Carina Chocano

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For 362 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carina Chocano's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Little Miss Sunshine
Lowest review score: 0 Running Scared
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 362
362 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Carina Chocano
    The movie is one of the few films I can think of that examines the baffling combination of smugness, self-abnegation, ceremonial deference and status anxiety that characterizes middle-class Gen X parenting, and find sheer, white-knuckled terror at its core.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Carina Chocano
    15 minutes into it, you are spellbound, heartbroken and unaccountably cheered -- your faith and admiration in humanity restored.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Carina Chocano
    A brutal encounter with mortality told with uncommon humanity, wit and humor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Carina Chocano
    A work of breathtaking imagination, less a movie than a mode of transport, and in every sense a masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Carina Chocano
    As ambitious, honest and subversive as any American movie since "Election."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Carina Chocano
    Youth and death meet again in Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, a gorgeously stark, mesmerizingly elliptical story told in the same lyrical-prosaic style that has characterized his latest films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    A story about generational expectations and cultural shifts, The Edge of Heaven raises questions it can't answer, which makes it only more powerful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    There's a rawness and immediacy to his (Bujalski's) work that cuts straight to the experience, a starkness that's startling in an age of bloated spectacle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Takes a premise that, in less competent, less empathetic hands, would have had the depth of a pancake, gives it a soul and turns it into a surprisingly sweet and funny ode to male friendship and middle-aged love.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    This is no nostalgia trip taken by an 83-year-old director. It's a fierce, hot slap of a movie, a shameless melodrama with bite.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Illusion and disillusionment entwine through the film like twin helixes, weaving a dreamy, free-form look at his life and legacy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Marie Antoinette gives a wide berth to the conventions of period dramas, especially their time-capsule remove, and instead tries to mainline the singular personal experience of the arch-villainess of French history (and freedom history, for that matter). The result is a startlingly original and beautiful pop reverie that comes very close to being transcendent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    What's best about it is that it seems real by the logic of childhood - it looks as things SHOULD look, if kids had it their way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    What Live-in Maid offers is a pitch-perfect observation of life on a continent where forms are adhered to, distances aren't really kept, and your best friend is the person who knows to pour the cheap domestic whiskey into the empty bottle of imported stuff before your bridge buddies show up to judge you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    With Bad Education, Almodóvar is at his most breathtakingly complex and mature, and at his most pessimistic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    A glorious blend of kitsch, grit, humor and uplift.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    King Kong is an homage not just to the original but to the history of movies themselves.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    The brilliance of A Scanner Darkly is how it suggests, without bombast or fanfare, the ways in which the real world has come to resemble the dark world of comic books.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Raucously funny and surprisingly insightful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    With outstanding performances, including a turn by Judi Dench as the evil Lady Catherine de Bourg, Pride & Prejudice is a joy from start to finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    As David Rakoff once wrote, "Youth isn't wasted on the young. It is perpetrated on the young." Exactly how is brilliantly captured by Andrew Bujalski in his debut feature, Funny Ha Ha.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Optimistic and humanistic to the core, Me and You and Everyone We Know is a paean to perseverance and finding ways to cope.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    It says something about Paul Greengrass' directing style that he's able to make a movie as fresh and frank as The Bourne Ultimatum from a genre as moldy and bombastic as the spy thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Bardem's performance is a marvel of restraint and control, both physical and emotional.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    An exquisitely evocative movie that elevates rueful melancholia to a superpower.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    It's billed as an environmental horror story, but The Last Winter bears all the hallmarks of an ever-popular genre that has always pitted science, technology and reason against emotion, awe and nature. It bears all the hallmarks of the gothic: ghosts, death, alienated sexuality, decay, secrets, madness and, of course, awe and trepidation in the face of the sublime power of nature.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    A deceptively simple, deeply resonant story about the inherent loneliness of family, the odds against assimilation and the enormous distances that can divide two people.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Miller and Futterman avoid the pitfalls of the genre by refusing to mythologize the artist, plunging instead into the soul of the man.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Aside from a riveting adventure story that Herzog tells in all of its terrifying, stripped-down simplicity, Rescue Dawn is a fascinating study of human particularity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Brilliantly choreographed and shot, Kung Fu Hustle is often grisly, visually spectacular and unabashedly silly, sometimes all at once.

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