Diego Semerene

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For 170 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diego Semerene's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Stranger by the Lake
Lowest review score: 0 King Cobra
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 170
  2. Negative: 64 out of 170
170 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It's as though the director, like his subjects, was too comfortable in the safe familiarity of the surface to find the place where it betrays us.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It's an entertaining and unapologetic tale of female risk-taking, filled with clever camerawork, but the characters remain shallow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    From the overtly vibrant colors to the caricaturesque dimensions of the performances, the film's aesthetic promises a great allegorical message that never arrives.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Autoerotic's take on the me-me-me generation's inability for actual contact seems appropriate, but it lacks the nuance that makes "Denise Calls Up" so delicious to watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    While The First Rasta never goes beyond the surfaces of conventional documentary making of the most average kind, its reticence becomes whimsical every time the elderly interviewees break into song soon after reminiscing.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The extreme largesse of Anselm Kiefer's project, his radical certainties and devotion, all call for a more intrusive probing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Juliette Binoche's face, as we know, can tell a million stories in a simple and brief rearrangement of her facial muscles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film only feels interesting when it focuses on looking at what the characters aren't doing and listening to what they aren't saying.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    In Joe Swanberg's disaffected little film, the drama is never explicit, or even fully conscious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Instead of looking for depth or verisimilar romance, director Michael Mayer turns his characters into mere cogs in a pseudo-suspenseful thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It would have been nice if the film had surrendered to its lunacy more blatantly, more carelessly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It botches itself out of its own epic ambitions, an aesthetic slickness that seems to contradict, if not betray, its subject matter, and a maddeningly subdued critical spirit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The figure of the poor white girl whose sex work is justified by a really noble cause, set of circumstances or sheer charisma, is, of course, not a new cinematic premise.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film's moral lesson is too contradictory to be taken seriously.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film never explores the depths and nuances that could actually place Jobriath in conversation with figures who came after him, however reductively.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    The unapologetic lack of political correctness never goes beyond a one-dimensional and tentative provocation.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    The film is, like its main character, too naïve to understand or, at least, to deploy the reparative powers of camp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    It's difficult to believe in Ryder's gullibility, if not willingness to be caught in his uncle's strange web of provocations.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    Bruno Barreto's insistence that this pass for a product that Hollywood might have spawned smoothens a journey built on sharp edges.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    The film is simply too conscious of its form and its global-market ambitions to ever feel honestly interested in the themes it purports to cherish.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    Hood to Coast mostly suffers from an incessant soundtrack that stuffs the film with a peppiness that blocks the tragedy of its characters from view, as well as their overcoming it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    Sergio Castellitto's film quickly turns out to be more interested in reveling in the secrets of its storyline than in its sentiments.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    For a film so proud of its trail-blazing status ("the first 3D erotic movie"), 3d Sex and Zen is certainly driven by the same good old symptoms.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    Whatever predictable plot the film tries to unfold never lives up to the excitement of its conceptual gimmick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    In the documentary, the game is a make-believe war of pent-up frustrations linking race, nation, and manhood, one which teenage boys named Mohamed can actually win.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    Xavier Giannolli consistently glosses every sequence with a stagey kind of humor, and at the main character's expense.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Diego Semerene
    It's difficult to swallow the premise of yet another tale of a heroic white Westerner with good intentions trying to give hope to Middle-Eastern misery.

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