For 217 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bilge Ebiri's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Monkey Kingdom
Lowest review score: 10 Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 217
217 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    As the spiritual subtext took over, I couldn’t help but feel that something essential had been lost. The state overwhelms the individual; so, too, by the end, does this beautiful, strange movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Bilge Ebiri
    Magical and melancholy, The Tale of Princess Kaguya comes from the other mad genius of Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata, who co-founded the beloved Japanese animation company alongside the great Hayao Miyazaki back in 1985.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    It may not always succeed, but the lovely, perplexing Winter Sleep is a very personal film from one of the world’s foremost filmmakers. It’s well worth your time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    A truly strange, wondrous beast. It has the playful humor and charm of a children’s movie, but its design is dark and unsettling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    What Now? Remind Me is all over the place, but it never feels messy or lax.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s the closest I’ve seen a film come to an act of genuine hypnosis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    The Great Beauty is a subtly daring cinematic high-wire act — an entire film built around one character’s unrealized, unspecified yearning. And it might just be the most unforgettable film of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Ernest and Celestine is a modest, beautiful little children’s fable with a wise, grown-up heart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    This amazing, maddening film presents a series of extended, mostly static, terrifying tableaux of despair, poverty, and decay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    '71
    Whenever the film focuses on Gary, it’s O’Connell’s show. And the actor’s ability to quietly express a whole range of emotions with his body language and his eyes, is staggering — especially since, for much of the film, he’s limping and covered in blood.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Bilge Ebiri
    The LEGO Movie is the kind of animated free-for-all that comes around very rarely, if ever: A kids’ movie that matches shameless fun with razor-sharp wit, that offers up a spectacle of pure, freewheeling joy even as it tackles the thorniest of issues.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s a fascinating meeting of three minds, and perspectives. Chief among them is Salgado himself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Certainly for any fan of Cave’s, 20,000 Days on Earth makes for a creative, enthralling journey through the man’s world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Gabe Polsky's ingenious, touching documentary Red Army looks at the other side of this myth, the seemingly faceless, allegedly robotic players who made up the Soviet team. There, Polsky finds a story even more epic and powerful than the Miracle on Ice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    The mystery may be resolved, but the suspense and uncertainty remain. And so, Guiraudie ends his film on a cold, almost cruel note of existential solitude that just might, if you let it, break your heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Gibney’s a bit like a kid in an exposé-candy store here, and you can sense him trying to cram as much as he can into the film. Good for him: Going Clear is jaw-dropping. You wouldn’t really want it any other way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s wonderfully inventive filmmaking: Amirpour’s striking compositions borrow from the iconography of both the Western and the horror film — wide, evocative vistas are intercut with dark, tense city streets where shadowy figures follow one another.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    They’re great stories, and it’s through them that Jodorowsky’s Dune shows us how the greatest movie never made, in its own crazy little way, somehow still came to be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    The film is called Dear White People, but it might as well be called Dear Everybody. It’s hilarious, and just about everyone will wince with recognition at some point in the film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    As Li’l Quinquin seesaws between the horrific and the ridiculous, between the playful and profound, between control and chaos, we may find ourselves both frustrated and riveted. Something tells me Bruno Dumont wouldn’t want it any other way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Paddington is decidedly, proudly unhip. It’s a lovely, endearing chocolate-box of a movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Bilge Ebiri
    One of the greatest documentaries I’ve ever seen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Dope isn’t perfect — it’s got a couple too many endings, and it loses the romantic subplot for a distressingly long time. But it moves with amazing energy, the dialogue and soundtrack and imagery a constant stream of pop-culture references, in-jokes, and digressions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Wingard is also clearly enamored of the synthesized soundtracks of Giallo and John Carpenter films, and here, he turns that into a whole thing, too: A mix Anna makes for David becomes a plot point, giving the director an excuse to practically drench his scenes in dreamy electronica.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Tim’s Vermeer starts off in a playful fashion, but as he soldiers on, our intrepid, mild-mannered technologist finds himself getting emotional. In the presence of art, something happens. By the time it’s over, don’t be surprised if you’re more in awe of the work of an artist than ever before. Maybe this is Penn and Teller’s final, subtle rug-pulling moment: An attempt to demystify the artistic process ends up posing even greater mysteries.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Dragon 2 is at its best when it quiets down and dares to be intimate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    The film seems content to be the class clown of the Marvel Universe, which is all well and good. But like most class clowns, sometimes you wish it would apply itself — because it seems capable of being so much more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Jodorowsky’s fondness for the surreal and grotesque is in full evidence here. What makes his films so captivating, however, isn’t their strangeness, but their refusal to divide the world into good and bad, even when it’s easy to do so.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    With this cast, and such a vivid sense of play, Results manages, in its own subtle, unassuming way, to reinvent the rom-com. It’s enchanting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    Jauja is a rapturously bizarre movie that resists knowledge. That’s its secret, intoxicating power; the less you understand, the more mesmerized you are.

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