Cliff Doerksen

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For 22 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Cliff Doerksen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Despicable Me
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
22 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Cliff Doerksen
    Documentary maker Edmon Roch spins a zippy yarn of Pujol's improbable exploits from archival footage, talking heads, and clips from classic espionage dramas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Cliff Doerksen
    Writer-director Benjamin Heisenberg serves up a lean and solidly satisfying existentialist thriller.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Cliff Doerksen
    Director Ry Russo-Young, who cowrote the script with Schnabel, is gunning for a big generational statement, but her ordnance is strictly small bore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Cliff Doerksen
    This is the art-house equivalent of a Clive Barker splatterfest, punctuated by mildly amusing stabs at Lynchian absurdity and compromised by an incoherent plot twist that would leave M. Night Shyamalan rolling his eyes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Cliff Doerksen
    Fast-paced and intelligent documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Cliff Doerksen
    Though frustratingly superficial and shot through a nostalgic, rose-colored lens, this enthralling 2010 doc opens a wider window on forgotten world of burlesque shows than anything I've previously seen.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Cliff Doerksen
    The current national priorities should be as follows: reduce carbon emissions and stop funding the films of M. Night Shyamalan.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Cliff Doerksen
    The drama is torpid, the astronomy lessons pedantic, and the spear-and-sandal production values flat-out cheesy. The whole thing is also historically ludicrous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Cliff Doerksen
    Like the best kids' entertainment, this creates a daffy little world all its own.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Cliff Doerksen
    There are some creepy chuckles to be had from this allegedly true account of a hip, young New York photographer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Cliff Doerksen
    This is based on actual events, but it feels a lot like television.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Cliff Doerksen
    Eventually the kids figure out that parents and other authority figures (among them Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, Penelope Miller, and Aidan Quinn) don't always have it together. Was this trip necessary?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Cliff Doerksen
    To judge from this agonizing documentary, sniveling man-child Joaquin Phoenix was put on earth to make us appreciate Crispin Glover for the level-headed fellow he is.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Cliff Doerksen
    The dialogue is dumber than dirt, and the plot crumbles at the halfway mark, but the movie does what a loud summer blockbuster should, which is loudly bust blocks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Cliff Doerksen
    Carnahan stays true to the source material by delivering carnage without consequence (the machine gun-toting bad guys still can't hit a barn from the inside), his convoluted plot and multiple villains may challenge the attention span of the target demographic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Cliff Doerksen
    The notion that only whites can be racist barely survives this riveting 2009 documentary.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Cliff Doerksen
    The result, messily directed by Jimmy Hayward, begins affably enough as a random slew of Leone-style squint-a-thons and shoot-outs but then loses it way in a dopey, anachronism-happy sci-fi plot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Cliff Doerksen
    It's fun to watch the habitually intense Duris relax somewhat in a light comedy role, and director Pascal Chaumeil gets good mileage out of the team's ridiculously elaborate con games.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Cliff Doerksen
    The after-school-special moralizing is mitigated by the project's sincerity and textured locale.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Cliff Doerksen
    The tone is both goofier and darker than the Potter pictures, and some of the magic battles built around New York City landmarks are eye-popping; there's also a genuinely affecting romance between Baruchel and fetching newcomer Teresa Palmer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Cliff Doerksen
    Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, this drearily quirky mess wants to be "Secretary" for submissive males, but it's just a sitcom in a powdered wig and size 17 pumps.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Cliff Doerksen
    This 2009 feature is as precious as it sounds but also irresistibly charming. If you’re a newcomer to the oeuvre of New Wave hero Jacques Rivette, this is a highly accessible port of entry.

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