Barbara VanDenburgh

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For 147 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Barbara VanDenburgh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Lowest review score: 20 Mothers and Daughters
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 147
  2. Negative: 10 out of 147
147 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    The script feels structurally inept, building up scenes and characters then cutting them off, never to be revisited. The end result is a film that feels full of staircases that lead nowhere.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    There's nothing surprising or fresh about these people, their problems or their pairing, each character fitting snugly into his or her familiar archetype.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aside from Dance and some hazy views of impaled bodies, the film is low on shock and gore. It's aiming more for sweeping historical epic, but it doesn't work on either level.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    You'd learn a lot more if you went out and, well, actually met a Mormon.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    You can't get close to Bennett — not because he's a morally ambiguous character, as the movie would have you believe, but because he never puts anything on the table. He struts through every consequence, a man with nothing to lose because he never had anything worth losing in the first place.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Black or White is more remarkable for what it isn't than for what it is. For example, it isn't ripe with drama. It isn't a thoughtful exploration of racial identity in America. It isn't a compelling look at judicial bias and class conflict. It is, instead, a movie that's every bit as oversimplified and obvious as its title.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    For all its energy, razzle-dazzle and whiz-bang technology, it doesn't know how to tell a simple story or cobble together three-dimensional characters, and that's a problem not even the best of 3-D glasses can fix.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    That it chooses to waste a capable cast of mature actors by trotting out tired sex jokes as the enfeebled old men plot the world's most needlessly convoluted bank heist solves the mystery of why it took the film two years to limp its way to American cinemas.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Inexpert execution, lazy attention to detail and a lackluster lead performance conspire to render a juicy mystery rather boring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Without a buttress of cleverness, Cooties is mere freewheeling idiocy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Oyelowo and Mara try to bring humanity and tension to the testimonial thriller of two lost souls finding their way together, but they only succeed in bursts, hampered by marketing copy masquerading as dialogue.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    When all the parts are sewn together, the end result proves as crude and slapdash as the monster itself.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s a stumble down the catwalk not even Blue Steel can save.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    There are brief bursts of hilarity, and they are all, without exception, owed to McCarthy’s innate charisma and comedic timing.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s not the moms that are bad — it’s the movie.
    • 55 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    A by-the-numbers thriller that wouldn’t even have made for a particularly good hourlong episode of a weekly crime procedural, never mind an honest-to-God feature-length movie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It's an unpleasant way to pass a couple summer hours.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    If there’s any social commentary being made here, it doesn’t come through in performances so wooden you can’t tell if the actors are that bad or the characters that vapid.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It’s a spectacularly wrong-headed, chemistry-free romance, and too dumb to know how sexist it is.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    It fails to offer as single compelling character as a sacrifice to the angry volcano.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    For a movie filled with amateur porn, sex toys, cocaine and Cameron Diaz's butt, "Sex Tape" is awfully tame. You're in greater danger of taking a nap than needing a safe word.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    Director and co-writer Jeremy Garelick doesn't even reach high enough to pick the low-hanging fruit, opting instead to gather half-rotted, fly-infested jokes off the ground and expect Kevin Hart to make them funny by virtue of being Kevin Hart. Only grudgingly will I acknowledge that he sometimes does.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    There is nothing brave about Bravetown, a film so paint-by-the-numbers bland that its efforts to piggyback the sacrifice of American servicemen and women for emotional depth is downright craven.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Barbara VanDenburgh
    While its audacity is laudable, the film ultimately has all the thrill of watching someone else play a first-person-shooter video game.
    • 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.

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