Andrew Schenker

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For 197 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 12.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Schenker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 The Turin Horse
Lowest review score: 0 Act of Valor
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 197
  2. Negative: 62 out of 197
197 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    Mark Steven Johnson's Killing Season is a hard movie to take seriously, which is particularly unfortunate since it deals with such weighty issues as genocide, the ethical compromises that everyone makes in combat, and the lingering effects of wartime decisions on participants years down the line.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    As far as films about couples dealing with the female partner losing her mind go, Still Mine is pretty pedestrian.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    As in Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's 2009 film, La Pivellina, modesty is the key to The Shine of Day, and sometimes to the detriment of audience involvement and focus.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    With the film, Melissa McCarthy definitively cements her status as a legitimate comic talent, leaving her co-star stumbling behind in her wake.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The movie aims for an admirable balance, but fatally upsets that equilibrium in its hurried resolutions.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Schenker
    Enjoyment of Jeff Kaplan's film will vary given your capacity to simultaneously laugh and wink at the hijinks of two of the least palatable characters to share screen time in recent years.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    A little too deliberately balanced in its depiction of its three leads, but it largely makes up the difference with its informed grounding in the economic and social terrain of contemporary France.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Andrew Schenker
    Mukunda Michael Dewil's film has the makings of a taut little thriller, but the writer-director has the twin disadvantages of needing to include dialogue and to rely on the services of Paul Walker to embody his protagonist.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    What most rankles about the film is the way that its insistence on paternal instincts as the principal signifier of male adulthood leads it to sanction the most childlike behavior of all.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    Shawn Levy's occasionally uproarious, warm-hearted comedy is about different generations educating each other, but it never seems rote.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    The film works best when it focuses viewer attention most acutely on the story, deflecting it away from the director's manipulations.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The alignment with Herman's perspective, even as it never downplays the gravity of his crimes, leads the film into a set of obvious conclusions.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Andrew Schenker
    Amardeep Kaleka's documentary often seems like little more than preaching-to-the-converted, New Age drivel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    James Marsh carries forward the mood and menace of the opening into the balance of the work, perfectly matching his aesthetic strategies to the story's shifting moral terrain.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    The film unfolds in unhurried dramatic terms that come to take on an almost fatalistic force.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    Writer-director Nika Agiashvili buys into the concept of the American dream with the zeal of a true believer.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    It too often feels like just one more aesthetically uninspired documentary that gives way in the end to a special round of pleading for its specific cause.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The film seldom pushes beyond the bare-minimum dictates of the thriller, only rarely offering up a memorable action sequence.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    All of this could be very funny, but while the film does deliver some strong comic turns, far too much time is spent watching an inactive Kofman whining about his lot.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Andrew Schenker
    Nothing is forced in Ryan Gielen's deceptively simple story, with the pressures bubbling forth as naturally as the good cheer that defines so much of the film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Andrew Schenker
    Cassavetes puts over this simple, poorly acted story with moody lighting, self-consciously "beautiful" gore, and an annoying penchant for impressionistic quick-cut flashbacks, all of which get in the way of rather than enhance the supposed fun.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Andrew Schenker
    Even as Deb comes to embrace the vibrancy of urban life, she's still prey to a blinkered suburban viewpoint which becomes inscribed in the film itself.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Andrew Schenker
    In Joshua Oppenheimer's extraordinary The Act of Killing, film becomes the medium for a bold historical reckoning--and in more ways than one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    The slightly dour tone is the perfect backdrop for the director to skillfully weave together his varied narrative strands in a surprisingly entertaining medley.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Andrew Schenker
    By the dictates of the boys-will-be-boys party genre, 21 and Over is so tame that it barely manages to even be offensive.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The characters never sound like they're actually talking to one another, but rather delivering Jeff Lipsky's echo-chamber monologues.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    Alejandro Landes's Porfirio is an ugly movie to watch, but it's not without purpose.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Andrew Schenker
    Essentially a horror movie in which the source of the horror shifts from capital-M men to crazed lesbianism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    For all the revelations about the way the rich operate, there's little juicy pleasure to be had in the proceedings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Allen Hughes may suggest an air of pretty menace, but he does little to make the sequence work as a legible genre scene.

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