Alonso Duralde
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For 115 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alonso Duralde's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 A Summer's Tale
Lowest review score: 0 The Identical
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 115
  2. Negative: 25 out of 115
115 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
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Alonso Duralde
    Sweet and sharp and exciting and hilarious, Big Hero 6 comes to the rescue of what's become a dreaded movie trope — the origin story — and launches the superhero tale to pleasurable new heights.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Alonso Duralde
    Begin Again is as uncynical and unironic a film as I've seen in a while, which will no doubt be a turn-off to many. But like a catchy summer jam, it doesn't need to apologize for being exactly what it is, nor do its fans have to feel guilty for getting it stuck in their heads.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Alonso Duralde
    The Book of Life manages to be genuinely surprising and engrossing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Alonso Duralde
    Get on Up belongs, as it must, to Boseman, who delivers the kind of charisma, showmanship, sex appeal, and tireless energy that allows us to believe him as the Hardest Working Man in Show Business.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Alonso Duralde
    The jokes are consistently hilarious, with enough variety to tickle the funny bones of old salts and young fishies alike.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Alonso Duralde
    Green operates in a smarter mode of storytelling, giving the audience the benefit of the doubt that they'll notice the details, and he's clearly whispered Pacino into giving a nuanced and human-sized turn.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Alonso Duralde
    Marshall deserves credit for knowing how to shoot and cut (alongside editor Wyatt Smith, “Thor: The Dark World”) a musical number, and his work here ranks much closer to his success with “Chicago” than to his dismal “Nine.”
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Alonso Duralde
    Writer-director Ruben Ostlund (“Play”) brilliantly mines this dark material for awkward hilarity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    Coppola doesn't let these kids off the hook for their stupid decisions, of which they make many, but she's not judging them for their folly, either. Unchecked privilege and clueless parents are trotted out as part of the problem, but Coppola seems more interested in exploring human frailty and vulnerability than she is in digging for a social statement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    For a film about repetition, Edge of Tomorrow never feels tired or familiar.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    For those looking for regrets or profundity, Iris doesn’t dig particularly deep in that regard. But if you want merely to revel in the life of a singular figure who approaches her look and her life very much on her own terms, you’ll be charmed and delighted — and maybe even inspired to try something risky next time you get dressed up.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    Who cares if the story is occasionally impenetrable or if some gags land with a thud when the thrills and the eye candy keep coming at such a breathless pace? Jupiter Ascending doesn’t break the new ground that the Wachowskis have managed in the past...but the film never slacks in its efforts to wow us.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Alonso Duralde
    Suffice it to say that while Mockingjay, Part 1 might not be as consistently thrilling as “Catching Fire” — the second movie always has the luxury of being all PB&J and no crust — it's the movie equivalent of a page-turner, consistently suspenseful and filled with surprises and illuminating character moments.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Alonso Duralde
    Those willing to commit to a fascinating story about talented and intelligent people who can also be selfish, vulnerable, strong-headed, short-sighted, and emotionally needy, however, will want to pull this one off the shelf.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Alonso Duralde
    Spy
    Spy would be a standout if only for its ability to keep me laughing while also keeping me from figuring out who was really double-crossing whom. Add to that this extraordinary ensemble of actors (who knew Jason Statham could be this funny?), and you’ve got another memorable offering from McCarthy and Feig.

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