For 65 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Duane Byrge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Unforgiven
Lowest review score: 30 The Blackout Experiments
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
65 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Duane Byrge
    A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Duane Byrge
    The film is a captivating, sobering look at the world’s endangered aquatic species, but it’s also a frightening revelation of what methane and carbon are doing to the ocean.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Duane Byrge
    Disney's 30th animated feature, Beauty and the Beast stands at the pinnacle of animated accomplishment, even when weighted against the excellencies of its lineage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Duane Byrge
    Boyz n the Hood is a knockdown assault on the senses, a joltingly sad story told with power, dignity and humor. No mere studio genre piece preening as social significance because its characters are black, Boyz is straight from the neighborhood — Singleton grew up in South Central — and straight from the heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Duane Byrge
    Like a shooter whose skill allows him to take careful aim with a rifle rather than going for the easy splatter of a buckshot, director Eastwood's big picture is suredly calibrated: He points your eye to the tiniest specs, the most telling and powerful parts of this moral panorama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Duane Byrge
    Most magically, it transcends the colossal power of its own story to show how individual beings, one step at a time, can right the course of inequality and injustice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    This intelligent and comprehensive documentary not only conveys the genuine nature of Hill herself, but also recreates the national sensibility of the time, an era when sexual harassment in the workplace was not yet a national concern.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    Sad and disturbing, this smartly and conscientiously crafted film is a powerful wake-up call, heard but not yet implemented, by the “civilized” world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    In this spellbinding story, filmmakers Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman thrust us into the red-alert lives of four E-Team members. It's a comprehensive portrayal of these people's personal and professional lives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    Filmmaker Heineman vaults us into a true heart of darkness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    It’s sobering and heart-wrenching.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    Director Carl Franklin has cranked up an unnervingly tight-triggered film. Screenwriters Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson's scenario never relents from the out-of-control nature of the trio's bad acts. [7 May 1992]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    The film is a documentary gem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    What truly makes Liar Liar work, however, is Shadyac's inspired sense of comic proportion. While torquing the hilarities to the max, he never loses sight of the story's important human side. His blend of farce with heart is perfect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    Contrasting Forrest's unassuming innocence with the upheavals and rancor of the times, the film is a wisely goofy commentary on the stupidity of smartness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    It's Not Yet Dark is a heartfelt and stirring documentary
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Duane Byrge
    Sensitive and highly visual, this Albert Magnoli-directed film is an accomplished and sophisticated example of storytelling. Even those who aren’t Prince fans are likely to be captivated by its energy, enamored with its simple, often poignant storyline.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine have fashioned an informative, emotionally uplifting saga of the powers of optimism and persistence in the face of the cruelest odds.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    American Promise shows the emotional toll that each boy endures, not only from the image that their privileged peers have of minority males but, accordingly, their own lack of confidence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    Often heartbreaking, Rich Hill presents real life as few filmgoers know it. In certain respects it’s almost as if cultural anthropologists descended on a foreign land, but, unfortunately, it’s a withered part of this nation that is rarely visited.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    In telling their remarkable story, filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis has not only etched a heart-wrenching portrait of their individual and dual misfortunes, she has subtly illuminated on the general public's dark fascination with “freaks.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    The Battered Bastards of Baseball is not just about baseball. It transcends the game and is a charming anti-establishment yarn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    Being Evel is a warts-and-all portrayal of a man whose ambition and need to be in the spotlight was both a positive and a negative. His insatiable appetites – liquor, women, attention – were parts of his personality that fueled his downfall.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    Finders Keepers charts out a screwy insight into humanity that is usually only captured in the minds of twisted cartoonists.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    It is on the family level that Bopha! realizes its most graceful power. [17 Sept 1993]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    A blend of cornpone commentary and tongue-in-cheek exposition, Nuts! is consistently very entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    Trapped is a succinct and heart-rending revelation of this complex and controversial subject. Most strikingly, it puts human faces on a social and personal issue that has been often engulfed by the invective surrounding it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    Big
    Although one need not have graduated from a weekend screenwriting seminar to tell where the story is headed, Big is just plain funny and wonderfully goofy throughout. Again, while certainly not a new story or even a new theme, Big is done refreshingly well.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    Throughout, Wang makes a virtue out of necessity: Her on-the-run scoping and jarring cuts infuse the film with a sense of desperate danger befitting its subject matter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Duane Byrge
    In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring.

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