Alan Scherstuhl
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For 314 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 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Scherstuhl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Court
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Lincoln
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 314
314 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The director invites us in, to play and dream.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Forget its generic title, its breakup setup, and its indie-standard Brooklyn walk-and-talks: Writer/director Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior is the freshest comedy of life and love in the city since Obvious Child.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Vital and vigorous even when its characters feel scraped of vigor/vitality, Philippe Garrel's latest finds boho Parisians facing the ends of marriages, affairs, and the feasibility of bohemian existence itself.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    We Are Mari Pepa is a sweaty, urgent, beautifully honest bliss out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Part of what makes writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that in many key ways it's not new at all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Director James Ponsoldt gives us long, loose, single-shot courtship scenes, each a marvel of staging and performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    The directors plant a camera in front of Roth and get him talking. To smooth over edits, they show us book covers and old photos—Roth was dashing, charming, a little dangerous, one of his college friends tells us, but she doesn't need to say it. It's manifest, and it's still true. The film is especially recommended to anyone who thinks they hate him.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Schimberg, in this debut, demonstrates rare assuredness in shooting and staging scenes, coaxing unexpected but true-feeling flourishes from his cast of mostly amateurs blessed with extraordinary faces.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Alan Scherstuhl
    Tender, humane, and searing, How I Live Now stands as something all too rare: a movie about young people that young people may love — but not one that lies to them, and not one built for them alone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The early scenes, of the couple falling for each other, offer more inspired gorgeous wonder than late Malick films, and the emotions are more piercing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    For the most part, the narrative here feels generational, representative, rather than invested in the specific incidents of specific lives.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The Double, with its inviting alienation, nails a curious mood that's been too long absent from contemporary film: the anxious admission that the world might be weighted against the plucky individual, and that prickling you feel just before such thoughts make a sweat break out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is often beautiful and appealingly light. Every clear-eyed insight into why pushy people insist on pushing is matched by loose ensemble humor and lyric reveries.

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