Daphne Howland
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For 27 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Daphne Howland's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 90 Small Small Thing
Lowest review score: 30 Divorce Corp
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
27 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Solnicki's spliced-together, back-and-forth approach at first seems a jumble, but of course his choices are deliberate, and they pile up into revealing art.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Daphne Howland
    This film is one of our best documents of the civil rights era, but it is also a portrait of someone with a singular perspective, a big mind, and a joyous aptitude for conversation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    It helps that Earle and her oceanographer colleague at the Smithsonian Institute, Jeremy Jackson, are both scientists with unusual abilities to speak not just in understandable terms but also in eloquent ones. And it helps, too, that the music, images, storytelling, and editing are all so tight, and so enjoyable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    The film's editing is masterful, though, and with ample footage from the time and up-to-date storytelling from many key players from the African, Cuban, and U.S. governments, among others, Plot for Peace proves enthralling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Daphne Howland
    Medalia, as an Israeli, knows this bumpy territory well and serves up her story sensitively, but with its difficulties unvarnished and unsolved. She focuses on a few children whom we get to know well enough to care very much about their progress.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Watching the animated memoir Approved for Adoption can stir a serenity like skipping stones on water for a delightfully long time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    Peck's documentary is not a penetrating look at at Haiti's post-quake problems, but a scattered, impressionistic one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    While Dougherty clearly had an almost eerie sense of how a particular actor might inhabit a part, this film also shows that she may have single-handedly created a filmmaking craft and then made it indispensable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Daphne Howland
    This film is like another work in the canon of baseball poetry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    In this portrait, we are treated to an acquaintanceship with a woman in an almost constant search for a creative life, and that might be its most moving feature.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    What the film does accomplish is making you think, especially about how universities are spending their ever-increasing tuition on top-notch campus amenities and their own disastrous loans, and how state governments and federal agencies are similarly passing off their education cuts onto the young people who they expect to one day run the economy and society.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    While his obsessiveness seems neurotic, and watching this film is not always comfortable, it also seems to be all part of the process.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    The film fosters a very human connection to these pickers, whose eloquence comes from their plainspoken arguments, the austerity of their situation, and the modesty of their demands.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    Vargas lingers for long stretches over his personal story and his complicated relationship with his mother, still in the Philippines -- a place he dare not visit for fear of being unable to return. But his story is a vivid illustration of the pickle we're in.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Daphne Howland
    The possible hereditary nature of suicide in general and of the seven known Hemingway suicides in particular is lazily poked at; decades of research go unmentioned and unexplored.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Daphne Howland
    Creadon unveils his story in a haphazard, backwards-unfolding way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    Joe Berlinger's Hank: 5 Years From the Brink is more workaday and less transfixing than projects of his like "Brother's Keeper" or "Paradise Lost."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Daphne Howland
    It all remains cohesive, even poetic, and puts what had to have been formidable reporting to excellent use.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Daphne Howland
    While the film also captures many private, sometimes heartbreaking scenes, it takes a lot of time to make its simple point.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Daphne Howland
    Despite the film's hyper but insubstantial presentation of its information, there likely is a story here.
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    • 70 Daphne Howland
    This is a sober look at how seaboards are vulnerable to a rise in ocean levels, made worse by storms and massively worse by massive storms.
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    • 40 Daphne Howland
    Morin's idea of wedging a political thriller into this historical moment is brilliant, but he undermines his story with broad caricatures and a phlegmatic pace.
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    • 40 Daphne Howland
    This film shows what was clearly a profound set of experiences for both Ndibalema and Kenney, but it is not much more than a well-made vacation slideshow or an extended Facebook post, complete with exclamation points.
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    • 90 Daphne Howland
    There are many reasons to see this very difficult film, not least to face the grim realities in Liberia, and to wonder what more could be done to save lives and preserve the human spirit when it is so clearly yearning to burn bright given any small small chance.
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    • 50 Daphne Howland
    The Kaufmans are amateurs, in the sense that this is a labor of love but also in that the film lacks the technical and storytelling caliber of more professional work. Many cuts are awkward and the sound is terrible. Still, it’s another full box revealing how people narrowly escaped brutalities, and how some didn’t.
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    • 70 Daphne Howland
    The documentary All You Need Is Love does a nice job of showing how, when it comes to children's lives, the ordinary is inescapable, even in extraordinary circumstances.
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    • 40 Daphne Howland
    The film doesn't quite trust its audience, though, and, rather than get in and out with its points, belabors its jokes and its punches, to the point of tedium.

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