For 43 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 18% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Annlee Ellingson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Best Kept Secret
Lowest review score: 20 The Impaler
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 43
  2. Negative: 9 out of 43
43 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Annlee Ellingson
    This is no sappy portrait of a saint: Mino is tenacious, critical and defensive, and in one memorable scene, a colleague tries to get her to face reality about what the real world holds for their students after graduation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Annlee Ellingson
    The Selfish Giant is devastating social realism in the mode of Ken Loach's "Kes."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    Documentarian Amy Nicholson puts a human face on the deterioration of the iconic New York amusement park by focusing on the fate of her favorite ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    "Breathing" takes its humorous, contemplative tonal cues from Neil himself.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    Moving performances from Una Noche's charismatic non-pro cast, Mulloy's keen eye for visual detail and stunning cinematography by Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder of Cuba's turquoise water exploding against the sea wall offer a compelling portrait.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Annlee Ellingson
    At once short on details and incredibly forthcoming, Barbara Kopple's documentary doesn't dig into specifics about Mariel's personal struggles with mental illness nor the WillingWay lifestyle that she and her boyfriend Bobby Williams espouse.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    An entertaining and insightful portrait of boyhood.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Annlee Ellingson
    All of this is ridiculously silly, of course, with low-rent special effects to boot. But you may laugh despite yourself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    There's a lot of movie here with unexpected developments, held together by the irresistible chemistry between Derbez and his adorable pint-sized co-star.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Annlee Ellingson
    Written with a poet's ear and directed with an artist's eye, Forgetting the Girl plumbs the psyche of an unassuming studio photographer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    Greenbaum shoots the game play especially well, employing dynamic camera work and kinetic editing to convey the drama of what non-fans might consider a static sport.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    Director David Frankel has crafted a sweet, funny, heartfelt film, and while we may know all along how it all turns out, Paul's signature performance still gives us chills.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Annlee Ellingson
    Unfortunately, the film doesn't show its subject's creative process as much as that of her collaborators.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Annlee Ellingson
    Enemies Closer suffers from wincingly bad dialogue delivered as if by jocks in a high-school play and action choreographed as if for a gymnasium stage.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    Haunter offers a freaky, visceral experience — without a hint of gore.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    The hint at disagreement among the performers about who can and cannot call themselves Muslim is particularly provocative — a debate that would have been better off played out on-screen rather than summarized after the fact.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    It's to Coiro's credit that no one emerges as a villain — and that, however painful, on the other side lies hope.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    Writer-director Francesca Gregorini builds unbearable tension into scenes that otherwise risk tilting toward melodrama and brings the eye of a fashion photographer to the film's hallucinatory dream sequences.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Annlee Ellingson
    The juxtaposition of such country-music icons with the story's cringe-worthy treacle has one siding with Michael's bah-humbug attitude.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Annlee Ellingson
    [A] contemporary B-movie Western with designs on stylistic flair.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Annlee Ellingson
    A Case of You is perfectly enjoyable as far as indie rom coms go — just not particularly original.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Annlee Ellingson
    Inconsistencies cause more confusion than the magic Rose is presumably going for.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Annlee Ellingson
    Zea gives a natural performance amid a neighborhood of painful stereotypes (including a nosy Asian shopkeeper), but she doesn't adjust her cadence, let alone accent, for the historical flashbacks, bringing a modern sensibility that limits the effectiveness of these scenes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Annlee Ellingson
    The Nut Job features decent CG animation, especially of animals, but the writing isn't particularly clever, relying on obvious puns and slapstick humor.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Annlee Ellingson
    Baggage Claim promotes painfully outdated social mores.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Annlee Ellingson
    Writer-director M. Blash's sophomore film is ethereal and trippy, told less in scenes than in oblique snatches, not unlike the experience of emotional paralysis. This approach grows wearying.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Annlee Ellingson
    A focused, if at times melodramatic, take on the play's beating heart.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Annlee Ellingson
    Scenes can drag; they at times pay homage to the filmmaker's memories rather than drive the narrative forward.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Annlee Ellingson
    Johnny Severin and Nicholas David Brandt's otherwise clever and original script takes an unexpected turn at nearly every intersection, resulting in a funny and big-hearted coming-of-age romance.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Annlee Ellingson
    The script is short on details and insight, and when asked to comment on this condition — or the script's sketch of a culture on the cusp of the Internet revolution — the film, like its dirtbag protagonist, just shrugs.