Alan Scherstuhl

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For 581 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 I Am Another You
Lowest review score: 0 Collateral Beauty
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 581
581 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Despite some frightening (and effective) scenes of slippery slopes and aggravated wildlife, the film’s heart lies in watching these characters discover in themselves and each other the will to press on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    For all its heart and strong performances, there's little new here. Still, the ending is perfect, triumphant and heartbreaking all at once, demonstrating that Quemada-Diez gets the reality of U.S. life.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's just zombies versus an international research station on the wastes of the Red Planet, with all that such a premise promises.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    As in Ant-Man, there's lots of shopworn redemption-plotting to get through here, and a sense that the filmmakers find the kind of jobs actually available to Americans a little beneath someone as twinkly-cute as Paul Rudd. But — also like in Ant-Man — the pleasures of Rudd overpower the programmatic elements.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    What's surprising — even wondrous — is how often Schulz's precisely crooked line work informs the big-budget gloss.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film's frustrating, fascinating, at times too eager to shock. But it's also daring and eccentric.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Strachwitz's enthusiasm — "This ain't no mouse music!" he's given to shouting — and a brace of choice anecdotes prove compelling on their own.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The voiceover is lyric, the oceanscapes majestic, the anthropology fascinating, and the connections more quizzical and uncertain than in Nostalgia for the Light. This time you have to look harder to follow him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The approach is experiential, a you-are-there-and-overwhelmed dazzlement, rather than a definitive record of each squad's big moment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Despite some cutesiness, the film’s a fascinating portrait of loneliness, of talent undirected toward purpose, of the mysteries of the mind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Bauder's film is a diagnosis of a system that is hopelessly sick and not being treated. Bring a stress ball to squish up as you watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film offers a solid précis, but it's a curious fact that a well-made doc like this is still only about half as informative or detailed as a long magazine article on the same subject might be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    As a look at geopolitics, the film is limited, but as a musical doc it's strong — and it's best as the movie to recommend old white Americans go see as a reminder that people everywhere remain people.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The battles, occurring every fifteen minutes or so, are brisk and bloody, but in them Northmen leaps too quickly from image to image, sometimes not giving us time to make sense of the mayhem. But the chases, and the Jacksonian sense of an epic journey across a time-lost landscape, will please devotees of the genre, and the flourishes are grand.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    With sharper on-the-ground footage, True Son might have been as sharp a doc as it is inspiring a story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Augmenting his talking heads with animation and inspired stock footage, Gibney dignifies Hubbard with the capacity to conjure feelings of connection and magnificence, never losing sight of what brings people into the fold, which makes their attempts to escape it all the more harrowing. Still, the richness of detail of Wright's book is lost.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    For all its piteousness, [it's] often moving, always well acted, and distinguished by rare stillness and beauty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Here's the rare lionizing-a-musician doc that strikes a smart balance between vintage footage, talking-head testimonials, and contemporary tribute performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The movie starts in an ice age, as I've said, so you can guess where it's all heading, but what you'll remember from it is the vision of a plump ol' bear snoozing in a tree in the rain.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    With high spirits and great tenderness, Dalio and his actors stir up what might be the greatest of youthful feelings: that as you get to know someone new, someone whose thinking rhymes with yours, you're also becoming ever more yourself.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Becker and Mehrer’s film is more about place and silence than it is about tension or psychology.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    As drama and spectacle, it’s not quite first-rate — I rarely feared for these characters or believed that I knew their souls, and George is too much of a humanist to wring real-life tragedy for cineplex suspense. But as a moral corrective and a call to decency it moved me.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Especially in its superior first hour, Goosebumps has a loose comic rhythm at odds with what we see in effects-heavy would-be blockbuster junk like Pan.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    This engaging courtroom drama aces the trick of grounding its ludicrousness in a convincing facsimile of reality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film's heart, like Randi's, is in the penetration of illusion, rather than its manufacture.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The ending has a surfeit of sugar, but writer-director Arvin Chen's story jaunts along, a cheery rom-com tinged with dream visions and a somewhat daring conceit.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The filmmakers aren't arguing that mass-media tech leads to fascism, but they suggest, with some lightness, that our interconnectedness certainly facilitates it. But Dreams Rewired is no polemic, and it never mocks the past.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Legend reminds us how easily a pretty star can get us to feel for people we'd deplore in real life — a monster's a monster, no matter how big its heart or soulful its strut.

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