For 164 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Taubin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Quadrophenia (re-release)
Lowest review score: 10 Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 164
  2. Negative: 34 out of 164
164 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Ran
    A magisterial film, but not quite a great one.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Crouching Tiger's dramatic line is so blurry that the central character is only a bystander to the climactic fight between forces of good and evil.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    What's most stunning about Raging Bull is the tension between 19th-century melodrama and 20th-century psychodrama, the narrative form brought into being by the conjunction of Freudian theory and the mechanics of the movie camera.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Along with Raoul Coutard's radiant cinematography, what makes the film extraordinary is Karina, the pure curves of her face a contradiction to the marionette angularity of her body.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    It soon becomes evident just how inane a film this is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    The 7Up series is thus one of the rare documentaries to have had a positive practical effect on the life of at least one of its subjects.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Rampling has never been as beautiful, not to mention as emotionally naked, nuanced, and affecting as she is here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    Seems like a TV movie. A well-written, sympathetically acted TV movie, to be sure, but so timid and clumsy in its deployment of picture, sound, and editing that you have to wonder if executive producer Martin Scorsese bothered to give notes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    It's this strategy (however unconscious), and not simply a lack of directing talent, that makes Hedwig so relentlessly assaultive, heavy-handed, and emotionally monochromatic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Josh Aronson's thoroughly engrossing documentary Sound and Fury is as much about children's rights as it is about the impact of cochlear-implant technology on a family in which deafness runs through three generations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    Although I don't begrudge Borchardt his year of fame, what he doesn't seem to understand about his exploitation creeps me out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    Probably more terse than it needs to be, but the dramatic line has an elegance and drive that reinforces the unexpected turns of the story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Eccentric and thoroughly winning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    It could be described as the most gripping political thriller to hit the big screen in many years, although given the events it depicts through interviews, photographs, and news footage, the words "gripping" and "thriller" have inappropriately frivolous and commercial associations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    The General is a refined, traditional movie about a character who is never more traditional than when he imagines himself outside the law. It’s a great paradox, but it barely comes alive on the screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    A pop culture document for a mass audience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    It may seem perverse to fault a movie for being too accurate, but when surface accuracy is coupled with tunnel vision about self and society the result is a wee bit irritating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    It seems like a more witty, wise, and succinct "Magnolia."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    There are long stretches in Sexy Beast that are so exhilarating it feels churlish to dwell on its flaws.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Amy Taubin
    It remains one of the most wrenching films about adolescent angst, thanks largely to the performance of Phil Daniels.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    A film of rare tenderness and mystery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Eads's wit, generosity, insight, and courage are irresistible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Restrained, tough, and subtle enough to be as engrossing on the second viewing as it was on the first.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Arik Kaplun's smart, scrappy romantic comedy Yana's Friends displays an insouciance rarely found in Israeli film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    There are big crowd scenes, intimate close-ups, and lots of bug’s-eye point-of-view shots. Call me gullible: I believed every second of it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    A spare, formally ingenious, journalistically acute piece of filmmaking.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    I suspect that Time Code was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    The most audacious debut feature of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Unabashedly personal and uncool...but between you and me, dear reader, I love it to death.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Amy Taubin
    It's a sign of how watered-down the movie is that only the supporting actors have any bite.

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