Andrew Lapin

Andrew Lapin
Andrew Lapin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture NPR The Dissolve Uproxx

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It's a relic out of time, creating a lush, erotic world out of glances and small movements; yet it's also very much of our time. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) Feig gets too lost in the messy material to put his usual irreverent spin on it, and there's a big, silly twist in the middle of this thing that doesn't really work, but none of it can harsh the rest of the movie's good-natured vibe. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
48% American Son (2019) The next time Netflix goes sniffing around Broadway, it should bring back something with brains to match heart. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) The immediacy of the story (the film was shot, with the permission of survivors, even before the verdicts could be delivered) gives it tremendous power. Imagine if All The President's Men came out before Nixon's resignation. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
11% Jexi (2019) The stranded DeVine, for all his goofy charms as an actor, quickly exhausts our patience; he's in nearly every frame of this movie, and his screen partner is a phone, which means a hell of a lot of mugging for the camera. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Dick Long often doesn't seem to know what it's doing from scene to scene, and it's hard to say if that's by design. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) It's an astute commentary on the money moves we all need to make to survive. - NPR.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) As the Iraq War recedes into our rear-view mirror and our current news cycle spins blindly from one world crisis to another, films like Official Secrets, bland as they may seem, will serve as crucial efforts to keep our past mistakes in our minds. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
90% Give Me Liberty (2019) There are precious few victories to be found in Give Me Liberty, and yet the film feels victorious all the same. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Above all, the film celebrates storytelling as both a healing and a harming force, a way for us to put a face on something as unknowable as death. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) Yes, the film is grim, but it builds a space where that darkness can serve a purpose. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
64% The Mountain (2019) You can sense Alverson barely containing his laughter from behind the camera. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
95% Ray & Liz (2019) We often say art "cuts close to the bone," but in its depiction of clinking liquor bottles and drawers of unopened rent notices soaked in dog urine, Ray & Liz slices clean through that bone. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) A fitting tribute, breaking up heady discussion of Morrison's major works with jazzy digressions about her family's Great Migration journey from the South to her cherished multiethnic suburb of Lorain, Ohio. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) [A]s The Dead Don't Die smirks through its ironic corpse pile-up, dispatching a parade of beloved actors like rancid meat and playing the same original Sturgill Simpson tune on loop, it's hard not to wonder if the joke is on us for watching it. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
54% Ma (2019) Ma is not an especially well-made movie: It suffers from poor pacing, overly broad comedy, some truly ugly camerawork, and an empty script. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019) Passon makes the creepy stuff too low-key, less a case of building dread than growing impatience. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
67% Wine Country (2019) Wine Country is basically Poehler's version of Adam Sandler's Netflix-funded vacations, but with some introspect in place of Sandler's crass gags. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Bundy is really a shrewd role for Efron... It takes a guy like him, a former teen idol who hasn't totally shed his boyish qualities, to embody the kind of peculiar hold Bundy had on his partners. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The new film smartly illuminates what's been missing from other accounts: Why someone like Knoop would agree to, and even enjoy, taking part in someone else's hoax. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
83% High Life (2019) High Life is strange and wondrous, less a traditional sci-fi film than it is a seductive journey into the long, black night of death. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
37% Out of Blue (2019) It's bold and occasionally maddening, but there's not much other genre fare like it right now. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
85% Girl (2019) I was grateful for Girl, which I think offers a new reading on the young trans experience. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
43% Ferrante Fever (2019) There's almost no narrative structure, which is not the sort of thing you want to say about anything associated with the biggest name in modern fiction. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) A rare misfire for [Timoner], a case where the filmmaker's career-long immersion in prickly subcultures and extreme personalities wasn't enough to wrestle down one of the most extreme of them all. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Despite the heavy subject matter and longer average run-times, the films in this showcase are the strongest group of the three Oscar short film categories. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) From a son of white supremacists to real-life child murderers, the young men in four out of five of this year's films plunge into a darkness where adults fear not tread. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Still, even when these variations on a theme are slight, some raw filmmaking power still emerges. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Dear Ex (2018) Love in this movie is expressed in odd ways, but it is still genuine. - NPR.org EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) After all this time, we are not much closer to understanding Godard, but he seems to understand us all too well. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
82% All These Small Moments (2019) Some movies are so earnest and ask so little of you that criticizing them feels like kicking a puppy. From now on, we could call such movies All These Small Moments. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
79% Buffalo Boys (2019) This 19th-century genre mashup can be giddy fun, though it's a good deal more mindless than its historical context would have you believe. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Like many true tales before it, the film simply falls victim to corporate Hollywood's insistence that there is only one way to tell a story about trauma. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) One of the most thoughtful, honest onscreen meditations on morality and personal culpability in quite some time. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) The magic of the movie is exactly this: its grand ambitions, the way it reaches for the stars just as Celeste commands all her "little angels" to do. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) The lovely new biopic by Julian Schnabel offers a vision of Van Gogh's final days that is at once bold, blissful and deeply sad. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
62% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King fails to become the rightful heir to this throne, because it never goes big enough. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) A briskly entertaining romp through a director's exile period that shows the flights of creativity and madness someone without limits can get up to. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Even if it may not exactly be the movie its creator would have made, the artifact is still a thorny, inventive, brain-melting tour de force that confirms Welles's skill at finding beauty and meaning within chaos. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife is both stately and messy, in the way mid-century America so often seems to look through the rearview mirror. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
63% The Oath (2018) The Oath wants to interrogate belief, but... it's only thinking about events. Its biggest joke might be the idea that politics alone can start and stop human evil, or heal a family. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
88% Love, Gilda (2018) The film's standardized construction - its focus on lionizing the star's celebrity over her comedy - inevitably turns Radner's zany, effervescent performing energy into a kind of Baba Wawa mush. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Ross's camera captures the banal, the tragic and the triumphant alike, never lingering on any one moment for too long, and using a dreamy editing technique that doesn't always spell out its associations for us. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% Inventing Tomorrow (2018) Watching Inventing Tomorrow, we are reminded of just how vast and layered our current environmental crisis is, and how many different ways our diligence will be needed in the years ahead. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Marguerite is played by Mélanie Thierry, and the performance is a devastating one: unease and confusion with nowhere to direct it. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The film is anchored at every turn by newcomer Helena Howard's big, brash and brilliant lead performance. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
73% Christopher Robin (2018) Mostly it's all just a bit too easy. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) We are constantly rewriting our collective history, but few of us can do it with as much devilish glee as Scotty Bowers. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
77% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) A blistering drama about the kind of culture clash that can traumatize a young woman for life. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
77% The King (2018) What carries us through this mad experiment is a sense of commonality through the oral tradition, a reminder that Elvis's story is one of our shared myths. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018