Diego Semerene

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For 189 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diego Semerene's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Paraguay Remembered
Lowest review score: 0 In Search of God
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 189
  2. Negative: 76 out of 189
189 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Diego Semerene
    Childhood in Peter Lataster and Petra Lataster-Czisch's documentary is the terrain of contradiction and ambiguity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    Cross-dressing in the story is merely a tool for survival, but such border-crossing is inevitably rife with unintended consequences beyond narrative ones.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Diego Semerene
    The film is an interminable saga full of soap-operatic plot twists involving quickly broken marriages, sexual assault, a secret porn career, terminal illness, and a quasi lesbian love affair.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    If the global reunion that the cruise ship presents here is such a panacea, why is there so much moping?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Diego Semerene
    Writer-director Francis Lee captures not only what masculinity does and how it comes undone, but the complex apparatus that keeps it into place: the family’s surveillance, the silence, the shame.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    It begins as a clever pseudo-mumblecore provocation with shades of Bruce LaBruce only to quickly turn into indefensible nonsense.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Diego Semerene
    Michael Roberts's documentary is an unabashed exercise in deifying its subject matter with superlatives and hyperbole from the mouths of talking heads, which ultimately results in the cheapening of the artist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    School Life is unfortunately committed to keeping its subjects, especially Headfort’s students, at arm’s length.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    There's a Tarkovskian layer of social despair in the web of corruption joining the child and the adult, the bedroom and the nation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Diego Semerene
    Anita Rocha da Silveira’s slasher-film plot is simply a tease, as there are no scares here, and the filmmaker’s attempt at genre hybridization never coheres conceptually.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Diego Semerene
    The film too often puts too much trust in dialogue, as Marie and Boris's predicament is sometimes perfectly conveyed by the actors' facial expressions and body language.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Diego Semerene
    There’s something liberating about such a steady creative hand that rejects justifying the twists and turns of a storyline, which becomes in 4 Days in France something akin to cruising itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    The film eventually replaces the captivating smallness of everyday life with an inconsequential drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    If not for its performances, the film would belong in the category of Hallmark Channel tearjerkers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Diego Semerene
    Here the organic and the frivolously material aren't oppositions or rivals, but partners in a spectacle for men's eyes only.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Diego Semerene
    If there’s anything worth mulling over about The Drowning, it's the way it proffers the East Coast couple as an inevitably miserable institution without really meaning to.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 Diego Semerene
    The film is essentially an exercise in forcing a female genius back into her proper place of dependence on both the father figure and the Prince Charming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 12 Diego Semerene
    Ritesh Batra's film is a tale of white nostalgia that should have found its footing on dramatic grounds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    When compared to the high-stakes dramas at the center of Paris Is Burning, where sex workers dreamed of becoming supermodels, Kiki feels rather tame.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Diego Semerene
    Like most great essay films, Paraguay Remembered is driven by associations not just with art works with which it shares a kinship, but a stream-of-conscious relationship between word and image.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Diego Semerene
    Agnieszka Smoczynska's film is most poignant when it simply stares at its own strangeness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Diego Semerene
    Justin Kelly's film is more interested in rushing through the narrative's events than contemplating their environment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Diego Semerene
    Very few films accept the contradicting velocities of gay desire, and present them in such blunt yet graceful fashion, the way Paris 05:59 does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Diego Semerene
    The filmmakers and performers show great maturity in refusing to settle scores or spill secrets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Diego Semerene
    Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary raises important questions about the limits of pedagogy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    At first, the film’s dark humor is amusing, only for it to wear off once an actual plot kicks into motion.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Diego Semerene
    What the film embodies, unfortunately, the listlessness of its slacker characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    Its fatal mistake is to make up for blindness, instead of embracing it as something other than a liability.

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