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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The movie's packed with minor incidents, all fresh, compelling, and funny. It also boasts two lengthy scenes that are touched with something greater.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Sutton's Memphis framed in fascinating layers -- leaves and tree limbs, wig shops and overgrown gravel roads. It's a movie of a place and a character rather than about them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Anna Biller's ripe, vibrant The Love Witch is an act of reclamation — and love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Zero Motivation opens as bleak, rebellious comedy but grows into a smart and moving story of entering adulthood.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is brisk, brief, well acted, smartly crafted, and shrewdly judged.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    A marvelous film, stripped of false urgency.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Ordinary life comes to look like a humiliation in the late reels of Lenny Cooke, yet another heartbreaker of a doc in which a compelling basketball story powers a discomfiting examination of a crisis facing young American men.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    A Most Wanted Man is simply a complex tale superbly told, with time for nuance and to soak in its mysteries.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    What surprises (a little) and fascinates (a lot) are the town-to-town commonalities Counting invites you to appraise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Bykov's moral tale is clear-eyed and callused over, worrying not over individual lives but over a nation's soul.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    This isn't a film about the Civil War; it's about the minds of white folks so removed from plantation life that they feel they have no stake in it at all. It's not about back then — it's about being.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan's witty, crowd-jolting spook-house of an eleventh feature, is its writer-director's best movie since the tail-end of the last Clinton era. And it's the best studio horror flick in recent years, combining the but-what's-in-those-shadows? immersion of The Conjuring, James Wan's basement-wandering simulator, with the crack scripting and meta-cinematic surprises of Shyamalan's best early films.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    If White Reindeer's satirical elements feel off the rack, that's because what they're satirizing in our real lives is, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The horror's a long time coming, but Goldthwait and company make the waiting worth it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman is the best comic-book movie of the last few years. What's beyond argument, however, is that Vaughn has whipped up the most interesting one, the only to make ferocious, unsettling art out of the great contradiction of superheroic fantasy: jolly do-goodism and its brutalizing sadism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Even as it verges on melodrama, Ixcanul remains fascinated by its people's practical thinking, by how their contemporary circumstances — and occasionally premodern beliefs — lead to actions both relatable and achingly, disastrously not.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The director invites us in, to play and dream.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film's chatty, ingratiating, and then howlingly mean.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Here's a movie with magic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Yet another first-rate film from a Middle East rich with them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Winter on Fire's thrilling rebellion is neither the beginning nor the end, but it is at least a truly heartening middle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    If beauty and revelation is your bottom line, Anthony Powell's rhapsodic Antarctica: A Year on Ice will prove a grand time at the movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    At least we have this gem, the rare tease of what could have been that actually proves satisfying enough on its own.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Valedictory and elegiac, Keach's film captures a performer who only truly seems to inhabit himself during the performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    It's part caper comedy, part revenge tale, and part glorious whopper.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Even if you know this history already, A.K.A. Doc Pomus is vital and endearing, a celebration of a great artist, a great character, and the universality of great pop.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The biggest suspense: As everything gets worse for everyone, will this consummate director's outraged worldview afford anyone any pity? At first you'll seethe — then your heart will ache.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    A simple, solid, deeply affecting film.

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