For 110 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Drew McWeeny's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 25 The Giver
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 110
  2. Negative: 9 out of 110
110 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    It is safe to say that The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of those breakthrough moments, a movie that is so beautifully realized from start to finish that I almost doubted myself on the way home. Could I really have enjoyed that film that much?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    This is a sequel that has its own story to tell and that gets right down to it, and it expands on the ideas from the first film, but in a way that tells a thematically satisfying and complete story. In other words, this is how franchises are supposed to work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Beyond being very smart and funny, it's also a great looking movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    There is a very quiet, natural quality to even the most dramatic of scenes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    John Carney, who wrote and directed "Once," has made another great film that focuses on songwriters and the way their lives influence their work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    The action sequences in the film are spectacular, and there's one in particular that I think is an all-timer, both in the way it's imagined and in the way it's accomplished on film, but this isn't a film about empty sensation. It's a richly realized science-fiction world, and the cast is just tremendous.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    "Dawn" is not just a good genre movie or a good summer movie. It's a great science-fiction film, full-stop, and one of the year's very best movies so far.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Boyhood is more than a movie; it is a vibrant, living thing, and it is beautiful, and it is sad, and it is wise, and it is sprawling, and it is intimate, and it is painful, and it is more than any filmmaker could have intended, and, yes… when it comes to trying to capture truth in a way that cannot be argued or denied or even summarized… I am sure that nothing will ever be this good again.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Everything is written to theme. Everything moves the film forward. When it comes down to the last half-hour, Braff manages a long sustained emotional crescendo packed with both laughs and tears, and it is accomplished work, carefully balanced, beautifully constructed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Guardians Of The Galaxy is the most charming Marvel movie so far. The primary ensemble (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel) is perhaps the most winning group of characters they've introduced in any of these movies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    In essence, we get to study Brian's break with sanity and his eventual healing, but by keeping the focus tight on these two moments, the film becomes emotionally exhilarating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    The film plays with tension beautifully, and there are a few set pieces that I think are all-timers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Top Five is, above everything else, really entertaining. It is a successful sophisticated spin on Hollywood formula, and it feels like Chris Rock finally finding a filmmaking voice that is just as limber and funny and sharply satirical and angry and even romantic as Rock's stand-up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    This movie is so funny, so strange, so wonderfully charmingly deranged.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Housebound is that rare film that manages to be funny without defusing any of its scares.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    J. C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year is a powerfully told story, a thrilling surprise, and both Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain do remarkable work.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    This is brutally strong filmmaking, aggressive and alive and impeccably accomplished.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a tremendous piece of pop entertainment, smart and engaging and featuring a home run movie star lead performance by Chris Evans.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    The film is loose and genuine and makes great use of place.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    The sheer sly joy of the filmmaking that is on display here is one of the reasons I go to movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    Palo Alto is the sort of debut picture that makes me eager to see how Gia Coppola is going to grow and change as an artist, but it's more than just a demonstration of potential.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    Force Majeure is an impressive and adult piece of work, bracing and intelligent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    The reason the film works is because it throws everything into the blender and comes up with something new, something that has a great lively sense of wit and humor to it, and it takes the time to fully explore its wild premise fully.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    Witherspoon does really uncompromising work here, playing Cheryl without any hesitancy or any fear or any ego. It's not a glamorous role, and she doesn't try to make Cheryl seem perfect, and she doesn't sand off this woman's rough edges.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    Beautifully shot, impeccably paced, and with a voice cast that nails it in every role, large or small, "The Lego Movie" is a genuine delight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    Gone Girl is not Fincher's best film, nor is it the most conventionally satisfying of them, but it feels like this is a movie that represents the very best that Hollywood craft can offer at the moment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    The film explores the way propaganda is used to set the stage for a conflict, and considering this is a mainstream franchise aimed primarily at young audiences, it's actually a pretty interesting take on how image matters as much as action in a media age.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    The Interview is laugh out loud funny all the way through, and once again proves that Rogen and Goldberg will do anything, no matter how dark, for a big laugh, and that character is just as important as punchlines in their work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    Darren Aronofsky's Noah is not just one of the most ambitious films I've seen this year, it's one of the most ambitious films I've ever seen.

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