his audience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    O'Connor as Fanny is irresistibly appealing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Makes good use of its actors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    The film's demands may be too perplexing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    In short, the film is emotional, perhaps even sentimental, but it strenuously avoids the sort of blatant manipulation that marks cheap sentimentality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    It's unlikely that anyone will be bored. But it's just as unlikely that anyone will be swept off his feet either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    It's a strange, entertaining little film that derives its weird tension from a blend of comic and serious tones.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    For all of the heroine's shockingly "modern" lifestyle choices, the thrust of the film is remarkably old-fashioned. It embraces the notion that you can have only a single great love in a lifetime...and that's if you're lucky.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    What Malick has fashioned here is less a conventional narrative than an impressionistic mosaic of our common, yet varied experience of life and death, as focused and clarified through the relentless lens of war.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    A political film in the form of a thriller, rather than a garden-variety potboiler gleefully helping itself to stock political tropes from the genre's grab bag.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    It's a fast, entertaining ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    It's funny and exciting on enough levels that adults are likely to enjoy it just as much as the rug rats.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Allen produces a lovable, relaxed--although not uproarious--comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Helgeland makes a solid debut as director here, finding a new angle through which to view the Parker character, and doing so without exhausting the possibilities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    While Mononoke is often gorgeous to look at and has a far more sophisticated story than most Japanese animated features, it still feels overlong and dramatically unengaging.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Bigger, Longer & Uncut delivers: It's never less than funny, and at its best, it's truly hysterical.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Manages the seemingly impossible task of being very funny indeed and being as dark as anything Wong has ever made. This is an almost painfully bleak comedy that makes you squirm in the manner of “The Out-of-Towners.”
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Fuqua has done an admirable job staging the action scenes, but the script is little more than a thin framework to justify those scenes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    It's during the shift to seriousness that The Ice Storm makes its missteps. The intrusion of tragedy, while altogether believable, still seems like a device, a calculated tug at the heart strings. It is, in short, a once-effective ploy that now feels like a cliche. A near-miss might have been more effective.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    A lovely little comedy that--like its predecessor--will, one hopes, buck the odds and find its audience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Rea hits just the right balance of sympathy and self-interest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    If you don't view it too analytically, Men of Honor provides almost more uplift than a body can handle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    As satisfying as much of the film is, there are a few missteps, large and small, that may require indulgence on the part of viewers.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Scrappy, sappy, and appealing.
    • TNT RoughCut
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Andy Klein
    The efficiency of his (Donaldson) direction renders the movie somewhat characterless, like a top-rank made-for-TV production.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Despite some savvy camera movement, the production values obviously can't match American action films made for a hundred times the budget. Still, Hatamikia has put together a gripping drama that balances visceral suspense and interesting ideas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Varda, still pixieish in her early 70s, is having fun here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    The performance itself (which aired on PBS and is available on DVD) apparently went perfectly; given the potential pitfalls that Miller documents, it's some kind of miracle.

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