For 668 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Anthony Lane's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Mad Max: Fury Road
Lowest review score: 0 The Da Vinci Code
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 668
668 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Anthony Lane
    Some people make films in homage to Ingmar Bergman, others nod to the French New Wave, but only the Wilsons would think to follow in the footsteps of Burt Reynolds.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Anthony Lane
    Bad movie!
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Anthony Lane
    Made me laugh precisely once, as a magazine editor let fly with a Diane Arbus gag. It is no coincidence that she is played by Candice Bergen, who gets just the one scene, but who is nonetheless the only bona-fide movie star on show.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Anthony Lane
    There is a fine film to be made about the retreat from worldly obligation into erotic rite, and Brando and Bertolucci made it in 1972. But what “Last Tango in Paris” proved was that our skin-grazing view of a body makes us more, not less, enthusiastic to grasp the shape of the soul that it enshrines.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Anthony Lane
    The cast looks sound enough—John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell as the Rubbles—but the script, cobbled together by a crowd of writers, gives them nothing but a handful of limp gags.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Anthony Lane
    The mélange of plots, subplots, reveries, gags, cartoons, dirty bits, and hissy fits points to a work that is structurally modelled less on the classic narratives of cinema than on, say, a portion of Russian salad.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Anthony Lane
    The whole enterprise heaves and strains with a sadistic overkill that even Dario might find too rich.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Anthony Lane
    To be honest, I would be perfectly happy to walk with a zombie after ninety minutes of this; it would feel like light relief.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Anthony Lane
    The problem is that Snyder, following Moore, is so insanely aroused by the look of vengeance, and by the stylized application of physical power, that the film ends up twice as fascistic as the forces it wishes to lampoon.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Anthony Lane
    Though the film is not as criminally poor as "V for Vendetta," which the Wachowskis wrote in 2005, it struck me as more insidious.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Anthony Lane
    But by the end, the charm and delicacy of the 1961 cartoon have long been replaced by laborious gross-outs. Is this now official Disney policy?
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Anthony Lane
    The funniest thing about The Women is that Mick Jagger is one of the producers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Anthony Lane
    The Expendables is savage yet inert, and breathtakingly sleazy in its lack of imagination.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Anthony Lane
    Madonna's mess of a movie grabs at the rub and rancor of multiculturalism, which it proceeds to squash into a litter of clichés, or, more simply, insults.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Anthony Lane
    So lazy is the characterization, so hamstrung the plot, and so chronically broad the overacting that the main interest lies in deciding which to block first, your eyes or your ears. [2 Sept. 2013, p.81]
    • The New Yorker
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Anthony Lane
    The director is Bob Spiers, though it's hard to judge whether he actually turned up on the set.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 10 Anthony Lane
    The general opinion of Revenge of the Sith seems to be that it marks a distinct improvement on the last two episodes, "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones." True, but only in the same way that dying from natural causes is preferable to crucifixion.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Anthony Lane
    The Catholic Church has nothing to fear from this film. It is not just tripe. It is self-evident, spirit-lowering tripe that could not conceivably cause a single member of the flock to turn aside from the faith.

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