For 213 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Drew McWeeny's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Lowest review score: 0 The Gallows
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 213
213 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    It is a thrilling, intelligent, deeply-felt movie that does not play by the typical rules of franchise building in modern Hollywood.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire more than makes the case for this as a franchise that's going to get better as it goes, and I am genuinely excited to see how they wrap it up.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By The Sea is an extraordinarily wise and well-observed film about what can happen to someone when life gives them more than they can handle, and Casey Affleck's lead performance is, simply put, the model of what great film acting should look like.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Just on a technical level, the film represents such a big jump forward for Saulnier that you should expect the studios to immediately start arguing over which giant soulless franchise should occupy his time in the near-future.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Housebound is that rare film that manages to be funny without defusing any of its scares.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    It's a very direct film, a lovely portrait of family and strength and just how far one voice can carry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    It takes a genuine master craftsman to take something as complex and difficult as this and make it look easy, but it also takes an artist with a great ear to take something as dense with exposition as this is and make it practically sing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    There is a very quiet, natural quality to even the most dramatic of scenes.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Eggers manages to create a sense of mood and dread that is so suffocating at times that it feels like we're watching something genuinely transgressive, something we should not be seeing.
    • 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?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Anomalisa is an extraordinarily wise film about the reasons we turn to other people and the enormous difficulty of doing so.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    I'm giving this an "A" letter grade because I find it utterly absorbing, start to finish. I don't know if I think it's a good film, but it is a powerfully compelling film. Perhaps my favorite kind of strange or insane film is the personal passion project, and "Roar" is one of the most remarkable examples of this.
    • 79 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    This movie is so funny, so strange, so wonderfully charmingly deranged.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Beautifully photographed to take full advantage of the corners of a 2:76:1 aspect ratio, often hiding key character details in the background of shots in a way that demands a second viewing, this is a gorgeous piece of filmcraft all the way around.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    There is real wisdom and honesty in every moment of the film, and that's refreshing in a genre that is built largely on fantasy every bit as disconnected from our reality as any superhero film.
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    I would argue that this may be the funniest of the films overall, and with Robert Elswit shooting it, it's absolutely gorgeous, with crisp, clean action choreography that you can actually see.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    This is brutally strong filmmaking, aggressive and alive and impeccably accomplished.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    The film plays with tension beautifully, and there are a few set pieces that I think are all-timers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Trainwreck is more than funny. It's also wise, and that hard-won wisdom makes this a can't-miss for anyone who feels bruised by love, but never beaten.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    By the time Coogler wraps things up, his film manages the difficult trick of looking back with earned nostalgia and standing alone as a genuinely strong dramatic piece.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    It must have seemed like a nearly-impossible task when JJ Abrams and his collaborators set out to bring "Star Wars" back to life, but they've more than done it. They've made something honest and beautiful and, above all, fun, and I find myself energized by the movie and by the promise it represents.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Drew McWeeny
    Despite the very real threat and the personal stakes and the grim weight given to things, director Sam Mendes manages to pay sophisticated, sincere homage to the conventions that define the Bond series while remembering that one of the things that makes the series such an enduring presence is fun.

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