Alan Scherstuhl

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For 569 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Scherstuhl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Strong Island
Lowest review score: 0 Collateral Beauty
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 569
569 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    A 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spotting dedicated to memorializing the extravagant graffiti on its era's MTA trains and how those trains rumbled across Brooklyn and the Bronx, bearing not just exhausted New Yorkers but gifted artists' urgent personal expression.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The world needs to see this spare, revelatory film and hear these girls' pained and sometimes proud confessions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Accomplishes the nearly impossible trick of updating viewers on the prevalence of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries without rubbing our noses in our failure to stop it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Time Out of Mind is an experiment in empathy, an examination of bureaucracy and streetlife mundanity, and a movie that many will find a tough sit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Israel's willingness to honor Frank's own vision powers the film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Marczak has captured the specifics of these young folks as they reel through a city that’s been born again, but the film should stir something true in the chest of anyone who ever was lucky enough to run free in their youth, even if only for a night.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    What's singular here isn't that the stars are playing brother and sister, or that they stir such sublime and anxious joy from each other. It's that the real love story isn't even between the damaged-but-lovable characters. It's between two profoundly depressed people and life itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    He may not be likable, but he remains fascinating. The film is on firm ground when examining Knievel's actual measurable impact: the action/extreme sports that have flourished since his retirement.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Dencik’s gorgeous, surprising, meditative film opens up one of the world’s last unknown places, and it will also make you want to befriend every Dane you can.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Caucus is a lively, hilarious, upsetting crash-course in recent history. It's also revelatory at times, especially as it reframes infamous sound bites in their of-the-moment context.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Michael Winterbottom's wise and involving Everyday specializes in unscripted-feeling moments that ache of life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The final, moving, nerve-wracking reels are all sea, sky, and desperation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's always political when regular people speak plainly about their circumstances — here, it's also moving, revelatory, and often funny, offering plenty to mull over during the long shots of train workers trundling their food carts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's a work of community portraiture that slowly develops into collective drama
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Cooper's interest is in the collaboration between the talent and its managers, in the way the duo urged their charges to begin to conceive of their sound, look, marketing, and live performances as all expressive of a singular vision.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the documentarian Les Blank's long-suppressed film A Poem Is a Naked Person plays like your memories of some mad, stoned last-century summer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is fascinating, even if you're resistant to this dark star's gravity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    A spare and ravishing doc.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The Seven Five makes for a fascinating character study, but the doc's drama is also compelling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    As a whole, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's wrenching, humane film is as convincing a brief as I can imagine in favor of that most controversial of all pregnancy-terminating procedures.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    With extraordinary access, Pahuja illuminates extraordinary conflicts and contradictions facing modern girls in a country even less ready for them than ours.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is novel-rich, so bristling with life that you might not notice how familiar it is in its contours.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Co-writer/director/proudly nude star Amalric cuts everything to the quick: Most shots have the feel of still photos, the camera firmly planted, and the movie always hustles us to the next, back and forward in time, the effect part Resnais and part staccato Kodak slideshow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Spider-Man: Homecoming is comics, unapologetically, as close as blockbuster filmmaking gets to cartooning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    This marvelous, mostly animated doc/drama hybrid couldn't have come along at a better time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's squirrelly, surprising, and elusive, but this beaut of a debut is no curio.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The key question is whether this procedural—as in, here we watch killers proceed—contributes to any greater understanding. I believe it does.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The documentary is stellar, despite some vague visual-metaphor stuff involving dioramas in an attic. Bring something you can punch, as you will be furious.

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