For 47 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Anita Gates' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 Pulse
Lowest review score: 30 El Cortez
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
47 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Anita Gates
    The most horrifying thing in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's fiercely original, thrillingly creepy Pulse (released as "Kairo," or "Circuit," in Japan) is the way the ghosts move.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    Makes its case with breathtaking force.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    An enthralling documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    The burning question is why Mr. Hyde’s story has never been made into a feature film. You’ve got big sky, a crazy but magnetically confident old coot, a noble but seemingly hopeless quest and a triumphant ending.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Appealing if obvious little fable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    A significant development turns Susan Kaplan's documentary into a thought-provoking story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Makes it case expertly and powerfully, but it does not propose a solution. The cumulative effect of the film's message is enormous sadness that hate is so strong and so resistant to reason.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Anne Fontaine's seductive film Nathalie is mostly about French star power and sex, so it's somewhat surprising that it is also subtle and intriguing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Touching, intelligent and admirably thoughtful, but more action-packed than its predecessors, thanks to escaped convicts, a local murder and a truly suspenseful finale, with lives at stake.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Cube, the story in question, proves surprisingly gripping, in the best ''Twilight Zone'' tradition.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Rick King's stirring documentary Voices in Wartime is not, as you might guess from the title, a compilation of soldiers' battlefield letters to their families back home. This intense little film is about poetry, and not just Homer's "Iliad."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    It isn't often that you see a film about Israelis and Palestinians that can be called hopeful, but Ronit Avni's assured, thoughtful and clear-eyed documentary certainly qualifies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    This is a sweet adventure story for children. (Surely, American parents can deal with the bare breasts of one talking painting.) For adults it is short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d’art.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    There is occasionally some gorgeous scenery, and the challenge of driving through silt is mildly interesting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    Mr. Coyote, who appears to be playing Steven Spielberg and steals every scene he is in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    The film is an unabashed promotion for space exploration.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    Sheriff may have a point to make about the impact of family, roots and religion on the changing face of rural America, but the film, while admirably restrained and competently made, is too polite to clarify that.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    Dan Harnden's screenplay keeps things relatively interesting, despite the very thin plot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    Mr. Wranovics sometimes goes too far in setting up cute situations for filming witnesses' comments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    This is certainly competent filmmaking, sort of like a long “60 Minutes” segment without the confrontational interview style.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Wants to be both heartwarming and quirky but is sometimes just cutesy instead.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Admirable but unfocused.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    It does have the feel of farce at times, but much of the time it just seems determined to shock.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    A one-dimensional romantic comedy that feels like an old-fashioned vehicle picture, the kind the big movie studios used to make in the 1930's and 40's just to bring in the fans of a particular actor or actress.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Inconsequential sequel for the undemanding moviegoer.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Jake Wade Wall's screenplay does deserve a word of praise. It has managed to incorporate the advent of cellphones, the *69 command and caller ID, which could have easily made the entire story impossible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Both Ms. Angelou and Ms. Tyson deliver powerful, touching messages. Just as they're sinking in, the film turns into an unabashed chick flick with a painfully gaudy wedding that includes live angels hanging on wires from the ceiling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    This is a one-dimensional, sometimes illogical film, but it's certainly good-looking.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    There is something good-natured about Jaan-E-Mann that makes it possible to forgive its many faults -- even the film's opening, a "2001: A Space Odyssey" ripoff with a space station gliding through the cosmos to the tune of the "Blue Danube" Waltz.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Modest, disturbing documentary.