Alan Scherstuhl
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For 273 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Scherstuhl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Tip Top
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Lincoln
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 273
273 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Even in its longueurs Young Bodies yields beauty and surprise, and there are inklings of some grand conception, even among scenes that feel haphazardly chosen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's not enough to call this the rare franchise action movie to bring the goods; it's the even rarer one whose creators seem to understand what the goods even are.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Everyone involved at last seems to understand that the mode here is comic. Previous entries suffered from self-important glumness that gummed up the fun whenever the cars weren’t racing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The Visitor is a mess, but a revelatory one, both a ripe, bizarre thriller and a fascinating example of how filmmakers first responded to the interstellar millions stirred up by Spielberg and George Lucas: by thieving the good bits.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Directors Tom Bean and Luke Poling never shy away from the possibility that Plimpton at times was more a personality than a serious writer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is work, but it's upsetting, insightful, and sometimes gorgeous — admire its cold suns and withering cornfields.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Haupt persuades viewers to surrender to a place, to a vision, and to a scale of thinking beyond our own lives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The doc breezily sketches out the process of casing, smashing, grabbing, escaping, and fencing, not in as much detail as David Samuels's stellar New Yorker piece on the Panthers a couple years back, but with some added pathos.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Complaints that there's too little here about how the Jejune Institute was hatched or what it all may have meant matter little in the face of the one great thing The Institute does offer: a record of the mad invention of the game's masterminds.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is admirably committed to simulating the messy experience of life as a real Maisie might live it. But sometimes, as she's tuckered out on her exquisite linens beneath gorgeous exposed brick and shelves of handcrafted toys, Maisie's world feels easier to admire than it is to worry over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Once it gets going, it's fine, a somewhat scattered précis of the life and accomplishment of one of the 20th century's towering musicians, activists, and curiosities.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    For much of its running time, Camp X-Ray stands as the fullest on-screen imaginative treatment of two of the defining developments of the last 15 years of American life: the deployment of women in our volunteer army, and the indefinite detention of men we think, but can't quite prove, deserve it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    The whole thing has an amiable, gag-to-gag vibe for most of the first hour.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    The movie's not built for belief. It's built for dumb, shivery, sexed-up pleasure, and it delivers, albeit somewhat modestly.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Marquardt works many threads... but, while individually interesting, they're never woven into a truly compelling whole.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    The filmmakers have gotten extraordinary access to Mohamed and ravaged Somalia... But it's disappointing that they did not capture more scenes of Mohamed's wife and her family, who in the end are the ones who make the most momentous decision.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Mud
    It's too bad...that a movie so attuned to natural currents in the end gets caught up in Hollywood's impossible ones.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Fuqua steadily parades his big moments, and the movie works as unhinged spectacle. As a thriller it's less certain.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's heartening to have a tony war film about PTSD and forgiveness; it would be grander still to have one that dedicated itself more fully to examining the courage it would take to offer that forgiveness, rather than dash its energies upon the dreary cowardice of the crime itself.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    While mostly well made, and certain to serve as a handy précis for the J-school set, A Fragile Trust is more a soiling reminder than a revelation for anyone already familiar with Blair's case.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    For all its stellar nature photography, its low hum of suspense, and Gedeck's raw and affecting performance, the film often feels like an illustrated audiobook rather than narrative drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Some of the surprise works, but the final gotcha won't getcha.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Often, the hilarity is indisputably intentional. If you think you'll laugh and clap, try it; if you know you'll hate it, you're right.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    That Guy Dick Miller is a cheery and likable film, one that bops along the surface of its story with lots of interviews, too-quick film clips, and spazzy-quirky-tootling music meant to let us know how fun all this is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    The moment-to-moment inventions are great fun, but the larger narrative inventions are less inspired.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    The story and its violence are deeply silly, but there's something nervy and upsetting that distinguishes the film's incidental excitement.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Fisher never subordinates his big ideas to the usual chase scenes or manufactured love conflicts less confident filmmakers use to candy up such material. That's great — too bad that, in the final third, the movie also doesn't subordinate those ideas to its own story, or to its earlier elegance of construction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    Monsters University feels not like the work of artists eager to express something but like that of likable pros whose existence depends on getting a rise out the kids. It's like the scares Sully and Mike spring on those sleeping tykes: technically impressive but a job un-anchored to anything more meaningful.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's all rather familiar, but the key image of a glacier glazed over with something like gore proves majestic, and tension throbs throughout a scene of a scientist following his dog into a blood-veined tunnel inside that glacier.

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