Boyd van Hoeij
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For 78 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Boyd van Hoeij's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 90 Stranger by the Lake
Lowest review score: 10 Wrong Cops
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 78
  2. Negative: 5 out of 78
78 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Despite a slightly grating tendency to resist any kind of subtlety, the honest and convincingly played central romance does finally linger.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Never a full-on character piece or even an exploration of the titular sentiment, Jealousy instead offers moments of quiet tragedy in some seemingly innocent throwaway moments
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though the political background is fascinating, what finally resonates is that Schirman manages to humanize both Yousef and his Israeli handler, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, who would become an unlikely friend and ally.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    An enticing, if not extremely insightful, overview of the maverick filmmaker’s work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though individual scenes feel authentic, the overall structure’s rather loose and there’s not a single narrative throughline. This has several advantages... But it also somewhat diffuses the film’s focus.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Dante again smoothly combines moments of romantic and screwball comedy, schlocky genre elements and an overarching retro feel for this cute and pretty efficient zom com.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    A low-key verite charmer.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Cartoon violence and action, gore and humor, all rolled into one schlocky but enjoyable package.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    A mixture of raw, first-hand footage, shot by protesters themselves, and more self-possessed interviewees ensures that the chaos and sometimes lethal risks of protesting come across as strongly as the pressing sociopolitical reasons behind them and the effects the events have had on the participants.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    The third feature of Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu that again takes a clichéd-seeming premise and carefully proceeds to turn it on its head through logic, absurd humor and the consumption of vast quantities of cigarettes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    The film’s combination of psychological drama -- cue the childhood trauma -- with blood-splattered limb-cutting, talking heads in the fridge and talking pets on the couch is a risky one that finally works because Perry and Satrapi find the right tonal mixture for the material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Bouncy, with snappy dialog to spare and a great young cast headed by breakout star Shameik Moore, this is a crowd-pleaser from start to finish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though complementary, the pic’s images and voiceover never quite fuse into a single whole.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though a lot of it is well written and directed and, quite often, funny or poignant, the individual scenes rarely become part of a larger whole.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Sophisticated cutting brings out the story’s complex emotional undercurrents, though “Breakdown’s” less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Quillevere, co-scribe Mariette Desert and editor Thomas Marchand struggle to keep audiences fully involved in the story... Thankfully, the performances are all first-rate.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    There are too many twists, insignificant literary references and drawn-out scenes of sex and violence to sustain either the pic’s running time or its ideas, with Sono’s message obscured in the final reels by an ambiguous treatment of his leading ladies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Because Sono tries to set the manga’s storyline, with its stylized violence, in the very real, post-earthquake/tsunami disaster area, Himizu struggles to find a coherent tone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    After taking a couple of left turns following its thriller-like opening, Salvo unfortunately returns to a more conventional register in the closing reels, though the atmospheric picture does continuously fascinate on a visceral level.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    The main point of the film remains its style, which is so constantly and loudly reinforced that it’s often hard to concentrate on the story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    The film’s beauty lies in its carefully observed details and the larger story’s got nowhere particularly surprising to go.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    The rock-solid bond between the film’s two drifting 17-year-olds... is the film’s undeniable highlight but the true depth of their friendship crystallizes quite late and is too often obscured by a subplot involving minor characters caught up in a cross-border drug running operation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    [A] handsomely produced if occasionally rather old-fashioned feeling period drama, which plays like a soap opera in which the characters just happen to have better manners and finery.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    More a film about ideas and theories rather than a story that’s more directly involving emotionally.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though the film’s European scenes carry too little dramatic weight and might be confusing for those unfamiliar with the novel, the Morocco-set opening 40 minutes are beautifully and quietly observed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Thankfully, the screenplay doesn’t portray the story in simple terms of good or evil, but that doesn’t mean that there’s quite enough nuance or insight to constantly elevate the material above the level of a well-made-but-TV-ready biopic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    The film frequently privileges art direction over emotion, and a constant sense of wonder based on visuals alone proves impossible to sustain over the lengthy 130-minute runtime.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though the script... is underdeveloped and pic is assembled in workmanlike fashion, it does feature some nicely modulated performances.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    Nicloux is unable to instill the material with any tension.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    So full of explanatory flashbacks and animated sequences visualizing the characters’ invented yarns that their real dramas are indeed almost obscured.

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