For 30 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Abby Garnett's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Violette
Lowest review score: 30 Treading Water
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
30 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Abby Garnett
    Archambault is fluent in small, self-contained moments. Even as their guardians are forced into difficult conversations, Gabrielle and Martin's private exchanges ring true.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Abby Garnett
    Provost's film, like its heroine, is full of active, sparking nerves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Abby Garnett
    A Dumont film that paints its small-town milieu with as much humor as violence (though there's a fair dose of that, too) and finds some tenderness in life's absurdities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Abby Garnett
    Before You Know It is a chronicle of the challenges facing an aging portion of the population, but it doubles as something more universal: a means of cutting through isolation and societal expectation, and finding a stronger self on the other side.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    Cognet's work is more devoted to thought about aesthetics than aesthetics themselves. His modest film represents a break from the rigorous historical work typically associated with documentaries about the Holocaust, and its open-ended nature is a fitting analogue to ongoing questions about testimony and healing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    [Depicts] the end of life not as an isolated horror (as in Michael Haneke's Amour) or as the contested site of legal and political factions, but as a complex social phase, its wobbly moral scale hinging on empathy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    While the polish of good-looking Hollywood types shot in clean, well-lit spaces doesn’t quite connect with Bujalski’s writing style, the film's tone is honestly unorthodox, a quality missing from most mid-budget comedies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    This story is about tenderness and empathy, including Carbee's for his plastic proxies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    Though its imagery is tame by LaBruce's standards, Gerontophilia follows his fascination with taboo sexual behavior.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    Khaou creates a compelling tension between Whishaw's stricken, almost febrile performance and Cheng's stubbornly dignified one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    May in the Summer's biggest obstacle is Dabis, who isn't a strong enough actress to sell the subtle humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    This is a fascinating and often tumultuous story, which Haupt chronicles through a mixture of interviews with the real Ostertag and Rapp (now married, they appear as a pair) alongside dramatized vignettes that, as the film wears on, feel like annoying interruptions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    Shapiro seems far more invested than his subject in telling the story, which sometimes makes the film feel a bit underhanded.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    The Love Punch is too sunny and self-effacing to be truly toxic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    This retelling is more concerned with black-and-white morality, which drains it of suspense.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    Despite a few dynamite scenes from Chastain, Miss Julie's cruelty is more potent than its craft.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    Last of the First is effective as a classroom tool for conservationist ideals (Jane Goodall herself gives an interview, as does the director of the African branch of the Nature Conservancy), but it fails to interrogate the forces that make those ideals necessary.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    Lawson's wishy-washiness about tone doesn't prevent the actors from nailing the comic exchanges.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    A lightweight Big Chill reworked for today's young professional set, which proves too clumsy and self-conscious to live up to its weighty subject matter.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    I Am Happiness on Earth's script is mostly filler between explicit, intensely choreographed sex acts.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    The film is dragged down by its awkwardly paradoxical story, which tries too hard to care too little.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    It sounds like a recipe for comedy (and Kline seems to think so too, waltzing and prat-falling through Mathias's alcoholic foibles), but Horovitz's screenplay guns instead for an emotionally and financially tangled melodrama, and ends up feeling aggravatingly inconsistent.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    The message is more pedestrian than passionate: Life is long, and full of instant messages.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    A self-aware psychopath is a tough character to humanize, especially when he's mired in a stylized jumble of comedy and tragedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Kruger and Clarke do their best to look steadfast with a camera swooping around them like a wounded bird, but there's no rescuing this imprecise family portrait from its own impulses toward obscurity.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    In an alternate universe, this might be a cult hit; as it is, Albemuth will only be fun for diehards.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    However you view the western in American filmmaking — as a moth-eaten relic or an eternal form to be resurrected every few years — there's something stale about Kane Senes's tepid historical drama Echoes of War, which utilizes the genre's symbols without delivering on its potential for moral or narrative satisfaction.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Analeine Cal y Mayor's bland, faux-quirky dramedy's most distinguishing set piece is a kitschy historic house museum dedicated to an erstwhile Mexican crooner named Guillermo Garibai.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Daniel Cohen's Le Chef does little more than illuminate the superficiality of the restaurant business.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Too low-stakes for horror, too lamebrained for satire, and too incoherent to be didactic, The Maid's Room simply uses Drina and then throws her away.

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