Alan Scherstuhl

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For 329 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Scherstuhl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Lincoln
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 329
329 movie reviews
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film surges by, powered by high spirits, well-plotted surprises, and the directors' admirable attention to both the real and romantic.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The Visitor is a mess, but a revelatory one, both a ripe, bizarre thriller and a fascinating example of how filmmakers first responded to the interstellar millions stirred up by Spielberg and George Lucas: by thieving the good bits.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    An often funny workplace hostage comedy that doesn't demand prior knowledge of the character.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    If you find other people worth your time and attention, Next Goal Wins will stir you.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
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    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Haupt persuades viewers to surrender to a place, to a vision, and to a scale of thinking beyond our own lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film is work, but it's upsetting, insightful, and sometimes gorgeous — admire its cold suns and withering cornfields.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The killing is bloody, the power struggles involving, the history-class examinations of the relations between mines and unions and gangsters fascinating, and the tough-guy routines, while sometimes tiresome, never less than credible.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    Hart rants, Gad fidgets, and together this pair barrels through the plot, shaping between them a surprisingly potent friendship.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The movie's a fascinating mess, grand and gaudy, often hilarious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    For all its piteousness, [it's] often moving, always well acted, and distinguished by rare stillness and beauty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Alan Scherstuhl
    The film's heart, like Randi's, is in the penetration of illusion, rather than its manufacture.
    • 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.

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