Barbara VanDenburgh

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For 188 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barbara VanDenburgh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Short Term 12
Lowest review score: 20 Mothers and Daughters
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 188
  2. Negative: 16 out of 188
188 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Its real accomplishment is that, with so much money behind it and a true visionary at the helm, it manages to feel so dated.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It just feels desperate.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara VanDenburgh
    The laughs don’t add up. There’s no dramatic arc. Jackie doesn’t grow or learn from his downfall, so much as bumble his way out of it to an unsatisfying conclusion.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    The film is packed with moments of rank idiocy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Ornamented heavily with creative visual pleasures, the film is bogged down, not just by weighty thematic issues — death, divorce, bullying, unfairness — but by professions of its own grandeur.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Barbara VanDenburgh
    When executed with love and peopled with actors who breathe life into their characters, Hidden Figures is precisely the delight it aims to be.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Another entry in a long line of good video games adapted into terrible movies, Assassin’s Creed is ragingly stupid. That its incoherent plotline is treated with the utmost reverence by skilled thespians only brings its idiocy into sharper relief.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Barbara VanDenburgh
    The characteristics that make Evolution an intriguing piece of cinema also make it a not entirely successful one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Bell lets the action onscreen tell a story that’s every bit as rousing as a Disney adventure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara VanDenburgh
    The danger in making a movie like Coming Through the Rye is in the constant referencing and hero worship of bigger, better, towering works of art — you can only exist in their shadows and pale all the more for the comparison.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Relying wholly on good casting and the charisma of its actors, big and small, to elevate too-familiar material, the film’s stale humor hinges on two faulty premises: That the suburbs are inscrutable and that the people who live in them are clueless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Burton reins in his worst impulses, bad habits that he’s been cultivating for over a decade, to make a wickedly dark children’s movie that is, finally, blessedly, fun to look at.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s a slight film, but one that hits all the tricky emotional and comedic notes without a hint of cruelty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Storks is charmless with rote obligation. This is a kid’s film for hire, with none of the creativity, emotion and design that elevate the genre to art, or even simply a fun time at the movies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Barbara VanDenburgh
    For all of Cianfrance’s seriousness, the material proves too essentially melodramatic, hokey and self-serious to save. No gorgeous cinematography and no cast, no matter how A-list, can ultimately save this material from itself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Barbara VanDenburgh
    When the material falters, Sumpter and Sawyers suck you back in with their pitch-perfect performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Koreeda makes thrilling the rich inner lives of four young women trying to navigate rocky emotional terrain in the wake of their father’s death.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Barbara VanDenburgh
    There’s a limit to how much patience one has for spending time with terrible people living large. But for all the lackluster familiarity of the film’s style, the story is too interesting, too baffling to deny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s a zombie movie that, amidst the giddy bloodshed, allows room for philosophical questions about our fundamental responsibilities to one another. It may not be something we’ve never seen before, but it’s something we can benefit from seeing again.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s not the moms that are bad — it’s the movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It wouldn’t make the movie good, but at least a meteor strike would preclude the possibility of a sixth “Ice Age” film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s a variation on a theme that Solondz has been working through his whole filmography, and when he’s successful, he convinces you to believe the worst in people and laugh at it. But when he’s not, the film can feel like punishment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Even more than an expose of bad reporting and social hysteria, The Witness is an intimate exercise in grief and healing
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s safe to say that Tickled is nothing like what its filmmakers set out to make. That's an artistic blessing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Barbara VanDenburgh
    “Raiders!” is as sloppy and imperfect as the kids’ shot-for-shot remake, but it has much the same charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Barbara VanDenburgh
    The stunning character work is accented with moments of pure cinematic poetry. Audiard uses the camera like a paintbrush, composing lyrical interludes and disorienting transitions with the power to leave you breathless. It’s all so quietly brilliant — until it isn’t.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Barbara VanDenburgh
    I predict that within a decade, Mother’s and Daughters will be mandatory viewing at film schools across the country. There are precious few such perfect examples of how not to make a film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s never a boring film to look at, but it is often a tiring one. Running over two hours, the film is bloated with portent and repetition, each story taking too long to get to its inevitable moral.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Barbara VanDenburgh
    The film’s focus is too easily distracted by celebrity and turns less documentary and more fawning love letter to an industry already in love with itself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Cliff Curtis is staggeringly good as Gen.

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