Alan Scherstuhl
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For 276 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 7.7 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: 24 out of 276
276 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The performance and filmmaking are invigorating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Any 30 minutes of Summer of Blood might have me in hysterics. But the sputtering torrent of Eric's yakking proves wearying over 90: Dude's built for speed-dating.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Hart rants, Gad fidgets, and together this pair barrels through the plot, shaping between them a surprisingly potent friendship.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The suspense and pleasure of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's talking-and-tentacles horror romance Spring lies in discovering what shape the film is going to take.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Dolphin Tale 2 is a singularly honest animal film: It never insists that Winter wouldn't prefer to be elsewhere . . . or that what she feels for them has anything to do with what we think of as love.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    This spiky, pushy, sometimes upsetting comedy finds Wiig creating something whole and alive out of her apparent contradictions.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The doc is often terrific fun. But it is a work of observation and advocacy rather than journalism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film's heady buzz is invigorating, and there are substantial pleasures—and laughs—to be found in all its real-life-just-gone-sour strangeness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film has its insights, but perhaps its greatest value is in how it offers something of a record of what time with the talkative, tireless Hentoff is like.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The photography fascinates even when the story flags, and the film bristles with small revelations.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Informative and workmanlike, Antarctic Edge is more a bad-news rundown than one of the meditative masterpieces of the genre
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    An often funny workplace hostage comedy that doesn't demand prior knowledge of the character.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Misery Loves Comedy reveals artists adept at sounding out the darkest depths of our lives — and then transmuting what they find to laughter, a gift I bet sad young poets might ache for.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    As in so many Hollywood spectacles, the message and medium are at hopeless odds... Still, the set-up is arresting, the domestic scenes well observed and acted, and the payoffs involving that Roomba toy excellent. Also, a late-film twist isn't a surprise, exactly, but it is delicious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is more an on-the-fly glimpse of the scene than a deep-dive exploration, but that doesn't make it any less electric.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The pained, textured performances of Sevigny and Malone enrich their scenes, but when it ranges away from its leads, The Wait can seem like an anthology of moments rather than a narrative whole, although those moments do accumulate into a mood of chilly, gently surreal isolation.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The movie's a fascinating mess, grand and gaudy, often hilarious.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The most welcome change is the tone. Wadlow has decided he's making a straight-up comedy, and he demonstrates a knack for it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    After going this far, both in raunchy bad-boyism and mock-apologetic love-us shamelessness, they've effectively blown up their own formula. That's not a bad thing. This is the end; now it's time to try for more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    This material might be familiar to Frontline viewers and magazine readers, but Kenner's telling of the stories proves independently dramatic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Far from a film about sharks sharking and love not working out, this About Last Night revels in friendship, fidelity, and something too rarely seen in the movies today: the idea that being young and black in Los Angeles can be glorious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 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.

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