Boyd van Hoeij

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For 248 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Boyd van Hoeij's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Call Me by Your Name
Lowest review score: 10 Another Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 248
248 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    The constant combination of highbrow and lowbrow elements is undeniably French but also very effective.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    German Concentration Camps Factual Survey is a time capsule as much as a direct historical document, showing not only what the Allied Forces found when they first arrived at the Nazi concentration camps but also how the British government of the time thought it was appropriate to communicate about the Nazi atrocities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though clearly not a proposition for either devout Christians or audiences for whom the multiplex is a temple, this is the kind of take-no-prisoners art house fare that advances and deepens the understanding of a singular director’s oeuvre as a whole.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    What sets Courgette apart is the constant attention to how each incident and experience influences and builds character, which is how these children can slowly ease themselves into their future grown-up selves.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    The film’s main problem is that it can’t decide what it wants to be and ends up not having enough time to develop anything in any depth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    The Eyes of My Mother is both strange and strangely enthralling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Escalante struggles to illuminate how sex and violence are connected and what this, in turn, means for more specialized types of aggressiveness and oppression, such as misogyny and homophobia.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    An intriguing exposé of a gripping story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Boyd van Hoeij
    The way in which Ozon again uses mirror images, which reveal the similarities between the French and the Germans just after the war, or the way Fanny and Anna come to possibly mirror each other again suggest that a master storyteller is at work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    The film is much more about the way in which people perceive one another than about the way people really are.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Taken together, the shorts offer some scraps on Berger the man and the artist and thinker without really supplying a full overview, while also exploring some of his main preoccupations in ways that would benefit from at least some prior knowledge of his work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    A low-fi but beguiling mixture of intellectual discourse and emotional rollercoaster from Spanish maestro José Luis Guerin.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    If some anime films also feature more painterly details in the backdrops, especially when depicting nature, what feels new here is the attention to details such as the glow of light sources, including candles and lanterns, that are warmer and more realistically detailed than usual.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though blessed with a spectacular true story and character to work from, director and co-screenwriter Lars Kraume...fails to breathe much life into the stuffy, overly complex enumeration of the historical facts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though only an adequate singer, Medhaffer practically explodes with energy when she’s behind the microphone, making for a very charismatic performer.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    It’s rather odd that Ellis, who co-wrote the screenplay with former Kubrick assistant Anthony Frewin, can’t come up with anything more action-packed or tension-filled in the first hour than a broken teacup. Valkyrie this is not.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    Visually, the results are quite often striking, and they are also sharply cut together. But there’s a nagging suspicion throughout that there’s been more preparation for especially the set-pieces than would normally be the case on a documentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Boyd van Hoeij
    McCarthy more often seems to apply a generic style to his substance, rather than actually use a stylistic choice to help suggest or demonstrate something about his story and characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Though more mainstream-oriented audiences will not be on board with Ahn’s brand of subtlety, for those willing to fully invest themselves, Spa Night offers a carefully considered story about identity or rather identities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    The story’s anchored by strong performances from Belgian star Cecile de France (The Kid With a Bike, Hereafter) and French singer-turned-actress Izia Higelin (Mauvaise fille), who have a natural chemistry that’s not only credible but actually infectious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    The first couple of reels are very loosely structured, with no one identified onscreen, which gives the film a verite edge but which also means that it takes a good while for the material to find its footing and make it clear what and, more importantly, who, the film is exactly about.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    The actors impressively give it their all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Unlike the films he’s co-written for Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone…), which often rely on Audiard’s stunning capacity to foreground grand emotional sweeps, this is a much more constructed narrative that could only be described as a writer’s film, though one with several pleasant — if shocking is your idea of pleasant, that is — surprises up its sleeve.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    Another effective, great-looking and well-acted Scandinavian crime film based on a bestselling novel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    Absent any real sense of who these three women are as individuals, most of their behavior is reduced to what feels like tics that are meant to illuminate character in a rather crude way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Boyd van Hoeij
    Because it wants to be a primer on a serious subject, an exciting cinematic exposé and an argument for more openness and some kind of regulatory framework, the necessities of these different strands end up getting in each other’s way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    Without a strong point of view, it becomes hard to care about either the people or the issues with which they are grappling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Boyd van Hoeij
    Jodorowsky keeps circling back to the question of who he is and how poetry is inextricably linked with how he experiences the world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Boyd van Hoeij
    A serviceable piece of B-movie entertainment without an ounce of originality
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Boyd van Hoeij
    Some individual scenes are certainly striking and the couple’s complex relationship and chemistry are believable but the overall narrative retains an erratic and somewhat jerky quality as the various elements don’t always logically build on what has come before.

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