Andrew Schenker

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For 196 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 75% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Schenker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 The Turin Horse
Lowest review score: 0 Act of Valor
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 196
  2. Negative: 62 out of 196
196 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan has to be the least kinetic of working filmmakers - and not simply in the sense of static camerawork or lack of narrative momentum.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Life lessons abound in Buck, most of them tied to endlessly reiterated comparisons between man and horse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    Not everyone's life is compelling enough to warrant the documentary treatment, but whether this truism applies to master puppeteer and current Sesame Street producer Kevin Clash is a question that Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, Constance Marks's fawning portrait of the Muppet- master fails to answer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    It seems as if Craig Zobel wants to implicate the audience in these proceedings, but he doesn't have a very clear idea how to go about it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Far more concerned with indulging a slightly less glossy Slumdog Millionaire-like aesthetic than dealing with the frayed relationships of its characters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Of all the vaguely philosophical, calculatedly left-of-center dialogue that peppers Miranda July's The Future, no line is more telling than the writer/director/star's late-film declaration, in the guise of her character Sophie, that "I'm saying okay to nothing."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut does for porn-dependence what Shame did for sex addiction by offering a surface-level look at the effects of its specific pathology on its lead male character.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    The making of The Way must have been a nice moment for father and son, but why must the rest of us suffer?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    A (relatively) tasteful and restrained approach to potentially lurid subject matter isn't necessarily any better than one that gives in freely to what might be seen as a filmmaker's baser impulses.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    For a film that had once made some pretense toward exposing such dangerously submissive attitudes toward Hollywood romance, Friends with Benefits's conclusion can't help but seem more than a wee bit disingenuous.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    High school creative-writing-class ironies of all kinds abound in The Help.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Director Erik Canuel fails to deliver us from the inevitable hermeticism of the material.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    In Jay and Mark Duplass's film, the fragile middle-aged male ego is indulged, massaged, and, finally, critiqued.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    The film is so careful to avoid the luridness that would seem inevitably to accompany an excavation of child kidnapping, forced labor, and rape, that the result is a plodding, overly tasteful procedural that holds up its hero as an incorruptible embodiment of goodness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    A cursory history lesson with no interest in probing the deeper or more complex implications of Mandela's positions and their relationship to his country's shifting landscape.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Sarah's Key becomes a musing ("meditation" would be too generous) on the importance of uncovering the past that fails to honestly contemplate why such an act is significant.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    A predictable, drawn-out romantic comedy that happens to be set in the shadow of impending apocalypse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    It's hard to say which is worse: the unfunny caricatures or the indulgent soul-searching.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    Only a few snippets escape the uncritical narcissism that the film celebrates and, despite their unimaginative employment, they stand as something of a rebuke to the film's dominant images.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    When does intensity and commitment supersede historical understanding?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    The Details is as smug and self-satisfied as its privileged lead character.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    There's but one sequence in the entire movie that offers even the slightest bit of filmmaking verve, and even this speaks to the project's essential myopia.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    While the heart of the movie is the at-times strained relationship between the two leads, it all unfolds rather by the numbers, dictated more by the expected arc of such things than the demands of the characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    If you've ever seen Psycho, or even if you know anything at all about the film, Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock would like to congratulate you on your savvy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    What unfolds is a predictably anguished story of true love thwarted by material circumstances, or in the terms dictated by the film, rationality triumphing over romance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    At once hopelessly amateurish and given to desperate assertions of auterist "virtuosity."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    C├ędric Klapisch settles for a mixture of bland obviousness and crudely manufactured drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    This dry-as-dust enterprise bogs down in an almost total lack of energy and imagination that no amount of faux earnestness can overcome.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    A year in the life of a young woman unhappy in love and uncertain in career, Lola Versus could easily be faulted for the narrowness of its worldview.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    Awesomeness seems to be the chief quality prized by both the film and its characters; all other considerations--like safety, property damage, and especially good taste--are secondary.

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