Alan Scherstuhl

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For 511 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Scherstuhl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Fishing Without Nets
Lowest review score: 0 The Red Pill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 511
511 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    The fights Virunga documents couldn't feel more urgent. This is one of the year's most compelling and important films.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    La La Land...reaches for the stars, doesn't quite grab them all, and then is still kind of OK in the end.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    There's something wonderful in how these scenes, so breezy and funny, reveal so much.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Few films shake and astonish like this one, even though nothing in it should be a surprise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is restful and exhausting, inviting us into contemplation: of Tibet's epic-scale natural beauty, which has rarely been filmed with such you-are-there patience and intimacy, each new horizon these pilgrims reach a reward for their perseverance — and yours.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    This film, a great one, demands a follow-up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    For all the ways the movie feels singular and impossible, like something the studio suits couldn't possibly have signed off on, Fury Road also feels entirely of its era. I admire its craft and cruel wit, and its willingness to trust us to work out the particulars of its world, but it lulled me into that familiar state of summertime action fatigue, of being worn down by the violence rather than geared up, of waiting the mayhem out rather than tracking it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The killing is bloody, the power struggles involving, the history-class examinations of the relations between mines and unions and gangsters fascinating, and the tough-guy routines, while sometimes tiresome, never less than credible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film, a hard jewel of beauty and reportage, demands and rewards that second viewing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film stands as a reminder of how much it can mean just to listen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    As excellent a documentary about politics as you will ever see.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Collin and company are after climate, not weather. They steep us in our awareness that Morgan and his New York have been lost, that our glimpses of it must either be through memory or hazed-up photography — or the music itself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film, while wrenching and audacious, is crafted with that humane and observational mastery of great Iranian cinema of recent decades.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    This patient, beautiful, painful, engrossing film pits husband and wife against each other and their world in a series of extended conversations/confrontations.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Poitras shows us history as it happens, scenes of such intimate momentousness that the movie's a must-see piece of work even if, in its totality, it's underwhelming as argument or cinema.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Newtown is an act of memorialization, a demand that this most distractible of countries look close and continue to care.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    This superb, suspenseful film, completed in 2009, opens as a playful comedy of vacationing couples and awkward romance, one that might be set in the French countryside, but by the end has become a moral drama likely to corrode your certainties.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    A genuine nail-biter, scrupulously made and fully involving, elemental in its simplicity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Porter's film is dramatic, unsettling, despairing, and in the end thrilling -- at some point, it grows from a portrait of this country's problems into a celebration of a possible solution.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Levinson follows the ups and downs of bringing that beast of a collider online, but the movie's deepest thrill lies in what these men and women will theorize next, and how they will test it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The director invites us in, to play and dream.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    With the plotting and the epigrams taken care of, Stillman seems liberated as a craftsman: Never before has one of his films been so crisp, so tart, so laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Patient, observational film demands you surrender to it, that you keep your phone in your pocket, which means that movie theaters now sometimes offer a more unmediated look at the world than modern life itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Even the familiar elements of this particular family's drama are invested — through vigorous scripting, directing, and acting — with almost elemental power.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Jennifer Kent's maternal nightmare The Babadook is the imperial stout of recent fright flicks -- it's the one that will have you walking funny and might rip into your sleep. It's hard to say that you'll enjoy this film, but it's hard not to admire it, if maybe with your eyes half shut.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Vital, illuminating, and terrifying, Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam probes with clarity and thoroughness one moment of recent American history that has too long gone unreckoned with.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Sachs, a clear-eyed humanist, honors all his characters' pained perspectives.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's rare that a film this outraged is also this calm.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Alan Scherstuhl
    Raw and insistent, bold and brawling, Girlhood throbs with the global now, illustrating the ways an indifferent society boxes in the people who grow up in project-style boxes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The world needs to see this spare, revelatory film and hear these girls' pained and sometimes proud confessions.

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