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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andy Klein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Talk to Her
Lowest review score: 0 8 ½ Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 250
250 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Andy Klein
    Maniacally funny. It remains neck and neck with "Young Frankenstein" as Brooks' best film.
    • 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?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    The pacing is slow, but the film is entrancing and earns a permanent place in the viewer's mind.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    For most people, four hours pushes the outer comfort limits for theatrical viewing. My Voyage to Italy is well worth the time, but bringing along a thermos of espresso isn't a bad idea either.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    For all its mystery and its stylistic finesse, there is something vaguely plodding about The Sweet Hereafter.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Casting is perfect all down the line.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    The plot may be nothing, but the film is something indeed.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Indeed heartwarming, though not simplemindedly so.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 65 Andy Klein
    It’s Del Toro who really gets to strut his stuff with a subtle, ambiguous, and riveting performance. In a field of top-notch actors, he’s the one whom you remember days later.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Andy Klein
    No one can blend melodrama and heightened emotion with laugh-out-loud wackiness the way Almodóvar does.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Wong weaves a spell that no other director could create.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Spinal Tap is still on the right side of the fine line between stupid and clever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    On one level, Together is a countercultural soap opera, though played more as bittersweet comedy than as drama.
    • 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.)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Varda, still pixieish in her early 70s, is having fun here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Hilarious--a terrific updating of ancient farce conventions for the '90s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Shot in stylish black and white, with a memorably low-key performance from Duchesne, Bob le Flambeur is definitely worth checking out on the big screen in a fresh print.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    If the performances are the prime reason the film is as engaging as it is, it must also be said that Majidi's visual style seems far more sophisticated than in "Children of Heaven."
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    Unless you're deeply familiar with Korean culture, you've truly never seen anything like it.
    • 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
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Those with an interest in new or singular sorts of film experiences will find What Time Is It There? well worth the time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Eureka is, quite extraordinarily, never dull.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    An exciting, sharply realized melodramatic film noir, based on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's novel "The Blank Wall."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Headey, Skarsgård and Rampling flesh these people out marvelously, bringing them fully to life. It's almost a pity: The more real they become, the less pleasant is the time we spend with them.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    This is a dark, often funny walk through Ingmar Bergman turf.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Makes good use of its actors.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Dramatically effective, thanks in large part to Montand's impassioned performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Dench is wholly extraordinary in a characterization that is frequently muted, literally and necessarily.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    For those with a taste for epics that integrate the historical and the intimate.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Compellingly watchable.
    • TNT RoughCut
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    In the end, Code Unknown is a puzzle with no obvious solution.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Andy Klein
    May well stand as his (Chan) final word on true martial arts cinema.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    While it's crucial to preserve and make available every bit of available footage of such an earth-shattering event, it must be said that Rosenbaum's film manages to become slack and uninvolving after a while.
    • 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
    Hilary Birmingham -- makes an impressive feature directorial debut with this rural drama. She gets first-rate performances.
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Bigger, Longer & Uncut delivers: It's never less than funny, and at its best, it's truly hysterical.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Andy Klein
    Les Destinées has a leisurely, contemplative pace without ever growing boring. Still, at the end, we are left somehow empty. For all the time we spend with these people, we never really get inside of them.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Eastwood provides more than an hour of easygoing fun, followed by 45 minutes of action and suspense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    It's hard to know just how much to trust Titanic Town.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Andy Klein
    Surprisingly manages never to grow boring -- which proves that Rohmer still has a sense of his audience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    The film's demands may be too perplexing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    Two minor drawbacks: Onscreen IDs of speakers are sometimes omitted. And Kissinger's crimes seem almost paltry in comparison to current American policies.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    The repetitious structure begins to grow wearing about two-thirds through, but the conclusion has an emotional wallop that justifies the wait.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Andy Klein
    Sad to say, the story is simply too slight to sustain the film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    O'Connor as Fanny is irresistibly appealing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    In the end, the performances and the basic strength of the premise make Shadow of the Vampire a relatively diverting ninety minutes. But there is the inescapable feeling that it is a shadow of the great film it might have been.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    Despite the few good performances, this Hamlet is not a keeper.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    The movie is not always satisfying as a standard thriller, nor is it always clear; but it's never dull, either, and it displays a sensibility so weird as to be its own recommendation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    Pretty hysterical.
    • TNT RoughCut
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Allen produces a lovable, relaxed--although not uproarious--comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    Worth watching.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Were it not for the gravity of the setting, the movie could just as easily be a comedy -- with everybody play-acting and doors opening and shutting and the repercussions of lies multiplying geometrically -- as a 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    It is a moving and solidly entertaining comedy/drama that should bolster director and co-writer Juan José Campanella's reputation in the United States.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    It's an interesting, often worthwhile, film, but humor isn't its strongest attribute.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Rea hits just the right balance of sympathy and self-interest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Greenwood gives a nuanced performance that may be the film's best work, but at times his surface dissimilarities to JFK are jarring.
    • TNT RoughCut
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Andy Klein
    Hu has crafted a charming and modest movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Solidly entertaining little film.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Andy Klein
    Dominik's stylistic choices are savvy, but what really makes the movie work is Bana's extraordinary performance as Chopper.