Andrew Schenker
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For 195 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 9.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Schenker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 Stray Dogs
Lowest review score: 0 Act of Valor
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 195
  2. Negative: 62 out of 195
195 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    To drive home the pathos of Nim's mistreatment, James Marsh frequently makes questionable use of the creature's apparent similarity to human beings, trading complex analysis for easy sentiment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Walks a fine line between empathetic treatment of its characters and voyeuristic freakshow gazing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Battle for Brooklyn brings up larger quandaries about urban development which it doesn't begin to address.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Ralph Fiennes's film feels not so much rooted in the past as it is mired in conventions about how to portray that past.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Joan aside, the film goes down easy enough.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Essentially the film aims to trade in the awkwardness of teen sexuality, but too often settles for the gross-out gag instead.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The film scores all of its thematic points early, commenting intriguingly, if ultimately rather obviously, on the demands of Japanese patriarchy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Suffers from both an odd, ineffective structure and a low-key tone that jars uncomfortably with the subject matter and makes the film's stakes seem unnecessary low.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Of the film's three principals, it's only teenage Michael--more than ably embodied by screen newcomer Harmony Santana--that writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green seems to have much of a feel for.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    For the most part, this is a boys-will-be-boys movie that excuses everything its pair of protags do in the name of some sort of cosmic order.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Class privilege and sexual politics are inextricably linked in Trishna, Michael Winterbottom's blunt, self-consciously brutal, and rather loose updating of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The film smartly avoids the sort of cynical hijinks that characterize the majority of Vegas-set flicks, though it can't come up with anything more compelling to place in its stead.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The modern-day sections with Mariel Hemingway, while detailing the redemptive promise of the title, too often come across as either indulgent time-filler or overflow with PSA-level superficiality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Is an exploration of sex addiction, in all its different manifestations, the new flavor of the week in contemporary American cinema?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    The film is somewhat flimsy, tinged with the impulse to make the elderly characters just the right amount of ridiculous for the benefit of younger viewers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Both an informative bit of agitprop and an ultra slick and slightly self-satisfied bit of entertainment.
    • 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
    Only Jackie Chan, in a comedic supporting role as a Zen-trained cook who applies his culinary techniques on the battlefield (he "stir-fries" one enemy in a giant pot and "kneads" another like dough), provides any measure of relief.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Nancy Savoca's film begins in caricature and ends in sentimentality, only briefly hitting the sweet spot in between.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Undeniably rousing, but deeply irresponsible, Argo fans the flames surrounding historical events likely to still remain raw in the memory of many viewers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    This is one film that's overly reliant on a dubious central symbol, schematically employed.
    • 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
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Rather than bringing out the symbolic inner lives of the characters, these sequences seem like the intrusion of an aggressive authorial personality on a film whose subject-as well as the fact of Har'el's outsider status-demands that the filmmaker simply sit back and observe.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Steven Meyer's documentary treads a middle ground between illumination and cheap waterworks.
    • Slant Magazine
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Fitfully engaging, but the documentary turns into a touchy-feely isn't-it-wonderful-we're-all-saved love fest as soon as the universalists begin to dominate the interview segments.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    It's all fairly by the numbers, but in Boeken's presentation, the film isn't without its moments of narrative power.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    For all of the director's willingness to explore his characters' unexpected depths, he's still hamstrung by his perpetually tasteful cinema-of-quality aesthetic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Fails to dig too deep into the politics or inner workings of the new right-wing youth movement it profiles, remaining content with simplistic conclusions about pro-Putin thuggery.

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