For 81 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Anita Gates' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 90 Botso
Lowest review score: 20 Brush with Danger
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 81
  2. Negative: 8 out of 81
81 movie reviews
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    • 70 Anita Gates
    Articulate and sympathetic experts, a calmly authoritative narrator (Alfre Woodard), powerfully conversational subtitles and breathtaking scenery enliven the film’s message.
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    • 70 Anita Gates
    [A] thorough, powerfully straightforward documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    In between the rampant four-letter words and the occasional partial nudity are likable attempts at humor — some sweet, some saucy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    It’s a quietly compelling story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    It will probably please fans of this simple genre with its solid suspense, murky lighting and “gotcha!” scares.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    In this splattery George A. Romero movie from 1977, the title character is not your typical vampire. In fact, he may not be a vampire at all. I mean, did Count Dracula ever need hypodermic needles (for sedation) or razor blades? Mr. Romero, the director who gave the world the ravenous 20th-century zombies of Night of the Living Dead, plays around with the possibility that Martin is just certifiably psychotic.
    • 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.
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    • 60 Anita Gates
    This film from Rebecca Richman Cohen is a mostly dutiful documentary that drifts dangerously close to earnestness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    This is certainly competent filmmaking, sort of like a long “60 Minutes” segment without the confrontational interview style.
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    • 60 Anita Gates
    At first, there is something a little too straightforward about the characters and their dialogue. But gradually, a group of strong, sure performances and the script’s twists... take hold, and we are fully involved.
    • 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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    • 60 Anita Gates
    This quiet romantic drama never soars but keeps its sense of humor and its balance while taking its subject matter for granted in the best possible way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    The concert itself was a bold, life-affirming project, but with a couple of additional extended music sequences, Mr. Xido’s film might have been more powerful and way more hardcore.
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    • 60 Anita Gates
    There is little new insight, although the film does create an instructive tension between admiring bravery and sacrifice and being appalled by war itself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Modest, disturbing documentary.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Mr. Refn may yet have justification for boasting about his natural talent. There is one magnificent scene in Pusher... Maybe Mr. Refn's next film will take us into that emotional territory.

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