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 2.7 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    In Peter Sanders’s sassy documentary Altina... there’s plenty of interesting ground to cover.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    There is occasionally some gorgeous scenery, and the challenge of driving through silt is mildly interesting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Anita Gates
    Having a mild-mannered writer tell this story by sitting in a chair in front of some pretty art in a house museum and just talking seems lackadaisical, but Mr. Moss’s message is clear, shrewdly edited and peculiarly interesting.

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