For 75 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Anita Gates' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 90 Botso
Lowest review score: 20 Brush with Danger
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 75
  2. Negative: 8 out of 75
75 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
    • 90 Anita Gates
    With enough tragic-restorative plot twists for a 12-hour mini-series, Botso is an enchanting film for two reasons: Mr. Korisheli’s humanity is magnetic, and no more beautiful case could be made for the psychological healing power of making music.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    There is no gore here, and no on-screen violence, but this is in every way a horror movie. With a devastating ending.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Appealing if obvious little fable.
    • 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."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Cube, the story in question, proves surprisingly gripping, in the best ''Twilight Zone'' tradition.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Mr. Takata deserves praise for refusing to oversimplify the situation, although his film doesn’t always bring the conflict fully to life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Ms. Kapoor, in her early 20s, gives a performance that seems to reinvent female confidence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    A lovely small surprise of a film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    The film benefits from nice performances and nice work by Mr. DiFolco (making his directorial debut), even if the ending is not as psychologically complex as earlier scenes lead us to hope.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    The first half of Behind the Blue Veil makes a case for the noble cause of preserving a way of life; the second half admits its near-futility.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    By the time the long, throbbing concert finale begins, there is no doubt that Mr. Brown’s intensity has not faded over the years and that the Stone Roses’ breakup was a serious loss.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Beatocello’s Umbrella could have been a terrible movie. In theory and largely in execution, it is little more than a promotional video for Kantha Bopha, a group of hospitals in Cambodia, and Dr. Richner, who has run them since the early 1990s. But what a guy!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    In some ways, this is just another underdogs-go-for-it sports movie. In others, it is as sensitive and observant as an Edith Wharton novel.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    If the film is workmanlike at times, it is also elegantly cleareyed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    In Peter Sanders’s sassy documentary Altina... there’s plenty of interesting ground to cover.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    The two leads are so low-key that they almost disappear at times, but The Quitter is a textured, heartfelt drama that achieves its modest goals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Advanced Style is undeniably captivating, even uplifting at times. But Mr. Cohen and Lina Plioplyte, the director, present a disconcerting mixed message.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Joanna Lipper’s documentary shapes one country’s recent history into an accessible and tragic family drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    The film’s storytelling is straightforward, almost standard-issue, but the story itself is compelling, as is the testimony of devotees.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    A Requiem for Syrian Refugees is as powerfully direct as it is unfortunately heavy-handed, with lingering black-and-white close-ups of barbed wire and children’s wide eyes. But the film is eloquent, too, thanks to the voices of the refugees themselves.

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