For 65 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Drew McWeeny's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Wild Tales
Lowest review score: 25 The Giver
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 65
  2. Negative: 5 out of 65
65 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    There is a very quiet, natural quality to even the most dramatic of scenes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Beyond being very smart and funny, it's also a great looking movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    The film is loose and genuine and makes great use of place.
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Drew McWeeny
    Force Majeure is an impressive and adult piece of work, bracing and intelligent.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    It feels like the single most successful attempt to pull the shape of one of the beloved comic stories into the film world. It also feels like Bryan Singer has finally figured out how to shoot an action scene where the X-Men actually look and feel like the X-Men, and where the fantastic is handled the right way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    Suffice it to say that it is a cannily-constructed film, and it does have a bigger "movie" feel than the first film. There are places where they swing for some big jokes that don't quite work, but the ambition is dizzying all the way through.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    This could easily be ground zero for a whole new series of films, but if it remains a stand-alone single movie, Edwards told an entire story, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, it feels like Godzilla actually matters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    [Bateman] proves himself just as comfortable behind the camera as he in in front of it, and "Bad Words" is very, very good as a result.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    As someone who enjoyed the show enormously while it was on the air, I am relieved to report that the film felt to me like it successfully recaptured the spirit of the show's first season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    Frank rides a really strange tone, and director Lenny Abrahamson deserves credit for how he manages to make the strange and the sad and the funny all feel like it's part of the same film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Drew McWeeny
    The details are what matters, and the script by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, adapted from the well-loved novel by John Green, is very smart and fairly unsentimental, which works to the material's advantage.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Drew McWeeny
    300: Rise Of An Empire is a worthy sequel to "300," stylistically consistent and equally loony, featuring what may well be the first truly can't-miss performance in a film this year.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Drew McWeeny
    It's a feel-good story that raises cultural questions that the film doesn't seem terribly interested in answering, and it feels like an easy triple in the grand Disney tradition.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Drew McWeeny
    The film earns some big laughs, but it never sacrifices character for a punchline.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Drew McWeeny
    There are probably funnier satires out there, but They Came Together is laser accurate in the way it skewers its targets.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Drew McWeeny
    At its best, the film has moments that are creepy and that work on some strange primal level.