Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Globe and Mail, The Gate

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 69% Joker (2019) Joker... is, like the character at the centre of it all, hard to define, but leaves an indelible impression. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
6.5/10 83% Roger Waters: Us + Them (2019) Extremely passionate, [and] a bit too on-the-nose... but as a rock show that has to be strangely scaled down to fit on a cinema screen, it's still a sight to behold. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
7/10 100% The River and the Wall (2019) It's a unique documentary that's both reverential and sobering at the same time. Here's hoping it doesn't turn out to be a time capsule. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
7/10 93% Monos (2019) One of the few films that could be most adequately described as barbaric without that word taking on a negative connotation. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
8/10 88% Diego Maradona (2019) It's a cautionary tale that will endure as long as sports continue to exist. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
7/10 59% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) The rare sort of film that keeps redefining audience expectations while the core story is still unfolding, right up until the final scene. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
7.5/10 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice goes a long way towards making sure [her] legacy is preserved and respected for generations to come. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
6/10 80% Abominable (2019) Abominable doesn't break any new ground in animated storytelling whatsoever, but at least it's cute, enjoyable, and has a lot of heart. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
7/10 83% Judy (2019) Goold's film is a one woman show with plenty of interchangeable background elements. But oh what a one woman show it is. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
1/10 17% The Fanatic (2019) What does it say when something as [bad] as The Fanatic turns out to be only the eighth worst movie of Travolta's perpetually tarnished and only occasionally elevated career? - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
7/10 89% Riot Girls (2019) Riot Girls confidently and entertainingly sets itself apart from the pack rather nicely thanks to a well rounded script, playful direction, and a whole lotta swagger. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4.5/10 No Score Yet Midnight Diner (2019) A corny Chinese anthology tearjerker that starts off somewhat novel and enticing before growing wearisome and boring. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
7/10 83% Before You Know It (2019) Before You Know It is seasonably appropriate comfort food for intelligent adult audiences; something that's always in short supply. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/10 77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) [Gets] chuckles out of celebrity cameos popping up to engage in a cringe-worthy battle of wits with the star, but everything that spaces out these moments is dead on arrival. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
9/10 100% Send Me to the Clouds (2019) One of the most original, moving, subtly funny, and disarmingly entertaining foreign language films of the year. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
5/10 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo: Last Blood might promise a grand send-off to one of cinema's most iconic action movie characters, but it's not much of a Rambo movie. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
.5/10 23% Zeroville (2019) Thanks to Franco's patent unwillingness to engage with his material on a meaningful level, it's nothing more than one of the actor's trademark performance arts stunts. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
8/10 100% Toxic Beauty (2019) Toxic Beauty might be a documentary about the unseen killers lurking in one's household, but it's also a hopeful tool for change. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
6/10 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It has an overall savviness and willingness to entertain as broadly as possible without betraying the complexity that made the series alluring to so many viewers. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
9.5/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) An intense and intelligent psychological thriller, family drama, and sci-fi epic all rolled into one. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
5/10 73% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Like sharing a 90 minute ride in a train car with Robertson, but never asking him a question that would cause him to get up and walk away from the conversation. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4.5/10 71% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) Gone is the everyman filmmaker seeking the truth, and its place is a savvy operator who cracked the formula for stunt journalism and is keen on running it into the ground. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
8.5/10 77% The Friend (2019) By the time the inevitable arrives, the viewer knows so much about these people, their problems, and their fears that giving in to tears of joy and sorrow comes effortlessly. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
7/10 88% Freaks (2019) The end won't be in too much doubt ... but Freaks revels in making sure the steps taken to get to such a point are playfully and emotionally subverting audience expectations. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
6/10 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch isn't a subtle book and [this] isn't a subtle movie, but within its barely contained, shaggy construction, there's plenty to like, admire, and be entertained by. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
78% 1982 (2013) Oliver never backs away from difficult subject matter (semi-autobiographical, at that) and it's positively gut-wrenching to watch. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
8/10 100% Heimat Is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2020) It wants viewers to engage with it and think about its anti-nostalgic, scrapbook construction, and Heise accomplishes his ambitious goals with ease and grace. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
10/10 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms is as powerful as an atomic bomb and as open and honest as reading someone's diary. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/10 55% American Woman (2019) What American Woman lacks... is a script that allows any of this to grow and breathe into something stimulating or satisfying. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
8/10 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) It's a cinematic hug from the other side, and we're lucky to have it. Even in death, there are few teachers better than Agnès Varda. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/10 55% Becoming Nobody (2019) A virtually context free affair that plays less like a tribute to the man or a new platform that can be used to espouse his teachings and more like a greatest hits album of noteworthy moments. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
9/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It's a film that both redefines and rejuvenates the careers of both the director and star, while reminding viewers just how formidable [they] can be. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
7/10 86% The Whistlers (2020) An inventive, darkly comedic, and assuredly entertaining neo-noir. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
7.5/10 91% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The sort of well paced and all encompassing dramatic epic where years can pass and major changes can occur across the span of a single line of dialogue or well placed edit. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
8.5/10 95% The Climb (2020) If esteemed French filmmaker Éric Rohmer were still alive today, and he decided to make a movie about modern dude-bros, the result might look something like The Climb. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
6.5/10 73% The Traitor (2020) [Favino] brings a lot of energy to The Traitor, even when Bellocchio's material is at its driest. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
9/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A brilliant, biting, chilling, and darkly hilarious bit of social commentary from Korean master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho that's as entertaining as it is unsettling. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
9/10 100% Blow the Man Down (2020) Blow the Man Down might not redefine darkly comedic mysteries or twisty thrillers, but it's one heck of a funny, and sometimes frightening ride. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
9/10 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Too weird for words but highly entertaining for anyone willing to get on side with its nasty, misanthropic wavelength. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
6.5/10 86% This Changes Everything (2019) As a primer and outline on the work that still needs to be done before Hollywood reaches a point of gender equity, This Changes Everything works well. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) A charming and thoughtfully written dramedy with a wealth of depth and heart that closes out the proper summer movie season on a strong note. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
8/10 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It's a rare example of a comfort food level crowd pleaser with a great deal of ambition to go along with its hard earned uplift. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
6.5/10 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) At its best when Lewkowicz and his interview subjects pull back from the material itself and look at how the musical has stayed relevant over the years. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
6.5/10 57% Touch Me Not (2019) More successful in its analytical and clinical researching aims than it is as a work of art, [but] there's little denying that Piatilie has crafted something important. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/10 19% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2019) A film with a fair bit to like within its shaggy, unwieldy construction, but not enough to outweigh the fact that Dolan's latest is an unqualified mess. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
5.5/10 88% Aquarela (2019) Best viewed on the largest screen with the best sound system possible, but it still feels like there could be more to this that isn't being explored or pondered. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
1.5/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Anyone who deigns to buy a ticket to Angel Has Fallen needs to lower their expectations accordingly. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
7/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) It's a delightfully decadent dark carnival that seems primed for cult movie status. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
8.5/10 97% American Factory (2019) Should be required viewing for anyone who ever questions why unions or labour movements are necessary and vital. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
5.5/10 36% The Divine Fury (2019) Instead of playing such a ripe premise for camp value, The Divine Fury takes itself pretty seriously. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. - The Gate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019