Alonso Duralde

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For 247 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alonso Duralde's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 We Are the Best!
Lowest review score: 0 The Identical
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 247
247 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Alonso Duralde
    Hardy might be past needing a star-making performance, but this is the kind of work that raises him to highest echelon of actors working in film today. He and Knight remind us that artists can astonish with the simplest of methods.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Alonso Duralde
    Whether it's the closest you'll get to the beach this year, or you have to tear yourself away from the dunes to enjoy it, it's an essential part of any movie-lover's summer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Alonso Duralde
    You don't have to like punk rock to fall in love with We Are the Best!; if a more joyous film comes along in 2014, then it's a good year indeed.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Alonso Duralde
    As he has throughout his career, from “Slacker” and “Dazed and Confused” to the lovely “Bernie” to the “Before” trilogy, Linklater proves himself as a filmmaker unconcerned with flash and dazzle but thoroughly compassionate and empathetic to a wide range of characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 98 Alonso Duralde
    Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Alonso Duralde
    Writer-director Tobias Lindholm knows how to keep a human perspective in his storytelling, no matter how outsized the drama or the dilemmas facing his characters.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Alonso Duralde
    Both haunting and sweeping, Carol represents another masterwork from one of this generation’s great filmmakers.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Alonso Duralde
    Spotlight is that rare journalistic procedural that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as “All the President’s Men,” and while the movie never glamorizes or makes saints of its hard-working newsgatherers, it does stand as a reminder of the power and importance of a free press, particularly in ferreting out local corruption and malfeasance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Alonso Duralde
    Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny spin intrigues, break hearts and flirt with scandal just as effectively in the 1790s setting of “Love” as they did in “Disco,” which took place in the early 1980s.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Alonso Duralde
    Where Fury Road stands apart from so much of today’s action cinema is that the human element remains front and center.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Alonso Duralde
    Wild Tales represents the work of an exceedingly skillful storyteller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Alonso Duralde
    The only agenda of this scruffy and urbane comedy, about a young comic contemplating abortion, is to be true and funny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 92 Alonso Duralde
    Like so many memorable yet hard-to-describe movies, Why Don't You Play in Hell? takes a ridiculous concept and commits to it fully. You might laugh with surprise or shriek in horror — both, most likely — but you certainly won't dismiss it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Alonso Duralde
    Assayas clearly loves actresses — their spontaneity and their self-doubt, and the mercurial way they can switch from one to the other — and Clouds of Sils Maria offers both a compassionate exploration of their lives and a powerful showcase for three of them to do some of their best work to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Alonso Duralde
    The pacing, the performances (Albert Brooks is a stand-out as Abel's lawyer), and every facet of the production serves the story and the film's larger ideas.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Alonso Duralde
    The chasm of the wealth gap and the slow destruction of the middle class should matter to us all, and films like Two Days, One Night remind us of the human faces affected by corporate greed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Alonso Duralde
    There are plenty of laughs — and nothing that goes over a kid’s head to an adult funny bone is smutty or smarmy — and the sentiment never feels strained or artificial.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Delicate and restrained, the film offers the messages of redemption and renewal we so often crave from a Christmas movie without wrapping its themes and characters in tinsel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Take Me to the River isn’t a horror movie, but then it’s not not a horror movie, either. It’s a slowly tightening vise, all about suspicion and hostility and resentments and what people aren’t talking about when they talk to each other. A stunning debut feature from writer-director Matt Sobel, Take Me to the River is Polanski, with cicadas.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    The director has wisely assembled an ensemble of performers who know how to handle a long take; this will certainly rank among Keaton's career highlights — in a role that allows him to completely dump out his paintbox and show a vast range of emotion — but everyone shines.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    You don’t have to love De Palma’s movies to find De Palma a fascinating look at a vital period of American film history, through the eyes of a controversial artist.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Gurrola and Alzati throw themselves into their performances, completely unafraid to explore the full range of physical and emotional characteristics of the people they’re playing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Perhaps most importantly, not only does the film stress the importance of using math and physics and botany and chemistry to solve problems, but it also makes a plot based on scientific inquiry and audacity just as exciting and even more unpredictable as the movies’ usual brand of problem-solving, the kind that involves punching everyone and then blowing everything up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Whiplash redefines the teacher movie (to say nothing of the young-musician movie) with a brutal energy and no easy resolutions. It's a challenging tune that will nonetheless get stuck in your head.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Citizenfour finds its strength in both the story and the telling: The information about government spying is chilling, of course, but the movie also gives us the opportunity to get to know the elusive Snowden.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    At a brisk 86 minutes, What We Do in the Shadows never sags or drags, delivering its comic punches with surgical precision and then getting off the stage. Being immortal doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of timing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    The movie really belongs to Mortensen, who allows Ben to be exasperating, arrogant and impatient but also warm, loving and caring. He’s a tough but adoring father, a grieving widower and an angry defender of his wife’s final wishes, and Mortensen plays all these notes and more with subtlety and grace.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    This is a film that dares to be about something while still delivering as a piece of straightforward entertainment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    What makes Mistress America so lovely — and so of a piece with “Frances Ha,” my favorite film of 2013 — is its balance of compassion and scrutiny: Baumbach and Gerwig don’t let these characters get away with their shortcomings, but neither does the film condemn these people or present them as irredeemable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Alonso Duralde
    A stronger structure underpinning these emotions run amok would have benefitted the film, but then what would feelings be without a little messiness? For many viewers, giving their own Joy and Sadness a workout will be enough to make Inside Out a valuable experience.

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