Alan Scherstuhl

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For 531 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Scherstuhl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Rams
Lowest review score: 0 The Red Pill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 531
531 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Despite its moral seriousness, the film's a crowd-pleaser, boasting tense set pieces, a raucous polyglot of voices and accents, beauty-in-poverty streetscapes, and two warm, brawling, big-hearted leads.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    In Secret boasts vigor and thematic richness, that feeling of artists expressing something vital.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's not news, of course, that it's a terrible thing to extinguish a life, but it's a relief, when the shoot-'em-ups of Summer Movie Season are bearing down on us, to see a film that regards killing with pained awe. Wladyka's hands are clean.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    If you somehow manage to stay dry-eyed through the concert numbers, the end should set you bawling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    As a music comedy, this is up there with Popstar, but with better-defined characters. It's thick with tales of brawls, breakups, stage-walkoffs, busted hotel rooms and astonishing rudeness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Dark Touch, like much of the best horror, works the fears that connect to real life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    This isn't hard-times reportage or a deep-dive ethnography. It's a life-as-it's-lived picture, a chance to meet and loiter with the people in the places the interstates zip past.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    What makes Güeros fascinating, besides the joyous invention of Ruizpalacios's craft, is how the director emphasizes rather than hides his own authorial engagement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    For all the hurtling plot, and its occasional workaday scenecraft, Burning Bush proves an engrossing historical drama, low-key but in its final moments devastating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Writer-director Sean Mullin gives us some of the usual beats, but he and his performers invest them with rare persuasive power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    There's much in Born to Fly to thrill to, dream with, flinch from: dancers leaping from a great whirling wheel and smacking onto mats far below; dancers ducking and leaping a wickedly spinning I-beam or cinderblock.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    No matter her influences, Tamblyn has filmed for us something singular.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Credit this spirited, uncommonly effective found-footage thriller for breaking the templates promised by its genre and title.
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    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The story spins out in painful directions that feel surprising yet inevitable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film stands as a reminder of how much it can mean just to listen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Fontaine handles the assignations with sympathetic shorthand — we see what Martin sees, but we see more, too, enough to understand that Gemma's dalliances are vital to her but not overwhelming. She has a handle on them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Last Days is weighty and somber, familiar and strange, in the way of Bible stories but not of contemporary faith-based filmmaking, which eschews mystery and paradox for homily.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Inevitably, this tense comedy dips into tragedy, with our fearful intelligence agencies getting everything wrong and the filmmakers using their rare access to chart each mistake as it happens.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Sutton makes the concrete oblique, even mysterious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film stirs richer, truer feelings once it becomes a one-man show. This is due both to Heisserer's and Walker's skill — the tension is strong, the scenario elemental, and Walker's harried, urgent hero is compelling — but also the fact that the movies are really good at dudes doing things, especially when those things are scrappy, desperate, and heroic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Few horror debuts unnerve and fascinate as much as this one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Greg "Freddy" Camalier's engaging new doc Muscle Shoals stands as a winning tribute to the coastal Alabama studio, musicians, and engineers who laid down some of the greatest pop tracks of the late '60s and early '70s.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    [An] intense and dazzling new documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is like his life: scabrous, upsetting, kind of moving, funny as hell, alive with hints of how we've become what we are.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is more closing argument than portrait of life in the downturn, but it's thrillingly vigorous in its damning.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The old footage — newsreels, scraps of home movies — is entrancing, and even those familiar details eventually accrete with the fresh ones into something grand and stirring, especially near the conclusion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Stirring, sad, and at times truly frightening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    Green's doc — like the case at its center — defies resolution or easy answers.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The ending is a bit of an audience-pleasing cop-out, a retreat into formula after 80 minutes or so of upending it. But those upendings are memorable, the cast dishy fun, and Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale's breeze of a script (based on Hale's novel) is smart about the allure of fictional romances.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    A restless, sunnily shot, one-thing-after-another travelogue of the peculiarities of American worship and belief.

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