Daphne Howland

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For 68 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Daphne Howland's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 90 No Dress Code Required
Lowest review score: 30 Radicalized
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 68
  2. Negative: 3 out of 68
68 movie reviews
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    • 80 Daphne Howland
    Denison keeps up the pace — those television skills coming in handy — and unpacks a lot. But he also allows in some light. There are plenty of Las Vegas police officers who want things to change, and Denison gives them, and the victims’ families, a voice.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    It’s hard to know whether it’s intentional that The New Radical, Adam Bhala Lough’s slick documentary about “techno-anarchist” Cody Wilson, famous for developing a 3-D-printable plastic gun, presents its subject as a shallow pseudo-intellectual man-child.
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    • 90 Daphne Howland
    Cristina Herrera Borquez’s elegant documentary No Dresscode Required is a masterful, layered story of commissar-crossed lovers.
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    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Take My Nose…Please! rescues plastic surgery from Hollywood’s “did they or didn’t they?” gossip and reality television’s odious voyeurism with a nuanced, empathetic (and often funny) introduction to a few women, mostly comedians, who’ve had work done or are considering it.
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    • 80 Daphne Howland
    Boston, Jon Dunham’s film about that city’s marathon, is a contender — an emotional comeback story, interspersed with thrilling moments in its history, without gloss, cliche or even nostalgia.
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    • 50 Daphne Howland
    The short-subject treatment serves as a challenge that, in eighty minutes, writer-director Matthew Weiss doesn’t meet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    It’s a compelling look at a valuable contraption that’s slipping through our grasp, and will send many viewers to flea markets and eBay for one of their own.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Daphne Howland
    Shen overplays his hand.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Daphne Howland
    Celebrity testimonials drown out the scientists, and Galinsky’s haphazard exploration of his own back pain is a major distraction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    The doc is thorough.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Daphne Howland
    John Griesser’s film about Srila Prabhupada, founder of the Krishna movement, is not so much a documentary as it is a hagiography.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    Unfortunately, the doc is devoid of any real context, including how work such as Bell’s helped lead to the quagmire that has unsettled the region for decades.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    The Incomparable Rose Hartman is a gorgeously shot, sharply edited portrait of photographer Hartman.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia is a superbly balanced picture of Cambodia then and now, a nation in a sort of stupor of post traumatic stress syndrome, denial and survivor's' guilt.
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    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Unlike in so many films, here the actors’ portrayals of psychiatric patients’ conditions — and their humanity — ring true.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    It's enjoyable spending some time with dreamy Vivek and Shveta (Melanie Kannokada, also known as Melanie Chandra), who are lovely together despite their clumsy communication.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    The situation is heartbreaking and frustrating. But the film is so persuasive that it could help finally tank Herbalife's shares and validate Ackman's gamble — possibly preventing thousands of others.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    The film's a little choppy as Theroux takes side trips to interview other former Scientologists, but it comes together as a chilling look at America's most famous 20th-century homegrown religion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Rosenstein makes this a suspenseful legal yarn and an essential history lesson.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    The movie is slow, quiet, and infuriating, as Binney and his small group are undermined by Gen. Michael Hayden's NSA and inept private contractors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    Desert flowers can be hard to spot, but are often distinctly beautiful, and The Bad Kids has them in focus.
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    • 80 Daphne Howland
    It's the closest most of us will get to spending time with fellow humans who have extraordinary perspectives on ordinary things — and ordinary perspectives, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    The doc is gorgeously filmed, well edited, and works in close-up, but the result is more voyeuristic than revealing, except to show that desolation is among those things that cannot be seen or touched.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Ree makes things easy for people who don't play chess, deftly pacing Carlsen's triumphs and failures and milking the suspense as "the Mozart of chess" employs his intuition to win, in an age when many players depend on computers to hone their skills.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    All Governments Lie is worthy testimony that many journalists are in it for the truth.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Daphne Howland
    Demonstrating an egregious contempt for science, Biebert and his subjects attack the call for research into the effects of electronic cigarettes as nothing more than shilling for tax collectors and Big Pharma.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    The film is a riveting feat of editing considering the material, the legalistic conundrums, and the profusion of detail.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    This film is valuable on account of its singular vantage point, and not just because of the firsthand description of the jihadist group’s brutality, which is unsurprising.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Palast slices through all the B.S., and while he may be over-the-top in his presentation, keep in mind, he’s got just the facts, ma’am.
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    • 80 Daphne Howland
    It's a wonder of photography, animation, and sound, and it's a testament to its editors that the many interviews with activists and scientists are compelling and informative, sometimes even poetic.

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